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Calderdale Methodist Circuit : Evelyn Graham

Heptonstall church

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I was born, and grew up in a Methodist family in the Lincolnshire market town of Louth. In my late teens I responded to God’s call to preach and went to see my minister, also the ‘super’.

To my surprise he told me I would be put on note with another, middle-aged, lady who had also heard the call to preach.

At that time the Louth circuit consisted of 49 preaching places and we soon found ourselves very busy constructing services to take on the Wolds or the Marshes. Then on trial, and two years later received on to full plan with three other preachers, having completed the compulsory studies I now found myself taking 10 services a quarter, as well as doing extra studies with the Methodist Study Centre. Car loads of preachers would go out to little country chapels being dropped off and later picked up by the driver. We called these vehicles ‘gospel chariots’.

In my early twenties I started going to Easter schools, for Local Preachers, at Pembury, Kent. Here I met my future husband Maurice Morgan. I was reluctant to marry because he was nineteen years older than I was. However, in 1961, we married and I came to live with him in Mytholmroyd.

We had 37 happy years together until his death in 1998.

I am still preaching, though fewer appointments now.

My father was a local preacher, so is my daughter, so it’s in the family!

Recovering from a serious illness, I am now happy to take services anywhere in our new circuit.

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