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We uphold the Bible-believing stance of the early leaders of 18th century Methodism, men such as John Wesley, George Whitefield, Charles Wesley and John Fletcher. Whitefield was the great pioneer of open air preaching, and it was he who encouraged his friend John Wesley to do the same. Wesley gradually appointed other men to help him in the task of taking the Gospel to vast numbers of previously unreached people.


These ‘lay’ preachers’ were men called of God to proclaim salvation in Christ. They travelled around the country, preaching under an open sky in fields and town centres. Through their endeavours, along with the work of a small number of evangelical clergy with ministries in fixed locations, England, by the grace of God, was gradually re-awakened in the 18th century to the truth of the Christian Gospel. Even secular historians acknowledge that their Bible-based preaching helped to rescue England from violent social upheaval and revolution, such as occurred in France in 1789.Historically, therefore, Methodism represents a mighty revival of true Christianity.


PFMC was founded in 1808 as a fruit of this re-awakening. Some of the preachers who first ministered to the congregation at Penn had been personally appointed by John Wesley.


The early Methodist preachers’ doctrine very rightly centred upon the individual’s need for salvation and the new birth, blessings to be received, not through good works such as donations to charity, nor through the sacraments and other rituals of the Church, but through faith alone in Christ. These preachers depended solely on the Holy Spirit to convict their hearers of the sinfulness of their hearts and to draw them into a personal trust in Christ for mercy.


John Wesley wrote in his Journal on 8th April, 1750: “I preached morning, afternoon and evening, and then exhorted the society to stand fast in the good old Bible way, and not to move from it, to the right hand or to the left”. This total reliance on the Bible as the direct revelation of God and as our sole authority continues to be the stance of PFMC today, as we endeavour to uphold the principles of the Protestant Reformation. We thus go to Scripture, God’s word, to determine all matters of faith and practice. We continue to proclaim what the early Methodist preachers proclaimed, namely the Biblical Gospel of Jesus Christ crucified and risen again that men might know salvation and everlasting life.


PENN FREE METHODIST CHURCH is an independent, conservative evangelical and Protestant church, standing upon truth of the Bible, which is the very word of God. We exist to proclaim the gospel of Jesus Christ crucified for sinners. We uphold the complete inerrancy and historical accuracy of the Scriptures as being our sole authority in all matters of faith and practice.  


In pursuit of this high calling of preaching Christ, the only Saviour of men, PFMC shuns the political correctness which has become the message of so many churches in our day. The task of churches is not to mimic the fashionable doctrines of secular liberalism (Romans 12:2, Colossians 2:8), but to be separate from the world and to proclaim the truths of God's word, regardless of whether the world likes it or not.  


Modern Britain is simply not hearing about the need for each individual to repent, nor about  the reality of God's judgement upon sin. Instead, the message generally passed on by the mainstream churches is the old social gospel heresy, which bears little difference to atheistic Marxism.  Our nation needs, not cliches about ‘equality and diversity’, not a trendy, green ‘save the planet’ focus, not the anaemic man-pleasing message of social improvement (which is actually no different to the what the politcians say), not the materialism of an ‘abolish poverty’ emphasis, but a straightforward Biblical call to repentance from sin and to faith in Christ for salvation.



 "Day of all the week the best, Emblem of eternal rest"






(The Lord's Supper is observed on the first Sunday in the month am and the third Sunday pm)


SUNDAY SCHOOL (for ages 4 plus) 

12.30 to 1.30pm


Children are welcome to come along for just one week to see how they get on. All lessons are Bible-based. 

 Interested parents are invited to contact the Minister for further information and to look over the teaching materials used.




8.00 pm

 This is always a highly valuable time of fellowship and refreshment in the middle of the week.



 Pastor Peter M. Simpson BA


 The church is situated on the B474  

between Beaconsfield and Hazlemere, near High Wycombe in Buckinghamshire. Postcode : HP10 8NU


Minister's Contact Details

  Chapel Cottage, Church Road, Penn,

Bucks, HP10 8NU

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T : 01494 812829 (OFFICE), 01494 816202 (HOME)