Group Profile

Contact Details

Convenor: Philip Goodwin
Location: Harrogate Afternoon
Phone: 01423 563 990

About Us

The Group is attended by up to 14 members of several denominations – currently Methodist, Anglican, and URC, and includes 3 ministers, active and retired.
It is geared to provide a forum for open discussion on religious, spiritual and theological topics. It may attract those who wish to continue to be active members of their church and its community, but who have grown to attach less importance to its doctrine, dogma, and what may be seen as its outdated traditional theology, but seeing importance in the life and teachings of Jesus as a man of his time. Our discussions tend therefore to be liberal and often radical in nature, full more of questions than answers, and seeking few certainties.
The group is affiliated to Progressive Christianity Network Britain (PCN Britain) whose flyer front page states “PCN Britain .....where contemporary thought and understanding matter as much as scripture and tradition”.
If you are interested in the sound of our group, you would be most welcome to join us, whether passing through, or just curious and fancy a 'taster'.
For more details please contact Philip Goodwin on 01423 563990 or email

Venue & Meeting Times

(updated on 30.1.19)

We meet at Wesley Chapel, Oxford street, Harrogate HG1 1PP (Parking to the rear)

Our routine is to meet on the first Thursday of the month at 2.30 pm, or 2.00 pm for coffee and chat. We finish at 4 pm.

We do not usually have a schedule of discussion subjects planned ahead. Rather topics are provided by members on an adhoc basis.

We may have a summer break in July or August by mutual agreement, so contact the convenor to save yourself a wasted journey......

Group History

The group was set up in 2002 following the visit to Harrogate by John Vincent, former President of the Methodist conference. We were inspired by the amount of interest in his talk and by his decidedly radical attitude to church life and social work in the Asram community in Sheffield.

Numbers have grown slowly but steadily over the years, and now often reach an attendance of 20.

(updated 30.1.19)

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