A Brief History of the Christian Israelite Church
The Christian Israelite Church was established about the year 1822 by John Wroe, a native of Yorkshire. We believe God chose him to use as an "Instrument" through which to shed further light on Scripture regarding His promises to Abraham, and about the ultimate destiny of the descendants of the twelve tribes of Israel, namely - Immortality in its broadest sense, and the establishment of God's Kingdom on earth.
John Wroe travelled to many countries spreading his message. He was well received and bodies of members were established in various places. Many groups of believers were established in Britain in towns such as Gravesend, London, Lincoln, Sheffield, Bradford and Huddersfield with several in Scotland, Ireland, Australia and United States.
Ashton-Under-Lyne in Lancashire has long been associated with the Christian Israelite movement. Its involvement dates back to 1824 when John Wroe first visited that town, and where later he preached to large congregations, sometimes in the open.
Originally at Gravesend, the headquarters of the Christian Israelite Church was later transferred to Ashton-Under-Lyne where the Church printing press had a long association with the area. In 1924, with the demand for literature increasing, it was decided to build new premises in Richmond Street, Ashton, equipped with modern machinery. An American member of the Church with considerable printing experience was placed in charge of the Press.
Meetings at Ashton-Under-Lyne were held in a building in Church Street, but about 1875 due to some tenancy difficulty, services were transferred to a meeting room in Oldham Road where about that time some hundred or more members attended, in addition to the public on Sunday afternoons and evenings. The main bodies of the Church at present are situated in Australia, principally in Sydney, Melbourne, Singleton, and Terrigal.
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