Love Feast Cup
This cup would have been used in a special ‘Love Feast’ service.
Borrowed from the Moravians, Wesley introduced this devotional act to Methodism. Typically hymns were sung and prayers offered but testimonies were also offered.
The effect of hearing other ordinary people talking about their ‘conversion experience’ or deepening faith in God could be very powerful.
As an act of fellowship and community, bread or cake was shared and the company drank water or tea from the same cup which was passed around the gathering.
Love Feasts fell out of fashion as the dangers of germs became more widely understood. Some Churches and Chapels kept their Loving or Love Feast Cups, others had commemorate ones made for special occasions.
Find out more about the Alport Castles Love Feast which has taken place since the 1760s.