Several years after William Booth had marched the unwanted 'marginals' of Nottingham into his respectable Methodist church we read this historical account.
"William Booth held the first Poplar meeting of the Christian Mission in the temperance hall, Poplar High St. between the pig sties and stables. Eventually meetings were held in the Oriental Theatre. Booth stated in an advertisement that people afraid to attend church because of their ragged clothes were welcome to his mission meeting, where the first in would have the best seats and there would be NO collection."
That is our heritage – a church for the whosoever!