Larne is among the most historic centres in Irish Methodism—the first society was formed in the town about 1756 and Wesley visited in 1758, 1760 and finally in 1771. The pilgrimage will visit four locations on the circuit where Methodism took root in the years since. In 1799, one of the earliest Methodist visitors to the town and area was Lorenzo Dow, the crazy, unwashed, beloved American preacher, whose missionary activity added many members. The first chapel built in Larne was in Mission Lane in 1804, to be replaced by one in Pound Street in 1827 and then in 1885 by the present church, ‘the second most beautiful church in Methodism’ it was said at the time.
At Carnlough there was a Methodist mission school in the early 1830s and later the present chapel which was dedicated on 12 September 1858.
At Glenarm a chapel was erected in 1840 and in 1882 was transferred to the Church of Ireland to become St Patrick’s Parochial Hall.
Craigyhill Methodist Church is the youngest society having been formed in 1957 and the present church was opened in 1969.