youth order of the Methodist Episcopal Church (Now the United Methodist
Church) founded in 1889 in Cleveland, Ohio.
Still active and on-line. For
over half a century the Epworth League, the Methodist youth organization, was
especially strong. The group was authorized in 1890 by the General Conference
of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South, and local churches soon began
organizing their youth in Epworth leagues. The purpose of the leagues was to
develop young church members in their religious life and to provide training
in churchmanship. It was parallel to the Sunday school and typically met
on Sunday nights. The name Epworth came from the boyhood home in England
of John Wesley, the founder of the Methodist movement.