The story of Methodism in Studley begins with visits made by the founder, John Wesley, as he passed through on his journeys.
John Wesley’s journals contain the following entries -
Mon. 6 May 1745. I dined at Studley, where a poor man was swearing almost at every sentence. I asked him if he thought that was well done and began to tell him how God loved him. He got up as in amaze, made many bows, said, "I ask pardon, Sir, of God and you, and hope it will be a warning to me all the days of my life." In the evening I preached at Evesham.
Tradition has it that the current Church stands on the spot where this took place.
Wed. 29 June 1748. We took horse at four, and, calling at Studley, found a woman of a broken heart, mourning continually after God, and scarce able to speak without tears. About one I began preaching in the open air at Birmingham.
The following entry is also thought to refer to Studley -
Wed. 21 March 1764. After riding about two hours and a half from Evesham, we stopped at a little village. We easily perceived, by the marks he had left, that the man of the house had been beating his wife. I took occasion from thence to speak strongly to her concerning the hand of God, and His design in all afflictions. It seemed to be a word in season. She appeared to be not only thankful, but deeply affected.