The Band of Hope temperance society was founded in 1855. Its goal was to teach children and young people the dangers of alcohol and the importance of leading a sober or 'teetotal' life. It encouraged young people to "sign the pledge" that they would "abstain from all intoxicating liquors". The Band of Hope was not specifically Methodist; founded by a Baptist, the movement became a national one and most churches supported its cause.
This certificate - or membership pledge - was issued by the Metropolitan Tabernacle and signed by Frederick W. Way on joining the society in 1879. The Metropolitan Tabernacle is a large independent Reformed Baptist church in the Elephant and Castle area in London.
See also various medals and other certificates relating to temperance in the Online Collection, including 2006/10692 and 2010/12610.