The membership ticket or 'class ticket' system is specifically Methodist. Class tickets originate in the 1700s, when the Methodist Church was a religious society and still within the Church of England. Members belonged to 'classes' within local Methodist societies, and every member received a ticket at least once a year. Many societies issued monthly tickets.
Membership is an important milestone in becoming a Methodist, and membership tickets are still issued on a regular basis.
This ticket was issued to Sarah Garland for June 1777 and is one of the earliest in the museum's collection. See also a selection of other class tickets in the Online Collection, including some issued to Sarah Garland.