UMNS talks with author Geordan Hammond about his new book, John Wesley in America.
We finally made it back to North Carolina after traveling the UK and France. We visited several Methodist heritage sites in the UK. I will share some photos and video of our visits in the coming days. Here are some of the photos from Wesley Chapel.
Displayed in the Wesley Chapel museum are the chalices and collection plate used in the Foundery, the first meeting place for Methodists established by John Wesley in London.
Displayed in the Wesley Chapel museum is a Bible found in restoration work at the Old Rectory in Epworth, UK.
More photos from Wesley Chapel and St Paul’s Cathedral are available on the JohnWesleyBlog flickr page.
We left Kings Cross station early Friday for Doncaster several hours to the north of London. From there we attempted to drive to Epworth and the Old Rectory. We talked with Rev Graham Carter who heads the Old Rectory Board of Trustees about the Wesley family and the home where they lived for 40 years. Carter talked about Samuel Wesley, a church leader in Epworth and his wife Susannah who raised their 3 sons and 7 daughters.
In coming weeks we will have video and photos from the Old Rectory, a historical treasure of the Methodist faith.
The Old Rectory in Epworth UK
Amy, our tour guide, describing the restoration work in kitchen.
Flight delays in the US resulted in a delayed arrival at Wesley chapel in London but assistant pastor Jennifer Potter greeted us warmly. She encouraged us to spend some time looking through the Methodist Museum and church’s sanctuary.
Rev Potter talked about the site’s connection to Wesley. Nearby was the foundery that served as the first Methodist meeting site and Wesley’s home. Wesley had the chapel built when the foundery lease ran out. The church now serves as own active congregation as well as teaching site about early Methodism.
Wesley Chapel or City Road Methodist Church, the mother church of the Methodist faith
The sanctuary in wesley chapel
Blogger Allan Bevere at the Faith Seeking Understanding blog looks at Don Thorsen’s book Calvin Vs. Wesley: Bringing Belief in Line with Practice. Bevere draws out the comparisons between Calvin and Wesley on issues such as
Calvin believed that God unilaterally acted on behalf of human beings, saving them from a totally depraved state of sin. Wesley believed that God initiated salvation, enables it by grace, and completes the salvation of people. According to Wesley, God does not unilaterally save people, God expects people to cooperate in salvation, since it involves a genuine, uncoerced choice to become reconciled to God. The choice is not a natural ability; God makes it possible by graciously permitting people to choose to accept salvation, to have a personal relationship with God, and to love freely. Such freedom continues throughout the lives of Christians, always by God’s grace, giving them hope of growing into greater Christlikeness and of expressing love to God and others, individually and socially