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John and Charles Wesley are featured in an illustration by Charlie Baber for the video series Wesleys Take the Web. Produced by United Methodist Communications.

Illustration by Charlie Baber for United Methodist Communications

John and Charles Wesley are featured in an animated video series called Wesleys Take the Web.

The Wesleys Take the Web

 

In this series of three short videos, modern animated versions of the brothers who founded Methodism talk about some of the statistics and the spirit of what is now The United Methodist Church. The characters were created by United Methodist pastor Charlie Baber, who draws the Wesley Bros. comics.

We hope you will watch and share these clips, and we hope they generate lots of conversations, whether with your confirmation class, new member class, Sunday school group or in other settings. We’ve even provided some discussion questions after the videos to get you started.

These videos were produced as a 21st century follow up to the popular clip known as “Clayride: A Gallop Through United Methodist History.” Find out more about the making of “Clayride” from the artists who created that 1984 classic.

Learn more about the history of the UMC.

Watch in Spanish.

The Wesleys Take the Web is available for download with French, German, Russian, Portuguese and Spanish subtitles and in closed captions on Youtube.


John and Charles Wesley are featured in a cartoon illustration by Charlie Baber for the video series Wesleys Take the Web. Produced by United Methodist Communications.

Wesleys Take the Web: Episodes I-III

What if John and Charles Wesley were alive today, and using social media and smartphones to tell the story of the people of The United Methodist Church? View

An animated feature has john and Charles writing an Easter hymn. Illustration courtesy of United Methodist Communications.

Wesleys Take the Web: Hymn for Easter Day

In this episode, Charles Wesley kicks around an idea for an Easter hymn and John chimes in. View

The Wesley brothers talk money in a new animated episode. Courtesy of United Methodist Communications.

Wesleys Take the Web: Money

John and Charles Wesley are talking money: How to earn it, how to spend it, and how to "do all the good you can" with your dollars. View

An animated feature has John Wesley in a pool to talk about baptism. Illustration courtesy of United Methodist Communications.

Wesleys Take the Web: Baptism

In a splashy new animated feature, John and Charles dip their toes into the deep waters of baptism. View

John and Charles Wesley prepare to burn notes on Watch Night, illustration from the Wesleys Take the Web series by Jonathan Richter and Charlie Baber.

Wesleys Take the Web: Watch Night

Out with the old and in with a new commitment to God. John and Charles observe Watch Night on New Year's Eve in this new animated episode. View

Charles Wesley sings John a Christmas hymn he is writing in an illustration from the Wesleys Take the Web series. Courtesy of  United Methodist Communications.

Wesleys Take the Web: Advent Anthem

This episode of the animated series about the founders of Methodism takes us back to when a favorite seasonal hymn was just words on a page. View

Actors Josh Childs and Henry Haggard in the studio recording the voices for John and Charles Wesley in the animated series Wesleys Take the Web. Photo by Lilla Marigza, United Methodist Communications.

A Must See: Wesleys Take the Web

Meet the creative team behind the animated series about United Methodist history which brings John and Charles Wesley into the digital age. View

Would John and Charles Wesley use social media and smartphones to tell the story of the people of The United Methodist Church?  Discuss these and other questions.

The Wesleys Take the Web: Discussion Questions

How did Methodism model new ways to take church outside the walls? Discuss these and other questions. Read More

Cartoonist and pastor The Rev. Charlie Baber demonstrates how he draws his Wesley Bros comic strip. Video image courtesy of United Methodist Communications.

Wesley Bros Comics: The Look

Cartoonist and pastor Charlie Baber reveals what famous musician inspired Charles’ look in the Wesley Bros comics. View

A deck of 54 playing cards features Methodist influencers from the history of the movement as drawn by Wesley Bros cartoonist Charlie Baber.

Wesley Bros Comics: Playing Cards

Fifty-two important figures who shaped the Methodist movement make up this clever deck of playing cards. View

Wesleys Take the Web: Episode I

In a fun new animation, John and Charles Wesley "take it to the streets" in a plan to spread United Methodism via social media. View

Wesleys Take the Web: Episode II

In this episode, John and Charles test their smartphone on her knowledge of fun facts about The United Methodist Church. View

John and Charles Wesley take a smartphone selfie in this cartoon illustration by Charlie Baber for the video series Wesleys Take the Web.

Wesleys Take the Web: Episode III

In this episode, John and Charles Wesley view examples of Methodism's core principle of social holiness via smartphone. View