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See historic Methodist sites visited by the Wesley Pilgrimage in England during the summer of 2016.

United Methodist History: The Wesley Pilgrimage in England

 

These stories were inspired by the Wesley Pilgrimage in England 2016.

The Pilgrimage is sponsored by Discipleship Ministries of The United Methodist Church. Cosponsors: General Board of Higher Education and Ministry and General Commission on Archives and History of The United Methodist Church. Learn how you can attend.

Wesley pilgrims learn a great deal about John Wesley, but the pilgrimage is ultimately about their relationship with Jesus Christ. Photo by Kathleen Barry, United Methodist Communications.

Overview: Wesley pilgrims visit the past to shape the future

Touring historic sites in England encourages United Methodists to continue the early Methodist ministry of growing together as disciples of Jesus Christ. Read More

John Wesley, a founder of The United Methodist Church, had a special Holy Spirit moment. Photo by Joe Iovino, United Methodist Communications.

Holy Spirit moments: Learning from Wesley at Aldersgate

On Pentecost, Charles Wesley felt a ‘strange palpitation’ of heart. John’s was ‘strangely warmed’ three days later. We too can prepare to hear God speak. Read More

Parents must adapt to new ways of parenting as their children grown into adulthood. File photo of 2012 graduation at Africa University courtesy Africa University.

How faith helps parents as children leave the nest

A story from the life of Francis Asbury illustrates how parents throughout history have adjusted as their kids age. A United Methodist counselor shares tips. Read More

Pilgrims visit the tomb of John Wesley and learn a valuable lesson for ministry from his epitaph. Photo by Kathleen Barry, United Methodist Communications.

What we can learn from the words on John Wesley’s tomb

The Methodist movement's founder was remembered as a great evangelist and his epitaph has lessons for every Christian. Wesley died March 2, 1791. Read More

H. P. Parker's painting of Wesley's rescue was a way of supporting a dissenting faction of the church. Image courtesy WikiGallery.org.

Shaped by tragedy and grace: Wesley’s rescue from fire

On Feb. 9, 1709, 5-year-old John Wesley was miraculously “plucked from the burning,” an event that would change the Methodist leader's whole life. Read More

Westminster's Methodist Central Hall hosts historic events that celebrate the life and ministry of John Wesley, founder of The United Methodist Church. Photos by Joe Iovino, United Methodist Communications.

Serving the world from the heart of London: Methodist Central Hall

In January 1946, the first United Nations General Assembly met in a building constructed to celebrate the life and ministry of John Wesley. Read More

Physical and spiritual health are both important in the life of a person of faith. Photo illustration by Ronny Perry, United Methodist Communications.

Getting in shape: Wesley’s health tips apply today… mostly

In modern times, we have gear to help us stay in shape. Methodism's founder John Wesley had his own unique options at his home. Read More

Caring for the spiritual well-being of her family was very important to Susanna Wesley. Photo by Kathleen Barry, United Methodist Communications.

Courage and conviction: A woman’s leadership through a difficult time

When Susanna Wesley found the spiritual depth of her church lacking, she led her own devotions. When people objected, she stood firm. Read More

The window at Lincoln College in Oxford features a depiction of the story of Jonah (2nd from the right) that influenced John Wesley. Photo by Kathleen Barry, United Methodist Communications.

Discovering God’s will: John Wesley’s difficult decision

John Wesley set sail for America on October 21, 1735, after a discernment process that included a Bible story and a stained glass window. Read More

Children who are part of a Covenant Discipleship group find support that can last a lifetime. Photo courtesy of Melanie Gordon, Discipleship Ministries.

The method of United Methodism today: Covenant Discipleship

Series continues a look at how the small group model continues to shape United Methodism today. Part 3 of 3. Read More

A statue of John Wesley greets visitors to The New Room in Bristol, England. Photo by Joe Iovino, United Methodist Communications.

The method of Methodism expands: Societies and the New Room

Series continues a look at what happened after the Wesleys left Oxford. See how the small group model shaped the Methodist movement. Part 2 of 3. Read More

As a fellow at Lincoln College, John Wesley would have had an office similar to this one dedicated to him. Photo by Kathleen Barry, United Methodist Communications.

The method of early Methodism: The Oxford Holy Club

Beginning of a series about how disciple-making groups that form church leaders have been part of our Methodist heritage from the very start. Part 1 of 3. Read More

Image portrays Susanna Wesley, mother of John and Charles. Courtesy of United Methodist General Commission on Archives and History.

Blog: Susanna Wesley: How one woman shaped the Methodist church

Visit to John Wesley's childhood home gives writer surprising insights into his mother's influence. "Susanna by all accounts is the mother of Methodism." Read More

John & Charles Wesley are alumni of Christ Church in Oxford. Photo by Joe Iovino, United Methodist Communications.

Blog: Oxford history inspires today

Columnist Joe Iovino was inspired by what he learned about Oxford – the university and the city – in the days of the Wesleys. Read More

The 2016 Wesley pilgrims passed through the same doorway where Francis Asbury said goodbye to his mom and dad before sailing to America. Photo by Joe Iovino, United Methodist Communications.

Blog: Bishop Asbury’s difficult departure from home and family

Visit to Asbury's childhood home reminds writer that Methodism's "American saint" was first a son who made a difficult decision to go where God called. Read More

John & Charles Wesley and the early Methodists built The New Room to house their meetings. Photo by Joe Iovino, United Methodist Communications.

Blog: The New Room - Loving God and people yesterday and today

United Methodists attend the Wesley Pilgrimage to commune with the Holy Spirit who moved in the Wesleys and the early Methodists. Read More