Bishop Ward talks about how Methodists remember their heritage in May and invites you to take the Wesley Heritage Pilgrimage with her in March 2014.
Grace and peace to you, United Methodist people in eastern North Carolina. In a couple of days, it will be May and May is for Wesleyans, for Methodist people, a month to remember our heritage. It was in May that John Wesley’s heart was strangely warmed on Aldersgate Street.
And it was in May, just a couple of days later, that Charles Wesley had the same heart-warming experience. It was in May that John Wesley felt moved by the Spirit to preach in the open air, scandalous to the church of his time. And so, as May draws near, it’s an opportune time to invite you to participate in a unique journey in late March, 2014 – a Wesley Heritage Pilgrimage to the places of the story of our founding.
We will begin our journey in England at Epworth, the childhood home of the Wesleys. From Epworth, we will travel to Oxford where they were in university, where they founded the Holy Club and visited in New prison. And then we’ll travel to Bristol, an important place in the development of the Methodist movement.
It was there that Charles Wesley lived for many years. We’ll visit his home as well as New Chapel where the Methodists worshiped. We’ll travel down to the Avon River, to the port of Pill, where Coke and Asbury set sail for America.
And then we will travel to London and see the important Wesley sites there – Aldersgate Street, John Wesley’s home, the Dissenters’ Cemetery where Susannah is buried and Wesley Chapel for worship. We’ll visit Central Hall, the Methodist central meeting place across from Westminster Abbey.
I hope you’ll consider being a part of this exploration of our heritage, of this spiritual journey. It would be good to make this trip together. Go to the website and you will find there details. If you have questions, we’re glad to answer them.
Grace and peace to each of you as May becomes a time for us to remember who we are as United Methodists people.