We look forward to welcoming you to the New Room; over 25,000 visitors come every year from all over the world! As well as the chapel, there are Preacher’s rooms upstairs which accommodate our museum. There is also our shop which stocks a range of items relating to John & Charles Wesley and the New Room.
Wonder, Love and Praise - a creative workshop day inspired by Charles Wesley
Tell the World' - The New Room 275 Hymn Writing Challenge
2014 is the 275th. Anniversary of John Wesley’s first Open Air Service and the 275th. Anniversary of the opening of the New Room, world Methodism‘s oldest place of worship. Situated where Charles Wesley wrote so many of his greatest hymns the promotion of a New Room Hymn Writing Challenge is an ideal project for 2014.
Hymn writers and composers from across the world are invited to submit words and/or music for a hymn(s) on the theme ’Tell the World’. Each entry should be accompanied by a a nominal registration fee of £5.00 and be sent by 1st June to:
Cheques should be made payable to: John Wesley’s Chapel
Entries will be handed to a panel of experts, led by Bishop Timothy Dudley Smith, who will select those they consider suitable for publication in a ‘Tell the World‘ booklet. . It is planned to announce the selected entries and to publish the booklet at the Charles Wesley Celebration on Sunday August 31st. At The New Room.
Authors and composers will retain their copyright but the New Room Trustees may publish the selected entries in ‘Tell the World’ or any subsequent publication.
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The chapel itself is on the ground floor (where there is also a shop) and is accessible from either the Broadmead or Horsefair courtyards. Upstairs, are the Preachers’ Rooms where the MLA accredited museum is located. This contains a unique collection of papers and artifacts and tells the story of John and Charles Wesley and their life and work in Bristol.
There is a short service of Holy Communion in the chapel at 1pm throughout the year to which all are welcome. There is also a prayer book in the chapel for visitors to write in during the week.
The New Room has hosted numerous events to mark significant anniversaries, including, most recently, the 300th Anniversary of the birth of Charles Wesley and the 200th Anniversary of the Bill to Abolish the Slave Trade in 2007.
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