History of The New Room
Event During May 2016
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Friday, 27 May at 1:00 PM
Holy Communion Service led by Revd Gordon James

Event During June 2016
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Friday, 03 June at 10:00 AM
Where's Wesley? Half Term Activity Day. Find out about: John Wesley and his work in Bristol, dress up in costume, find our 18th century graffiti and crack the secret code!

Friday, 03 June at 1:00 PM
Holy Communion Service led by Revd Phil Hewett

Wednesday, 08 June at 11:00 AM
We are celebrating Volunteers' Week (1st - 12th June) this year by offering a FREE tour of The New Room and Charles Wesley's house to tell people about current and new volunteering opportunities.

Friday, 10 June at 1:00 PM
Holy Communion Service led by Revd David Weeks

Friday, 17 June at 1:00 PM
Holy Communion Service led by Revd Mandy Briggs

Friday, 24 June at 1:00 PM
Holy Communion Service led by Revd Hilary Cooke

Event During July 2016
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Friday, 08 July at 1:20 PM
Lunchtime Concert Nigel Nash with students from Red Maids School

Friday, 22 July at 1:20 PM
Lunchtime Concert with Tim Foder organ

Event During August 2016
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Saturday, 06 August at 7:30 PM
Concert with Nick Tall with colleagues from Wells Cathedral School

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New Room Bristol


There follows extracts from the former official guidebook.


The History

John Wesley came to Bristol in 1739 at the invitation of George Whitefield, who asked him to take over his work of preaching to the open air crowds which he had gathered. Wesley preached his first open air sermon in this country on April 2nd in a Brickfield in St. Philip’s Marsh and continued this work later at Hanham Mount and several other places. Religious Societies in Bristol then increased in size, and on May 9th Wesley bought the land and on May 12th laid the foundation stone of what he called "our New Room in the Horsefair", which was built as a place to expound the Scriptures to the Societies. It is thus the first Methodist building in the world.

When the Societies were united here, they became the first Society fully under Wesley’s control. In 1742 it became the first Society to be divided into Classes with Leaders. In 1748 the building was enlarged and to some extent reconstructed.


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