How Methodism became an international movement – Talk by Gary M. Best

Join us for a talk by New Room Warden Gary M. Best, exploring why and how the Methodist movement spread to America initially without the official support of the Wesleys.

This morning session looks at work of key figures like George Whitefield, Philip Embury, Barbara Heck, and Captain Webb. It then examines the work of the preachers sent out by Wesley from the 1770s onwards, especially Francis Asbury and Thomas Coke. The work of the latter in encouraging Methodism to go elsewhere in the world is also covered. The session ends by examining why the international work led to the creation of a separate Methodist Church.

Tickets £3 including refreshments.  Free for New Room volunteers.

Contact to reserve your place or buy your ticket on the door, first come first served. Limited spaces available.

John Wesley's New Room

John Wesley’s New Room is a heritage site in the heart of Bristol. It houses a museum, library, café, events and hire space. It is home to the original 18th century chapel that started the Methodist movement.

It also houses an award-winning Café and a vast reference Library. John Wesley’s New Room hosts a range of art, music and family events and is also available to hire.

Explore the Museum of John & Charles Wesley’s life and work in Bristol.

John Wesley’s New Room is the oldest Methodist building in the world, located right in the heart of Bristol city centre. Founded in 1739 by John Wesley, the New Room became the cradle of the worldwide Methodist movement.

This is the place that completes the story of Bristol. This is the Room that changed the World.

It is a place where everyone is welcome to explore, step back, take time, reconnect and recharge.

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