The Asbury Crossing: Responding to Call

Join us for a service to celebrate the 250th anniversary of Francis Asbury’s historic Atlantic voyage from England to America in 1771. Asbury, who had been commissioned by John Wesley at the New Room in Bristol, journeyed to America to undertake a preaching ministry that led, in 1784, to the establishment of the American Methodist Church and Asbury being ordained as its first bishop.

The service will be led by Rev. Dr. Jonathan Pye, Chair of the Bristol District and Deputy Chair of the New Room Trustees.

Tickets are free but must be reserved in advance by emailing Sarah Hollingdale, Methodist Heritage Officer :

You can also join us for our special evening of Americana from Magpie22 featuring Dawn Kelly & Neil Bailey as part of ‘The Asbury Crossing: Responding to Call’ celebrations. This will streamed live from the Chapel. Find out more.

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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