The Lord’s Day Plan of the Wesleyan Methodist Preachers in the Bristol Circuit, 1828

Five Facts about the Lord's Day Plan

1) The profits from this preaching plan would have gone towards the expenses of hiring horses for local travelling preachers.

2) The earliest surviving preaching plan is from the Leeds circuit for May-July 1777. Many plans were handwritten until the 1790s.

3) John Wesley was drawing up weekly preaching plans for his London preachers as early as 1754.

4) A small selection of other preaching plans are available for researchers to view in John Wesley’s New Room archives.

5) On today’s preaching plans other engagements appear, such as, street theatre, flash mobs and street parties!

The Lord’s Day Plan of the Wesleyan Methodist Preachers in the Bristol Circuit, 1828

This preaching plan from 1828 highlights the different areas of Bristol where Methodist ministers were actively giving their time to preach in the early 19th century. It shows the dates for their preaching engagements and which minister was expected, along with the Bible passage. The column on the right-hand side gives us a list of where each preacher resided. This is an example of how John Wesley’s early installation of an administrative structure has carried through into the operation of the Methodist Church today.

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