Heritage News

The Methodist Church
Spring 2019


Heritage News
The Methodist Church

Welcome to our spring newsletter, which is a special feature edition to mark the 350th anniversary of the birth of Susanna Wesley.


You can read about the Susanna Wesley 'Birth to Burial' pilgrimage that took place in London on 20 January, the actual anniversary date. We offer a specially written prayer for the anniversary year and introduce a new publication of Susanna’s writings, commissioned by the Methodist Church as part of the celebrations. 


Also, see below for information about the residential conference in July which will explore Susanna’s legacy





Owen Roberts
Methodist Heritage Officer


A Bright Succession: after Susanna Wesley, gender, heritage and faith


Friday 12 – Sunday 14 July 2019, University of Lincoln

A conference exploring the legacy of “the Mother of Methodism” today. 

Keynote speaker: the Revd Dr Barbara Glasson, President Designate of the Methodist Conference 2019/2020.

Booking information and more details will be available on the Methodist Heritage website

Obituary: The Revd John Munsey Turner (1930-2018)


Born in Wolverhampton in 1930, John read history at St Catharine’s College Cambridge, receiving an MA in 1956 and later being granted a BD for his published work. Then, while training for ministry at Didsbury College, Bristol (1953-56), John was awarded a further MA from Bristol University for his thesis Methodism and Anglicanism, 1791-1850


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“Mother of Methodism” a prayer inspired by Susanna Wesley


The Methodist Heritage Committee offers churches this prayer, for use throughout the anniversary year. It has been written by Jenny Carpenter, Vice-Chair of Trustees at Epworth Old Rectory and their representative on the Methodist Heritage Committee.

Read the prayer here


Selections from the spiritual writing of Susanna Wesley  

To commemorate her 350th anniversary, the Methodist Church has commissioned the publication of a new selection of Susanna Wesley’s writings. 

Extracts have been selected and set in context by the Revd Dr Charles I Wallace Jr, foremost expert and transcriber of Susanna Wesley’s work.

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Birth to Burial - A Susanna Wesley pilgrimage


On Sunday 20 January 2019, the exact date of the 350th anniversary of the birth of Susanna Wesley, a pilgrimage took place in London from Susanna’s birthplace in Spitalfields to her grave in Bunhill Fields.

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A Palace in the midst of paradise

Wesley's Chapel at Raithby by Spilsby is a gem among the heritage sites of Methodism.

It was opened by John Wesley in July 1779 and so celebrates its 240th anniversary in 2019.

It was built by Wesley’s friend Robert Carr Brackenbury over the stables of Raithby Hall, and to this day is approached from the grounds of Raithby Hall.

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British Methodist Buildings A new online resource


In January 2019, the Oxford Centre for Methodism and Church History launched an exciting new digitised resource for the study of Methodist heritage.

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A new window for the New Room    

A brand new, specially commissioned stained-glass window installed at the New Room in Bristol. 



For more information, see
the New Room website.



A Wesleyan roll of honour

The Methodist Church recognises the centenary of the First World War with the transcription and online publishing of previously almost forgotten records.

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Methodist archives go to Hong Kong

Items from the Methodist archives held at SOAS University of London were recently lent to the Hong Kong Museum of History for a special exhibition to commemorate the bicentenary of the Ying Wa College.

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Dates for your diary


Events for those interested in the heritage of Methodism.

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Download the complete Methodist Heritage News


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