This year is the 300th anniversary of John Wesley’s birth.
The Wesleyan Exhibition presents a small sampling of the works of John Wesley drawn from
John Wesley was born on
In 1733, he published a book of prayers for each day of the week, and in 1735, published an edition of Thomas A. Kempis’, Imitation of Christ, thus beginning a publishing and writing career that spanned half a century.
After the death of his father in 1735, John accepted
the chaplaincy in the Colony of Georgia and that same year left with
his brother for the
In 1739, Wesley began what became a Methodist hall
mark – field preaching. Many
Church of England churches were closed to Methodist preachers and Wesley
followed George Whitefield’s example and preached to the miners near
In 1744, he called together preachers committed to
the Wesleyan revival and organized the first annual conference to forge
strategy and establish a discipline for the Methodist Society.
After his death this conference continued to rule the church
organization under the leadership of the Legal One Hundred.
During his lifetime, Wesley would not permit the society to form
a church distinct from the Church of England or to hold services which
competed with Anglican worship. An exception was made in
Over his long career, Wesley published hundreds of volumes of sermons, correspondence, journals, hymns and church services. He also edited and published a fifty volume “Christian Library” of important theological works. He edited the Arminian Magazine from 1778 until his death and continued to write on historical, literary, scientific and theological topics.
For more information on the life and work of John Wesley or on Methodist history in Canada, contact:
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