Thursday, May 15, 2008

Methodist Museum

Yesterday we headed out to the Methodist Museum --- which is at Wesley Chapel. This was a fascinating place --- to see where John Wesley lived for the last 12 years of his life. And also the place that he preached --- when he wasn't on horseback going throughout Britain preaching the gospel. Below is a view of the chapel from the front. An interesting note is that Margaret Thatcher was married here --- and all of her children were baptized at this chapel. Originally it didn't have the marble columns --- instead it had ship masts as columns.
This picture (sorry about it not going the right way) is the prayer room that is connected to John Wesley's bedroom. This would be the place that he would get up at 4am and go to pray and read the scriptures. In some sense you could say this is where Methodism began and continued.
For lunch I had a meat pie --- I hadn't been able to have one of these British dishes --- I had eaten fish and chips on an earlier day. Inside the meat pie were sirloin tips and of course you are to spread gravy all over it.
There is a famous preacher from London, named Charles Spurgeon. We got a chance to see his church that he preached at. This was one of the longer days --- we came back exhausted.

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