Samuel and Susannah Wesley raised their many children in
a home where faith, discipline and concern for justice went hand in
At Oxford, John and Charles were part of a group of friends who
met regularly to pray, study the Bible and encourage good
storm at sea
Travelling to America, the brothers were much
affected by the faith of a group of Moravians during a dangerous
Within a few days of each other, both John and Charles experienced
a renewal of their faith and assurance of salvation.
John began his countrywide teaching ministry when he
reluctantly preached in a field in Bristol.
The Wesleys encouraged practical care and reform in many areas of
John Wesley followed Arminian teaching, which unlike
Calvinism believed that all could be saved, not just the
Societies and classes
The regular and intense small group was a key feature of
The birth of the Methodist
As the Methodist Societies grew, an annual conference of preachers
was a way of keeping in touch.
Separation from the
Church of England
Though John Wesley did not intend a split, this became
In the early 19th century, there was a split between
those who favoured open air evangelism and those who were by now
Methodism identified itself with the 'total abstinence' temperance
movement. Today, alcohol consumption is a personal choice.