Wesley’s Chapel, the Museum of Methodism, and Me

While on my Learning Tour to the UK last August, I visited Wesley’s Chapel and the Museum of Methodism in London.

O for a thousand tongues to sing
My great Redeemer’s praise,
The glories of my God and King,
The triumphs of His grace!
(Charles Wesley hymn)

Wesley's Chapel

Wesley’s Chapel

Prayer is where the action is.
(John Wesley quote)

John Wesley’s Prayer Room

I’m not so keen on this outfit, but I would have loved to try out John Wesley’s straddle desk:

John Wesley's Straddle Desk

John Wesley’s Straddle Desk

As if riding on horseback to his open-air preaching wasn’t enough exercise, John Wesley would also exercise by jumping on and off this exercise chair:

John Wesley's Exercise Chair

John Wesley’s Exercise Chair

Outside Wesley’s Chapel — which is home to an active congregation — I took a picture of this sign. The seasonal theme for August 29th was “The Beheading” — not exactly the way I’d word a worship theme for my own congregation!

Wesley's Chapel Sign

Wesley’s Chapel Sign

One other seasonal theme of note on the sign was September 12th Oecumenical — or ecumenical, as I’m more used to seeing it — which emphasizes what different churches have in common and can learn from one another. As we said goodbye to Wesley’s Chapel and the Museum of Methodism, I felt as if we had already had our ecumenical day as I left with a new appreciation for John and Charles Wesley and our common faith in Jesus Christ.

Wesley's Chapel and Museum of Methodism

Wesley’s Chapel and Museum of Methodism

Jesus! the name that charms our fears,
That bids our sorrows cease;
’Tis music in the sinner’s ears,
’Tis life, and health, and peace.
(Charles Wesley hymn)

Other posts related to my Mennonite Church Canada Learning Tour:

Coventry Cathedral in a Day

Advices & Queries at the Woodbroke Quaker Study Centre

A New Centre for Research on Lewis, Tolkien, and Other Inklings



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2 replies

  1. Love it, especially that exercise chair! Thanks for sharing and giving us a virtual tour.

    • The actual tour was full of details that were previously unknown to me. I had heard how John Wesley spent the first part of every day in prayer, and at the museum we were also told that he went to bed at 9pm, got up at 4am, and expected everyone else in the household including any guests to do the same. I’m generally a morning person, but I think I’d still have some difficulty being a guest in his house!