The Philatelic Wesley

I have a large number of books about John and Charles Wesley and about some of the early lay preachers,   But in my researches for this book I have discovered a lot of information of which I was previously unaware.

Each stamped envelope – most of which have been specially produced and created by the Methodist Philatelic Society –  has a card inside with appropriate information about the commemorative anniversary being celebrated.

In many instances I have added relevant information to that which was already included on the card insert.

I know that some of the material relating to the Wesleys will be fairly well known to many people reading this book but I suspect that there will be various Ministers and Lay Preachers of the 18th and 19th centuries, of which you may never have heard.

‘The Philatelic Wesley’ includes 136 pages of fascinating information and 25,000+ words and provides a very interesting snapshot of life in the 18th and 19th centuries.

‘The Philatelic Wesley’ costs £10.95 (including postage) and copies may be obtained by sending a cheque for £10.95 to: –

Geoffrey Keyte
The Hafod Cottage

All copies will be signed by me personally.

With many peaceful blessings


Susanna Wesley’s Home Teaching Methods

Susanna Wesley was the mother of John Wesley, the founder of Methodism.

She gave birth to 19 children, 10 of which survived beyond childhood.

She taught all her children herself. As soon as they were all one year old (and some even younger), they were taught to fear the cane and only to cry softly.

Susanna believed that to create the right thinking minds in her children she first had to conquer their will, and make them obedient in all things.

She believed that if this did not occur then the children would become stubborn and full of obstinacy.

She often spoke of parents as being cruel if they allow their children to develop bad habits which they know must afterwards be broken if the child is to be able to lead a goodly life.

As soon as Susanna’s children had learnt to speak they were taught to say The Lord’s Prayer, which had to be said by them every day as soon as they awoke and at night before they went to bed.

As they grew older they were expected to say short prayers for their parents and recite some pieces of scripture.

Susanna taught them that if they cried they would receive nothing.

Her children were never allowed to talk loudly and were expected to study for six hours every day.

She wrote that it is almost incredible what a child may be taught in a quarter of a year, by vigorous application, if they have a tolerable capacity and good health.

In a letter to John Wesley dated 24th July 1732 Susanna Wesley wrote:-

There were several by-laws observed among us…..

  1. It had been observed that cowardice and fear of punishment often led children into lying, till they get a custom of it, which they cannot leave. To prevent this a law was made, that whoever was charged with a fault, of which they were guilty, if they would ingenuously confess it, and promise to amend, they should not be beaten. This rule prevented a great deal of lying.
  2. That no sinful action, as lying, pilfering, playing at church, or on the Lord’s day, disobedience, quarrelling, etc. should ever pass unpunished.
  3. That no child should ever be chid or beat twice for the same fault; and that, if they amended, they should never be upbraided with it afterwards.
  4. That every signal act of obedience, especially when it crossed upon their own inclinations, should always be commended, and frequently rewarded, according to the merits of the cause.
  5. That if ever any child performed an act of obedience, or did anything with an intention to please, though the performance was not well, yet the obedience and intention should be kindly accepted; and the child with sweetness directed how to do better for the future.
  6. That propriety be inviolably preserved, and none suffered to invade the property of another in the smallest matter, though it were but of the value of a farthing or a pin…
  7. That promises be strictly observed; and a gift one bestowed, and so the right passed away from the donor, be not resumed, but left to the disposal of him to whom it was given…..
  8. That no girl be taught to work till she can read very well.


Where has today’s society gone wrong?

Nearly 283 years ago the methods adopted by Susanna Wesley when educating her children had many positive results. Her children, of course, included John Wesley, who founded the Methodist Church and one of his brothers, Charles Wesley, who wrote more than 3,000 hymns.

Perhaps we should introduce Susanna Wesley’s teaching methods into the present educational curriculum!!!!


With many peaceful blessings


Thomas Coke: New Facebook Page

If you have a Facebook Page I would warmly invite you to become a member of our new Facebook Group about Thomas Coke.

May 3rd 2014 was the 200th Anniversary of the death of Thomas Coke, as many of you know.

Thomas Coke was born in Brecon and in 1776 he met John Wesley and became one of his Superintendents.

For more information about Thomas Coke and to become a member of the new Thomas Coke Facebook Group, please go to:-

With many peaceful blessings


Charles Spurgeon: The Power of the Word

Charles Spurgeon called upon one of his congregation one Monday. He found her very busy washing wool in a sieve under a pump.

“Well, Mary,” said he, “How did you enjoy last Sabbath’s discourses?”

“Very much, sir; they did me much good.”

“Well, what was the text?”

“I’m sorry, I do not recollect.”

“Perhaps you remember the subject?”

“No,” said she, “it is quite gone from me.”

“Do you remember any of the remarks which I made?”

“No; they are all gone.”

“Well then, Mary,” said Charles Spurgeon, “it could not have done you much good.”

“Oh! But they did me a great deal of good.”

“How can that be?” he asked.

“I will tell you, sir, how it is; I put this wool in the sieve under the pump, I pump on it, and all the water runs through the sieve, but then it washes the wool.

So it is with your sermons; they come into my heart, and then they run right through my poor memory, which is like a sieve, but it washes me clean, sir.”

“You might talk for long while about the cleansing and sanctifying power of the Word,” said Mr Spurgeon, “and it will not make such an impression on your congregation as this simple story would.”


With many peaceful blessings


John Wesley – The Movie

This morning I have had a very enlightening time through watching a movie about the life of John Wesley.

Very interesting and educational.

If you’d like to take a look you’ll be able to view the film by going to:-

I personally found the film absolutely fascinating. It has my highest recommendation.

With many peaceful blessings





Trefeca – the Home of Howell Harris (1714 – 1773)

Today I visited Trefeca.

Trefeca was the home of Howell Harris (1714-1773), influential leader of the Methodist Revival in Wales and contemporary of other great Methodists such as Daniel Rowland, William Williams Pantycelyn, George Whitefield and John and Charles Wesley.

Many people, from various Christian traditions come to Trefeca for training, conferences, spiritual renewal and retreat.

At Trefeca, the emphasis is on hospitality and Christian welcome and for many people. Trefeca is a little bit of heaven with its beautiful surroundings, timeless quality, sense of peace and true family atmosphere, where people of many traditions can gather together to witness and to worship.

Whilst at Trefeca I was able to spend some peaceful reflective moments in deep prayer within the small chapel, which is situated close to the main building. It was a beautiful experience.

These are just a few of the photographs I took whilst I was there:-

Trefeca - the home of Howell Harris (1714-1773)

Trefeca – the home of Howell Harris (1714-1773)

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