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

Geoffrey

 

 

 

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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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John Wesley in Abergavenny – Tuesday, 16th October 1739

I felt in myself a strong aversion to preaching in Abergavenny.

However, I went to Mr Waters (a Presbyterian author of religious pamphlets who, on the 5th April 1739, had invited George Whitefield to Abergavenny and had erected a ‘very commodious’ stand at the back of his garden, from which Whitefield had preached) to desire the use of his stand.

He said, “With all my heart” – if the Minister was not willing to let me have the use of the church.

After the Minister’s refusal (for I wrote a line to him immediately) Mr Waters invited me to his house.

About a thousand people stood patiently (although the frost was sharp, it being after sunset) while from Acts xxviii, 22, I simply described the plain old religion of the Church of England, which is now almost everywhere spoken against under the new name of Methodism.

An hour after, I explained it a little more fully in a neighbouring house (the home of Mrs. Elizabeth James, a widow, in Cow Lane, now Nevill Street; on the 14th November 1741 she married George Whitefield in St Martin’s Church, Caerphilly), showing how
God hath exalted Jesus to be a Prince and a Saviour, to give repentance and remission of sins.

John Wesley – Tuesday, 16th October 1739

Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we had preachers today that could attract 1000 people to hear them preach?

And, remember, that John Wesley preached on very many occasions in fields and the open air, and such was their enthusiasm to hear Wesley preach that people willingly travelled long distances and stood in even the very worst weather to attend his meetings!!