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‘Flat Wesleys’ Help Children Learn, Practice Intentional Discipleship

Children throughout the United Methodist connection are learning about the history of the Methodist movement and practicing intentional discipleship with the help of drawings of John and Charles Wesley called “Flat Wesleys.”

Churches in each annual conference and each central conference are receiving laminated copies of the Flat Wesleys to begin the project, which will continue through September, said Melanie C. Gordon, director of Ministry with Children at Discipleship Ministries.

History of Hymns: Wesley hymn invites all to ‘the Gospel Feast’

We are reminded that truth, as well as sustenance, is found in the gospel. Charles Wesley’s hymn, “Come, Sinners, to the Gospel Feast” is an invitation to that table and a reiteration of that truth.

History of Hymns: Famed Wesley hymn offers praise to a loving God

The youngest of 18 children, Charles possessed prodigious talents that soon blossomed. Little did he know that “Love Divine, All Loves Excelling,” would rise to become one of the most popular and consistently vocalized Christian songs.

Wesleyan Wisdom: Back on the trail of Methodist roots, 1738-1784

Editor’s note: This is the second in a series of columns tracing the footsteps of John Wesley. Let’s take a look at Wesley in the spring of 1738. Back in London since early February after his difficult pastorate in Georgia, he first met with trustees to explain why he was breaking contract and coming home […]

History of Hymns: John’s sermon, Charles’ hymn celebrate justification by faith

“Let Us Plead for Faith Alone” Charles Wesley UM Hymnal, No. 385 Let us plead for faith alone, faith by which our works is shown; God it is who justifies, only faith the grace applies. “To him that worketh not, but believeth on him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness.” Romans […]

Charles Wesley’s works amassed online

The Rev. Randy Maddox has tracked down, read, scrutinized and collected every one of the thousands of hymns and verses written by Charles Wesley (1707-1788), one of history’s greatest hymn writers and co-founder, along with his brother John, of the Methodist movement. Now, Dr. Maddox is eager to share them with the rest of the […]