Commemorating the 200th anniversary of the death of Bishop Francis Asbury

Work and Chapel: Black Country Methodism
Family Fun Day: was held on Saturday 9 April 2016

Commemoration of the 200th anniversary of the death of Bishop Francis Asbury, Black Country boy and first Joint Superintendent Methodist minister in America took place in partnership with the Black Country Living Museum. We celebrated Asbury's early years as a local apprentice metal worker, and the impact of Methodism on the industrialised Midlands of the nineteenth century.

At the New Connexion Providence Chapel a Commemoration worship service took place and we were delighted to be joined by the President, Revd Steve Wild, Vice President, Dr Jill Barber, of the Methodist Conference and Craig Gaffney, Youth President within the Connexional Team who all particpated in the services. 

We discovered our living history in an exciting day for all the family

  • Nail-making and chain-making in the forge - see the sparks fly!
  • Exhibition
  • Talks
  • A 'flash mob' costumed choir
  • Commemoration service in the former New Connexion Providence Chapel
  • Victorian Sunday school experience - be on your best behaviour!
  • Vintage bus trips to visit Francis Asbury's childhood cottage
  • Hear story-telling and explore the Gospel Car (Find out more about Gospel Car 'No 11 Ebenezer' here)
  • Programme from the day: Click Here 

  • Order of Service from the day: Click Here


Video:  Click Here
Photos: Click Here
Newspapers: Click Here
Press release: Click Here
Podcasts: Click Here
BBC Radio 4, listen from 0030 to 0036: Click Here 
Premier Radio: Click Here



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Contact name: Sanya Strachan 020 7467 3770 , email

To continue commemorations for the life and work of Francis Asbury, the Birmingham, Bristol, Southampton and Wolverhampton & Shrewsbury Districts are planning a variety of events thoughout 2016.

Go to the relevant website for more information:
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