"As we inhabit the Gospel story for now, we will always be shaped by the faithful community who gave that story to us.
Heritage is part of our mission because it is in our roots, that our strength and nourishment are found from it, as surely as a tree stands open to the bright light of the day only because of its firm anchoring in the ground."
Reverend Dr Martyn Atkins
New £1.4m “Museum Of Methodism” To Open In London.
A museum telling the story of Methodism’s immense influence on Britain and the world is opening in central London on Saturday 25th May.
Situated in the crypt of the “Cathedral of Methodism”, Wesley’s Chapel, the Museum of Methodism promises to take visitors on a journey of spiritual discovery.
Bunhill Fields now grade-one listed.
Bunhill Fields, the burial place of Susanna Wesley has been upgraded to Grade I protected status.
Now recorded on the English Heritage National Register of Parks and Gardens, spokesperson for the organisation David Gerrard said: "Bunhill Fields... is considered the terra sancta of English Nonconformity. Few places document religious history so vividly."
Year of the Bible at Epworth
On 16th April Epworth Old Rectory launched a new exhibition to celebrate the 400th anniversary of the King James Bible.
The oldest bibles from the Epworth collection are on show. Many are family bibles, and the descendents of some of the families mentioned have been traced. Information about them is displayed as well as a bible translation timeline.
The handwritten bible project is also part of the exhibition and visitors to the Rectory will be able to contribute to The Old Rectory's handwritten bible throughout the open season (until October 31st 2011).
All are welcome.
Exhibiting Methodist Heritage
Methodist Heritage Officer, Jo Hibbard, and Tourism Adviser to the Methodist Heritage Committee, Keith Cheetham, spent 2 days at the National Exhibition Centre, Birmingham, in September, staffing a Methodist Heritage stand at the Group Leisure Travel Trade Show 2010.
Their aim was to encourage tour group organisers and coach firms to consider visits to Methodist Heritage sites, and Jo and Keith were able to give away over 270 copies of the Methodist Heritage Handbook.
This was the last in a series of exhibitions in 2010 featuring Methodist Heritage. These have included travel trade shows such as the 'Best of Britain & Ireland' (London Olympia, March 2010) and shows aimed at the Church such as the 'Christian Resources Exhibition' (Esher, May 2010). In 2011, Methodist Heritage will be exhibiting at these exhibitions aimed at groups planning tours and trips: