asbury day 200

Work and Chapel :

Black Country Methodism
Family Fun Day

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 participated 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
  • Flyer for the day: Click Here