Methodist church has Wes­ley ex­hibit

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - Religion -

John Wes­ley, who founded the church of Method­ism with his brother, Charles Wes­ley, and Angli­can cleric Ge­orge White­field, are the fo­cus of the lat­est ex­hibit at First United Methodist Church in Lit­tle Rock.

Ac­cord­ing to The Watkins Dic­tionary of Re­li­gions and Sec­u­lar Faiths, Method­ism was orig­i­nally a nick­name for the Holy Club, an 18th-cen­tury re­li­gious so­ci­ety to which the broth­ers be­longed. Af­ter he ex­pe­ri­enced an “evan­gel­i­cal con­ver­sion,” John Wes­ley would go on to es­tab­lish the so­ci­eties that, linked by Chris­tian com­mit­ment, would sep­a­rate from Angli­can­ism to form the Methodist Church, and — with the Evan­gel­i­cal Brethren in the United States — would form the United Methodist Church in 1968.

The ex­hibit’s grand open­ing will be held at the church’s mu­seum, 723 Cen­ter St. in Lit­tle Rock, from 3-5 p.m. Dec. 16.

The ex­hibit will be open on Wed­nes­days from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and on Sun­days from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tours can also be sched­uled. arumc.org or (501) 904-1280.

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