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John Wesley Statue

John Wesley Statue

Cross Cannon Street at the lights near to the Tourist Information Centre. Turn right and follow the road to the entrance of St Paul’s Churchyard. Walk in and go past the statue of St Paul, shown with a halo and carrying a cross. As you walk towards the exit, you will see the Londoners Killed in the Blitz Memorial and the John Wesley statue

Background information

John Wesley (1703-1791), along with his brother Charles, was the founder of Methodism. He is shown preaching and holding the Bible. His statue stands at his exact height – 5’ 1”. It has the words ‘By Grace Ye Are Saved By Faith’ and ‘Priest, Poet, Teacher of the Faith’.

As a child, his father was the rector of Epworth, in Lincolnshire. When he was six years old, he was rescued from the first floor window of the burning rectory and this experience made a great impression on him. He thought of his survival as a miracle and himself as ‘a brand set apart from burning’. He felt he had been chosen by God to do special work.

Later as a Church of England minister, he met with others in Oxford to do Bible study, have Christian prayer and do acts of charity. They were called ‘The Holy Club’ or ‘Methodists’ because of the way they carried out their Christian faith.

Reflections

  • If you were a statue, how would you be represented?
  • How do our childhood experiences shape us?

Activities

  • See more in The Aldersgate Flame

Practical points

St Paul’s Churchyard is a good outdoor place to have a rest and eat. There are toilets by New Change.

Teachers who wish to continue the themes of this walk inside St Paul’s should download the ‘Fire and Water’ booklet from the cathedral.

North West corner of St Paul’s Cathedral Churchyard
Ludgate Hill
London
EC4M 8AD

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