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The Aldersgate Flame (John Wesley's conversion place memorial)

The Aldersgate Flame (John Wesley’s conversion place memorial)

Route

Walk through the park, passing St Botolph Aldersgate on the left. Come out at Aldersgate Street. Turn left. Cross the lights at Aldersgate Street and walk towards the Museum of London. Take the escalator or lift to the Museum of London. Outside the entrance is The Aldersgate Flame.

Background information

This bronze memorial, in the shape of a flame, is on the site of John Wesley’s conversion experience on May 24, 1738. It shows the page from his journal telling of the deep spiritual turning point that connected him even more deeply to Christianity and which changed his life.

“In the evening I went very unwillingly to a society in Aldersgate Street, where one was reading Luthers preface to the Epistle to the Romans. About a quarter before nine, while the leader was describing the change which God works in the heart through faith in Christ, I felt my heart strangely warmed. I felt I did trust in Christ alone for salvation; and an assurance was given me that He had taken away my sins, even mine, and saved me from the law of sin and death.”

In the next fifty years, Wesley travelled over 25,000 miles and preached over 40,000 sermons, stating, “The world is my parish”, aiming to reform the nation and to spread spiritual holiness throughout the land. He addressed ordinary working people outside, known as field preaching. He campaigned on social issues, such as slavery, prison reform and universal education.

Reflections

  • What are the experiences that have shaped our lives and warmed our hearts?
  • If the world was our parish, how would we behave today?
  • What do we want to change in the world?

Activities

  • Create a flame shape out of silver metallic paper or carefully out of a cut out drinks can. Write an account of a moment that changed your life forever, for example, the birth of baby brother or sister, meeting a special friend, or something you saw in a film or read that influenced you. Attach this to the flame shape.
  • Make a list of social issues that you care about in the world today. Give a speech that will wake people up to the need for change and make them ready to do something about it in their lives.

Practical points

Toilets inside Museum of London.

Nettleton Court (outside Museum of London)
Aldersgate Street
London
EC2Y 5HN

www.methodist.org.uk 

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