Interactive Map and Videos Highlight Wesley Pilgrimage to England

NASHVILLE, Tenn. December 18, 2017 /Discipleship Ministries/ – A new interactive map of the United Methodist Church’s annual Wesley Pilgrimage in England is now available featuring videos of pilgrims visiting the places where John and Charles Wesley lived and served.

“The videos highlight the heritage sites we visit and explain why we are there,” said Rev. Steve Manskar, Director of Wesleyan Leadership at Discipleship Ministries, and pilgrimage co-leader. “When we are on the pilgrimage, we learn, pray, worship and reflect in community and in small groups.”

The Wesley Pilgrimage in England is organized by Discipleship Ministries, with support from the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry and the General Commission on Archives and History. Registration for the 2018 pilgrimage on July 9-19 is underway. For more information and to register, go to

In the introduction video, pilgrimage co-leader Dr. Paul Chilcote, Professor of Theology and Director of United Methodist Studies at Asbury Theological Seminar’s Florida Dunnam Campus in Orlando, explains the difference between being a tourist and being a pilgrim. Chilcote then describes each stop along the way:

Salisbury: Pilgrims experience the hospitality of Sarum College. They participate in several teaching sessions on Wesleyan missional leadership and meet in small groups over each evening meal. Pilgrims also worship with the people of Salisbury Methodist Church.

Oxford: Pilgrims learn about the events and people that shaped the beginning of the Wesleyan movement. They see a contemporary expression of Methodism at Wesley Memorial Methodist Church. Pilgrims go to Christ Church, Lincoln College, St. Mary’s Church (the University Church where John preached several sermons), and other historic sites.

Epworth: Pilgrims get a glimpse of the Wesley brothers’ childhood in the Old Rectory where their mother, Suzannah, taught them to read Scripture and pray. They also visit Saint Andrews Church, where all the Wesley children were baptized and heard their father, Samuel, preach.

Bristol: Pilgrims see the New Room, the first Methodist meeting house and the “Birthplace of Methodism” where the class meeting was born, then walk to Charles Wesley’s home.

London: Pilgrims visit John Wesley’s home and Wesley’s Chapel, which he opened in 1778. From the chapel, they take a walking tour which includes Suzannah Wesley’s grave in Bunhill Field and the Aldersgate Memorial Monument, and concludes with evensong at St. Paul’s Cathedral.

The videos were produced by Steve Horswill-Johnston, Executive Director of Communications at Discipleship Ministries and edited by Blake Davis. The interactive map is available online at

Ten nights lodging, most meals, coach travel to pilgrimage sites and more are included in the $1,995 registration fee. The fee does not include round-trip airfare to England. Pilgrims are responsible for their own travel to Sarum College. Participants will receive 3.0 CEUs.

Commissioned provisional elders and deacons, licensed local pastors, lay servants, lay speakers and certified lay ministers have until Jan. 12 to apply for 24 scholarships. The $1,200 scholarships will reduce the registration fee to $795. To apply for a scholarship go to Scholarship recipients will be notified before Jan. 31.

In addition to Discipleship Ministries, GBHEM and GCAH provide funds that support the scholarships.

A nonrefundable deposit of $350 must accompany completed registration forms, and full payment must be received no later than June 4, Manskar said. Applicants may break the balance into installment payments that fit their budgets. To work out a payment plan, contact Nancy Dunlap at Discipleship Ministries by email at [email protected].

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