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Wednesday, November 01, 2006

Continuting Education Opportunity

Charles Wesley Pilgrimage in England
(Qualifies for 3 CEUs)

Methodists and other Christians around the world will mark the 300th anniversary of Charles Wesley’s birth in 2007.

Duke Divinity School and the General Board of Discipleship of the United Methodist Church are offering a ten-day pilgrimage in England July 31-August 10, 2007 to celebrate this important event and immerse participants in the legacy of this important Methodist founder.

Dr. Paul W. Chilcote (Professor of the Practice of Evangelism and Wesleyan Studies at Duke Divinity School and President of The Charles Wesley Society), Dr. Steve Manskar (Director of Accountable Discipleship at GBOD), and Dr. Tim Macquiban (Principal of Sarum College in Salisbury, England) will provide leadership for this once in a lifetime opportunity.

The Pilgrimage will acquaint participants with the historical background and religious heritage of the Methodist movement and the life and witness of Charles Wesley.

Participants will visit sites associated with this great hymn writer — Epworth, his place of birth; Oxford, where he studied and taught, and where he founded the so-called “Holy Club”; Bristol, where he helped to form the first Methodist Societies and began to raise his family; and London, where Charles Wesley and his family spent the final years of his life, overseeing the expanding Methodist movement with his brother, John.

The pilgrimage includes Salisbury and a stay at Sarum College, in the shadow of the magnificent cathedral; West Bromwich near Birmingham, Frances Asbury’s training-ground; Glastonbury and Wells, with their connections to the Arthurian legends; Gloucester, associated with the Wesleys’ friend and colleague, George Whitefield; and important sites in London such as St. Paul’s and Westminster Abbey. Opportunity to experience the England that Charles Wesley knew and loved will abound: the rolling countryside of the Cotswold Hills near Oxford, the fenland around Epworth, the charm of small English villages, and the elegance of the ancient city of Bath.

Participants in this ten-day adventure will also have the opportunity to:

  • Immerse themselves in the ministry, theology, and spirituality of Charles Wesley through daily prayer and worship, visiting historic sites, plenary and small group teaching moments
  • Understand the essential role of Charles Wesley’s hymns in Christian formation in the Wesleyan heritage
  • Have fun!
  • Learn and pray where Charles Wesley prayed and served
  • Reflect, pray, and build relationships in small groups
  • Be equipped to share and articulate what you learn
  • Make a connection between the Wesleyan/Methodist heritage and the life and ministry of your home congregation today

The Itinerary

Tuesday, July 31 Arrival at Ammerdown Centre for lunch around 1:00 p.m.

  • Tour of facilities and settling in
  • Evening Introductory learning time with Paul Chilcote

Wednesday, August 1 Glastonbury & Wells

  • AM Background and overview of Charles Wesley’s life and ministry
  • PM Excursion to Glastonbury and Evensong at Wells Cathedral

Thursday, August 2 Epworth

  • AM Travel by coach to Lincolnshire (West Bromwich en route)
  • PM Visit Epworth parish church & churchyard, Market Cross, the Old Rectory, & Wesley Memorial Chapel
  • Supper at Bawtry Hall, Bawtry

Friday, August 3 Oxford

  • AM Travel by coach to Oxford
  • PM Visit Christ Church College & Chapel, St. Mary’s Church, & free time
  • Evening Return to Ammerdown

Saturday, August 4 Gloucester & the Cotswolds

  • AM Visit Gloucester sites
  • PM Explore the Cotswolds
  • Evening Return to Ammerdown

Sunday, August 5 Bath

  • Worship, Rest & Recreation

Monday, August 6 Bristol

  • AM & PM Visit Charles Wesley House & Centre, The New Room, & Bristol Cathedral
  • Evening Supper at Sarum College, Salisbury

Tuesday, August 7 London

  • AM & PM Visit Marylebone, Wesley Chapel & Home at City Road, Tour of Wesley sites, St. Paul’s Cathedral, etc.

Wednesday, August 8 Salisbury

  • AM & PM Free Day: visit Stonehenge, explore Salisbury & Wiltshire countryside

Thursday, August 9 Salisbury

  • AM & PM Closing lectures, evaluation, worship

Friday, August 10 Departure

  • AM Breakfast & departures

For more information and to register, please go to or call Becky Caudill at 877-899-2780, ext. 7059, email at


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