Born in song
Methodists are well known as enthusiastic
singers, in choirs and congregations. Singing is still an important
means of learning about, sharing and celebrating our faith.
The newly authorised hymnbook of the Methodist
Church is Singing the Faith (see www.singingthefaithplus.org.uk).
The annual Methodist Conference always opens and
closes with traditional hymns. Many visitors are inspired by the
power of a large gathering singing unaccompanied in harmony.
John and Charles Wesley first realised the power
of singing to strengthen faith when they were travelling across the
Atlantic to Georgia in January 1736. There was a terrible storm at
sea, but a group of German Moravian Christians inspired the
brothers with their confidence in God. They preached and sang hymns
together and the Wesley brothers realised their own faith was much
Two years later, back in London, both John and
Charles experienced a kind of conversion in which they felt a deep
assurance that they personally had received salvation.
Charles wrote in all about 6000 hymns, and many
of them are still sung today, not only by Methodists, but by
Christians across the world.
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Make a Journey of Faith
What is the Methodist Church?
What do Methodists believe?
What happens during Methodist worship?
Can I get married in a Methodist Church?
Can my baby be baptized in a Methodist Church?
You'll find the answers to these and other
questions in Make a Journey of Faith - a short
introduction to the Methodist Church.
free Make a Journey of Faith ebook
epub file* Right-click and choose 'Save Target As'.
For churches wishing to deepen their welcome to
visitors and newcomers, a printed edition of the booklet is
available from Methodist Publishing. It is priced £5
(plus postage and packaging) and sold in packs of 50.