Born in song

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 weaker.

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?

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You'll find the answers to these and other questions in Make a Journey of Faith - a short introduction to the Methodist Church.

Download a free Make a Journey of Faith ebook
 
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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.