21 September 2001

New website looks forward to Wesley's 300th birthday

A new website which looks forward to the 300th anniversary of the birth of John Wesley has been launched this week. The renowned preacher and minister was born in Epworth, Lincolnshire, in June 1703.

The site features a brief introduction to the life and times of John Wesley and his involvement in the 'Methodist revival' of the 18th century. It was Wesley's efforts that became the roots of Methodism, today a worldwide Church that numbers more than 70 million people.

A series of celebration events and conferences are being planned during the anniversary year in 2003. These include a major ecumenical service at Lincoln Cathedral and an international academic conference at Manchester University. The new website will carry information about these and other events as they are planned.

Website editor Murray White said: "This 300th anniversary will be a time to pause and reflect on the significant impact that John Wesley had on the Christian story. It is an opportunity for the Methodist Church to celebrate Wesley's legacy and the new website will be an important way of announcing the many events in Britain and elsewhere that are expected to take place."

The new website can be found at www.wesley2003.org.uk

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