The World Methodist Museum houses portraits of John Wesley, as well as many of the other pioneers of Methodism, by renowned British artist Frank O. Salisbury.
After Bishop Francis Asbury’s death in 1816 this trunk was given to Rev. Daniel Asbury, then a presiding elder in the South Carolina Conference. The trunk is lined with a newspaper dated November 10, 1814.
The original Death Mask of John Wesley is housed in the Osborn Collection at Drew University. This copy is one of three made from the original. The other two are in Wesley’s Chapel, London and Bridwell Library, Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Texas USA.
The World Methodist Museum houses two authenticated locks of John Wesley’s hair.
Among his many writings, John Wesley edited and abridged a number of devotional classics and republished them in what he called A Christian Library
These “Extracts from and Abridgments of the Choicest Pieces of Practical Divinity Which Have Been Published in the English Tongue,” as Wesley subtitled them, were first published in 50 volumes in 1750. The World Methodist Museum houses the First Edition of all 50 volumes.
This Traveling Pulpit was used by John Wesley at two known outdoor preaching points in London. The pulpit was first kept in the West Street Chapel in Piccadilly and moved outdoors for use near Seven Dials. Later is was kept at the Old Foundry where it was use in the Moorfields nearby. The “one-of-a-kind” pulpit was discovered in the crypt of Wesley’s Chapel during the restoration in the 1970s and given to the World Methodist Council by the Methodist Conference in Great Britain.
The John Wesley’s Conversion Place Memorial in London is located above Aldersgate Street, near the entrance to The Museum of London, by the line of Nettleton Court. Here the founder of Methodism, John Wesley, had his well-known heartwarming experience on May 24, 1738. On its face without comment is John Wesley’s own account of the day, Wednesday, May 24, 1738,
“I think it was about five this morning, that I opened my Testament on these words, ‘Thou are not far from the kingdom of God,’ In the afternoon I was asked to go to St. Paul’s. The anthem was, ‘Out of the deep have I called unto thee, O Lord: Lord, hear my voice…’ “In the evening I went very unwillingly to a society in Aldersgate Street, where one was reading Luther’s preface to the Epistle to the Romans. About a quarter before nine, while he was describing the change which God works in the heart through faith in Christ, I felt my Heart strangely warm’d. I felt I did trust in Christ, Christ alone for Salvation: And an Assurance was given to me, That He had taken away my Sins, even mine, and saved me from the Law of Sin and Death.”
The London Conversion Place Memorial was created by British Methodist layman and architect, Martin Ludlow. This quarter-sized copy was commissioned by Jimmy Davis and given to the Museum to honor his wife, Fleeta.
The Old Rectory at Epworth, constructed in 1696, was destroyed by fire in 1709. This charred beam was discovered under the present house at the time the Old Rectory was purchased and restored by the World Methodist Council in 1956.
“As Jesus looked up, he saw the rich putting their gifts into the temple treasury. He also saw a poor widow put in her two mites. “Truly I tell you,” he said, “this poor widow has put in more than all the others. All these people gave their gifts out of their wealth; but she out of her poverty put in all she had to live on.” (Luke 21:1-4)
The Christian lesson of the widow’s mites, as relayed in Luke (21:1-4) and Mark (12:41-44), is an enduring testament to the value of faith. A destitute widow has only a few mites to her name, and those she gave selflessly as her donation to the Temple. (Mites were ancient pennies, fairly worthless at the time). Jesus comments that her modest gift was worth more than the ostentatious contributions of the wealthy, for her mites represented all that she had. This virtuous woman had demonstrated true Christian faith in God — she could not know from where her next meal would come, but she believed that He would provide for her.
“Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness and all these things (food, clothes, all material needs) will be added unto you.” (Matthew 6:33)
A coin that we know as the Widow’s Mite No. 6 is on display in the World Methodist Museum as part of our Holy Land exhibit.