Within The New Room’s chapel complex, there is a small museum of Wesley and Methodist artefacts (relics?).These rooms are where local preachers and Wesley himself stayed when he was in Bristol. As I said last week, the entire chapel is really a museum because there is no congregation there.
There is a sense in which the items in the museum are important for history, but I will admit that I find the connection to John Wesley fascinating. I am not saying that I believe they hold any particular power in the sense that relics hold for our Roman Catholic and Eastern Orthodox brothers and sisters. But, there does seem something special (?) about the fact these are Wesley’s possessions.
Still, it begs the question, what role do these types of artefacts hold in a Protestant denomination whose theology holds that there is no power in these items?