This week, this veers from the traditional Wesley sites, but does continue the theme I left with last week about Wesley and relics and our need to keep objects identified with the found of Methodism.
Over here, one of the things that many Anglicans will remind me is, ‘John Wesley was always an Anglican priest!’ Of course what they don’t say is that they refused to let him preach in their churches. And that the Anglican Church ‘left’ the Methodist Church ‘at the altar’ 30 years ago. Still, I do find many Anglicans are often more willing to talk about Wesley than Methodists are.
At Lincoln Cathedral (which is my favourite) they have kept a pulpit in which John Wesley preached. I found this out talking to a verger when April and I were there with our friends Jen and Mike (also Methodist ministers). When the verger found out we were Methodists, he directed us to this pulpit kept in one of the transepts. I couldn’t find the verger again and it was late in the day, so I didn’t get to ask where the pulpit was when he preached in it or why they chose to keep it. It’s fascinating they would keep it and, even if Wesley is not the reason, that they can say that he did preach from it.
Lincoln Cathedral is well worth a visit if you get the chance to go, and it is especially close if you are ‘Wesley hunting’ in nearby Epworth (where Wesley was born). I will be heading that way next week (virtually, that is)!