Asbury 200

2016 marks the 200th anniversary of Francis Asbury.  Find out about the history and the events being held to commemorate his remarkable life and work.

A message from our minister, David Hookins:

I hope that you are aware of our link with Frances Asbury, who was one of John Wesley’s travelling preachers. He was appointed to the Wiltshire Circuit as Superintendent in 1770 and was based in Salisbury. The Circuit at that time covered most of Hampshire, Dorset and Wiltshire and included the Isle of Wight.

From Salisbury he travelled to the Bristol conference in August 1771, where John Wesley’s called for volunteers for the new mission fields of North America.

Asbury responded and, after a short emotional visit home to Great Barr, he sailed from Pill, near Bristol, on Wednesday 4th September, 1771. He never returned and was the only Methodist preacher who remained in America during the War of Independence. He followed John Wesley’s example and travelled many thousands of miles by horse establishing Methodism in America and founding many churches. He became known as ‘the Father of American Methodism’.

31st March, 2016 will mark 200 years since his death and there are various events to mark this.

  • 3rd April 10.30 a.m.  Three Church Service at Salisbury Methodist Church
  • 9th April All Day Connexional Family Fun Day at the Black Country Living Museum, Dudley
  • 29th April – 1st May SMc walk from Salisbury to the Isle of Wight With shorter walks and events on the Saturday in the New Forest
  • 17th July 10.30 a.m. Worship led by The Rev’d Paul Chilcot from USA Wesley Pilgrims

As you can see there are plenty of events. If you would like to come to the Black Country Museum please sign-up for the coach on the noticeboard or speak to Sue Gilbert.

I hope that you will join us in our celebration of the life and work of this great man.

David Hookins

Find out more on our history page, or see Asbury’s story brought to life on our art pages.