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April 22, 2008
From journal London, Free and Easy
Edgewater Park, New Jersey
May 2, 2005
For those who haven't been brought up United Methodist, John Wesley was the near-Puritanical protestant who began his own branch of Christianity, United Methodism, when he saw that those who couldn't afford nice church clothes or understand the high language used in services were being "denied a relationship with God", and so he and his brother Charles began to go down into coal mines on Sundays to bring the word to the working class.
It's a nice story, but not exactly Movie of the Week nice, not Tuesdays with Morrie nice. A great little story for devotees of a little religion of 8.8 million and not exactly of interest to anyone outside them.
What you'll find at the Wesley Chapel and Museum, however, is that there was more to the story than just the Methodist mythology. This was a man who was possibly one of the first fitness gurus of his age, someone who was fitness instructor, dietian, and more. He designed his own clothes, gardened, and worked on a lot of little projects that make him more than just some religious figure.
Even if the life of one Puritan isn't intresting to you, there's the archetecture of the chapel itself and the little garden behind his home, which is stunning. The people are friendly, and in the Methodist tradition, ready with food and drink for any visitor that pops by.
Oh, and if free coffee and muffins aren't enough to get you there, try this on for size: admission and a personal guided tour are free.
From journal Seven Days in London