Religion: Methodist Merger

Kneeling in a little chapel in Aldersgate Street, London, a moody Anglican clergyman felt his heart "strangely warmed" by a feeling that through Jesus Christ he had been saved. The warming of John Wesley, two centuries ago, gave Methodism to the Church of England, which was not impressed. Wesley remained an Anglican, but his movement grew outside the Church, flowered in America, where the first Methodist bishop was consecrated in 1784, and where Methodist circuit riders followed the frontiers as they spread westward.

Homely is the Methodists' ritual, firm is their belief in salvation...

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