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Francis Asbury - 200 year anniversary

PLEASE NOTE THE WALK HAS NOW BEEN CANCELLED

Francis Asbury

March 31st this year marks a significant Anniversary.  It will be 200 years since Francis Asbury died.

Asbury spent most of his life in North America and became known as the “Father of American Methodism”.  He was born in the Black Country and came to faith and under the influence of Methodism in that industrial heartland.  He became one of John Wesley’s travelling preachers and was sent to a number of places in this country before he was sent by the Conference to America.

His links with our Southampton District are very strong.

In 1770 Wesley appointed him as Superintendent of the Wiltshire Circuit.  Based in Salisbury he was responsible for churches in most of Wiltshire and Dorset and also Hampshire including Winchester and Portsmouth and as far as the Isle of Wight.

Various events will mark this bicentenary.

There is to be a Connexional “Family Fun Day” at the Black Country Living Museum                               on Saturday April 9th. *

Details of the day, including booking at concessional rates, are at www.methodistheritage.org.uk

We shall, briefly, mark the life of Francis Asbury during our Spring Synod at Salisbury on April 23rd.

Organised by our Salisbury Church there will be a walk linking Circuits in the District from Salisbury to the Isle of Wight.  It will start on Friday April 29th and conclude with Worship at Freshwater on Sunday 1st May – via the 9.15 ferry from Lymington.  On Saturday, April 30th the walk will be through the New Forest with a series of short sections, events and Worship. 

Members of our District Churches are very warmly invited to join us on the walk- particularly on the Saturday.  

Either David Hookins – minister@salisburymethodist.org.uk; or I sandyandbryan@tiscali.co.uk; will gladly supply the details.

Bryan Coates

Acting Superintendent, The Salisbury Circuit 

 

Asbury 200 | volunteer costume note

General costume guidelines very general, Victorian 

Women 

High neck, long sleeved shirts

Shawls, can be knitted or cotton patterned 

Long skirt in plain colour brown, black, grey, navy blue,

Sensible sturdy boots in a plain colour black or brown (practical for the type of site)

Make up should be natural and unobtrusive

If ladies hair is long it should be pinned up, teenagers can wear their hair down 

Modern jewellery or excessive jewellery is a no go 

Phones, tablets and other devices should not be used in view of the public 

Men 

Sensible sturdy boots in a plain colour black or brown (practical for the type of site)

Plain trousers or corduroys 

Plain shirt, can be grandad type (with short collar) 

Waistcoats in plain colour 

Modern jewellery or excessive jewellery is a no go 

Phones, tablets and other devices should not be used in view of the public