A weekend of Wesley facts

(l-r) Rev Brian Beck, Rev Claire Potter, Rev David Leese, and Rev Ian Walker, next to the Wesley Family exhibition at Wesley Memorial Methodist Church. Picture: Andrew Roe

(l-r) Rev Brian Beck, Rev Claire Potter, Rev David Leese, and Rev Ian Walker, next to the Wesley Family exhibition at Wesley Memorial Methodist Church. Picture: Andrew Roe

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ISLE residents gathered to celebrate the life of the former Rector of Epworth who was born 350 years ago and helped to shape the Methodist movement.

Samuel Wesley, who served as rector for 40 years, had a huge influence on his sons John and Charles as they developed the Methodist movement.

A number of events were staged at the Wesley Memorial Methodist Church at the weekend to help mark the occasion.

On Saturday, Peter Forsaith, a research fellow of the Oxford Centre for Methodism and Church History, delivered a lecture about the influential family.

Residents gathered at the church for a united service on Sunday, led by Reverend Dr Brian Beck, former president and secretary of the Methodist Conference.

There was also a two-day exhibition of artefacts relating to the Wesley family.