2019 marks the 350th anniversary of the birth of Susanna Wesley, “the mother of Methodism"

On Sunday 20th January 2019, the Methodist Church are commemorating the 350th anniversary of the birth of Susanna Wesley, ‘Mother of Methodism’. To mark the occasion preachers, congregations and individuals are being asked to use the attached prayer which has been written by Jenny Carpenter - archivist and curator at Epworth Old Rectory.

Living, loving God, Trinity in Unity,

We praise and thank you for the life of Susanna Wesley, Mother of Methodism.

Inspired by her regime of private prayer and meditation, may we grow in our devotion to you.

Following our conscience as she did, may we think for ourselves and dare to act on Kingdom values.

Aware of her programme of teaching her children, girls and boys alike, may we value and nurture all in our care, sensitive to individual needs.

Encouraged by her determination to build up the faith of her family and the parish of Epworth, may we lead others to follow Christ more closely.

Discerning the Holy Spirit moving powerfully in the life of the nation as she did, may we be open to new challenges and expect great things from you.

We ask this in the name of Jesus Christ

and in the power of the Spirit. Amen.