On the Sunday nearest to 24th May (in 2020 the 24th is a Sunday)  many  Methodists remember  Aldersgate Sunday when John Wesley had an experience which encouraged him to change his life in many ways. As he says in his journal for 24th May 1738.

“In the evening I went very unwillingly to a society in Aldersgate street, where one was reading the preface to Luther’s epistle to the Romans.  At about a quarter before nine, while he was describing the change which God works in the heart through faith in Christ, I felt my heart strangely warmed. I felt I did trust in Christ, Christ alone for salvation; and an assurance was given me that He had taken away my sins, even mine.”

If you were wondering what Luther’s epistle to the Romans was Luther was a 16th century German protestant reformer.  Aldersgate is in the city of London by St Pauls and the museum of London. I visited the site a few years ago and it is  now is a  cement walkway between skyscrapers so not what John Wesley would have seen.

More about John Wesley and his family can be found in the blogs

Wesley Chapel and Home

Susanna Wesley