History of The New Room
Event During May 2017
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Event During June 2017
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Friday, 02 June at 1:00 PM
Holy Communion Service led by Revd David Weeks

Friday, 09 June at 1:00 PM
As the New Room is CLOSED to visitors today, there will be no Holy Communion Service

Friday, 16 June at 1:00 PM
Holy Communion Service led by Revd Gordon James

Friday, 23 June at 1:00 PM
Holy Communion Service led by Revd Mandy Briggs

Friday, 30 June at 1:00 PM
Holy Communion Service led by Revd Hilary Cooke

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New Room Bristol


There follows extracts from the former official guidebook.

The History

John Wesley came to Bristol in 1739 at the invitation of George Whitefield, who asked him to take over his work of preaching to the open air crowds which he had gathered. Wesley preached his first open air sermon in this country on April 2nd in a Brickfield in St. Philip’s Marsh and continued this work later at Hanham Mount and several other places. Religious Societies in Bristol then increased in size, and on May 9th Wesley bought the land and on May 12th laid the foundation stone of what he called "our New Room in the Horsefair", which was built as a place to expound the Scriptures to the Societies. It is thus the first Methodist building in the world.

When the Societies were united here, they became the first Society fully under Wesley’s control. In 1742 it became the first Society to be divided into Classes with Leaders. In 1748 the building was enlarged and to some extent reconstructed.

BBC Bristol
There is an interview with David Worthington (Manager of the New Room) and further images of the chapel on the BBC Bristol website.
Please click on the link to access.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/bristol/faith/newroom/


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