250th Anniversary of John Wesley's Open Air Preaching

John Wesley's Open Air Preaching


Just as John Wesley had gone reluctantly to Aldersgate St, London, as a prelude to his “heart-warming” experience on May 24th 1738, when George Whitefield sent for him to go to Bristol in 1739 he again went reluctantly leaving London on March 26th 1739.

1989 celebrates the 250th Anniversary of the occasion when John Wesley made what was for him the momentous decision to take his message to the masses and begin ‘field preaching’.

On April 2nd 1739 in Bristol at 4pm in the afternoon “I submitted to be more vile and proclaimed in the highways the glad tidings of salvation, speaking from a little eminence in a ground adjoining to the city, to about three thousand people.”

Thus he was launched into his life’s work as a travelling open-air preacher. He became “the Lord’s Horseman”, ready to play his part in the 18th Century Evangelical Revival.


John and Charles Wesley