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John Wesley preaching from his father's tomb in Epworth
17th June - John Wesley born to the Rev. Samuel Wesley and his wife Susanna at Epworth, Lincolnshire.
17th August - Wesley appointed Curate to his father, the Rector of Epworth, at Wroot.
22nd November - John Wesley resumes his duties at Lincoln College and becomes the natural leader of the Holy Club.
14th October - John and Charles sail on the ship 'The Simmonds' from Gravesend to the American colony of Georgia at General James Oglethorpe’s invitation. Charles is to be Oglethorpe's secretary and John is to serve as chaplain to the settlers at Savannah.
26th July - Charles Wesley returns to England.
1st May - With the Moravian Peter Bohler, Wesley forms the Fetter Lane Religious Society.
21st May -
At John Bray’s home, 'Little Britain', Charles Wesley experiences his conversion, in which he is inspired to write the Hymn:
24th May - At a society near Aldersgate Street John Wesley experiences his conversion, which he described in his Journal: “In the evening I went very unwillingly to a society in Aldersgate Street, where one was reading Luther’s Preface to the Epistle to the Romans. 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, and saved me from the law of sin and death.”
13th June – 16th September - John Wesley tours Northern Europe visiting the Moravians at Herrnhut on the borders of Bohemia.
2nd April - John Wesley preaches his first open-air sermon, at Bristol, having been introduced to this style of preaching by George Whitefield. This open-air preaching continues to the end of his life; some 52 years.
3rd June - John Wesley preaches for the first time at the New Room, Bristol.
11th November - Wesley preaches for the first time in his new London headquarters, the Foundery Chapel.
The Holy Triumph of John Wesley in his Dying
15th February - Wesley establishes the first class meetings in Bristol, to better manage the pastoral needs of the Society’s members.
23rd July - Susanna Wesley, John and Charles’s mother dies. Her last wish is: “Children, as soon as I am released, sing a psalm of praise to God”. John buries her in Bunhill Fields Cemetery, London.
20th December - Wesley lays the foundation stone for the Orphan House in Newcastle-upon-Tyne.
1st – 2nd September - Wesley ordains preachers to work in the newly independent states of America.
24th February - Wesley writes his last diary entry.
Wednesday 2nd March - He dies just before 10am in his home in London, aged 87.
9th March - Wesley is buried very early in the morning, at the back of his Chapel; in a spot he had chosen for himself.
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