On Sunday, Feb. 6 there will be a portrayal of Methodism's founder, John Wesley (1703-1791), presented by the Rev. Don Baldwin, at the 11 a.m. worship service at Wesley United Methodist Church in Palo Alto.
Rev. Baldwin, a retired elder in the California-Nevada Annual Conference and a member of Earth Justice Ministries in Nevada City, will arrive dressed in period clothing and will assume the role of Wesley, the Anglican missionary, delivering sermons in the hill country outside of London, England.
The "audience" will be reminded of Wesley's historic teachings, such as: "Do all the good you can, whenever you can, to as many as you can, for as long as you can," and "In essentials, unity; in non-essentials, liberty; and in all things, charity" as Rev. Baldwin tells Wesley's story through a spirited portrayal of the man who started a movement which evolved into United Methodism.
He will participate in both the service and in Holy Communion.
You are invited to attend the Feb. 6 11 a.m. worship service/event to learn about religious history – particularly the roots of the United Methodist denomination – in a lively, engaging way.
Wesley UMC is located at 470 Cambridge Ave., Palo Alto, CA 94306.