John Wesley Coming to Granite Falls


WesleyFirst United Methodist Church of Granite Falls will host a special presentation of The Man from Aldersgate with B.J. Johnston on Sunday, May 24 at 9:30 AM – 12N in the church sanctuary. Written by playwright Brad L. Smith, The Man from Aldersgate is a one-man play taken directly from the journals of John Wesley. Through the powerful medium of drama, Wesley and his dynamic ministry are brought to life. During the performance, Wesley shares how his transformation through faith in Jesus Christ sparked a revival that changed England and America. “John Wesley’s life is an example of the power of grace to completely transform a human life” said Howard Fleming, pastor of the church. “Wesley’s story is portrayed in this drama in such a creative way that it is an inspiration to all ages and speaks to all people no matter what their faith background.” The Man from Aldersgate encourages spiritual renewal, giving the audience new insights into the importance of prayer, how personal failure can teach us to trust Christ, how religion is often the most dangerous idol of all and how a mother’s faith can shape a child’s destiny. “The play is about transformation,” said Johnston. “It’s about Wesley’s struggle with trying to earn his salvation, but realizing he could not.” John Wesley was an Anglican clergyman, evangelist and the principal founder of the Methodist Church. On May 24, 1738, Wesley attended a religious meeting at Aldersgate Street in London, where he underwent a spiritual conversion centered upon the realization that he was personally loved and accepted by God. After this transformation, he devoted his life to sharing this truth. “This performance presents an old message with a contemporary application,” said Johnston. “I truly feel like the Lord connected me with the character of Wesley, a man who by today’s standards amazes us.” Johnston, a student of Wesley for nearly 35 years, has a Bachelor of Fine Arts in music and dance from Stephens College and a master’s degree in theater education from Scarritt College. He has appeared in more than 50 theatre productions throughout America and is now performing The Man from Aldersgate all over the country. Admission to the drama is FREE and open to the public. There will be a nursery available for children 4 years and younger. For more information, contact First United Methodist Church – Granite Falls: (828) 396-1011 or If you would like to schedule The Man from Aldersgate for your church or event, please call 601-951-1761 or visit

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Lewis Center for Church Leadership

Lewis Center for Church Leadership: Books

Lewis Center for Church Leadership: Serve Your Neighbor

GBHEM Leadership Resources


Living Faithfully: Human Sexuality and the United Methodist Church

Englewood Book Review

Five Practices of Fruitful Congregations

Ted Talks: The Golden Circle

Ted Talks: The Power of Vulnerability

Ted Talks: The Price of Invulnerability

Design Thinking

Meditations on the Ministry of All Christians


Be A Disciple

A Disciple’s Path; A Guide for United Methodist

Lewis Center for Church Leadership: Adult Christian Studies from the Wesley Ministry Network

Traveling Together: A Guide for Disciple Forming Congregations


Living As United Methodist Christians

Methodist Doctrine: The Essentials

Reclaiming our Wesleyan Tradition: John Wesley’s Sermons for Today

John Wesley Sermons: Anthology


Get Their Name

Evangelism & Theology in the Wesleyan Spirit

Canoeing the Mountains

Fresh Expressions

Fresh Expressions: Dinner Church

Lewis Center for Church Leadership: Reach New Disciples

Lewis Center for Church Leadership: 50 Ways to Reach People

Community: The Structure of Belonging


Institute for Emerging Issues

Congregations 4 Children


The Royce and Jane Reynolds Ministry Fund Grants

The Duke Endowment


The Appalachian District Church Vitality Team has been prayerfully seeking ways to help support you and the ministries of your local congregation during this COVID-19 pandemic. Together they have diligently researched and connected with others throughout the conference and our denomination to identify resources and offer them to you. We hope they will be helpful to you and bless you greatly in leading your churches and communities through this unprecedented time. We are very grateful to the District Vitality Team and other contributors for their great work on this resource.
This faithful team has created three documents, two of which you are receiving today. They include:

  • Family Home Worship – designed to help families establish a regular worship space within their homes as well as a time where they can worship together.
  • Tech Strategies – to help guide you in selecting effective tools and resources within your budget to best communicate in the digital world.

We believe these resources will be of great benefit to you. Also know that the District Vitality Team is available to answer any questions you might have in regards to the documents attached. If you have questions, you may email Rev. Howard Fleming at


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