Our Little Lambs

We’d like to tell you a little more about our Little Lambs, Susanna and Charlie.

Little Girl Lamb FNLSusanna’s namesake is Susanna Wesley, mother of John and Charles Wesley and 17 other children. Wikipedia lists her occupation as “The Mother of Methodism.” She was married to the Rev. Samuel Wesley for 44 years. They suffered illness, disease, poverty, and the death of children.
Fire twice destroyed their home.

Susanna had a great influence on her children, giving them their early education. Charles and his older brother John learned from her to be methodical as she instilled in them the self-control and routine in study, and in daily prayer and devotions, which characterized them in later life.

 

Little boy lamb FNLCharlie’s namesake is Charles Wesley, who penned more than 6,000 hymns, one of which
(“O For a Thousand Tongues to Sing”) is the first hymn in The United Methodist Hymnal.

He was educated at Christ Church, Oxford. In 1735, Charles was ordained as a priest and traveled with John, who felt called to be a missionary in the new colony of Georgia. In October 1735, Charles and his brother John sailed on The Simmonds from Gravesend, Kent for Savannah in the Georgia Colony in British America at the request of the governor, James Oglethorpe. Charles was appointed Secretary of Indian Affairs and while John remained in Savannah, Charles went as chaplain to the garrison and colony at near-by Fort Frederica, St. Simon’s Island. In August 1736, he sailed from Charleston, South Carolina, never to return to the Georgia colony.

The MFUMC Youth Choir singing at Christ Church Cathedral.
The MFUMC Youth Choir singing at Christ Church Cathedral

The Methodist style was to take the word of God to people, wherever they were, rather than try to get them into a church to hear it. The numbers of converts grew and were gathered into “societies” to nurture their faith.

Charles continued his ministry in England until his death at 80 in March 1788.

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