Name and Mission - Aldersgate United Methodist Church
Name and Mission
ALDERSGATE: WHAT KIND OF NAME IS THAT?
Where did our name come from? The name Aldersgate was chosen by the people of the newly formed church at a congregational meeting on April 13, 1951.
John Wesley, the founder of Methodism, was a broken man in despair and finding little comfort in his faith was contemplating giving up the ministry. On the evening of May 24th, 1738 out of despair he reluctantly attended a Moravian Society meeting on Aldersgate in London, England. This experience changed his life. Someone read from Luther’s Preface to the Epistle to Romans and Wesley writes;
About 8:45 p.m.
“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.”
Aldersgate Church is named after this powerful and life changing event in the life of John Wesley and the life of the Methodist Movement.
Mission — “Caring, sharing and spreading the Good News of Jesus Christ.”