Except in Scotland. Here, I'm just plain Methodist. And here, for the first time, I'm part of a church that was actually started by and visited by John Wesley himself. He came to Aberdeen to start the Methodist Society here. And he visited a couple of times. How cool is that?! We even have a big fancy chair in our sanctuary that was made for one of his visits. It's the John Wesley chair. =)
This summer, we celebrated the 250th anniversary of Methodism in Aberdeen. We at Crown Terrace got together with other churches (like the Salvation Army) to celebrate. We had an 'Ad Hoc Choir' to perform at a special service, celebrating Methodist hymns through the ages. I practiced with them for three weeks, and thoroughly enjoyed singing alto again, as well as learning some traditional UK hymns. We even made the world debut of a new hymn, buy a local Methodist scholar, academic, missionary, and all-round amazing man, Andrew Walls. I have the songs downloaded, but I don't know how to get them here to share them with you. I'll try to figure it out, but I can't make any promises. If you come see me, I'll play them for you to have a listen. =)
We also had a special open-air service in the Castlegate on the Saturday. It was both an act of celebration for our heritage in Aberdeen, as well as an act of witness to the city. The Salvation Army band played, we sang hymns, had prayers and our pastor, Ken Morgan, shared a short sermon. It was a very dreich day (spitting rain, cold, foggy, generally yucky) but I'm so glad I went. We were a small crowd, but the weather didn't put a damper on our spirits. After the service, the Salvation Army opened up their cafe to us for free coffee, tea and biscuits so that we could all fellowship together... and thaw out a wee bit. It was really cool to be there, to stand as a witness for Christ in Aberdeen, and to share fellowship and solidarity with other Methosdists here today and going back 250 years.
Still. I love being a Methodist, United or otherwise. John Wesley is the Man. =D