John Wesley preached his first sermon in Wales on October 15, 1739.

 The event is commemorated by the names of the Devauden streets Wesley Gardens and Wesley Way. A bust of John Wesley was erected on the village green in 2013.

A quote from Wesley Center Online

John Wesley preached his first sermon in Wales on October 15, 1739, on the little green at the foot of the Devauden Hill near Chepstow. Wesley's first convert was a poor woman who had walked six miles to hear him, and followed him to Abergavenny, Usk, and Pontypool, found peace, and stood by his side at Cardiff, the wave-sheaf of an abundant harvest.”

The event is commemorated by the names of the Devauden streets Wesley Gardens and Wesley Way.

A quote from John Wesley’s journal

“Monday 15th October 1739

Upon a pressing invitation, some time since received, I set out for Wales. About four in the afternoon I preached on a little green at the foot of the Devauden (a high hill, two or three miles beyond Chepstow) to three or four hundred plain people on "Christ our wisdom, righteousness, sanctification, and redemption." After sermon, one who I trust is an old disciple of Christ, willingly received us into his house: whither many following, I showed them their need of a Saviour from these words, "Blessed are the poor in spirit." In the morning I described more fully the way to salvation--"Believe in the Lord Jesus, and thou shalt be saved"; and then, taking leave of my friendly host, before two came to Abergavenny.

Three or four hundred – not a bad turnout.

 

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