Advert for a Wesleyan Church Sunday School
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On one such missionary excursion, to Georgia in 1735, Wesley found his faith at first tested and frustrated, but finally confirmed. On his return to Britain, he established a chapel in Bristol, aiming to rejuvenate the Church of England by example. Borrowing methods established by the Protestant Pietist-school of continental Europe, he organised small prayer groups, Bible-discussion forums, and encouraged lay (ie, non-ordained) preaching and social activism. Wesley was particularly concerned with the lot of the working classes, who he warned of the dangers of gambling and drinking, and in whom he tried instil the values of hard work and saving. John Wesley died in 1791, and just four years later his church separated formally from the Church of England. Under its new leader, the charismatic Hugh Price Hughes, the Wesleyan church attacked the Anglican control of education and gave strong support to the burgeoning Temperance Movement.