Learn The Methodist Past to Prepare for the Future
More than 3,000 youth have crossed the threshold of the World Methodist Museum so far this year. Some are part of organized Confirmation and youth programs at Lake Junaluska while others travel with their specific church group and plan their own activities. This March and April has seen a record number of youth visit the museum – some weekends saw hundreds of youth crowd into the museum’s main gallery each day.
Their experience begins with a video highlighting significant items in the museum. The groups are then divided into smaller groups to complete a scavenger hunt. Finally, the groups reconvene for a review and have follow-up discussion.
Often referred to as the highlight of their Lake Junaluska Confirmation weekend, young people are surprised to see that the world has changed so much in 300 years, while human nature has hardly changed at all. Some of the issues that the early founders of Methodism dealt with in their time are still being wrestled with today.
V. Richardson of Belin UMC at Murrells Inlet, S.C. stated, “As a confirmation teacher, I could not adequately teach the history of Methodism, the life of John Wesley, or the spread of Methodism in America without our class visit to the World Methodist Museum. The kids love the hands-on experience, especially the artifacts. …I have many pictures of classes over the years. Please continue the good work of this important ministry…”
Visit the World Methodist Museum website to learn more about the museum and its collections, to support the museum, or to schedule a visit!