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An EXHIBITION charting the rise of the Methodist Church into a world-wide organisation opens at its north Lincolnshire birthplace next month.

Epworth’s Old Rectory is mounting a display looking at the international Methodist family from its beginnings, including John and Charles Wesley’s time in Georgia, America, in the 1730’s.

They were far from welcomed by the settlers “a rough and ready lot”, returning disillusioned to England in 1738.

It will also include the work of some of the early missionaries as well as taped recordings of five Methodists, who are now UK residents reflecting upon their upbringings in Methodist communities in five very different parts of the world.

The Old Rectory is famous as the childhood home of John and Charles, who founded the movement that went on to become the Methodist Church.

The exhibition - entitled The Rise and Impact of Global Methodism - opens on Wednesday March 14, at 11am.

It will then run throughout the summer and autumn during normal opening times - from 10am until 4.30pm from Monday to Saturday and 2pm until 4.30pm on Sundays this month and next.