Northside United Methodist Church in Atlanta had the amazing opportunity to host the Flat Wesleys for two weeks in early March.
Some of you might be thinking, “What in the world are the Flat Wesleys?” Great question! You may remember the literacy program, based on the book Flat Stanley, where an actual flat cardboard version of the book’s main character would journey from school to school and from home to home. In a similar fashion, Discipleship Ministries created Flat John and Flat Charles Wesley, two paper figures who journey from church to church to teach children about our Wesleyan heritage and about the Way of Discipleship.
The children of Northside UMC spent the first week of the Wesleys’ visit learning about the history of Methodism.
Rev. Taylor Driskill Pafford, Pastor of Children’s Ministry, shared a slide show of pictures from her 2014 Wesleyan Pilgrimage (also through Discipleship Ministries) and showed the children pictures of locations which were formative to the Wesleys’ founding of the Methodist movement. The children especially enjoyed hearing about the Wesleys’ time here in the state of Georgia.
The second week of the Wesleys’ visit, the children learned about the Way of Discipleship. They learned that compassion and justice are works of mercy, and worship and devotion are works of piety. The children also made their own Flat Wesleys to take home; and, they promised to take photos representing compassion, justice, worship, and devotion with their Flat Wesleys .
While visiting Northside, the Flat Wesleys also had the joy of visiting the 7th grade Confirmation class, Northside Preschool Chapel, and Wednesday night programming (where they had an adventure or two in the Bouncy Castle). On March 9th, The Flat Wesleys hopped in an envelope and itinerated to Mountain View United Methodist Church in Oklahoma. We look forward to hearing about their adventures in Oklahoma and beyond!
Flat Wesleys are scheduled to make several other visits to North Georgia UM churches. We will check in with Flat John and Flat Charles as they visit: