John Wesley is converted, launching the Methodist movement; celebrated annually by Methodists as Aldersgate Day | MAY 24

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Aldersgate Day is a commemorative day celebrated by Methodist Christians on 24 May or the nearest Sunday. It recalls the day in 1738 when Church of England priest John Wesley attended a group meeting in Aldersgate, London, where he received an experience of assurance of his salvation. This was the pivotal event in Wesley’s life that ultimately led to the development of the Methodist movement in Britain and America.

In the calendars of the Methodist Church of Great Britain and the United Methodist Church the event is publicly commemorated in church services on the nearest Sunday to 24 May, called Aldersgate Sunday