UMC Communications

Charlie Baber collaborated with the United Methodist Church Communications to take his Wesley Bros comics to the next level, with a series of animated videos.

UMC Communications Wesleys Take the Web series

A mobile-friendly history of the UMC

In this series of short videos, modern animated versions of the brothers who founded Methodism help us understand some of the history and theology of what is now The United Methodist Church. The characters were created by United Methodist pastor Charlie Baber, who draws the Wesley Bros Comics.

We hope you will watch and share these clips, and we hope they generate lots of conversations, whether with your confirmation class, new member class, Sunday school group or in other settings. We’ve even provided some discussion questions after the videos to get you started.

These videos were produced as a 21st century follow up to the popular clip known as “Clayride: A Gallop Through United Methodist History.” Find out more about the making of “Clayride” from the artists who created that 1984 classic.

The Wesleys Take the Web is available for download with French, German, Russian, Portuguese and Spanish subtitles and in closed captions on Youtube.

Animated Episodes

  • Wesleys Take the Web: Episode I, Link:
    This is the first episode in a series of three short videos that offer a modern animated version of the brothers who founded Methodism talking about how the denomination started.
  • Wesleys Take the Web: Episode II, Link:
    This is Episode II of a modern animated series which features the brothers who founded Methodism talking about some of the statistics and the spirit of what is now The United Methodist Church.
  • Wesleys Take the Web: Episode III, Link:
    This is Episode III of a series which offers a modern animated version of the brothers who founded Methodism talking about some of the statistics and the spirit of what is now The United Methodist Church.
  • Wesleys Take the Web: Advent Anthem, Link:
    In this installment of our modern animated series which features the brothers who founded Methodism, John Wesley tells his brother Charles that the “Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus” Christmas carol he is writing will never catch on. (Spoiler alert: More than 250 years later, the hymn is an Advent staple in United Methodist churches.)
  • Wesleys Take the Web: Money, Link:
    This installment of our modern animated series which features the brothers who founded Methodism talks about money and ways to make the best use of your blessings.
  • Wesleys Take the Web: Watch Night, Link:
    In this installment of our modern animated series which features the brothers who founded Methodism, John and Charles Wesley write down bad habits and re-commit to God through the tradition of Watch Night.
  • Wesleys Take the Web: Baptism, Link:
    In this installment of our modern animated series which features the brothers who founded Methodism, John and Charles Wesley take the plunge to explore the deep waters of the sacrament of baptism.
  • Wesleys Take the Web: Constant Communion, Link:
    In this installment of our modern animated series which features the brothers who founded Methodism, John and Charles Wesley talk about communion, the “Lord’s Supper” while preparing a meal.
  • Wesleys Take the Web: Hymn for Easter Day, Link:
    In this installment of our modern animated series about John and Charles Wesley, the guys have an impromptu songwriting session. Go “behind the music” with the brothers who founded Methodism.
  • Wesleys Take the Web: Directions for Singing, Link:
    In this installment of our modern animated series, which features the brothers who founded Methodism, John and Charles Wesley tackle the topic of etiquette for singing in church. John Wesley offers tips like: “Sing with good courage. Sing modestly. Stay in time.” In this episode, the brothers come up with helpful hints to keep everyone “on the same page” of the hymnal.
  • Wesleys Take the Web: Three General Rules, Link:
    In this installment of our modern animated series, which features the brothers who founded Methodism, John and Charles Wesley lay out three rules for holy living according to John Wesley.
  • Wesleys Take the Web: The Way of Salvation, Link:
    In this installment of our modern animated series, which features the brothers who founded Methodism, John and Charles Wesley explain God’s prevenient grace in laymen and feline terms.