Comber First Presbyterian Church (1859)



The good work still continues to progress here. The evening prayer meetings in 'First Comber' are attended by crowds, and awakenings are of daily occurrence. Upwards of two hundred 'cases' in connection with Mr Killen's congregation have already occurred, and the whole aspect of society is changed. Prayer and praise may be heard in every quarter, the public houses are nearly empty, profanity has ceased and the great topic of conversation is the salvation of the soul. Scoffers have mostly been silenced, and some of them converted.

"Comber Fair on Tuesday presented such an aspect of sobriety, morality and seriousness as was never before witnessed. The Rev. A. Moody Stewart of Edinburgh and the Rev. Milne of Perth visited Comber on Friday last and, in company with Mr Killen, examined a great many of the awakened and converted with whose condition they seemed greatly solemnised and gratified. They mentioned that they considered the state of matters in Comber much more desirable than anything they had seen in Belfast. Mr Milne addressed an immense audience in the evening, in Mr Killen's church. There is to be a large open-air meeting this evening (Thursday) in the Market Square, Comber, at which it is expected ministers from various districts will deliver addresses."

"The Banner of Ulster" 29th June 1859


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