Ingoldsthorpe - Primitive Methodists (1831)



The same day he went to Snettisham, and was painfully exercised in mind on the way, fearing that he should have no success; but when he ascended the steps of the cross, a large congregation gathered round him, to whom he was enabled to preach the Gospel “with the Holy Ghost sent down from heaven;” all his hearers seemed affected, and several invited him to their houses. This was the beginning of a great work there. In the course of a few months, a society of sixty members was established, and a chapel fitted up for worship, capable of accommodating 200 persons.

A good work also began at several other places on the Mission, and on the 27th of May, a powerful camp-meeting was held at Ingoldsthorpe near Snettisham, where forty persons, it was judged, found peace through faith in Christ One young man, who went to mock the preachers and the people, was speedily arrested by the Holy Spirit; he trembled under a sense of his guilt and danger, his knees smote one against another, and unable to stand, he fell to the ground, and in deep distress of soul, cried to the Lord for mercy. He was pointed to the Lamb of God; and, confiding in the sacrifice of the cross for pardon and salvation, he found deliverance from his oppressive load of guilty and went home rejoicing in the Lord. He soon afterwards became a class-leader and a local preacher.

A great reformation was soon apparent among the new converts. Many who had formerly spent their Sabbaths in pleasure and amusement, or in drunkenness and other crimes, neglecting the ordinances of religion, and wholly disregarding the Divine authority, became devout observers of the Lord's day, attended Divine worship with holy delight, cultivated habits of sobriety and industry, and ornamented their professions by a consistent deportment. From, ‘The History of the Primitive Methodist Connexion from its origin, by John Petty, 1860, p239-40.

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