Markethill Methodist Church (1859)




For the last fortnight, the work of the revival has been going forward with great success in this locality. It commenced in a meeting of Sabbath-school children connected with the Wesleyan Chapel, and, since, frequent meetings have been held in the Presbyterian Church and Wesleyan Chapel, with open-air services; and in all large numbers of convictions have taken place, and many happy conversions.--Newry Telegraph.

The revival now spread through Armagh in all directions. Meetings were held in private houses, in barns, and in the open air, On September 14th a field-meeting was held, to enable people to attend which excursion trains were run from Belfast and Dublin, About fifteen thousand persons were present. Dr. Lynn presided, and addresses were delivered by ministers and laymen in different parts of the field. Deep conviction of sin seized many hearti4, and numbers fell to the ground crying for mercy. The Rev, Robert Huston counted eight of these congregations, and there were twenty-five professed conversions in the meeting- conducted by the Rev. Robert Hewitt. The quarterly love-feast was held soon afterwards, but the chapel was quite insufficient to hold the congregation. So one half went into the newly erected school-house, where they were ably addressed by the Rev. Henry Evans, while those in the chapel were favoured with a powerful discourse from Mr. Huston. A number of persons were stricken, and were then removed to the parlour of the adjoining manse, where the leaders prayed with them and pointed them to the Lamb of God. One girl, the daughter of a leader, was in deep distress, and cried out in an agony, "Lord, I cannot wait another moment. Have mercy upon me." The next instant she jumped up from her knees, clapped her hands, and with a countenance beam­ing with joy, sang the refrain of a then very popular hymn

"The Lord has pardoned all my sins;

That's the news, that's the news." Many found mercy that day, and such a scene of rejoicing was witnessed as had never before been seen in the city. In addition to Armagh, the places on the circuit most largely blessed were Killylea, College Hall, Richhill, and Markethill. Hundreds were added to the Society, and new classes were organized in all directions. At Markethill the work first appeared in the Wesleyan Sabbath-school, at the annual festival on August 2nd, and from this centre it spread to all the neighbouring Churches. Thus the good seed, which had been sown by loving labourers, was quickened, and brought forth much fruit.

From 'History of Methodism in Ireland', Volume III, by Crookshank, p519.


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