Donegall Square Methodist Church (1874)

During D L Moody's campaign this church was often used for prayer meetings which were normally full.

This report is likely to have been here and in other Methodist churches in Belfast.

1840. In Belfast, the gracious influences sought, and in some measure realized, descended on the congregations in a most remarkable manner. "Never since we came to this town," says Mr Tackaberry, "were matters in as good a state as the present. Our special prayer-meetings are glorious seasons. I have seldom seen anything like them. That on Tuesday, January 28th, was one of the most hallowed and hallowing I have known. Several obtained forgiveness and the heart-renewing love; but the dis­tinguishing feature of the meeting was, all present bowed in spirit before the Most High and all seemed to receive good; our oldest leaders say they have seen nothing like that evening.

Our leaders are blessed men of God. Of some of them it may be said as of Stephen, they are full of faith and of the Holy Ghost.'" Again, the devoted minister writes, "We have really wonderful times in this town at present. Yesterday we held our March love-feast. I have seen nothing which I thought equalled it in richness, and I do not expect to see anything better this side heaven. There were about eight hundred and fifty present. More than half of those who spoke testified to the all-cleansing power of the blood of Christ. All who spoke, spoke well. There was such a mixture of soundness, propriety, and coolness, and of praise, love, and joy, with solemnity, reverence, and awe. The feeling produced was quite overpowering. We hear of some made happy in the classes and in the homes, and we see some in the meetings every week. All this is without any confusion, I might say without any noise. On the evening of Sunday, March 1st, I saw several weep till you would imagine they should cry aloud or fall down; but they restrained themselves. Some of those very persons at that same meeting were made as happy as human nature could well bear; and yet there was no irreverent joy. I have not kept any account of the numbers saved during the last three months, but they must be very considerable. Perhaps I would not be above the truth if I said there were hundreds. The tide of holy excitement continues to flow, and we—preachers and leaders—seem determined not to expect an ebb. We hold a special prayer-meeting every Sunday evening after preaching, and another on Tuesday evening, at eight o'clock. The school­room seats three hundred and fifty, and it will not much longer contain us if the meetings continue to increase. After three or four persons have prayed, we invite all who are seeking pardon of sin or perfect love to come to what we call the penitents' benches, or if in the chapel, to the communion rails and front. pews. Numbers, varying from twenty to seventy, usually accept the invitation; and I remember no evening, for many weeks, on which from three to twenty did not profess to have received the good they came to seek. 'The History of Methodism in Ireland', Volume iii, by Crookshank, p293.

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This building is now the Ulster Bank's HQ.