Leamington - Thomas Collins (1843)

To Leamington, and to Birmingham, Mr Collins went forth to give his valuable help in similar services. In the Birmingham East Circuit, for weeks before he came, a few young men united in intercession for a mighty outpouring of the Spirit in connection with his visit. It came. At Belmont, on February 15th, he preached from Acts ii. 40. It was a sermon perhaps matched, but not exceeded, in raciness and strength by Daniel Isaac's published discourse from the same text. Much good resulted. The next night he expounded Deut xxviii. 26 29, in the most sweet, simple, spiritual manner possible.

At the conclusion of his sermon, filled with things deep, touching, and very beautiful, the Communion rail, at a word was surrounded by seekers; and as fast as any, being made happy, withdrew, others took their place. By such relays, through two blessed hours, the whole space was kept full.

"I was lately at Leamington; the church there seemed greatly refreshed, and I hear that signs of quickening have continued ever since. From among the converts of that day, the lady with whom I stayed has gathered six new members for her class, and others, I hear, have been equally successful.

From 'The Life of the Rev Thomas Collins, 'by Samuel Coley, p212/3.


Additional Information

The Wesleyan chapel at the time was in Portland Street, where a new version is now standing, which is now private residences.

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