Potterne (1865)

Mr Opie Rodway wave of Stroud has paid us a visit to this village. He held his first service on Saturday, December 31. After the first two services, the Free Methodist Church was crowded every night. Many were awakened and some who had heard the gospel for years, found peace in believing. He left us on Thursday, January 5, but finding Christians greatly stirred up and numbers are concerned about their souls, he promised to return on Tuesday, the 10th, to give a tea to the church, the anxious ones and those who had found peace. At this meeting he urged upon Christians to take up the cross, and follow Christ; to give up every sin, so that they may have power with God in prayer, and in the most impressive manner, urged them to seek for higher and divine life, and never to rest till they had the joy, which is unspeakable and full of glory.  He urged on the young converts, never to leave their first love; told them it would be a sad day in their history if they did, and if ever they did, it would be because they fell into sin or else through neglecting private prayer. He remained with us one more night, when the place was thronged to excess, every standing place being occupied and many stood for two hours. Mr Rodway gave an appeal to those who had long sat under the gospel, but who were still unsaved. At the close of his address, Mr Thomas Mills of Chippenham, spoke for more than an hour and the people listened with the deepest attention. We trust very much lasting good has been done. 

"The Revival," February 23rd, 1865


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