Scarborough Primitive Methodists (1820)

Scarborough and the vicinity arc the next places we have to notice. Mr Clowes preached his first sermon at Scarborough, in the school-room of a Mr Lamb, on Saturday evening, January 27, 1821. It appears from his journals that he was accompanied to this town by Mr John Coulson, who preached the same evening as Mr Clowes, either in another part of the town or somewhere in the immediate vicinity. "The next morning," says Mr Clowes, “I spoke twice in the school-room, and once abroad; the gathering of the people was large, and their conduct highly decorous. Several felt the convictions of the Holy Spirit in their hearts, and two or three persons were brought into the glorious liberty of the children of God. At the conclusion of another preaching service I formed a society of seven members. The next time I preached was on the sands, to a prodigious mass of hearers; many were powerfully moved to seek the Lord, and I joined ten more members to the society. The work now rolled on most gloriously; we very soon had a hundred members in Church fellowship, and a new chapel erected."

From, ‘The History of the Primitive Methodist Connexion from its origin, by John Petty, 1860, p106

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