Tullyroan Methodist Church (1808)

On one of these occasions, at Tullyroan, the power of God was gloriously manifested. While singing a verse of a hymn, a respectable young woman, who had been for some time seeking the knowledge of salvation, was so deeply moved that she fell to the ground; others were soon affected in a similar manner, so that hundreds in that vast assembly, overwhelmed with a sense of the Divine presence, fell prostrate in holy adoration. It was a time never to be forgotten. At another of these meetings, at the residence of Mr Lock, Cockhill, after Mr Kidd had preached in an orchard, the service was adjourned to a large vacant house .for prayer. Here the sacred influence was such that the preachers could do little more than stand still, and see the salvation of God. Some of the stoutest .men in the congregation fell on the floor, crying earnestly for mercy, while others who had obtained Divine conso­lation, rejoiced with joy unspeakable and full of glory. Amongst the latter was Harrison Lock, who had been on his way to a public-house when he was met by a friend and entreated to come to the meeting. He yielded and soon felt the arrows of the Almighty pierce his stubborn heart. When the prayer-meeting commenced he retired to a room by himself, pleaded with God for pardon, and when the Lord in loving compassion manifested Himself to the soul of the earnest seeker, he rushed in among the penitents, crying aloud, "You may all obtain mercy, for God has pardoned Harrison Lock !" The effect was most thrilling, his sister and another member of the family were then and there convinced of sin, and soon afterwards, having received a sense of the pardoning love of God, shouted in a transport of praise.

'History of Methodism in Ireland' Volume ii by Crookshank, p315.

1830. On the Charlemont circuit, where Messrs. William Pattyson, James Robinson, jun., and William Craig were stationed, a very blessed revival began in the vicinity of Tullyroan, spread all raound the neighbourhood, and soon extended to Charlemont. At one meeting, held at Loughgall, about twenty persons professed to have obtained peace with God; at another service, at Tullyroan, about eighteen acknowledged having received the same blessing; and at a quarterly meeting, held in Charlemont, such numbers were present that the adjoining parochial school was dismissed in order to accommodate those who could not get into the chapel, while about thirty were led to religious decision. At the close of the year it was estimated that from two to three hundred had been converted, while, after having filled all vacancies in the membership, there was an increase of one hundred and eighty-six.

'History of Methodism in Ireland', Volume iii, by Crookshank, p143.

At a missionary meeting in Dungorman the Holy Spirit was poured out in a remarkable manner; the concluding prayer-meeting was continued until near midnight; thirty-nine persons knelt around the platform seeking remission of their sins, and ten professed to have received the blessing. Eight or ten leaders in the neighbourhood of Tullyroan then resolved that after meeting their classes on the Sunday mornings and holding prayer-meetings in the afternoons, to hold united evening services in succession through different parts of their neighbourhood. At the first of these general meetings many were cut to the heart, and seven brought into Gospel liberty. This, however, was only the beginning of good days. The services were continued with increasing success for months, there was not a barren meeting, and on an average eight or ten persons every Sabbath found peace with God. In February 1841, five love-feasts were held, in different parts of the circuit, and proved a great blessing. At Dungannon, after the meeting had continued for three hours, it was dismissed; but several persons cried out through the disquietude of their hearts, and would not depart until they found rest in Christ. The leaders at Killyman and Derryadd followed the example of their brethren at Tullyroan, and with similar results; but even greater success attended the labours of a few young men from Dungannon and two or three leaders from the neighbourhood of Castlecaulfield. Thus Glenadush, Clonmain, Lisnamonaghan, Ardress, Derryscollop, and Aghinlig in succession shared in the showers of blessing that refreshed and blessed the country.

'History of Methodism in Ireland', Volume iii, by Crookshank, p143

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Most revivals in the area were through the Methodists.

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