Y.M.C.A London (1860)

The conversion of young men in connexion with the or­dinary ministrations of the pulpit, and especially in Bible classes, has been most encouraging, both as to its extent and to its moral power. Senior classes in Sabbath schools, conducted by intelligent and pious laymen, have, for several years, been greatly blessed. The Young Men's Christian Association also, in its various metropolitan branches, has been thus honoured to enlist many volunteers for Christ. Especially has this been the case in connexion with the western branch of the Association. Probably two hundred and fifty young men assemble for "Bible reading " at the branch rooms, Tichbourne Street, on every Sabbath after­noon in the month, save the first, which is throughout " a devotional meeting."

Careless or undecided young men are invited and attracted thither by their associates in business houses, and when in the room are not only brought in contact with the written Word, but are specially conversed with, immediately after the breaking up of the class, by persons of their own age, who have been recently led to Christ. The whole work is steeped in prayer and carried on in the confidence of faith, and hence the Lord has especially honoured it. About the beginning of the year 1860, an increasing number of young women attended the Friday evening prayer-meetings, held at Tichborne Street. Christian ma­trons were also present, and after these meetings held con­versations with these girls, and pressed on them the necessity and the blessedness of a present salvation. The results have been very gratifying. On one Friday night in January, special thanksgiving was offered for the conversion of sixteen young women.

From this Friday night meeting has sprung a Young Women's Christian Association.

From ‘Authentic Records of Revival, now in progress in the United Kingdom, published in 1860, re-printed and edited in 1980 by Richard Owen Roberts.

Additional Information

Tichborne St, was originally spelt Titchborne and in 1863 became Glasshouse St. It is possible that the meetings took place in the London Pavilion.

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