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New Quay Chapel


The first stirrings of the 1904 Welsh Revival were happening in New Quay, a port on the west coast of Wales. The minister at the Calvinistic Methodist chapel in New Quay was Joseph Jenkins. Jenkins was born in 1859 in the Rhondda and was brought up in a devout home. As a teenager he had been caught up by the evangelistic fervour of the Salvation Army. Having been a minister in Caerphilly and Liverpool, he came to New Quay in 1892. By 1903 Jenkins, and his nephew John Thickens who was minister at nearby Aberaeron, were very dissatisfied with the state of the church and their own ministries. They noticed a spiritual decline in the church, with people looking towards the ‘world’ to bring a ‘social Utopia’. In an attempt to reverse the decline, Jenkins and Thickens pro … read more

Blaenannerch Welsh Calvinistic Methodist Chapel


The next in the series of conferences organised by Jenkins was to begin in Blaenannerch, the Wednesday of Joshua’s meetings, and some of the students from Newcastle Emlyn, including Evan Roberts, went there. It was a two-day meeting and Joshua arrived early on the second day. There was a 7.00am service which was closed by Seth Joshua praying ‘Oh Lord do this, and this, and this, and bend us’ Roberts did not hear any of the words except ‘bend us’. On leaving the room he prayed that the Lord would bend them. Joshua was full of expectation as they went to the 9.00am meeting.. Roberts wrote, ‘I felt in going to the meeting that I was compelled to pray. When the meeting commenced many prayed, and I asked the Holy Spirit, “shall I pray now?” &ldquo … read more

Moriah Chapel - Loughor


The meetings continued with some success and the word got around the neighbourhood that the Spirit was stirring. The meeting on Friday was the largest so far with old as well as young and with Baptists and Congregationalists joining the Calvinistic Methodists. The meetings became a topic of conversation with some criticising the new method and some Roberts’ state of mind. The power of the Spirit in the meetings was becoming stronger and the Saturday meeting lasted for over five hours. Sixty confessed Christ at the Sunday meeting and it was here that he taught them the prayer ‘Send the Spirit now, for Jesus Christ’s sake.’ By November 7th, the start of the second week; people in the town were convinced that some irresistible power was gradually taking hold of the pe … read more

Evan Roberts' Home - Loughor


Roberts was born in Loughor, near Swansea, a town of around 2,000 people at the time. He was born on June 8th 1878 in the family home called ‘Island House’. His father, Henry, was a collier. The one book he read was the Bible and he committed much of it to memory; at one time he memorised 174 verses in a week. His mother, Hannah, was a very moral person who was, like her husband, a devout Christian. She came from a large family and she herself had fourteen children, four of whom died early. Roberts was baptised at Moriah Calvinist Methodist (now called Presbyterian) Chapel in Loughor. When Roberts was eleven his father broke his leg and on recovering he could not walk very well, so he needed Roberts to help him with his work in the mine. He was eager to work and by the time he … read more

Hebron Evangelistic Baptist Chapel - Dowlais.


Historian J. Ann Lewis writes that the nightly prayer meetings first began in September 1904 when a group of young men returned from a holiday in New Quay, Cardiganshire where they had encountered the move of the Spirit that had already broken out there at Tabernacle Calvinistic Methodist Chapel. This had begun back in February 1904 after the minister Joseph Jenkins had led the teenage Florrie Evans to the Lord, and she had a week later declared openly her love for Jesus in an evening meeting at the chapel. Ann Lewis writes of these young men from Merthyr: 'They had been touched with spiritual fervour and were on fire for God. On return to their chapels, the church was set alight with the stories of the wonderful things they had seen and heard. There followed a remarkable series of meetings at Hebron led by the pastor, the Rev. W Ceinfryn Thomas. The spiritual fervour spread to Penwern Chapel, Dowlais, and then other places of worship at Dowlais and Penydarren, as a result, by December, substantial increases in membership had occurred.'   From daibach-welldigger - see below. HEBRON, DOWLAIS.  Mr Editor - With your customary kindness, please be prepared to allow a few notes to appear in ‘Y Seren’ concerning the above. This is a joyful period in the history of the above church at present, for there are clear manifestations of the influences of the Holy Ghost among us. It has been like Pentecost in Hebron for 12 weeks, and it still continues to be as glorious.   This is a genuine and lasting revival, such as no one in Hebron has ever seen before, and we pray for it to be continued to the end of our lives, and to spread throughout the country.   The Revival broke out as naturally as the break of the dawn, the source of springs, the pouring of a shower, but it did not come without its signs. The Spirit spoke to us as a chu … read more

Penuel Baptist Chapel, Pencoed - Pen Prysg hill


The story of what happened on Garn Fawr was released to the press in a letter to 'Seren Cymru' published on 30th October 1903. The letter was originally written in Welsh, and what follows is my own approximate translation: PENPRISG RELIGIOUS REVIVAL  Although I do not believe in rushing hurriedly to the press to pass on the news of something as good as religious revival, when it could be better told by others, I can not hold back from telling the story of what happened. I am confident that we will reach our goal of strengthening the faith of the churches concerning what can be the means of bringing about regeneration in a whole area. It began as follows. The church in its normal services seemed totally indifferent and completely ineffective when three or four young brothers … read more

The Bible College of Wales


Until the Llandrindod Conference of 1922, Howells travelled around taking the revival anointing with him. The power of God at the Conference was very great. At a prayer-meeting the question of training the young converts was discussed, and Howells suggested asking the Lord for a training college. While they were at prayer the Lord told him that he was the one that was going to build the college. This meant giving up the one thing that Howells had always wanted to have - a world-wide revival ministry, so it was hard for him to accept. The Howells left for a private visit to America, where they saw the Moody Bible Institute in Chicago. Seeing the Institute gave Howells a vision to start something similar in Wales. He believed that God would provide the funds. They resigned from the Mission … read more

Llangeitho


Llangeitho and Welsh Revivals D. Geraint Jones Wales has been called the land of revivals, and throughout its history has known many periods of blessing. The period between 1735 and 1905 was a time of almost continual blessing, with very few years passing without there being a revival somewhere in Wales, either on the local, regional or national level. There were few places that were so signally blessed during a large part of this period than Llangeitho in Cardiganshire. Revivals under Daniel Rowland During the ministry of Daniel Rowland, from his conversion in 1735 until his death in 1790, there are said to have been about seven periods of powerful revival. Some of these are have been recorded, and we know when they occurred, but concerning others, we have no accounts or do not know … read more

Penuel Baptist Church - Rhos


Saturday, November 19, 1904 The present revival began when Rev. R. B. Jones, Forth, held a mission in Penuel Chapel, (Baptist), Rhos, from November 8 to the 18. Reports about him had been circulating in the district before he came. These told of his self-sacrifice in resigning from a great and wealthy church to go to a small one because, as he believes, the Spirit of God directed him. They also told of his remarkable awakening to the true state of the Church and its weak sickly condition, after weeks of fasting and prayer. These reports also told of the resulting total consecration of his life to the demands of King Jesus. Because of this, expectations had risen high before he came and preparations were well under way for ensuring a successful mission. Perhaps it would not be out of place to give a description of the man. It is enough to say that it is obvious that he is wholly under the leading of the Spirit of God. What else but this accounts for the fact that men and women feel stirrings and convictions they have never experienced before? If he were not a man of God, what could account for the huge crowds that gathered night after night to hear him and for the unprecedented success that resulted from his ministry? Who in all truth but the Spirit of God through him could account for our district having been instantly turned into a prayerful district where midday prayer meetings have become popular services, where men and women leave their occupations to be present? What else could account for a whole congregation unwilling to disperse, for denominations to be completely forgotten, and for everyone to be in too reverent a mood to consider their differences? What else could account for timid men and women not accustomed to praying publicly receiving some invincible boldness at the throne of grace, and for the holy joy that has possessed everyone? Yes, and to what can be … read more

David Morgan's Chapel


A correspondent from Yspytty says:—" We are about to make another attack on the ungodly world, and resolve in the strength of the Lord to persevere and to conquer until there shall not be within our district a single ungodly person. We hope to see the day when Holiness unto the Lord' shall be written over the public-houses, instead of the Lion,' the Bear,' &c., /ix. They have already been the target for our arrows. They are nearly empty from morning until evening, and the landlords are beginning to complain. One of them remarked lately in conversation, ‘This revival occasions me a great loss.' Oh,' said another, this will soon pass away.' What will that avail,' was the reply, ‘when I now lose twelve pounds every month.' A land­ … read more

Beddgelert


Beddgelert Revival (1817-22) (see general accounts in DA, pp.125-6; MC i. 269-73; MC ii. 201-2; John Jones, Glan Gwynant in Goleuad Cymru, iii. Ionawr 1823, pp.5-9; Robert Ellis, Ysgoldy in Drys. 1878, pp. 377-81, 411-4 and reprinted in John Owen Jones, Cofiant a Gweithiau y Parch. Robert Ellis, Ysgoldy, Arfon, pp.223-37; Griffith Prichard mss quoted in HMA ii. pp.138-45 and Cymru xix, 1900, pp.23-6; Y Llenor Ionawr 1895, pp.42-50; D.E. Jenkins, Beddgelert: Its Facts, Fairies & Folklore, pp.364-9). ‘The Lord made bare his arm and did mighty acts. The floodgates of heaven opened, and the gracious rain poured down in showers on the dry land. Then the wilderness and the solitary place rejoiced, the desert started to blossom as the rose. To some degree the promise was fulfilled, &l … read more

John Wesley Born Again


This is where John Wesley was born again. The Aldersgate Flame is on the first floor to the right of the entrance to the Museum of London. From among other places it can be reached by escalator from Aldersgate; a walkway crosses to the Museum Site. read more

William Wilberforce meets John Newton


Number 13 was bombed during the war but you can see what it would have been like as No 16 is from the same period. read more

William Wilberforce's Home


Of the seven houses of varying sizes at Old Palace Yard, there are only two left, numbers 6 & 7. I estimate that the front of the house would have been on the grass to the left of the statue of George V and in line with the statue. When Christians protest ungodly Acts of Parliament they are usually allowed to stand around the statue; just where Wilberforce lived for 22 years, protesting the ungodliness of slavery. read more

Richard Baxter's Church


Baxter was speaking regularly at New Street to large numbers, so he decided to build a larger church in Oxendon Street. His next door neighbour was an MP and objected twice to the building in Parliament but he received no support. He only spoke there once because there was much persecution against him and he knew that he would be arrested if he set foot on the premises again. I have not been able to discover exactly where the church was on this street. read more

First Tyndale Bibles landed here


Tyndale went into hiding to work on his translation of the New Testament. The Continent was not that safe; Luther had really stirred things up and while some German princes supported his view, some did not, the same can be said of the people. By 1525 the New Testament was ready for publication so he went to a printer in Cologne, but unknown to him an enemy of the Reformation was using the same printer and he found out what Tyndale was doing and informed the authorities. Fortunately, Tyndale found out what had happened and escaped to Worms with his papers and the printing was finished in 1526. The New Testaments were immediately sent secretly to England; they were taken by friends and Hanseatic Merchants who hid them in bales of cloth, barrels of wine etc. Some of the Bibles were lande … read more

George Fox Buried


On 13th November 1690, George Fox died after attending a meeting in Gracechurch Street. He was buried in the Quaker burial ground at Bunhill Fields, London. Fox was a great man, despite all the trials that were put against him he persevered to the end. I think one could use the words of Paul in 2 Timothy 4:7 about Fox, ‘I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.’ How many of us today would carry on while suffering the persecutions he did. His heart and mind were always on the Lord and he achieved much. At the time of his death there were an estimated 50,000 Quakers in this country and many others abroad; this proved to be the zenith of the movement, but it was built on solid ground by Fox and the Quakers still exist today in many countr … read more

Newgate Prison - Elizabeth Fry


Accounts of Newgate prison are full of the dreadful condition of the prisoners. There were no windows in the prison so the smell of the place was overwhelming. If you did not have money to buy food you had to rely on the inadequate food the prison supplied. Hangings were a frequent occurrence. At that time there were approximately 230 crimes for which the penalty was death; these included forgery from an 1807 law. Cruel punishments were meant to be a deterrent, but the conditions people lived in forced many into crime to stay alive. Gambling, fighting and drunkenness were prevalent among the inmates. One former prisoner wrote, “The prisoner from the moment he enters his dungeon seems to have severed the last link connecting with human nature. His preconceived horror of a prison falls … read more

Elizabeth Fry - Home Earlham Hall


In 1786 the family rented Earlham Hall (now part of the University of East Anglia), a beautiful property just outside Norwich, from the Bacon family, remaining there for five generations. Earlham Hall was built in 1580 and extensively renovated in 1682 and 1761. Catherine enjoyed society, and as a liberal Quaker she was not averse to dancing, drawing and music. She was also not averse to mixing with Unitarians and Roman Catholics. She taught her children from the New Testament, but she allowed them to find their own Christian path. She encouraged them to pray, but advised them never to attempt to pray unless they felt they could give their undivided mind to Him; they should be able to raise to Him their undivided heart and soul in loving adoration. The house was continually teaming with … read more

William Haslam's Vicarage - Baldhu


Haslam had an unexpected visitor early one morning; his name was Billy Bray. You can read about the life of Billy Bray elsewhere on this website, including the story of his visit to Baldhu. Suffice it to say here that this extraordinary little man had been told by God that He would give him every soul on the hill where the church was and Billy had been praying for it for twenty years. He had come to see if everyone there was saved and he picked Haslam up and ran with him around the dining room table, rejoicing all the way. He had come three years earlier but only to find an ‘old Pusey’ (a High Churchman) in the pulpit, but God told him that he had come too early. God finally gave him permission to come late the previous night and so he immediately got dressed and travelled all … read more

Christ Church Lowestoft


After that first memorable week it was decided to widen the influence of the meetings, and so from the second week the afternoon Bible readings were held at Christ Church. The first one filled the Parish Room, the next one filled the church, and so it continued for three weeks, including Easter week, as Dou­glas Brown gave Bible studies on the personal return of the Lord Jesus Christ. On those memorable afternoons the tramcars were full of people carrying Bibles, and when they reached Old Nelson Street the conductor would call out. 'Get off herefore Christ Church.' Someone said that the addresses were like 'bombshells', their aim was practical and they were directed at the lives of Christians.' Two stand out in the memory of all,' reported Micklewright. ‘T … read more

John Wycliffe's Church


Wycliffe was left alone by Courtenay, possibly because a stroke was considered to have rendered him helpless. However, in the two years before his life was finally curtailed by another stroke on the last day of 1384, Wycliffe wrote a torrent of tracts from his parish of Lutterworth. His thoughts were powerfully summarised in his work ‘Trialogue’, in which truth, falsehood and understanding had a conversation in which great truths were boldly professed. In it he says: “The Church has fallen because she abandoned the Gospel and preferred the laws of the people. Although there should be a hundred Popes in the world at once, and all the friars living should be transformed into cardinals, we must withhold our confidence from them in the matter of faith except so far as their … read more

John Wesley's Holy Club


The Holy Club was a group of Christians, including John and Charles Wesley and George Whitfield who met to form a 'method' to be good Christians. They had a list of things they should do each day; such as visit those in prison, visit the sick etc. It was very much a matter of 'works' as none of them at this time were born again'. This took place in rooms by the chapel. Go through the first quad into the next quad; ahead of you is the chapel and to the right, on the first floor is where the Holy Club met. A blue plaque marks the spot. read more

Thomas Cranmer, Archbishop of Canterbury


Dr Thomas Cranmer was descended from an ancient family and was born in 1489 in the village of Arselacton, in the county of Northampton. After the usual school education he was sent to Cambridge and was chosen fellow Jesus College. Here he married a gentleman's daughter, by which he forfeited his fellowship, and became a reader in Buckingham College, placing his wife at the Dolphin Inn, the landlady of which was a relation of hers, whence arose the idle report that he was an ostler. His lady shortly after dying in childbed; to his credit he was re-chosen a fellow of the college before mentioned. In a few years after, he was promoted to be Divinity Lecturer and appointed one of the examiners over those who were ripe to become Bachelors or Doctors in Divinity. It was h … read more

John Clark, Henry Summner, William Bayley, Goodman


In fact Wolsey was deeply irritated at seeing the college [Christ Church], which he had intended should be “the most glorious in the world,” made the haunt of heresy, and the young men, whom he had so carefully chosen, become distributors of the New Testament. By favouring literature, he had had in view the triumph of the clergy, and literature had, on the contrary, served to the triumph of the gospel. He issued his orders without delay, and the university was filled with terror. John Clark, John Fryth, Henry Sumner, William Betts, Richard Tavener, Richard Cox, Michael Drumm, Godfrey Harman, Thomas Lawney, Radley, and others besides of Cardinal’s College; Udal, Diet, and others of Corpus Christi; Eden and several of his friends of Magdalene; Goodman, William Bayley, Rober … read more

Barvas


The revival began in December 1949, when Duncan Campbell had daily meetings for three weeks. The revival began here or in Shader. For more information see, ‘Sounds from Heaven, by Colin and Mary Peckham (for details of the 1949-52 revival), published by Christian Focus Publications, p75-7. read more

Uig


Alexander Macleod became minister of Uig in 1824. Illiteracy and superstition abounded in Uig at the time. Virtually no one - not even the church elders - understood elemental Christian truths and no one anywhere in the parish was known to conduct family worship. The Sabbath was universally desecrated, and people would sell whisky and tobacco outside the church on both the Lord's Day and weekdays alike. Yet the custom was that as soon as anyone came of age they joined the church. Consequently, there were between 800 and 1,000 on the Communicants Roll. Horrified, Macleod cancelled communion for three consecutive years, causing his name to be maligned throughout the island, not least amongst his ministerial colleagues, He commenced prayer meetings, set up teaching meetings and inaug … read more

Reginald Radcliffe - Albion St Mission Chapel


Reginald Radcliffe arrived in Aberdeen at the same time as the Scottish evangelist, Brownlow North. Neither of them was ordained, so they had to tread carefully with the established churches. Radcliffe began by addressing children, and in this way he was accepted in the churches. He made a point of saying he was doing addresses as opposed to preaching, and he would not normally enter the pulpit. He began speaking to the children at the Albion Street Mission. He was quite happy addressing children only; as he believed that the parents would go into the gallery and therefore hear the word. Radcliffe, ‘set forth the perfect fullness of the Lord Jesus Christ as a Saviour.’ He preached the doctrine of instant salvation for the trusting soul. To begin with he had to keep to the child … read more

Ardeonaig


One of his students was John Farquharson, who was born in nearby Glen Tilt. On account of his zeal and godliness he had been accepted by Haldane, but after six months' trial he was rejected because his "capacity of learning seemed hardly to warrant his persevering in academic studies." He was sent by the recently-founded Society for the Propagation of the Gospel at Home to Breadalbane "with the view of trying whether he might not be of use as a Scripture reader amongst the poor and uneducated Highlanders." Farquharson, however, was of that type who do not need the imprimatur of any school of the prophets and whose call comes directly from God Himself. His sincerity, zeal, and devotion overcame all obstacles, and he was successful from the first. Years later, Princip … read more

Rhu Parish Church


John Mcleod Campbell was appointed minister in 1825. Nearly the whole of Scotland was Calvinist, so when Campbell started to preach that Christ's death offered salvation to all and not just a select few, he stirred up a lot of controversy.  The area around Rhu was filled with a profoundly irreligious population, yet Campbell's passion and his new teaching stirred them and brought about a revival. 'There was an awakening of religious life there which got its first impulse from the Rhu Kirk. Greenock, Glasgow, Edinburgh thrilled as with the gush of a fresh spring-tide.' (Albury Apostles, 'The story of the body known as the Catholic Apostolic Church', by Rowland A Davenport.) In 1831 he was deposed by the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland for his hereti … read more

Kirk of Shotts


See biography under Kirk of Shotts Revival. I believe that this is a spin-off from the Stewarton Revival, and that is why I have called it a regional revival. The meeting took place in the Graveyard. The church is later than 1630. read more

Kilsyth Parish Church


Click on 1742 Kilsyth Revival to see a report. The old church used to be next to the still existing graveyard, along Howe Road read more

Bangor Abbey - Robert Blair


Robert Blair became priest and deacon here in 1623. John Livingstone wrote the following about him. Mr Robert Blair, born in Irvine, was first a Regent in the College of Glasgow, at which time also he began to preach in public, and was from the beginning zealous for truth and piety. Meanwhile, Mr John Cameron was brought from France, and placed Principal of that University of Glasgow, that he might promote the cause of Episcopacy and ceremonies...so with the Bishop of Glasgow and some others, Mr Blair was forced to leave the College (as a result of a dispute on doctrine). This was about the year 1623. After this, Mr Blair was invited by the Lord Clannybuy, and had a call, and was settled minister at Bangor, in the county of Down, and was indeed a chief instrument in that great work of Go … read more