Wrinehill: Camp meeting 1819
Camp meeting, 1819
A short account of a Camp Meeting, held on Sunday, May 23rd, 1819, at Wrine Hill, in Staffordshire.
A party sung through the neighbourhood which caused it to be something past nine when the meeting began. A few prayed in succession, and then a sermon was preached. This was concluded about a quarter past ten.
The pious were then directed to form two companies, and a party withdrew to the distance of about fifteen yards. Each party acted as if quite independent of the other, and they exercised in singing, prayer, and praise, and exhortation, for about half an hour. About ten minutes before eleven, on a signal being given, the congregation assembled at the preaching stand, and two sermons were preached in succession. These were concluded a quarter before twelve.
The praying companies then took up their former stations; and the congregation was so much increased that a third company became necessary. This company took up a position about ten yards distant from each of the other companies; and the smaller exercises again commenced, and continued with zeal for about half an hour. At a quarter past twelve all were summoned to the stand, and the experience and death of Samuel Drury were read, and the forenoon services closed with prayer.
At half past one, a few prayed in succession, and a sermon followed. These took up an hour. At half past two the three companies again took up their stations, and occupied with zeal and diligence for half an hour; occasionally the three companies were singing at once; but this made no interruption, although each company sung a different hymn and tune.
At three a signal was given, the companies flocked to the stand, and two sermons were preached one after the other; These took up three quarters of an hour. At a quarter before four, the praying companies resumed their stations, and their labours; and a remarkable spirit of exhortation appeared among them. They continued about thirty five minutes. All were then summoned to the stand, and the experiences of Wm. Ginder and Elizabeth Hall were read, and the meeting was finally closed.
H.B. [Hugh Bourne]
NOTE – Our rule of the Camp-meetings is, let all the exercises be very short, and this in general, should be strictly attended to.
Primitive Methodist Magazine, 1819