The Revival Has Been Powerful and Still Continues

Colby Bicentennial Seal 1813-1863

June 28, 1824

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June 28, 1824What would become known as the Second Great Awakening moved through Maine in the 1820s, as revivalism drew thousands to declare their faith. 

Stephen Chapin, professor of sacred theology
June 28, 1824

Instead of one, we need 50 or 100 immediately to answer the pressing calls of the church. For a number of months past, the fields in this region have been whitening for the harvest. Numbers have entered these fields and have, as we trust, reapt with joy and gathered fruit unto eternal life.

In Sidney sixty-five have been added to the church and within a few days past the prospect of a renewal of the work in that place has brightened. In Vassalboro on the opposite side of the river, a very powerful work has lately commenced. Within ten or twelve days past, about 40 have professed hope in the Mercy of God. In Hallowell the revival has been powerful and still continues. It is in both societies and has prevailed in families of high respectability. In the back part of the town and in a part of Gardiner the work has lately commenced and numbers are there rejoicing in the hope they have passed from death and many more are bowed down under a deep sense of their sins exposure to final ruin. In Winthrop a New Church was formed last week and I had the privilege to baptize eleven and to give the right hand of fellowship to thirty-three. These were about all young converts. Sixty have been added to the church in that place since the work begun which still continues.

I trust, dear brother, that your heart will greatly rejoice in what the Lord is doing among us. You see what a wide and effectual door is opened. Shall we not wish that all who are qualified and who can be spared shall enter in?

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