CAIRNBULG, INVERALLOCHY & ST. COMBS
At Pastor Clarke's
meetings in Cairnbulg God's Holy Spirit moved in a
mighty way. When the fisherfolks returned from
Every Sunday morning from to there was a prayer meeting. It was held in a net loft above a washhouse close by the sea and known as "Mary Clarke's Joe's loftie." Heat came from a small fire and light from a paraffin lamp, but the fellowship was sweet. Ages ranged from 16 years to 60 years and the spirit of prayer was tremendous. One man who was there told me how these folks "Grasped hold of the horns of the altar binding the powers of evil in the name of Jesus." No wonder Cairnbulg and Inverallochy were moved. Evidence of this still remains.
In the afternoon on Sundays an open air meeting was held in the middle of the villages.
"Shodie Love" Buchan with his wife from St. Combs and Jimmy "Denley" Ritchie were well to the fore. Those who knew Jimmy Ritchie thought his lovely white beard made him look like a patriarch. Leaders in the open air work were Alex May, Will "Black Sheep" Third and Bobby "Soper" Cardno. Two young lassies, Katie May and Betsie Duthie helped at these meetings in testimony and song. They later went to be workers with the Faith Mission. When the open air services were in progress almost the whole village turned out to listen. The programme consisted mainly of glowing testimonies and joyful singing.
Baptism at Inverallochy in the 1950's.
(Picture: Owner not traced.)
were held at the "Water Froth", a burn that ran past
Hymns like "I'm not ashamed to own my Lord" could be heard along the sands at St. Combs.
A newspaper report
states that out of a population of 1500, over 600 professions were recorded in
a fortnight. Gambling had disappeared;
tobacco and cigarettes had been destroyed.
Many prominent Christian leaders visited Cairnbulg
and Inverallochy to see the work of God first
hand. One evangelist from the
(Picture: G. NIcolson, Peterhead.)
On Sundays after
the prayer meeting in the mending loft the people of the villages would go to
their respective churches. Some walked to the Baptist and Congregational
Churches in Fraserburgh. Others went to