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Revival in Rose Street

Sidlow Baxter came to a lively, expectant church, with well-attended Sunday services, 33 active auxiliaries and many overseas missionary links. His 18 years in Edinburgh divide into: (1) the four years from his induction in October 1935 to the outbreak of the Second World War in September 1939; (2) the six war years; and (3) his eight years of post-war ministry.

During the first period, life in Charlotte Chapel continued much as it had during the pastorate of Graham Scroggie. The auxiliaries grew in strength and in effectiveness, the Sunday services filled the building to overflowing, membership rose to its highest ever at 1,123, missionary support increased and the Thursday Bible School flourished. This chapter focuses on developments during Sidlow Baxter’s first four years.