1905 also saw the beginning of several years of intense spiritual activity and it seems there was a very definite period of revival and spiritual awakening in the fellowship (interestingly around the same time as the Welsh Revival not too far away). Take, for example, the April 1905 Banner which reported times of prayer and revival, including Teachers Sunday morning prayer meetings (to which scholars were admitted at their own request), prayer meetings after the evening service and a series of prayer and revival meetings, the first of which was attended by 80 people.
From the September 1906 Banner we learn that there was a prayer meeting every Saturday at 8pm. Two years later from 25 November to 3 December a special evangelistic mission was held, led by the pastor, Rev Henry Wyatt and this resulted in a new meeting every Monday night. Things were really moving forward because in an account dated October 1912, it is said:
‘Thinking of Red Hill, our memory reproduced a picture of the old wooden chapel through whose leaky roof the raindrops would sometimes trickle on the preacher, keeping him from being dry even if the sermon was. How different now – and what a hive of busy workers it is. How hard they work and how gleefully they play. Happy Red Hill, what is the secret of your success? Answer: united effort linked with faith and prayer.’
Whether or not they decided to benefit in another way from all this activity is not clear but on the first Sunday in July 1905 weekly collections were instituted instead of monthly!