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view from ColegateNorwich church invite to sing on Saturday 

On Saturday December 18, Norwich's oldest chapel close to the city is holding a 'sing on Saturday' at 3pm. There is plenty of space inside to join together to sing some well-known hymns.

Since 1643, when the Old Meeting House chapel was gathered on Colegate, the Christian church has seen many changes, some for the best but likewise some not so good. The current pastor Dr John Clements said, "Many of us are seriously praying for revival and history shows that music has often played an important role when God moves His people. There are some really amazing new hymns around today but let us not forget the hymns so loved over the years that have been used to stir and uplift thousands."

"Not much happens on Saturdays and there are lots of us who would love to have more fellowship. When I was a boy, we had a piano in the house and my mother would often play and I would sing hymns with her for hours and almost think I was in heaven. On the third Saturday of each month at 3 pm we have Sing on Saturday where we meet together to sing the songs that have inspired generations before us, and do you know what – they still do!"

Richard Cockaday who has been the organist at Holy Trinity Church in Norwich for fifty years comes to play the organ at the chapel which dates back to the reign of King Charles the Second. During the meeting Richard plays some organ solos so those gathered can have a rest from singing. There is no sermon, but each hymn is introduced and a little of its history and meaning shared.

All are welcome to come on Saturday December 18 at 3pm to sing some much-loved carols. 

How do I get there?!

The chapel is one of the hardest to find in Norwich as it was built during a time of religious persecution and the people who built it then did a really good job in hiding it! Colegate is off Magdalenn Road. The chapel is just past St Clements church on the right-hand side of the road. If you come by car the Golden Dog Pay and Display car park is adjacent to the chapel, if you use Sat nav the post code is NR3 1HS. You can find further details on www.oldmeetinghousechurch.org.uk 

Helen Baldry, 15/12/2021

Helen Baldry
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