Norwich: The Norwich District Meeting, April 1-3, 1837
From the Primitive Methodist Magazine, 1838
On the Friday evening, March 31, Bro. Pentney preached, and enforced present salvation in a powerful manner. Grace descended, the hearts of the people were glad, and they returned home rejoicing in the Lord.
Saturday, April 1. — The district meeting commenced; and the delegates proceeded with- the business. At night Brother Kirby preached, and the word was powerful.
Sunday, April 2. — At seven o’clock Bro. Garner preached. At nine Bro. Hallam (the General Committee delegate), preached to the teachers and children, which was made a blessing. At the same time we had open air preaching in five different places in the city. Each preacher then led his congregation, singing, to St. Catherine’s Plain, where they held an open air prayer meeting. The heavens opened and the grace of God descended. We then sung to the chapel, where Bro. Tetley preached, and the word was clothed with power.*
At half-past two, Bro. J. Smith preached on faith with great clearness; the grace of God mightily descended, and in the prayer meeting several souls were converted to God.
At five, preaching at St Stephen’s Cross. The persecution was heavy; but, praise God, we got the victory. At half-past five we had two preaching services in the open air. At half-past six, our chapel was filled, and scores could not gain admission. Bro. J. Hallam preached, and salvation streamed down in a gracious manner; and in the prayer meeting several got converted to God.
This day Primitive Methodism has been set forth in its simplicity and glory. Believers have renewed their strength, and mourners have been comforted.
Monday, April 3 — The district meeting closed; and in the evening we held a missionary meeting. The arrangement was, that no speaker should occupy more than ten minutes; and this was faithfully attended to. And there being many speakers, there was great variety. The meeting was clothed with power, and at the close several got converted to God. Glory be to God for ever.
*At half-past ten, several delegates went to Rose Yard Chapel, to assist Bro. T. Bennett. Bro. J. Smith from Yarmouth preached a powerful sermon in that chapel; and in the prayer meeting, one soul professed to find peace.
On Monday evening, Bros. Bennett, Welbourne, and Hesk, kindly assisted at the missionary meeting. J. H.
(Approved by the Norwich Circuit committee.)
Primitive Methodist Magazine, 1838. Page 10.