Norwich (1861)

.The visit of Mr Radcliffe to the towns in these counties has been much blessed. He was accompanied generally by Mr Henry, who, however, was unable through indisposition to be present at Norwich, Ipswich, and Loddon, where he was expected. At Norwich the use of the Eastern Counties Goods Depot was kindly granted, and the vicar presided over a meeting of 2500 to 3000, at the close of which upwards of 1200 remained for conversation, direction, and prayer. It was announced that the meetings during the week would be held in the same place.—A corres­pondent of the Norfolk News says "What the issue of the whole may be is of course uncertain, but already some hundreds have, it is confidently asserted, either been savingly converted to God, or brought under serious conviction as to their spiritual necessities. The awakening appears to have been general through all the denominations, and all that has been affected has been without any other effort than the simple exposition of God's word, and the earnest, fervent prayers of the church of God." We are informed that "Mr Radcliffe and Rev. R. D. Graves were staying at Langley Park, the zeal of Sir W. Beau­champ, Bart., and held an evening meeting in the village school-room. The next morning some 150 assembled at the hall, anxious to know further about the Lord Jesus. There was a great breaking down among the dear countrymen and women, and many went away, we believe, rejoicing, in a newly-found Saviour. It is most encouraging to these workers to see the Eastern Counties thus turning out, as it were, to hear about Jesus. Oh for more labourers in these Eastern Counties, and they would be moved to their centres."

From the ' Revival Newspaper', Volume IV, page 86.

The Lord's people will be rejoiced to hear that a good work is going on in the City of Norwich and in various parts of the county of Norfolk. In the parish of St Benedict's, Norwich, the Lord is giving showers of blessing in answer to prayers. During the last month there have been at least fifty souls brought to close with Christ's offer of salvation, and are now rejoicing in the Lord. Prayer meetings are held in the vestry of this church before every service, and after the sermon inquirers are invited to adjourn to the school-room, where a few of the Lord's people meet them and point them to the Lamb of God. At Potter Heigham wondrous things have been done in the name of Jesus. The incumbent of this parish writes thus to a brother clergyman:- "The Lord is pouring out his blessings exceedingly. At the Lord's-table may now be seen those who once were thieves, adulterers, Sabbath-breakers, and swearers. It is indeed marvellous in my eyes, but it is the Lord's work, and to Him be all the glory." At South Walsham and the neighbouring parishes, the Lord has sent many labourers into his vineyard whose works of faith He owns in a very special manner. Many who are now engaged in the Lord's work here have reason to bless God for sending his servant Rev. W. Haslam into this county. By his instrumentality some have been led from Sinai to Calvary - from the bondage of the law to the glorious freedom of the sons of God. We praise God for his wondrous works among the children of men and pray for a still more abundant blessing.
Earlham-road, Norwich, March 18, 1865.

"The Revival," March 30th, 1865.

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