19th Century

During the 19th Century the church grew to such an extent that another church was founded at Ash and the Sandwich premises were considerably extended. There were changes over the years; the name ‘meeting house’ like ‘chapel’ gave way to ‘church’; hymns featured more in the services, along with choirs and organists; Dissenters were Nonconformists and were known particularly as Congregationalists or Baptists or Presbyterians, and with the Methodists they became the Free Churches; the religious education of children was taken seriously and most churches had their Sunday Schools.

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