A Little Bit of Heavenly Music in Plymouth
7:00pm Every Sunday in July and August
Summer hymn sings at the South Pond Chapel are sponsored by the First Baptist Church of Plymouth. The Chapel is located on Long Pond Road, off exit 5 in Plymouth. Each Sunday in July and August a different local minister leads the service, which begins at 7:00pm.
South Pond Chapel was built in 1870 as a Union Evangelical church for residents of the village at South Pond in Plymouth; it offered them a place to worship close to their homes what at the time was a remote part of town.
The Chapel is a mission of the First Baptist Church of Plymouth, offering a place for people of all denominations to gather to sing their favorite old-time hymns and gospel songs together, and to hear special music.
The schedule for the 2016 season is:
7/24 Reverend Robert Stott (Zion Lutheran Church)7/31 Reverend Irving Beveridge (retired)8/7 Ray Tompkins (First Baptist Church)8/14 Reverend Bob Merritt (retired)8/21 Reverend James Lyman8/28 Reverend David Frederickson (Christ Church)
Ms. Jane Costa Elliot will be the accompanist for the season.
Directions to the South Pond Chapel
- Route 3 to exit 5 (Long Pond Road exit)
- Turn west towards Home Depot and the Shops at 5
- Drive approximately 2 miles on Long Pond Road
- South Pond Chapel will be on the right, at the intersection with Cemetery Hill Road
“Sharing a Joyful Noise”
excerpt from , July, 2003:
South Pond Chapel in Plymouth, Massachusetts, looks like so many others that dot the New England landscape — locked doors, peeling white clapboards, overgrown grass. But on summer Sunday nights the tiny church comes alive as people of all ages and faiths congregate for old-fashioned hymn sings that leave their throats parched but their spirits refreshed. The highlight of the season usually comes on the last Sunday in August, Old Home Day, when the Rev. Professor Peter J. Gomes (Bates College, ’65) takes the pulpit, as he has every year since the hymn sings began in 1961. “It’s my absolutely indisputable hypothesis that singing the old hymns reminds us of our youth,” says Gomes, who supported himself as an organist while attending Bates College and Harvard Divinity School.