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estimated cost of which is about £1,400. their united efforts they saw around In aid of the fund several ladies of the them to-day. They had not been able congregation and their friends combined to display those contributions to the in making up a stock of goods, which best advantage, but at all events they were displayed on Tuesday on a number had been able to carry out the promise of prettily fitted-up stalls in one of the made in their circular in submitting a side rooms in Jarratt Street. Though large stock of useful and ornamental small in extent, the bazaar presented a goods, in proportion to their means and pleasing and tasteful appearance, and the position they occupied. They were the promoters, very considerately de. indebted to many outside their ranks parting from the ordinary custom of for assisting them in this matter, for such places, marked all the goods at many friends had helped them with reasonable prices, thus removing many willing hands and loving hearts. And of the objectionable features which with the help of those who might visit obtain at such sales, when almost fancy the bazaar they hoped to be able to prices are charged for articles presented complete their little church without so to their patrons. There was a tolerably large an amount of debt as some time large company at the opening ceremony, ago they had anticipated. They felt amongst whom were the Mayor and Mrs. very grateful to their worthy Mayor for Wells, the Sheriff (Mr. F. Summers), coming amongst them on this occasion Mrs. and Miss Summers, Mr. Bastow, to perform the ceremony of opening, and pastor of the Church, Mr. H. Best, thus giving fresh testimony of his readiCouncillor and Mrs. Ansell, Councillor ness to assist in furthering the religionis and Mrs. Sanderson, etc. The proceed- and charitable movements of the town. ings having been opened with singing The Mayor said it gave him much pleaand prayer, Mr. H. Best briefly thanked sure to do what he could to further the the ladies and gentlemen who had objects of this bazaar, When the honoured the bazaar with their
patron- gentlemen waited upon him and asked age, and by their presence sympathized him to take the position he now ol. with the object they had in view. He cupied, he readily acceded to their realso thanked them for the support quest, feeling that in doing so he was which he had no doubt they would, not departing from his duty as chief before they left the room, give to the magistrate of the borough. movement. Before asking the Mayor that if he could in any way further the formally to open the bazaar, he might interests of either secular or religious be permitted in a few words to state the education, he was preparing his fellowobject for which it was being held. For townsmen to be better citizens, irremany years the Society whose cause spective of any particular sect. His they now advocated had been without a having taken this position had excited local habitation ; and though it had a some little comment and some little name, it was almost unknown. A short complaint ; however he did not regret time ago the friends connected with the having done so, for he felt that whilst cause thought that by diligent and he was Mayor of Hull he was not Mayor efforts they might
be en- of any sect or any portion of the town abled to raise a sufficient amount of merely. He therefore considered it part money to erect a small but suitable place of his duty to further the objects of of worship ; and six or eight months this movement. When he saw motago a sum was obtained enough to toes such as "God is Love,' “ Brethren, justify them in inviting tenders for their love one another,' and the like, he new building on the Spring-bank. He said if these were the tenets of the need hardly say that, as usual, the cost people who held this bazaar, they must of the building would exceed the origi- tend to make men better men, and nal estimate ; but those who had seen improve the community generally. the building would not think that the The Sheriff observed that whatever cost had been too great. A sufficient might be the peculiar religious views sum not having been raised by subscrip- adopted by this congregntion, he felt tion for the completion of the church, sure that they, like all other religions the lady friends undertook some time communities, had but one object in ago to solicit contributions towards view—viz., to reach the happy land? establishing a bazaar ; and the result of at the last. They might differ in their
religious opinions and beliefs, but so follow the example of Leeds, by securing long as they had this in view, they were the services of a resident minister. deserving of every support. He therefore wished the supporters every success
LIVERPOOL.--A social and general in their undertaking. Brief addresses meeting of the Bedford Street Society were also delivered by Councillors took place in the schoolroom attached Ansell and Sanderson.”
to the church, on Monday evening the The proceeds of the Bazaar, we learn 12th April
, on the occasion of enrolling from a correspondent, have amounted to no less than 37 additional members. it £135, which, after deducting expenses,
was a gathering of a pleasant and happy will yield £120 to the building fund nature, the feeling of kindliness and A quantity of goods are also unsold, geniality, being all-pervading. After which will be disposed of as opportunity Mr. Goldsack, who, in the course of his
tea the chair was taken by the minister, offers. The new building is already covered in. It will cosť more than introductory speech, referred, with eviwas anticipated, but will be a very neat dent feeling and thankfulness, to the place of worship.
exceptionally important accession of new
members, and also to the gradually LEEDS. — The Society in this town, increasing attendance at church and after having been for many years without interest in church matters. After a resident minister, have at length further alluding to the pleasure he felt secured one in the person of Rev. W. in witnessing and taking part in the O'Mant, who until lately was a Baptist gathering, he asked Mr. Francis, the minister at Kimbolton, Hunts, but has Secretary, to read his report, who stated been known as a receiver of the New that of the 37 members now being enChurch doctrines for some years. On rolled, 6 were rejoining, 9 were from Sunday, 28th March, the church having other societies, and 22 had not been prebeen closed for painting and decoration, viously on the register of any New Church was re-opened, when the newly-elected society; of these 22 at least 19 were repastor commenced his duties by deliver cent receivers of the doctrines. Mr. ing two very interesting and instructive E. M. Sheldon was then called to addiscourses. The subject of that in the dress the meeting, and alluded to the morning was “ Dust,” the text being pleasure he, and he was sure all present,
Shake thyself from the dust” (Isa. lii. 2). experienced at meetings like the one The evening subject was “Foxes' holes now being held; and hoped that the and birds' nests," from Matt. viii. 20. friends putting their names in the Both subjects were treated in a very register - book might find them also pleasing and instructive manner, giving written in the Lamb's Book of Life. Mr. evidence of thorough acquaintance witů Moore and Mr. Craigie made a few apthe doctrines, and power to set them propriate remarks. Mr. Horn then forth with great freshness and origina: proposed a vote of thanks to the Secrelity
. On Monday, 29th March, a social tary, which was seconded by Mr. Parkes, tea-party was held, at which about 80 who referred to two lectures which are persons sat down. The chair was after. to be delivered in Birkenhead by the wards taken by Mr. H. Cameron, and Rev. P. Ramage, who had kindly conthe meeting was addressed by Mr. sented to go down to assist in spreading O'Mant, Mr. Paget, Mr. Alfred Back: the glorious truths of the New Church. house, Mr. Snowball, and several other Mr. Francis thanked them for the exfriends
. The prevailing tone of the pression of good feeling and appreciaspeeches was congratulatory and hopeful;
tion, and said that the best way in which and a desire was expressed on all sides to thank him would be to assist in that pastor and people might work to liquidating the debt on the church, of gether harmoniously for the good of the £180, which he hoped by special effort, Society; and that the church might and with the assistance of several friends, grow in numbers and power, and advance
to clear off. Mr. Whiteside, a in spiritual life, by means of its com- receiver, then addressed the meeting, pleted organization.
and after the Evening hymn was sung Were performed by the choir at intervals and the Benediction said, the meeting during the evening. It is greatly to be was brought to a close. desired that many other societies should LONDON · Buttesland Street. — The
quarterly meeting of this Society was which have arranged this party, and deheld on Wednesday, 14th April, Mr. S. sire this evening to do him honour. On B. Dicks in the chair. Three new his assiduous attention, and self-deny. members were elected, a mutual im- ing labours in connection therewith, it is provement society was formed, and the not necessary that I should enlarge ; friends were informed that a junior suffice it to say, that the members of members' section had been started under that class are well satistied with, and the presidency of Mr. Dicks. The prin- very grateful for, what he has done for cipal business, however, was the formal them, and in order to show their regard inauguration of a building fund to pro- and affection for him, have subscribed vide the means for the erection of a their small sums, and raised a memento church in a more suitable locality. A of his connection with them and of committee was formed, Mr. Jobson was theirs with him in the form of a photoelected Treasurer, and Mr. W. Spear, graph of the whole class, with their Secretary. The sum of £37, 4s. was teacher standing amongst them. It is promised in the room, including £25 this photograph which I have to present from our generous friend Mr. Iles. As to Mr. Collinge, and I can assure both soon as all our friends have added their him and all present that I have great names to the subscription list, it is pro- pleasure in doing so. After an affecposed to appeal to the Church at large tionate response by Mr. Collinge, the to aid us in the accomplishment of so Chairman made a few appropriate te good an end.
marks. The picture was then closely
inspected by the persons present, and OLDHAM.—On Saturday evening, 27th considerable interest exeited by recog. March, an interesting social meeting was nising the objects thereon. Besides the held in the New Church School at the presentation the meeting was entertained above place. Our esteemed day-school with a choice selection of songs, glees, teacher, Mr. James Collinge, who is also recitations, and was a very pleasant and a superintendent of the Sunday School, agreeable party. and has for some time conducted a singing class composed of senior scholars and LONDON.- Argyle Square.—The usnal teachers, was presented with a beauti- annual social gathering in connection fully framed photograph of the members with this Society was held on Good of that class. After tea, Mr. George Friday, March 26th, and was Fery Wilson was called upon to preside. The numerously attended, several members Secretary of the Society, Mr. Hodgson, of the Camden Road and Devonshire who made the presentation, said there Street Societies being present. The memare several works of use in which Mr. bers and friends assembled for tea at Collinge has taken an active part since half-past five, and at seven o'clock the he came amongst us, that deserve the chair was taken by the minister, the acknowledgment of the Society, but Rev. John Presland. After the admiswhich are excluded on the present occa- sion of seven friends as members, the sion, not because they are not known or Chairman announced that the subject for appreciated, but because the present pro- the evening would be taken from the ceedings originate with a section of the 23rd chapter of St. Luke, which he read. Society, and consequently do not repre. The meeting was addressed by the Chairsent the whole body. The particular man, Professor Tafel, Messrs. A. Faradepartment, in connection with which day, Hugh Evans, Applebee and Keene. Mr. Collinge's services are deservedly Mr. Arthur Day also gave a reading, noticed at the present time, has relation “Christ's Entry into Jerusalem," by N. to that sublime art, whose charms are P. Willis. The meeting terminated with said to soothe the savage breast, namely, the Evening Hymn and the Benedicthe art of music. To all observers it tion. will have been very plain that since he came amongst us, his devotion to this PAISLEY New CHURCH Young Men's branch of useful service to the Church Mutual IMPROVEMENT ASSOCIATION. — has occupied a great deal of his time and The first united effort for mutual im. attention. He has commenced and car- provement by the young men of this
to a comparatively successful Society is now in operation. The mnem. issue a singing class, the members of bers met for the first time on Thursday
15th April — seventeen members pre- for forming new societies in London, or sent. Essayist, Mr. Wm. Walker; helping those requiring aid. Messrs. subject, “ Fermentation.” It is pro. Duncan, Madeley, and Spear, were reposed to deliver an essay every Thursday appointed the Committee to consider the evening while the session lasts, in the proposed plan for inserting in the daily hall underneath the church.
newspapers a combined weekly adverSWEDENBORG READING SOCIETY. - Messrs. Heath and Dicks were appointed
tisement of the whole London churches, At the meeting in March the Rev. J. Auditors. The Treasurer's report was Presland read a most interesting paper read and adopted. The Treasurer, with on the Divine Word and its various a view to provide sufficient funds to meet clauses. The subject was treated in an the demands of the Association, proposed elaborate manner, and though kept that the contributions of each society, within the compass, limited by the rules which now consists of a sum equal to of the Society to twenty minutes, lost one penny per annum for each of its not hing by its brevity, but rather gained members, be raised to threepence per in terseness and power. It gave rise to member. The proposition was deferred an interesting discussion afterwards. The for consideration at the next quarterly meeting for April had a valuable contri. meeting. Mr. Austin reported respecting bution in the shape of a paper by Mr. the Almanac for 1875, and consulted Perey C. Barnes, on the Assyrian records the meeting on the desirableness of inof the Flood and their relation to New serting the Conference Lectionary for Church Truth. The subject has just each Sunday in the Almanac for the now a special interest from the dis
ensuing year, he believing that the coveries of Mr. Smith, and promises to Lectionary was not in a majority of cases be of greater value as further develop adopted in New Church "societies. A ments are worked out. Dr. Mill has
very interesting conversation ensued, undertaken to continue the subject at illustrating the usefulness of the Lecthe meeting on the 3rd Thursday in May, tionary being prominently and regularly. when a very instructive paper may be brought under the notice of members of anticipated.
the Church, thereby ensuring a more LONDON ASSOCIATION OF THE NEw entire reading of the Scriptures both Church. The quarterly meeting of this at home and at church, and showing Association was held on Thursday, April that its insertion in the Almanac tended 1, at Flodden Road, Camberwell. The to secure its adoption more regularly managing committee consists of repre- in New Church societies. sentatives from each of the London societies and their ministers and secretaries, LONDON.- Argyle Square.— The Sunwho are members ex officio, and this being day evening lectures at this Church are the first meeting in the official year, the continued by the minister, the Rev. J. new representatives were announced and Presland, and are announced in the the officers for the year appointed. Mr. Manual until May 23rd. This announceAustin was unanimously elected presi- ment is preceded by the following intident, and having taken the chair, in a mation to the regular congregation, few appropriate remarks, expressed his which may usefully be extended to desire, in conjunction with his brethren, others :—“On the conclusion of the to advance the usefulness of the Associa- present course of lectures it is intended tion. A vote of thanks was passed to to commence another, the subjects of the retiring president, the Rev. J. Pres. which are given below, which we trust land. Mr. E. Madeley was re-elected will prove useful both to our own memSecretary, and T. H. Elliott, Treasurer. bers and to our visitors. The attention The re-appointment of the Newspaper of the regular congregation is respect. Committee was deferred to the next fully directed to the great use they will quarterly meeting. The President, perform in endeavouring to make Secretary, and the Rev. J. Presland, strangers feel at home and welcome at were appointed the Committee to manage these services, especially by supplying the exchange of ministers. Messrs. them with books, that all may intelliAustin, R. Gunton, S. B. Dicks, Made- gently join in our worship. It is someley, and E. H. Bayley, were appointed times charged against New Churchmen the committee to consider propositions -we hope hypercritically,—that they
are not sufficiently alert in extending
Birth. such help and greeting. Let all who,
On March 24, at 28 Canonbury Square, for any reason, enter Argyle Square London, the wife of Mr. J. A. Bayley, Church feel at once that they are
of a son. expected, and that we rejoice to see them, and they will be more favour
Marriage. ably disposed to receive the truths we wish to communicate, and the more On the 8th of April 1875, at the Nes readily induced to continue the acquain. Jerusalem Church, Nottingham, by the tance. The titles of the lectures are :- Rev. Charles H. Wilkins, Mr. Oliver * True and false Conversion ;' "The James Lowe to Mary, second daughter of Revival of Religion ;' ^ The Gospel of Mr. William Pegg, for many years the the Second Advent;'“What was meant much respected leader of the Nottingby the Jewish Sacrifices ?' *How was ham Society. our Lord Jesus Christ a Sacrifice ?' • How has our Lord Jesus Christ
Obituary. washed us from our Sins in His own Blood ?' 'Ye must be born again.''
Died at Accrington, on the 5th of
January 1875, Mr. Richard Riley, in the WEEKLY OFFERTORY.
The April eightieth year of his age. Deceased was number of the Argyle Square Manual of a quiet retiring disposition, but gives the following account of the success always strongly interested in everything of this mode of increasing the funds of that concerned the welfare of the the church. “Since its commencement
Church. He lived a worthy, consistent on the evening of Sunday, Nov. 8, 1874, life, and met his end with the calmness the Weekly Otfertory has produced the and peace which they realize who strive sum of £60, 198. 3d. During the three to follow their Lord. Our friend had years last preceding the adoption of the been a member of the New Church Offertory, the average annual total of Society at Accrington upwards of sixty the four quarterly collections was only years, and in early life engaged actively £40, 18s. 3d. ; five months under the in its uses. For many years he was a new system having thus produced half teacher in the Sunday-school, then as much again as twelve months under Secretary of the Society, fulfilling all the former method. This result the
these several duties with exemplary care Committee, and the Society at large, became more and more retiring in his
As age overtook him, he must regard as most gratifying, espe- habits ; but his love for the Church cially as it is obtained at the cost of no inconvenience to the congregation, but never diminished, and one of the greatest rather, it is hoped and believed,' in a pleasures of his life was to hear of her manner generally regarded as an accept progress and welfare. He has gone now, able accommodation ; the frequent con
we are assured, to join the Church tribution of small sums being, in most triumphant above, where he will realize
, cases, easier than the occasional gift of in fulness, the rest which remaineth for larger amounts." We earnestly trust the people of God. that the expectation of increased Died at Black Lane, near Radcliffe, on finances which this experience encour. the 19th of February, Mr. George Holmes ages, may be abundantly justified. aged 77 years. The deceased was for With more money at command we could many years a member of the Society of materially improve our building, render the New Church at Heywood, and a our musical arrangements more efficient, constant attendant on its public worship. extend the missionary usefulness of our With advancing life he removed to services by a wider employment of Black Lane, to spend the evening of his advertisements
, provide better accom- days with his daughters. His infirmimodation for visitors
, and greatly ties precluded his attendance at any New strengthen the teaching powers of our Church place of worship, and he was Sunday School, by the purchase of thus confined to the narrow circle of his books, maps, etc. Let us, therefore, family. A few days before his departure support the Weekly Offertory according he received with devotion and thank to our means, assured that in so doing fulness the Sacrament of the Holy we effectually promote the welfare of Supper, and afterwards waited patiently the Church we love."
the time of his release.