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Paul concerning Epaphroditus, The Lord on the 10th of March, 1838. Hor death had mercy on him, and not on him only,' was improved from Psa. lxxiii. 26. &c., Phil. ii. 27. In his final affliction he enjoyed the presence of his Saviour, MR Jonas DENBY was also received by and a foretaste of heaven. 'He being dead baptism into the fellowship of the church yet speaketh. His death was improved by on the 10th of March, 1838. He was not Mr. Rose, from 2 Kings iv. 26.
a member of the church, when in the 70th
year of his age, he departed this life, on the MRS. MARTHA HIRD exchanged her clay 12th of March, 1850; he along with some tenement, as we believe, for the mansions others having seceded, and having been of the just, June 6th, 1849, aged fifty formed into a separate church. He had years. It was greatly to the grief of her been united with the Wesleyans for a con. heart that her partner was a bold declaimer siderable period previous to his connexion against the inspiration of the sacred writings. with ourselves from a conviction that our She honourably maintained her profession of sentiments are more scriptural. His surchristianity from the time of her baptism, viving friends have the comfort of his dying the 10th of Sep., 1837. Her death was assurance that he was on the Rock, His improved by her pastor, from 2 Tim. iv. 6,7. end was peace.
Miss Hannau BENTLEY, aged twenty- Miss Ann HICKERING GIll departed, as four, joyfully bade adieu to every thing sub
we believe, to be with Christ, on the 31st of lunary, on the 3rd of Sep., 1849. She united Aug., 1850. She followed her Saviour with the church by baptism on the 7th of in immersion on the 2nd of Aug. 1840, at Sep., 1845. She pleasingly exhibited sim- the age of eighteen. She soon became ple, genuine piety. She knew herself a
a Sunday school teacher, and tract distrisinner, and Christ a Saviour. Christ was butor. Her last affliction was very short; in her the hope of glory, object of love, and and from its commencement her conviction the source of peace and joy. Her death was was that she was going home. To improve improved by her pastor, from Rev. vii. 14. her death and that of Mrs. Illingworth, MRS. Mary Rhodes terminated her shall rest in hope, Acts ii. 26. He also
Mr. Ingham preached from, "My flesh earthly conflicts and afflictions, and entered alluded respectfully and affectionately to on the rest that remains for God's people,
our then recently deceased pastor, Mr. Rose. Sep. 22nd, 1849, aged sixty-three years. In her the grace of God was eminently MRS. NANCY ILLINGWORTH died Sepconspicuous. To few individuals do the 9th, 1850, aged seventy one years.
Her words of the Redeemer to the church at
union with the church took place on the Smyrna appear more appropriate. Her 18th of Aug., 1834. For some years works, her tribulation, her poverty, (but before her decease her power of hearing not oppressive poverty,) her spiritual riches, i had considerably failed. Her attendance were apparent. She feared none of the
on the means of grace during this period things with which she was threatened, or had been less frequent than formerly, and that actually came upon her.
her piety had suffered. In her affliction faithful till she received the crown of life. this was regretted. On Christ with all her In the commencement of her religious / unworthiness, it is believed that she cast career her husband was not only destitute herself, and her friends sorrow not, even of piety, but sufficiently bold and wicked in as others which have no hope.' the most solemn manner to threaten his wife with death, if she persevered in attend- MR. John WILKINSON died on the 9th ing the means of grace beyond the number of Dec., 1850, in the 93rd year of his age. of times per week which he prescribed. He was baptized on the 6th of Nov., 1842. She was, throughout this trial, comforted For some time before he united with the by the remembrance of Divine truth, and church he felt himself a ruined sinner, on was enabled calmly and firmly to reply, the verge of sinking into the pit of everlastthat she would continue to discharge the ing perdition, unless there should be some duties of a wife, and of a mother, and that means of escape. But when applying at with the Lord's help she would persevere the throne of grace the Saviour's own in living for eternity. She was repeatedly gracious words, Matt. xi. 28, he obtained threatened, and variously persecuted, but, peace through believing. From that time through God's grace, was ever faithful. to the close of life he felt not the burden She lived to witness the penitence, to of his guilt. Christ was his trust, his enjoy the affections, and receive the praises Saviour, his portion. In his dying affliction of her husband. In passing through the he expressed his hope that the will of the valley of the shadow of death, the Lord Lord might be done in him to the uttermost. was with her, and she feared no evil. She Is not this a brand plucked out of the was received by baptism into the church 'fire ?'
The following, amongst other thoughts, sentiment, 'I am afraid of you, lest I have are suggested by the preceding memorials. bestowed upon you labour in vain.'? How necessary are accessions to the church What an honour and advantage to the of Christ through the unavoidable execution church of Christ are those members whose of the sentence, ‘Dust thou art, and unto piety is so transparent to the world as to dust shalt thou return.'
silence, to awe, to rebuke those who would How desirable that instead of the parents sneer at, and revile our divine christianity! should rise up the children, to adorn, sus. ' 'Ye are manifestly declared to be the epistain, and extend the cause of our adorable tle of Christ,' &c.—2 Cor. iii. 3. Redeemer!
Who, in contemplating the present inIn the removal of some of the preceding, disputable variety in the degree of piety to their families and friends have sustained which individual members in the church of great loss. What a mercy that our times Christ attain, can doubt the veracity of the are in the Lord's hands, without whom pot apostolic assertion-For one star differeth a sparrow falls ; that we can cherish the from another star in glory. So also is the confident assurance that the Judge of all resurrection of the dead ? —And who should the earth has done right; that as a father not feel himself rebuked and quickened ? pitieth his children, so &c.'
Why should not every one be living the How desirable for our own sakes, for the life of the righteous, and thus be in con. sake of our coadjutors and survivors, is emi-stant readiness for the coming of the Son nent piety. Why should any naming the of Man? Let each forsake all, and follow name of Christ, sometimes in health and Christ; resolving, in dependance on God's vigour, occasion a repetition of the painful assistance, as for me, I will serve the Lord.
with the above-named object; the one in the MANCHESTER.—New General Baptist Cha. afternoon by the Rev. J. A. Baynes, B. A., pel, Claremont Terrace, Strangeways.—The from 2 Cor. iv. 13 ;– We also believe, and first sermon in connection with the opening therefore we speak;' and the one in the of the above handsome edifice* was preached evening, by our esteemed pastor, the Rev. by the Rev. Hugh Stowell Brown, of Liver- H. Hunter, from Heb. xiii. 16, ‘ But to do pool, on Thursday evening, Aug, 28th, 1851. good and to communicate, forget not; for The Revs. W. M'Caw (Presbyterian), A. Si. with such sacrifice God is well pleased.' mons, of Pinckbeck, Dr. Halley (Indep.), J. The collections amounted to £10. 10s. On Sutcliff, of Staleybridge, R. Chenery (P. B.), the following Tuesday a public tea-meeting and our own pastor, took part in the remaining was beld in the school.rooms, when upwards services.
of 240 sat down. After tea a public meeting On Tuesday evening, Sep. 9, a tea meeting was held, when addresses were delivered by was held in the spacious School Room, un. Revds. H. Hunter, J. Ferneyhough, W.R. derneath the chapel, when several interesting Stevenson, M.A., Messrs. Mee and Rowell. and appropriate addresses were delivered, by A subscription was entered into, and the our pastor (who was in the chair), the Revds. sum of £8 12s. 4d. was realized, the profits J. Harvey, of Bury; R. Chenery; H. Mars- from tea included. Many kind friends had den, late of Leicester; J. Hewitt, Esq., who previously and since given or promised do laid the foundation stone; and other friends. nations to the amount of £93, making a total The collections at the opening services, toge- of £112. We hope by the blessing of God to ther with the proceeds of the tea party, realize about £28 more, which will leave us amounted to nearly £70.
with a debt of £100 upon the rooms, which Our congregations up to the present time, we think will not burden us more tban we as also the attendance at our Sabbath school, can comfortably bear. The rooms will achave been good; and the prospects of a cause commodate about 500 children; and we trust being raised in this highly important and as we have now increased means for dissemi. densely-populated town are more encouraging nating the truth, we shall by Divine grace than they have been for years past. R. B.-S. | increase our efforts to train the rising race
OLD BASFORD. Opening of New School in the nurture and admonition of the Lord. Rooms.-On Lord's day, Oct. 12, two sermons were preached in theG. B. chapel in connection
MARCH.-On Lord's-day, Nov. 9th, and on the following Wednesday, religious services
and a tea meeting were held, in connection with • For particulars see June Repository for the
the re-opening of the General Baptist chapel present year,
at March. This place of worship, though
but litttle more than fifty years old, had,, of fellowship was given to them, through their in some material parts, fallen into prema- official representatives. Brother Goodliffe, ture decay, and had become unsafe for whom they had invited to serve them as pas. assemblies of people. Hence, repairs to a tor, and brother Job Smith, whom they had considerable extent were absolutely neces. elected to the deacon's office. The celebration sary. Then, the style of arcbitecture, which of the Lord's-supper formed the closing part of was of no regular order, but which at the the afternoon service; there being a few tea meeting was facetiously denominated members of one of the Leicester churches, and agricultural,' or barn-like, was hardly in from Rothley, who partook with us. keeping with the improved taste of the times; The sermon in the evening was from Rev. it was therefore determined to alter this by iv. 1.-A door was opened in heaven.' A putting on a new roof. This resolution was crowded audience listened with deep interest taken, not merely as a matter of taste, but to the preaching; and the subject will live in also for increased security; and this, on un. the bearts and memories of those who were covering the roof was found not only to jus- present for a long time to come. tify, but to require the alteration. The The day was in character with the season chapel is therefore now, not only repaired, as it respects the weather-dull, drizzling, dirty but renovated from the floor to the roof, and and cheerless, forming the contrast of the ceiling. The pews are modernized and made moral state of the friends gathered for worship. more commodious and convenient, and altoge. Tea was partaken of in the place of worship, ther, the place is so altered and improved, as, when a goodly number of out town friends from unsightly and inconvenient, to have be gathered round the trays. A better place is come pleasant and agreeable. The cost of much needed. The friends would gladly the alterations will not be much short of £300. undertake the erection of a small chapel could Towards this subscriptions and collections ground be met with. It is gratifying to be able will probably amount to more than £100, to state that the little interest draws around it which, considering the depression of agricultu- the good wishes of the inhabitants generally. ral produce, we regard with gratitude, as May we not hope that He who has thus opened indicating a good feeling towards the cause, a door will open once more efficiently to serve in our friends and the public.
his cause in, and to accomodate the many On the Lord's day, Mr. Underwood of Lon. who are willing to attend on the means of don preached in the morning and evening, and grace. May the little one become a thousand, the stated minister in the afternoon. Collec. and all, the saved of the Lord. W. G. tions upwards of £15; and on the Wednesday morning, Mr. Wigner, of Lynn, preached, and
ANNIVERSARIES. in the evening we had a very lively and agree- PORTSEA. Clarence Street.-On Monday able tea meeting, which was addressed by our evening, Oct. 20th, a service of an intensely esteemed brethron Barrass, Lyon and Wigner, interesting kind, was held in the above chapel, and by the writer. For the efficient and kind in commemoration of the seventeenth anni. services of all our brethren, as well as for the versary of Mr. Burton's ministry. Preparatory good will and assistance of our neighbours, we to the public service, a tea meeting was held are sincerely grateful. The excitement of ex- in the spacious School room adjoining the traordinary meetings is now past for this oo. chapel. The trays were kindly given by the casion, and the work of maintaining and veri. ladies of the congregation. The crowded state fying the hopes excited is before us. Let the of the room rendered the adjournment to the beauty of the Lord our God be upon us: and chapel at seven o'clock, anything but unwelestablish thou the work of our hands upon come, and the doors being open for the admisus; yea, the work of our hands establish sion of the members of the congregation, the thou it.
J. JONES. entire chapel was soon filled by a respectable
and deeply affected audience. Our respected Cropston, near Leicester. New church townsman, W. Bilton. Esq., a member of the formed.--The few friends who have recently Clarence street congregation, was called to maintained preaching and a Lord's day school occupy the chair. Addresses were delivered, at Cropston, were favoured with the delightful and resolutions proposed and seconded, of a and profitable services of brother Wigg, on very important kind, by the Rev. Messrs. Lord's day, Nov. 9, for the special purpose Compton. Sapcoat, Neave, and Arnot; also by of being formed into a church. At half- Messrs. J. Sheppard, Post. Master, and Dr. past two the brethren assembled, and were Henderson, of the “Portsmouth Guardian," addressed very affectionately and scripturally and several very kivd letters of apology were on the privileges they were entitled to enjoy, read from other ministers of the neighbourand the duties they would be expected to per: hood, who were unable to be present.
The form as members of a church of the Lord Jesus most interesting part of the service consisted Christ. Being desired to testify their wish in the presentation of a handsome copy of for such a fellowship by standing up, all the Bagster's Comprehensive Bible, with the date brethren rose and stood wbile the right hand of the anniversary, and a suitable inscriptio a. The scene at this moment was certainly deeply STALYBRIDGE.-On Lord's-day, Nov. 9th, affecting; a scene never to be erased from the two excellent sermons were preached by the memory of those who were permitted to be Rev. R. Nightingale, of Castle Donington, present, and one that will recur in all its for the support of our Sabbath-School. The touching beauty, when the spows of age have congregations were good; and the collections fallen on the head of him, whose amiable spirit amounted to the liberal sum of £32 5s. 8 d. and faithful services for a series of years had called for such a demonstration of affectionate
BROMPTON, Yorkshire.—The new General regard, and upon the head of the youngest of Baptist chapel erected in this village was the congregation. When the Rev. gentleman opened for divine worship, on Lord's-day, came forward he was greeted by å burbt of Nov. 9, 1851. The Rev. T. Horsfield of enthusiasm, perfectly overwhelming. He ac.
Bradford preached in the morning, from John knowledged the gift in a beautiful and appropri wilt thon not be made clean ? and when shall
iii. 16, and in the evening from o Jerusalem, ate style, and spoke for three quarters of an hour, in a tone of manly eloquence blended it once be ?'—Jer. xiii. 27; the Rev. R. with christian charity, which we never heard Hardy of Queenshead preached in the aftersurpassed. The excellent choir of the chapel, noon, from Rom. i. 16,-'I am not ashamed,'
&c. led by Mr. Haskell, and aided by the Messrs.
On Monday, 10th, the Rev. R. Hardy Fuller, and others, varied the delightful preached in the afternoon, from Psa. lxxxvii. 6. service by appropriate anthems. The pro- in our preaching room.
At half.past four a public tea meeting was held ceeds of the anniversary, we are bappy to hear, livered by the chairman, Mr. Stubbings, the
Addresses were de. amounted to the noble and liberal sum of £35. The anniversary sermons were preached on
Revds. T. Horsfield, R. Hardy, W. Lewis of the previous Sunday, in the morning by Darlington, D. Peacock of Masham, J. B. the Rev. E. H. Burton, and in the evening Lister, and G. Dawson of Northallerton. by the Rev. R. Compton, of Lyndhurst; and
On Lord's-day, Nov. 16th, the Rev. G. Catit is gratifying to find that the contributions in the morning, from, Jesus saith unto Simon
terall of Boroughbridge preached at Brompton, upon these occasions are increasing. church and congregation are in a very flour. Peter, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me işbing state, and we feel assured that great
more than these ?'—John xxi. 15; in the good must redound to the populous neigh evening from 1 Thess. ii. 13; and at Northalbourhood in which the chapel is situated, from lerton in the afternoon, from, Continuing in. the faithful, talented and affectionate ministry vices were well attended; some of them ex.
stant in prayer.'— Rom. xii. 12. All the serof its excellent pastor.–From the Port of Portsmouth Guardian of Wednesday, Oct. 22. lightful services been enjoyed. All the preach
cessively crowded. Seldom have such deBIRMINGHAM.-On Lord's.day, Oct. 26th,
ers seemed to aim not only at impression on 185), two excellent and impressive sermons
behalf of the pecuniary claims of this new were delivered by the Rev. J. Burns, D.D., of place of worsbip, but at the conversion of London, in Lombard St. Chapel, after which
sinners. The proceeds of the opening sercollections were made to liquidate the remain. vices, together with the subscriptions, amount. ing debt, occasioned by the recent alterations ed to £58, leaving a debt on the chapel of of that place of worship. On the following
£122. We are exerting ourselves to reduce evening two hundred persons took tea together this debt. Should any friend feel disposed to in the meeting-house, and afterwards an inter
render any assistance, donations, however esting public meeting was beld. The Rev. small, will be thankfully received, and may be G. Cheatle presided; and the Revds. Dr.
our minister, Mr. W. Stubbings, Burns, Brewin Grant, B.A., Thos. Swan,
T. H. M. Landells, and other ministers took part in the proceedings. The chapel was altered and
MELBOURNE, Derbyshire. — Special Ser. greatly improved two years ago at an expense Melbourne is one of the oldest in the G. B.
vices. Removal of Debt. The church at of £240, and at this second anniversary the whole amount was cleared off.
Denomination. It was formed in 1760; and
united in forming the New Connexion' in GOSBERTON.-On Lord's-day, Oct. 5, 1851, 1770. Joseph Donisthorpe preached the first two excellent and impressive sermons were sermon here, on the Green Hill' about 104 preached in the G. B. chapel, by brother years ago. The first place of worship was T. Barrass of Holbeach; and on Monday, erected in 1750, enlarged in 1782, and rebuilt Oct. 6th, we had our annual tea-meeting, in 1832. The present beautiful chapel cost, which was provided for gratuitously by the besides the old materials incorporated, about friends of the church. The meeting afterwards £800.
addressed by brethren Jones, (our After our anniversary services last year it minister) Barrass, Golswortby, of Sutterton, was resolved to remove, if possible, the entire and Beven, (Indep.) of Pinchbeck. A very debt of £126 which still remained on the good feeling pervaded the whole of the services, chapel and school rooms, and private sub. and we trust that good will come out of them. scriptions were subsequently entered into for
On Lord's-day, Aug. 31, 1851, sermons Tuesday the 30th of Dec. The Rev. J. G. were preached by Mr. Winks of Leicester, Pike of Derby will preach in the morning at and a tea meeting was held on the following half-past Ten, and the Rev. J. Goadby of day. Mr. R. Pegg of Derby was in the chair. Loughborough in the evening at half.past Six. Messrs. Nightingale, Yates, Lethbridge, Winks, | Tea will be provided in the school-room. Wood, and Gill, delivered appropriate and earnest addresses, which were listened to by publications of this kind for the year 1852,
ALMANACKS. -- Among the very numerous a large and delighted audience, and inter
which are candidates for the public favour, spersed with suitable pieces of sacred music. During the meeting it was announced that the
none are perhaps more deserving than those entire debt was cancelled ; and that the cha.
published by the Tract Society. "The Chris. pel and school-rooms were free. The con
tian Almanack for 1852,' we are happy to in.
form gregation then sung with much earnestness,
our readers, is equal to its valued * Praise God from whom all blessings flow,' &c.
predecessors. It is adorned with a view of One of the speakers afterwards made a some.
the interior of Exeter Hall during the May what severe attack on the capacities and ap
Meetings. pearance of the old school-rooms, strongly
RELIGIOUS LIBERTY IN PRUSSIA.-The urging their demolition, and the erection of days of all the Free Congregations, and conThat appeal was well received,
gegations of German Catholics are numbered. and bas not been in vain. Five hundred yards of freehold land have been purchased, adjoining be deprived of all support from the communal
By a Ministerial order they are henceforth to our grave.yard ; and the arrangements are
authorities, direct or indirect; and where such now completed for erecting new school-rooms,
support has been granted for a fixed period, it (to be 51 by 24 feet without,) a minister's
is no longer to be paid. The preacher, or vestry, and a reading room to correspond in
head of the Free' congregation of Berlin, style with the chapel. Part of the new land
was some time since expelled the city. The will be built upon, and the other part added to
official order grounds the refusal of the supthe burial ground. To removing the debts
port already granted on the principle that all and arranging for new erections, the friends in the church and congregation have mani porated bodies, and, therefore, could not legally
these congregations are not regularly incorfested a very encouraging degree of liberality accept such promises or engagements. It also and unanimity.
asserts that they have gradually ceased to be BAPTISMS.
religious societies at all, and have of late LOUTH, Walker-Gate. On the erening of years degenerated into mere political societies, the 13th ult, three friends were baptized here. inculcating doctrines inconsistent with the Our esteemed pastor preached from Acts ii. 40; principles of civil and social order. As such and our aged friend, Mr. Catley, prayed and extinguished, and the officials are warned that
they are to be everywhere suppressed and delivered a short but animated and appropriate it is their duty to carry out the Ministerial address.
instructions diligently. In several provincial LOUGHBOROUGH, Wood-Gate.-On Lord's. towns the order had been anticipated by the day, Nov. 2, after a sermon by the pastor, police, as numerous reports of closed meeting four young persons were added to the church houses and dissolved congregations have by baptism. One of the young men was the reached Berlin. There is no hope, however, eldest son of Rev. E. H. Burton of Portsea, that the measure will increase the puniber of and another the fourth son of the pastor of adherents to any of the Established Churches. Wood-gate church.
Most of the congregations were widely
separated from them, and from any known REMOVALS.
form of dissent retaining any of the general THE REV. JOHN BATEY has removed from
articles of the Christian creed. Altogether Sheffield to Burnley. He commenced his la
the religious parties in Germany are in a bours on the first Sunday in Norember, with singular state of confusion. The mysticism very encouraging prospects. It is intended to
of Swedenborg has allied itself to the spiritual open the new chapel on Good-Friday next.
hierarchy of the Irvingites, with its realization Rev. G. NEEDHAM, late of Brook-street,
on earth of the gradations of Archangels, Derby, has recently removed to serve the Angels, and Apostles, the bearers of those G. B. church at Audlem, Cheshire, May
sacred titles being also frequently at variance every blessing attend the labours of our young that cannot ind any such rapks recognized
with the very earthly power of the police, friend in this interesting sphere,
by the state. Beside tbe intensest fanaticism
may be found the pantheism of Spinoza and MISCELLANEOUS.
the cold negation of Proudhon, in itself but THE NEXT MIDLAND CONFERENCE will the system of Hegel pushed to its utmost be held at Carley Street chapel, Leicester, on logical consequence.- Times.