« ElőzőTovább »
ation of the Diocese of Long Island. Growth has been marked from the beginning by that quiet and healthful steadiness which characterizes most movements that are built upon solid foundations and destined to permanency. One main object of the Association is to promote esprit de corps among the active laymen of the Diocese, and to unite them in common sympathies and a common aim, and to increase the number of workers."
Thus it can be seen that something is being done toward increasing the efficiency of the Church by means of enlisting her men, not into nominal, but into actual and active Christian life. Just what are the Church's sery. ices of morning and evening prayer without the hearty and vigorous responses of her men, such is the work of the Church without the participation of men. Why the Christian man should not work in the Church as well as the Christian woman it is difficult to understand. He would certainly not be satisfied with fewer Christian rights or privileges. Moreover, men do engage in work outside their business, in their secret societies, their social and political clubs, and in affairs of public demonstration. Nor can it be offered as a justification for inactivity that men are unaccustomed to such work, and have no qualifications. When a man takes up a new work he may not be able to do brilliant things, but he can do that which is far bet. ter-he can do his duty. Work among men must be done by men. An active Christian layman has more influence than a clergyman, for the latter's energies are looked upon as professional and perfunctory. Each Christian worker breaks the crust of timidity which encases other men, and he will find himself joined by others. The reflex benefit of a layman's work is a deepened spirituality—that feature of beauty in Christ's body, which is still more beautified by every self-sacrifice which service requires.
Says Bishop Littlejohn: “I am persuaded that the Church can have all the help she needs from her laity, if she will not only ask for it, but formally open up the ways-provide the means by which it can operate. The fire of individual zeal will break forth when she rakes away the cinders and ashes that now overlay it."
The suggestion here is toward organization and plan. Indeed, it will have been noticed that in St. Andrew's Brotherhood, in the Brotherhood of Lay Readers, and in the Lay Helpers' Association, the one claim made throughout is as to the help received from the very fact of organization. While something can be done by every individual who will exert himself singly on behalf of Christ and his fellow-men, yet much more can be effected by means of an organization. There is the help which comes from mutual consultation as to plans and methods; the strength which comes of sympathy with one another in a common work, and of the knowledge of the support of the brethren; the stimulus which is given to the indifferent and the luke-warm by their seeing and hearing of an organization of workers; the widening of narrow individualism or parochialism into broad catholicity; in other words, working not merely for the material success, or even numerical
growth of our parishes, but for the “One, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic Church.”
Your committee, therefore, recommend the appointment by this Con. vention of a Commission on Lay Work, to serve as the organizers of the work, and take in hand the arrangements necessary to its successful prosecution. It is not intended to convey the idea that mere organization will accomplish everything. But if only one-third of those appointed on this Commission were to act we should still have an excellent nucleus for en. larged operations in this barren field of Indiana, which has but one communicant to every 500 of the State's population.
Your committee recommend the adoption of the following resolutions :
Resolved, That the development of lay work in this Diocese be entrusted to a body to be known as “The Commission on Lay Work," to consist of the Bishop of the Diocese and one layman from each parish and mission, said layman to be nominated by the Rector or Priest in charge.
Resolved, That, in the judgment of this Convention, the commissioners of each deanery should have at least one meeting annually in connection with a convocation of their deanery, and that a meeting of all the commissioners should be held at the time of the annual Diocesan Convention.
Resoived, That the Bishop of the Diocese is hereby requested to arrange for the several parishes and missions a series of services for men, with ad. dresses on the subject of lay work, looking towards organization. All of which is respectfully submitted,
D. B. KNICKERBACKER.
F. E. MARSH.
Resolved, That this Convention commends the noble principles and work of the Brotherhood of St. Andrew, and that this Convention recommend the organization of chapters of this society in every parish where it is possible.
On motion of Rev. J. J. Faude it was
Resolved, That the Convention go into Committee of the Whole for the consideration of certain Diocesan affairs, with Rev. Dr. Pettis in the chair.
After an hour spent in consultation the committee arose, and the Rev. Dr. Pettis reported progress.
Mr. H. B. Payne presented the following report of St. Stephen's Hospital, Richmond, for the year ending June 1, 1888:
CASH RECEIVED FROM PARISHES.
Trinity Church, Fort Wayne ............ $11
1 00 Miss McNeely, Evansville. ...........
3 00 Missionary and family, Delphi, and Frankfort.
4 55 St. Mark's Church, Lima, two collections .......
6 36 St. John's Crawfordsville .............. 1 05
Total . ................... $72 08
This fund is for the purchase of a hospital building. A subscription for this purpose has been started. It does not include above amount, and is already several times as large.
CHILD'S COT FUND.
DONATION OF SUPPLIES HAVE BEEN RECEIVED FROM
Eli Lilly & Co., Indianapolis.
On motion of Mr. J. J. Bingham it was
Resolved, That the thanks of the Convention be extended to L. B. Martin, Esq., for i he prompt, efficient and business like discharge of his duties as Treasurer of the Diocese, without compensation, and, as he requests, the Treasurers of the parishes be requested to make prompt remittances of the funds of the Diocese as they receive them.
On motion of the Rev. Dr. Kemp, it was
Resolved, That the thanks of this Convention are hereby tendered to the clergy and Churchmen of Indianapolis, and to the ladies for their hearty welcome and generous hospitality extended to the members of the Convention.
On motion of Mr. H. B. Payne, the sum of $50 was appropriated to the Secretary of the Convention, and $10 to the sexton of Christ Church, for services rendered.
The Bishop then introduced to the Convention, the Rev. Dr. Bradley, Rector of St. Luke's Church, Brooklyn, N. Y.; the Rev. Herbert J. Cook, Rector of Christ Church, Dayton, Ohio; the Rev. Wm. Willson, Rector of Christ Church, Cedar Keys, Florida, and the Rev. J. E. Gilbert, I). D., of Meridian Street M. E. Church, Indianapolis, each of whom made brief remarks.
On motion of Mr. J. J. Bingham, it was order that the next Convention be held in Grace Church, Indianapolis.
The Convention then took a recess until 8 o'clock this evening.
WEDNESDAY, 8 P. M. The Convention re-assembled, and, after collects said by trie Bishop, the Rev. Lewis F. Cole submitted the report of the Board of Missions, as follows:
At the close of another conventional year the Board of Missions is confronted with the question, “What has been done in the mission field?” In answer we say, from the scattered laborers in the Diocese, have come reports, that, being gathered into one, form a strong cord of testimony to the steady advance of Christ's Kingdom in our midt. Our whole mission work is like the composite photograph, in which no one local feature stands alone, but each assimilates, tones, and averages another, till a new and different por
traiture results, unlike any one, yet composed of all. So, as each faithful missionary does his work in the field where Providence has placed him, and in so far as he has wrought in Christ's name, so far has he left a local impress that goes to round up and complete the Divine work, which is altogether dirferent from, yet historically expressed in, human work.
God's work is always a success. It forever triumphs, and is never defeated in its ultimate. The offerings for Diocesan missions for the past year amount to $1,908,13; for the Church Building Fund, $957.99, making a total of $2,856.12. The work in detail as reported by the missionaries, is, on the whole, of a most encouraging character.
At Mishawaka and Bristol the Rev. J. G. Miller reports the work strengthened and solidified by a steady gain in churchliness, and hence in spiritual life. The number of communicants is always large. St. Paul's, Mishawaka, has paid, in full, its quota of the Endowment Fund, and St. John's, Bristol, has nearly paid its quota. This missionary of the General Board suffers no Lord's Day to pass without the Holy Eucharist as the chief act of worship.
At Garrett, Auburn and Angola the Rev. Hubert E. Jephson has done a most excellent work, and, while confining himself to these three places, has not failed to notice the towns and villages whose name is legion, which are not reached by the Church, and who call for her care.
At Marion, Rev. Geo. Davis Adams reports thirty-two families, thirtyeight communicants, a Sunday-school of fifty scholars, seven teachers. They have paid in full their share of the Endowment Fund. All expenses are met by our own people, not a penny being solicited from those outside the parish. Since last November, every Diocesan object has received an offering.
The town is growing rapidly, having added 2,000 to its population within the last twelve monthsWith this increase of population and the bright outlook for the Church, the parish has the definite intention of building a church in the near future. Twelve services have been held at Huntington by Mr. Adams. Here are meteen families and twenty-one communicants. They are making an effort here to secure a corner lot in the central part of the town, and negotiations are in progress for the purchase of a Methodist house of worship to place upon this lot, thus securing a Church home. The endowment quota of $150 has been secured in pledges within the past month, and thirty dollars paid on the same. Altogether, the outlook at Huntington is very encouraging.
At Walkerton, Argos, and Hamlet, the Rev. T. B. Kemp has given two services each, and while there are but few communicants to be found at any one of these places, he writes, “ Prospectively I think the outlook good," while he gives the same opinion concerning Kewanna.
In Rochester we are getting a firm foothold, and in due time shall come into full possession of a good church property. This missionary relinquished