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noon being 'Jesus washing the Disciples' following from The Colchester Mercury feet;' in the evening an explanation of December 12th : . of what is meant in the New Testament “On Thursday, the 3rd inst., the Comby Salvation being obtained by faith mittee of the New Jerusalem Church in Christ, and how this faith justifies gave a tea party in honour of the memwithout the deeds of the law. Both bers of the choir. After tea a large services were well attended, especially number of friends assembled, and the the one in the evening ; many people chair was taken by Mr. J. Deans, the who had come a distance to see their minister, who addressed the friends on friends on the occasion, and many the obligations of the congregation to belonging to other churches who were the choir, expressing a hope that the at the Social Meeting, and were invited occasion on which they were assembled to attend on the Sunday, being present." might stimulate the choir to a con
tinuance of the diligence and talent they BIRMINGHAM-Summer Lane. --The had manifested for so long a period. Committee and Trustees have now re. Mrs. J. Aldous favoured the meeting ceived tenders for the erection of their with the song 'All together again ;' new church and schools. But, notwith- after which the Chairman proceeded to standing every possible economy in the present, on behalf of the congregation, plans consistent with propriety, the testimonials in recognition of the services lowest tender is a thousand pounds more of the organist and his deputy. The than the Society intended to spend. As gift to the organist consisted of a timesoon, however, as it was known amongst piece, in gilt and marble, bearing the the friends that their intended sub- inscription — Presented to Mr. A. scriptions must at any sacritice be Went, in recognition of his services as doubled or trebled in amount, the inost organist of the New Jerusalem Church, generous response was immediately Brightlingsea, Dec. 1874.' In making made. The Committee and Trustees the presentation, Mr. Deans highly were cheered by subscriptions such as eulogized the devotion of the organist could not have been anticipated. Three to his duties, and, on behalf of the subof £300 each, and nine of £100 each scribers, begged Mr. Went to accept it were without delay offered, with a view as a small but freely given expression to warrant the Executive of the Society of gratitude and respect. Mr. Went in entering into a contract to build. feelingly acknowledged the presentation. The total amount, in addition to the Mr. Beans then presented an elegant above sums that may be probably raised marmalade stand to Mrs. Wm. Martin in the congregation, cannot be above some for her kind services in the absence of £300-thus making a possible sum of the organist, and the trouble she had £2100 from themselves. But as £3000 taken in training the children. Mr. will be wanted, besides what will be Wm. Bragg responded on behalf of his received from the sale of the present daughter. The remainder of the evenbuildings, etc., and as it is the ardent ing was pleasantly spent in a social desire and hope of the Society to avoid manner.” for the future the crippling influences of a debt, and to open their church free of DERBY.—The Consecration Services all incumbrance, the Committee and in connexion with the New Church Trustees would feel grateful for any help here took place on the 13th December from those wealthier members of the last ; the Rev.John Hyde of ManchesChurch who are able to appreciate and ter, and the Rev. Edward Madeley of second the efforts which this Society has Birmingham, conducted the services, made to help itself. If any such, re- which were well attended, especially in joicing to hear of the firmer establish the evening, when every available space inent and extension of the external was filled. Mr. Hyde took his text in Church, should be willing to aid, a the morning from Isaiah ix. 13, communication to Mr. John Bragg, “Beautifying the sanctuary,” and in Hamstead Mount, Handsworth, Bir. the evening from Luke xv. 4-7, mingham, or to Mr. Thomas Willson, " Seeking the lost sheep ;” and Mr. Villa Street, Bonningham, will be thank Madeley in the afternoon from Revelafully acknowledged.
tion xxi. 23-25, “A Brief View of the
Principal Doctrines of the New JerusaBRIGHTLINGSEA. - We extract the lem.” Tea was ready in the school
room after the afternoon service for friends who have aided us, and I trust strangers and friends from a distance, we are and shall be thankful to the and there was a general expression of Lord for all His mercies, and shall show satisfaction. The collections amounted our gratitude in more earnest work for to £67, which was further augmented Him who is the Giver of all good.by the proceeds of a collection after a FRED. WARD, Secretary. lecture on Tuesday evening by Mr. Hyde In addition to this communication on “Science and Religion," a review of from the Secretary, we have received a Professor Tyndall's speech at Belfast. letter from a friend who was present at On Monday evening there was a tea and the close of these opening services, and public meeting in the school-room, who writes respecting the changes presided over by the Mayor of Derby that have been effected :—“The im(George Holme, Esq.), which was so provement in the building is really numerously attended as to tax the Com- marvellous, presenting no appearan mittee's ability to find room, and we fear an old edifice altered, but looking like our friends who arrived late would find an altogether new structure, comprising themselves ill-convenienced. Among a very pretty and well-arranged church, those present were friends from Notting- with one of the best school-rooms adham and Melbourne, besides the follow- joining in the town. Had they cleared ing, many of whom took part in the the ground and built de novo, I do not meeting, viz.: the Mayor, Rev. John think they could have found a more Hyde, President of Conference ; Rev. E. judicious or handsome plan at the cost." Madeley ; Rev. C. H. Wilkins, Notting. ham ; Rev. T. K. Payten, Melbourne ; OPENING OF THE NEW SCHOOLRev. T. Dobson (Unitarian), Rev. J. ROOMS, KERSLEY.-On Thursday evenMerwood (Congregational), Mr Ashby ing, January 14th, the large and hand(the minister of the church), and others. some Day and Sunday-schools which have The evening was spent in addresses, been erected in Church Street, Kersley, music and singing, with a short interval were opened by a tea and public meetfor conversation and congratulations ; ing. The erection of the schools are & but in consequence of the number credit to the congregation and an orna. present, there was no room to promen- ment to the district. The premises are ade; nevertheless a very pleasant and very lofty and substantially built of agreeable evening was spent. The brick. Upon the ground floor are three services were continued on the following lavatories, a small committee room or Sabbath, December 20th, by the Rev. vestry, an infants' school-room, and a Dr. Bayley of London, who preached very spacious room, capable of accomtwo excellent sermons, and also attended modating a large number of scholars. a tea-meeting in the school-room on the Above is a large lecture hall, whilst Monday evening, and delivered a lecture upon the basement storey is the heating on Tuesday evening. The collections apparatus. All the rooms, especially on Sunday amounted to £21. We were the principal school-room, are well fitted very pleased to have the Doctor with us with all the necessary requirements on this occasion, and it was remarked on upon the most improved principles, and all sides we had never heard Dr. Bayley nothing seems to have been lost sight of in happier mood. On Sunday the 27th which would add to the comfort and our esteemed friend and late minister, convenience of those for whom the Rev. John Presland of London, brought premises have been specially designed. the opening services to a conclusion by two Every room is well lighted with chanvery instructive discourses, followed by deliers and gas pendants, whilst during the collection of £16, which was increased the day-time ample light is obtained the next day, at the tea-meeting and by large and neatly-designed windows. service of song, by the school teachers There are separate and large playgrounds and children. The total result of the for boys and girls. Altogether, the opening services was £120, which, con- premises will comfortably accommodate sidering the extremely cold weather and 700 scholars. They are well ventilated, some other unfavourable circumstances, and the acoustic properties of the rooms, we must consider highly satisfactory. especially the large one, have proved to The accounts received are paid, exceptone be all that could be desired. The balance ; and we have £200 yet to raise. premises have cost about £3000. We thank all and every one of our * About 400 persons sat down to the tea
on Thursday evening, and that number schools, and stated that what he should was increased to 700 at the public meet. like to see in this country was a network ing held afterwards. After the repast of graded schools from the lowest prithe chair was occupied by W. Hughes, mary schools up to the universities. Esq., a member of the Manchester He earnestly trusted that the work School Board, and he was supported of education would be pushed on in that upon the platform by the Revs. P. district and throughout the country. Ramage, H. Burton, Wesleyan min- After a short address from Mr. Smith ister ; W. Hewgill, Congregational min- of Bolton, the Rev. H. Burton remarked ister; W. Westall, J. Hyde, and other that he endeavoured to appreciate goodgentlemen.
ness wherever it was to be found, and to The proceedings were opened by the value worth in whatever body it existed. choir singing a hymn, and after the He related his experience of the Rev. P. Ramage had offered up the American school system, and stated Lord's Prayer, the Chairman con- that after an experience of seven years gratulated the inhabitants of Kersley in America he could speak of it in praiseupon the erection of what he termed a worthy terms from his own knowledge. noble educational palace. He was sur
The Rev. W. Westall made a few conprised to find in a place which was gratulatory remarks, after which votes considered to be so close to the Moors of thanks were accorded to the ladies such an active and earnest spirit maniwho had presided at the trays, and fested in the cause of education, and also to the Chairman. hoped that the interest in it would con- The opening services were continued tinue. After some further remarks, he over the following Sunday, when two stated that there were some very erron- sermons were preached in the Church by eous notions with regard to School the Rev. R. Storry, and a children's Boards. It was generally supposed that service held in the new school-room in a School Board was of no use unless the the afternoon. The services in the village or town was deficient in school Church were well attended and enlivened accommodation. That was a great error. by an appropriate selection of hymns While they had a fine building, with and spiritual songs, which were beautigood teachers, the next element was fully rendered by an efficient choir and scholars. Unless they had a. School heartily joined in by the large congregaBoard they could not exercise com- tion. The service in the afternoon was pulsory powers. The great use of School somewhat novel, but singularly interestBoards was to fill schools, and he trusted ing. It consisted of a selection of that by and by the inhabitants of Farn- popular and appropriate hymns, which worth and Kersley would see the the children of the Sunday-school had necessity of instituting a School Board been taught to sing. These were interfor the district.
spersed by prayer, the reading of the The Rev. W. Hewgill, in the course Word, and a pleasing and suitable of an excellent address, remarked in address by the minister, the Rev. P. reference to the statement of the Chair- Ramage. A striking and interesting man with regard to School Boards, that portion of the proceedings was the first Farnworth was becoming full of ignorant hymn, “Jesus is my Shepherd,” which people, because there was no School was sung by the children as a proBoard to compel the attendance of cessional hymn during the time they scholars at the schools, and many per- were marching to their places in the
came from Bolton to reside at new school-room. The procession was Farnworth, where they would be out of conducted in good order, and the singing the reach of the Bolton School Board. of the children, led by the choir, was very He referred to the superior education of effective. Altogether the service was of children in Switzerland, which he knew the most cheerful kind, and we doubt from his own experience was much not will be long remembered by the better than children of this country. little people who took part in it and by He was pleased to be upon that platform the members of the congregation who that night, and congratulated his were present. All the services seemed friends at Kersley upon the erection to yield pleasure and we trust protit to of that noble pile of buildings.
those who were present. The collections, The Rev. John Hyde congratulated an important feature in services of this those present upon the erection of those kind, were large, amounting to £190.
This sum was afterwards increased to tions of the Society during the year £200, and with the proceeds of the tea. 1874, and gives the services conteinmeeting, the trays for which were plated for the first three months of the gratuitously provided by the ladies of the present year. The annaal meeting of congregation, would raise the total the “Mutual Improvement Society" amount to over £220.
was held on Thursday evening, Decem
ber 17th. The Society's operations LONDON (Argyle Square). — The during the year were considered satisJanuary number of the Monthly Manual factory. The lectures and entertainspublished in this Society contains the ments had been of a high order, and, usual announcement of services, includ- after meeting current expenses, a small ing the words of the anthems for the balance remained in the Treasurer's hand. month of January. During the Sunday A year has elapsed since the commence. evenings the minister, Rev. J. Presland, ment of the “ Junior Members'" section gave a course of lectures on “Religion of the Society, which has on the whole in Common Life," ending with one on worked admirably. Circumstances have the first Sunday in February on life in led to the withdrawal of some of the heaven. A series of entertainments members; but hopes are entertained have been held in aid of the Organ that their places will be filled by others. Fund, and the annual recital of the The course of lectures on the Miracles Sunday School was appointed to take of the Bible, which have been given on place on the evening of Thursday, the Sunday evenings by Mr. Austin, January 14th. From the pastor's New have been briefly reported in the succes. Year's address to his congregation, which sive numbers of the Camberwell erd is published separately, we give the Peckham Times, Some of the leading following extract :
thoughts of this interesting series of dis“And now a word upon a feature courses have thus been extended to & newly introduced into our public services larger audience than listened to their -I mean, the Weekly Offertory ; to delivery. which I allude not so much in its business aspect as in its character as a NEWCASTLE-ON-TYNE.- We cut the part of our Religious Worship. Such a following from the Newcastle Daily tribute was always associated with the Chronicle of January 9th :-"New Jewish service. They shall not appear Jerusalem Church, 23 Nun Street.before the Lord empty: every man The friends of the Rev. W. Ray, in conshall give as he is able, according to the nection with their Christmas tea-meetblessing of the Lord thy God, which He ing, made the above minister a kind hath given thee.' (Deut. xvi. 16, 17.) present in money. This was done The public uses of the Church requiring through Mr. John Jewitt, who delivered money for their support, the contribu an excellent address on the occasion. tion of such money becomes distinctly In connection with the same a deputaan act of religious duty, which may be tion of recent friends and attendants at discharged in a spirit as purely devo- the lectures presented the same minister tional as that in which we sing or pray. with a handsome gold signet-ring, and a Do not, therefore, regard the offertory letter expressive of sincere regard and as a secular intrusion, misplaced in a appreciation.” religious service, but 'bring an offering, and come into His courts.' (Psalm PAISLEY.-On Christmas evening the xcvi. 8.) Give, according to your children of our Sabbath school, which means, with the spiritual motive of a prospers under its able Superintendent, desire to aid the diffusion of truth and Mr. Paterson, assembled for their usual goodness ; remembering that the fre- midwinter festival. The entire arrangequent and regular contribution of a very ments of this gathering had been left to small sum, which cannot inconvenience a committee of the "young men and yourself, will greatly benefit the Church, maidens" of the Society, and right well and encouraged by the assurance that they did their duty. The decorations the Lord loveth a cheerful giver.'” were simple and elegant, the provisions
sufficient and toothsome, the programme LONDON ( Camberwell).—The January of music, vocal and instrumental, recita. number of the Chronicle published by tions and speeches, was admirable. Ad. this Society briefly narrates the opera- dresses were given by the Superintendent,
and the Minister of the Society, and by building fund. The attention of readers Mr. Johnstone, the Secretary and Leader is called to the list of subscriptions on of the Edinburgh Society. Then came the wrapper of the Intellectual Repository the second part of the entertainment, for January, also to the appeal on behalf the plum-puddings, and finally the dis. of this Society by the Rev. Dr. Bayley tribution of the toys, etc., from the huge in the December number. and handsome Christmas tree. A very pleasing fact is that a majority of these SALISBURY.—Mr. Gunton has just gifts were presented in this anonymous' visited the Society here, and reports the way by the scholars themselves to their same in a satisfactory and progressive class-mates; this not only proves, but state. The services are conducted by will deepen the existing good feeling, Mr. Whitehorn and Mr. Saunders, with and affords the happiest auspices for the the occasional aid of missionaries froin New Year.
London, towards the expense of which
the Society has agreed to pay £10 a year. RAMSBOTTOM.—The annual tea-party On the occasion of Mr. Gunton's last and recital of the New Jerusalem Sun- visit, January 10th, the whole of Wr. day-school in this town was held on and Mrs. Saunders's daughters, five in Christmas Day in the Co-operative Hall. number, and the infant daughter of The number present was larger than on Mr. and Mrs. Cave, were baptized. The any previous occasion, there being up- Sacrament of the Holy Supper was wards of 500 persons at the recital, of administered to eighteen communicants. whom 457 had been admitted to tea by The services on the Sabbath day and ticket. The Rev. S. Pilkington pre- the lecture on Tuesday evening were all sided, and opened the entertainment with well attended, and thirty of the “Silent a hymn and prayer; and afterwards an Missionaries" were sold on the Wednesinteresting programme, consisting of day evening. The Sunday-school treat recitations, dialogues, songs, glees, etc., was given, a handsome Christmas tree was gone through in a very satisfactory was provided, and loaded with presents, manner. Having for several years been which were distributed to the children. under the necessity of incurring expenses Several suitable pieces were recited and by frequently hiring the above-named sung, and the charming voices of the Hall, the Society is looking forward children and young ladies called forth with 'pleasure to the time when it will strong expressions of admiration from have sufficient accommodation of its own the audience. About eighty took tea, for all its purposes. It is expected that and a very happy evening was spent. the New Church and school will be completed in about five or six months, LONDON MISSIONARY AND TRACT and the Society is desirous of raising the Society. This Society continues to sum of £200 in the meantime, that is, prosecute its useful labours both in the before the opening services, when it is missionary field and the tract departhoped that £200 more will be realized. ment. In the latter sphere of labour If this can be done there will still re- the Committee have received in reply to main a debt on the buildings which will their advertisement an ample supply of lay the Society under much self-denial new tract manuscripts. So large, inand hard work for some years. It is deed, is this supply that additional gratifying to report that the Society has MSS. are not required. received considerable assistance from gentlemen in its neighbourhood who are • NEW CHURCH AUXILIARY MISSIONnot in any way connected with the New 'ARY AND TRACT SOCIETY.-The Secre. Church ; one gentleman, an Independent, tary of this Society writes us to call the having given £21, a Churchman £20, attention of members of Mutual Improveand other sums ranging from £5 to £1, ment Societies to a pamphlet on the aniounting altogether from this source subject of Cremation, published by Mr. to about £130. To these gentlemen and Speirs, and promoted by their Society, to our New Church friends who have "to utilize the present public interest rendered assistance to this work the in the subject in such a way as to Society begs to return its sincere thanks, further the dissemination of the New and to solicit the further aid of those Church doctrine of the Resurrection.” who have not yet contributed to their The Committee desire also the forma