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hereby exhorted to be united as one time in this sanctuary. Old recollecman. The choir-gallery and vestry tions sprang up at a time like this in under it were not part of the original abundance, sometimes painful and chapel, but were added as the want of sometimes pleasant. They remembered more room became felt.
many friends and relatives who once The Sunday-school, numbering over assembled here who had long since 240 scholars, is held in the area of the passed away to heaven. There were chapel, and the space is quite insuffi. other recollections of a more cheering cient for such a number. A site near kind. One could not help thinking to has been purchased for a new what a wondrous power that sanctuary chapel, which is to be built from the had been in the neighbourhood, what designs of Messrs. Thomas Horsfield a divine and holy influence had spread and Son, of Manchester. The building from it. It was impossible to tell the will be in two stories, and the space good done through their forefathers will be occupied with a chapel, school, erecting that old structure. There and several vestries, the last urgently was doubtless a tone of morality, if needed. There will be comfortable not of religion, which would not have room in the chapel, which will be on prevailed but for that place of wor. the upper floor, for over three hundred ship; nay, they might look through worshippers, but at a pinch (at the the country, he was almost tempted to anniversaries, for instance) four hun say they might go round the world, dred people will be able to get accom and find individuals who had benefited modation.
by the instruction in that SundaySome details have already been school. The Midgley people had not given as to cost, and it should be men. only established this place of worship, tioned that the trustees have a nice but the interest of the Wesleyans at little sum in hand, which warrants Luddenden Dean was a good deal inthem in proceeding with the much debted to Midgley, and their friends needed work.
at Boulderclough also owed much of The tea party on Saturday was re their spiritual blessing to the good markably successful. There were 265 people of Midgley. Looking to the persons at tea, which large attendance future, he trusted that, when the new entailed no light work on the ladies, structure was reared, it would be the for, through the space being so small, means of doing a great amount of there were as many as six sittings good in the neighbourhood. down. The ladies, however, gave their Mr. Alderman Midgley, of Halifax, services most cheerfully. All the pro expressed his pleasure at being at the visions were kindly given, and the old place once more before it was collection after tea realised the goodly pulled down, and was glad to find they sum of £21 5s. 4d. for the new chapel. had made so much progress that they It was chiefly during tea and before were able to commence operations at the meeting that the old scholars re once. He could not imagine them newed their acquaintance with each coming together on such an occasion other and exchanged cordial greetings. without thinking of old friends whose The chair was occupied by Mr. John faces they would never see again, nor Naylor, of Ovenden, an old scholar. without reflecting whether, looking
The Chairman said it afforded him back upon the past, they had been very great pleasure indeed to meet trying to do good. Though the old with so many old and esteemed friends. people would be reviewing the past, a He thought it a wise and proper thing | large number of young people were to give to old scholars, teachers, and present, and what were they going to friends an opportunity of taking a du? Were they going to spend their social cup of tea together for the last time in teaching Christianity and try
ing to do good, or were they going to waste their lives, to turn gamblers, and to spend their time on ale benches? He counselled them to lead good and useful lives, reminding them that freely they had received, and freely they must give. He was glad they were going to double the accommodation in their chapel, and he hoped it would be a blessing to them and the neighbourhood.
The Rev. H. T. Marshall said that though they were about to demolish the old building, they were not going to destroy its good influence. The streams of influence had gone out thence, one might almost say, to the ends of the earth. It was impossible to number the men of influence, reared perhaps, in humble circumstances there, who had gone to fill important stations in the commercial, political, and religious world. He paid a tribute to the grand old men who had worked in connection with that and other places. He wished they more faithfully preserved their Church records with these old names upon them, so that they might be remembered on such occasions. Let them, with their wider education, larger resources, and many opportunities about which their forefathers knew nothing, determine with the new place to have a fresh consecration to God, and to be not one whit behind their fathers, but to do as good work for God as ever was done in the past.
Mr. Jonas Seed, of Halifax, next gave a hearty address, urging his hearers, especially the young, to do their best for Midgley, remembering that theirs was the only place of worship in the village, and to make it their religious home. He asked them to concentrate their forces on the Sunday-school, and to make that a centre of interest, as so much depended upon it in the right training of the young
The Rev. George Coates having said a few hearty words, a vote of thanks to the speakers, to the choir, to those
who had provided the tea, and to those who had come from a distance to help them, was then passed.
Mr. Thomas Greenwood, an old scholar, who spoke to the resolution, said it was about twenty years since he left Midgley, and he was very thankful for the influences he took with him from this chapel. He was a transfer from Midgley to Salem, and influence he received at Midgley had exerted a beneficial and restraining influence upon him through life.
The Rev. H. T. Marshall said the new effort had been in contemplation a considerable time, and the friends had between £300 and £400 in the building society towards it. They had about £400 in hand, and some £200 in promises. Plans for a new chapel were obtained a few years ago, but they were of too expensive a character, and trade just then falling off in the neighbourhood, nothing more was done. The new site had been obtained for £140, and the chapel was expected to cost about £1,000, the plans being of a less expensive character than those obtained before.
On Sunday three services were held in the chapel.
In the morning an address was given to a numerous gathering of children, by the Rev. G. Coates, appropriate hymns being sung.
In the afternoon Mr. W. Holdsworth, of Halifax, preached, the sermon taking mostly the form of a reminiscence of his long connection with Midgley Chapel and its people ; and he referred to many worthies who formerly belonged to the place, but who had long since gone to their rest. The sacrament of the Lord's Supper was administered after the service.
In the evening the Rev. G. Coates preached the last sermon in the old chapel, taking for his text “ Arise, let us go hence.” In the course of his discourse, the preacher remarked upon the peculiar solemnity which attached to the term “last ;' and while that was the last sermon that would be
preached there, it might also be the last some of them would ever hear. As they joined in the service, their minds were stirred by recollections of the past. The place itself had an attraction for them-its associations were hallowed; and to many of them the memory of relatives or friends who were worshipping there endeared the place to them. There were others who had not benefited by the ministration, to whom, having steeled their hearts against all that was true and noble in Christianity, the chapel would be any. thing but a happy reminder of bygone days. In conclusion, the preacher pointed out how there was change in all earthly associations, and he appealed to the congregation that, as they were about to arise and go hence to a newer temple, so they might also rise in their aims after usefulness, purity, godliness, and heaven. The collections for the day amounted to £13 16s. 11d., and will be given to the building fund of the new chapel.
The old building has been demolished, and the new chapel is now in course of erection.
this is not a very large sum, but when we take into consideration the condition of the neighbourhood, and the number of friends who have had to seek employment elsewhere, we can but conclude that hard work has had to be resorted to, such work as would, in more favourable times, have insured a much larger return. Their efforts have been fairly seconded by friends, and £154 promised, and an interesting way of assisting the object has been devised by friends beyond the Atlantic. We often hear, in connection with a new building, “Won't you buy a brick ?” and this is the means adopted by a number of Newtonians who left this country for America some time ago, to assist in raising a new chapel. It appears that Mr. John Simister, an energetic member of the congregation, had a number of small cards struck off, with “A brick” printed on; he forwarded some to friends in America, and mentioned that a new chapel for Newton was in contemplation. This was sufficient; the nationalised Americans took the thing in hand, and began selling bricks of Newton Chapel at a dollar each, and by this means a considerable sum, it is expected, will be realised. We give this simply to show the interest taken in the work. The enterprise inaugurated on Thursday, March 22, was calculated to realise £200, and though this seems a large sum for people not in the best of circumstances, the close of the sale saw the prediction fulfilled, and, no doubt, when all the promises have been made good, the estimate will be exceeded,and the indefatigable officials will have in their hands something like £620. This much accomplished, they will not be able to rest on their oars, as the estimate for the new struo. ture is £1,000, and the difference between the amount realised and that required is such as will necessitate much strenuous exertion to wipe away. They have nothing to be daunted at, however; the adage says,
“ The more we do the more we are able to do,"
NEWTON, HURST CIRCUIT.
THE PROPOSED NEW CHLAPEL.
BAZAAR AT HYDE.
The present chapel was erected in 1815, and though it might at that time be sufficient for the requiryments of the locality, it has long been felt to be incommodious. Some fifteen or sixteen years ago bazaar was held in connection with the place, and as a result the debt was cleared off. Since then a new structure has been contemplated, though no public effort has hitherto been made on its behalf. That there has been a general feeling on the subject is evident when we find that the good people, prior to asking others for assistance, had worked in a quiet way and realised about £100, exclusive of £167 raised by social teas, &c. True,
and we think that by a continuance of the diligence and perseverance which have hitherto characterised the efforts of these Newton people, the words of the adage will be proved, and the task, which has been a source of much difficulty for a long time, accomplished.
The opening ceremony commenced shortly after the time fixed, and amongst the goodly number of ladies and gentlemen present we noticed the Revs. J. W. Walls, T. J. MacCartney, H. Watts, C. Finch, J. Watkin, J.K. Smith, Hyde ; J. Gibson, Hurst; T. D. Crothers, Stalybridge ; T. Rider, Ashton; J. Medicraft (chairman of the district), Manchester; Mr. J. H. Burton (architect of the new chapel) and Mrs. Burton, Ashton; Mrs. T. Beeley, Dukinfield ; Mrs. Wm. Brooke, Mrs. J. K. Smith, Mrs. H. Oldfield, Mr. Brownson, Mr. George Brownson, jun., Councillor J. Mycock, Councillor Broadbent, and others.
The Rev. J. Gibson presided, and after devotional exercises, remarked that he desired, in the name of the committee, to give a very hearty welcome to the friends who were present to help them in that enterprise. They were also very much pleased to have a large number of the Dissenting ministers of the town and neighbourhood with them. While they each took their independent stand on religion in external matters, yet, on Christian grounds, they felt they were thoroughly connexional ; and he trusted that such a catholic spirit would continue. He assured them that they had come to help a very worthy people, a people who had done a great deal to help themselves before asking others. The object of the work was well known, and anyone who had been in the old chapel would say that they required a new one. The enterprise had been on the tapis for some time, but on various accounts had been postponed-through the loss of trade and the removal of people from the neighbourhood. The chapel
was the oldest place of worship in the village, and had, therefore, considerable claim upon it, and also upon the surroundiny neighbourhood. Good service had been done in the school; generations of scholars, during the last sixty or seventy years, had passed through its classes, and had received much good ; many were now living much happier lives on earth, whilst others had passed to the presence of God. Mr. Gibson stated that, besides the £321 raised towards the fund by various means, the members had scraped together £100, which showed them to be in earnest, and, he thought, deserving of assistance. After observing that a plot of land had been selected, and that negotiations concerning such were pending, he called upon
the pastor of George-street chapel to iptroduce Mr. Green.
The Rev. J. W. Walls said he had great pleasure in complying with the order of the chairman, although he thought that the gentleman he had to introduce was well known to all of them. He might tell them that Councillor Green had always been ready and willing to help them; and when he and Mr. Bedford waited on him, he consented to serve them. Mr. Green not only supported Georgestreet, but also a number of other places in the town, and they were much very pleased to see him amongst them, and it afforded him great pleasure to introduce him to the company.
Councillor Green, who was heartily received, said the most praiseworthy thing of all in connection with the efforts of tue Newton people to secure a new chapel was that they had helped themselves. He was sure that they must be men and women of strong mind and determined will to ever think of building a chapel at Newton. The trade of the village had been depressed for a long time, and if it continued they would be led to wonder who they were going to put in the
chapel when it was erected. Nearly and try to help in the good work, and all the premises round about the place they might rest assured that when were empty, and he thought they they rendered a helping hand to those might have as much land as they who helped themselves, they were irliked. Referring to the name of the deed doing good. He then declared Connexion, he said he considered it a
the bazaar open. wrong one, inasmuch as it was not Mr. Gibson having announced that new, though not as old as the Baptists, Councillor Green had given them a The Connexion had been in existence substantial donation, for about eighty-six years, having been The Rev. T. Rider proposed a vote formed in 1797, Mr. Kilham preaching of thanks to the donor, and, in doing the first sermon on the 7th of May at so, said the Connexion was indebted Leeds, in what was, prior to that time, to Mr. Green for the assistance he had the Ebenezer Baptist Chapel. The rendered them in many ways. They Connexion grew greatly, but when could not but be refreshed by the pleasMr. Kilham seceded, he took away ant appearance of the room that mornwith him 5,000 people, but long after ing, and he thought it augured well for wards Mr. Barker took with him the success of the enterprise, which 5,000, and thus put them on a level was for a very good and beneficial again. They had at the present time purpose. Alluding to what Councillor in the Connexion 512 chapels, with Green had said with reference to the 33,143 members, and 465 schools, with Connexion, Mr. Rider said it was some80,495 scholars, which showed that times with difficulty that people were they had not been idle during the last led to understand why their society eighty-six years. And when they took was called New Connexion, as it had into consideration what had been done been established eighty-six years. The by the Wesleyans, Independents, Primi. reason, was, however, simple enough; tives, and various other denominations they adopted the name to distinguish of the land, it was wonderful how the themselves from the original society. people had found money to carry out They claimed, as New Connexion such a gigantic work, which was, they people, that they started on ecclesiwould all agree, very praiseworthy, astical lines of great freedom, and had and by means of which much good to a considerable degree popularised must be done to the world at large. some new liberal ideas in reference Such prodigious results had been to Church polity ; but, after all, their brought about by the energy and principal work was the salvation of determination of the people, and he souls and the glorification of their considered that the Newton friends Master. showed themselves possessed of good The Rev. J. K. Smith seconded and strong nerves in undertaking that the proposition, and the Rev. J. work at the present time. He must Medicraft supported it. He expressed say, however, that they were pushed a conviction that they would be called on by good friends, for he had been New Connexionists if they lived a informed that some Newton people who thousand years, and might they live went to America about twenty years to see that day. It was very pleasant ago were sending much assistance in to him to meet the people of Hyde 2 peculiar manner-viz., by selling and Newton together, with whom he small cards with the words “a brick" had very pleasant associations, and printed on, at a dollar each, and the respecting whom he had very pleasant proceeds they intended to devote to memories. He was very desirous that wards the building of a chapel at the cause should prosper, and conNewton. From the friends in America sidered it a healthy sign when old he hoped they would take an example, places failed with age that new ones