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a tenth-nay, say five per cent. of in the morning, and the Rev. A. R. their income-the necessary work could Pearson in the afternoon and evening. be accomplished successfully. Let The services were continued on No. the Church not lack funds, and their vember 26, when the Rev. G. S. path would be smoothed. Those who Hornby preached in the morning, and worked devotedly for the bazaar might the Rev. W. J. Townsend in the with confidence look for God's blessing, evening. In the afternoon Mr. and the comforting of the Holy Ghost. Townsend also conducted a "* Child He had the greatest pleasure in ren's Service." The congregations declaring the bazaar open.
were good, and the collections amounted Mr. Charles Shaw, in appropriate to £70. terms, moved, “That the best thanks The services were closed with a of this assembly be accorded Mr. jubilee tea-meeting, on Saturday, Mallalieu for opening this bazaar.” December 2. The chair was taken by
Mr. T. Heywood, one of the oldest R. S. Buckley, Esq., J.P. of Mossley, Sunday scholars, seconded the motion, who congratulated the Church on the which was carried unanimously, and improvement and decoration of the with cheers,
chapel, and expressed his wishes for Mr. Mallalieu, in acknowledgment, its enlarged usefulness. He hoped said he gratefully accepted the mani. that all who belonged to the place festation of their sympathy in this would labour to bring others into work. He thanked them for their connection with it, and referred to cordial vote of thanks, and trusted, the losses by death which had lately now that speech-making was done, been suffered, as incentive to they would at once proceed tɔ conduct diligence. Mr. Ben Worth next gave the business of the bazaar in such a an able and interesting sketch of the manner as to speedily raise the sum history of the denomination in the required to clear off the debt on the town, in the course of which he said building.
that in 1830 a society meeting was The bazaar was kept open on Easter held, at which it was resolved to Tuesday, Wednesday, and Saturday, commence building the present place, and the receipts amounted to a grand
and several subscriptions were prototal of £1,140.
mised. S. T. NICHOLSON. The scheme lapsed, however, for a
time through a turn-out, but was re
vived, and four promises of £25 each STALYBRIDGE CIRCUIT.
provided a sufficient nucleus for conJUBILEE OF GROSVENOR SQUARE CHAPEL. tinuing the project. The subscripAs a suitable mode of marking the tions from the society and seatholders arrival of the Jubilee year of this amounted to £300; and the site selected, Chapel, it was arranged that, after through certain circumstances, was undergoing a thorough and much. nearly lost. The debt on the old chapel needed renovation, it should be re- was £750 ; but when it was sold the opened with appropriate services ; it trustees had £100 to the good, and the was also resolved to hold a bazaar, to old fittings were used in the new assist in defraying the expense of the chapel. The sum in hand at the time renovation, to clear off a society debt, building operations commenced was and to reduce the debt on the trust- about £500 ; and the laying of the estate.
foundation-stone took place at four The chapel, which has been greatly o'clock on the morning of July 7, 1832. improved in appearance, both within This remarkable hour was, doubtless, and without, was re-opened on Sunday, selected on account of the difficulty November 19, when the writer preached which the operatives would have expe
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rienced in getting there at another time. style as effectively arranged and wellThe chapel was opened on November 11 filled with fancy and useful articles, and 12, and the collections amounted while the value of the goods they disto the handsome sum, in those days, of played may be estimated from the £131 0s. 8d. There were then no pews results, which considerably exceeded in the body of the chapel, and all the our early hopes. The following sittings in the edifice were let within handsome donations, amongst others, a week after the opening services had were received from generous friends been completed. At the time of the with whom we have no ecclesiastical opening a malicious report was cir- connection at all: Mrs. Platt, the culated through the town that the Woodlands, £25 ; J. Cheetham, Esq., galleries of the chapel were unsafe, £20; J. Harrison, Esq., J.P., £5; but it was promptly met by Mr. Ridg- J. J. Wilkinson, Esq., £5; W. way, who went to the canal side, Leech, Esq., £5; and A. Whittaker, stopped a boat of pig-iron, and had it Esq., New Jersey, U.S.A., £5. conveyed into the galleries, and dis- Mrs. Love, of Durham, kindly sent tributed all over them in such a us £5 ; R.S. Buckley, Esq. of Mossley, manner as at once to demonstrate that £5; and other connexional friends the place was perfectly safe. In 1831 contributed smaller gifts. the number of church members was The moneys raised in celebration 176, and in three years it had risen to of the Jubilee are as follows:301. In 1838 it was 392, and in 1840 Re-opening Collections ., £70 0 it had declined to 309. In 1841 the Subscription List
83 5 number was 347, but the following
10 5 year it declined to 173, and in 1814 to
Congregational Stall 82 2 10
Chapel-street School do. 55 4 0 a minimum of 132. This minimum
Bennett-street School do. 65 10 9 was brought about by internal dissen- Refreshment Stall
27 1 1 sions, and the maximum of 1838 was Oyster Stall
2 10 0 never again approached nearer than
2 13 Entertainments
3 4 230, in 1860.
29 14 10 Following this retrospect, addresses
0 11 113 were delivered by the Rev. J. Medicraft, chairman of the district, Revs.
£432 3 73 E. Alty, G. Packer, T. James, and A sale of surplus goods to take the Circuit ministers. The Revs. L. place shortly will cover the expenses, Stoney and E. Holyoake, and Messrs.
which are not heavy. R. Street, T. James, T. Worth, J. By the labours and liberalities now Hague, S. M. Quire, J. Moore, J.
reported, the cost of chapel renovation Charleworth, and James Worth, sec- has been met, the debt on the society retary to the Jubilee movement, also extinguished, and the trust obligatook part. The choir rendered excel- tions so far reduced that the remainder lent service during the meeting, as may be reasonably regarded as a well on the opening Sundays.
vanishing quantity. The renovating On Thursday, March 1, the bazaar, and bazaar committees have merited the fruit of about three months'
praise, especially Mr. Thomas Hague, zealous co-operation, was opened in the treasurer, and Mr. J. Worth, the Chapel-street school by W. Summers,
Mention should also be Esq., member for the Borough. A made of the earnestness and harmony large number of our own ministers in which have distinguished the move. the district, in addition to ministers
ment. May be the church will now and gentlemen of the town, were apply itself with equal unity and zeal present at the ceremony. The various to spiritual work, stalls might be described in the usual
T. D. CROTIERS.
METHODIST NEW CONNEXION
MeditaTION ON GOD.
BY THE LATE H. O. CROFTS, D.D. “My meditation of Him shall be sweet.”—Psalm civ. 34. To meditate is to think with close attention on any being or thing, to revolve anything in the mind. Meditation is deep thought thought employed on sacred subjects, or a series of thoughts occasioned by any object, subject, or occurrence. We cannot make much progress in literature, arts, or sciences, nor can we prosper in any business or profession, without meditation. We may read much, converse much, and write much, still our knowledge will be extremely superficial unless we think much. We have many great readers, fluent talkers, and voluminous writers in our day, but we have few great thinkers. Bacon, Newton, Boyle, Locke, Milton, Shakespeare, Watts, Johnson, Drew, and many others, would never have risen to such eminence in their various spheres had they not thought with close attention. Howe, Goodwin, Charnock, Bates, Owen, Baxter, Bunyan, Taylor, Barrow, Wesley, and others, would never have produced their great theological works had they not thought with close attention.
We should not have had so many examples of eminent piety as we find in sacred biography, if those who have left us such examples had not meditated deeply on God, and given themselves wholly to the Lord. David, the sweet singer of Israel, meditated much on the Divine Being. He remembered God on his bed, and meditated on Him in the night watches. He meditated in God's love day and night. He remembered the years of the right hand of the Most High, and His wonders of old. He meditated also on all His work, and talked of His doings. He thought on God's loving-kindness in the midst of His temple. And in our text he June, 1889.