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quarter are every way satisfactory, and I believe they will be equally so in the future. We have adopted the weekly offering system in its proper and systematic form, and it promises to answer admirably. The friends take & warmer interest in the affairs of the Church, and will do what they can to secure the desired success. The congregations are slightly better than they were, and there is more to en. courage our hopes at the present time than there has ever been in the past. Had we not started afresh on another and a better basis, I fear we should have had to close our cause in Adelaide. In our judgment, to do so now is out of the question. The cause is well organised, and at last the minister is freed from the necessity of being the treasurer to all the funds. I hope the Conference will be able to secure the services of a suitable minister to come ont immediately after its next sitting. We are constantly suffering much in consequence of the removal of friends, but in a new country like this we must expect to suffer in this way, in common with other Churches.
The Conference will soon be here, and I hope and pray that the brethren, ministerial and lay, who may be permitted to be present thereat, may have to rejoice over another year's pros. perity vouchsafed to our beloved denomination.-Yours very truly,
MARTIN J. BIRKS. Adelaide, South Australia.
March 24, 1883.
bled in Waymouth-street, accompanied by the associated schools fife-and-drum band, which greatly enlivened the day's proceedings by their lively airs. The cars having been well filled by teachers, scholars, and friends, moved off to the scene of festivities. The youngsters, who were well provided with balls, football, and other means of amusement, spent a pleasant day, although the weather was not so favourable for outdoor gatherings as it might have been.”
Rain fell heavily during the day in the city, but four miles away, although the weather was close, no rain fell to interfere with the children's plea
The cars arrived in town about seven in the evening, and when the remaining part of the buns and sweets had been distributed, the scholars were dismissed to their homes. Our school gives prizes yearly for attendance, and the committing to memory of Scripture and catechism (Dr. Cooke's). The prizes are paid for out of the school funds, but the expenses of the annual treat are met by a collection made in the school every Sunday afternoon. We also have yearly a “Floral and Industrial Exhibition.” The children bring flowers, cut and in pots ; draw. ing, mapping, printing, writing, models, carpentry; sewing, knitting, darning, in fact, all kinds of work which girls can do, together with bread, tarts, buns, cakes, puddings, &c., all of their own making. Prizes are given for the best, purchased out of the entrance fees, &c.
On Monday, April 1, a society and congregational social tea was held, attended by a fair number of members and friends. The provisions were given by two of our members, so that the whole of the collection might be clear for the funds of the Church. After tea, the amounts raised from all sources during the quarter, with the expenditure, were read by the treasurer, and found to be every way satisfactory. At last, but for the first time, the income was more than enough to meet the outgoings. The balance in hand is such as to show that the demands upon
AND CHURCH, DEAR MR. EDITOR, — The following paragraph is from one of the Adelaide daily papers :
“ The teachers and scholars of the Sunday-school in connection with the Methodist New Connexion Church, Franklin-street, Leld their annual picnio on Easter Monday. They were conveyed to the grounds of Mr. Bagshaw, at Goodwood, by tram-cars provided for that purpose. At 10 a.m. about 130 scholars and friends assem
the treasurer will be fully met next quarter. The balance, however, will be considerably reduced, seeing that this quarter we have the proceeds of a very successful anniversary. After the accounts had been read and passed, with votes of thanks to the friends who had given the tea, the writer gave an address to the members and friends on matters touching the spiritual prosperity of our cause in Adelaide. Several brethren engaged in prayer, and thus closed a very satisfactory and enjoyable meeting, May God favour us with an increase of spiritual life and power !
MARTIN J. BIRKS.
RICHMOND, VICTORIA. Dear DR. WARD,-I suppose by this time, the future of our Australian Churches is practically settled, so far as their continuance or discontinuance is concerned, and from the tone of your farewell words on leaving Adelaide, I judge the verdict is for continuance. I am acting upon that supposition, and trying to push on our interest, I am glad to say, with some little encouragement just now. There has gone abroad an impression that we are to continue, and the effect is already seen in the congregations reaching the standard of two years ago, and a very considerable improvement in our finance.
The scheme of allocating sittings, without a fixed charge, worked when you were here, has been started, and the result is that forty fresh sittings were applied for at the beginning of the quarter, and the voluntary contribution reached three times the amount ever paid in one quarter for seat rents. I think it will be quite possible to progress from present results, when freed from the incubus of disquieting rumours anent abandonment of the cause.
To me, a more encouraging element in our prospects than the above is an advance in our Church membership. Last Wednesday we held our quarterly
Church meeting, the members taking tea together; and we had the pleasure of receiving into fellowship six persons, of matured age and good character. The meeting was delightful in its spiritual tone. Two or three of the brethren spoke on the pleasure and profit they had found in the Church's work, and their determination to give of their best to the Lord and His cause, and all said how much good they had got by being there.
The school is also better in numbers, but I fancy the picnic on Good Friday has been the attraction to some young. sters ; however, we have got them, and if we had sufficient and suitable teachers, we might keep them. I am very much exercised how to get hold of more labourers. I have talked and urged, and can now only “pray the Lord of the harvest."
All our friends continue as when you were with us, and they are asking when we are to hear from you; the memory of your visit will not soon fade away among them.
I am going to Barton on Easter Monday to attend a tea-meeting, and preach the following Sunday. I feel my hands tied in the matter. I should have liked to return the congregation and school as belonging to us at the next Conference, and my idea is to counsel the good folks formally to offer themselves, and leave it to the Conference to say if they shall be at once accepted.
I am, yours very sincerely, March 20, 1883. T. MASTERMAN.
ROSE HILL SCHOOL, DUDLEY. OUR school-room at Dudley being greatly in need of repair, the teachers and friends determined to raise the funds necessary for its renovation, and sought at the same time to reduce the debt on the building, A bazaar was held on Mid-Lent Monday, and was opened by our friend, Owen Wright, Esq., J.P., who gave a capital address on the admirable work being done in
the school. Mrs. Turner had worked hard with a collecting book, obtaining subscriptions mainly from sympathisers outside our own congregation, and the Dorcas stall under her care was covered with a choice selection of articles. She was aided by Mrs. Bellingham and the Misses Wright. The young ladies' stall, presided over by Mrs. Silvers and Mrs. Bodin, was similarly furnished, and did excellent service; while the refreshment stall, under the care of Mrs. Robinson, Mrs. Haines, Mrs. Kent, Miss Robinson, Miss Marsh, and others, was declared to be "a picture in itself.” Other willing helpers, of both sexes, contributed their share in gifts and toil; so that when the effort was over, we had obtained enough to meet the expense of renovating the room, about £90, and to pay off about £160 of the debt. This result would not be thought of very highly in some of our circuits, but with the depressed state of trade in this district we think it handsome.
their subscriptions, and others by for. warding us articles for sale.
By this successful effort we have been enabled to liberate ourselves from several somewhat heavy pecuniary en. cumbrances, including £300 mortgage on minister's house, so that we are now in the happy condition of having no society debt at Mount Zion, no circuit debt, and a minister's house that is paid for to the uttermost far. thing. Also our society income at Mount Zion has very materially improved. A little over six months ago we adopted the weekly offertory here, which has increased our society income by some £20 a quarter; and as our pecuniary position has so greatly im. proved, we have desired and determined to become an entirely self-supporting circuit, and at our April quarterly meeting we passed a resolution that we should ask for no further Conference grant for this circuit.
Nor has improvement in money matters been our only success. We have had times of spiritual refreshing during the past year that have been delightful to witness, and that have greatly rejoiced our hearts.
The Mount Zion Sunday morning men's school is a marvel of success. Since Easter the average attendance has been about 400. The Monday evening women's school also steadily improves.
Enumerating our improvements, I name last, though probably our connexional editor will regard it as not the least, the increase in the circulation of our large Magazine and Juvenile Instructor. We have pleasure in recording the fact that the circulation of the large Magazine in this cir. cuit is just double the number it was last year. As a circuit our outlook steadily brightens.
D. BREARLEY. [EDITORIAL NOTE.—The foregoing report gives the right sort of “news,' in a model manner and in due time. The writer assures us that “it is as fresh as a new-laid egg, it not having
WOLVERHAMPTON CIRCUIT. We have just concluded what, for Wolverhampton, we consider a very successful bazaar effort, by which we have realised, by subscriptions and sale of goods, £400, exclusive of all expenses.
Omitting all details as to subscribers and stall-holders among friends here, whose gifts and labours in this matter have been most praiseworthy, special allusion should be made to the part taken in our work by several ladies from the Cheslyn Hay Circuit, who kindly provided one of the stalls, and presided over the same during the bazaar ; a graceful and generous act, which merits honourable mention in this brief report, and the memory of which will abide with us for many days to come. We would heartily thank, at the same time, all the friends in the Connexion, both far and near, who have kindly rendered us help in this enterprise, some by
seen a gleam of daylight either in l will not be loth to avail yourself of Christian World, Christian Age, or any. where else.” This is just as we would
one more opportunity of meeting with have it, and we commend the example
the old familiar faces. To the great most heartily to allour correspondents.]
majority of us life is a toilsome journey, full of peril, and it is, there
fore, all the more needful that we MANCHESTER NORTH CIRCUIT.
should now and then turn aside from REMARKABLE GATHERING AT CULCHETH, its dusty road, into the green On Saturday, February 17, a tea pastures' and by the still waters' meeting was held in Culcheth Sunday of mutual affection and personal school of so unusual and interesting sympathy, not forgetting the un. & character as to merit permanent bounded goodness of Him who has record in the pages of our magazine. been to us all as the shadow of a The bright conception occurred to great rook in a weary land.'" one of our most active and intelligent In response to this invitation, about workers that an effort to bring 750 old scholars sat down to an together as many as possible of the abundant and well-managed tea. The old scholars, who have passed through scene was one never to be forgotten. the school during its existence of The large proportion of grey heads nearly & century, could not fail to and venerable forms, the pathetic result in a gathering of profound attempts at identification between interest and great spiritual profit. former schoolmates, who, in some
His proposal was heartily taken cases, had not met for fifty years, up by the teachers, and a working the hearty greetings, the many recommittee formed to carry out the miniscences both grave and humorous project. All the old registers of the of the old days, and the blending school were carefully gone through, smiles and tears thereby evoked, all no pains were omitted to ascertain contributed to make the occasion one who yet survived of the former of both gladsome and pathetic imscholars and to trace out their where pressiveness. abouts, and a circular invitation was The after-meeting was commenced sent to everyone, however distant, by the singing of the hymn, “And whose address could be obtained. are we yet alive ?" announced by the Advertisements appeared for several
Rev. J. F. Goodall, after which prayer weeks in the Manchester papers re was offered by the Rev. A. Smith. questing persons formerly connected The string band which in the “good with the school to send in their names old times" led the service of praise in and addresses. The vast amount of the old chapel was, as far as possible, inquiry and correspondence involved reproduced for the occasion, and in this work of tracing so many many old anthems and hymns set to tangled threads of personal history the old tunes were heartily sung. through more than fifty changing Samuel Barlow, Esq., J.P., of Stakeyears cannot be described, but right hill, presided, and in an appropriate heartily were the difficulties faced and address recalled pleasing memories of conquered. The following extract his connection with the schools, among from the circular reflects the spirit which he gave a humorous account in which the project was conceived of his playing truant on the first and carried out: “We have great Sunday after the Manchester and pleasure in reminding you of the fact Liverpool Railway was opened, that that you were once connected with he might see the great marvel. Our our school, and we trust the recol. venerable friend Mr. John MoNamee, lection of that early time is still a the senior conductor of the school, pleasant memory to you, and that you who has laboured for over sixty
years as teacher and conductor, was selected to give a “ welcome to old scholars," on behalf of the present managers and teachers, and with great feeling and propriety did he discharge his honourable task. Many cheeks were wet with tears as the old man pleaded with those who, like himself, were standing on the verge of the eternal world, to make the truths they had learned, long, long ago, in the Sunday-school, the light and inspiration of their declining age.
Mr. Wm. Trevor then explained the numerous institutions which have gathered about the school, including sick and burial clubs, savings bank, book and periodical depôt, mutual improvement society, library, brass band, &c.
Brief addresses on “Old school memories” were then given by Messrs. T. Middleton, Wm. Kenyon, whose connection with the school has been unbroken for fifty years; Alfred Andrew, C. W. May, Wm. Smith, son of the sainted John Smith, one of the fathers of the school: W. Bateman, and J. Earnshaw. Each had some pleasing personal reminiscences of the school, and all bore testimony to the great benefit they had derived in after life from the instruction and counsel then received, whilst several testified that not less valuable than the direct instruction imparted to them, had been the deep and permanent impressions made by the consistent, earnest, selfsacrificing lives of their devoted teachers.
Mr. Thos. Pollitt then spoke touch. ingly of “Old friends who have departed; " Mr. R. A. Pott and Mr. R. Blackwell on “Sunday-school days;” Mr. J. N. Walker on “Our present financial position ; " Mr. S. Robinson on “ Our present spiritual condition ;” and Mr. R. Lakin on “Our future prospects.”
So fully were the interest and delight sustained throughout the evening, that it was determined to adjourn the
meeting until the afternoon of the following day (Sunday), when the school was again crowded, and telling addresses were given by Messrs. M. Grayson, J. Holt, J. Turner, H. Hulme, T. Longworth, and Jas. Pollitt, all former scholars. As to the spiritual results of these gatherings they cannot be tabulated or appraised, but it is certain that many hallowed impressions were made on the hearts of those who thus met to revive dim memories, and renew pleasant associations of former times. It may further attest the interest felt in the meeting to note that, although no charge was made for tea, and not & single subscription asked for, the eum of £26 was spontaneously contributed towards the expenses by various friends.
The gratifying intelligence has been received that when the circulars reached old scholars in America, they at once arranged to hold a similar gathering on that side of the Atlantic; and on Saturday, February 24, seventeen old Culcheth scholars met for tea at Lawrence, Mass., U.S.
The following extracts from an account of the meeting furnished by Mr. John Thorpe will be read with interest: “Some of the old scholars in this city are still engaged in Sunday. school and Church work. . . Mr. Jas. Hyde, who joined the Culcheth school in 1822, has borne the burden and heat of the day as class leader, teacher, and superintendent. He is now very feeble and not able to go about much; he is like a shock of corn fully ripe. . . Jas. Hyde wishes to be remembered to John McNamee: he remembers him as his teacher sixty years ago : James Horrocks remembers him as his teacher fifty-eight years ago. We all realise that we still love dear old Culcheth.”
May God, in his great mercy, grant that these “old scholars," now scattered far and wide, may all be gathered home at last in the Father's house of many mansions !