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Our Connexional Outlook.
a report of the welcome to be afforded SOUTH AUSTRALIA.
to Mr. Gratton when he arrives. I
am pleased to be able to leave my DEAR MR. EDITOR, -Although there
charge here in so healthy and prohas not been time enough since Con
mising a condition, and sincerely hope ference for the “Final Reading" to
that the future of this Church may be arrive here, yet I was glad to know
brighter than it has ever been in the by wire, through the courtesy of Dr.!
past. If Mr. Gratton started on July Stacey, that brethren had been duly
12, he will, all being well, arrive in appointed to take charge of the Aus
Adelaide between five and six weeks tralian Mission Stations.
from that date. I shall start for Since writing you last, we have
England as soon as I can after his closed another quarter in the history
arrival. I purpose, however, introof our cause, and I am pleased to be
ducing him to our friends at their able to report that the signs of the
homes, if convenient to all parties. times are in every way satisfactory. A
And now, asking an interest in the few new members have been received
prayers of our friends, that those who during the quarter into Church fellow.
are coming to Australia, and those ship, and all the services and means of
who are leaving, may be brought in grace are fairly healthy. The class is safety to the desired haven, I am, &c., not attended as we could wish ; in this
MARTIN J. BIRKS. we are on a level with other Methodist bodies in this city. The estimated
Adelaide, July 19. income and expenditure submitted to the friends while you were in Ade.
DUDLEY DISTRICT. laide is proving correct. The weekly offering is working well, and indeed
SUNDAY SCHOOL TEACHERS' CONVENTIOX. the whole finances will only require On Monday, September 10, the sixth steady working and judicious over annual Conference of Sunday-school sight to result satisfactorily in the teachers in the Dudley district was future. The ladies have just realised held in Wesley Chapel, Dudley. £10 from the sale of articles made in There was a considerable number of connection with the sewing meeting. teachers present, and great interest Since my last note to you, the “ Young was manifested in the proceedings. Christian's Union” has been established, At the afternoon session the chair by which it is hoped to supply the was taken by Mr. W. Barlow, of missing link between the school and Per snett, an old and valued Sunday. the Church. The young friends take school worker. He showed in his a lively interest in the meetings, and address that the work of Sundaythe Union promises to be of much schools had not been hindered, but service. A Band of Hope has rather facilitated by the operation of also been started, and twenty-four the Education Act, that the work was names were enrolled the first night. full of encouragement because it was It is intended to hold interesting clear that very blessed results had been meetings, services of song, recitations, obtained. A paper was read by the &c., when deemed advisable. I expect, Rev. T. G. Seymour, on “Doctrinal Mr. Editor, this is the last note you and Catechetical Teaching in Sundarwill receive from me relative to the schools." It affirmed the need and working of this Mission, unless I send usefulness of doctrinal teaching among
our young people, and that this could | which was spoken to by the Rev. C. best be given in the catechetical form. | F. Lea, was, on the whole, a favour
The conversation on the paper, which able one, but it is evident that the was opened by the Rev. J. Whitton circuits showing so low a percentage and Mr. J. Mills, was well sustained of scholars in the Church should use by the Revs. H. Piggin and A. Hil every possible means to bring their ditch, Messrs. While, Rogers, and young people to Christ. Bridgewater. By all the speakers the The first paper was read by Mr. F. great importance of the subject was Williams, of Biriningham, on “ Me. admitted, but some thought that in thods of Conducting Adult Bible many of the country schools there Classes." The paper showed how the would be a difficulty in using the chief adult schools in Birminghamcatechism unless the teachers were with one of which the present Mayor, instructed in it; and this led the Rev. T. White, Esq., has been long and F. H. Robinson to urge the forming honourably connected-are conducted, of classes among the teachers for that and the method used by the reader in purpose. If that advice is acted upon, his own class. He proved that his undoubtedly our schools will soon feel method was a means of keeping his the benefit in improved teaching. young men well together, only two
At five o'clock the Conference ad or three having been lost to the school journed for tea, to which about 150 in as many years. sat down, and resumed at six under This subject was felt to be a highly the presidency of the Rev. H. Piggin, important one, and the discussion was Chairman of the district. He spoke led by Messrs. P. Lewis and T. Manof the value of combination in pro waring. Mr. Lewis stated that the moting any given purpose, and pointed adult school at Wolverhampton, which out the facilities which attend Sunday. he and others commenced not long ago school work, particularly in having with forty, now numbers no less than improved buildings and the Interna 350, and from illustrations he gave it tional Lessons. He referred to illus- | haş been made a blessing to many. trious men who had been and were The school is held from 7.30 to 8.30 still engaged in the work—the late on Sabbath mornings, and has a SavLord Hatherley, Earls Cairns and ings Bank and Burial Club in connecSelborne-stating that in teaching the tion with it. The speaker regarded young they reflected more honour upon adult schools as, to a very large exthemselves than when dispensing jus tent, the solution of what has long tice in the name of their Sovereign. been felt a difficult problem--how to
The statistical report, read by the retain our elder scholars. secretary, the Rev. F. H. Robinson, The second paper was by Mr. C. R. showed that in the district there are Smith, of Birmingham, the subject 64 schools, 1,444 teachers, and 11,816 being “ The Foreign Missionary Cause scholars. There is a small decrease in its Relation to Teachers and Scho. in the number of teachers, but an in lars." The paper urged that teachers crease in those who are members of and scholars should be well supplied the Church. There is an increase of with missionary information, so that scholars, and 448 are in Church fellow. their interest and zeal may be susship. The percentage of scholars who tained, and that a collection should be are members varies considerably; in made in the various classes every Sunone circuit it is only 1}, in another as day, the amounts to be read by the high as 10. The schools that have the superintendent, and recorded by the largest number of converted scholars secretary. are those which have the largest nam Conversation followed, led by the ber of converted teachers. The report, | Revs. A. Hilditch and E.J. Hope, Mr. Hilditch pointing out the great diffe- | Rachel Jones did duty. At the sewing rence between the sums contributed stall, entitled “Little Wonder," Miss by the young people in several circuits Lloyd, Mrs. S. Roberts, and Mrs. G. as compared with others. One or two Edwards presided; “Success" was speakers thought a weekly collection under the auspices of Mrs. Richard would operate injuriously upon some Jones, Miss Lizzie Davies, Miss M. schools, and that one monthly would Vickers, Miss Alice Peers, and Miss be better. Perhaps so; at any rate Bessie Roberts. At “Birmingham it is hoped the suggestion will in some House” the lady merchants were Mrs. way be carried out, so that our Green and Miss Esther Green, while Mission Fund may be more nobly refreshments were supplied in first-rate sustained.
style at a stall under the charge of Votes of thanks to chairmen, Mrs. John Griffiths, Mrs. Edward readers of papers, speakers, the local Hughes, Mrs. Joseph Hughes, and committee, and secretary, brought a Mrs. Samuel Bennett. The following pleasant, interesting, and, I hope, ladies' names also appear in the circular very useful Conference to an end. as taking part in the bazaar: Mrs. J. Tipton.
J. JAMES. Green, Mrs. S. Coppack, Mrs. T.
Parry, Mrs. William Coppack and HAWARDEN CIRCUIT.
sisters, Miss Lloyd, Mrs. C. A. Reney,
and Mrs. George Edwards. BAZAAR, CONNAH'S QUAY.
On Monday afternoon, at the hour SOME time ago we reported the laying of opening, the Rev. E. Wainman of the foundation-stones of the new congratulated the friends on the atChapel and Sunday-school. The tractive appearance of the bazaar, and building, which is to seat about 500 l said that when he siw the display of persons, has reached the stage of goods he was almost lost in wonder as having the roof covered in, and we to how the friends could have got have now to record the opening of a them there, especially when he rebazaar in support of the same move membered that that was the second ment—the second which has been held affaic of the kind. He was sure that for the purpose within a very limited busy fingers had been at work, and period. About £750 was raised by the hearts had been devising liberal things, previous bazaar and the laying of the or they could not have seen what they memorial-stone in June last; the old had there that day. In passing through chapel has been sold for £100, making life we met with many disappoint£1,150. The new chapel will cost ments, and it was well to meet them something over £2,000, and it was to with good humour and good grace. raise another instalmunt of this sum Mr. W. P. Storey, of Mostyn, was that the present bazaar was held. to have come there that day to open
On Monday, Sept. 10, the interior the bazaar, but from circumstances of the assembly room bore a very gay unforeseen he was summoned to Lon. appearance, the sides of the room don on Saturday evening, and consebeing fitted up with brightly-decorated quently was not able to be present. stalls, bearing fancy na mes. At “Ash However, their good friend, Mr. John Grove” the presiding ladies were the | Coppack, who took a deep interest in Misses Reney, Mrs. Wm. Jones, and their undertaking, had kindly conMiss Marrow; at “Dee Villa," Mrs. | sented to step into the gap and disDaniel Hughes, Miss Latham, Miss charge the duties which Mr. Storey A. Vickers, and Miss Cotton officiated; was to have done. at “Wepre Villa ” Mrs. Wm. Garratt, Mr. Johu Coppack said he was sorry Miss Garratt, Miss Carter, Miss that Mr. Storey had not been able to Hughes, Miss Williams, and Miss attend, but as he had been called away
it was necessary that some one else | nigh. For six years the chapel should open that bazaar, and against scheme was held in suspense; somehis will he had been placed in that times it seemed possible, sometimes honourable position. Of course they probable, at other times impracticable. all knew the purposes for which the During that period the interest was bazaar had been got up. The little intense, as the feelings swung backchapel over the way had become too wards and forwards from hope to fear, small, and the friends had got it into and from fear to hope. When the their heads that they would have a great generosity of Mrs. Love, Colonel new one. This was the second bazaar Sadler, R. Ferens, Esq., and others they had held for the purpose, and settled the question according to their from what he could see on the stalls wishes and prayers, the resultant joy everybody had been doing their best. surpassed almost all bounds. The The cause was a good one, and he laying of the foundation stones will hoped it would prosper. He therefore ever remain fresh and fragrant in declared the bazaar open, and trusted their memories; day after day the that a thriving trade would be carried site was visited as the building was on.
being erected; exuberant delight in. Mr. Wm. Reney proposed a vote of creased as it neared completion ; times thanks to Mr. Coppack.
out of number did they stand at a Mr. Edward Roberts seconded the distance from the splendid structure, proposition, remarking that they were on this side, and on that, to gaze with all doing their best in the work, and admiration and speak with pride of while they were doing that the Lord the situation, architecture, and work. would bless them.
manship; every well-wisher of our Mr. Samuel Vickers put the motion, cause in the town must have witnessed which was carried very heartily. these facts with pleasure, and seen in
The choir, under the leadership of them bright promises of future Mr. T. Davies, then sang the anthem, success. “O Lord, be merciful,” in very cre Well, at length the joyful time ditable style, and in conclusion the arrived, and we were all nervous Rev. E. Wainman announced that Mr. about the opening services. What Coppack had made a contribution of would they prove ? how would they £5 to the funds of the bazaar. With be attended ? and what should we such a good start as that they ought realise ? These were questions which to go on and prosper.
deepened the excitement as the hour Business was then proceeded with, drew near. A few were sanguine, and the bazaar was continued during but most were fearful. What could the next few succeeding days, the sixty members and a small congregatotal proceeds amounting to £170. tion do ? At any rate we could pray,
and we did pray very often and
earnestly. A few things were in our MIDDLESBROUGH.
favour. First, we had secured the THE OPENING OF THE LOVE MEMORIAL services of first-rate men-men of CHAPEL.
power and reputation. This gave us OUR opening services are now over. hope. Then the feeling in the town They were looked forward to with turned in our favour. God was workprofound interest by the handful of ing for us. People of many creeds loyal members here who have held to and no creeds said, “ These New Con. our cause through all its vicissitudes. | nexion people are a brave lot, and An outsider would find it hard to well worth encouraging; we will go form a full idea of the excitement and help them at the opening services." which prevailed as the event drew | This gave us joy, and made us devoutly
grateful to heaven. Then the church 1 Would the interest continge? Would itself was in a good state; peace and the attendances keep up? These were goodwill reigned throughout; there | questions which we put to each other. were no parties, no narrow-minded Dr. Cooke had to preach on the followand acid-souled creatures, and the ing Thursday and Sunday nights, and Holy Spirit had displayed His power his name wields & mighty influence. in the salvation of souls. Just before The first service was well attended, Conference a grand work broke out in and great unction was felt; we seemed the Sabbath-school among the elder to be listening to one dwelling on the scholars, and this proved sympto flowery borders of the better land, matic and not final. It was clear that whose words exhaled the spices of the a spirit of greater earnestness had laid upper world. On the Sunday night hold of the people, and that they were every available inch of sitting and determined that prosperity should be standing room was taken up. The sought. Mr. Eddon's last Sunday Doctor excelled himself. The collecwas characterised by rich influence tions were £17. and saving energy; and, had his On the third Sunday the Rev. W. J. health been equal to the task, his Townsend was announced to preach, ministry at Middlesbrough would but could not be with us on account of have been rich in fruits ; the services severe family affliction. Our beloved he did conduct were quickening and president very kindly consented to fill strengthening. After Conference the up the breach. The sermons he gave good work spread. Souls were saved, us were stirring and useful, and the one by one, week by week; believers power felt while he was speaking was were warmed up; many who had been healthy and invigorating. absent from class one year, eighteen On Monday, August 6, we concluded months, and even two years, began to with a great tea-meeting; 805 partook attend again; the Sunday and week of tea, and 163 remained to the coffee night congregations increased every supper afterwards. The public meetweek, and the Spirit of God was ing was presided ever by J. J. Fox, present to heal.
Esq., of Batley, and able and stirring These circumstances were in our addresses were given by the Revs. T. favour, yet there was much to cast & Rider, W. Mathews, and Mr. E. P. gloom over the prospect. The opening Telford. The following is the moneof the Sunday-school was a recent tary result of the opening services: event, and then the attendance was First Sunday, £15; second Sunday, small, and the collections only £1 15s. £17 ; third Sunday, $j 2s.; collection This matter was a great hindrance to at tea-meeting, £2 10s. Id.; the tea, the formation of very bright antici. £37 138. 6d. Promises and subscrippations.
tions : T. D. Stephinson, Esq. (WilBut the day came, and with it bless lington), £5; Mr. Linklater, £5; ngs far beyond our highest expecta J. J. Fox, Esq., £3 3s.; Rev. W. tions. Dr. Stacey preached morning Cooke, D.D., £3; Rev. W. W. and night, and the Rev. W. Whale, Howard, £3; Mr. Webber, £1 ls.; Baptist, in the afternoon. The chapel Mr. Springall, £1 ls.; Mr. Smith, was four-fifths full in the morning ; £1 ls. ; Mr. T. Henderson, 10s.; Mr. there was a good company in the R. Rutherford, 10s. ; Mr. W. Fenton, afternoon, and at night every seat 10s.; Rev. W. Mathews, £1; Sun. was occupied, and forms had to be put day-school, £5 16s. 9d. ; total, in the aisles. Dr. Stacey was at his £108 178. 4d. best, and the influence was heavenly. | We have now a fair field and God's His sermons are frequently spoken favour at Middlesbrough, and we about yet. The amount taken was £15. I have the greatest hopes of success.