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""To the Rev. M. J. Birks. Dear, land, and that wherever you may be Sir,-On the eve of your departure located the Divine blessing may rest for England, we, the members and upon you and yours.-Signed, on behalf friends of the church and congrega of the subscribers, J. E. Pascoe, R. tion, cannot permit you to leave us NOALL, G. E. C. HALL, J. HOOLEY, without expressing our regret that the jun.-Adelaide, August 27, 1883. period of your ministrations in our “Mr. R. Noall, on behalf of the midst has come to a close. During Sunday-school, then presented the the eight years we have had the plea Rev. Mr. Birks with an album consure and profit of your services you taining the portraits of the officers have succeeded in securing the affec and several of the scholars of the tions of the members of the church school, accompanied with an address and congregation, as well as the suitably worded. Both addresses were teachers, officers, and scholars of the in book form, and were printed by Mr. Sunday-school. At the time of your E. Warming, and the binding was arrival in South Australia the position executed by Messrs. Hutchinson and of our church and its finances and Moore, of Flinders-street. organisation was far from satis "The Rev. J. Goodwin was pleased factory or inviting. We have, how to be able to say that Mr. Birks would ever, pleasure in bearing testimony be greatly missed. Mr. Birks had to the fact that by dint of perse done good work in and out of the verance, and a hopefulness which church, and for this reason it was that never failed, you were enabled to he would be missed. Personally he encourage and stimulate the few re had the greatest respect for Mr. Birks, maining friends to take the necessary and hoped that with his successor the steps to secure a better state of affairs. work of the church would flourish as We are thankful to the Great Head it had in Mr. Birks' time. of the Church that we can now rejoice "The Rev. Mr. Birks, who on rising with you that never in the history of was warmly received, cordially thanked the cause was the outlook brighter them all on behalf of his wife and than at the present time. Your pulpit himself for the practical manifestautterances have been characterised by tion of their regard. He did not know marked individuality and an earnest what to say to thank them, as he desire to press home the truths of the could not give utterance to what was Gospel ; in your pastoral intercourse in his mind, but he trusted that they you have shown your readiness to would accept the will for the deed. know and help our friends in the When he arrived to take charge of the social as well as in the religious cause eight years ago the church was aspects; the Sunday-school has had in a very crippled condition, but by your valuable help during the whole dint of perseverance they had been period of your residence in Adelaide; able to overcome all the difficulties. whilst your catholioity of spirit has Then the debt of the church was won for you the esteem of many outside £2,325, but it had been reduced to the pale of our own denomination. We $1,800, and the interest had also been would not be unmindfulof the fact that, greatly reduced. In making these with exemplary devotion, Mrs. Birks reductions he knew sacrifices had been has always done her utmost to further made, but they had all put their the best interests of the church, and we shoulders to the wheel to help. He shall ever think of her with gratitude was glad to be able to say that the and pleasure. We beg your acceptance organisation of the church was good, of the accompanying tokens of our and that it had never been on & esteem and good wishes, and pray that sounder footing. He did not suppose you may have a safe voyage to Eng- | he had, during the course of his minis
tration, given satisfaction to everyone, circuits and societies represented. but he had honestly tried to do his There was a large attendance, about duty, and the result he left with God, 120 being present. their consciences, and the future. After devotional exercises, the Rev. After touching on matters connected E. Hall read a paper on “Junior with the Sunday-school, he said he Classes : their Aims and Methods." hoped that the Rev. Mr. Gratton Discussion on the paper was opened would be well received, and that they by Rev. J. Shiphardson, who thought would strive to support him. The the leaders' meeting rather than the rev. gentleman resumed his seat teachers' meeting should initiate the amidst warm cheering.
formation of junior classes, and that " Mr. J. E. Pascoe moved, and Mr. our great difficulty was the obtaining Packendorff seconded a motion, ac of suitable leaders. The Rev. Dr. cording & welcome to the Rev. Mr. Cooke (whose unexpected presence Gratton, and pledging the meeting to created considerable interest, and who support him during his ministry, gave the meeting reminiscences of which, after being supported by the spiritual work in Hanley sixty years Revs. D. Paton and J. B. Stephenson, ago), Revs. H.T. Marshall, S. Walker, was carried.
J. C. Story, M. Cotton, J. Le Huray, “The Rev. E. Gratton, who on and Mr. G. J. Turver also took part rising to address the meeting was in the discussion. warmly cheered, said he had come to A paper was also read by Rev. W. the colony determined to like its Matthews, on “Evangelistic Services climate, and he was also fully deter in the Districts." He said these mined to make the church more suc services were in harmony with Methcessful than it had been in the past. odistic history and tradition-that He had come fully prepared to make religious excitement was not dan. the church a success; but to do this gerous to the churches, inanition he needed the assistance of his con being worse than activity-that regregation, and this he felt would not vival must begin in the church itself, be withheld from him. He thanked and with prayer and conviction of sin them for the kind welcome they had —that the results would be exaltation accorded him.
of character and the salvation of “During the evening the choir sang souls—and that the great requisite several anthems, Mr. J. Hooley pre was united action. siding at the organ.”
Mr. Boyes, of Pudsey, opened the discussion, and emphasised the neces
sity of union. Revs. A. R. Pearson, HALIFAX AND LEEDS M. Cotton, and Messrs. Moore, J. DISTRICTS.
Crossland (of Lindley), J. Smith (of
Batley), B. Hellewell (of Paddock), An autumnal meeting of the above T. Heaps (of Leeds), and R. Alsopp districts, comprising 12 circuits, 65 (of Halifax), supported the discussion chapels, and 6,440 members, was held in interesting speeches. in Mannville Chapel, Bradford, on Resolutions were passed urging October 3, under the presidency of upon the circuits of the districts the the Rev. W. B. Wilshaw in the formation of junior classes and the afternoon session, and the Rev. H. T. holding of evangelistic services durMarshall in the evening session. The ing the winter months; and a comobject of the meeting was, by mutual mittee was appointed to arrange for counsel on important topics, to quicken an interchange of ministers and local the spiritual life of the representatives preachers, the whole to be submitted present, and, through them, of the to the leaders' and quarterly meetings
for approval and adoption. The resolution on junior classes earnestly recommends next Conference to take up the subject with a view to some practical effect being given to the suggestions which have been made with regard to it at various times."
The Rev. H. T. Marshall, who presided at the evening session, said that he thought there were many hopeful features in their work; that there was a healthy reaction from the cold, formal spirit of a short time ago ; that there were better prayer-meetings; that Bible unions and meetings showed a growing love of the Word ; that larger numbers were ready for service; that there was more union, with less of denominationalism; and a stronger desire for complete consearation to God.
The Rev. S. Walker, who read a paper on
“ How Best to Secure the Conversion of the Young in the Families of our Congregations," thought that children were God's children, and could be preserved as His by home teaching, by home example, and by personal solicitation to give themselves to Christ. Mr. J. Crossland (of Lindley) thought that ministers should make it a rule to speak to children kindly, and with a view to their salvation. Mr. B. Hellewell, Mr. G. J. Turver, and Rev. A. R. Pearson continued the discussion, which necessarily short.
A paper on “Our Latent Forces : How to evoke and apply them,” was read by Rev. J. Q. Bawden, who thought our latent forces were, after all, a limited quantity, that there were many names in our class books that did not stand for anything as to force ; that to evoke our latent forces we must begin with our youth; that ministers by using their organising ability might develop it; that leaders' meetings might do much by noticing instances of latent force in the roll, and es utilising our female members ; and that each class might become a
distinct band, having some particular work set apart for it. There was but little time for discussion of this in. teresting paper, Mr. Thorpe and Mr. J. Parker only saying a few words.
The Rev. J. C. Story read a paper on “Our Prayer Meetings,” and thought that many prayer-meetings were but the ghosts of what they used to be, and ought to be, because spoiled by tedious prayers, by insincere confessions, by indefiniteness, by hollowness and formalism.
Discussion was brief, only Revs. W. B. Wilshaw, J. Hughes, Mr. Boyes, and another taking part in it. It was generally felt that the evening session had too much to do, and that two subjects for discussion would have been ample. Resolutions were passed bearing on the subjects discussed, which were directed to be sent to the circuits. Votes of thanks brought to an end a meeting which we all hope will be fruitful in spiritual blessing to the two districts. J. HUGHES.
SPECIAL EFFORT TO REDUCE THE DEBI
ON BETHEL CHAPEL AND SCHOOLS. In 1877 the friends connected with Bethel Chapel, burdened with a heavy balance of debt arising from the renovation of the chapel, found it necessary to provide new school premises, thus increasing their liabilities by over £2,000. It was intended to liquidate a portion of the debt at the time, but the commercial depression 80 general throughout the country came upon us, and it could not be done. Eventually the matter was laid before the Conference at Batley, in 1882, and, after careful investigation, it passed the following generous resolution : “That considering how seriously the friends connected with Bethel Chapel, Hull, are crippled by the large debt on the chapel, and a still larger one upon the schools, the two amounting to £3,900, and the
necessity for an early and large reduction of the debt, the Conference agrees to grant £300 towards this object, provided that not less than £900 be locally raised by the Hull friends."
Stimulated by the promised grant and encouraged by their esteemed minister, the Rev. M. Bartram, the congregation, who are chiefly working-class people, set to work to raise £900, a formidable task. A subscrip. tion list was opened, and arrangements were made for holding a bazaar, and it is now our pleasing duty to chronicle how Almighty God has blest these efforts, and crowned them with
No. 6 (Young People's) Stall.
Miss A. Dixon, Miss Ware,
Coult, and D. T. Dick. ... 47 17 6 No. 7 (Stepney) Stall.-Mrs.
J. Stather, Mrs. Carlton,
64 14 5 No. 8 (Refreshment) Stall.
Mrs. J. J. Runton, Mrs.
56 8 9 Entertainments .....
10 9 6 Admission Money..
76 2 6 Subscriptions by Patrons.... 16 11 0 Sewing Meeting Teas 16 8 4 Cloak Room
$572 2 6 By Subscriptions and Col. lecting Books..
430 0 0 Conference Grant
Total.......... £1,302 2 6
The bazaar was held in the Public Rooms, Jarratt-street, Hull, on Tues. day, October 2, and four following days; the large hall was transformed into the semblance of a Japanese village by Mr. Bridges, of Lynn, who, with his assistants, also provided suitable entertainments, &c., in the adjoining rooms. It is almost needless to say that this gentleman's work was done effectively and well,
C. H. Wilson, Esq., M.P., who was accompanied by Mrs. Wilson, opened the proceedings, and the results have exceeded the most sanguine expectations, as will be seen from the Treasurer's account:No. 1 Stall.--Mrs. T.R. Run.
ton, Miss Dixon, and Miss
. £87 40 No. 2 Stall.-Miss Bartram and Mrs. Waller
87 40 No. 3 Stall.--Mrs. Newsam,
Mrs. Mawer, and Miss Bell 30 17 5 No. 4 Stall.-Mrs. Filling
ham, Mrs. Bolton, Mrs.
... 28 42 No. 5 (Choir) Stall.--Mrs.
Rhodes, Mrs. James Robinson, Mrs. H. Robinson, Mrs. Bedford, Miss Toft, and Miss Jackson
48 12 0
It only remains to add that the proceedings throughout were of the most harmonious and agreeable character, and the feeling of all concerned is, that while our best thanks are due to the ladies for their valuable assistance 80 cheerfully rendered, and to the numerous friends who contributed goods or money to the general effort, all are bound to give special thanks to God, who has crowned our labuurs with such marked success;
and we trust that so favourable a result may be followed by a corresponding degrej of spiritual prosperity.
LONDON AUTUMNAL DIS
TRICT MEETING. FOLLOWING the excellent example of some of the other district meetings in our Connexion, we have just held a meeting in London. Owing to the great distances of the outlying cir
cuite, the meeting was composed only of representatives and friends belonging to the London circuits.
On Tuesday, October 9, we met in Brunswick Chapel, First Circuit, at 3 o'clock, for an afternoon session. There was a goodly number present, and it was very pleasing to see, as the afternoon went on, the attendance gradually increased, until before we broke up for tea there was quite a large congregation of both sexes. The Rev. E. Wright, as chairman of the district, presided. After suitable devotions, the Chairman read a paper on “Rever. ence in the Worship of God.” This was followed in due course by two other papers-one on “ The Duty and Importance of Christian Fellowship," by Mr. W. G. Depham; the other by Dr. Ward, on “The Necessity and Blessedness of Perfect Holiness.” It is needless to attempt any compliments on those papers, or to say anything on their distinctive merits ; they were excellent. Neither of them was intended to cover the whole ground in the subject, but rather as an introduction to the discussion which followed each. And yet it is surprising how many good things were read from each paper in the short space of a quarter of an hour, the time allowed for each. The afternoon's exercises, reading of the papers, interspersed by free and earnest discussions, were just like ranges of steps, graduating upwards higher and higher, till we reached the blessed and delicious height of the last paper on “Perfect Holiness.” It was not in discussion of words, not in any definitions of terms that we spent the last hour of the three, but in the earnest exprersions of faith and experience. “Did not our hearts burn?” &c. They did, and our eyes grew moist with tender joy as we dwelt on this delightful Christian privilege, and its unending and inexhaustible possibilities. It was really the Mount of Transfiguration. We were transfigured into the likeness of Him whose raiment was "white
as the light." Oh, it is blessed to know and feel that He who was once 80 transfigured on the mountain has passed on and up to a further stage of glory; and that we who were down in the plains of life are caught up into the mountain, to live in the light, and to testify “that the blood of Jesus Christ cleanseth from all sin."
At six o'clock we adjourned for tea, and in an hour and a half reassembled for the public meeting. At once it was felt the interest was done abated, but rather on the increase. A larger congregation, along with the earnest devotional exercises, began to tell sensibly upon everyone. and we were looking out for rich things.
In the absence of our dear old father, Dr. Cooke, who was to have presided, but could not attend, the Chairman of the afternoon was prevailed on to occupy the same place. Then came eloquent and soul-stirring addresses from Revs. J. E. Radeliffe, J. Dudley, and Mr. J. Berry, on “Aggressive Church Action.” I wish I could say all I thought and felt whilst those brethren were speaking. To say they “ did well," as has often been said of them, is not the right expression, does not convey the idea at all. I felt the Lord bad got hold of them, and He was breathing on the meeting through their words. I should like to go over that part of the meeting again, and again, and again. And I should like all our people to share the joy and catch the inspiration that we felt.
Rev. G. W. Crutchley, Mr. Cass, and myself were to speak on “Per. sonal Consecration,” but we did not speak much, there was no need; everyone, was willing, and so we turned the occasion into a “Consecration Meeting." All that could get down, went on their knees and offered themselves up to the Lord. There we stayed praying for the baptism of the Holy Ghost, prayer after prayer went up to God, and at length the fulfil. ment of the promise came. Glory to