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as follows:- Collections and tea at stone-laying, including Mrs. Yorke's donation, £35 10s.; J. Kearsley, Esq... £5 58.; A. A. Moss, Esq., £5; Mr. R. Frankland, £5; Mr. J. Ellis, £5 ; Mr. J. Thackray, £3; Mr. W. Steel and friend, £2 2s.; Mr. W. Watson, £2; Mr. T. Eden, £1; collected by Messrs. Frankland
and Ellis, £11 17s. 11d.; Sunday-school Fund,
10; tea and collections at opening, £10 4s. 2d.; sale of work, £12 16s. 2d. ; goods sold by Mrs. Frankland, £3; Mr. Councillor Hargrave, £1; Mr. B. Berry, £1; Major Kearsley, £1 ls.; Miss Jane Barker, £1; other sums, $5 lls. ; total, £121 78. 3d.
J. L. F.
a tea-meeting, provided by the ladies of the congregation. The tables were decorated with a choice selection of flowers; and a varied assortment of viands added still further to the attractions of the room. The day was beautifully fine, and the rich and salu. brious mountain air enabled the numerous friends to appreciate the ample provision made. After tea a meeting was held in the chapel. Mr. Councillor Hargrave, of Ripon, presided, and delivered an able and earnest address. The report, presented by Mr. F. Har. rison, showed the total cost of the building to have been £118 68. 9d., towards which subscriptions bad been received amounting to £69 98. 6d., leaving a deficiency of £38 178. 3d., which was further reduced during the night. The meeting was afterwards addressed by Mr. R. Frankland, the Rovs. Thos. Barker, J. L. Fox, and Mr. Steel. The addresses were interesting and profitable, and a pleasant meeting was brought to a close by singing the Doxology."
It may surprise some of our friends to learn that although twelve months ago not a shilling was in hand towards the cost of the building, the treasurer's account shows that, after paying all bills, he has actually a balance of two or three pounds.
The foundation-stones were laid in March last. The chief corner-stone would have been laid by our old and highly-esteemed friend Mrs. Yorke, late of Ripon, but that her advanced age made exposure to the inclement weather unsafe. A liberal donation from her, however, was laid upon the stone by the lady representing her, and the hearts of a dozen aged poor of Kirkby were gladdened by her hospitality.
The total cost of £118 6s. 9d., including all extras, would have been a much larger sum but for the energetic spirit of the friends themselves, who have not only given their money but their assistance in ways innumerable. The total receipts include items
AUTUMNAL DISTRICT MEETING, On Thursday, October 25, the representatives of the various circuits in the Sheffield district met in Andover. street Chapel to confer together on the work of the Lord. The meeting was presided over by the Rev. J. Ogden, chairman of the district, whose wisdom and pleasantry added much to the interest and edification of the meeting. During the afternoon session, which commenced at 2.30, a number of visitors occupied the gallery and back seats below. After singing and prayer, and a few necessary preliminaries, the Rev. T. Addyman read a masterly paper, entitled, “ A Plea for the Ordinary Means of Grace.” A very serious discussion followed. If Mr. Addyman accedes to the request of the meeting, the readers of this magazine, with the editor's permission, will have an opportunity of perusing his admirable paper. The Chairman next called upon the Rev. W. H. Alcock, who gave us a sensible and useful paper on “ Personal Dealing with Men for Salvation." Th discussion on the first paper was como menced by Mr. T. Maskell, on the second by Mr. J. Coe. Most of the ministers of the district, and many of
the laymen, spoke on one or both sub. | was held on Sunday, September 30, jects. At five o'clock we retired to and the following day, was remark. the school-room for tea, which the ably successful. The Rev. W. Longladies of Andover-street served with bottom, ex-President of the Confertheir wonted tact and grace. The ence, preached to large congregations evening session, which commenced at on the Sabbath, and a famous com. six o'clock, took the form of a public pany assembled for tea, gratuitously meeting, as previously arranged. The and very bountifully supplied by the various speakers had been selected ladies of the congregation, on the folbeforehand, and subjects allotted to lowing day. C. H. Dudley, Esq} them. The Rev. H. L. Thouapson Mayor of Stafford, presided on the addressed the meeting on “ Practical occasion. Our good friend Mr. Holiness ;” Mr. Councillor Skelton, Crutchley, of Cheslyn Hay, gave & on “ The Consecration of Money;" fine tone to the meeting in a stirring, Rev. T, Scowby, on “Woman's Ser. warm-hearted address. The Rev. W. vice in the Church ;” and Rev. W. Longbottom also favoured us with an Woodward, on “Service Young Men encouraging speech. The entire prorender to the Church of Christ." ceeds amounted to £22, which, for This, I believe, is the first district Stafford, is a very handsome amount. meeting of the kind w have held in Three weeks later, harvest thanks. Sheffield, but the impression produced giving services were held in the will make it easy to convene another. chapel, which was decorated with
E. A. much taste by the ladies of the con
gregation. Fruit, flowers, and corn
were freely provided, and the appear. STAFFORD.
anco presented by the beautiful groupIt will probably be gratifying to our ing of these objects elicited the warm readers to learn a few particulars as approval of everyone who saw the to our interest in this town. Those same. The resident minister, the Rev. friends who make themselves familiar S. Meldrum, conducted the services, with the Missionary Report will have and the choir rendered several anthems learned that a heavy debt on the and special hymns very creditably. Chapel premises has been a source of These services were brought to a close much embarrassment to our friends. by a coffee supper on Tuesday evening, The visit, however, of a deputation October 23, which proved also to be a appointed by the annual committee very pleasant occasion. The proceeds to confer with our friends, served to of these services amounted to inspire them with fresh hope and £10 10s. 9d., a sum largely in excess vigorous determination, with help of what was anticipated, having so kindly promised by the Conference, 1 shortly before made the very special to reduce considerably their heavy effort for the chapel anniversary. It liabilities. Already subscriptions are should be stated that a large basket being paid, and efforts of various of fruit was sent to the Union Workkinds are being carried out with this house for the children and sick inmates object in view, to clear off at least of that institution, which, we have £150 by the time of the next Confer. learned, afforded no small amount of ence, and ultimately, in three or four gratification. years, to reduce the debt by £400 On Sunday last, November 4, our more, and thus render the working of esteemed Mission Secretary, the Rev. the cause comparatively easy. Not. Dr. Stacey, preached our Mission withstanding the special efforts that anniversary sermons, and, notwithare being made in the direction indi. standing very heavy rain, gratifying cated, the chapel anniversary, which congregations assembled, and were
8 reatly interested in the admirable discourses on the texts, “I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly;"> and, “In the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried, If any man thirst, let him come unto Me, and drink." The admirable sermons are not likely to be soon forgotten. At the Missionary meeting, on the fol. lowing day, heavy rain again affected the attendance. Our good friend Dr. Stacey gave us a remarkably interest. ing address. Mr. Alderman Mycock presided on the occasion, and the Rev. G. G. S. Thomas, Wesleyan minister, and others took part in the proceedings. The proceeds of the anniversary are decidedly in advance of last year. These notices will serve to show that the cause here presents elements of life and hopefulness, and, with the blessing of the Lord, we are hoping to set brighter and better days. We do from time to time realise a baptism from on high, but we are looking and hoping for fuller manifestations of the Divine blessing. Should any friends in the connexion be disposed to render help in the endeavour to reduce our heavy liabilities it will be very gratefully received, and serve still more to encourage our friends. Mean. while, we thank the Lord and take courage.
S. MELDRUM. Stafford, Nov. 6.
which the Rev. T. Rider, President of the Conference, occupied the chair. There was a very good attendance.
After prayer by the Rev. J. B. Armstrong, Oldham, and a brief address by the Chairman, a paper on “Discipline” was read by Mr. E. R. Noall, of Oldham. The writer dealt with the question of school management, and urged that discipline in the sense of chastisement, which is unhappily sometimes needful, should be applied with kindness, mixed with firmness. An interesting discussion followed, amongst those taking part being the Revs. G. S. Hornby, H. Dolamore, W. J. Townsend, T. B. Bullen, Messrs. J. Flather, J. Lawton, and C. Shaw. Some advocated a gentle treatment of the children, while others suggested that stern methods should sometimes be followed, but the view of the essayist was generally accepted.
A second paper was read by the Rev. J. F. Goodall. Manchester North Circuit, the subject of which was “A Model Sunday-school Teacher.” Discussion on this subject was introduced by the Rev. J. Gibson, Hurst, and Mr. J. Talent, Ashton, and was continued until the hour for adjournment.
A vote of thanks to the President and to the readers of papers was moved by the Rev. T. D. Crothers, seconded by the Rev. J.B. Armstrong, and carried unanimously. The literary and other excellencies of Mr. Goodall's paper received much praise, and a strong and general desire was shown for its publication.
Tea was afterwards served in Ben. nett Street school.
In the evening a well-attended pub. lic meeting was held in the chapel, under the presidency of Mr. W. Tipping, of Ashton. After the usual devotional exercises, including prayer by the Rev.S. T. Nicholson, of Lees, the Chairman delivered an address, in the course of which he said the beginning of the Sunday-school could not pos
SUNDAY-SCHOOL CONVENTION. The following report is taken almost wholly from the Stalybridge Reporter, the alterations and additions being few and slight:
"The annual Sunday-school Convention of the Manchester district of the Methodist New Connexion was held on Saturday, October 27, in Grosvenor Square Chapel, Stalybridge. In the district there are stated to be 53 schools, 1,877 teachers, and 13,855 scholars. Business was commenced in the afternoon with a meeting, at
sibly have been humbler, and its first on the crumbling walls of some of the performance could not have been more old colleges of Oxford, he reflected modest. It never entered into the | that, in spite of their wealth and learnminds of the founders of the Sunday. | ing, Hodge had lived without intellischool that it would be the great in gence for centuries. How was it that stitution that it had become. That in those bygone times nothing had gathering was for the purpose of in been done for general education, alcreasing their attachment to it, and though millions of money had been stimulating them in the work. The subscribed to advance it? General institution had on the whole been a intelligence was not the gift of their very successful one. No other could social superiors. No success in spread. show greater results, and the success ing knowledge had been achieved till they had achieved in the past en the Sunday-school rose and asserted couraged them to go forth to still its power over the entire land. greater and better work. Looking at The Rev. W. J. Townsend, Stockall the aspects of the Sunday-school, it port, pointed out the advantages of seemed to him that its claims were not “Examinations in Scriptural Koor. second to those of any institution in ledge.” He thought scholars should the world. He should like to see the be tested every week at the close intelligent, well-educated members of of the lessons by vise and searchtheir congregations working in the ing questions; that there should Sunday-schools, but at the same time be quarterly examinations on the he would not discourage the humblest basis of the International Lessons; and or least educated Christian worker. that the annual competitive examina
The Rev. J. E. Walsh, Rochdale, tions which had wrought much benefit delivered an address on the “Connec. should be maintained. tion between the Teacher'sown Charac Mr. G. C. Barlow, Bolton, next ter and his teaching." Religion, he spoke on “The Importanceof Doctrinal said, could not be rightly taught, Teaching in Schools,''and was followed could not even be understood, without by the Rev. R. C. Turner, Bolton, religious experience. The sum of the who pleaded for efforts to gather in Divine nature was holy love, but love fresh scholars from neglected districts. only could interpret love.
Votes of thanks were given to the Mr. Charles Shaw, Lees, next spoke ladies and others for providing tea; on “The Growth of General Intelli to the speakers and choir ; to the comgence." He felt, after listening to the mittee of arrangements, especially to able and spiritual address of Mr. the Rev. T. D. Crothers, and Messrs. Walsh, as if his subject was brusquely S. M'Quire and Birman, the joint secular, but it had close relations with secretaries ; and with a similar comall that was distinctively religious. pliment to the Chairman, the proceedWhen, a few weeks since, he looked ings ended.
UNWIN BROTHERS, PRINTERS, LONDON AND CHILWORTH.
.376, 632, 754
Farewell to Rev. E. Gratton .. 508
Good News from Smallthorne,. 127
Autumnal District Meeting 695
64, 118, 186
Opening of Two New Churches 699
Another Splendid Effort 704
Autumnal District Meeting 765