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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.
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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. jects. At five o'clock we retired to the school-room for tea, which the ladies of Andover-street served with their wonted tact and grace. The evening session, which commenced at six o'clock, took the form of a public meeting, as previously arranged. The various speakers had been selected beforehand, and subjects allotted to them. The Rev. H. L. Thompson addressed the meeting on “ Practical Holiness ; " Mr. Councillor Skelton,
“ The Consecration of Money ; Rev. T. Scowby, on Woman's Ser. vice in the Church;” and Rev. W. Woodward, on “ Service Young Men render to the Church of Christ." This, I believe, is the first district meeting of the kind w have held in Sheffield, but the impression produced will make it easy to convene another.
STAFFORD. It will probably be gratifying to our readers to learn a few particulars as to our interest in this town. Those friends who make themselves familiar with the Missionary Report will have learned that a heavy debt on the Chapel premises has been a source of much embarrassment to our friends. The visit, however, of a deputation appointed by the annual committee to confer with our friends, served to inspire them with fresh hope and vigorous determination, with help kindly promised by the Conference, to reduce considerably their heavy liabilities. Already subscriptions are being paid, and efforts of various kinds are being carried out with this object in view, to clear off at least £150 by the time of the next Confer. ence, and ultimately, in three or four years, to reduce the debt by £400 more, and thus render the working of the cause comparatively easy. Notwithstanding the special efforts that are being made in the direction indi. cated, the chapel anniversary, which
was held on Sunday, September 30, and the following day, was remark. ably successful. The Rev. W. Longbottom, ex-President of the Confer. ence, preached to large congregations on the Sabbath, and a famous com. pany assembled for tea, gratuitously and very bountifully supplied by the ladies of the congregation, on the following day. C. H. Dudley, Esq', Mayor of Stafford, presided on the occasion. Our good friend Mr. Crutchley, of Cheslyn Hay, gave a fine tone to the meeting in a stirring, warm-hearted address. The Rev. W. Longbottom also favoured us with an encouraging speech. The entire proceeds amounted to £22, which, for Stafford, is a very handsome amount.
Three weeks later, harvest thanksgiving services were held in the chapel, which was decorated with much taste by the ladies of the congregation. Fruit, flowers, and com were freely provided, and the appear. ance presented by the beautiful grouping of these objects elicited the warm approval of everyone who saw the same. The resident minister, the Rev. S. Meldrum, conducted the services, and the choir rendered several anthems and special hymns very creditably. These services were brought to a close by a coffee supper on Tuesday evening, October 23, which proved also to be a very pleasant occasion. The proceeds of these services amounted £10 10s. 9d., a sum largely in excess of what was anticipated, having so shortly before made the very special effort for the chapel anniversary. It should be stated that a large basket of fruit was sent to the Union Workhouse for the children and sick inmates of that institution, which, we have learned, afforded no small amount of gratification.
On Sunday last, November 4, our esteemed Mission Secretary, the Rev. Dr. Stacey, preached our Mission anniversary sermons, and, notwithstanding very heavy rain, gratifying congregations assembled, and were
& reatly interested in the admirable which the Rev. T. Rider, President of discourses on the texts, “I am come the Conference, occupied the chair. that they might have life, and that There was a very good attendance. they might have it more abundantly;" After prayer by the Rev. J. B. and, “In the last day, that great day Armstrong, Oldham, and a brief ad. of the feast, Jesus stood and cried, If dress by the Chairman, a paper on any man thirst, let him come unto Me, “Discipline" was read by Mr. E. R. and drink.” The admirable sermons Noall, of Oldham. The writer dealt are not likely to be soon forgotten. with the question of school manageAt the Missionary meeting, on the fol ment, and urged that discipline in the lowing day, heavy rain again affected sense of chastisement, which is unthe attendance. Our good friend Dr. happily sometimes needful, should be Stacey gave us a remarkably interest
applied with kindness, mixed with ing address. Mr. Alderman Mycock firmness.
An interesting discussion presided on the occasion, and the Rev. followed, amongst those taking part G. G. S. Thomas, Wesleyan minister, being the Revs. G. S. Hornby, H. and others took part in the proceed Dolamore, W. J. Townsend, T. B. ings. The proceeds of the anniversary Bullen, Messrs. J. Flather, J. Lawton, are decidedly in advance of last year. and C. Shaw. Some advocated a These notices will serve to show that gentle treatment of the children, while the cause here presents elements of others suggested that stern methods life and hopefulness, and, with the should sometimes be followed, but the blessing of the Lord, we are hoping view of the essayist was generally to see brighter and better days. We accepted. do from time to time realise a baptism
A second paper was read by the from on high, but we are looking and Rev. J. F. Goodall, Manchester hoping for fuller manifestations of the North Circuit, the subject of which Divine blessing. Should any friends
“A Model Sunday-school in the connexion be disposed to render Teacher.” Discussion on this subject help in the endeavour to reduce was introduced by the Rev. J. Gibson, our heavy liabilities it will be very Hurst, and Mr. J. Talent, Ashton, grateiully received, and serve still and was continued until the hour for more to encourage our friends. Mean
adjournment. while, we thank the Lord and take A vote of thanks to the President courage.
S. MELDRUM. and to the readers of papers was Stafford, Nov. 6.
moved by the Rev. T. D. Crothers,
seconded by the Rev. J. B. Armstrong, MANCHESTER DISTRICT.
and carried unanimously. The literary and other excellencies of Mr. Good
all's paper received much praise, and The following report is taken almost a strong and general desire was shown wholly from the Stalybridge Reporter, for its publication. the alterations and additions being Tea was afterwards served in Benfew and slight:
nett Street school. * The annual Sunday-school Con In the evening a well-attended pubvention of the Manchester district of lic meeting was held in the chapel, the Methodist New Connexion was under the presidency of Mr. W. Tipheld on Saturday, October 27, in ping, Ashton. After the usual deGrosvenor Square Chapel, Stalybridge. votional exercises, including prayer by In the district there are stated to be the Rev. S. T. Nicholson, of Lees, the 53 schools, 1,877 teachers, and 13,855 Chairman delivered an address, in the scholars. Business was commenced course of which he said the beginning in the afternoon with a meeting, at of the Sunday-school could not pos
sibly have been humbler, and its first performance could not have been more modest. It never entered into the minds of the founders of the Sunday. school that it would be the great institution that it had become. That gathering was for the purpose of increasing their attachment to it, and stimulating them in the work. The institution had on the whole been a very successful one. No other could show greater results, and the success they had achieved in the past encouraged them to go forth to still greater and better work. Looking at all the aspects of the Sunday-school, it seemed to him that its claims were not second to those of any institution in the world. He should like to see the intelligent, well-educated members of their congregations working in the Sunday schools, but at the same time he would not discourage the humblest or least educated Christian worker.
The Rev. J. E. Walsh, Rochdale, delivered an address on the “Connec. tion between the Teacher'sown Character and his teaching." Religion, he said, could not be rightly taught, could not even be understood, without religious experience. The sum of the Divine nature was holy love, but love only could interpret love.
Mr. Charles Shaw, Lees, next spoke on “The Growth of General Intelligence.” He felt, after listening to the able and spiritual address of Mr. Walsh, as if his subject was brusquely secular, but it had close relations with all that was distinctively religious. When, a few weeks since, he looked
on the crumbling walls of some of the old colleges of Oxford, he reflected that, in spite of their wealth and learn. ing, Hodge had lived without intelligence for centuries. How was it that in those bygone times nothing had been done for general education, al. though millions of money had been subscribed to advance it? General intelligence was not the gift of their social superiors. No success in spread. ing knowledge had been achieved till the Sunday-school rose and asserted its power over the entire land.
The Rev. W.J. Townsend, Stock. port, pointed out the advantages of “Examinations in Scriptural Knowledge.” He thought scholars should be tested every week at the close of the lessons by wise and searching questions; that there should be quarterly examinations on the basis of the International Leasons; and that the annual competitive examinations which had wrought much benefit should be maintained.
Mr. G. C. Barlow, Bolton, next spoke on “The Importanceof Doctrinal Teaching in Schools,"'and was followed by the Rev. R. C. Turner, Bolton, who pleaded for efforts to gather in fresh scholars from neglected districts. Votes of thanks were given to the ladies and others for providing tea ; to the speakers and choir ; to the committee of arrangements, especially to the Rev. T. D. Crothers, and Messrs. S. M'Quire and Birman, the joint secretaries; and with a similar com. pliment to the Chairman, the proceedings ended.
UXWIN BROTIERS, PRINTERS, LONDON AND CHILWORTI.
.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