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strictly just, that He never twice demands a Frederick Street. I was told that they now payment of one debt.
have a stated minister at the Tabernacle In the second place I told them for what and that brother Ritson has left Frederick I would praise Him; for his electing love, Street some time, neither cause enjoving that covenant engagements, redeeming blood, con- prosperity we could desire. On Thursday verting power, preserving mercy, and sancti- morning I took train to Oldbury, and, passing fying grace, yea, for all the blessings of sal- through the town, saw handbills announcing vation, seeing they all come from him; and that the Baptist
would be re-opened on third, how, and how long I would praise Him. the following Lord's day, when Mr. BuckingI would not praise Him with that blasphemous ham, of Birmingham, and Mr. Samuel Clarke, song, which some profess to sing to his of Hull, were expected to preach. This place praise
has been going down for some years, and is, "A charge to keep, I have, &c.;" according to accounts I hear, in even a lower but rather even as the angels do in heaven, state now than it ever has been; but I trust by ascribing all the glory to Him alone; and that this re-opening of the chapel will be a reas for how long I shall praise Him I cannot commencement of good days to them, for tell, I cannot count up the number of the surely amongst the vast population of this years—but through liis grace I hope to black country we might suppose the Lord praise Him so long as I have my being, even has many of his dear people. Leaving Old. throughout the countless ages of a never- bury, I wended my way amongst the pits to ending eternity.
the pleasantly-situated village of Gosty Hill, The last time the sound of a free-grace situated between Oldbury and Halesowen. Gospel was heard in this place was when Here they have a neat little chapel, a good brother Clarke, of Hull, was here, some six congregation, and a church of about twelve years ago: this dear man of God, and his or thirteen members. Some two years and a discourses, have been the subject of conversa- half ago they were formed into a church by tion amongst the lovers of truth here ever brother Burns, of Gornal, and brother Bridge, since; they can still tell the text, and many of Cosely, when a young man named Richard things he said in preaching; in fact, there are Yorke, whom the Lord had brought out of several who were brought, through his visit, the coal-pit, was chosen and ordained as their to see the truth, and are now found “contend- pastor. I believe he preaches the truth of ing earuestly for the faith once delivered to God to them; and although the Lord has not the saints." The friends seem to want to hear yet given him to see much fruit to his labours, as much as they can, so I have to preach yet we hope that the seed is not lost, but will again this afternoon and evening: I trust one day spring up and yield a plenteous that a cause of truth will be established here harvest,--for I cannot believe that the truth before long. If any minister of the truth is of God can be preached and no blessing fol. passing this way, they would be glad for him low,-"in due season we shall reap, if we to come and preach to them; as, if they can- faint not." Leaving Gosty Hill, I descended not get the chapel, they will get some place or again amongst the pits, and came to the cotother; but they are in hopes that they will tage of brother Smith, who for many years be able to have the chapel at all times, as the has been the respected pastor of Spring Meaprincipal manager has said that it shall be dow Baptist Chapel. I found him in good open for any who wish to do good; hence health, and what pleased me still more was they sometimes have Arminians, sometimes to hear that his church never was in a more Fullerites, and next Sunday week they are prosperous state. The commodious chapel is going to have an Independent; but what of well filled, and the Lord coutinues to add to that?-if the prince of darkness preached the numbers of the church; we trust of them there, and I had an opportunity to preach | who shall be eterually saved. In after, I would willingly do so, believing that Smith we have an exception to the old prothe truth of God is as pure though preached verb, “A prophet is not without honour, save in an Arminian camp as it would be preached in his own country." He was born and in a place where no other sound had ever brought up very near the spot where he been heard; so any brother passing this way now preaches, and has honour both amongst will receive a hearty welcome, either from his own people and those to whom he occabrother Keyston, whipmaker, Walker's Lane, sionally ministers elsewhere; in fact, I am or brother Vattock, shoemaker, Northall. surprised that our churches have not found
Monday, Sept. 29.-I find it a difficult thing him out before now, and brought him out of to keep a journal whilst travelling, and there his privacy, for I am persuaded that he is a sore neglected noting down on the spot what scribe well instructed in the things of God; I thought inight interest you; but as I am but he seems well content where he is: he now in my quiet little study at home, I will lives in the aflections of his people, works try to call to mind a little of what I saw and hard all the week, and preaches three times heard during the past week. On Tuesday on the Lord's day. I think it would be well evening, at Kettering, I had a good congre. for some of the lazy parsons to be bound apgation, and found sweet liberty in speaking prentice to friend Joseph for a little time, of Paul's words--" The election hath obtained and after that I should hope they would be it, and the rest were blinded.” On Wednes- ashamed to lay themselves up all the week, day morning I bid adieu to the Kettering land road two sermons on the Sunday: but I friends, and took train to Birmingham. I believe the time is come, or coming, when could hear but very little of the two places those drones will have to seek fresh employ, of truth there, viz. the Tabernacle and I and the laborious gospel oxen will both labour
for us. His labours have been blest, in being / work of God in their souls; carnal professors the instrument of snatching two as brands revile; the sheep are fed, folded, and watered; from the burning-'Give all the glory to God's and the Chief Shepherd and Bishop of souls holy name, to Him the glory belongs. At condescends to bestow the greatest of all the end of three months we gave him an boons: “My peace I leave with you." invitation to become our pastor, being more than two years since he came amongst us,
MENDLESHAM BAPTIST CHAPEL. and the Lord stillcontinues to own hislabours: since our late pastor, Mr. Wood, was laid
DEAR Editor,-On Lord's day, the 3rd aside, there have been 16 added to the church,
| of August, I had the privilege of baptizing fourteen have been added since Dir. Moores
six of the Lord's people, upon a profession of has been amongst us, eleven by believers'
their faith in Jesus,-four males and two febaptisin, and three from other churches; and
males. The Lord's presence was greatly enwe are happy to say there are others in joyed by most of the people. The numbers whom we hope the Lord has begun a good a
ül assembled together on that occasion filled the work. When Mr. Moores came amongst us,
chapel, and a great number of persons were we had no sabbath-school, now we are happy !
standing outside. Not only upon baptizing to say there are nearly 60 children taught in
| days is the chapel filled, but every Lord's day; the school; neither had we any pews, nor a
some of the people travelling six and seven gallery, nor a timepiece, all of which we now
miles to this place. The good Lord is blessing hare, and all paid for, for which we desire to
his word to many souls, and after much infeel very thankful:' for · what hath God quiry of the Lord we have begun to enlarge wrought?" We hope the Lord will still use him
the chapel, to accommodate the many wor
ers that assemble. The S re the as an instrument amongst us in doing much good; that many may be called out of dark
| Lord directed my mind to speak from at the ness into his most marvellous light; that those
| above time was, “ Can any man forbid water, that be already awakened may be built up
that these should not be baptized, which have in their most holy faith, and be enabled to go
received the Holy Ghost as well as we?" on their way rejoicing.
It is evident the Holy Ghost fell on all them which heard the word, for they spake
with tongues, and magnified God. Peter ZOAR CHAPEL, POPLAR.
mentions their right to baptism, they having Ox Wednesday evening, September 24th,
received the Holy Ghost. But how the Holy 1856, Mr. R. Bowles, of Zoar Chapel, Poplar,
Ghost could have thus fallen on infants so as baptized four believers (threc females and one
to speak with tongues and magnify God, I male), at the Cave Adullam Chapel, Stepney
confess I have yet to learn. Therefore until (kindly lent for the occasion). Mr. Bowles
it can be proved that intants are capable of preached to a large and attentive congrega
receiving the Holy Ghost, and speaking with gation, from John iii. 23; “And John also
tongues, magnifying God, I shall object to inwas baptizing in Enon, near to Salim, be
fants possessing any right to the ordinance of cause there was much water there; and they
baptism; neither can it be proved that incame, and were baptized.” From which the
fants formed a part of the household of Corfollowing things were noticed:-(1) John's
nelius, or of any of the households spoken of divinely-appointed work — baptizing (2)
in Scripture, nor is there any precept or preThe locality-"In Enon, near to Salim.” (3)
cedent for infant baptism in the apostles' days. The reason assigned for choosing that place
In the afternoon of the same day we as. - Because there was much water there.”
sembled together again to receive into the The inference to be deduced from the same
church those six baptized followers of Jesus viz. tbat John required much water for his
and to break bread; the words impressed upon mode of adıninistering the ordinance. (4)
my mind at that time were “It is finished." The conduct of the candidates--" They came
The subject was truly blessed to me and and were baptized.” Each of the above
many of the people. Salvation's work is beads were fully entered into; and the
done, according to the will of God. We could preacher showed that infant sprinkling was
say it was good to be here. The Lord's name a part and pillar of Popery, and a delusion of
be praised tor mercies like these.
C. E. MERRETT. Satan; that the only legitimate and scriptural mode of baptizing was by immersion, and the only true and proper subjects were
OLD BAPTIST CHAPEL, DUNSTABLE. believers, and such as “brought forth fruits WEDNESDAY, Oct. 8, a sermon was preached Dieet for repentance." After singing, and im- l in the afternoon by J. E. Bloomfield. The
e Lord special blessing at the pool, I text was Zech. vi. 13: it was an excellent diseach was solemnly addressed upon the nature course. After the sermon a public tea meeting and obligations of the significant ordinance was held, and a goodly number were present. that they were passing through. Three out A public meeting was held in the evening. of the four were called under Mr. Bowles's Mr. Rush engaged in prayer; after which, ministry, and the fourth brought into Gos. Mr. Carpenter gave a concise account of tho pel liberty on Lord's day, October 5, at the revival and progress of the cause since he table of the Lord. The pastor and deacons had been at Duustable; spoke highly of the gave them the right hand of fellowship | people, for very many of them had willingly
The church at Zoar, Poplar, is prospering. strengthened his hands and shown themselves Truth in all its fulness is proclaimed; peace ready to work. He said the antiquity of the prevails; sinners come forward to declare the place had a claim on the Christian public,
it being an off-shoot from the parent stock at | mercies we desire to express our humble Bedford, once under the care of that great thanks to Him that has helped us hitherto. master of allegory John Bunyan; he further A baptizing took place on August 31st, stated, the meeting that night was to issue 1856. The chapel was crowded. Our brother more collecting cards, to remove, if possible, Newton commenced the service. Our beloved the debt of 1001., and we are happy to say pastor, in a solemn manner, and with much friends from other causes responded to the enlargement, drew near the throne and appeal, and took collecting cards, for which mercy seat of our Great High Priest, pleaded we very much thank them. Mr. Davies, of much for the presence and the blessing of the Leighton, addressed the meeting. He con- | Lord upon us. Then was sunggratulated Mr. Carpenter on his present posi- “Do we not know the solemn word, tion, and trusted he would still continue
That we are buried with the Lord ?" prosperous. Mr. Collver, of lvinghoe, ad. Our pastor took his text from Acts xvii. verted to the circunstance that Dunstable 11. “These were more noble than those in Chapel was the first place he spoke in ; he Thessalonica, in that they received the word had a lively recollection of the depression of with all readiness of mind, and scarcbed the spirit he laboured under, and how the Lord scriptures daily, whether those things were was better to him than his fears, corroborating so." He told us he had been made to search the statements made by Mr. Carpenter in the Scripture from Genesis to Revelation, and reference to the rise and progress of the cause; thus he became a Baptist; he spoke very showing that it was the parent cause of all sweetly on believers' baptism, showing it to the Baptist churches in this district. J. Wil- be founded on the word of God. It was an kins, of Greenwich, congratulated the people excellent discourse. That day will be reon three things-their prosperity, their being membered through a long eternity. We have favoured with a good ministry, and their many enemies against us; but He hath said, good singing. He offered some excellent re- in his word, “ upon this rock will I build my marks on unity and simplicity, being exactly church, and the gates of hell shall not preof the same opinion as David the Psalmist, vail against it," and the word that is gone that, “it is good and pleasant for brethren to out of his mouth must stand-it shall not dwell together in unity," he could not if he fall to the ground. The Lord is doing a great would, and would not if he could, forbear work amongst us; we can singrejoicing at the peace and prosperity that “Rejoice! the Saviour reigns reigned in their midst. Mr. Bloomfield then
Among the sons of men ; spoke on the doctrines, the promises, and the He breaks the prisoners' chains, comforts of Scripture; speaking warmly and
And makes them free again. energetically of the advantage and comfort Let hell oppose God's only Son, arising from good deacons, for the purpose of In spite of foes is cause goes on." supporting the minister's hands; congratu- A LOVER OF THE TRUTH AS IT IS IN JESCS. lating Mr. Carpenter that he possessed such: the meeting was closed by singing and
THAME, OXON. prayer.
OUR covenant God has visited the church
at Thume. On Sunday, September 28th, DANE HILL AND NEWICK. two believers (the former a member of the DEAR EDITOR,-I send you an account of Independent church at Guildford, the latter the Lord's doings with us in our dear little brought to a knowledge of the truth through cause in Dane Hill and Newick. We have the instrumentality of brother Juggins) were now been two years and six months under baptized according to the plan laid down by the pastorate of our dear brother Jos. War- our Saviour. We went to Asket Chapel to ren, who, through much trouble and affliction, baptize, a distance of seven miles. In the has been honoured by his Lord and Master morning brother Reed gave an address from in dispensing the Gospel to a remnant so- the words, “ If thou believest with all thine journing in this part of the vineyard. My- heart thou mavest."-Acts viii. 37. Brother self with many others rejoice that the Lord Juggins then spoke at the water to a large ever sent him this way. When brother audience; led the candidates into the water and Warren first came here, Zion was laid waste, immersed them, according to the Scripture her inhabitants were scattered; we rejoice to rule. The afternoon service commenced by say the Lord has made him very useful in brother Read giving out a hymn; brother building her up; in gathering together some Juggins then read, and prayed, and preached of the poor afficted ones that were scattered; an excellent sermon, founded on Acts viii. 12. in establishing the church; in comforting the “ They were bapt both men and women, comfortless; proclaiming liberty to the cap- showing what baptism was and what it pretive; binding up the broken in heart; and figured. The services of the day were opening the prison doors to those that were solemn and interesting, and the Master's prebound: more, through his instrumentality, sence realised. The next Lord's -day they poor backsliders have been reclaimed, dead were added to the church in accordance with sinners have been awakened, those that were (Acts ii. 42), and publicly received in to full
n trespasses and lying in wickedness communion. Brother Juggins addressed have been called and brought out into them in a solemn and faithful manner. May the happy light and liberty of the Gospel of the Lord still go on to bless the little church our Lord Jesus Christ. We have also been at Thame, so that the little one may become favoured to see the moving of the water four a thousand, and the small one a great nation, times in two years and six months; for these is our earnest prayer.
B. C. E.
and live; although they may not labour with church of God; surely Satan is busily at their hands, yet they will be found labouring work amongst our churches. May the Lord for God weekdays as well as Sundays. With arise and have mercy upon Zion, for surely mutual good wishes I parted from brother the time of her need, if not the set time to Smith, and, after a walk of two or three favour her, is come. miles, found myself in the town of Dudley. The above letter is furnished by our broHere the truth of God has, more or less, been ther Benjamin Davies, of Leighton, whose proclaimed for many years, but at present labours at home, at Kettering, and other things are decidedly bad. The old Baptist places, have been, we are glad to learn, usechapel, being endowed, is still held by the ful in many ways.-Ed.] old pastor, although it seems evident that no blessing is attending his labours, as the place is almost deserted. There has also been a
THE CHURCH ON BERKHAMPSTEAD division at the room, and a few are meeting
COMMON. at one of their friend's houses; but the ma- | The ordination of brother William Moores, jority still remain at the old place, and are in as pastor over the above Baptist Church, took à fair way of prospering. I preached there place on Tuesday, September 16th. With on Thursday evening, and had nearly as full permission, we quote the following brief rea congregation as ever I saw there. They port from a Christian weekly journal. Speakare rather fearful, as they will soon have to ing of this ordination, the writer says: give up their room, it having been sold; but “We have indisputable New Testament their eyes are up to the Lord, who, I trust, evidence (Acts xxvi. 16) that none but the will open another door for them. Surely in Lord himself can truly and effectually make a town of 60,000 inhabitants a place will be a man a minister, and I do not know any found for the preaching of God's truth,-if mistake more common, nor more disastrous, not, I say, arise and build. Amongst my than that of setting men up as pastors of congregation on Thursday evening I had the churches whom the Lord never designed, no pleasure of seeing old Father Bridge, the ever qualified for a work so great, so responpastor of the Coppice Chapel, Coseley. Isible, and so important. Churches have been was glad to find him in excellent health; in divided and scattered, wives and families have fact, he said he was never better in his life. been ruined and rendered truly wretched, The Lord has been pleased to provide for him and good men, who might (as active members in his old days in a very bountiful way, and of churches) have been exceedingly useful, the dear old man is placed above either want have become burdens, simply because these or the cold charity of friends, so that the good men have said, 'A preaching we will enemies have taken occasion to call him co- go;' and some few weak minds have helped Vetous, and have raised some evil reports on the delusion until the most fearful conseabout him; but I feel it my duty to say that quences have been the result. On, sir, the the report which was raised respecting his men are not few but they are many, who will carriage is altogether false, as he still con- I come and crouch to poor Zion for a piece tinues to walk from Dudley to the Coppice of silver, and for å morsel of bread, saying, and back every Lord's day and Wednesday Put me into one of the priests' offices, that evening, and assured me that he intended to I may eat a piece of bread. Ignorance and do so as long as he was able, and then to give idleness, pride and presumption, are the main up going there altogether. He seems very features in their character, and too frequently anxious to have another pastor raised up for the only qualifications they possess ; the only his people before his departure, but the dea. credentials they can produce for this highest cons seem to think that they have not done and holiest of all the offices men can occupy with their old one yet. The church at the under the heavens. Coppice is blessed with a good share of pros- “The reverse of this is the case of William penity--not much increase in numbers, but Moores, the village blacksmith, and the pastor Peace and unity prevail. On Friday morn- of Berkhampstead Common. Although called
trivelled on to Wolverhampton, and was to take the charge of souls,' vet, as these sorry to find that the church at John Street precious souls cannot take the entire charge is in a very low state. They have a good of him, William is willing and determined, preacher, a man of good ability, who, I am like Paul, 'to labour, working with his own told, draws his hundreds when from home, bands,' until the fruits of his labour shall be bat scarcely any when at home; surely a sufficient for his temporal needs. cloud hangs over this place, the reason why “Let us now take our stand in the sancis known to God, and will, perhaps, some day tuary, and view this happy scene a little closer. be revealed. At Temple Street they are doing " William Moores is an inhabitant of Ivingbetter than usual, Mr. Hatton still preaches hoe; and out of respect to him, the Ivinghoe there, and is made useful to many, although Sacred Harmonic Society came over to conI fear conversion work is but seldom heard duct the orchestral parts of the service, and of. O Lord, revive thy work! From Wolver-I must confess I never expect to hear sweeter hampton I walked to Willenhall, and met with harmony, or more delightful chanting and Mr. Lefevre, the new pastor of the Baptist singing in this wilderness, than I heard that church at Little London; he is a pleasant day at Berkhampstead. There was one lady Exciable man, but, I fear, will not be over in that choir who possessed a power to roll comfortable there, as the people are divided her clear and eloquent voice hither and amongst themselves. 0, Satan, what hast thither, in a way surpassing all that ever I thou done, thus to divide and to scatter the heard; and so enchanting was the effect that it almost lifted us off the earth, and made , Mr. Wood preached under that tree a few us wish to be in heaven, where the song is | Lords' days; the congregation increased, they ever new, and the songsters have immortal removed into a cow-shed in the occupation powers. Kent seems to have listened at the of the aforesaid John Bedford, which, by very keyholes of heaven's gates, when burst- their mutual help, was fitted up with a few ing out, to silence for a moment the noise of forms and windows as a place of worship. worldly cares and carnal cries, he exclaims: | The Lord gave testimony to the word “Hark how the blood-bought hosts above preached, nine persons came forth, and were Conspire to praise redeeming love,
baptized by immersion. We continued In sweet harmonious strains!
meeting together every Lord's day, till 1835, And while they strike the golden lyres the Lord still blessing the word to many that This glorious theme each bosom fires, attended; the congregation still increased, That grace triumphant reigns.
the place was becoming out of repair, and “ Turning from the gallery to the grave not large enough to hold the people; so we pulpit, we observed there a pleasant, youth- | began to seek for a piece of ground, whereby ful, and devout looking person, whose name a more comfortable place of worship might is Benjamin Davies, of Leighton Buzzard, and be erected; having obtained it, this place was who proceeded to describe to us the recog- built, and we came to worship Almighty God nised character of the New Testament Church in this place the first Sabbath in January, This he did very consistently, and greatly to | 1836. our edification. After this the noble and “ The Lord continued to bless the word most serious looking pastor of Tring, Mr. preached by brother Wood until his poor Geo. Wyard, ascended the pulpit, and after a body began to be afflicted, and he was laid short introductory address to the people, he aside in the winter season the few last years called upon William Moores to stand up and of his life; still, when health and strength answer three questions— first, how he became would permit, he was about his Master's a Christian ; secondly, in what way the Pro- / business: we as a church, feel a desire to vidence of God led him into the work of the kindly thank many brethren for their labours ministry; and, thirdly, what were the princi- l in supplying the pulpit during those seasons ples of his faith as regards the doctrines and when brother Wood was ill. Some have dethe ordinances of the Gospel? To each of clared the Word was blessed to their souls; these questions William gave lucid and en- we have had our seasons of trial; our seasons larged replies, after which the chief deacon of darkness; and, blessed be God, we have of the church read its history--showed how had our joyous times, times of triumph and the Lord sent and blessedly employed William relief. Time rolled round, till our dear old Moores among them-and then Mr. Wyard | pastor was laid aside finally; he preached his called upon the church individually and col- last sermon here at Christmas time, 1852; lectively to acknowledge William as their after being ill about sixteen months, he pastor by standing up and lifting their hands entered into his rest in hope of a joyful
earts to heaven. This was a resurrection, and left a blessed testimony be. solemn sight, and each one sent his and her hind, that the truths he preached were his hand up with a decision and cheerfulness support, when his heart and flesh failed him; that we have seldom seen. The newly-chosen then God was his strength, and his portion for pastor then publicly accepted the office, ever. He preached here about twenty-four whereupon Charles Waters Banks, of London, years, the Lord gave him fifty-three souls; taking the chief deacon's right hand and some remain, but others have fallen asleep in placing it in the newly-chosen pastor's hand, Jesus; during the time we had supplies, Mr. formally joined them together, and implored Moores came once a month. After the death the Lord's blessing upon them. In the after- of Mr. Wood, we gave him an invitation about noon the same minister delivered a kind and March, 1854. His word was useful; and we, wholesome charge to the newly-ordained as a church, thouglit we had better give him pastor from Paul's words to Timothy, 'Take a call for three months; during these three heed unto thyself and unto the doctrine, and months there were several added to the continue in them, for in so doing thou shalt church, and one of the females' husbands both save thyself and them that hear thee.' ” being present at the ordinance of believers' bap
In the evening, Mr. Geo. Wyard; addressed tism (who was before a persecutor and a the Church. It was a happy day-immense blasphemer), the Lord was pleased to meet numbers thronged the place, and we hope with his soul while Mr. Moores was speaking good was done.
at the water side; since that time he has The following history of this church's made it manifest that he is on the Lord's side, existence was read by the deacon, in the and has become a consistent member ever course of the morning's examination. since. We believe Mr. Moores to be a man of
“ The following is a brief statenent of the God, and in answer to prayer, the Lord sent origin, and some of the leadings of divine him amongst us. One evening, at our prayer providence, of the church of Christ, meeting meeting, we were praying to the Lord ear
service at Berkhampstead Common. nestly that He would make it manifest that Early in the summer of 1830, Mr. Thomas He had sent him, and if He had, that Mr. Wood, and Jane Wood, his wife, and John Moores might be exercised in his mind at the Bedford, joined themselves together in same time, and the next Lord's day he told church fellowship, and met for divine wor- / us the passage of scripture that his mind ship under a tree on the Common, near the was exercised about, and we were constrained residence of the above-named John Bedford. I to say, he was the man the Lord had appointed