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teachers may aid our scholars in their preparation for the same.
We refer our readers to his letter.
In some of our circuits the circulation of our Magazines is more than doubled. If all did the same there would be universal joy. Let all try!
BETHESDA CHURCH, ELLAND.
OESTING OF OLD SCHOLARS. Ax interesting gathering of old scholars, teachers, and friends was held in Bethesda Church, Elland, on New Year's Day. Over 500 people, some of whom had come from a great distance, assembled in the school and had tea. The beautiful school was decorated. Many and cordial were the greetings of old friends, some of whom met for the first time for years, and much interest was taken in the handsome new church and the commodious and well-arranged school. A most interesting feature of the evening was the presentation to Mr. John Farrar, who has been connected with Bethesda for some forty-six years, of a portrait of himself, and a timepiece with side ornamenta.
The history of Bethesda Church is comprised within the memory of per. sons still living. It began early in the century, the first place of meeting being the upper room of a cottage in New-street. With the help of friends in Halifax, the old Bethesda Chapel was built in 1824. In late years the progress has been rapid, the new schools and church attesting the energy - which has been put into the work. There are now seven society classes, two of them being for boys and girls. The adult classes have 165 members, including those on trial ; the junior classes have been recently formed, and the number of their members is not included. A mission band has been established this year, composed of ninety-five persons, the object being to stimulate religious activity by the employment of both sexes in active home mission work. The Sunday school numbers 15 offi. cers, 41 teachers, and 484 scholars ; a library with 356 volumes, a mutual improvement society, a band of hope, ladies' sewing meeting, and a young ladies' sewing meeting.
After tea, which was well served by the ladies, the meeting was held in the church, and was very well attended. The portrait of Mr. Farrar is a remarkably faithful likeness, in gilt frame, and
on a plate is the inscription :-“ Presented to Mr. John Farrar, together with timepiece and side ornaments, by the teachers, scholars, and friends of Bethesda Sunday-school, Elland, as a small token of esteem and love, and as an expression of their appreciation of his devoted and self-sacrificing labours in connection with the above school and church for upwards of forty years. January 1st, 1883.” The timepiece and side ornaments have beautiful hand paintings.
The meeting began with the anthem, “ And the Glory of the Lord.” Prayer having been offered by the Rev. J. Young, who was chairman, the hymn, Home, Sweet home, was sung
The chairman then gave all the old scholars, teachers, and friends, past and present, a very cordial welcome, and alluded to the many memories clustering round the old spot, and cordially invited those old scholars who, though living near, seldom came to the church now, to let this be the starting-point for higher and better things. There
those connected with them who brought up in the Sunday-school, and were now working honourably in the Church side by side with those who trained them. The chairman added that they were also met to recognise more than forty years' earnest, faithful, devoted labours on the part of Mr. John Farrar in connection with the church and Sunday-school. He wished to say how thankful they were to the great Head of the Church that Mr. Farrar's life had been so long spared to labour in His cause, and that he appeared among them looking happy, well, and so full of life and vigour, and retaining all his love and interest in the Church and Sunday. school, and indeed for the cause of God generally.
Mr. James Pilling, Bradford; Mr. J. F. Farrar, one of the present Superintendents of the school; Mr. A. Crowther, and Mr. Eli Furness, Dews. bury, having given short and earnest addresses, in which loving testimony, was borne to the devoted and faithful
labours of him whom they delighted to honour,
Mr. Joseph Littlewood rose to present the portrait to Mr. Farrar, and said it was some twenty-six years since he was brought, in the providence of God, to reside in this neighbourhood. He was invited, soon after he came, to connect himself with the Church. He attended for some time a class meeting on the kind invi. tation of the friend whom they were now honouring, and for a considerable time he sat under his guidance and instruction. During those years the church had undergone varied changes, but now they had this beautiful sanctuary, for which, as one of the trustees, he was very thankful to God. For more than forty years Mr. Farrar had prayed and laboured for the welfare of that Church, and thank God those labours had not been lost. The influence had gone far and wide. His desire was that God's blessing might rest upon Mr. Farrar, and that good might be the result of this gathering. His prayer was that God would preserve the life of their brother, and that his experience and instruction would yet be of great service to this Church. He had great pleasure in presenting the portrait to Mr. Farrar, and he hoped it would prove interesting to his family, and to his friends in after years.
Mr. Eli Crossland presented the timepiece and side ornaments, and said it was now more than thirtyfive years since he first began to associate with Mr. Farrar as a member at Bethesda, and during all that long time he had witnessed his wearied efforts to promote the wel. fare of all connected with the place. But while anxious to benefit all connected with it, he had been specially interested in the young. As a teacher in the school, and as superintendent for a long time, he had been labouring constantly to train the young people in the knowledge of the Scriptures and in the fear of God, and he was thankful to say that these labours had not been in vain, for he knew of ministers and others who owed their present position to the instructions received under his care. More than one generation of children had passed through the school while he had had charge of it. The fathers and mothers and even grandfathers and grandmothers of the present scholars,
could testify to the good advice received in their young days, while under him. He remembered that Mr. Farrar established classes for the study of religious subjects, and also for geography, grammar, and writing. But while his greatest interest had been in the prosperity and usefulness of Bethesda, he had not confined his labours to it alone, for many years ago he was one with others good and true in establishing a Mechanics' institution, which was a great help to many. And he had for many years been devoted to public affairs in connection with the Local Board and School Board. He had great pleasure in presenting Mr. Farrar with that timepiece and side ornaments, as a small testimonial of the love and esteem in which he was held by his many friends. He could not wish anything better for the school than tbat Mr. Farrar's successors might possess his patience and tact in the management of the chil. dren, and the same earnest desire to labour for their benefit.
Mr. John Farrar, who was received with grateful pleasure, the audience rising, said it did not need such a manifestation to assure him of the interest he had in their affections and love. He valued very highly these tokens of their kindness and affection towards himself. He had had to sit and listen to kind expressions of affectionate regard which, while they found their way to his heart, also covered him with confusion. He did not deserve the things that had been said of him. But he felt deeply grateful to them all the same for their kindness and love, and he was very glad to have the opportunity of seeing the faces of many of his old friends, who years and years ago were scholars in the Sunday-school, and who were now trying to influence the rising generation in the same way they were influenced when brought to this Sunday-school. Mr. Farrar said the old chapel to which they were so much attached was built in 1824. It was nearly sixty years since, still, he could remember it being built. On the 2nd of last December he reached the patriarchal age of sixty-three years. When he was a very little boy indeed he was taken by his father, who was a member of the Church at that time, and by his dear and honoured mother, to the preaching place in New-street. He remembered many things that
have a higher reward in the conscious. ness that he had done so much to form the habits of so many who were now serving their generation and God in noble lives.
Messre. James Roberts, John Armi. tage, of Wakefield, D. Crowther, E. Sykes, John Shaw, Joseph Farrar, and J. H. Ainley then addressed the meeting in a few pleasing and suitable words; after which the usual votes of thanks followed, and this interesting meeting was brought to a close by the hymn, “Shall we gather at the river,"
occurred in connection with that place of worship-the upper room in Newstreet, to which they were regularly taken before the chapel was built. His father and mother always took them on a Sunday. There was no latitude allowed to them, as there is unfortunately in many cases nowadays. They did not say, “ We wish you to go;' they said, “You must go," and they never thought of disputing it. Vividly had those scenes in the old chapel printed themselves on his memory. But Bethesda did not always move in smooth waters, and at one time she seemed to have lost almost all her friends. Some, unfortunately, came to grief in com. mercial affairs, and others deserted her. There was amongst them at that time in Halifax a gentleman who once was a minister in our body. Having married into a good family and become wealthy, he deserted the Connexion, kicked away the ladder by which he had risen, and joined the Established Church. Having left them, however, he did his best to injure them. He sought, because there was a little arrear of interest that could not be paid at that time, to sell the whole place. But the trustees at Halifax, Mr. Styring, Mr. Tillotson, and others, offered to contribute a certain sum of money provided other gentlemen would do the same, and the result was the trustees were placed in very easy circumstances, and went on their way rejoicing. Since that time the place had prospered, but it had been in cousequence of earnest, laborious, devoted effort. Mr. Farrar then referred to the good effect the Band of Hope movement had had upon the Church. Mr. Farrar reminded the meeting that the presentation to himself was but an incident of the evening's proceedings, and said he was exceedingly glad to see so many old scholars. It was almost certain they would never all meet together again on this side the grave, but they might meet in a better country, and his earnest hope was that when life's journey was finished, and its toils and cares and vicissitudes were all over, they might meet round the Throne in heaven, Mr. Farrar then finished his address, amid warm approval, by wishing all a happy new year.
The Chairman briefly added his sincere congratulations to Mr. Farrar, expressing his belief that he would
WOOD BORO' ROAD,
NOTTINGHAM. DEAR DR. COOKE,-Many Connexional friends will be glad to hear that our Woodboro'-road Church is about to take a new departure. Owing largely to the uninviting and uncomfortable iron structure in which worsbip is conducted, our cause here has been for some time in a depressed condition. But the efforts of a few true and loyal friends, aided by our worthy Mayor, are leading us to a much brighter state of things. A Trustee Meeting was recently held, at which it was resolved that the Conference should be asked to consent to the sale of our present property, and that a site should be secured at the junction of the Mansfield and Redcliffe-roads, and nearly opposite the Forest, and the new Gregory Boulevards. Ministers and prominent members of all denominations have spoken of the site as one of the most eligible in the town. It is in the centre of an entirely new neighbourhood, having, on the left of the Mansfield-road, Carrington, with a new, respectable, and rapidly-increasing working-class population ; and on its own side of the road, the Mapperley-park Estate, on which scores of villa-residences bave been, and are still being, erected. A number of residents on the Estate have signified their intention of worshipping with us in the contemplated new chapel. Excepting a new Baptist School-room, with no ministerial supply, there is no Nonconformist place of worship in the district. Though the vendor, Mr. Councillor Acton, was not only willing to sell, but promised a subscription of £300, great difficulties were encountered in the
necessity of securing the consent of 1 of the new property being seriously some twenty owners of land on the encumbered by debt. I shall be glad Estate. But, thanks to the personal to report, without much delay, that influence of the Mayor, these have “memorial stones" have been laid. been met, and about 2,400 yards of
W. HOOKINS. land, bounded on three sides by the Mansfield, Redcliffe, and Tulla-roads, have been bought, at a cost of a little over £2,000.
MOUNT TABOR. scriptions were cheerfully promised: Tas Sunday-school held its annual
tea-meeting on Christmas Day. The
£ s. d. The Mayor of Nottingham. (Mr.
appearance of the room was transAlderman Lindley).
250 0 0 formed under the skill of Mr. Clayton. Mr. Councillor Acton ..
300 0 0 A very large company sat down to » A. H. Goodall ..
tea. After tea, the Rev. W. J. G. Goodall ..
Townsend conducted devotional exer5 Councillor Loverseed
0 0 Mrs. Collyer ......
0 0 cises, and Mr. B. Johnson took the , Richard Inger
chair, giving an earnest address. A ,, Edwin Brown
long and interesting programme folA Friend .... Mr. Aifred Cooper
lowed, in which the scholars took a ,, J. S. Sharp.
leading part. The financial results Mr. W. Packter.
16 0 0
were quite equal to last year. Dr. Inger............ Mr. J. W. Moore .....
PORTWOOD, -The annual Christmas , Sturton
sale of work was held on Christmas 1. J. Rhodes
0 0 Day, in Cross-street School, ia aid of A. H. Mozley......
the Portwood Society. The room was , Christopher Goodall James Sturton .........
tastefully decorated. Tea was served Vrs, Sharp..............
at 4.30 p.m. to an overflowing comA Friend (per Mr. Cooper)
pany. A varied entertainment of Miss Sharp. ,
speech and song followed, Mr. E. Allsop ............ Mountersay ......
Potts presiding. The singing was Girls' Senior Biblo Class
given by the Band of Hope choir, led Mr. A. T. Phillips..........
by Mr. Moss, jun. The Rev. T. J. S. Goodall G. Hopewell .....
Bass, Mr. T. Clarke, and Mr. T. Hoe, George Goodall, Jun
with others, took part in the proceedMrs. Overend.
ings. About £30 was realised. It is Proceeds of Christmas Tree
anticipated this amount will be in
creased £10 by the sale of work still £1,319 00
Mr. A. H. Goodall, a leading Not
BRADFORD CIRCUIT. tingham architect, and the Treasurer Steward of the Woodboro’-road Society,
BRADFORD, has been requested to prepare plans THE annual sale of work was held on for a Gothic church and school-rooms,
January 1, 2 and 3. It was to have in Bulwell stone, the church to seat 500 on the ground floor and 100 in
been opened by the Mayor, Alderman an end gallery, and to cost between F. Priestmann. Owing, however, to £4,000 and £5,000. In a short time, an engagement of great importance, it is hoped, the remainder of the sum
which detained him at the Town Hall, required for the purchase of the land will have been promised, then build.
his Worship was not able to be present. ing operations will be immediately
The sale was, therefore, opened by the proceeded with. And as at least
Rev. G. Packer, who announced that £2,300 is likely to be realised in the he had received a cheque from the sale of our present site (a valuable Mayor for £10. There was a larger freehold property), and as a further
attendance than usual at the opening, sum of £1,000 can be raised by further subscriptions, and at the “stone-lay.
and during the three days the various ing” and “opening services," with stalls, which were arranged with great out much difficulty, there is little fear | taste by the ladies of the congregation,
were well patronised. The result after | efficient direction of Mr. W. S. Braithall expenses were paid was the hand waite, architect, of Leeds. some sum of £235, a larger amount The total cost is over a thousand than has ever been reached before. pounds, the larger part of which is HORSFORTH.
obtained. It is proposed to leave Tas estate has been altered, re £300 as a debt for the present. Our modelled and enlarged by the building Horsforth friends have worked nobly. of a new chapel, the enlargement of All have done well, but special menthe school, and the building of addi. tion ought to be made of the indetional vestries. Two fresh pieces of fatigable exertions of the treasurer, land have been acquired, one at the Mr. R. Stansfield, and the secretary, back, and the other at the side of the Mr. E. Hudson. A few subscriptions old site. The building is a substantial added to the sum obtained by sale of stone structure of classic character, work held at Christmas, will pay off simply treated. The chapel has an our last liabilities, and leave us with internal measurement of 38 feet by 33 a debt of £300, which we bave borrowed feet, and is approached by a central at 44 per cent. The estate is vested dcor leading into the vestibule, which in a new body of Trustees, and is secommunicates on either side with inner | cured to the Connexion according to lobbies leading to the aisles. Ac. the provisions of the model deed. commodation for 180 people is provided in the ground floor pews, which
PUDSEY. are open and have moulded bench A NEW organ has been placed in ends, and, in common with most of the Pudsey Chapel, at a cost of £200. It wood-work, are of red deal, stained and has been built by Mr. J. Calvert, of varnished. The pulpit and gallery Armley, and is pronounced by com. front are of pitch-pine, varnished. petent judges to be a splendid instruThe gallery is over vestibule and lob. ment. It has been built from specifibies, and is approached on either side cations supplied by one of our own by staircases. It contains 70. sittings friends, Mr. Thomas Parker. It is in pews taken out of the old chapel. enclosed in a pitch-pine case, varnished. The building is well lighted by double The front pipes are nicely painted, height of windows having moulded
without gaudy display, the prevailing archivolts, imposts and strings running colours being light and dark lilac and round the chapel. The ceiling is formed by moulded cornice and cove, organ has two complete manuals, from and divided into small panels with CC to G, 56 notes to each manual. moulded ribs. The centre is formed The following is the description supby enriched ventilating flower, from plied by the builder:which is suspended large corona light. Great Organ, CC to G, 56 notes :On either side of pulpit are doors, one 1. Large open Diapason, metal, 8 feet, communicating with minister's vestry, 56 pipes; 2. Stop Diapason Bass, the other with school-room. The wood, 8 feet, 12 pipes; 3. Claribel school-room will accommodate about Treble, wood, 8 feet, 44 pipes ; 4. 250 scholars, and is planned with Principal, metal, 4 feet, 56 pipes ; 5. transepts at one end which can be Keraulopton, metal, 8 feet, 44 pipes ; screened for vestries. Two class-rooms 6. Gamba, metal, 8 feet, 44 pipes ; are provided in addition. The whole 7. Flute, wood, 4 feet, 56 pipes ; 8. of chapel and school is heated with hot Fifteenth, metal, 2 feet, 56 pipes; water, and care has been taken to 9. Clarionette, metal, 8 feet, 44 pipes. secure efficient ventilation. The whole Swell Organ, CC to G, 56 notes :of the various works have been carried 10. Open Diapason, wood and metal, out by local contractors under the very 8 feet, 56 pipes ; 11. Gedact, wood