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room, which is much needed for the growth of their Society. At the time of opening a large and respectable company had assembled in the room, including many leading citizens who are not members of the New Church. The Society is small, and none of the members belong to the wealthy class. There was, therefore, a general expression of surprise and gratification on witnessing the large supply of goods and the elegant fitting up of the room. At eleven A.M. the Rev. R. Storry announced the 503rd Hymn, commencing "Help us to help each other, Lord," which was heartily sung by the people assembled. In continuation of this part of the service, Mr. Storry said that he might be permitted to offer a very few remarks before the bazaar was formally opened. Much had been said both in favour and against bazaars. They were a portion of the worldly side of the Church; and as what related to the world had often a tendency to introduce jarring elements, we required watchfulness over ourselves in their management. There were few occasions on which the advice of Joseph to his brethren was more seasonable than in connection with these sales for the uses of the Church-" See that ye fall not out by the way." At the close of this address, Mr. Hopkinson read a letter from R. N. Phillips, Esq., M.P., enclosing a donation of £10 to the bazaar fund. Mr. Hopkinson was succeeded by Thomas Isherwood, Esq. of Heywood, who, after a brief reference to the political and commercial gloom which at present overspread the nation, said, The friends who had come there that morning had come with a desire to help the New Church congregation in Bury. They were but a small Society in Bury, but they had got a nice little chapel, and he hoped that before long it would be free from debt. The Society asked their friends also to come and help them to build a school, and that was mainly the object of the bazaar. A great deal had of late been said about schools. It had been said that if they secularized the schools of the country, the coming generation would be deprived of religious instructions; but however able a day-school teacher might be, and however willing he might be, it would take him all his time to keep the children up to the standards, which the Government were constantly raising.


the Government paid for education, there ought to be really practical results, and it would take the day-school teacher all his time to accomplish those results without interfering with religion. He was himself a very great believer in Sunday-schools. Some people seemed to think that their time had gone by, but he was of opinion that their work was only just beginning. Sundayschools were not now what they used to be. He remembered that when he went to the Sunday-school they had to write upon sand; but since then a great change had come over such schools. Their main object now was to give that solid Christian instruction which would make people better citizens, and prepare them for the life which was to come. Personally, he could say that he was always glad to see a school erected where there was a want for one, no matter, whether that school was connected with Church or Dissent. They had no antipathy against any school, but wished them all success. They were trying to do their part in the work of the world. He hoped, therefore, that they would do their best to carry out the object in view, which could best be done by clearing the stalls of their contents, and he felt sure that if they did so their money would be well spent.


Mr. G. Benson said it was pleasing to find, amidst the gloom and almost impenetrable darkness that hung over our commercial and political affairs, that they could on an occasion like that pay a little attention to local matters. New Church had got a footing in Bury, but it was a very small one. He had no doubt, however, that the effort about to be made would largely increase the influence of the Church in Bury, and enable it to take such a position as its doctrines and teachings entitled it to do. It had been said that bazaars were the worldly side of religious life, but the worldly side of religion was important in the promotion of religious uses, and he was delighted to see and to know from some experience among bazaars that they were of immense service to religious bodies at the present time. In the great movement of education and in providing the means of instructing the people in the commonest elements of political and secular knowledge bazaars were equally beneficial.

Some further remarks were made by

Mr. Hopkinson on the local circumstances of the Society, after which Mr. Isherwood declared the bazaar open. A brisk traffic followed, which continued, with slight interruptions, to the end of the bazaar. The sum finally realized was £260.

BIRMINGHAM.-Mission-Room, Priestley Road.-(From the Manual of the New Church, Wretham Road, Soho Hill, Birmingham.)-The services at Sparkbrook have been conducted with attendance and interest certainly, if slowly, improving. The Bible-class has made notable progress, and the need for increased study and discussion of the Writings of the Church has been so sensibly felt by the members that it was considered desirable to arrange for a week-evening meeting. This was accomplished by the Committee, and on Tuesday, November 19th, the first meeting was held at the house of Mr. Garlick, Bolton Road, and was in every way encouraging. It will be continued weekly. The Sunday-school is also advancing, and the Committee was of opinion that in order to provide the teachers with books and appliances, which as yet had been very inadequate, a collection should be made on its behalf. This was fixed for Sunday, November 24th. A selection of hymns and anthems was prepared, under the conductorship of Mr. Wolverson, whose constant presence and earnest efforts deserve all praise. A number of members of the senior classes in the Wretham Road Sunday-school were present, and assisted the choir, in spite of the serious inclemency of the weather. The sermon in the morning was by Mr. J. W. Tonks; and in the evening by Mr. J. T. Freeth. In the afternoon there was a gathering of the children and friends, addresses being given by Mr. Brittain, Mr. Tonks, and Mr. Freeth. The total collections amounted to £2, 5s. 6d., and in addition to this sum subscribed for the Sunday-school in the room, the Wretham Road friends devoted the contents of the offertorybox for the same day, amounting to £3, 8s. 1d. to the use of the mission.

GREENOCK.-The Scottish Association of the New Church has lost no time in carrying out their resolution to continue the missionary services commenced at

some of the towns in Scotland. The Rev. J. F. Potts, B.A., of Glasgow, has given a course of four lectures in the Temperance Institute, on four successive Tuesday evenings, in the month of November and 3rd of December. The subjects discussed were "The Creation;" "The Tree of Knowledge, and what kind of Fruit grew on it;""The Talking Serpent of Eden;" and "The Nature, Scenery, and Eternity of Hell.” The attendance seems to have increased during the progress of the lectures, and at the close the room was closely packed, about three hundred being present. lectures were throughout closely listened to, and at the close of each a number of questions were proposed to and answered by the lecturer. These at some of the lectures occupied nearly an hour after the close of the lecture. After the last lecture a cordial vote of thanks was given to Mr. Potts for "the great amount of tact and kindness he had shown in answering the questions which had been put to him."


Mr. Potts is succeeded by Mr. Allbutt, B.A., of Paisley, who continued the course by a lecture, on Tuesday evening, December 10th, on "The Remission of Sins." There was a very fair meeting, and the audience displayed marked attention to what the lecturer advanced. Mr. Allbutt took as the basis of his remarks the words of the Lord in John xx. 23, "Whose soever sins ye remit, they are remitted unto them; and whose soever sins ye retain, they are retained." He showed that this passage was never intended to be taken literally, as giving authority to mere men to forgive sins, but that, like every other portion of the Word of God, it has an inner or spiritual meaning, applicable to every human being. When the Lord addressed the apostles He addressed them as representative characters, as typifying the various graces necessary to influence the soul before the heavenly kingdom can be established therein. It is therefore the heavenly virtues of faith and love, with all their minor or subordinate virtues meant by the word "ye" in the passage cited, that have the power of remitting sins. When we got these virtues to influence our hearts and lives, sins must of necessity be remitted, because all opposition to the laws of Divine order is then removed. If, however, we refuse to accept their influence, sins must be

retained, because we are unwilling to woodwork is of pitch pine, with baypart from them.

IPSWICH. On Monday evening, December 2nd, Mr. Gunton of London delivered a lecture in the New Jerusalem Church "On the Origin, Nature, and Duration of Hell." The meeting was well attended by thoughtful listeners. The lecture occupied about an hour, and the chief points were, that evil originated in man's disobedience, and that evil was essentially hell; so that hell was not to be thought of as a place created by the Almighty in which to punish wicked people, but as the dwelling-place of wicked people, and that their wickedness made hell in the spiritual world, just as man's wickedness makes a hell upon earth. It was further argued that men continue in hells upon earth, because they love the wickedness which reigns there; and on the same principle they go to and remain with their like in the next world, and the wickedness there makes it hell, and they remain there because they prefer that life and that company. The lecturer further argued that according to the Word of the Lord, from which alone anything could be certainly known, hell is eternal: "These shall go away into everlasting punishment, but the righteous into life eternal.' Several questions were asked and answered at the close.

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KEARSLEY.-The opening services of the new church, which has been for some time in course of erection, took place on Wednesday afternoon, December 4th. The church, which is of beautiful proportions and most elegant appearance, will seat 750 persons, of whom 300 are to be accommodated in the gallery. The building is faced throughout with Kerridge parpoints, the whole of the dressings being of Alderley stone. The nave arches, supported by iron columns, are of buff and brown bricks ; the walls are plastered, and the roof is open, and lighted by four clerestory windows. All the glazing is in lead lights, with tinted quarries. The chancel, divided from the nave by a lofty arch, is octagonal, and lighted by three single-light windows, with traceried heads. The ceiling is of pitch-pine boards, and the floor is laid with mosaic. The whole of the internal

wood introduced in the seat-ends. The pulpit, of pitch pine, oak, and baywood, stands on a shaft of polished red granite, with cap and base of Bath stone. The font is of Bath stone, on a shaft of red Runcorn stone. Over the vestry is a room suitable for a class or committee meeting. The total cost (including the spire, not yet completed) will be about £6800, or a little over £9 per sitting. At the time of opening a large and respectable congregation had assembled.

In addition to the members of the Society and many members of other Christian communities in the neighbourhood, members of the New Church from the neighbouring Societies of Manchester and Salford, Heywood and Radcliffe, Bury and Bolton, and other places, were also present. The interior fittings of the church are remarkably beautiful, and there was a general expression of admiration on the' part of the visitors with the appearance, commodiousness, and elegance of the church. The entire work reflects the ' highest credit on the judgment and attention of the Building Committee. The opening ceremony commenced with an organ voluntary, "Andante with variations," by Mozart, which was followed by the hymn "Rise every heart and every tongue," and prayer by the Rev. P. Ramage. A chant was followed by an address pointing out the general uses and purposes for which the church had been erected, by the Rev. Dr. Bayley, and the dedication prayer by the Rev. J. Boys. The Te Deum having been sung, the Rev. R. Storry read the lesson, which was taken from 1 Kings viii. 22-61. An anthem and hymn, "To Jesus, God above," having been sung, the Rev. P. Ramage preached the sermon, taking his text from Haggai i. 7, 8. In explaining it the preacher pointed out the necessity of vigorously proceeding with the building of the Lord's house in their own souls, and that that house of wood and stone was only the outward sign of the spiritual edifice, which it was necessary for all to strive to build. At the close of his sermon he said the religious community meeting in that place had for the last four years contributed £2100 a year, making £8400. That, of course, included the school and the church, and now they were desirous, if it were pos

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On the two Sundays following the opening services were continued.

On the first of these the Rev. Dr. Bayley preached in the morning and evening, and the Rev. R. Storry in the afternoon. On the second Sunday two discourses were given by the Rev. Mr. Presland. The attendance at all these services was good. The collections on the Sabbaths amounted to over £200.

sible, to raise during those services truths of life. The New Church be£1600. That would clear the house lieved firmly in the plenary inspiration of all debt. Of course the cry every- of Holy Scripture, in the supreme where was that times were bad. Divinity of the Lord Jesus Christ, and The Lord had blessed them in times in the necessity of a life in harmony past, and good times were nigh at hand, with the Divine will. They were and they would keep getting better. aggressive only on the empire of Satan Let him, therefore, ask them to do and desired to unite with all good and what they could to help those who had true men in enlarging the realm of so liberally and generously helped goodness, promoting the glory of Godthemselves. The collection was then peace on earth, and goodwill among made, which realized the handsome sum men. Addresses suited to the occasion of £100, 7s. A tea-meeting followed in were made during the evening by Revs. the schoolroom, to which about 400 T. Mackereth, R. Storry, Dr. Bayley, sat down, after which a public meeting S. Forrest, and G. S. Ordish, and by was held in the same room. The Rev. Francis Smith, James Fletcher, and P. Ramage occupied the chair, and he Samuel Lindley, Esqs. The proceedwas supported by the Rev. Dr. Bayley, ings were interspersed and enlivened of London; Rev. R. Storry, of Heywood; by the singing of hymns, in which the Rev. T. Mackereth, F. R. A.S., of Bolton; large party assembled joined, and by Rev. S. Forrest, Wesleyan; Rev. G. S. anthems, which were well rendered by Ordish, Congregational; S. Lindley, the choir. Esq.; James Fletcher, Esq., and other influential laymen. After singing and prayer the Chairman said that since they began their building many of their members had entered the immortal life. Among those who had recently passed away he might mention the familiar names of Mr. Samuel and Mr. Isaac Gee, and just as they were preparing for opening Mr. Joseph Grimshaw had also entered into his rest. But they really entered the land of the LONDON (Dalston).-A course of four living, and would no doubt influence lectures has recently been delivered at for good those they left behind. They the Albion Hall under the auspices of should best honour the memory of the Missionary and Tract Society which those good men by carrying on with have attracted large and appreciative earnestness the work in which they audiences. The first two were delivered were so deeply interested. His first by the Rev. John Presland, the subpleasing duty was to give a cordial jects being "The Lord Jesus Christ, welcome to all the friends who had the only God of Heaven and Earth," favoured them with their presence. In and "The Way of Salvation." The the name of the members of the church it was his duty to thank the Building Committee for their earnest and persevering labours, which had that day been crowned with ample success. The building which they had opened was the expression of their faith in the necessity of a truly religious life. At the present time, when the fundamental truths of Christianity were being attacked with great vigour, religious bodies were more than ever called upon to give a reason for their existence. In the present transition state of the Christian faith many earnest souls were being swept from their anchorage, and were looking anxiously for more light on the great

third was delivered by Mr. S. B. Dicks, on "Christ's Second Coming: How, When, and Where?" The last was delivered by the Rev. Dr. Bayley, on "Is there any Scriptural Authority for the Jews as a Nation returning to Palestine?" A full report of the last lecture appeared in the columns of the Hackney and Kingsland Gazette.

In connection with this effort five Sunday evening lectures on subjects connected with the spiritual nature of man and the life after death have been delivered by Mr. Dicks. The expenses

of advertising these were defrayed by the Missionary and Tract Society. It is grati fying to report that the effort has been very successful. Despite the inclement

weather, good congregations have been attracted, many of whom, although strangers to the New Church, have attended the whole course as well as some of the week-night lectures.

The Dalston Society continues to make satisfactory progress in its new home. This is doubtless in a great measure due to the liberal assistance accorded by the Missionary and Tract Society.

THE MISSIONARY AND TRACT SOCIETY. -This Society resolved at its last meeting to exhibit on the stations of the North London Railway for three months thirty notice-boards containing the large bill with the principal doctrines set forth thereon, and a list of the New Church places of worship in London, with the names of the ministers attached


LONDON (Camberwell). A special general meeting of the Camberwell Society was held on Friday, the 13th ult., to consider a notice of the resignation of his office received from its minister, Mr. E. Austin, who has occupied that position throughout the existence of the Society, viz. for fifteen years. The chair was taken by Mr. I. J. Alvey, who presided at the initial meetings of the South London friends in 1863-4, and who is chairman of the Church Committee for the current year. Though not very largely attended, the gathering very fairly represented the leading members of the New Church in Camberwell. It was proposed by the secretary of the Society (Mr. A. Braby), seconded by Mr. John Williams, and carried unanimously: "That this meeting learns with very deep regret that the respected minister of the Society, Mr. Austin, feels himself compelled, through pressure of other duties, to relinquish the office he has so ably filled during the long period of fifteen years, and desires to express to him its high appreciation of his ministerial labours, and its regret that the Society is unable to secure his valuable services altogether to the uses of the ministry; but it trusts that the Society may still receive the advantages of Mr. Austin's ability and experience in Church-fellowship." It was then proposed by Mr. Thwarte, and seconded by Mr. Pursey: "That the Committee be requested to take such steps as to them may seem best to bring before the notice of the Society gentle

men who are eligible to fill the office of minister." Upon this a considerable amount of discussion ensued, chiefly as to the best means of making the wants of the Society known to gentlemen who would be eligible for the appointment without creating dissatisfaction or inconvenience either to the gentlemen themselves or their present congregations. In the course of the debate several names were mentioned, upon action was feasible. The motion having which, however, no immediate practical been ultimately carried nem. con., a third was submitted, having for its object an expression of the opinion of the meeting as to the amount of stipend to be guaranteed to the minister who may be selected, a matter which-Mr. Austin's valuable services having been retained for a most insignificant fee-must be one of vital import to the Society's future welfare. This called forth numerous speakers, who, in the main, agreed that the Society must strain every nerve to secure the services of a minister who will devote his entire energies to the work, and who will do justice both to the Society and the New Church, and that it must to this end provide adequate funds for the support of such a gentleman. A friendly amendment having been put to the meeting and lost, the original motion was carried. A resolution appointing a Committee to collect subscriptions from members of the Society and congregation -for the purpose of presenting to Mr. Austin some tangible memorial of the gratitude of those to whom he has so long and so ably ministered-was carried with acclamation; the gentlemen selected being Dr. Morrisson, Messrs. John Hall, A. C. Moore, and C. Higham, Secretary. The proceedings, which had been most harmonious and enthusiastic throughout, terminated at a late hour.

OSWALDTWISTLE (near Accrington). On Monday evening, November 25th, the Rev. G. H. Smith delivered a lecture in the above place of worship, his subject being "The Tabernacle and the Court; " the lecture, which was illustrated by diagrams, was most interesting and instructive, and the lecturer earnestly exhorted all to a deeper study of God's Word that they might become better acquainted with its Divine truths. A collection was made in aid of the day

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