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solemn and grand ideas. The first portion to her age and population, is betrequisite of good hearing is some pre- ter provided with churches, Sunday paration for the work."
schools, and religious institutions and A number of other requirements are agencies than any country in the world, indicated, ending with one on Honesty, with the exception, perhaps, of England which may be profitably pondered by and Scotland.' The work of meeting the all Churches, and which we give at spiritual wants of that country is peculength :
liarly heavy, for since 1880 the territory “Yet, once more, surely a paragraph, of the United States has been increased if not a whole lecture, should be given to nine times the size of what it was to the subject of Honesty. In the then ; and during the same period the crowded assembly recently a lady in population has increased at the rate of dress and jewellery, after occupyings a thirty-three per cent. every ten years, seat and listening to the sermon, was nearly triple the present rate of increase noticed putting one penny in the box. in England; so that the population, We ought not to judge; she might have which at the beginning of the century meant it for a crown piece, for the dis- was less than three millions, is now course was on ‘Filling up to the Brim.' more than forty. And yet while the But it is remarkable what numbers of churches that were once patronized by people never think that, because the the New England states have become amount is voluntary, there is no need miserably effete, all the other churches for honest payment for the comfort of have prospered and have kept pace with the chapel and support of the ministry. the progress of the population. In a circular recently prepared by Mr. need not quote all the statistics of the Ruskin advertising a new edition of his different denominations, but we may works, he says, • I do not care that mention the leading facts. In 1776 the anybody should read my books who number of ministers of all denominations grudges me a doctor's fee per volume.' was 2164, and the number of churches Hearers might well be instructed that 2963. In 1876 the ministers were for advice with regard to their property 56,148, and the churches 88,056. In they have to pay six shillings and 1878 the ministers had increased to eightpence ; that for advice with regard 69,080, and the churches to 103,059. to their bodies they have to pay a In 1850 there was church accommodation guinea ; but for advice with regard to for over 14 millions; in 1860 there was their souls they ought not to quote accommodation for 19 millions ; and in 'without money and without price,' 1870 there was accommodation for over for that is a perversion of the passage of 214 millions of the population. The Scripture. The attendants on a concert value of the church property held in pay on an average half-a-crown; on a 1870 was about 70 millions of pounds lecture, say, one shilling; but on a sterling. Among the different Protestant sermon -well, let it be calculated, and denominations the Methodists are the it will be found that in many cases it is most numerous, having 23,562 ministers, not more than one penny each, and even 32,000 churches, and 3,428,050 memfor paying that some folks consider bers. The Baptists come next; they themselves liberal. Surely not a few have 20,292 ministers, 30,231 churches, hearers need to be taught the first and 2,656,221 members. The Presby. principles of honest payment.
terians are third in the order of strength,
their numbers being-ministers, 14,383; Church ACCOMMODATION AND CHRIs- churches, 20,685 ; members, 1,783,627. TIAN EFFORT IN AMERICA.
The Sunday schools are about the best
in the world ; the American Home A recent number of the Freeman has Missionary Society alone has, within the following: “Churchmen who trem- the last fifty-two years, planted or ble for religion should the Episcopal aided 4000 churches, and gathered Church in this country be disestablished, 281,000 persons into their membership. would do well to examine carefully Dr. Schaff's statement of the work of the
RITUALISM. churches in the United States published in an American magazine. They go to At the annual meeting of the “Church prove, as he says, that` America, in pro- Association," held March 4th, the
Council reported that they had been and the seventh annual gathering of the enabled to arrest the progress of church in Brisbane. The proceedings ritualistic practices, which were were commenced by a tea-meeting, to longer on the increase, but on the which about fifty members and friends decrease :
sat down. At the conclusion of the tea “Those who have at heart,” they say, the leader of the Society (Mr. John “the best interests of the Church of Garsden) took the chair, and in his England will be gratified to learn that, opening remarks congratulated the though a very large number of members upon the satisfactory condition additional churches have been opened of the church. Several addresses, for public worship during the last three recitations, and readings followed, Mr. years, yet statistics prove a marked Slater reading a very interesting paper falling off during that period in the use upon the progress of the New Church of 'Eucharistic vestments,' 'incense,' throughout the world. After giving a and other ritualistic and illegal practices. number of particulars from the Minutes That Ritualism in nearly every case of the English General Conference, Mr. is disliked by a large majority of Slater stated that an immense amount parishioners is evident whenever a fair of work had been done in the way of opportunity is afforded them of showing distributing and translating into foreign their true opinions. Such a check to languages literature bearing upon New the progress of Ritualism, the Coun- Church doctrines, and that the Society cil think, can, under God, only be was making great progress on the Conattributed to the instrumentality of tinent of Europe. In Australia there this Association, which, alike by its was a Society of the New Church in legal action, and by lectures and Adelaide of thirty-four years' standing ; publications, has satisfied Churehmen one in Melbourne, twenty-five years ; that ritualistic practices are not only Auckland, thirteen years ; Sydney, three condemned by the law of the land, but years ; and Brisbane, seven
years. are utterly antagonistic to the funda- Each of the three first had a regular mental principles of our Reformed minister. In the Mauritius there was Protestant Church."
a Society of twenty years' standing. Since the presentment of this report There were also several receivers of the one of the most eminent of the ritualistic New Church doctrines in Switzerland, clergymen, Canon Carter, has resigned West Indies, and South Africa. The his living on the ground of his president of the fifty-ninth American conscientious objection to relinquish annual Convention of the New Church ritualistic practices. Protected as he reported that there had been distributed, had been by his bishop from persecution, gratuitously, during the year 10,200 and unable to comply with the bishop's works to the Protestant clergy on their advice, he considered his resignation as application. Since this work of distributhe only course open to him. If other tion began there had been a grand total ritualistic clergymen were to follow of 45,000 works distributed. Dr. John this example this phase of modern Ellis had also distributed 50,000 copies Anglo-Catholicism would occasion less of an address to the Protestant clergy irritation in the Established Church. of America. The Convention voted The real question at issue, however, 150 dollars to each of the missions of might still remain, the doctrine sup- Italy and Sweden. During the evening posed to be taught by the Eucharistic Mr. J. H. Nicholson gave a very humvestments, and it would be hopeless orous sketch, of his own composition, to look to the Church Association for and Mr. Herman read an interesting help in this matter.
article from the New Jerusalem Maga
“ Tartary and the Ancient BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA.
Word.” A pleasant and instructive
evening's entertainment was brought to (From the “ Brisbane Courier,” Jan. 9.)
a close about half-past ten o'clock. The annual soiree in connection with the New Church was held in the place
MANCHESTER. of worship, Wickham Terrace, last even
n-Book Committee. ing, the occasion being the first anniversary of the opening of the building, During the week ending April 10th
the Committee appointed by the Con- tical teaching of the highest value. ference to revise and enlarge the Hymn. The solemnities of that supremely Book held its final session in the Young solemn event call for suitable thoughts Men's Christian Association Building, and feelings. The lessons from the Peter Street, Manchester. All the mem- Word and the hymns and anthems bers were present except Messrs. E. J. which relate to the subject are then in Broadfield and G. L. Allbutt, and the due place and season.
Those who were work was so far completed as that its present in church must have felt that appearance before the next session of last Good Friday's service was conducted the Conference may be confidently in a most fitting manner. expected. The Peter Street Society Easter Sunday with its glorious themes gave a soirée on Thursday evening, received an equally suitable celebration. April 8th, in order that the New On that day all was calculated to evoke Church friends in and around Man- feelings of exalted joy. From the first chester might have an opportunity of glimpse of the church with its floral meeting the various ministers and lay- decorations, and from the first notes of men of whom the Hymn-Book Com- the organ voluntary in the morning to mittee is composed. The gathering the last triumphal hymn at night, the was both numerous and representative, services were characteristic and happy. upwards of 200 friends being present, The festive appearance of the church including members of many Lancashire as full congregations assembled, the Societies. After tea the chair was warmth and unanimity with which taken by the Rev. C. H. Wilkins in every one seemed to join in the services, the schoolroom, and addresses were and the holy sphere of worship which given by the Revs. Dr. Bayley, Dr. prevailed made the day especially deTafel
, J. Presland, J. Deans, J. Boys, lightful. The two sermons, explanatory and J. F. Potts, also by Messrs. of the New Church doctrines on redempWillson and M‘Lachlan. Music, vocal tion and salvation by the Lord's blood, and instrumental, was contributed from were also received alike by friends and time to time by various ladies and the numerous strangers present with gentlemen, and a humorous recitation great pleasure. from Dickens by Mr. Morris, which The social party was held on Tuesprovoked considerable merriment. The day, March 30th. The Easter social is proceedings, which were of a very always small, but on this occasion 120 enjoyable character throughout, were friends were present, the largest number brought to a close at about ten o'clock. ever present at an Easter meeting. After
tea an excellent programme was pre
sented, and the various items of music, EASTER-TIDE IN BIRMINGHAM. recitations, etc., with the usual propor(From the Manual of the New Church, tion of dances, were all greatly enjoyed.
Wretham Road, Soho Hill.) Good Friday was observed by this TESTIMONIAL TO THE REV. WILLIAM congregation in the usual manner,
WESTALL. service being held in the morning. The sermon was well adapted to convey from the pastorate of the Society
On the retirement of Mr. Westall true ideas upon the practical nature of the solemn events that day com- worshipping in the Temple, Bolton memorates.
Although it is right Street, Salford, it was determined by that New Churchmen should think his friends to present him with a testimuch more constantly of the Lord monial of their esteem. In connection glorified and triumphant than of Him with this testimonial the following in His sufferings and crucifixion, yet it letters have been published (the first
proper that on the day set apart by of which is addressed to the subscribers Christendom-one day above all others to the testimonial fund), and we gladly in the yearly routine of services—the insert them in our pages :latter aspect of His Divine work should
GENTLEMEN,-For receive due attention; for the whole the information of those who were scriptural account of His last sufferings absent, I may state that a soirée was when rightly understood involves prac. held at the schoolroom, Irwell Street,
“.94 GREAT CLOWES STREET,
on Saturday the 27th March, at which o'clock. Addresses suitable to the an illuminated address was presented solemn nature of the anniversary were to Mr. Westall, to which the names of delivered by the chairman and by eighty-six members of the Salford con- Messrs. J. F. Howe, S. Appleyard, and gregation were attached, and there were D. Denney. The meeting was opened by others who desired to join in the testi- the singing of a hymn, and closed with monial whose names were received too the Te Deum, and intermingled with the late for insertion. At the same time addresses were anthems and other pieces the testimonial purse was also presented, of sacred concerted music performed by containing a cheque for fifty guineas. the choir. At about half-past eight Some subscriptions were received after the greater number of those present the purse had been presented. The betook themselves to the schooolroom, cost of the testimonial, etc., and other where more music was performed and expenses have been paid by a friend, so light refreshments served. In the enjoy. that the entire proceeds of the subscrip- ment of these and pleasant conversation tion to the purse have been handed to upwards of another hour was spent, and Mr. Westall.-I remain, ladies and the friends then separated. The junior gentlemen, yours respectfully,
members' class, which meets every “PETER J. LIVSEY. fortnight under the presidency of the "THE CLIFF, HIGHER BROUGHTON,
pastor for the study of the doctrines MANCHESTER, April 2, 1880.
of the New Church, met
evening of the 10th ult. for its annual "P.S. -The following is a copy of a festival. The Rev. W. C. and Mrs. letter received from Mr. Westall.-P. Barlow were the host and hostess of J. L. :
the occasion, the latter ably assisted by Mrs. J. Williams.
About forty LOWER BROUGHTON, March 31, 1880.
young people were present at the tea, $5.MY DEAR MR. LIVSEY,-Words and a few more joined the party at a
very inadequately express the later hour. The evening was very gratitude I feel for the very noble pleasantly spent in listening to music testimonial which my friends have pre- and playing games of various kinds, sented to me and my family. The Mr. Barlow proving himself a most beautifully illuminated address, and the proficient master of the ceremonies. purse containing a cheque for fifty À few dances were also included in the guineas, are a mark of appreciation, programme. At the close the Rev. W. affection, and esteem which come like C. Barlow briefly addressed his young grateful incense to our souls, and next friends, who expressed their thanks by to the help of a Divine Providence, and hearty rounds of applause. The the inner approval of our own con- quarterly tea and business meeting of sciences, will greatly stimulate and the Society was held on Friday, April encourage us to persevere in well-doing. 16th, and was numerously attended. Kindly convey, then, this feeble expres- The Rev. W. C. Barlow presided, and sion of my thanks to our friends, and four new members were received. The assure them that this tribute of their main business of the evening was the kindness will hold the very highest consideration of a series of alterations place in our regards.— With the very in, and additions to, the Rules of the warmest regards for yourself and Mrs. Society, which were submitted by the Livsey, in which my whole family committee preparatory to the publi. unites, believe me yours truly,
cation of a new edition of the Rules, "WM. WESTALL.'” which has become necessary by the
distribution of all the remaining copies LONDON (Camberwell). -On. Good of the former issue. The thorough Friday this Society held its customary discussion and final adoption of these, tea and social meeting. The fine with a few modifications, occupied the weather provided an ample excuse for meeting until a late hour. With a view absentees, nevertheless the gathering to afford opportunities for self-culture both at the tea and the subsequent to the younger members of the conproceedings was fully as large as on pre- gregation, arrangements have been made vious years. The Rev. W. c. Barlow to commence, experimentally, a class for took the chair in the church at seven the practice of elocution, and another
for the study of botany, both for the was visited by the Rev. R. Storry, who present under the direction of Mr. is at present acting as the superinBarlow.
tendent of this mission. Mr. Storry
attended the Sunday school in the LONGTON (Staffordshire). — The small morning, preached to very attentive Society at this place continues to make congregations in the afternoon and progress and to maintain public wor- evening, and adninistered the sacraship in the mission-room in Wharf ment of the Holy Supper to sixteen Street.
At a recent meeting of the communicants. The greater part of Society Mr. G. Taylor Platt was Monday was pleasantly spent in the unanimously appointed as leader. Mr. company of esteemed friends Platt has been for many years a mem- the Fords, father and son, at their ber and very acceptable lay preacher in pleasantly-situated farm in the country. one of the Methodist bodies in the Mr. Ford, sen., has now reached a Potteries. Since he has become a great age, but retains the brightness of receiver of the doctrines of the New his faculties, and is fully interested in Church he has applied for his dismissal all matters relating to the Church and from the body with which he was con- to intellectual progress.
Mr. Edward nected, which was not granted.
He Ford is able to attend the services has thus for some time been compelled and to render useful assistance in the to remain in his old fellowship and on support of the Church. In the evening their preachers' plan. His appoint- of this day Mr. Storry met the Society ment to the office of leader of the for the consideration of matters conSociety of the New Church, which was nected with the working of the Society. announced in the local press, led to his Suggestions were offered for the raising unceremonious and ungenerous dis- of funds and for increased efforts in missal from the Methodist_body with connection with the school and church. which he was connected. Deputations Hopes were also expressed that the appointed to wait on him had failed to Society might before long be able to do so, not the slightest charge was walk alone and undertake the entire brought against him, except his recep- management of its affairs. The time tion of the doctrines of the New for this, in the judgment of the little Church and his preaching to the flock, had not yet arrived, but we Society at Longton. The dismissal cannot but hope that it is fast apsought, therefore, in an orderly manner proaching. was refused, and at a quarterly meeting a proposal for the removal of his MELBOURNE (Derbyshire).-On Wedname from the members' roll and the nesday, March the 3rd, R. Appelby, preachers' plan was, amid warm debate Esq., of Derby, delivered an admirable and some remonstrance, adopted. This lecture on "Thomas Brassy. mode of liberation from associations March the 17th Mr. W. M. Cooke of which were no longer suited to promote Derby gave most practical and his spiritual life was felt to be un interesting lecture on People who generous and painful by our friend, thrive." Both lectures
were well and also by the members of his family, attended ; and such is the pleasure the who had long been united with the friends here derived from them, that same community. It has, however, we hope many New Church Mutual settled the question of membership Improvement Societies may have the and given full liberty to our brother to delight of listening to them and being enter heartily into the work which lies benefited by the illustrations and before him. He brings to this work a practical advice therein given. rich endowment of Christian and intel. In connection with the church we lectual culture, with which is combined have had three missionary lectures zeal and ability for his work. We under the auspices of the National have every reason, therefore, to hope Missionary Institution. The first was that his labours will be useful to the delivered on March 31st by Mr. C. Church he has now entered, as we trust Fairweather, on the subject of the they will be also in promoting his own “Trinity.” The lecturer showed that spiritual growth.
an idea of God has existed in all On Sunday, April 18th, the Society times and in all ages, and has been