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of godliness, but the spiritual buildings certain fact with a mistaken appreof Christ and of His faithful members hension of its meaning, and both, thereare most difficult to find-in fact, are fore, failed to welcome the Lord at His few and far between. The men who have advent. the form of godliness,' and the women too, are among the principal devotees QUIET HOURS.—We cut the following of worldly excitement, 'lovers of plea- from the Christian World : “A writer sure.' Sunday itself is sorely grudged in the American paper Christian Union to Him who made the week; and were calls attention to the influences of it not regarded as a safety-valve for quiet hours,' the importance of which dissipation and a salve for conscience, in these driving, hurrying, exciting would no doubt be dismissed from con- days it is so easy to forget. "How sideration altogether. As to 'covet- few,' he remarks, 'ever stop to study ous' persons, never before in the history themselves, and the things which most of man, so far as we know, did money concern them ! A man is scanning exercise such a power as it does now; an extensive landscape from a cliff. and though it has an influence for good He takes in a thousand objectswhich some know how to utilize, yet for mountains and streams, and woods, and the most part the love of money' is clouds. But, while gazing, he steps off what Scripture long since described it the brink of a precipice. He saw everyto be—the root of all evil.'” The thing but what he ought to have seen evidence then seems plain to this first of all-where he himself was standwriter that we are living in the last ing. The thing occurs every day with times. There is no lack of fulfilment, he equally sad significance, though in says, as regards any of the signs given by different manner. Men of wide outlook the apostle. But, he continues, there upon the world, familiar with science is a very special sense in which these and history, with trade and the arts, evidences of the Lord's coming are to be know almost nothing, because they have applied. What is this special sense ! never taken time to consider the relation It is no application to the infirmities and of their own souls to their immediate imperfections of evangelicalism. It is surroundings.' the growth of sacerdotalism and the extension of ritualism and popery!“We may say therefore,” he writes, “that MISSIONARY INSTITUTIONS. the moral conditions peculiar to the latter times are generally fulfilled, and THE LONDON MISSIONARY that they have been wellnigh exhausted Tract SOCIETY OF THE NEW CHURCH. in the personal history of the Popes of — The annual meeting of this Society Rome, and in the machinations and was held in the church in Camden superstitions of Roman priesteraft, Road on Thursday evening, May 27th, whether within the Roman Catholic the Rev. Dr. Tafel in the chair. After Church or without it; for all the muddy prayer and the address of the chairman, streams of sacerdotalism with which the secretary, Mr. Orme, read the reChristendom has had to do have flowed port of the committee, which detailed directly or indirectly out of the Papal its work during the year. The issue of chair. “When the Son of Man cometh, four-paged tracts was 39,000, of pamshall He find faith on the earth ?” We phlet tracts, 20, 197, making a total of accept this writer's conclusion that we 59,197. The issue of books was 5263. are living in the time of the Second The receipts of the Society, including Coming, and that external zeal and a balance of £98, was £492, of this sum extended church and chapel building £151 was received from the sale of books are no evidence of spiritual faith. But and tracts. The expenditure of the it is possible to discover the time of His Society in printing, missionary lectures, advent and mistake its nature, as the advertising, etc., amounted to £390, chief priests and scribes could tell the leaving a balance in the treasurer's place where Christ should be born and hands of £102. Seventeen ministers yet failed to identify the Saviour at His and laymen had been engaged in various appearance. They were looking for a ways during the year. The labours of temporal Messiah, the Christian for a the Society had extended to Scotland, personal appearance. Both combined a to the island of Jersey, and to the
southern part of the kingdom. Special of life was short, simple, and grandmention was made of the lectures at that all life was the Lord's, and was Bermondsey, and the kindness of Major from Him, and that we are recipients Bevington in connection therewith was of this life. As an assistance to the gratefully acknowledged. The Society spread of the doctrines he recommended had also been able to render valuable their presentation to the world in popuassistance to several small Societies. lar and not in technical terms. Mr. The secretary concluded his report by Gunton moved a resolution declaring it saying that although the Society was “the eininent duty and privilege of the small, its importance was great. It Society to make known the heavenly was the bearer of a new message from doctrines amongst mankind,” which the Lord, and was labouring to hasten was seconded by Mr. Applebee of Derby. the time when “at the name of Jesus Mr. Dicks moved a second resolution every knee shall bow."
pledging the meeting to continuous and Closely connected with this Society is unremitting efforts to increase its the Auxiliary Missionary Society, an annual income, and so to carry on the organization of intelligent and earnest highest form of charity amongst manNew Churchmen who give attention to kind. This was seconded by Mr. Highthe current literature of the age, com- am, and was, like all the resolutions, municate with authors, and seek in unanimously adopted. During the various ways to correct current errors evening a resolution of condolence with respecting the New Church and the Dr. Bayley, on the recent departure to writings of Swedenborg, and to diffuse, her heavenly home of his beloved partin circles where it is most likely to be ner in life, was passed by a standing useful, the literature of the Church. vote. The meeting was enlivened by
The great range of this Society's appropriate music and closed with the operations in connection with current usual benediction. literature was shown by an enumeration of some of the works with whose authors MANCHESTER AND SALFORD NEW the Society has been in correspondence. CHURCH MISSIONARY SOCIETY.— The The reception of letters offering works annual meeting of this Society was held to writers on religious subjects, accom- in the schoolroom, Irwell Street, Salford, panied frequently by friendly criticism on Tuesday evening, June 15th, the on their views, was stated to be almost Rev. R. Storry in the chair. After a invariably of a kindly character. It short devotional service the chairman was stated that a weekly bulletin of introduced the business of the meeting New Church news continued to be sent in an address in which he dwelt on some to the editor of the Christian World, of the prominent features of the age, and and further co-operation was invited in urged the necessity of increased zeal and this matter from country Societies. earnestness in the support of the Society The Swedenborg Society and the Miss and the extension of its labours. sionary and Tract Society have kindly The report of the committee stated agreed to give a selection of their pub- that lectures had been delivered at Barlications to the Working Men's Clubs noldswick and Embsay in Yorkshire, at of the country, over 800 in number; Glossop in Derbyshire, at Moss Side and and to a certain number of these this Peter Street in Manchester, and at Sal. Society was making the offer from time ford. The lectures at Peter Street, to time.
Manchester, and at Bolton Street, Sal. Mr. John Smith moved the adoption ford, were extensively advertised, and of the various reports in a speech which several ministers from a distance took showed a true appreciation of the part in their delivery. "The audiences Society's work. The motion was sec- were not large although the subjects of onded by Mr. Parker, who in the course the lectures were very attractive, and of his address remarked that lately a the lectures were highly interesting and question had been asked, and discussed instructive. Several strangers, however, at considerable length in the magazines were present, and a few attended all or of the day, which in the light of New most of the lectures, which were twelve Church doctrine could only be consid- in number.” The committee have durered as grotesque. It was, Is life ing the year increased the staff of misworth living? The New Church view sionary preachers by the addition as
"auxiliaries” of the names of six gentle. The sects are drawing nearer to each men resident in the district. The name other, and manifesting a spirit of broader of Mr. Jones of Embsay has been added charity. Prejudices are dying out. to the list of ordained ministers, and People receive our doctrines but do not the Rev. Mr. Westall has become the separate from their own bodies, and the minister of the Society at Middleton. New Church must join in the general The Society at Salford is at present with evangelization of the world. out a minister and is temporarily supplied by ministers and missionaries. The YORKSHIRE MISSIONARY AND COLMissionary Record has been duly issued PORTAGE ASSOCIATION.—The conductors each quarter; and the quarterly meetings of this very useful institution have issued of missionaries, ministers, and friends an appeal for aid in their effort to have been regularly held during the year at employ a second colporteur for the Bolton, Worsley, Ashton, and Manches- large county of York. Their proposal
“The committee being of opinion is to raise the sum of £500 so as to that it was desirable to increase the funds render this extension of their labour of the Society passed the following resolu- safe for a period of three years. After a tion at their meetingin March last: “That brief reference to the establishment of the the honorary secretary be requested to Society on Christmas Day 1860, and communicate with the various Societies to its influence in strengthening and with a view to an annual collection in encouraging the Societies in Yorkshire their respective places of worship on in their work, the committee remark: behalf of the Missionary Funds; the “During these nineteen years 3252 appointment of preachers to be left to volumes of Swedenborg's works and the Missionary Committee, and the 23,937 collateral works have been sold. collections to be made on the last Sun. No accurate account of the number of day in May.' This resolution was now tracts distributed has been kept, but it unanimously adopted by the general certainly exceeds 160,000. The field of meeting. The colporteur reported that work is now too wide and the labour too during the past twelve months he had arduous to be successfully attempted by visited many places not before visited, one man. The Association has accord. and had sold and distributed between ingly determined to make an effort to five and six thousand tracts and books, raise the sum of £500, so as to secure the greater part of which have gone the services of an additional missionary among persons who were strangers to for at least three years. It is hoped New Church teaching. He has also that this sum may be raised by the time preached one hundred and four times, the Association has attained its majority and delivered forty addresses to Sunday (1881), and that the work may be carried schools and Band of Hope meetings. on with much greater vigour and success.
In moving and seconding the adoption Up to the present time the Association of the report and other resolutions has depended mainly on subscribers brought up by the committee, interest. living within the county. The amount ing addresses were made by several of expended has been £1700, of which the ministers and influential laymen £1450 has been raised in the county. present. Rev. Mr. Boys thought the The Societies that contribute the largest members of the Church blameworthy in sums are not able to do much more not contributing more liberally to the than they are doing. Bradford and support of the institution. In a list Leeds last year contributed £70 towards of eleven Societies the subscriptions of the expenses of £108. Nor can the only three exceeded £2. This could other Societies largely increase their not be reconciled with our belief in the subscriptions at present. The comnoble cause we had to sustain. We mittee of the Association earnestly needed more zeal, and earnestness, and solicit you to assist in the endeavour to liberality on behalf of the New Church. extend their operations. It is hoped Many say they give the widow's mite, that by the time the £500 is expended but few imitate the widow and cast in that the effort will be sustained by the all their substance. Rev. Mr. Ramage ordinary income of the Society.” The thought that the great want of the appeal is signed by the following, to Church was enthusiasm. There was whom contributions may be sent : abroad a dislike to doctrinal teaching. President-George Aspinall, 5 Fairmount,
Bradford. Treasurer-William Dyson, generation rising up cannot be led, I am 10 Bertram Road, Bradford. Secretary quite certain that they will not be driven.” -James R. Rendell, 37 Carlisle Terrace, The number of baptisms has increased, Bradford. The following recommenda- and the prospect before the Church in tions are appended :
the rising generation is encouraging and “The good service done by the hopeful. The committee report that Colportage Associations has been most “as the Society can now be regarded as admirable, and the Yorkshire Society having become thoroughly settled in its has been pre-eminently useful. I new home at Wretham Road, the past commend its appeal to the heartiest year may be considered as one of quiet, support of New Church people every- earnest, and uniform progress. The where. –J. BAYLEY, President of Con- attendance at the services continues
good, the average being for the morning "I gladly add my testimony to the about 360, and the evening 410. Other eminent usefulness of this invaluable evidence of progress is to be found Institution, the progress of which I in the reports of the Society's several have watched from its commencement. institutions, of these the report of the It has been greatly to the advantage of deacons is singularly interesting. From the Yorkshire Colportage Association this report we give the following exthat its affairs have been wisely directed tract, which will interest our readers and by members of committee who have point out a direction in which much warmly interested themselves in its useful Christian labour might be accomwelfare. The projected extension of its plished by other New Church Societies : labours is an evidence of the zeal and “It will be remembered that the year far-sightedness of its members. The 1879 opened with great severity, and law of life is the law of progress. much suffering and want were the result. Societies can no more stand still than Wishful to do what little we could toindividuals. They must grow and wards affording relief, a collection was extend their usefulness if they are to made in church which amounted to £30. keep pace with the times and fulfil This was supplemented by two donations their mission in the world. Yorkshire of £5, one from the Social Party Fund, is a large field for the diffusion of New and the other from the Benevolent Fund. Church literature and the promulgation The minister and deacons, with the maof the truth we are permitted to hold, trons, at once formed a relief committee, not for ourselves but for the world. Í and by the assistance of our own immesincerely hope that the Association will diate friends, and the ready co-operation be warmly and liberally sustained in the of the visitors from St. Michael's Church, good work it has undertaken.-RICHARD and of others from the Handsworth ConSTORRY.
gregational Chapel, the wants of many
of those suffering from the severities of SERVICES IN NEW CHURCH
the season were promptly relieved. A SOCIETIES.
sum of £5 was placed in the hands of
the Rev. Mr. Richards of Handsworth BIRMINGHAM.— The annual reports to distribute among the poor of his own presented to this Society for the year district. A dinner was also provided in 1879 are published in a closely-printed the Congregational Mission-Room, Winpamphlet of twenty-two pages. The son Green, for seventy unemployed men several reports are suitably introduced and boys.
Over 300 relief tickets for by the report of the minister. From the ordinary necessities of life were this we learn that the attendance at the issued at a cost of £20. The ladies of public services of the church continues the congregation also held meetings to good, that the minister's class is con- provide clothing for poor women and tinued on the Sunday mornings, "and children, and many of those whose lot is fairly well attended, but in attendance was bitter indeed at the best, were cannot compete with a science class, cheered and strengthened by the kind with a dancing class, with a cricket or and prompt assistance thus rendered. football club, nor with attendance at It is almost impossible to overrate the business. Still,” says the minister, “I good done
Women and do not repine ; í believe that mankind children generally suffer more in hard know their own wants best, and if the times than men, and in clothing the
naked almost greater mercy was shown £1. This sum, together with 17s. 63. than in feeding the hungry.”
subscribed by friends, has been for
warded as a donation towards the BRADFORD.-This Society, though still expenses of Sunday-School Union Local few in numbers, has adopted the ex. Examinations. In connection with the cellent plan of publishing an annual school, Mr. Rendell has a class of the report of its proceedings. From the junior members of the congregation for one recently issued we give the follow. the study of Human Physiology, with ing extracts :
practical lessons." "Our services of worship have been continued without interruption through- RADCLIFFE. —The friends here are out the year. The attendance shows fast hastening on the completion of an increase on that of the previous year. their new church. The style is free The ordinance of Baptism has been classic. It is externally of stone, the administered to three infants and one dressings being polished, and the wall adult, the number being the same as spaces filled in with parpoints. The in your last report. One marriage has sides and part of the front are surbeen solemnized. The ordinance of the mounted with a cornice and balustrade, Lord's Supper has been celebrated and in front also stand two turrets, each quarterly. The numbers present give sixty feet high. The dimensions of the an average of twenty-one. The number building are seventy-three feet by fortyof members at present is fifty-one. Three five feet. The main entrance is situated have been added during the year. In centrally in front, and is approached addition to these, six were received at by a flagged pathway. The internal this meeting.
arrangements comprise vestibule, stair“On December 17th a special meeting case, nave, aisles, galleries all round, of the congregation was held to consider including an orchestra on the east end. the desirableness of tendering free offer. There are also convenient vestries and ings at the close of each service, as an cellars. The vestibule is of encaustic additional means of supporting the pro- tiles, the woodwork of Dantzic oak, per maintenance of public worship, and the glazing of ornamented ground when, after full discussion, it was re- glass. All the pews are of varnished solved to put the plan in operation for pitch pine, and are comfortably carpeted six months, commencing on the first and cushioned. The pulpitis approached Sunday in January. On sixteen Sundays by two flights of steps, and is in white the offerings have amounted to £13, 19s. and gold. The Communion is furnished 5d., ora daily average of 17s. 5fd., which, with a table and chairs of polished omitting four days in the year when Dantzic oak.
has been collections are usually made for other rebuilt from designs by the architect, purposes, would realize £42, 6s. per and is painted to harmonize with the
Your committee urge the con- gallery front, which is also in white tinuance of this wholesome method of and gold. The ceiling is in panels, thanksgiving to the Lord in ac- and is elaborately ornamented. It has knowledgment of His mercies.
also a beautiful central sunlight, aided “The attendance at the Sunday school by four other depending lights at has been about the same as that of the appropriate distances. The windows, previous year. On Whit-Monday the the upper tiers of which are circularscholars and friends spent a delightful headed, are all ornamented with coloured afternoon in the open air on a farm and figured glass. The arrangements near to Chellow Dean. Two special for heating, lighting, and ventilating services for the children were held on have been carefully attended to, and the afternoons of June 1st and October are upon the most approved principles. 12th. They were fairly attended. On The church contains sitting room for January 21st a service of song, entitled 650 persons (being 220 more than the "The May-flower,' was given in the old church). church, and the readings by Mrs. The cost of the building, including Reaney. The attendance was smaller the furnishings, will be upwards of than the more sanguine of our friends £4000. The architect is Thomas Thorp, had anticipated. The collection made Esq., Whitefield. Mr. Samuel Hoyle, on behalf of the Sunday school realized Radcliffe, a deacon of the church, has