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conductors of Sunday schools was the Preston. - The Sunday scholars, necessity for a higher culture and more teachers, and friends of the Church in careful preparation on the part of the Avenham Road met to celebrate the teachers, so that the children might be centenary of the formation of Sunday better instructed in Biblical knowledge. schools by holding a social soiree on The Bible was the text-book of the Wednesday evening, July 7th. This Sunday school. That which will re- being an event which of course can generate the world was not human only be celebrated once in a hundred eloquence, but the Word of God planted years, an effort was made to transform and rooted in the minds of the people. the ordinary aspect of the schoolroom. This was plainly taught in the parable The walls were hung with very beautiful of the Sower. “The sower soweth the pictures, and the windows draped with Word.” Sunday-school teachers were muslin curtains, which, together with sowers, who, when wisely instructing a centre table covered with some choice the children, were sowing the seeds of plants, made the room look pleasant truth in their minds, and preparing the and cheerful. Each person on entering way for a rich harvest of ripened virtue was presented with a commemorative and inexpressible good.

medal, which was worn during the Birmingham.— In the afternoon of evening. A goodly number sat down July 4th the Wretham Road Sunday to an excellent tea at seven o'clock, and scholars joined in the general rejoic- the number was largely augmented at ings observed throughout the country. the after proceedings. Every scholar was presented with a The meeting was presided over by the very handsome medal with clasp sus- Rev. J. Martin, who said they were met pender. The Rev. R. R. Rodgers together for the purpose of celebrating explained the occasion, and Messrs. G. the centenary of the establishment of C. Haseler, J. A. Best, J. Tonks, John Sunday schools in this country, and, Osborne, and J. Bragg gave short ad- incidentally, of speaking a word in dresses. Hymns on the blessings of the season to those who were engaged in the Sabbath day and of Sunday schools noble work of Sabbath-school teaching. were sung. Reminiscences of the old Sunday schools might be regarded as indays of Sunday schools were given, and strumental and intermediate causes for some account of the jubilee of their the spiritual enlightenment and moral establishment as celebrated in Bir- elevation of the people, and as the visi. mingham. Four of the speakers re- ble effects and results of the last judg. membered the jubilee, and two of them ment which took place in the spiritual were actively engaged in Sunday-school world in the year 1757. teaching at the time.

The world of spirits, as they were all The joyfulness of this centenary cele- aware, was a state intermediate between bration in our case was enhanced by heaven, the home of the angels, and hell, making it the occasion of opening and the dwelling-place of devils, and was the first using our new pianoforte purchased common receptacle of departed spirits. for leading school singing and for other From the time of the Lord's first church uses.

It is by “ Kirkman of advent down to the year 1757 there London, specially constructed for our had been a large accumulation of spirits purposes, with the best possible mech- in the intermediate state awaiting judganism, and a rather plain but still ele- ment. When therefore the last judggant rosewood case. After its use with ment was effected, by which the good the hymns had demonstrated its more were elevated to heaven and the wicked powerful qualities, Mr. Perkins, organ- gravitated to the regions below, the ist of the church, displayed its other world of spirits was cleared of all beauties in the execution of some suit. obstructions; the great highway of able pieces. A resolution of grateful communication between heaven and thanks to Mr. James Derham of Bristol, earth was reopened; the result being whose kind gift so much assisted in its that the Divine Love and Wisdom, purchase, was passed. The afternoon together with all heavenly influences, was evidently a great joy to the holars, could descend more freely and operate as well as to many of their parents, who, more powerfully, and therefore more with other friends, filled the lecture successfully, for the reformation and room of the Society.

regeneration of mankind.

Hence the establishment of Sunday that all classes in the community shall schools marked the commencement of a be fairly and equally represented. And new era ; the light of Divine Truth and as these libraries are supported by the the warmth of Divine Love found their borough rates, which are paid by all way to the hearts and minds of men like classes, this principle is dictated by Robert Raikes ; and though the light simplest law of justice. was at first dim and the flame feeble, yet, under the superintendence of BIRMINGHAM (Wretham Road).-On an all-wise Providence, the light has Sunday morning, July 4, 1880, a third increased and the flame expanded to group of scholars from the Sundayschool, such an extent that Sunday schools consisting of twenty girls from about are now performing a work unparalleled twelve years old upwards, were baptized in the history of Christianity.

in the church by the Rev. R. R. Rodgers

. Mr. Martin concluded with the words of This makes a total of about forty the Bishop of Manchester, who remarked young men, women, and children from that “he trusted the end of these the Sunday school who have been centenary celebrations would not be the baptized within the last eighteen months. wearing of a medal, the getting of a new It is found that while parents are combonnet, or a shawl, or the joining in pelled by civil law to “register” their a demonstration ; but that all would children, no sufficient religious impulse gird on their armour afresh, feeling exists to cause them to see also that that the Saviour's business required they are baptized. In Birmingham the earnestness ; so that when their lives officers of the Sunday school have terminated, when the Saturday night thought this omission on the part of should come, looking back upon a good parents one which should be remedied week's work which had been done, they through the agency of the Church, and might lay their heads on their pillows have accordingly done what lay in their and die in peace.

power towards it. Suitable instruction Interesting addresses were given dur- from the doctrines of the Church is given ing the evening by Mr. John Parkinson, to candidates; and the parents of Mr. Nelson, the superintendent of the children not yet of an age to decide for school, and Mr. Eccles; and a pleasant themselves are communicated with and meeting was brought to a close with the become consenting parties. The cereusual votes of thanks.

mony takes place before morning service,

and is witnessed by a large number of AUXILIARY New Church MISSION- the other scholars, who join in the service ARY AND Tract SOCIETY.—The sec- with reverence and seem much impressed retary of this earnest Society has been with the simple but solemn administralately in correspondence witħ the com- tion of this Divine sacrament. Often mittee of the “Devon and Exeter Albert we see the beautiful font in our church Memorial Museum and Free Library,” decorated with flowers and sometimes and with the Town Council of the city surrounded with rich plants, but it of Exeter, A copy of the Intellectual never looks beautiful when Repository offered to the library was surrounded by a group of young persons respectfully declined” by the com- kneeling and by baptism declaring mittee. On inquiry the secretary of themselves desirous of becoming memthe Auxiliary discovered the following bers of the Lord's New Church. Some incredible state of things in relation to of the spectators were evidently moved the admission of religious literature by the sight, and as the solemn words, into this Free Library. We quote from “I baptize thee into the name of the the Memorial to the City Council: Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit," “Your memorialists find that the fol- were repeated, tears of joy and thankfullowing religious periodicals only are ness would start. Indeed the whole seradmitted into the Reading-Room of the vice-if suitably read and conducted, Free Library : The Rock, The National with a hymn in which all can join, supChurch, Church Bells, The Ecclesiastical ported, as in our case, by rich organ Gazette, all of which are representative accompaniment-calls up feelings not of the Church of England.' What are likely to be ever forgotten.

The case Nonconformists about, to allow this with these young people is almost one disgraceful state of things? The first of confirmation accompanied by principle of a public Free Library is baptism, for they have all been more

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or less according to age instructed in the the fewness of those who partake of the doctrines of the Church, and with the Holy Supper. Swedenborg lays down elder portion it becomes an act of volun- very clearly our external duties, and tary declaration that they wish to enter ranks these as the signs of charity : the Church by this first gate, and to Going to church; hearing sermons ; become in due course full members. devoutly singing; praying on the knees;

taking the sacrament of the Supper. DERBY.-A marked feature of the • As we learn to value spiritual times in relation to the New Church is things, these duties will doubtless the greater willingness of other Christian become our great delight. There are communities to fraternize with its many reasons why New Churchmen ministers and members. A pleasant should regard it as a sacred duty to example of this kind occurred at a attend the Sabbath services with as meeting of Nonconformist ministers, much regularity as their varied circumconvened at the St. Mary's Gate stances will allow. We are pre-emiBaptist Chapel, to present the Rev. nently a Missionary Church, and thereW. Crosbie with an address on his fore should lose no opportunity of bearleaving Derby. At this meeting the ing witness to the truth. There is Rev. Mr. Ashby, the minister of the enthusiasm in numbers. Even New Church, said, “Many people con. flowers emit a perfume, so from every sidered their denomination to stand worshipper their emanates a sphere outside the Christian Church, but Mr. which affects for good even the careless Crosbie saw the fallacy of this, and had and indifferent. the courage and manliness, in the face One of the subjects which has of public opinion, to encourage him in recently agitated the Conference, and his work. He thanked Mr. Crosbie which has been pressed upon the atten. personally for his kindness to him, and tion of Societies, is the meagre attendconsidered him a noble-minded fearless ance at the sacrament of the Holy SupChristian minister, one well worthy of per. There is evidently some misunthe support of them all.”, Mr. Crosbie derstanding on the subject. Swedenin his reply made special allusion to Mr. borg frequently urges this duty as one Ashby. "He expressed his pleasure peculiarly devolving upon members of at seeing Mr. Ashby there, and said he the Church. This sacrament was inhad particularly requested that he stituted by the Lord, and therefore should be invited to attend ;” the senti. must be useful. He would not institute ment being responded to by other a ceremony or a rite which was not ministers present.

beneficial to the spiritual life of man.

By partaking of the sacrament we lay KEARSLEY.—The published report of up in our souls a holy state, which this Society gives a full account of the never passes away, a state which, in the work of the Society and of its various hour of temptation, may be recalled, institutions. There appears through- and bear the spirit safely through its out the signs of healthy progress. To trial. It is one of the appointed means those who have knowledge of the heavy by which the Lord strives to draw men expenditure incurred in the recent nearer to Himself. erection of their large and well-ap- “A new adult class has been insti. pointed schoolrooms, and in their tuted on Sunday afternoons. This large and elegant church, it must class is open to all. The subjects disappear surprising to find in the trea- cussed are doctrinal and expository. surer's accounts so small a sum as £10 The class is fairly attended, and many for interest on loan to the church. of its meetings are of great interest. From the several reports presented to During the past year I have also held the annual meeting we give an extract several cottage meetings, which were from the report of the minister, the well attended. I hope to be able to Rev. P. Ramage

develop this branch of usefulness dur“The religious indifference and scep- ing next winter. Week-night religious ticism which abound in the world affect services in the school are very poorly the New Church, in common with other attended; and I am hopeful that these religious organizations. The indiffer- cottage meetings may take their place, ence is manifest in the slender attend- and prove useful in reaching those who ances at our places of worship, and in do not attend any place of worship.”

SALISBURY.--A general meeting of Christian communities he showed the this Society was held, July 8th. The success of united effort, and the power minutes read by the secretary showed of small sums when steadily contributed that since the last report had been by all the members of the Church. Mr. returned to Conference the Society had Storry in his address explained the received three visits from Mr. R. Gunton, nature and purpose of the fund, its the New Church missionary, who adaptedness to the wants of the New preached both morning and evening, and Church, and the most practical means had twice administered the sacrament, of rendering it successful. A succession and twice remained to lecture on the of short but earnest addresses in sym. following Monday. On the last occasion pathy with the movement were made of his visit the congregation attending by members of the Society. A hearty the evening service was eighty in vote of thanks was accorded to the number. The Society had also received members of the deputation for their three visits from Mr. Took, and one presence and addresses ; and after the from Mr. Herbert, sen. (both of whom deputation had left, it was determined are gentlemen in connection with the to divide the neighbourhood into three Church at Kensington); two from Mr. districts, and appoint two collectors Noel of the Dalston Society, and two for each, instructing them to canvass from Mr. Jones, a member of the New the members of the Society resident in Church residing at Winchester. Four- their respective districts and obtain teen new members had been added to the promises of subscriptions to the “Aug. church, and the average attendance had mentation Fund, to be paid as the risen ; in the morning from fifteen to subscriber may think fit, i.e. either in thirty-five, and in the evening from one sum or in small sums extending twenty to forty-five attendants. The over twelve months. treasurer's report showed a steadily increasing balance in favour of the Society. It was resolved that the New

Marriages. Hymn-Book should be adopted. Votes

June 1, at the New Jerusalem Church, of thanks were passed to the officers for Bluecoat Street, Nottingham, by the their past services, and they, with the Rev. W. Bruce of London, Mr. J. R. exception of the leader (who from un- Boyle, minister of the Society at Hull, avoidable circumstances resigned the to Amelia, only daughter of J. H. office), were re-elected with the warmest Whyte, Esq. of Forest Grove, Nottingexpressions of confidence.

ham, and granddaughter of the late Dr.

Woolterton of Norwich. SOUTHPORT. — The new chancel was opened on Sunday, July 11, by the Rev. On June 30, at the New Christian Dr. Bayley of London, who preached Church, Argyle Square, London, by the morning and evening. The church was Rev. J. Presland, H. T. W. Elliott to well filled at both services by appre- Nellie, third daughter of Mr. James ciative congregations. The collections Rowe. amounted to £52, 13s.

Obituary. WORSLEY.—A pleasant social meeting

At Accrington on 17th April, aged was held in this Society on Saturday forty-six, Mrs. Margaret Kenyon. For evening, July 10th, to aid the progress laid aside from all domestic duties,

months Mrs. Kenyon was quite of the “ Augmentation Fund. Tea was provided and a public meeting and striven to do His will. To her there.

All through life she had loved the Lord afterwards

convened, thirty members of the Society. James fore the prospect of death brought no Fletcher, Esq., who attended with the dismay. Absent from the body she Rev, R. Storry as a deputation from the would be present with the Lord. The local committee, was called to the chair, good life begun in time is continued and and opened the proceedings in an address perfected in heaven. in which he dwelt on the importance On the 14th July, after a short ill. of a properly trained ministry, and its ness, Amanda, the beloved daughter of adequate support by the members of the John and Mary Sanders, of Beaconsfield, Church. From the experience of other Acocks Green, Birmingham,

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DEAR BRETHREN,—In addressing you as fellow-members of the Lord's New Church, the subject which naturally comes foremost into my mind are the means whereby the New Jerusalem descends in our midst, and whereby it becomes ever more like the glorious description which the Lord gave of it in the Book of Revelation, in chapters xxi. and xxii.

A fact which must be patent to every one is this, that the New Jerusalem can descend only into human minds, and that in descending into human minds it can do so only in conformity with the order into which these minds are created. But from this it follows that the New Jerusalem can descend into human minds only in proportion as it is received there with the full use of a man's freedom and rationality. This, however, excludes the idea that the New Jerusalem may descend into human minds in an insensible manner, and that in this way

it may be productive of a radical change in the state of humanity at large, transforming them into denizens of the New Jerusalem.

The doctrine in respect to the descent of the New Jerusalem is as follows: “It is according to Divine order that the new heaven is formed before the New Church on earth; for the Church is internal and external, and the internal Church makes one with the Church in heaven, and thus with heaven; and the internal must be formed before the external, and afterwards the external by the internal.”

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