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least, every year, for visiting his friends, and with the subscribers to the Society, for friendly recruiting his exhausted physical and mental conference, on the important matter of chapel energies. You will be gainers by it in the extension in the metropolis. long run. He will render you more and From the treasurer's account, it appeared better service than he would if you were to that the entire income for the year was allow him no vacation. No profession is so £5912 12s. ; being an increase upon the incessant in its demands, and so exhausting, receipts of the former year of more than as the work of a preacher and pastor. If now £2000. and then a constitution can bear up, year in In the evening of the day the annual public and year out, without taking any time to meeting was held, in the City-road Congregarecruit, the great majority of really working tional Chapel. men in the ministry cannot. Many will in Eusebius Smith, Esq., was called to the evitably break down while young, if you keep chair, and opened the proceedings with some them all the while at the wheel,
and those who appropriate remarks on the subject which had hold out longest will inevitably suffer more brought them together. or less.
The Rev. C. J. Vardy, A.M., engaged in Rally around him, when he is either openly prayer. The Rev. J. C. Galloway, the Secreassailed or clandestinely undermined. Meet tary, gave a brief statement of what the the few restless spirits in the congregation at Society had done during the year; especially, the threshold, and give them to understand in making large grants towards the chapels at that your beloved pastor is not to be ousted | Horbury and Haverstock Hill, both of which in this way; that you will stand by him to the were supplied with pastors, and were in a last; that if they choose to withdraw, let them prosperous condition. withdraw, and you will support him without The Society had also erected the chapel in their aid.
which they were then assembled, and had Pray for him "without ceasing.' Bear him undertaken the erection of Bedford Chapel, always upon your hearts, when you come to in a populous district lying between Camden the throne of grace. He needs all the help | Town and Somers Town. you can give him in your daily family prayers, Reference was also made to the building of and in your closet devotions. There is nothing other chapels, not connected with the Society, which he so highly values, as “ the effectual, at Bermondsey, Bethnal Green, Sydenham, fervent prayers of his church."
and Tottenham; and it was intimated that If, then, you would have him an able decisive steps had been taken during the past minister of the New Testament; if you wish year towards erecting seven or eight more him to grow in grace, to be “ mighty in the chapels in London and the neighbourhood. Scriptures,” to “ feed you with knowledge and An earnest appeal was made for an enunderstanding, and your children with the larged and strenuous effort to multiply Consincere milk of the word,”—give him books gregational places of worship among our raand time for preparation; attend punctually pidly increasing population. on his ministry; receive the ingrafted word Effective addresses were delivered by the with meckness and fear; as he “ sows unto Rev. Dr. Leifchild, T. Aveling, and C. Gilbert. you spiritual things," let him “
reap your T. J. Rooke, Esq.; then presented the Treacarnal things;" rally around him when as surer with a cheque for £900— being the sailed, whether by “ foes without or foes balance of the first instalment, which the within;" be careful of his health, by allowing church now occupying City Road Chapel enhim time to recruit; and remember him daily gaged to pay to the Society at that time. and fervently at the throne of grace.
This very interesting and gratifying anni
versary was closed with singing and prayer. LONDON CONGREGATIONAL CHAPEL-BUILDING SOCIETY
THE REV. CAISMAN BEADLE. The members of the above Society met, The public recognition of the Rev. J. according to rule, in the Congregational Chisman Beadle, late of Bromsgrove, WorLibrary, on Wednesday, Nov. 27th, at half-cester, and formerly of Highbury College, past three o'clock P. M., when the report of its London, as pastor of the Independent church operations during the past year was presented, at Stockton-on-Tees, took place on Thursand unanimously adopted.
day the 17th of October. The Rev. Leng, The officers of the former year were re- | Baptist minister of the town, commenced elected, and several names were added to the the service with reading and prayer. The committee.
Rev. R. W. M'All, of Sunderland, delivered A very interesting discussion took place on the introductory discourse. The Rev. Samuel the general working and prospects of the Lewin, of Hartlepool, offered the designation Society, at the close of which it was resolved prayer. The Rev. Dr. Stowell, late Professor to convene a meeting of the pastors and of Divinity, Rotherham College, now of deacons of the London churches, together Cheshunt College, delivered the charge to
the minister, and the Rev. J. Caldwell, Pres- | The Rev. E. Gatley, of Thirsk, affectingly byterian Minister of the town, concluded proposed the usual questions, elicited the
In the evening a public tea minister's views of Christian truth, and, with party was held, when addresses were de- the imposition of hands, offered up the ordilivered by the Rev. Dr. Stowel and the Rev. nation prayer. The Rev. J. C. Potter, of Messrs. M'All, Hoskin (Wesleyan Asso- Whitby, delivered a faithful and affectionate ciation Minister of the town), and Chisman charge from 1 Thess. ii. 4. The ministers Beadle, after which a sermon was preached and several friends dined together, and, in to the people by the Rev Archibald Jack, of the afternoon, a respectable company sat North Shields. On the following Sabbath, down to ten, provided by several ladies of the October 20, sermons were preached morning church and congregation. There were several and evening, by the Rev. Samuel Goodall, other ministers present who took part in the of Durham. The entire services were of a services. most pleasing and edifying character, and In the evening, at seven, the Rev. J. G. produced impressions which, it is hoped, will Rogers, B. A., of Newcastle-on-Tyne, introlong remain and prove eminently promotive duced the service, and addressed the people of the glory of God in this important sphere from Revelation xxii. 9. The Rev. gentleof labour.
man, with his well-known ability, expatiated Mr. Beadle is re-organising the already ex upon the dreadful superstitions which are isting religious and benevolent institutions, in rampant in the world, combated with the connexion with the church as
delusions of scepticism, and the absurdities of organising new ones, while the congregations, infidelity. Priestism and popery were subwhich have very greatly increased since his mitted to the severest scrutiny, and the settlement, indicate the bestowment of the preacher's quenchless zeal and burning genius Divine blessing on his labours.
served to represent “the Father of lights" to
the crowded audience listening in breathless WIIITCHURCH, HANTS.
silence, as the glorious Being, to whom alone On Wednesday, August 7, Mr. F. F. is due the sublimest homage of the universe. Thomas, was set apart to the work of the The whole discourse was a powerful antidote ministry, by ordination. On the previous to the tremendous strife which is deepening evening the Rev. D. Thomas, of Stockwell, around. These hallowed services excited preached a very impressive discourse. On considerable interest in the town and neighthe following day, the Rev. G. Bulmer, of bourhood, and doubtless proved to many Overton, commenced the services, by reading souls a refreshing season from the presence the Scriptures and prayer.
The Rev. J. S. of the Lord. Pearseale, of Andover, delivered a very suitable introductory discourse. The Rev. A. Johnson, of Basingstoke, asked the usual On the 17th of September last, the followquestions. The Rev. F. M. Holmes, of Alton, ing services were held at Ruurdean Indeoffered the ordination prayer. And the Rev, pendent chapel, in Her Majesty's Forest of D. Thomas, of Stockwell, delivered the Dean, in the county of Gloucester, to celecharge to the minister, replete with origin- brate the jubilee of the ministry of the Rev. ality and power. In the evening, the Rev. John Horlick, who, for fifty years, has susS. Curwen, of Reading, preached a sermon to tained the pastoral office at the above place, the church and congregation, characterised and at Mitcheldean. In the afternoon a by wise and judicious counsels.
public service took place, at which the Rev.
Thos. Gillman, of Newport, Monmouthshire, ORDINATION, STOKESLEY, YORKSHIRE. presided; a hymn having been sung, the Rev. On Wednesday, December 11, the Rev. Thos. Young, of Blakeney, prayed.
Mr. D. W. Evans, Minister of the Independent Graham, of Rayland, Secretary to the Jubilee church at Stokesley, was publicly ordained Fund Committee, then handed to the Chairto the pastoral office. In the morning, at man a purse containing fifty-eight sovereigns, half-past ten, the Rev. J. E. Evans, of Loft the subscriptions of the friends of Ruardean, House (the young minister's brother), intro- and a purse containing seventeen sovereigns, duced the service, by reading the Scriptures the subscriptions of the Mitcheldean friends, and prayer. The Rev. J. B. Lister, of North- which the Chairman, with a few appropriate allerton, delivered a lucid discourse, ex remarks, presented to Mr. Horlick, who, in an pository of the principles of Congregational aflecting manner, thanked his friends for such Nonconformity, based upon 2 Thess. ii. 15, a valuable token of esteem and attachment. he harmonized his remarks with God's re After the presentation, the meeting was advealed will, and ably defended the grounds dressed by the Rev. W. F. Buck, of Ross; of dissent; the whole address was a vein of Rev. Jos. Hyatt, Gloucester ; Rev. J. rich and vigorous thought, skilfully arranged, Lander, Mitcheldean; Rev. D. Thomas Coleand couched in language of peculiar beauty, | ford; Rev. B. Jenkyn, Littledean; Rev. W.
Pinn, Whitchurch ; Rev. J. Davies, Little ter, with deep emotions, expressed his feelings London, and Mr. Graham. The Chairman on the reception of such a gift, and furnished then pronounced the benediction, and the a brief narrative of the history of the church meeting separated, astonished and delighted to which he had been spared to minister so at what they saw and heard. The chapel happily and so long. The Rev. Messrs. Cas. was filled in every part, and numbers were ton, Winslow, Watts (of Birmingham), Rowunable to gain admittance, who had come to ton, Davies, Batchelor, Clark (from Canada), testify their love and esteem for him who and Nash, delivered appropriate addresses on had so long and so faithfully proclaimed to the occasion. A hymn was sung, prepared them salvation through the blood of the by Montgomery for a similar procedure. The Cross. In the evening, at six o'clock, the doxology closed the whole. And the interestchapel was again crowded in every part, and ing engagements of the evening left an immany out at the windows and doors, who pression on the minds of the assembled multicould not get in, stood the whole time. After tude not soon to be forgotten, equally honourthe Rev. W. Hall had prayed, the Rev. J. able to the voluntary principle, and to the Hyatt preached a most appropriate and im- advantages of a stated miuistry.
May it pressive sermon, from Psalm xcii. 13–15. redound to the Divine glory! Thus terminated a series of services of a most interesting and impressive character. Many hearty good wishes were expressed to- THE REV. T. P. BULL, OF NEWPORT PAGwards the ag servant of Christ by his numerous friends then assembled.
On the 23rd Oct., 1850, a most interest
ing meeting was held at Newport Pagnell, to WARWICK.
commemorate the completion of the Rev. T. P. FRIDAY, November 29th, 1850, was a Bull's Fiftieth year of pastoral service in the memorable day to the church and congrega- same Christian church. The service was tion assembling in Brook-street Chapel, in such as could not fail to gratify the best feel. this town, under the pastoral care of the Rev. | ings of our venerable friend, and to proJ. W. Percy. That esteemed minister having mote the highest interests of Congregational been spared to complete the fortieth year of Dissent. Few have better served their his pastorate among them, his friends resolved generation than the venerable and excellent to express their sense of the goodness of God man on whose bebalf this truly delightful towards their pastor, and their obligations to service was held. J. Rogers, Esq, one of the his ministry, by a pecuniary testimony on the deacons, presided on the occasion; and George occasion. No sooner was the purpose known, Osborn, Esq., another of them, presented to than the freewill-offerings of many were his truly honoured pastor, with much feeling, poured into the treasurer's hands. The the piece of plate which had been provided amount soon surpassed the fondest expecta- by the grateful offerings of an attached flock. tious; and the handsome sum of a hundred The Rev. Messrs. Elliot (of Devizes), Phillips, and twenty-five pounds was generously con- J. Bull, Ashby, Brooks, and Adey, took part tributed towards the design.
in the devotional and other services, and bore The evening of the above day was set apart their hearty testimony to the exalted characfor the public presentation of this gratifying ter and Christian graces of their honoured testimouial, and a large assembly was con- father in the ministry of the word. vened to witness it, in the Court House of the We gladly lay before our readers the extown, kindly lent by the Mayor for the occca- cellent address of Mr. Buil, after receiving the sion. The spacious building was crowded to gift of his friends :excess. Above four hundred persons sat down " Dear Sir and Christian friends,—I thank to partake of tea, and afterwards nearly you very sincerely for this token of your double that number were crowded withiu and friendship and affection. Gold and silver are without its walls. The Rev. John Sibree, valuable things, but this salver, as a memoof Coventry, was called to preside. The pro- rial of your affection, is far more valuable ceedings were opened by singing the 133rd than the material of which it is composed. I Psalm, and prayer. Mr. R. G. Reading, as shall ever look upon it with grateful feelings one of the deacons, stated the preliminary while I live; and when I am removed from measures which had been taken for the ac- this earthly scene, I shall hand it down as an complishment of their wishes, and which had heir-loom to my family. Allow me also to terminated in that auspicious evening. Mr. thank you, my dear sir, for the kind remarks J. Satchell, another deacon, after a deeply in- you have made, and for the support and teresting testimony to the character and labours sympathy I have uniformly received from of the pastor, presented, in a beautiful purse you and your fellow-deacons. I may be ex. wrought for the occasion, the above honour- pected, on this occasion, to give a brief hisable donation, accompanied with a written tory of this church and congregation, and I record of its nature and design. The minis. would do this more fully, had I not, on a
recent occasion, given you a statement of this | however, determined to come to Newport, and kind. I will, therefore, only refer to events was ordained Oct. 11, 1764, and here, through previous to 1800. For two hundred years a the blessing of God, he preached with much number of faithful men have worshipped God on success for nearly fifty years. Although it is this spot; and although no articles or formu- unpleasant to speak of oneself, yet I must do laries have been imposed, yet no deviation so on this occasion. In the review of the last has taken place from the essential doctrines fifty years, I find many motives for gratitude; of Holy Scripture. At a very early period many things which ought to excite the deepin the history of the Reformation, this county est humility, and some that may encourage was very highly favoured with a knowledge hope for the future. I began to preach in of the gospel. ' It is no small praise to 1792, but was not ordained till October, 1800. Bucks,' says Fuller, 'that, though it is one My father once said to me, ' I have preached of the smallest counties of England, it had, eight thousand times, but I fear you before the time of Luther, more martyrs and will never be able to do that;' but by the confessors than all England beside.' The help of God I have very nearly, and I bless cause of the Reforination was greatly ad- God that during this period I have seldom vanced by itinerant preaching. Edward VI. been prevented from preaching by illness. had six chuplains, and he commanded them For nineteen years I hari the whole care of to go through the country and preach the the church and college. We have carise for gospel. These were John Hartley, born at thankfulness for the liberty of worship we Newport Pagnell, who afterwards became a enjoy. Once, persons had to be stationed Bishop; John Bradford, the martyr; Grindall, around this place, to see whether informers afterwards Archbishop of Canterbury; Perne, entered; if they did so, to warn the preacher Bill, and the distinguished John Knox. All and flock, that they might escape. This is these preached in this county, and ever since not the case in our day. The peace and har. it has pleased God to raise up a succession of mony that have prevailed among us for so faithful men who have declared the truth in many years, with the large measure of sucthis town. In 1648, the Rev. Mr. Gibbs, a cess granted us, call for grateful acknow. very devout and learned man, was elected ledgments. In October, 1800, there were vic ir of the parish, but was ejected from the seventy members; now we have three hundred church twelve years after, for conscientiously and five. We have received since my ordinrefusing to allow of promiscuous communion ation, seven hundred and two additions, five at the Lord's-table. He retired, with many | hundred and fitty-two of whom were added of his flock, to a building near the spot from the world. The praise we must give to on which the chapel stands, and continued Him to whom all praise is due. In 1833 I his faithful labours among them until the was blessed with an assistant, in the person end of his days, except when interrupted by of my son, of whose devoted attention to my persecution or imprisonment. It is supposed comfort and your welfare, I need not speak. that this meeting-house was erected in 1688, I commend him to your prayers and Christian the year of the glorious Revolution. Mr. sympathy. Without his assistance I might Gibbs died on the 16th of June, 1699, and not, in all probability, have been spared to was succeeded by the Rev. Thomas Tingey; see this day. It is an interesting fact, that John Hunt, 1709; William Hunt, 1725; should he continue your pastor fourteen years Humphrey Gainsborough, 1743; Afleck, 1747; longer, my father, myself, and son, will have David Fordice, M.A., and James Belsham, had the care of this church one hundred 1749. Mr. Belsham resided at Bedford, and years. As I said, I have a great deal to be used to ride over to Newport every Sabbath: humble for: my serious omissions, defects, during his time the church was in a depressed and short-comings, remind me that I am a condition. My father was then pursuing his poor unworthy servant. My friends, it is an studies for the ministry, under the superin- awful thing to be a preacher. I thought so tendence of Dr. Ashworth, at Daventry. Be- fifty years ago. I think so with still deeper ing at Bedford during one of his vacations, feeling now. It is an awful thing, too, to be he was requested, on an emergency, to preach a hearer, as will be found by us all at the at Newport. The rules of the college allow- judgment-day, towards which you all are fast ing only the students of the last year to bastening. I, too, am drawing near my end; preach. Mr. Bull read a printed sermon; he and in the prospect of soon appearing before however paraphrased as he read. The people my Maker, I have no hope but by clinging were much pleased with him, and when his to the cross of Christ. It is a solemn thing term of study was completed, gave him a to know that the preaching of the gospel is a very pressing invitation to become their pas savour of life or of death: yet I have preached
To this his tutor was much opposed, it to you, and you are not all converted. My thinking that the place was not worthy his beloved friends, my heart's desire is that you all talents; there were then only fourteen church- would accept of the Saviour's invitation, who members, and the salary was £37 108.; he, 1 says, 'Come unto me, and I will give you rest.''
CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH, STOURBRIDGE. an ancestor of J. H. H. Foley, Esq., M.P., of
the same place. The commencement of the Jubilee year of The Rev. John Richards (pastor of this this church was celebrated during the 17th, church for the first twenty-five years) deli18th, and 19th of November. On Sunday, vered a deeply interesting narrative of the the 17th, two appropriate sermons religious history of the neighbourhood, from preached by the Rev. James Richards, pas- the coinmencement of the current century, tor, On the following evening, a soirée was and the formation of the Congregational church held in the British School-room, attached to - the first, strictly speaking, in the county. the chapel-John Keep, Esq., of Birmingham, The Rev. Watson Smith, of Wolverhampton, in the chair. The pastor introduced the followed, in an able speech. A Jubilee Fund business of the evening by giving a brief was then commenced (reaching nearly £60), sketch of the rise and progress of Noncon- for the repairs and improvement of the chapel. formity in the neighbourhood, from the me- On Tuesday evening, the 19th, the Rev. John morable epoch of 1662, and the ejection from Sibree, of Coventry, concluded the series of the Established Church of the Rev. Benj. services by an excellent discourse. It is inFlower. This gentleman was patronised by tended (D.v.) to hold other similar meetings Philip, son of Thos. Foley, Esq., of Prestwood, during the Jubilee year.
NORTH-STREET BETINAL GREEN RAGGED closed: it was, however, re-opened in 1848. SCHOOL SOCIETY.
With so ne assistance from the Ragged-School The first Annual Meeting of the friends Union, another school was opened in one of and supporters of this Society, was held at the very worst parts of the neighbourhood, Crosby-hall, Bishopsgate-street, on Tuesday which soon filled to excess. evening, December 10th.
Further assistance was rendered by the Lord Ashley, M.P., presided on the occa- Union when necessary ; and, in November, sion. The hall was crowded, and the gallery | 1849, a free day-school, with a paid teacher, was occupied by the children taught in the was opened in Pleasant-place., schools, who sang an appropriate hymn. Through the efforts of the Society many
The Rev. E. Munering offered prayer. youths of the vilest chiracter have been reThe Chairman opened the business of the claimed, and several have become members evening with some excellent remarks. He of a Christian church; while three who have stated that it gave him the greatest pleasure to died, left behind them the most pleasing astestify his respect and gratitude to the mana- surance that they had gone to a brighter and gers of schools situated in a district so a better world. wretched, and so much calling for charitable A large number of Bibles, Testaments, exertion.
Hymn Books, and Magazines had been purHe also stated that Ragged Schools were chased by the children. A Clothing Fund, multiplying throughout England and Scot- and a Youtlis' Benevolent Society had been land, while he was beginning to receive many established, and were in a flourishing condiletters on the subject from America. His tion. Lordship went on to show that, although The receipts of the year amounted to rather great things had been achieved, there yet re- more than £200. mained much land to be possessed.
Resolutions were very effectively moved The Rev. I. V. Mummery, the Honorary and seconded by the Revs. W. W. ChampSecretary, then read the Report, from which it neys, Dr. Hewlett, Dr. M'Caul, H Allen, B.A., appeared that eight years ago no school ex- W. Tyler, and J. Payne, J. Anderson, and isted in this part of Bethnal-green, so densely T. G. Williams, Esqs. populated, except here and there a dame The proceedings closed with a cordial vote school, which would only accommodate a few of thanks to the noble Chairman, and singing of the children of the more respectable poor. the doxology. In 1842, a Sabbath-school was commenced, The interest of the meeting was remarkand the infant-school system was adopted, ably well sustained, and a liberal collection which was found to answer remukably well. was made. In 1845, a few friends established a Sundayevening school, which was also opened on two TO THE CONGREGATIONAL SUNDAY-SCHOOL evenings of the week ; but, from various causes, this school, after a time, had to be I HAVE for some time past cherished a