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to receive the truth, I believe that, if we had the means, we could establish twenty different preaching stations in as many weeks with every prospect of success. What we want is men. Thank God, we have a few who have been under our instruction whom we are able to place in the new field. But, alas! we have not sufficient to supply the large demand. Then, each new man becomes a fresh claimant on the funds of the society, so that we also want money. We believe the Lord will give us the men here, but we must look to our friends in England to give us the money; at least, for the present. By-and-by the Chinese will learn to give of their substance.
“While speaking of the place and its surroundings, I may mention that among those who have come from a distance are ten respectable men from a village called Han-chia-Tswang. This place is ten miles from Chu-chia-Tsai; yet every Sabbath have our friends been found at the chapel to hear the Word of God. During the week, one of them, a rich and intelligent farmer, opened his house twice a day, and held a meeting for reading the Scriptures and for prayer. Seven of these men are among the baptized. Mr. Hall and I visited the place, and thought it would be well to form a distinct society there, and to locate a preacher amongst them. Our rich friend, who is really the squire of the village, at once offered us a house rent-free as a chapel and preacher's residence, which we accepted. We have to put it in repair, and supply it with furniture. We have sent a preacher to reside on the spot, and are hopeful of favourable and blessed results. This same friend has a large house in the city of Laou-Ling, and he is anxious that we should take it on the same terms as the other, and open a preaching station there. Should a missionary settle in that district, it would be most important to accept his offer ; but, for the present, we have declined. This man's conversion is one of the most remarkable in the whole number. It rejoices our hearts to see his earnest, simple faith, and undaunted courage for the truth. He is already, and will in future be, a most valuable helper to the cause of Christ. May the Lord preserve him !
“ Tien-tsin, October 9, 1866."
The following resolutions adopted by the missionaries indicate their joint opinion of the gracious movement, and inform us of the provisions they have made to sustain and guide it :MINUTES OF A MEETING HELD AT CHU-CHIA-TSAI,
SEPTEMBER 22, 1866. Present— REVs. J. INNOCENT AND W. N. HALL. The following resolutions, bearing on the work of God in Chu-chiaTsai, a village in the district of Laou-Ling, Shantung Province, were passed, after a residence of fourteen days on the part of one missionary, and of seven days by the other, during which time the work was carefully watched, and daily meetings attended. The native preacher was duly consulted as to his opinion of the people who were candidates for baptism, and other inquiries made, both by private visitation and personal inspection, so as to secure the most reliable information as to the basis of our proceedings.
I. That we recognize with devout thankfulness to Almighty God
the wonderful work of grace which has commenced in this village and neighbourhood, in which upwards of a hundred people have professedly become interested in the Gospel of Jesus Christ, and many of them already give evidence of a sincere faith in Christianity, and a desire for personal salvation, by their daily attendance on the means of grace, their abandonment of idolatry, their observance of the Lord's day, their devout study of the Holy Scriptures, their increasing prayer to God, and by their anxiety to learn and practise all the duties of Christian discipleship.
II. In view of this surprising and glorious work, and in compliance with the expressed wishes of the people, we feel ourselves called upon to take immediate steps to organize a Christian church in this place, and to adopt other measures for consolidating and extending the cause of God.
III. Conformably with the foregoing resolutions, it is further resolved that the accompanying list of persons, numbering forty-five, all of whom have passed a satisfactory examination by us respecting their faith in Christ, shall be admitted as members of the church, and receive Christian baptism forthwith. And while we adore the grace of God displayed in the conversion of this people to the worship and service of the living and true God, we fervently pray that the same grace may establish them fully in the faith, and make them heirs of eternal life; and also that the other applicants for baptism, whose names are not on the said list, shall be regarded as members on trial.
IV. That the room which has been fitted up by the friends at Chu-chia-Tsai, and hitherto used as a chapel, being placed at our disposal, we agree to rent the same for one year, at the rate of 25,000* large cash per annum; and that this rent, with the cost of repairs and fittings now presented, amounting to about 21,500, shall be advanced out of the funds of the Mission, in the hope that the people themselves may offer hereafter to contribute towards the same.
V. That steps be taken for securing a house for the residence of a native preacher, and with capabilities for accommodating the missionaries when they visit the station.
VI. That, seeing many of the most interesting candidates for church membership come from the village of Hau-chia, or its immediate vicinity, being ten miles distant from Chu-chia-Tsai, and that it is impossible for them regularly to attend services held at the latter place, we think it desirable to make early arrangements for supplying Hau-chia with a preacher, and forming there a separate society, especially as one of them has generously offered us a house, rent free, with convenience, both for public worship and a native preacher's residence.
VII. That we gratefully accept the house at Hau-chia so kindly offered to us by Mr. Lieu-Shang-Chi; and resolve that it be immediately repaired and put in order for our use. And earnestly do we pray that the Lord may richly bless his Word proached in that place to the salvation of many precious souls.
* 1,000 cash may be taken at 6s. 64. sterling.
OPENING OF THE NEW CHAPEL, LINDLEY, HUDDERSFIELD.
VIII. Considering the extended and powerful influence exerted upon the female portion of the population by the labours of Mrs. Hu, we deem it imperative that she and her husband continue to labour in this district, and that Mr. Gii be appointed to Hauchia ; also, we deem it expedient that the two preachers exchange pulpits on the Sabbath, as far as practicable, but that each work his own station during the week.
OPENING OF THE NEW
CHAPEL, LINDLEY, HUDDERSFIELD. WITH great joy we record the dedication of this spacious and splendid sanctuary, and the principal circumstances by which its opening services were attended. It is unnecessary to give details of the character of the building or the promised subscriptions to it, as these were very amply supplied to the Connexion when the work was commenced. It may, however, be repeated that the style is Grecian, with noble Corinthian pillars in front, an elegant arched ceiling, and accommodation for 1,200 persons. The building is of stone, with two excellent vestries, and all the modern apparati which can add comfort and attraction to a place of worship. To the present the cost amounts to a little over £4,000, and the receipts to £2,500; so that the debt will be less than £2,000. With joyful expectancy our friends have awaited for two years and a half its completion, which had been delayed once and yet again by contingencies quite beyond their con trol. But Thursday, Nov. 22nd, 1866, was fixed, with good reason to hope for no further delays, and, indeed, in the determination to open then whether completed or not. Contractors perceived this, and did their best to meet our views; and, although the surround. ings outside were incomplete, the internal appointments left nothing to be desired.
The morning dawned gloomily and cold, and as noonday passed, heavy rain set in, which depressed our spirits, and weakened our hopes of a good attend. ance at three o'clock, when the Rev. S. Hulme (President) was to preach the opening sermon. Imagine, therefore, our surprise and grateful joy, when we entered the chapel, to find a very large and respectable congregation. Our President conducted the service most ably, fittingly, and profitably; and his appeal for help secured the noble sum
of £157. At 6.30 the chapel was crowded, and the Rev. M. Miller (Free Church) conducted the service; the sum offered making the total collections for the first day £229 3s. 6d. On Sunday, November 25th, the Rev. J. A. Macdonald (Wesleyan) took the morning service, which, had the Rev. W. Baggaly been in good health, he would have conducted; the Rev. R. Bruce, M.A. (Congregational), conducted service in the afternoon; and the Rev. Dr. Stacey preached at night to an immense assemblage, the collections making the total to that time £3809s. 6d. On Lord's-day, December 2nd, the Rev. Dr. Crofts preached with great power; at 2.30 p.m, the Rev. E. J. Baxter occupied the pulpit, to the great profit of his old friends; and at night the Rev. C. D. Ward preached the last sermon of the series; the collections for the day increasing the total to £565 14s. 60.!
On Monday, December 3rd, a teameeting was held to complete and crown the opening efforts. Unfortunately, the day was one of the wettest and most boisterous of this terrible year, and our hopes were again dashed. But everything, as before, was better than our fears. The friends appeared indifferent to, and seemingly unconscious of, bad weather, and actually 700 took tea ; while the after-meeting had proportions considerably greater. Mr. Councillor Pilling, whose interest in this work has been most active and unflagging, presided, and his spirited and skilful generalship did much to make the meeting a triumphant success. W. Sykes, Esq., jun., treasurer, gave a complete summary of the facts and features of this noble effort, and it is quite impossible to describe the enthusiasm with which he was greeted again and again for his self-denying toil in connection with the Building Committee, and as the statements by which that toil was proved were presented to the people. Appropriate speeches were delivered by the Revs. Dr. Crofts, E. J. Baxter, and J. Parker (Baptist); Wright Mellor, Esq., J.P., W. Jenkinson, and J. Turner, Esqs., of Manchester, and others; at which time my worthy colleague, the Rev. D. Brearley, and others were canvassing for donations among the people, with collecting boxes and slips of paper. This final effort resulted in offerings to the amount of £115, which, with the profits of the tea, brought up the grand total to £725 14s. 60.! That is a grand total, indeed! exciting in us lively gratitude and ardent joy. While the debt remaining will be easily managed and gradually reduced, I am glad to state that 550 sittings are already let; the friends are united, zealous, and hopeful; the old chapel is to be prepared for, and devoted to Sunday-school uses; and in society, congregation, and school, it is safe to predict that we shall maintain our longestablished precedence in Lindley, and I fervently pray that our people there may now devote themselves thoroughly to the great work of causing the righteousness of Zion to go forth as brightness and her salvation as a lamp that burneth.
C. D. WARD.
with contributions were placed on the stone, and a collection was made.
In the evening a large tea-meeting was held in a spacious tent; W. Jenkinson, Esq., of Manchester, presided over the public meeting, and the circuit ministers, with Mr. J. Harvey, and others, addressed it. The total proceeds thus realized amounted to more than £70, and various other sums, already given, bring up the contributions to near £200. A general convass, however, has still to be made, which is expected to produce a vastly larger total.
The intended chapel is to accommodate above 300 persons, and the school-room about 400 scholars. Our present room is excessively crowded with scholars in schoolhours, and with adults in public worship. We have had, of late, glorious seasons of grace, and striking conversions. A second class has been formed with promising prospects, and the influx of scholars has driven us to rent a second cottage until the new school is ready.
This interest, if well worked, will be a valuable accession to our circuit.
Nov., 1866. C. D. WARD.
FOUNDATION-STONE OF ANOTHER NEW CHAPEL,
It deserves to be placed on permanent record, that a third new chapel is now in course of erection in the Huddersfield circuit. The site is on Primrose Hill, a flourishing suburb of the circuit-town. The foundationstone was laid by Mrs. H. Dyson Taylor, on Saturday, October 20th, in the presence of a large concourse of respectable friends. The Rev. C. D. Ward presented to Mrs. Taylor a very elegant silver trowel, and Mr. Alfred Taylor presented a walnut mallet. The stone having been lowered into its place, Mrs. Taylor, with great grace and skill, observed the usual formalities, and declared it duly laid. The Rev. C. D. Ward expounded our denominational polity and doctrines, after which ‘Mrs. Taylor gave a cheque for £50, in the name of Messrs. H. D. and J. W. Taylor; a number of purses
SHEFFIELD WEST CIRCUIT. ANDOVER STREET CHAPEL.-REDUC
TION OF DEBT. MY DEAR SIR,—When our beloved and beautiful chapel was opened, twelve months ago, our generous friend, Mark Firth, Esq., offered to give £250 towards the reduction of the debt, then £1,560, on condition that the congregation would raise £310 more within one year. The offer was rather a startling one on two accounts - the largeness of the sum promised by Mr. Firth, and the difficulty of beginning afresh to beg so soon. On the one account it was accepted with gladness, and on the other with fear; but accepted it was, and right nobly have our friends responded and redeemed their pledge. The usual machinery was soon set in motion. Subscriptions were obtained, a sale was held on the 30th and 31st of October, and a teameeting on the 5th of November. After tea, a public meeting was held in
the chapel, over which Mr. Firth presided.
Mr. Saville, the treasurer of the trustees, read the financial statement, by which it appeared, to the great delight of the meeting, that the sum necessary to claim Mr. Firth's subscription of £250 had been obtained. He also expressed his conviction that an extremely prosperous future was opened before our church.
Mr. Firth said he was very glad to hear Mr. Saville's statement, and congratulated the friends upon their success, assuring them that it would give him much more pleasure to hand over to Mr. Saville the sum he had promised than to keep it.
Mr. T. E. Barkworth next addressed the meeting, and in a very earnest address, containing many beautiful allusions, illustrated and enforced the “voluntary principle,” of which, he thought, their success was a glorious instance.
Mr. Coupe said he was not much of a speaker, but would give £20 towards the reduction of the debt, and when the time came for its extinction would be glad to help again.
Mr. Edward Firth, who, like his brother, has again and again proved himself a generous friend of our
ur church, congratulated the meeting upon the great success which had crowned the efforts of the congregation, a success made singular by the fact that it was only twelve months since the chapel was opened.
The Rev. T. D. Crothers, in a most solemn and beautiful address, urged upon the church the necessity and glory of “constant labour,” and wound up with a peroration of such energetic force, and yet of such chaste beauty, as to surprise while it quickened those who were accustomed to regard him as a “quiet speaker” only.
Mr. Coe, in a few happy remarks, told the meeting how willing he had found the people — willing to give almost beyond their means; certainly to the extent, in many cases, of some personal sacrifice.
Mr. T. Scott, after referring to the gladness with which all the people worked and gave, made some very beautiful remarks upon the “value of consistency," illustrating his principle by reference to the fine effect of consistency in the architecture of the building in which they were assembled.
Mr. F. Newberry, whose cheerful
and humorous addresses rarely fail to enliven any meeting at which he speaks, then delivered a speech in rhyme, which would certainly have kept ihe meeting from “dulness” had there been any such danger, as it was full of humorous illustration and kindly feeling.
The Rev. A. J. Harrison was the concluding speaker. He remarked that the earnest work the friends had been doing together bad, he was sure, increased their piety towards God and their love for each other. It had revealed hitherto unsuspected excellences in character, and increased a genuine Christian regard in the church.
Votes of thanks were then given to the ladies of the sewing-meeting, and by enthusiastic acclamation to the chairman. The meeting was then closed by singing and prayer.
I am glad to say the congregations are good and increasing, and if you were only once present in our Sunday evening prayer-meetings, I am sure you would say there is at least one Gothic chapel in the country in which the people are not afraid to say Amen.
The analysis of the amount raised is as follows :-Mark Firth, Esq., £250; by subscriptions, £174 6s. 80. ; by sale, £106 78.; by tea-meeting, £17 193. 6d.: total, £608 13s. 2d. total, £608 13s. 2d.
A. J. E.
THE RE-OPENING OF BOLTON
STREET CHAPEL, BURY. THE above chapel having been closed for repairs and painting, was re-opened on Sunday, November 4th, when the Rev.J.Addyman (of Oldham) preached in the morning and evening, and the Rev. J. Morris (Wesleyan) in the afternoon.
O n the Monday evening following, a tea-meeting was held in the lower school-room, when a good number of the friends were present. At the public meeting in the chapel Mr. Hill presided, and the writer supplied the particulars of finances, which showed that over £50 had been expended, towards which the promises of the friends, the collections at the services, and the proceeds of the tea-meeting, amounted to about £40, and stated that the ladies were holding a weekly sewing-meeting, to assist in clearing off the remainder. Addresses were given by the Revs. J. Addyman, Professor Dowson (Principal of the Baptist College, Bury), W. Roseman,