Page images

(Independent), Mr. W. Kempster, and the writer. A vote of thanks was passed to the tea committee and ladies for their kind services, and another to the chairman, which being suitably acknowledged, tbe meeting was con. cluded with the Doxology and prayer.

The friends are much pleased with the improved condition of our sanctuary. We are now expecting larger congregations, and we hope to concen, trate our efforts, and to use the means more vigorously for spiritual prosperity.


cided on, difficulties and discouragements had met them at every turn; but at length they have one by one been cleared away, and the gentleman owning the ground has let it for the whole of the term of his lease, accompanying the same with his prayers and best wishes. It was pleasing to know that in the sanctuary about to be erected the Gospel trumpet would give no uncertain sound. The good old Methodist doctrines would be fully proclaimed, whether by the itinerant or the most bumble local preacher. The doctrine of justification by faith would be the chief topic; and he prayed " That in the great, decisive day, When God the nations should survey, Before the world it should appear . That crowds were born for glory here."


The Rev. B. Child then gave out Montgomery's fine hymn, commencing

MONDAY, November 26, was a redletter-day at King Street, Old Kent Road. Some time ago a mission was established there, which has been a great blessing to the people in the locality. A plot of ground has been secured for a new chapel, and the foundation-stone was laid. At 3 p.m., a large crowd of interested spectators being assembled, the Rev. James Wil. son commenced the proceedings by giving out a hymn commencing, “Great God, attend while Zion sings.”

“This stone to Thee in faith we lay."

After this had been sung, the Rev. W. Dunkerley offered an earnest prayer. The Rev. George Hallett then read portions of Holy Scripture in an impressive manner. Mr. E. H. Rabbits then came forward and said: That after he, and other members of the New Connexion, had for years looked for a place in that neighbourhood in which to preach the Gospel, the friends in connection with Brunswick Chapel opened the present preaching place on November 30, 1862. From that day of small and feeble things the church and congregation had so greatly in. creased, that the place for some time past had been inconveniently crowded at nearly every service, and a room in & neighbouring house had been taken on account of the crowded state of the Sunday-school. Many persons had been converted, and some of them had gone home in triumph to heaven. There are now sixty-five members in society, besides probationers, and, during the last month, the average attend. ance of scholars had been 75 in the morning, and 193 in the afternoon. A larger place had long been selt to be a necessity, and since it had been de.

After this had been sung, Mr. W. G. Denham came forward, holding, on a rich cushion, a very handsome silver trowel, and, in a graceful manner, addressed Mrs. E. H. Rabbits and the friends as follows:-"I esteem it an honour to be selected by the friends to introduce to you the lady who has kindly consented to lay the memorialstone of this our new chapel. To those, indeed, who know Mrs. Rabbits, she will not need a single word of commendation from my lips, for those who know her best esteem her most; and I may fairly claim for Mrs. Rabbits a large share of the liberality, the largehearted generosity, and the enlightened spirit of enterprise in connection with the cause of God, for which her dear husband, Mr. E. H. Rabbits, has been so long distinguished. It has often been my privilege to meet with Mrs. Rabbits when I have had occasion to consult Mr. Rabbits on matters in connection with our circuit, and on all such occasions I can honestly affirm that the lady who appears before you now has shown as much zeal and devotion to the cause of God as Mr. E. H. Rabbits himself, and I don't know that I can say more than this. It has often been said that Christianity has been an especial blessing to woman, that it has elevated her character and dignified her in all the relationships of life and this is undoubtedly true. But, on the

other hand, it is equally true that religion has gained immensely by enlisting woman on its side. Take away from the Church all the piety and zeal, the tact and graciousness, and the influences which women now exert for the cause of God, and the loss would be incalculable. It is well for us, then, that a lady of Mrs. Rabbits's position is willing to leave the quiet of her home, and that she has the moral courage to stand before this public assembly, and, by solemnly laying this memorial-stone, and dedicating this house to God, to manifest in the face of day her attachment to God's cause and her love for precious souls. And now, Mrs. Rabbits, allow me to present you with this silver trowel in behalf of the trustees of this chapel, and with the prayer that your valuable and truly gracious life may long be spared, and that it may often be your happiness, in time to come, to hear of the prosperity of God's cause in the chapel the memorial-stone of which we invite you now to lay.” After the enthusiasm of the audience had a little abated, Mrs. Rabbits said, in laying the stone:

_“I lay this stone in the name of God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Ghost, and at the same time I earnestly pray that the blessing of God may rest upon the building, and that hundreds of immortal souls may be born for glory within its walls." The Rev. C. Bamford gave out Doddridge's hymn, 928, commencing,

and triumphantly happy deaths, as trophies of what the Gospel can do even amongst the poorest in King Street. Mr. Howard's warm-hearted sympathetic address produced a rich and hallowed feeling of joy and thank fulness throughout the audience.

Mr. W. Rabbits, the chairman, in a short, practical, and earnest address, expressed his delight at the spiritual tone given to the meeting by Mr. Howard, and referred with feelings of hope and satisfaction to the religious efforts now being put forth systematically to reach the poor and the neglected portion of the people, giving King Street as one of the most happy and successful examples of Christian zeal meeting with its full and legitimate reward in the salvation of those sought to be benefited. He concluded by offering an earnest prayer for a more general outpouring of the Spirit of God upon the churches.

Rev. Dr. Cooke said they had that day been standing on holy ground, which had been consecrated by the outpouring of the Spirit of God and by the conversion of sinners. He had never known of more remarkable examples of the successful preaching of the Gospel than those which had been referred to by Mr. Howard; they most clearly demonstrated the power of religion to change the heart and make the life happy, even amidst poverty and the most adverse circumstances, and resulting in a triumphant death. These were the development of genuine Methodism, which was genuine Christianity, that Divine charity which leads to the entire consecration of all we have to God. The building they were about to erect would be plain and humble, fitting the locality; and would be just such a place as the poor would not be afraid to enter, and where they might hope to hear the orthodox amen and hallelujah without restraint; yet it would be a true temple in wbich God would delight to dwell. The Doctor then proceeded to give a retrospective glance at the history of the New Connexion cause in London, in which he showed how long they had aimed at concentration, and found it to fail entirely, as they had almost come to a point; their present policy was extension. And he proceeded to detail the various efforts put forth to found mission-stations in and around London, specifying espe. cially the mission in King Street,

" And will the great eternal God."

When this was sung, the Rev. Dr. Cooke offered his congratulations in a few kind words, promising a longer address in the evening. After the collection, and another hymn, lined by the Rev. J. Wilson, the Rev. H. T. Marshall concluded this delightful service with prayer.

The friends hastened to Brunswick school-room, where some 300 sat down to a pleasant tea. At 7 p.m., Mr. William Rabbits was called to the chair, in place of Mr. W. J. Haynes, who was not well enough to be present, but who had kindly sent a cheque to help the cause. The Rev. James Wilson opened the meeting with singing and prayer. Mr. Henry Howard gave an interesting account of the origin and progress of their mission at King Street, delighting the audience with details of some sincere conversions

another in St. George's New Town, had reason to thank God and take and giving ample particulars of the courage. new ragged school and church in Canal Rev. C. Edwards said, the principles Street. These particulars were of a lying at the foundation of the misdeeply - interesting and encouraging sionary cause might be resolved into character, and gave evident delight to three propositions. First: They asa most attentive audience. He con- sumed that something was wrong in cluded by making an earnest appeal the world; that the world was perishfor funds. A financial statement was ing by a moral disease. Second: then made by the secretary; and, after That à remedy had been provided ; gratifying addresses by the Rev. James the Gospel would cure all the maladies Wilson, Mr. E. H. Rabbits, and other from which the world suffered. And, friends, this successful meeting ter- thirdly, their great aim was to bring minated with devotion. It is the wish the remedy in contact with the disof the friends to open the new chapel ease. He urged them to go on in this entirely free from debt, as other erec blessed work, and people of many climes, tions of the kind are contemplated. where their operations were conducted,

BRUNSWICK. — A new mission - would bless them for their labours. station has lately been opened in this Rev. S. Smith then addressed the circuit, in a room in Ann Street, meeting, reviewing the career of several Coburg Road, Old Kent Road. Dur active missionaries of the society, ing five evenings of last week special giving especial prominence to Messrs. services were held, conducted by Mr. Hall and Innocent, and Messrs. Job Clare, at which much good was Thompson and Hodge, who are done, and a considerable amount of labouring in China. inquiry after religious things has been Rev. L. Waterhouse, who was awakened in the locality.

warmly cheered, said he was wishful

to show a kindly feeling towards any BOLTON CIRCUIT.

Christian denomination whose grand The annual sermons in support of the object was to disseminate the glorious Methodist New Connexion Colonial Gospel throughout the world, and and Foreign Missions were preached especially one that bore the same cognoin St. George's Road Chapel, on Sun men with a very slight difference from day morning and evening, November that to which he belonged. The only 25th, by the Rev. J. W. Williams, of difference between the two was in Mossley. On Monday evening the minor matters; they were one on the annual meeting was held in the same great doctrine of the world for Christ, place. Mr. Councillor Marsden pre- and Christ for the world. They would sided, and there were on the platform be recreant to their principles as Methe Revs. J. Williams and s. Smith, thodists if they were not thoroughly the deputation; the Rev. Levi Water missionary ; and they could only proshouse, Wesleyan; Rev. C. Edwards, per in proportion as they were misFree Church; Rev. E. J. Baxter, sionary. He congratulated the society circuit superintendent; also Council that they had emphatically a mission to lors Pilling and Openshaw, and Messrs. the heathen. Their mission to China J. Cunliffe, W. Barlow, and G. Barlow. was a noble effort, and it was a great sucThere was a good audience. After de cess to get four missionaries there in a votional exercises,

short space of seven years. He conThe Chairman said that whilst they cluded an admirable address by urging were met to promote their own mis- his audience to consecrate themselves sions they at the same time wished afresh to the missionary cause. success to the missionary operations of The Rev. Mr. Williams then deother denominations. It was our livered a very earnest and practical duty to do all we could in sending the address, and concluded by an eloquent Gospel abroad unto all the earth. He peroration, pressing upon his audience was glad to welcorne on the platform the duty of increased prayer, faith, and two ministers belonging to other de liberality in the missionary cause, and nominations, and whose presence was warmly cheered on resuming his showed their good-will towards this so- seat. ciety, and their desire for its prosperity. Mr. Cunliffe proposed that the best

Mr. G. Barlow read the report, thanks of the meeting be given to the which stated that looking at the entire collectors, which was seconded by field of the society's operations, they Councillor Openshaw, and adopted.

Cordial votes of thanks were accorded to the Deputation and to the Chair man, and the meeting ended with singing and prayer. The collections exveeded those of last year. - Bolton Guardian.

[A very gratifying fact connected with the above services deserves to be recorded. At the prayer-meeting fol. lowing the evening service, twenty persons professed to find mercy, nearly all of whom are now meeting in class. A gracious influence was experienced at all the meetings held in the circuit during the week. Our friends here will enjoy, and gratefully remember the visit of Mr. Williams.)

December 6th, 1866. E. J. B.

MISSIONS, THORNE CIRCUIT. We have held missionary services in eleven chapels on this circuit in aid of our Colonial and Foreign Missions, and in every place we have an increase on the past year. We commenced with Scotter, Westwoodside, Grazelound, and Eastoft. The Rev. T. D. Crothers and Mr. Pilling were the deputation. They discharged their duties well. Our next effort was at Epworth, Haxey, and Belton. The Rev. C. Hibbert and Mr. John Shaw were the deputation. They were well received. Our next appeal was at Thorne, Fishlake, Levels, and Wormley Hill. Rev. W. Woodward was the deputation. He was well received. In all the places the deputations were assisted by the Revs. J. Argue and J. P. Goodwin, ministers of the circuit, and at Thorne by the Rev. — Star, Wesleyan minister. At every place a local preacher presided efficiently. Two places deserve special notice, namely, Scotter, where the public col lections were near to £20; and Fishlake, where the public collections were above £15. It is cheering to find that in the birthplace of Wesley and Kile ham the missionary spirit is not dead, but the streams of liberality are overflowing their banks and bounds. May they go on and increase, recollecting that they who water others shall be watered themselves. JAMES ARGUE.

P.S.-Yesterday morning a friend at S- handed to me £10 for our

home mission-a good beginning for our next effort-the first fruits. Have we not fifty or a hundred friends in the Connexion who could give £5 or £10 each to our Home Mission, and give it a good lift on. ward ? They should go and do likewise.-J. A. MISSIONS, BURSLEM CIRCUIT. . THE annual sermons in aid of our Foreign and Colonial Missions were preached at Burslem, November 4th, by the Rev. R. C. Turner, of Macclesfield, and on the same day at Cobridge by the Revs. R. C. Turner and T. Rudge, and at Smallthorn by the Rev. J. Pott. On Monday, November 5th, the annual missionary meeting was held at Burslem, presided over by Mr. J. H. Tomkinson, M.A., and addressed by the Revs. H. 0. Crofts, D.D., R. C. Turner (the deputation), S. B. Schofield, T. Rudge, J. Pott, and Messrs. J. Watkin and W. Mellor. On Tuesday, November 6th, the annual meeting was held at Cobridge, presided over by Mr. James Harrison, and ad. dressed by the deputation, the ministers of the circuit, and Mr. W. Mellor. On Wednesday evening, November 7th, the annual meeting was held at Smallthorn; the chair was taken by Mr. W. Mellor, and the meeting addressed by the deputation and ministers of the circuit.

Also December 2nd, sermons were preached at Tunstall by the Revs. A. R. Pearson (of Macclesfield), and at Dalehall by the Rev. J. Polt. December 3rd the annual meeting was held at Tunstall. The chair was taken by Mr. W. Mellor, and the meeting was addressed by the deputation, the ministers of the circuit, and Mr. J. Alcock. On Tuesday, December 4th, the last meeting of this kind was held in this circuit at Dalehall, presided over by Mr. J. Ball, and addressed by the deputation, the ministers of the circuit, and Mr. W. Mellor. The labours of the esteemed deputation on both sides of the circuit were productive of great spiritual good to our people, and the collections in aid of our missions are a little in advance of those of last year. To God be all the praise.


BOOKS FOR REVIEW.-Our notices of books are in type; but in consequence of important intelligence from China coming at the last moment, they are unavoidably reserved for our next issue.-ED.


MISSIONARY CHRONICLE Methodist New Connexion.

JANUARY, 1867.



CHINA. TIENTSIN, June 26th, 1866. to avert the trial. He had never offered ALTHOUGH last in order of occurrence, a single word on the subject that could I shall first refer to our encouragements. be construed into dissatisfaction with his At our early morning service last Lord's

lot; but when I appealed to him for a day, I had the very pleasurable duty to

candid statement of his sentiments in discharge of baptizing two elderly women,

view of his separation from the means of who had been warmly approved by the

religious instruction, the poor man burst members of our little church for admis into tears, and replied that he looked forsion to the privileges of Christian fel. ward to the privation with sadness inexlowship. These women are widows, and pressible, and hourly mourned his ignortheir conversion to Christ has resulted ance of a trade which would admit of his almost exclusively from the influence of remaining at home, and enjoying the consistent faithful “piety at home," ex precious opportunities he had learnt to hibited by two of our native brethren. prize so highly. I suggested the possiA brief resume of the circumstances may bility of meeting his case, providing he not be unacceptable.

could retire from his prior engagement Mrs. Wen is the sister of our city with honour, and were willing to pursue chapel-keeper. Her brother is a man of a lowly calling, and content to receive a meek and quiet spirit, a diligent reader smaller salary than that to which he had of the scriptures, and remarkable for his been accustomed. He hailed the andevout and fervent observance of religi- nouncement with delight, and declared ous obligations. When he surrendered himself prepared to accept with thankhimself to God three years ago, he was fulness anything that would retain him in a responsible position on board a junk, in connection with the advantages he so and his employment sometimes occasion. ardently desired to possess. And so in ed an absence of years from his friends. order to save his soul alive, this poor At the time he was received into our com man cheerfully sacrificed pecuniary benemunion, he was engaged to go to the fits, took up the humble and ill-paid south of China on an expedition which office of chapel-keeper, and from that it was expected would take him from us time to this has shewn himself well satisfor a lengthened period, and he made his fied with the choice he made. But what Arrangements accordingly. Being much has all this to do with his sister's baptism? interested in his case, and believing that We answer “much every way," as a few he would become an exemplary and use lines will plainly indicate. His sister ful character, I felt an extreme unwil- being a widow with children, it devolved lingness to have him removed from our upon him, according to Chinese custom, oversight, and as the time for his depart to take her under his protection, and furare drew near, I determined, if possible, nish means of subsistence for herself

« PreviousContinue »