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the Tuesday evening. The part allotted of missionary labour, and when the to me in the proceedings afforded me the church will put forth all her efforts to opportunity of manifesting the interest accomplish it. In the meantime, howwhich I felt in the educational move- ever, let us earnestly employ the best ments of the age, and the earnest sym- means we are able. By a proper economy pathy with which I regard the labours of resources, most of our ministers of all who are working in this field. In might give an occasional Sabbath to doing so, I but expressed the feelings of labour of this kind. And if this the religious community with which it service could be rendered with some is my privilege to be associated. It is a degree of regularity and system, as feeling, too, which will continue, I hope, monthly or quarterly, much good would to grow among us. Of all people the be found to result from it. Nor members of the New Church should be would this good be seen merely in exreadiest to admire whatever is good and tending the knowledge of our heavenly useful whenever it is manifested. And, doctrines to those without. Our own although our systems of popular educa- members would be instructed and edified. have many imperfections, they have yet The spiritual life, without which the a sublime aim, and are effective of an church is a mere pretence and delusion, incalculable amount of good.
would be nourished and sustained ; and These remarks have led me away, a spirit of deeper piety and more fervent however, from the immediate purpose charity be promoted among those who of my letter. I have already said that are already partakers of like precious the attendance at the services of the faith. Provision would be at the same Sabbath was large; it included many time made for the more orderly adrespectable residents in the town. There ministration of the sacraments, and was nothing, however, unusual in this; many other uses would be found to it is always the case when a minister is spring up in connection with such present. In the absence of a minister labour. In the case of Sheffield, the the attendance is confined chiefly to society would cheerfully sustain the our own friends. A few strangers occa- chief, if not the entire, expense of a sionally attend; but it is felt that the monthly or quarterly visit, and few society does not possess the means of places offer a more promising harvest. presenting the Church to the public in I am, my dear Sir, very sincerely 80 attractive a form as is desirable. yours,
RD. STORRY. The attendance, therefore, at the ordi- Heywood. nary services of the society is small, from twenty to forty or fifty; yet while
NORTHAMPTON. this is the case, there are very evidently We have again been favoured with a many minds capable of being profitably visit from the Rev. W. Woodman, a affected by the truths of the Church, notice of which we are sorry was not and who, under more favourable cir. sent for last month's number. Our cumstances, would probably become full friends had been looking forward with receivers of our heavenly doctrines, and pleasure to the time when we should aid in the great work of building the be favoured with his services for a walls of Jerusalem, and of making her Sunday. The reverend gentleman a praise in the earth.
preached two sermons on Lord's day, The real want of this large town is, Nov. 24th : that in the morning. “On an active and earnest minister. I feel the Amenities and Consolations of True assured that the field is white for the Religion;" at which time the sacrament harvest, if such a person could be of baptism was administered to a youth. settled among them. Such a thing at In the evening, the subject was on “The present, however, can scarcely be con- destruction of the little children who protemplated. Although our friends would voked the prophet Elisha.” Our room do their utmost in the matter, more was well filled on this occasion, and the would be required of our missionary audience, many of whom were stran. institutions than, in their present im- gers, listened with the greatest attention poverished state, could possibly be at- throughout the discourse,seeming highly tempted. The time may come, I hope pleased with the manner in which the it is not distant, when we shall see that subject was treated. On the following this is the best and most effective form day we held a social tea meeting, and in the evening we listened with much plea- occasion received the warm congratusure to the lecture on “Bible Triumphs." lations of delighted parents. Five of The following Tuesday and Wednesday the teachers engaged in a conversation evenings two other lectures were deli- “ On the Qualifications required for a vered: that on Tuesday being “ Freewill Sunday-school Teacher.” The Rev. W. and Foreknowledge," andon Wednesday, Woodman's paper, “ delivered before “The Character of Swedenborg's Phi- the Sunday-school Union” at its last losophy." There was each night a meeting, was by them separated into very attentive audience, who appeared parts, and each delivered a necessary thoroughly to appreciate the sentiments qualification," extracted from that exexpressed. I forgot to mention, that cellent paper. the sacrament of baptism was also administered to an infant. I need
WIGAN. scarcely say, we are very thankful for The Rev. E. D. Rendell delivered a these repeated efforts of our much- course of five lectures, under the ausesteemed friend to help us thus. It is pices of the Manchester Missionary encouraging to know his labours have Society, from the 10th to the 19th of not been in vain, but that many who December last. The subjects were the are now amongst us have, with the following :Lord's blessing, through his instru. 1. The Lord, Who is He? and the mentality, been brought to a knowledge Divine Trinity, What is it? of New Church truths, who before were 2. The Soul, What is it? and Whence entire strangers to them. S. T. N. its Immortality?
3. The Sacred Scriptures, How are NEWCASTLE-ON-TYNE.
they Inspired ? The society held its customary social 4. Salvation, From wbat and How is gathering in the church, on Thursday it to be obtained ? evening, Dec. 26th, when tea was served They were delivered in the Temperance to about one hundred persons; which Hall, and the average attendance was a number was afterwards considerably in- little above fifty; among whom were, creased. Mr. R. Catcheside was called on each occasion, several thinking to the chair, and an excellent programme and inquiring persons. was submitted to the meeting, consisting nounced that questions would be perof addresses, music, recess for fruit and mitted to be asked after each lecture, conversation, recitations, &c. In the and many intelligent and pertinent infirst, the Rev. G. B. Porteous, Mr. quiries were made, all, apparently, put Fletcher, Sunderland; Mr. Charlton, in good faith, and with the desire of Shields; and Mr. John Brown, were eliciting information. Most of the anthe speakers. During the second, Mr. swers given seemed satisfactory, as votes Piper discoursed sweetly some of Han- of thanks for them and the lecture were, del's finest songs. In the third part after two of them, moved and seconded everybody joined, and twenty minutes' by the parties who had heard them. It conversation formed a pleasant interval. is hoped that this effort to extend the The recitations were by junior members knowledge of the heavenly doctrines in of the society, in the form of speeches this locality will be useful. Tracts, libeon important religious topics, and from rally granted by the Manchester Tract the very creditable manner in which Society, were distributed after each lecthey were delivered, gave hope of use- ture; they were eagerly sought for, and fulness in the future.
will, no doubt, aid in deepening any On Friday evening, Dec. 27th, the favourable impression which may have Sunday-school tea party and recital was been made. One of the main objects of held, when upwards of seventy scholars these lectures was to call together and, and teachers assembled, and were joined if possible, resuscitate the society. They after tea by nearly as many parents and have—with a small sum in the bank, friends. A most interesting and de- about £60., towards a building-been lightful meeting ensued, again under languishing for years, indeed almost the superintendence of Mr. Catcheside, dissolved: and it was thought desirable who, with a staff of a dozen teachers, by the lecturer to urge the friends there have during the past year closely applied into some condition of activity. How themselves to the work, and on this far success has attended those efforts
remains to be seen. A small tea meet
PRESTON. ing was held; a determination to take a The usual Christmas tea party of place for Sunday worship was come to, the friends of this church was held on and a leader agreed upon. There are Wednesday evening last, in the schoolabout twenty persons who are readers room of the church in this town, at there. They will, however, require the which there was a good attendance, nurturing attentions of the Missionary especially of young people. The room Society for some time before they can was tastefully hung with evergreens, gain sufficient confidence for active interspersed with artificial flowers and exertion. It seems to be a field of other means of decoration, the whole of labour with good promise of usefulness. which had been carried out by a few of 20, Paternoster-row, London, E.C.
the elder scholars. A very substantial HEYWOOD.
tea was provided, after which the chair The annual Christmas tea meeting was taken by the minister, the Rev. E. of the society was held in their school. D. Rendall, who opened the meeting room, Hornby-street, on Christmas with some appropriate remarks on tho Day. The tea, as usual, was most great event which, as Christians, they excellent, each table being provided, were that day celebrating. He next free of cost to the society, by the directed attention to the Sunday-school, ladies who presided. The demand for and the distribution of the prizes which tickets was large, between 500 and 600 had been awarded to the deserving and sitting down to tea. The meeting was successful scholars. Of these there were presided over by William Pickstone, sixteen, and the prizes consisted of books Esq., of Radcliffe, whose remarks were of various sorts :-Moral tales, history, of a very useful as well as instructive Joyce's Scientific Dialogues, hymns, and interesting character. The fol- liturgies, Bibles, and six copies of lowing gentlemen also addressed the Webster's Pronouncing Dictionary. The meeting :-the Rev. R, Storry, minister minister, in presenting these works, of the society; Mr. Joseph Whitehead, accompanied them with a variety of suitof Birmingham; Mr. F. Smith, of able and educational remarks. Mr. Manchester; Mr. Eli Whitehead, of Parkinson, the superintendent of the Heywood; and Mr. W. A. Storry, who school, also addressed the meeting on showed the different ways of holding the subject of Sunday-school tuition, in Christmas in England and America, sentiments of affectionate encouragewhere he has lived for a number of ment. This duty having been disposed years. The room was beautifully de- of, a dessert was placed upon the table, corated for the occasion by the teachers. and half an hour was spent in general In addition to the usual devices, there conversation; when again the minister was one suggested by the death of the addressed the meeting with a lucid exlate Prince Consort, the work of one of position of that Redemption for the the members, who had taken great accomplishment of which the Lord came pains to shew his feeling in the matter. into the world. Other persons addressed It consisted of a crown, with the motto, the meeting on the duties of church “ Victoria and Albert," and was trimmed membership, and graces of charity, with black, and hung over the platform which tended to the advancement of occupied by the speakers, and had a most educated pleasure. The choir, conducted pleasing effect. The choir, assisted by by the organist, Mr. Eccles, had been several musical friends, sung a number exceedingly happy in the selection of of choruses from the “Messiah," and several pieces of music for the occasion; the band of the school played several and, accompanied by the harmonium, pieces of popular music during the they were sung with much taste, at apevening. The meeting, which was one pointed intervals during the evening. of the most successful, interesting, and The scholars were invited to another numerously attended that has been held recreation, more peculiarly their own, in the above school, was brought to a at the same place, for the following close a little after nine o'clock, by votes evening; after which the meeting broke of thanks to the ladies who had pro- up, it being a little before ten, very much vided trays, the persons who had de- gratified with the pleasure and entercorated the school, and the chairman tainment that had been afforded.--From for presiding on the occasion.
a Preston Newspaper
Departed this life on the 20th SepTo the Editor.
tember, 1861, in his 28th year, Mr. John Dear Sir,-I am sorry to find that a Holt, of Adswood-lane, Stockport. Our difference of opinion exists as to the lamented brother had been distressingly number of persons who attended the ill for some months; but he bore his late course of four lectures in St. James's sufferings with Christian patience and Hall. In the report which appeared in fortitude. During the latter period of your January number, it was stated that his illness, he often expressed entire
the audiences were about 800 the first resignation to his Heavenly Father's evening; somewhat less the second and will, and manifested the enjoyment of third evenings,-both stormy nights; an inward peace beyond his powers of and above a thousand at the last lec- utterance. His conduct, both in his life ture;" which numbers were given as and at his death, made such an impresagreeing with the views of the committee sion on all who knew him, as led them generally, confirmed, in at least one in- to admire the power of that religion stance, by the positive assertion of the which guided and sustained him. As proprietor of the ball, whose opinion he was an exemplary member of the was considered reliable. I have, how. Church, so was he a most useful memever received a communication, stating ber of his own particular society, as that “about 400 at the first; rather less manifested by his active exertions in at the second and third ; and over 500 the various offices which he filled, of at the last,” would have been tolerably secretary, book steward, organist, and correct, and adding that the number Sunday - school teacher. In this last given as being present at the last lecture capacity, his regular attendance, bis was the result of two countings by one piety, and his affection for the children, gentleman, corroborated by the counting rendered his labours highly successful. of two other individuals.-I am, dear His removal, with that of his brother sir, truly yours,
F. P. James, which took place about six weeks
previously, is a severe loss to the StockMRS. BUSH AND HER CHILDREN. port society, of which they had been To the Editor.
for some years past the principal workDear Sir,-In order to make my state- ing supporters, and a great trial to their ment in this matter quite complete, I parents and to their bereaved partners must trouble you once more.
in life. May the Divine Providence who After I wrote to you in December, in has removed them to a happier place, order to be in time for your issue on turn this dispensation into a blessing to 1st January, two additional subscriptions those who are left behind! D. Fox. arrived in time to be sent with the final remittance by the United States mail of Died on the 28th November, 1861, at 21st December.
the house of her youngest son, Mr. The final account will therefore stand Henry Noar, Cheetham, Manchester, as follows:
Mrs. Ellen Noar, aged 78 years.
was the relict of the late William Noar, Total receipts as reported. .£170 12 0 and the mother of a large family, who Shrewsbury, 1 subscriber.. 3 0 0 have been brought up in, and associated Egremont, Cheshire, 1 ditto
0 with, the New Church for many years.
Being a member of the Salford society,
£174 12 0 she enjoyed the spiritual instruction Postages, and printing sub
and lucid opening of the Divine Word scription list
2 4 0 by the late Rev. David Howarth. The
doctrines of the New Jerusalem afforded Balance
£172 8 0 her especial delight, particularly on the
subject of the trinity. She was wont to This balance represents the sum I say, that previous to becoming achave remitted to Mrs. Bush, per Messrs. quainted with the New Church, the Baring Brothers, viz., £27. 108. on 12th Athanasian Creed had given her more October, and £144. 188. on 21st Decem- anxiety than all her other trials and ber, 1861.-Yours faithfully,
troubles put together. She loved to GEORGE WALLIS. read the writings of our author; and in
this respect afforded a worthy example
to all her brethren. Having been al- they have sustained. They will miss most deprived of the sense of hearing his wise counsel and guidance,-having for several of the later years of her all the weight which belongs to a large earthly pilgrimage, sbe devoted every and varied experience of men and affairs, opportunity to the perusal of these heart- coupled with a strong sense of duty and consoling and soul-elevating works. Her firmly rooted religious principle. But attendance at the Lord's table was ex. they have yet a Counsellor wiser than all! emplary. She was a kind mother, a To a large circle of friends Mr. Dorning patient, duty-doing member of society, was endeared by the worth and solidity and an humble Christian. After a slow of his character, the practical wisdom but gradual decay of her physical which is the result, at once, of wide expowers, which at times gave her great perience and deep thought, and by the pain, she passed into the spiritual readiness with which he placed himself world, fully leaning on the divine bosom at the service of those who sought his of the Lord Jesus. Seeing some of her counsel and advice. There are many children moved to tears at her evidently with whom he was intimately associated approaching departure, she said, "You in his responsible and multifarious duall seem very sorry for me, but I am ties, always performed with the strictest very happy,"clearly evincing that calm order, method, and punctuality, who will resignation of spirit which gives forti. lose in him a friend of rare prudence tude and patience to the true Christian. and sagacity. Her end was peace!
STELLA. Mr. Dorning was, in the earlier part
of his life, one of the members of the Departed this life, December 9th, 1861, Manchester society, while the Rev. at his residence, Mount Vernon, Liver: Richard Jones was its minister. He pool, Mr. John Dorning, aged 64 years. often spoke of the peculiarly beautiful Mr. Dorning's departure into the spi. character of that good man; and dwelt ritual world was not unexpected by his with pleasure on the time when the relatives and friends. For several years energy of youth, and the leisure at his each winter had found him less able to disposal, enabled him to devote himwithstand the attacks to which he was self to the work of Sunday-school in. liable at that season; and frequent resort struction in connection with that society. to the milder climate of the South, and IIe subsequently removed to Liverpool, the devoted care and constant solicitude and became a member of the society of his family, could only retard his ap. there, though the extent and impor. proaching departure. But so often had tance of his many engagements, calling these attacks been softened by unceasing him frequently to distant parts of the care, that when the hour at length arri. country, prevented the continuance of ved which terminated his earthly career, the activity of his earlier years. But it scarcely found his family prepared wherever he went, it was his delight to for so severe an affliction. His innate converse upon religious topics, and to energy of character had hidden, even introduce, directly or indirectly, the from himself, the nearness of his disso- doctrines of the New Church. He was lution; but when its inevitable approach greatly averse to treating these in a was made known to him, he was peace- sectarian spirit, believing that they conful and resigned, and glided, at last, stituted a new dispensation; and that almost imperceptibly out of time into it was mainly important that men eternity. By his family, whose love for should be led to heaven by reception of him was mingled with reverence, his and obedience to the truth. He incul. departure was, at first, received as a cated in his family that which he spoke severe calamity ; but trust in an all- of abroad; and all his children are now merciful Providence will lead them to attached members of the Lord's New bear with Christian patience the loss Church.
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