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“ That the services of brother Simpson, late of Cottenham ....... .J. Green. Galashiels, be called into request, in order to his Haddenham ..G. G. Bailey: acting as evangelist of the Union, and that the Islebam
W. W. Cantlow. appointment be for six months, leaving his re- Landbeach, ..C. R. Player. engagement between himself and the Executive Soham.....
....J. Cooper. Committee."
Swavesey ..............J. C. Wooster.
Wilburton ...........J. Dring. The meetings of the Union were appoint
Willingham ............R. R. Blinkhorn. ed to be held in Glasgow next year, and brother Johnston to preach.
The rules adopted for the regulation of the Brother Thomson having resigned his body were these :secretaryship to the Union, it was unanimously resolved, on the motion of brother “1. That this association be denominated The Taylor
Cambridgeshire and Isle of Ely Auxiliary Baptist
ticular Baptist Churches. “That the hearty thanks of the Union be presented to brother Thomson for the service he has “II. That the designs of this Association be to rendered its interests.".
cultivate acquaintance with sister churches, to pro
mote love and unity among all the brethren, but The general report of the year being sub-chiefly to extend the gospel in the neighbourhood. mitted to the meeting, it was moved by "III. That the congregational order of these brother Taylor, seconded by brother Hamil
churches be maintained inviolate. ton, and resolved, that it be adopted and “IV. That when God in his providence shall printed as last year, and the letters from the deprive any of the associated churches of the ser churches appended.
vices of its minister, the sister churches shall, upon According to arrangement of last year, needed assistance according to their several ability.
receiving application, endeavour to render the brother Taylor preached an able discourse on the question, "What is truth ?" on Tuesday “ V. That we will by all means discountenance a evening, in the large and substantial chapel
litigious spirit, regarding it as destructive of peace, lately purchased by the Cupar church, in concord, and amity, which are the honour and felicit; which the other meetings were also held. On Wednesday evening the annual soiree “VI. That should dissensions or divisions arise
in or among any of the churches, or between any of took place. After tea, addresses were de
the brethren, and an appeal be made to this body, livered by brethren Simpson, on Christian no discussion shall be permitted, until at least one Usefulness; Walbran, to the Inquirer; John- of the parties concerned shall assure it, that the ston, the Day of Small Things ; Taylor, an
means of reconciliation appointed by the Head of
the church have been tried in vain. Then it shall outline of the State of the World during the
be competent to this body to endeavour to effect an Millennium ; Bannister of Perth, Recapitu- adjustment of the difference with a view to reconlation; and Vanderlip of New York, on the ciliation, by any means which are agreeable to the Denomination in the United States. The faith or practice of any.
word of God, not exercising dominion over the intervals between the addresses were appropriately relieved with sacred music of the “VII. That each church in this Association finest description. The meeting was large, annually make a collection in behalf of its funds, harmonious, and enthusiastic. The sum of a report of its condition, number of members, £4 108. was collected, as its subscription to scholars, &c., showing the increase or decrease durthe funds of the Union.
ing the past year. On the whole, we are bound to congratulate
"VIII. That an annual public meeting be beld the churches on the meetings of the present in the month of May, when the letters from the year. They have quieted the fears of many, several ch
shall be read, a moderator, trea and exceeded the hopes of all. Not only did
gurer, and secretary chosen, appointments made,
and the general business transacted. they afford a happy season of Christian intercourse and enjoyment, and not only did “IX. That each church be at liberty to delegate they inspire the various brethren present with two messengers to aocompany its minister as ite a spirit of greater confidence, zeal, and representatives at the annual meeting of the Assodetermination; but in the fruits of last year's labours, they have produced the earnest of “X. That an annual circular letter be addressed still greater progress, and point to the speedy to the churches. The subject of the letter, and the dawn of a brighter day, and the ultimate submitted to the ministers and delegates for adoptapproach of a rich harvest of triumph !
“XI. That it be recommended to each church to insert these resolutions in the church book, to be
signed by its pastor, and two or more members, in ASSOCIATIONS.
the name of the whole church." CAMBRIDGESHIRE.
After prayer by Mr. Cooper of Landbeach,
Mr. Wooster was chosen moderator, and Mr. An association was formed at Swavesey, Green secretary.
A circular letter was May 30, 1849, comprising eight churches. adopted, written by Mr. Player,
on the Duty
and Necessity of Promoting Christian Union wish to be accommodated, at a charge not exceeding with a view to the Extension of the Redeem
one shilling and sixpence, and a tea for sixpence, er's kingdom."
“ VIII. That a treasurer and two secretaries be Statistics.
appointed at every annual meeting for the ensuing Baptized during the preced
“IX. That each church shall send its contribution 51
to the annual meeting."
The above rules having been unanimously
17 Clear increase in the eight churches . . 34
agreed upon, it was resolved :Number of members ....................
580 Scholars ................
"I. That the next annual meeting be held at the Teachers
baptist chapel, Garland Street, Bury St. Edmund's,
on the first Thursday in July, 1850. The next annual meeting is to be held at Wilberton.
“II. That at the annual meeting of this Union arrangements be made to facilitate the objects of
the Baptist Foreign Mission in this county; and SUFFOLK BAPTIST HOME MISSIONARY UNION.
that for the ensuing year brethren Elven, Webb,
Lord, T. Ridley, Pollard, Lacey, Cowell, Bayley, Ten churches have associated themselves that purpose.
H. Gill, and Lambert, be appointed a committee for together under this title.
“III. The sum of £34 was then voted from the Aldborough
funds of the Union, for the purposes specified in Bildestone...............
Rule II. Botesdale
..-Trickett. Bradfield. ...G. Ward.
“ IV. That brother W. Bayley be appointed trea. Bury ......... ...C. Elven.
surer, and brethren Elven and Lewis secretaries, Diss.. ........J. P. Lewis.
for the following year.” Eye
- Carpenter. Ipswich, Stoke Green J. Webb.
Assembled again in the chapel for the
evening service, at half past six o'clock, when
a public meeting was held, brother Lord in Having met at Turret Green chapel, Ips- the chair. Brethren Bayne and Webb wich, Thursday, July 5th, 1849, several prayed, and brethren Lewis and Elven debrethren prayed, routine business was trans- livered addresses on Personal and Relative acted, and the following were adopted as the Religion, when the meeting was concluded revised Rules of the Organization :
by the doxology and benediction, and a col“1. That this society be called The Suffolk Bap
lection made for the funds of the “Homo tist Home Missionary Union.
Missionary Union.” “II. That its object be the support and extension
Statistics. of home missionary operations, by aiding poor and Number of churches whose reports were deserving churches, planting perinanent stations, received
9 and promoting the cause of Christ by local efforts,
103 in any other ways approved by the ministers and
By letter or experience 17 messengers at the annual meeting.
122 "I11. That any evangelical baptist church in the
27 county or its borders, that shall contribute to its
Removed by death............
Dismissed funds by subscriptions or annual collections, be
20 eligible for membership.
70 “IV. That an annual meeting of the representatives of this society be held at a place appointed by
Clear increase in the year...
1352 the previous annual meeting, on the first Thursday
Number of members.... in July; and that during the services at least one
189 public collection bo made on behalf of the funds.
Sunday School Teachers
27 "V. That every church in this unior. be represented at the annual meeting by its minister and one or two delegated members, who shall be entitled to vote on every subject which may come under their
NEW CHAPEL. consideration.
BARNSLEY, YORKSHIRE. “ VI. That the services of the annual meeting be as follows :-To assemble at half-past ten o'clock By the liberality and zeal of Mr. John precisely, when the morning shall be devoted to Wood of Worsbro' Dale and a few gentlemen devotional exercises, and reading the statistics sent in the neighbouring town, who with him have by the churches. The afternoon to be appropriated to business, and the other services to be such as
commenced the undertaking, a neat baptist shall be determined by the church where the annual chapel has been erected in Barnsley, capable, meeting is held.
without galleries, of seating 350 persons. “VII. That a dinner be provided for the minis- The opening services commencing on the 5th ters and messengers, and such other friends as may of July closed on the 22nd of that month
VOL. XII.-FOURTH SERIES.
with the administration of the Lord's supper relatives, he did not make a public profession to the small church previously gathered. of religion till Dec. 28, 1828, when he was Sermons were preached by brethren Dowson baptized and received into the church at of Bradford, Stalker of Leeds, Roe of Bir- Bethel chapel, Cheltenham, then under the mingham, Burchell of Rochdale, Stowell, care of the Rev. James Smith. Upon the president of Masbro' College, Dr. Godwin of secession of the former with several of the Bradford, Beddow of Barnsley, and Larom members to form the church afterwards meetof Sheffield. These services were well | ing at Salem chapel, Mr. Channon, being of attended, and gave cheering promise of sub- the number, was unanimously chosen to the sequent success. The chapel, at a sufficient office of deacon, an office which he used well, distance from other places of Worship, is in and in which he continued to the close of the midst of a large population that stands in bis valuable life, to enjoy the confidence and special need of religious attention. The affection of his pastor, his colleagues, and his building is constructed so as easily to admit fellow members. It might be truly said of the erection of a gallery and school rooms. him, that as a Christian he was “ faithful and A Sunday school will be gathered immedi- feared God above many." His general ex. ately. The ground, which is freehold, has perience was more distinguished by habitual been given by Mr. Wood, and nearly £200 heavenly-mindedness than by any remarkable have been collected towards the expense of changes. For many years he had enjoyed the building, the cost of which will be about peace with God, through faith in the atone£700. This effort is looked upon with favour ment and righteousness of our Lord Jesus by Christians of other denominations in the Christ. His trials were various and sometown, several of whom have liberally contri- times heavy, but he never manifested impabuted towards it. In the hands of a suitable tience, nor yielded to extreme despondency. minister, for which the little church is now Prayer was his unfailing resource. He obpraying, the effort will, by the divine bless- tained support and relief in trouble by casting ing, be a permanent source of spiritual good his burden upon the Lord. The malady, to many in this town in connexion with the which at length terminated his earthly baptist denomination.
course (a peculiar disease of the heart), often caused him severe pain, and excited the
apprehension of his friends. On one occaORDINATION.
sion, after a paroxysm of extreme suffering,
he was asked whether his trials and sufferSWANWICK, DERBYSHIRE.
ings did not at times diminish his spiritual Mr. R. Miller, late of Harboro', having enjoyments, the reply he made strongly intiaccepted a unanimous invitation from the mated that as his sufferings abounded, so also baptist church at Swanwick near Alfreton, To another friend with whom he conversed
did his “consolations by Christ abound." entered upon his labours there in July.
but a few days before the event, speaking of his departure he said, “ The will of the Lord
be done." In the domestic circle bis humble The baptist church in this town having had and consistent piety shone brightly. The the services of Mr. Alexander Pitt, late of family altar was never neglected. His chilAshton-under-Lyne, for about two months, dren felt that their eternal interests lay near during which time he commended himself to the heart of their beloved parent; and the greatly to the people by his Christian spirit, true happiness and union known only in have given him a warm invitation to remain those families in which God is acknowledged with them. Having accepted this call he and honoured, were realized by them in a entered on his stated ministrations, August large degree. It was the delight of this 26th.
truly good man to see two of his dear children united to the church ; and it is the earnest
prayer of the writer of this sketch and many RECENT DEATHS.
other Christian friends, that a petition he frequently used in prayer may be fully an.
swered, that all his children might become Mr. Charles Henry Channon, who depart. the children of God. The last act of his life ed this life on the 15th of January, 1849, was to engage in prayer with his family; in was born in the city of Bath in the year about two hours after the close of his usual 1799. When quite a child he lost his father. evening service he was called to commence At nine years of age he was taken under the the work of perpetual praise in the celestial care of a pious aunt, who became the guide temple. He had appeared quite as well as of his youth, and whose consistent example he had been for some time during the day, and godly instructions he acknowledged, by retired to rest about ten o'clock, and fell the divine blessing, to have been the means asleep. A few minutes before twelve o'clock of his conversion in early life. From some he awoke his companion, to whom he comcauses not exactly known by his surviving plained of difficulty of breathing, and ex
MR. C.H. CHANNON.
pressed his consciousness of approaching that the bittern933 of bereavement was death. His eldest son being in an adjoining alleviatel, beciuse she had not "to sorrow room instantly came to the help of his parents. | as those who have no hope." Having drank His father was in prayer as he entered the the cup of sorrow herself she was the better room, he had just time to ask him if he then qualified to sympathize with those who had realized the presence and preciousness of the to drink it too: hence the reader will be Saviour, the dying Christian quickly answered prepared for the following appropriate rein the affirmative, and immediately “ fell marks, addressed in a letter to a friend who asleep in Jesus.". May all those who knew was mourning over the dying bed of her him, and admired his Christian consistency, husband. • To us who are blinded by the become followers of his divine Master, and veil of sense it appears that a succession of partakers with him of eternal life.
temporal ease and prosperity would be desirable, but the Almighty sees it not so,
and therefore is pleased to disappoint our The late Mrs. Parsley of Diss grew to schemes of earthly bliss and interrupt our years of maturity a stranger to God, and enjoyments by sending affliction in our entered on the duties of married life before families, and thus wounding us in our ten. she knew her need of a Saviour, or the derest feelings. O could we look beyond power of his renovating grace. Her first present things how calmly and submissively religious impressions were produced while should we bow to the dispensations of proviresiding at St. James' in the vicinity of dence, how much would it relieve our minds Bungay, through conversation with an indi- to reflect, that all things are under the guidvidual in the humbler walks of life, who ance of a wise and gracious Father, who was a member of the church of Christ at knoweth our frame, and remembereth that Wortwell. The Divine Being often works we are bat dust. Í should rejoice to hear by feeble means and humble instrumentality that you are enabled to bow with humble in the accomplishment of the purposes of his submission to the will of your heavenly mercy. After the removal of Mrs. Parsley Father, who has promised that all things and her family to the neighbourhood of Disi, shall work for good to those who put their she was induced by an aunt to attend the trust in him ; and let me advise you to be worship of God at the baptist chapel, and earnest and frequent at a throne of grace, having heard the word of truth to profit, and subunit the cause of your afflicted partner continued with more or less constancy to and yourself to him from whom alone prowait on the great Jehovah in unison with his ceed the issues of life and death.' We know people there for more than forty years. She that all things are possible with God, but it embraced the doctrines of the bible as her is best to be prepared for whatever the worst religious creel, the atonement of the cross may be. Oh, may you be guided by his as the foundation of her hope, the Lord Jesus counsel, and may your dear partner be Christ as her divine and omnipotent Saviour, enabled to commit himself and all his conand the Holy Spirit as her heavenly con- cerns to Jesus, who has promised to sustain forter and guide, by whose influence and such as cast their burden upon him. May agency she drew nigh unto God; and exhibited he sea Jesus as having made satisfaction for in a consistent and pious life the practical the sins of his people, and rest his eternal power of the religion of Jesus. Like most all upon the righteousness and perfect work of the true servants of God, “in the world of the adorable Redeemer. It is not by she had tribulation.” She was early left a looking to anything that we have done that widow, and some years after the dear can give relief to the mind, for alas ! our amiable and promising children in whom righteousness is but as filthy razs, but in she delighted were all removed from her to Christ there is pardon and salvation to all the world beyond the grave. But these trials who sensible of their own inability have fled though severe she received grace to sustain to him. May the Lord in mercy direct his with submission to the divine will, and could thoughts to these all important truths, and in after years view them as designed for her may the Holy Spirit guide him in the apsoul's best welfare. In a letter to a friend plication of them to his case, that it may be written January 1823, she says, “ You have made evident he is interested in those great heard the melancholy intelligence of my and glorious blessings which the apostle dear daughter's death which I keenly feel. describes as being more than eye hath seen, Yet I would be truly thankful that I can say or ear hath heard. Be not afraid, my dear, providence is kind in mixing much mercy of speaking to him on his eternal state. I with the afflictive dispensations he is pleased know it is a delicate point to touch upon, to call me to pass through, in enabling my but it is of great importance, and calculated dear Marianne to leave so clear a testimony above all others to bring satisfaction to your of her happy exit from a trying troublesome mind.” world to enjoy the presence of her dear The anxiety which this letter displays for Redeemer through the countless ages of the eternal welfare of another was common eternity." Thus we have her own evidence to her, as indeed it is to all who are truly religious. Hence she spent much of her affliction, and never, he trusts, without time in visiting the afflicted poor, relieving profit to his own soul. Through the greater their temporal necessities out of her own part of her life she was distressed with the bounty, and giving them such religious in- fear of death, though those who understood struction as their circumstances required. the true nature of her piety had no fear for Anxiety to do good to the souls of her fellow her. But latterly this feeling was mercifully sinners, made her for many years one of the removed. More than once she observed that most useful visitors of the Diss benevolent though she felt death to be most solemn and society, which administers pecuniary relief most important, yet that that distressing fear and religious instruction, with reading the of it from which she suffered so many years word of God and prayer. Some years ago she no longer felt. She could trust the she visited the writer in a period of affliction, divine Redeemer with her eternal all, feeling and after suitable conversation knelt down at that nothing short of an interest in the atonehis bedside and offered to heaven a sweetly ment of the cross can sustain the sinking appropriate prayer. In her he has lost a soul in the dying hour. The day before her most kind and truly attached friend, whose death the writer read to her the 2nd chap. friendship was under the influence of Chris- of Hebrews, in which it is said, that Christ tian principle, and was uniformly kind and through death will“ deliver them whothrough constant. She was strictly conscientious, and fear of death were all their lifetime subject therefore before entering on any course, or to bondage.” When she said, “ That has engaging in any work would ask herself
, Is been my case even from a child, but now it right? and after due consideration being thank God I am delivered from it.” When convinced of the path of duty, she was resolv- death came it did not alarm her, but she died ed to pursue it. In like manner did she as she lived, praying, and praying too för consider the dealings of God, and endeavour those dear friends whom she has left behind to bring her mind to acquiesce in the divine in the world. will.
In her the poor have lost a generous Though she was strongly attached to the house friend, the cause of Christ a steady and of God, as was evidenced by her uniform at liberal supporter, and the members of her tendance on the means of grace, both on the own family one who did not fail to pray for sabbath and during the week when health would them all. Mrs. Parsley died gently “ as fades permit, she never joined the church by a the summer cloud away” on Friday, April public profession in obedience to the Saviour's 27th, in the 75th year of her age. Her death known commands. This she regretted, yea, was improved by the Rev. J. P. Lewis, at the deplored as the light of eternity dawned upon baptist chapel to a crowded congregation of her, and she felt herself drawing near the churchmen and dissenters from Rev. xiv. 13. time when she would have to give an account She has left legacies to various religious of her stewardship. Let her dying regrets objects, amongst which are Home and Foreign have their due effect on others who know Missions. their Lord's will but do it not. The affliction which terminated in her death was a cancer. In a letter written during the summer of 1848 she thus refers to it. “On Tuesday in last week I was on a sudden attacked with Ann, the beloved and lamented wife of bleeding in the diseased part of my neck, Mr. Andrew Brooks of the Temperance which I suppose continued ten or twelve House, Beamond Cross, Newark, who fell minutes. . I hope to lie prostrate in the asleep in Jesus, June 23, 1849, aged fortyhands of God who has given me so many nine years, was brought to the enjoyment of proofs of his indulgent care over me, and who personal religion early in life, and at the age does not afflict willingly, or take pleasure in of fourteen was baptized and united to the grieving the children of men. Oh! may I baptist church, Newark, of which community hear the rod, and who hath appointed it. she continued a most consistent and useful Pray for me that I may not faint in the day member until removed from the church miliof adversity. May I be supported by the tant to the church triumphant above. She manifestations of a Saviour's love to my was a woman of no ordinary attainments in soul; but that Saviour has been slighted and piety and intelligence, and eminently excellnot sought after with that avidity which ed in conversation, especially on religious ought to have been displayed. His com- subjects, which were her delight. In her mands have been slighted, and I have now to principles as a baptist and nonconformist she mourn over my neglect of them." She thus was uncompromising, and ready to advocate felt that sins of omission were sources of them on all suitable occasions.
She was sorrow as well as those of commission, and always ready for every good word and work, as much needed the application of the willing to spend and be spent in the service Saviour's cleansing and pardoning blood. of her Redeemer.
The writer had the pleasure of visiting She was married young, and called to Mrs. Parsley through the whole of her endure much family and personal suffering