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ST. JOHN'S CHURCH, WATERBURY.
REV. J. L. CLARK, RECTOR. Families, 143; baptisms infants, 45, adults, 10; confirmed, 23; communicants-added, by removals, 7, anew, 34, lost, by death, 3, removals, 6, ent number, 201 ; marriages, 8; burials, 16; Sunday School-teachers, 49, scholars, 196 ; missionary and charitable contributions, $541, distributed as follows: to the General Missionary Society, #481, to be equally divided between the two committee's; to the Christian Knowledge Society, $80; to the Church Scholarship Society, $136; for building a Church in New Britain, $108; to the Treasurer of the General Theological Seminary, towards defraying the current expenses of that institution, $20; from the children of the Sunday School, for the benefit of the Sunday School at New Albany, Indiana, $16.
A regular weekly lecture has been held in the Church during the year, and occasional lectures in the extreme parts of the Parish.
With devout thankfulness to Almighty God, the Rector is enabled to report a decidedly increasing interest in the cause of vital religion among his people. Within a few months last past, it has been his privilege, in many instances, to perform that most delightful of all duties of a Christian minister, the conducting deeply convicted and earnestly inquiring minds to the cross of Christ.
ST. PAUL'S CHURCH, WALLINGFORD.
REV. L. D. HULL, RECTOR. Families, 95 ; baptisms,infants, 5; communicants-added, by removals, 1, anew, 1, present number, 65; marriage, 1; burials, 10; Sunday School teachers, 5, scholars, 35; Bible class, 10; missionary and charitable contributions, $20, S. P. C. K. $10.
This Parish has undergone no material change since last year. A disposition to neglect the ordinances of the Church still continues. This will be seen by a reference to the number of baptisms and new communicants, but I cannot but hope that apathy upon this point, as well as upon personal piety, will by the Divine Grace be removed. The temporal affairs of the Parish have suffered in some measure in consequence of the general depression of business. Several families have left the place, which reduces the number from last year. The congregation, on Sundays, has however increased—the average number has been considerably greater than the preceding year. There have been lectures, generally on Sunday afternoon or evening, in some part of the Parish, and frequently on other evenings of the week." These lectures have been well attended, and the result has been beneficial to the congregation.
CHRIST'S CHURCH, GUILFORD.
REV. EDWARD J. DARKEN, RECTOR. Families, 60 ; baptisms—infants, 6, adults, 1; confirmed, 3; communicantsadded, anew, 1, lost, by death, 3, removals, 2, present number, 66; marriages, 2; burials, 4; missionary and charitable contributions, $23.39.
The above is the report as handed to me by the Rev. L. H. Corson, late Rector of the Parish, who resigned the charge last Easter, to which I have to add as follows: marriages, 1 ; burials, 2; Sunday School-teachers, 12, scholars, 53; missionary and charitable contributions, $5.25.
REV. L. H. CORSON.
The foregoing report embraces the time between the meeting of the Convention, in 1837, and the 5th Sunday in Lent of the present year, at which latter period my connection with the Parish of Guilford, as its Rector, ceased.
Since Easter, I have officiated one Sunday in St. Paul's Church, Windham, at which time I baptized an infant danghter of the Rev. as. Í. Todd, the minister of that Parish, three Sundays in Trinity Church, Branford, and three Sundays in Zion's Church, North Branford.
TRINITY CHURCH, BRANFORD. Families, (about) 52; communicants, (about) 40. The exact number of families and communicants cannot be ascertained; of families, on account of the present general neglect in registering the names of persons attached to the congregation; and of the communicants, because “the love of many has waxed cold,” and it is doubisul whether they commune anywhere. This Parish has a flourishing Sunday School, and is making laudable exertions to procure the entire services of a resident clergyman.
ZION CHURCH, NORTH BRANFORĎ. Families, 8; communicants, 9. This little flock has a house of worship, that has stood nearly twenty years in an unfinished state, during most of which time the sound of the Gospel has not been heard within its walls. Arrangements have recently been made for its completion. Were this united with some of the neighbouring Parishes, it would doubtless grow in numbers. The faith, and zeal, and simplicity of the little band that attends the services of the Church in this place, is worthy of all praise.
ST. PETER'S CHURCH, CHESHIRE.
REV. E. E. BEARDSLEY, RECTOR. Families, 55; baptisms infants, 14; adults, 2; confirmed, 5; communicants--added, by removals, 2, anew, 14, lost, by death, 2, removals, 1, present number, 91; marriages, 4; burials, 6; Sunday School-teachers, 14, scholars, 50, Bible Class, 13; missionary and charitable contributions, $40, $11 of it to the Society for Promotion of Christian Knowledge.
With a sense of gratitude to God, the Rector of this Parish reports its prosperous condition. At no period since his connection with it, has the attendance upon the regular services of the Church been as large as at the present time; and during the past year several additions have been made to the communion, of a character calculated to produce a general and salutary influence upon both the religious and the irreligious. He hopes and prays that nothing will occur to prevent among the people of his charge the steady growth of piety; for he does not believe that a Parish can be regarded as in a truly prosperous condition, which only stands still; which lingers on the same ground, and exhibits no evidence of advancement in spiritual things.
The usual number of extra services has been held, and the series of lectures delivered during the season of Lent were well attended. The Sunday School has been re-organized, and a new and better interest seems to be manifested in its concerns on the part of both teachers and scholars.
ST. ANDREW'S CHURCH, MERIDEN.
REV. JOHN MARSHALL GUION, RECTOR. Families, 63; baptisms—infants, 17; communicants-added, 7, lost, by removals, 9, present number, 106; marriages, 1; burials, 2; Sunday School teachers, 13, scholars, 68; missionary and charitable contributions—Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society, $7, Society for the Promotion of Christian Knowledge, $5, Sunday School, $7.
Emigration has deprived this Parish of several families and communicants; among them some of its most worthy and useful members. Still it continues respectable for numbers, and, it is trusted, not without a corresponding measure of sincere and growing piety. The Ladies' Benevolent Society continues its labours of usefulness and mercy, and has recently appropriated $175 towards the improvement of the Church edifice, which undertaking, for a long time indispensable to the external prosperity of the Parish, steps are now in pro
gress to accomplish. The Rector has occupied his time with the ordinary routine of clerical duties, with the addition of extra service at special seasons. His attention has been more particularly directed to the young of the congregation, as the future hope, and, indeed, the only stable element of the Christian's hope. The lamentable neglect of early religious instruction, as well as of the Saviour's precept, in his own appointed ordinance, to suffer little children to come unto him, has been to the Rector a subject of deep regret, as periling the spiritual welfare of the individuals concerned, and also threatening the Church's future prosperity. The efforts to obviate the evil have thus far been crowned with success. The presentation of twelve little children for baptism, on Whitsunday, eleven of them by two widowed mothers, the first fruits of these efforts, is among the gratifying indications; but in this matter, through the word spoken, the Lord hath opened the hearts of his servants to the truth, and with other encouragements manifested the increasing influence of more correct and Christian views than have heretofore prevailed.
CHRIST CHURCH, BETHANY.
REV. J. H. ROUSE, RECTOR. Families, 100; baptisms—infants, 6, adults, 2; confirmed, 8; communicants-added, by removals, 4, anew, 8, lost, by death, 1, present number, 110 ; marriages, 11; burials, 7; Sunday School-teachers, i0, scholars, 60; Bible Class, 14; missionary and charitable contributions, $50, including the avails of the Ladies' Sewing Society.
So far as the condition of this Parish is concerned, externally, it may be truly said to be prosperous. But, alas! the Rector is under the painful necessity of adding, at the same time, the humiliating confession, that its spiritual advancement is at present indeed far below what he could most ardently desire. Few have been heard, of late, “inquiring the way to Zion, with their faces thitherward;”-very few newly enlisted friends of the Redeemer " come to her solemn feasts." Brethren, pray for us !
GRACE CHURCH, HAMDEN.
REV. HENRY FITCH, RECTOR. Families, 60; baptisms-infants, 4; confirmed, 4; communicants-added, by removals, 4, anew, 7, lost, by death, 3, removals, 5, present number, 54 ; marriages, 1; burials, 8; Sunday School-teachers, 8, scholars, 45; missionary and charitable contributions, $9.17.
My duties in this Parish were commenced on the 16th of July, 1837, since which time the congregation has gradually increased, and its present condition and prospects are encouraging.
REV. EDWARD J. IVES, RECTOR. Families, 35; baptisms—infants, 5; communicants--added, anew, 11, present number, 35; marriages, 1; burials, 3 ; Sunday School-teachers, 4, scholars, 35; missionary and charitable contributions--for“ the Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge,” $3.50.
With regard to Christ Church, East Haven, no serious changes have taken place, but what will ultimately conduce to our prosperity. Unity and love generally prevail among us.
My weekly lectures have been, through the blessing of God, productive of much good, as appears in the additional number of view communicants; and the unusual degree of attention paid to the subject of religion, for many past months, has not yet ceased. ` More, I humbly pray, will earnestly and anxiously seek for the one thing needful.” The ladies and gentlemen of the society deserve great credit for improving the outward appearance of the Church.
ST. JOHN'S CHURCH, NORTH GUILFORD.
REV. D. BALDWIN, RECTOR. Families, 34; baptisms- infants, 6; confirmed, 5; communicants-added, by removals, 2, anew, 2, lost, by death, 4, present number, 38; burials, 8; Sunday School-leachers, 5, scholars, 20; missionary and charitable contributions, $4.74.
Since the last Convention I have officiated in this Church every other Sunday, on several other occasions, and administered the Lord's Supper six times.
From the last Convention to Easter, 1838, I officiated every other Sunday in Trinity Church, Branford, and administered the Lord's Supper five times. Baptisms,infants, 2; confirmed, 5; burials, 4; marriages, 3.
UNION CHURCH, HUMPHREYSVILLE.
REV. JOHN D. SMITH, RECTOR. Families, 112; baptisms-adults, 1, infants, 28;. communicants-added, 10, died or removed, 5, present number, 73; confirmed, 2; marriages, 7; burials, 13; Sunday School-teachers, 10, scholars, 60; contribution to the s. P.C. K., $5.
The condition of this Parish is much the same as last reported. Although it has felt, during the past year, the pecuniary embarrassments common to our whole country, yet its zeal and unanimity in sustaining the worship of the Church, are still conspicuous.
ST. MICHAEL'S CHURCH, NAUGATUCK.
REV. OLIVER HOPSON, RECTOR. Families, 76; baptisrns-infants, 14, adults, 4; confirmed, 10; communicants—added, by removals, 1, anew, 13, lost, by removals, 3, present number, 61; marriages, 2; burials, 6; Sunday School -teachers, 20, scholars, 100; missionary and charitable contributions-Christian Knowledge Society, $5.10, Church in New Britain, $20, other objects, $21.03.
There are taken in this Parish, the present year, 25 copies of the Childrens' Magazine, 8 copies of the S. S. Visitor, and 17 copies of the Chronicle of the Church.
This Parish, in its external condition, may be said to be prosperous. It is steadily increasing in strength and numbers. It has a flourishing Sunday School. Entire harmony prevails among its members. An increased attention is paid to all the stated services of the Church; and some commendable interest is manifested in her various benevolent operations.
With respect to the spiritual character of the Parish, it would not become the Minister to speak with equal confidence. Yet, if he is at times called to mourn over instances of religious apathy and spiritual declension, he is, at others, encouraged with the belief that there are many who are taking a deeper interest in the advancement of religious truth, and who are themselves, as “they grow in age, growing also in grace.”
REV. OLIVER HOPSON, RECTOR. Families, 22; baptisms,infants, 3; communicants—added, anew, 1, lost, by removals, 2, present number, 26; marriages, 2; burials, 1; Sunday School teachers, 7, scholars, 21 ; missionary and charitable contributions-Christian Knowledge Society, $3, other objects, #2.95.
This small Parish has long laboured under many difficulties and discouragements, yet the faith and the patience which it has manifested under tribulation, and its zeal and steadfastness in holding fast the faith once delivered to the saints, are deemed worthy of high commendation. The services of the Church
are performed on each Lord's day, by pious laymen, in the absence of the minister. The plan of monthly missionary contributions has been adopted, and is in successful operation.
ST. GEORGE'S CHURCH, MILFORD.
REV. SIR VILIUS STOCKING, RECTOR. Families, 49; baptisms, 1; communicants, 55, removals, 3; marriages, 1 ; Sunday School small, but flourishing.
ft must be understood, that this report refers only to the time between November last and the present date. The situation of this Parish is rather interesting. As the society is small, and the supporters of the Church few, and having done beyond their ability for a few years past in supportiug services, they now not only need continued assistance from the Christian Knowledge Society, but the prayers and sympathies of the Church in general.
ST. LUKE'S CHURCH, WEST HAVEN.
REV. SIRVILIUS STOCKING, RECTOR. Families, 31; communicants, 37; Sunday School, small; contributions, $3.15. The people under my pastoral charge, in this Parish, as far as I am acquainted, seem to be piously and devoutly attached to the Church, and are seduously labouring to improve their conditions. ST. JAMES' CHURCH, WESTVILLE, AND ST. LUKE'S CHURCH,
REV. S. JEWETT, MINISTER, Buried, at Westville, 1 adult; baptized-infants, 1. Until this Church is finished, the communicants of this Parish will continue to receive the Holy Sacrament at Trinity Church, New Haven. Since my last report, seven have been confirmed. I continue, as heretofore, to divide my labours equally between this Parish and that of West Haven.
Burials, at West Haven, 1 infant and 1 adult; confirmed, 4; communicants, between 20 and 30.
Since Easter, the Rev. Mr. Stocking has held the Rectorship of this Church, at which he officiates one third of the time. For further information, I refer to
Owing to the peculiar state of the times, it has been thought advisable to suspend the labour on St. James' Church for a short time; but I am happy in being able to say, that matters are now in a train that warrant a recoinmencement of the work, and it is intended the edifice shall be finished and ready for consecration before Christmas.
The prospects in both these Parishes are highly flattering, if we can obtain the usual aid from the Society for the Promotion of Christian Knowledge. But, without this aid, they must ultimately get discouraged and fail. My services, on Sundays, are rendered gratuitously and cheerfully. This is all I can do for them. But we have had abundant examples in proof of the fact, that no Parish can do more than to barely exist with Sunday services only. A grant of one hundred dollars each is all they expect or ask; and I do most earnestly implore the persons who have the disposal of our missionary contributions to extend their aid to these two Parishes, than which there is not, I am persuaded, in the whole Diocese, two more deserving of their fostering care.
REV. A. C. MORGAN.
My clerical services have been confined to the occasional assistance of my brethren within this vicinity. My time is occupied exclusively with the academy which the Convention entrusted to my care. This, I am happy to say, has been prosperous during the last year, embracing a number of students preparing ultimately for the Christian ministry. On Sundays, a Bible class.