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bered by many. It may not, however, be received the confession of faith. The Rev. improper here to observe, that this flourish. | R. Slate, of Preston, offered the ordination ing church, whose zeal in the cause of prayer, with imposition of hands. A very missions and Christian education is well numerous company then took dinner in the known, is the happy fruit of some of the Assembly Room, kindly granted for the earliest labours of the Lancashire County occasion by Eccles Shorrock, Esq. Between Union, at a time when the spot was well dinner and tea several interesting speeches denominated Halshaw Moor. But now, in were delivered. The evening service was the midst of a rising town, the congregation commenced by the Rev. H. H. Scullard, having thrice enlarged the present chapel, Mill Hill. The charge to the minister was are gladly compelled to erect, on a more given by the Rev. R. Knill, of Chester; eligible site, a new and handsome edifice and the sermon to the people was preached capable of accommodating more than a , by the Rev. T. Rafies, D.D., LL.D., of thousand hearers; and to convert the old Liverpool. The Rev. J. C. M‘Michael, A. chapel into an additional Surday-school. ! Howson, J. Angou, H. Lings, and J. Who does not fervently pray, “ Now, Lord, Cameron (Baptist), also took part in the send prosperity,” such as shall far exceed services. The congregations were very the happy portion long enjoyed-so that all i crowded, and a powerful impression prearound this hill of Zion, there shall be a vailed through all the services of the dar. rich blessing on its teeming population? Mr. Clarke enters upon his large sphere of
labour as successor to the Rev. S. Nichols,
who, after a pastorate of nineteen years, bas On Friday, the 6th April, the Rev. Edwin been obliged to resign his charge through Day, of the Lancashire Independent Col- ill health. lege, was ordained to the pastorate of the church at Zion Chapel, Hyde, Cheshire.
In the morning, the Rev. A. E. Pearce, of Pendleton, conducted the opening devo
On Tuesday, the 17th April, the Rev. tional exercises ; the Rev. James Gwyther, Wm. Isaac was ordained to the pastorale of Manchester, delivered the introductory of the church assembling at Petersfield discourse; the Rev. J. L. Poore, of Sala Chapel, where he has been officiating since ford, received the confession of faith ; the August last. Rev. George Harris, of Ringwood, offered In the morning the Rev. James Morgan, the ordination prayer; the Rev. R. Vaughan, of Harting, conducted the opening devoD.D., President of the Lancashire Inde tional exercises; the Rev. W. Thorn, of pendent College, gave the charge to the Winchester, delivered the introductory disminister; and the Rev. John Clunie, LL.D., course; the Rev. Thos. Cousins, of Portsea, of Manchester, concluded the service with asked the usual questions; the Rev. F. W. prayer.
Meadows, of Gosport, offered the ordination In the evening, the Rev. James Griffin, prayer; the Rev. J. Leifchild, D.D, of of Manchester. preached the usual sermon | London, delivered an affectionate and imto the people.
pressive charge; and the Rev. C. E. James, The Revs. G. W. Clapham, S. S. Walker, of Chichester, concluded the service with and E. Straker, of the Lancashire Inde- prayer. pendent College, also took part in the ser
In the evening the Rev. A. Jones, of vices of the day.
Buckland, commenced the service by readOn the following Lord's day, the Rev. ing the Scriptures and prayer; the Rev, G. W. Clapham preached in the morning,
Thos. Adkins, of Southampton, preached and the Rev. George Harris in the after a powerful discourse to the church and noon and evening, in the former of which congregation; and the solemnities of the day he administered the Lord's supper.
were concluded by the Rev. Mr. Arnott, of Landport.
Many other of the neighbouring and On Tuesday, March 6th, the Rev. R. P. | country ministers were present on the Clarke, of the Western College, was or
occasion. dained as the pastor of the Church assem
After the morning service, about one bling in Lower Chapel, Over Darwen, Lan
hundred of the ministers and friends dined cashire. A preparatory sermon was
together; when animated addresses were preached on the previous evening by the
delivered by the Rev. Dr. Leifchild, the Rev. J. E. Feaston, of Wotton Underedge.
Rev. Thos. Adkins, and the Rev. Thos. The service on Tuesday morning was com
Cousins ; and Ed. Swaine, Esq., of London, menced by the Rev. G. B. Johnson, of who referred in an interesting manner to Over Darwen. who read the Scriptures and the happy connexion which had subsisted prayed. The Rev. R. Fletcher, of Man-, between himself and Mr. Isaac for upwards chester, delivered the introductory dis- of twenty years. course. The Rev. E. Jukes, of Blackburn,
Southampton; T. Aveling, of London; E.
Reading ; H. March, of Newbury, and OPENING OF TRINITY CHAPEL, QUEEN'S
others, took part in the subsequent proROAD, READING.
ceedings. The meeting was one of deep On Tuesday, March 20tb, the above new interest throughout; the religious tone of Congregational Chapel was opened for the speeches, the exemplification given of Divine worship. It was so recently as the Christian union, with the kind and cordial 29th of August, 1848, that the foundation feeling that pervaded all minds, rendered it stone was laid by the mayor of the borough. | an occasion of the most delightful nature. The rapid erection, therefore, of an editice During the course of the meeting, the treaof such a design and dimensions, has been surer, C. J. Andrews, Esq., read a statefelt, equally with the construction itself, to ment of the cash account and building fund, reflect great credit on the contractors, from which it appeared that the total cost Messrs. Cooper and Sons, of Maidenhead.. of the chapel and freehold land on which it The site of the chapel is a very open and stood would amount to about 3,5001. ; towards commanding plot of ground on the eastern this the congregation had raised 1,0651. ; side of the town, where numerous streets had received from friends, not members, and two handsome squares have been raised : 721, and had guaranteed in seven years during the last few years. It is, therefore, / 1,2001. advantageously situated to extend evangeli. ! On Lord's day, March 25th, the Rev. cal truth in an entirely new and fashionable James Hill, of Clapham, continued the neighbourhood. The building, which is i engagements with two most useful sermons; constructed of Swindon stone, with Bath and on the succeeding Sabbath evening, the stone dressings, is in the early English | Rev. J. Curwen, of Reading, took the last style, with a turret and pinnacle at each! of the opening services. The sum colof the four angles, a triflet window and lected at the various services amounted to slightly projecting porch at the front. “ Its about 1701. appearance,” says one of the local journals, “is that of a plain, handsome, and massive edifice, adapted to convey an impressive and congenial feeling to the spectator. Its
ILKESTON, DERBYSHIRE. design and completion reflect high honour The opening services of the new Indeon the architect, F. Foulton, Esq. (of this pendent Chapel in this town commenced on town); and while we congratulate that Tuesday, April 10th. In the morning the gentleman on his universally-acknowledged Rev. S. McAll, of Nottingham, read suitable success, we think the spirit and taste of all | portions of Scripture and offered prayer ; concerned in the erection are entitled to and the Rev. Dr. Raffles, of Liverpool, commendation in baving added an orna- preached an eloquent discourse from the ment of no mean order to the public build Scripture_“Ye are God's building." At ings of Reading."
the close of the morning service the ministers The day of the opening was a most and friends dined together in the spacious delightful one; and at eleven o'clock the room of the British School, after which chapel was filled by a most respectable speeches were delivered by several gentlecongregation, including all the dissenting men, referring chiefly to the case of Mr. ministers of the town, and upwards of Shore, which is exciting so much attention twenty from the neighbourhood. The at the present time. Dr. Raffles gave a pastor of the church, the Rev. William very lucid statement of Mr. Shore's case, Guest, read the Scriptures and presented and also an interesting account of his visit the dedication prayer; after which the Rev. i to Mr. S. in prison, which called forth the J. A. James, of Birmingham, preached a sympathy of many on his behalf. In the powerful and admirable sermon from John evening the Rev. James Gawthorne, of xvii. 17. In the evening, the Rev. W. Derby, read the Scriptures and offered Legge, of Broad-street Chapel, prayed ; and prayer, and the Rev. J. Parsons, of York, Dr. Raffles, of Liverpool, preached with his preached from Hebrews i, 4, the closing usual pointed and impressive style. The part of which was peculiarly solemn and Rev. J. J. Brown (Baptist minister) con- : impressive. Although the weather was cluded with prayer.
, very unfavourable, the rain pouring down On Wednesday morning, a public break- all the day, the attendance from Nottingham fast was held in the New Rooms, London- ! and Derby, and the neighbouring places, street-W. D. Wills, Esq., of Bristol, in was numerous. the chair. All the tables in this spacious On Sabbath day, the 15th inst., the room were surrounded by the ministers and services were continued, when the Rev. T. members of the churches in the town and R. Barker, classical tutor of Spring Hill of the county. The Revs. J. A. James ; J. | College, Birmingham, preached two very Sherman, of Surrey Chapel; T. Adkins, of powerful discourses to numerous auditories ; that of the morning founded on Galatians, sereral denominations in the town (includi. 24, and the evening on Titus iii. 7. ing Baptists, Wesleyans, and Episcopalians) The collections amounted to 661.
made application for tickets, expressing The chapel is capable of accommodating their desire to share in the pleasure antici400 persons. It is in the Norman style of pated by the church and congregation. architecture, and displays great simplicity To afford accommodation for the numand beauty. The entrance is by a small bers who had taken tickets, (350, or rather but beautiful porch, and the interior is very l over that number,) a platform was graconveniently arranged. The pews leantuitously erected over the entire pewing of backwards, so as to be more comfortable in the chapel by Messrs. Crickmar, Newton, sitting. The interior of the roof is open, and Wilding, to whom a vote of thanks was displaying ornamental wood work suited to passed at the close of the meeting. the style. The pulpit, communion-pew, At the central table, the venerable pastor spars, and cappings of the pews are stained presided. A few of the principal friends tooak colour, and form a pleasing contrast to gether with the co-pastor, Rev. T. Hill, and the other parts of the workmanship.
the brethren Revs. Pinch back, Independent, The sabbath-schools are situated at the Maningtree; F. Pain, Wesleyan, Harwich; west end of the Chapel, and opening into it and a worthy representative of the Baptist by a neat and elegant archway, so that all church, Walton, near Ipswich, Suffolk, in the scholars may remain in the school and the person of Mr. Durrant. still form part of the congregation.
After the letters were read, expressive of The cost is 8001., and the whole reflects sympathy with the object of the meeting, great credit on the taste and abilities of Mr. and regretting inability to attend, from the J. C. Gilbert, architect, of Nottingham. Revs. John Ross, of Woodbridge; Wm.
Notcott and Isaac Lord, of Ipswich ; T.
Jones, of Maningtree; and J. N. Davids,
of Colchester ; after which, an appropriate
address from the church and congregation JUBILEE SERVICES, COMMEMORATING THE
was read by the co-pastor. COMPLETION OF THE FIFTIETH YEAR OF
At the conclusion of the address, the THE MINISTRY OF THE REV, WM. HORDLE,
whole of the large assembly arose to testify AT THE INDEPENDENT CHAPEL, BATI.
their hearty approval of the sentiments the SIDE, HARWICH, Essex.
address contained, as also to do honour to
the venerable servant of Christ who was On Lord's day, March 4th, 1849, the the subject of it. Rev. Wm. Hordle presided at the celebra- | The scene at this moment was most tion of the Lord's supper. He directed the impressive, the aged pastor standing before attention of the church to the solemn fact, the congregated friends, his eyes suffused that he had gone in and out among them with tears, his hands uplifted as in silent during fifty years, himself a monument of prayer. As soon as he had recovered himmercy, and they the objects of the Divine self a little, he replied to it in the most compassion. Some few only were left of touching and impressive manner. those who had witnessed the completion of He assured them that he valued the adthe present building, but not one remaining dress beyond the price of gold and silver to alive who composed the church that gave any amount; but how to reply to it was the him the call to the ministry. The services difficulty. He informed the assembled of the day closed with a prayer-meeting, friends, that Divine worship on this spot which was numerously attended.
had been carried on at intervals from the On Tuesday evening, the 6th, a token of year 1694-5; that when he came in 1799 esteem, which had been purchased by a few there was a church of six members, a little of the friends, was presented to the vener chapel, and a congregation of twenty or able servant of Christ at his own home, by twenty-five persons. His feelings, then, Messrs. Read, Deex, Bellamy, and Dore. (he continued to say,) were not of the most It was a deeply-interesting occasion, and pleasing kind; but that the event had called forth lively emotions of soul and ex- | shown that he was sent by God : hence the pressions of devoted attachment on both result, which was the erection of the present sides.
chapel-which has long been free from The evening fixed upon for the public debt; the conversion of many gone to service was Thursday, the 8th of March, glory; the gathering of not a few to hear being the evening on which, in the year | the word ; and the carrying on the work 1799, he entered the town, preaching, for of sabbath-school instruction, which has the first time, on the Lord's day following. proved a blessing to many of them ; some
As soon as it became known that there of whom are members of the church at would be a jubilee service, preceded by a Harwich, and several are joined to other social tea-meeting, persons belonging to the churches.
In review of the past he felt humbled. Messrs. Pinchback and Durrant also gave In looking around him he felt delightfully expression to their feelings in a manner surprised, having expected to meet a few worthy of the occasion and themselves; and friends only for social conversation and altogether the season was one which will prayer; instead of which he found himself be long remembered by all who had the surrounded by a large assembly, whose opportunity of witnessing the festivals. countenances testified to the joy they felt/ Appropriate hymns (two of which were in being present to acknowledge with him written for the occasion) were at intervals the goodness of God in thus sparing him sung. to meet with them.
But though surprised, he was not the subject of doubt. He did not doubt the
SUSSEX CONGREGATIONAL UNION. sincerity of their expression of goodwill A very interesting and important meettowards him, and attachment to his mini ing was held at Arundel, on Tuesday, the stry; neither did he doubt the goodness of 6th of March ; the Rev. William Davis, of God, nor the love of Christ Jesus, nor the | Hastings, in the chair. Resolutions were power of the Gospel to save ; but, said he, unanimously passed by the Rev. Messrs. “I stand in doubt of some, of whom it Malden, Ashby, Sainsbury, Judson, Cane, should seem I have hitherto run in vain Davis, Jenkyns, and Davie, to determine on and laboured in vain." He then addressed the formation of an Association of Indethe several classes of persons present, in- pendent ministers and churches for the more treated his brethren in the ministry to general diffusion of the gospel throughout labour to save souls, as the great end of the county of Sussex. This was stated as their calling, and earnestly besought the the primary object of the movement; while hearers of the gospel, both old and young, the most sanguine expectations were exto seek the salvation that is in Christ Jesus pressed, that the union of pastors and their with eternal life, so should they meet in people, for such an object, must assuredly heaven. At the close of this most im induce a happier fellowship, and a better pressive address, the Rev. F. Pain arose, interchange of feeling among brethren of and in an affectionate manner addressed the same faith and order. Considering that both the pastor and his people, praying that county associations of this kind have so the occasion of meeting might not only long been generally established, it is humi. prove a jubilee festivity, but a Pentecost | liating to think of Sussex as an old and also ; and that to the remotest period the melancholy exception to the rule. May the Word of God might prosper in the midst of recent effort be well supported and enthem.
couraged. “O Lord, send now prosperity."
| efforts to diffuse the Gospel amongst their EVANGELICAL CONTINENTAL SOCIETY.
countrymen, without any distinction of sect Treasurer-William Alers Hankey, Esq.
illiam Alers Hankey, Esq. or denomination. Secretary-Rev. M, A. Garvey, LL.B. The means by which it proposes to effect
Committee-Sir Culling Eardley Eardley, this object are as follows: Bart. ; Revs. Robert Ainslie, John Aldis, I I. The publication of authentic informa. Dr. Archer, J. Burnet, J. Hamilton, A.M., tion from the several fields of labour; which J. H. Hinton, A.M., Dr. Leifchild, Thomas will show to the British public the importLewis, Dr. Morison, Dr. Reed, Dr. J. P. ance and value of the work carried on by Smith, J. C. Harrison, and A. Tidman; the Local Societies, and their claims for Dr. J. R. Bennett; Dr. Camps; W. Ed- assistance upon English Christians. wards, Esq.; Joseph East, Esq.; J. Mann, II. A sustained correspondence with the Esq.; J. Radley, Esq.; Henry Rutt, Esq.; Local Societies, by which the Committee E. Smith, Esq.; J. Spicer, Esq.; E. Swaine, hopes to become instrumental in conveying Esq.; and J. Wilson, Esq.
to them tokens of cordial sympathy from Office of the Society-7, Blomfield-street, the people of God in this land. The ComFinsbury Circus.
mittee is at present in communication with The Committee of the Evangelical Con the Evangelical or Home Missionary Societinental Society solicits the earnest and ties of Paris, Lyons, Geneva, and Brussels; prayerful attention of all who love the all of which, notwithstanding great obstrucGospel to the following brief statement tions and embarrassments, are making rapid
The object of the Society is to cheer and / and triumphant progress in the cause of assist continental Christians in their arduous God.
The advancement of the truth on the given it to the great verities of the Gospel. Continent of Europe must ever be a sub- | They have seen the humble missionaries of ject profoundly interesting to all who look the cross in the midst of the political temforward in faith and hope to the universal pest, faithfully and meekly disseminating dominion of Christ. Europe is the world's the principles of peace, order, and concentre; all other civilized lands are more fidence, and illustrating these principles in or less dependent upon it, and look to it for their lives. They feel that a religion which physical and intellectual supplies. Its power inculcates such lessons is just what their is everywhere present. Its people visit countries require, to recruit their shattered every clime, and traverse the remotest energies, and calm the terrors which have territories of the earth. Wherever they go, | disturbed their repose. they carry with them a distinct superiority All the intelligence which the Committee over all other races in those arts and sciences has received from the continent confirms which widen the boundaries of human the fact, that a religious movement of unknowledge, and exalt the dominion of the exampled magnitude and most important mind. This superiority is tacitly acknow character is going forward there. The ledged, and is insensibly but surely modify- | prejudice and hostility against Evangelical ing the intellectual and moral character of Protestantism, so sedulously cultivated by our race. All things that indicate the the Papal priesthood, seems to be effectually gracious designs of God point out the people broken down; whole districts are beseechof Europe as His chosen instruments for the ing the Evangelists to come and preach to evangelization of the world. That this them about Christ; and where they come, instrumentality should be fitted for its grand they are surrounded by multitudes who purposes appears to the Committee a matter hear them not only with attention, but of the first importance to the cause of Christ with an enthusiasm which it is difficult universally. That the paramount influence to restrain. The Bible is purchased and which European nations exercise on the studied with a vidity, and souls in great moral destinies of the world should be en numbers are being converted to Christ. In listed on the side of truth, and be made Lyons, the Evangelical Church is comsubservient to the cause of man's salvation, posed, with a few exceptions, of converts appears an object worthy of the most fer from the Church of Rome, and is perhaps vent prayers and energetic efforts of the one of the most active churches in Europe children of God.
in diffusing the Gospel. In short, the ComThis object can be effected only by a mittee cannot better describe the state of large and increasing infusion of the living things on the European Continent than by spirit of the Gospel amongst the mighty | borrowing a phrase from one of the French populations of the Continent. Millions of Evangelists, who says: “The Spirit of the inhabitants of those lands which boast God is moving upon the abyss; the Word the highest civilization are still buried in of God is making itself heard ; and an the deepest spiritual gloom, and are perish- illuminated and ordered system is arising ing for lack of knowledge. Hitherto the from the gloomy chaos." task of illuminating them was one of great Under such circumstances, the Committee difficulty, and not unfrequently even of feels that it can appeal with confidence to danger. The church of Rome jealously the liberality and sympathy of British averted from the masses whom she domi Christians on behalf of their continental nated every ray of light which threatened brethren. These naturally look to favoured to disturb their slumbers, and make their | England, the home of religious life and darkness visible. Now, thank God, it is liberty, for some encouragement in the otherwise. The extraordinary political arduous battle they are fighting against the events of the past year have had a most powers of darkness,-and surely it will not marked influence upon popular views of be refused! They have the great claim religion throughout the Continent; men's for help of having exhausted all their own minds have been turned in an unprecedented means before asking for it, and of needing degree to the consideration of spiritual it most urgently in the greatest and holiest things, by the signal proofs they have wit cause. The Société Evangélique de France nessed of the instability of all earthly is in debt to the amount of 3,0001., and power and possessions. Multitudes are also must be prepared to pay it shortly, or opening their eyes to the dangerous folly of serious damage will result to the cause in intrusting the eternal interests of their which it is engaged. The Society at Lyons souls to the keeping of the Pope and his is in an equally distressed condition; and hierarchy, having seen his fallibility in the embarrassments of those at Geneva and temporal matters, and his inability to pre Brussels are also weighty and painful. The serve to himself the things he most loves un paralleled distress which succeeded the and cherishes. In proportion as the people Revolution of February may in some have withdrawn their confidence from the measure account for this; and yet it is hollow vanities of superstition, they have gratifying to learn, that out of their deep