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Norfolk Hotel, Grey-street; when between seventy and eighty of the friends gathered in a pleasant re-union, under the presidency of their minister, the Rev. W. Ray. The programme included a series of addresses, readings, and vocal music, in which a number of members and friends took part. The readings were a new feature on this occasion. The perspicuous doctrines of the New Church were not lost sight of, as the speeches testified, and the chairman commended to the attention of all present, the course of lectures now being published by Dr. Bayley, as a Colenso antidote. After a very pleasant evening the meeting separated at ten o'clock, after singing a hymn.
Melrourne.—-On Sunday, December 11th, the Rev. K. Madeley visited this society, for the purpose of administering the sacraments. On this occasion he delivered two discourses, and the attendance manifested much interest in the subjects and preacher. The sacramental service, which is held here in the afternoon, and is a separate service, was very impressive. It is believed that not one member was absent, and it is gratifying to be able to state that this is by no means an exceptional case in this society. Mr. Madeley remained at Melbourne several days, and during his stay, visited every member and attender, bestowing upon each a word of encouragement and kindness. Our dear and respected friend seemed full of happiness and energy whilst amongst us, and did not fail to communicate somewhat of the same blessed spirit to those he ministered to. • J. F. P.
Gift To The Swedenrorg Society.— We understand that Mr. Finnic, who, to his other good works of endowing The National Missionary Institution and The Pension Fund, lately added that of printing, at his own expense, "Goyder's Spiritual Meditations and Prayers," has presented 800 copies of that admirable and useful book to the Swedenborg Society. We hope to be able in our next number to inform our readers how the society intends to dispose of them for the benefit of the members of the church.
established a few years ago by Mr. Joseph Rhodes; but business took that gentleman to Spain, and its growth was stayed. However, a faithful few held on; and now, upon Mr. Rhodes's return, they are increasing in numbers and strength. A meeting was held October 30th, at which it was resolved that divine service, accompanied by readings from Swedenborg, should be conducted on Sunday mornings by one of themselves;—the service in the evening being conducted, as heretofore, by a missionary. It was also resolved that a society should be formed, to meet regularly for the transaction of business, and the appointment of proper officers to carry *on the affairs of the church efficiently; and it was proposed that these meetings should be presided over by a member of the Missionary and Tract Society.
On December 1st a public meeting was held, at which Dr. Bayley, Mr. R. Gunton, and Messrs. Moss, Pilkington, and Rodgers were present, and several effective speeches were made. On January 1st the members met to form themselves definitively into a society of the New Church, by signing the declaration required for that purpose. Mr. Rhodes was re-instated in his old position of leader, and a treasurer, librarian, and secretary were appointed; the place of meeting for the present being the Alliance Temperance Hall, Union-street, Deptford. During the discussion of these arrangements several interesting questions of policy were raised, two important ones being these: — 1. Is it desirable that young or weak societies should be constituted as "independent," when the fact is not so?—Would it not be well for a properly organised Central Missionary Society to take regular charge of all such, and preside over them, appointing proper officers in each to carry on the work, till they are strong enough in numbers, talent, and wealth, to walk alone? 2. Is it desirable in these inchoate societies to make the "declaration" a condition of membership? A consideration of these is recommended to the leading members of the New Church, and it is hoped that its missionary enterprise may be carried on with more vigour.
Newcastle-on-tyne.—The Christmas soiree of this society was held on Tuesday evening, December 27th, at the
Derry.— The friends at Derby have long felt the desirability of obtaining a new and more eligible schoolroom. The one they now use is low, damp, and dark,
being situated below their present chapel. Some time ago, a Mr. Band bequeathed a legacy of £10. toward this object, and the Derby society has since endeavoured to increase the fund, of which this formed the nucleus. The smallness of their numbers, the burden of a considerable debt, and their heavy current expenses, prevented the friends from advancing very rapidly in this direction. They were, howeyer, enabled to add £10. more to the legacy. A Christmas-tree and bazaar was held on the 27th, 28th, and 29th December, and the proceeds were to be devoted to this purpose. A Derby newspaper thus notices the circumstance:—
"The Bazaar at Babington Lane Chapel.—On Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday evenings, the 27th, 28th, and 29th instant, the congregation meeting for worship in Babington-lane chapel, held a bazaar and Christmas-tree in the schoolroom. Under the ministry of the Rev. John Hyde, this society of ' The New Jerusalem Church' has very markedly increased in numbers and usefulness, and to accommodate the schools established in connection with this place of worship, another and more convenient room has been found absolutely necessary. Accordingly a bazaar was projected and got np. * * * The room was crowded during these evenings, and we understand that the profits realized have been something considerable."
Tht proceeds of the three evenings were over £75., leaving a clear profit of nearly £52. Several friends belonging to other societies contributed articles, for which the Derby society desires to express its sincere gratitude. The bazaar was under the superintendence of Mrs. Roe and Miss Holme, who were heartily assisted by young and old. Some of the articles contributed were the manufacture of the sewing-class established in connection with the Sunday-school, under the direction and tuition of the Misses Holme—an idea which may be worthy of imitation in other societies.
The Christmas tea meeting was held on 26th December. Mr. E. Austin, of the South London Society; Mr. Hyde, of London; and Mr. Cooke, of Birmingham, were present and took part in the instruction and entertainment of the large assembly. Mr. Madeley, Mr. Barton, Mr. Clemson, and Mr. Ward also addressed the meeting. The schoolroom was beautifully decorated, and speeches,
music, and conversation enabled the party to pass a most delightful and useful evening.
We have received the programme for the current quarter of the proceedings of the Derby Junior Members' Society. It includes lectures and readings on various subjects, by the Revs. J. Hyde and Quant, and Messrs. Cooke, Twills, Fox, Pegg, Holme, Simpson, and others.
Newchcrch.—The society here has hired a house at Boothfold, a short distance from the railway station, containing a large room, suitable for a place of worship, which has been prepared for that purpose, and on Sunday, the 18th December last, the Rev. W. Woodman preached the opening sermons; in the afternoon, on "A City of Habitation;" (Psalm cvii. 7.) and in the evening, on "The Waters of the Sanctuary." (Ezekiel xlvii. 1—5.) The attendance on each occasion was very fair; the preacher was lucid and earnest in setting forth some of the principal doctrines of the New Jerusalem, and the audience was very favourably impressed. The society has also commenced a Sunday school, which as a beginning, promises very well. The teachers and scholars had a social meeting on the first Saturday of the year. Tea as refreshment, and speeches and recitations as recreation, made the evening both pleasant and useful.
Members' Book For SociETrES.—Mr. Pitman has just prepared for the Deptford society a book, properly ruled with suitable columns, in which the members will enter their names; and thinking it possible that other societies may desire such a book, I take this opportunity of saying that they may obtain one by applying to Mr. Pitman, 20, Paternoster-row. R Gunton.
Emrsay.—On Saturday evening, December 31st, a meeting was held in the chapel, at which about 136 persons were present. After tea, a short address was given by the president. The Report of the Sunday school was then read; it showed the school to be in a prosperous condition, and concluded by exhorting parents, teachers, and scholars to renewed and increased exertion. The meeting was afterwards addressed by Mr. Burrows, of Accrington, on the subject of spheres; the address was ap
propriate and interesting. He was followed by Mr. Swinbnrn, Colporteur of the Yorkshire Association. Several pieces were read by some of the friends, and the singing class added to the delight of the evening.
Accbington.—Meeting for the Reception of Mr. E. J. Broadfield, B.A., as Minister of the Society.—This meeting, held on Thursday, December 29th, 1864, in the large upper schoolroom, was one of the most agreeable character. After a tea meeting, at which 500 members and friends were present, Mr. Grimshaw, being invited to preside, gave an outline of the history of the New Church Society from its first commencement in Accrington; and noting the steady progress it has made, spoke of the future in very hopeful terms. He then called upon the following gentlemen to address the meeting: Messrs. F. N. Haywood, G. Bury, H. Cunliffe, W. H. Pilkington, M.D., Scotson, J. Broadfield, E. Whitehead, and W. Westall, and the Revds. E. D. Rendell and R. Storry, by each of whom addresses of varied character were made,—all however were of such a nature as to afford a series of pleasing emotions and high hopes for the future.
Mr. E. J. Broadfield, in his reply to the chairman's call, and to the expressions of esteem and encouragement uttered by the several speakers, recounted with gratitude the many tokens of affectionate regard that he had already received at the hands of the members, modestly disclaiming much of the ability attributed to him; referred in affectionate and respectful terms to the labours of past ministers in Accrington, promised his best efforts on behalf of the society, and closed with a reference to one of the texts bearing upon the blessings of "dwelling together in unity,"—showing that real unity consisted in variety of opinion, linked by mutual brotherly love. His remarks elicited well-merited approbation. At intervals the speeches were interspersed with vocal music by members of the choir, under the direction of Mr. James Cunliffe, which afforded universal delight. Refreshments were also frequently handed round; and the meeting closed happily about ten o'clock. H.
Students And Ministers' Aid Fond. To the Editor.—Dear Sir,—The committee of the Students and Ministers'
Aid Fund have received a Report from the Rev. 0. P. Hiller, who has been appointed, by the New Church College, as superintendent of the theological studies of the students for the ministry. In the belief that it will afford gratification to the subscribers to the fund and to the church generally, the following extracts from the Report are transcribed:
"I have for nearly two months past met weekly with the students, on Thursday evenings. I find them four very intelligent young men, all having excellent capacity, and so far as I can at present judge, a suitableness for the important office for which they are preparing themselves.
"I am reading with them Swedenborg's Divine Providence in the Latin, and the Gospel of John in the Greek, making at the same time such explanations of doctrine as the passages which we peruse call for. I also instruct them carefully in public readings and delivery, and in composition, as well as in many other particulars which a minister's experience makes known to him."
I am, &c., on behalf of the Committee, Fbed. Pitman, Sec.
MANCHESTEK.-Presejrfatiom.-On Wednesday evening, December 28th, the annual Christmas soiree of the members of the congregation was held in the large school-room, Peter-street; tea and dessert were provided. In the course of the evening a handsome piano, by Collards, was brought upon the platform, and Mr. Broadfield, requesting the attention of the meeting, said a pleasing; duty had fallen to his lot. There was amongst them a gentleman whom he had had the pleasure of knowing for upwards of twenty years, and whose use to the society during that period had been very great; he need not say that he alluded to Mr. Henry Anionic, their worthy secretary, and on behalf of the society he asked his acceptance of the piano, as a small acknowledgment of services rendered for twenty years as one of their honorary organists, and hoped he (Mr. Antonie) might long be spared to continue bis labours amongst them. (Loud applause.)
Mr. Antonie, who felt much this unexpected manifestation of kindly feeling, said he had not deserved so substantial a recognition of his services. What he had done he had done willingly; it had
been to him a labour of lore, and when a man did what he liked because he liked doing it, he did not think there was much cause for praise. He thanked them for their very handsome and pleasing gift, which would be to him an incentive to further work, and he assured them that his best services were always at their disposal. (Applause.)
On a silver plate was inscribed, "Presented to Henry Antonie, by the congregation of the Manchester New Church. December, 1864." Various amusements were provided, and at a late hour all separated with seasonable greetings, and a wish for "A happy New-year."
Manchester. — Sunday Afternoon Classes — Presentation. — The annual party of the children attending these classes, and their parents, was held in the schoolroom, Peter-street, on Christmas Eve. These classes were commenced some four or five years ago, by Mr. E, J. Broadfield. There was, and is, connected with the church, an efficient Sundayschool, bat the attendance there consists mainly of the children of strangers living in the neighbourhood; but for various reasons the children of the members of the society did not attend. Mr. E. J. Broadfield. seeing this, thought that if a Sunday afternoon class or classes were established for the children of the members, much good might result to them and to the society. He mentioned it to two or three friends;—an announcement was made from the pulpit that such a class would be commenced, and a general invitation given to the members to send their children. This met with a warm response, and since their establishment the classes have grown in favour, and their great use to the society is now acknowledged by all. Children, who would otherwise have grown up strangers have been brought into association with each other; and having able and affectionate teachers, now feel a delight in the classes and an interest in the society that would'not otherwise have been matured. To the guidance—under Divine Providence—of Mr. E. J. Broadfield, this result has been mainly attributable; and as his acceptance of the office of minister to the society at Accrington would sever outwardly his connection with the classes, the teachers and children felt they could not allow such an opportunity as this to pass without expressing to him their feelings towards him.
At the close of the distribution of prizes to those scholars who had been successful at the examination, Mr. Scotson, the present superintendent, on behalf of the teachers and scholars, begged the acceptance, by Mr. E. J. Broadfield, of a silver inkstand, as an expression of their personal love for himself, and as some slight acknowledgment of services rendered. The inkstand bore the following inscription:—"Presented to Mr. E. J. Broadfield, B.A., by the teachers and scholars of the New Church Sunday afternoon classes, Peter-street, Manchester, as a slight token of their love and esteem for him as their conductor and friend." The teachers of the Sunday-school, who had been kindly invited to be present, supplemented this by pressing upon Mr. E. J. Broadfield his acceptance of a gold pen and pencil-case, as a slight mark of their affection for him.
Mr. E. J. Broadfield, who was taken quite by surprise, in the course of a feeling speech, thanked all present for these manifestations of love for himself. He felt that he did not deserve all the kind things that had been said of him, and was sure that had it not been for the hearty and kind cooperation of the dear friends surrounding him, the classes would not be what they then were; and he left them, feeling assured that with the present staff of officers that success would be maintained.
effort has been made by the members of this society to reduce the debt upon their church. It will be remembered that their first move in this direction was made in 1862, when they determined to hold a Christmas tree, in aid of the building fund. The claims of the Lancashire distressed operatives, however, pressing very heavily upon the whole community, it was thought only right to do something for their suffering brethren iu their corporate capacity, and the proceeds, amounting to £50., were handed over to the local secretary. In 1863, they made an appeal to the church at large, and succeeded in getting up a very handsome bazaar on a small scale, which, together with money subscriptions, realised a sum of upwards of £130. Last year they decided on making a private effort among themselves iu a similar manner, and on December 28th, held a bazaar and Christmas tree. Several personal friends of the members kindly
assisted them on this occasion also, both with money and articles, all of whom are hereby again thanked for their valuable aid. £44. were realised, which it is expected will be made up to £50. A legacy of £250., left to the society last year, has also fallen in; and thus, in less than eighteen months, the heavy debt of £900. has been reduced by nearly one-half. The society has great cause for thankfulness on this score, and its members are encouraged to persevere in their ^ork of ridding the building of its pecuniary burdens, and of propagating the doctrines of the New Jerusalem, that the church in its external form, even, may become a praise and a blessing in the land, to the glory of our Saviour God.
Ramsbottom.—A course of four lectures has been delivered here by the Rev. J. B. Kennerley, of Salford. The first of the course was delivered on Tuesday, November 29th: subject—" The Church: What is the Rock upon which it is founded? Who is Peter? What are the Keys?" The second, on Monday, Dec. 5th: subject—" The Trinity: How can Three Persons be One God?" The third, on Tuesday, December 13th: subject— "Baptism: What is the Use of Baptism?" And the last of the course, on Monday, December 19th: subject—" Prayer: Does it move God, or change Man?" These lectures were delivered in an affectionate and earnest manner to large audiences. We are sorry that there was no one present who could take verbatim reports of these lectures for the press.
church, but especially to labour for their individual regeneration by the application of those doctrines to the daily life, through the grace and mercy of our most adorable Lord and Saviour Jesns Christ.
Shields.—On Tuesday evening, January 3rd, the members and friends of this society assembled in the Oddfellows' Hall, Rudyerd-street, North Shields, to hold their annual soiree; and we are glad to be able to state that this was the most interesting social gathering ever enjoyed by this society. About fifty sat down to tea, among whom were several of the friends from the Newcastle society. The chair was taken by the leader of the society at half-past six. The programme for the evening, after tea, consisted of an anthem and an address alternately, with a short interval for general conversation. The friends separated with a stronger determination than ever not only to spread the heavenly doctrines and thus increase the external
Carlisle.—On Sunday, the 19th ult., this society had a visit from the Rev. Mr. Ray, of Newcastle, who preached two sermons in the Temperance Hall, Caldewgate, to attentive audiences. After the evening sendee Mr. Ray administered the Lord's Supper. The subject which was discoursed upon in the evening was— "Was Noah's flood of water or of wickedness?" The preacher proved, as he advanced in his subject, that the flood was wickedness and not water. This is the second visit we have had from Mr. Ray. On his first visit to us he drew our attention to the devotional work by the late Mr. Mason, which resulted in the purchase of twelve copies, which are also doing their good work. Mr. Mc. Lagan has also paid us several very instructive visits, and we are deeply indebted to Mr. R. Catcheside for the untiring attention he has given our society. The members and friends have also to thank the Missionary Society and the Manchester Tract Society for their timely assistance. A good field is open in Carlisle, but since Mr. Bay's visit the society has changed its place of meeting. The Temperance Hall is a good room, but out of the way, and the society now meet for worship in Slack's-court, Milburn-street, where visitors will find a neat but small room dedicated to the service of the Lord Jesus as the only true God.
Islington.—On the 22nd November, Mr. W. Bateman delivered, in the schoolroom of the society, an instructive lecture upon the "Taeping Rebellion," which attracted a large number of New Church friends. The lecture was very fully illustrated by diagrams, maps, &c., and excited considerable interest.
London, Argyle-square.—It has long been the wish of many members of the New Church in London to establish a good day school in connection with the church; but from lack of funds, and the difficulty of obtaining a suitable site, the wish has remained ungratified. All those who feel the importance of impressing the heavenly doctrines of the New Jeru