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some in the latter part of the course and rational grounds, on the material. was interrupted by the indisposition of ism of the day, and as an effort to the preacher, an indisposition from bring the grandly affirmative teachings which we are happy to learn he is now of Swedenborg and modern negativism slowly recovering.
face to face, such a series of discourses Kersley. — Six lectures have been cannot fail to bear good fruit. given to this society by the Rev. W. Nottingham.-- Mr. T. Moss, B.A., Woodman, commencing on January 31, who has been elected to take charge of and ending March 7. The subjects dis- this society, has given a very instruccussed were “the Church of the future,” tive and interesting course of lectures “the Signs promised to follow faith,” on the senses of the body as illustrating “Work and Worship, or the relation scripture teaching. They commenced of labour to religion,
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on February 21, with a lecture on "The ments of Angels, their nature and Body and its Senses,” and were conobject, ,” “Joseph and his coat of many tinued by lectures on the several colours,”
,” “ Joseph sold into Egypt, his senses, closing March 21. In the anelevation and making himself known nouncement of his course, Mr. Moss to his brethren.” The attendance on has introduced at length the several these lectures has been good through- passages of scripture of which each lecout, several strangers having attended ture was intended to be a particular the entire course.
Considerable in- illustration. The pertinence of these terest has thus been excited and en- citations show the allusions made to the larged views of truth widely diffused. senses in the word itself, and can scarcely Whatever may be the immediate con- fail to impress the reader with the fact sequence so far as the building up of these allusions involve a higher purthe society is concerned, there can be pose than what relates merely to the no doubt that the seed sown will find natural body. From the bill announsome congenial soil in which it will cing these lectures we learn that the spring up and yield a fruitage of abid-, society has instituted a weekly coffeeing good.
meeting for reading New Church works Peter Street, Manchester-We are in- and conversation; and that the library debted to a correspondent for the fol- of New Church works is free for the lowing account of the lectures at this use of members and inquirers. place:
Snodland.—The Rev. Mr. Marsden, The minister of this society has the minister of this society, avails himbeen engaged in delivering a series of self of what seems to be the custom of Sunday Evening Discourses, which has this part of the kingdom, to give an attracted a more than usual amount of extended course of religious services at attention by their bold out-spokenness. Easter, the discourses having special The series is entitled “ The Superna- reference to the subjects of which the tual,” and consists of the following season is suggestive. These discourses striking subjects, “ Is there a Spiritual commenced on March 14, and are to be world ?” “ Bible visions and seership;” continued through the month of April
. “ Bible dreams;” “ Occasional glimp- The introductory subjects are "The ses of the Spiritual World;” “Sweden- Spirit of Man, its faculties and immorborg's claims as a Seer of Heaven;" tality,” “
"«Abraham's bosom and Hades." and “Swedenborg's claims as a Seer of The subject for Good Friday is “ Christ Hell.” The circumstance of a noted our Passover,” for Easter Sunday in spiritist “medium,” visiting Man
“the Resurrection of chester for the purpose of lecturing on Christ;" in the evening, “the InfiSpiritualism, while Mr Hyde's series delity of the professing Church in not was in progress, rendered the fourth
preaching the divinity of the Lord's lecture of the above course of great humanity as the ground of faith” public use, for it contained a careful, (Zech. xiii. 6). The subjects which comprehensive, and exhaustive analysis follow, are Regeneration grounded of spiritism, and an exposure of its on faith in the Lord's Divine Hu. disorders and dangers. The chu rch manity,” “the Cup before and after the has been filled with apparently most Lord's Supper,” the Lord's eating thoughtful and interested congrega- the fish and the honeycomb,” “the tions. As an assauit from high spiritual Books which constitute the written
Word of God,” “the Inspiration of the Word.” These subjects will doubtless attract the attention of those interested in questions of so much importance and edify the church estabfished at this place.
ASHTON-UNDER-LYNE. The Rev. John Hyde has completed the delivery of a course of four lectures at Ashtonunder-Lyne, on “The Life after Death,” “The Divine Trinity in the One Person of the Lord Jesus Christ,” “Redemption the reconciliation of man to God, and not of God to man, Regeneration a spiritual process,
” « Faith working by love, and not faith alone, the faith which saves.” The Ashton-under-Lyne Society has suffered severely in consequence of the emigration and removal of many of its members; but the few friends that remain are bravely struggl. ing on. The day school, under the direction of Mr Kay, is thriving in a most gratifying way, and will, it is believed, not only prove a means of use to the town, but also to the Society.
CARDIFF.—This town has again been visited by the Rev. Dr. Bayley, of London, and though strong opposition was shown by some parties to his having the opportunity of addressing the people, there was also an earnest desire by many to hear the talented lecturer again, for the impressions made by his last visit, now nearly two years ago, had not passed entirely away. Bigoted persons tried to keep us from every public hall. After much difficulty the theatre in Crockubtown was opened for the lectures, and it was manifest how many were glad to secure a place. The first lecture was given on Friday evening, February 5th-subject, “The Scripture doctrine of the Atonement,”—which was listened to by a most attentive audi
The proofs appeared to be satisfactory to the majority of the hearers, but great excitement was felt when a minister of the Wesleyans (Rev.. C. Christien) made himself very conspicuous by the way in which he put a question to the Doctor concerning Swedenborg's views of the Atonement, and the spirit in which he received his answer. The next evening Mr Christien had distributed a pamphlet of four pages, headed “Swedenborg or Scripture ? Dr. Bayley is a follower of Swedenborg, and Swedenborg would rob us of our only
hope of Heaven.” To this Dr. Bayley gave a short reply, which was widely circulated, after which Mr Christien put a letter in the Cardiff Times, which Dr. Bayley has again more fully replied to. We think it more likely this discussion will further our cause than do it injury. The second lecture was on “The Spiritual sense of the Bible the glory of the Word of God.” It was evident the accommodation was very insufficient for the numbers who were anxious to hear, but the larger halls being refused through prejudice, no better could be obtained. The sentiments and views which the Doctor enunciated on the subject of that evening appeared to draw forth great admiration, and awaken a deeper interest than before. Embracing the highly valued opportunity of the reverend Doctor's presence amongst us, two services were announced for the Sunday—one in the afternoon, the other in the evening—at the same place. The first discourse was chosen by the Doctor from Rev. iii. 18—“I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich,” &c. The subject for the evening was from Mark xvi. 18 and 19 verses. It was requested by many that the sermon might be published, and we are happy in knowing that the Doctor has kindly granted it. These were services not soon to be forgotten by those who were present. No church or chapel in the town that day, we are persuaded, had so full a congregation. A truly sacred influence pervaded, and there were many who could exclaim, with Jacob of old, “This is none other but the house of God, and this is the gate of Heaven.” The Doctor addressed an assembly of probably 1500 on Monday evening.
Two or three tea-parties were made, to which the Doctor was invited, as many friends were anxious for a little more private discussion. Finding there are many persons whose minds are somewhat unsettled and anxious for help, a Sunday evening meeting has been formed, to be held at the home of friends alternately. We met together last evening for the first time in a like company; opened the meeting with singing and prayer; then one read a chapter from the New Testament, and another read one of the Rev. Dr. Bayley's sermons from the “Divine Word Opened ;” another hymn was sung, and a prayer closed our
whom your readers are invited to send or promise a subscription :-Joseph Rhodes, Leader, 13, Seymour Street, Saint John's, Deptford; Edward C. Gosling, Secretary, 44, Chancery Lane, London, W.C. ; Richard Gunton, 33a, Guilford Street, Russell Square, W.C.
simple service. There is to be a weekday evening ineeting also for the assistance of those who as yet are not fully confirmed in the doctrines of the New Church, and for keeping together and strengthening those who are.
We trust that the Lord's blessing and presence will be with us. Then, though we are now only a little band, we may hope ere lony to be greatly multiplied. Dr. Bayley lectured in the largest hall in Newport on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, to full audiences, approaching 2000 in number, who evidently heard him gladly. The Rev. Mr. Christien's pamphlets were distributed freely, but evidently only increased the interest. To these lectures there were excursions got up from Cardiff every evening.
J. K. C.
DEPTFORD. - The Deptford Society of the New Church having for some years past encountered many difficulties, endured much inconvenience, and been been very circumscribed in its usefulness, for want of an eligible place of worship, has still struggled on with timely and generous aid from the Missionary Society, growing a little and a little stronger, and performing some uses by its influence on society. Some time since the members commenced a building fund, and in the year 1867 they resolved to make an effort to purchase a plot of freehold ground then offered and deemed suitable. According to their means, they contributed most liberally, and with their subscriptions the ground was purchased and paid for. They desire, however, now to make an earnest appeal to the liberality of the Church at large for contributions to enable them to build a neat, commodious, and inviting, though inexpensive structure, capable of seating 200 per
This is entirely out of their power except by the aid of the means now sought. The subscriptions promised and received amount to £185, 19s., of which sum £81, 1s. was paid for the land, leaving the sum of £77, 18s. towards the cost of the building. As soon as the promises justify the step, the building will be commenced, and the Society trusts to be enabled to accomplish this desirable object at an early period. The following have been appointed a sub-committee to solicit and receive contributions, to any of
FAILSWORTH. --The Failsworth So. ciety, with a little assistance froin the National Missionary Institution, has got up a series of lectures which have been delivered at the church. There is always an interesting and interested audience to be obtained by New Church lecturers at Failsworth.
The course consists of six lectures, “Who was Swedenborg and what does he teach?" “ The Divine Trinity in the One person of the Lord Jesus Christ;” “Redemption the deliverance of man from the power the devil, and not from the wrath of God;” “ Faith working by love and not faith alone the faith which saves;” “Heaven and its inhabitants;" “Hell and its inhabitants ;” the first and third by the Rev. John Hyde, the second and fourth by the Rev. R. Storry, the last two by the Rev. W. Westall.
The attendance at all the lectures was good, at some of them the church was completely filled. The interest excited among our own friends was considerable, and the services were useful in instructing and encouraging the numerous body of young people connected with the Society. Several strangers were also present, to some of whom the truths expounded in the lectures were acceptable, to others they appeared as strange things.” It is gratifying to know that the Day-School at Failsworth is making rapid progress under Mr. J. Rydings; and that a most excellent report of the School has been given by the Government inspector.
HORNCASTLE.—On the 22d February and following days, the Rev. Dr. Bayley delivered five orations in the Corn Exchange, Horncastle, upon the following subjects :- 1. “Jesus and Him glorified. The Divine Trinity of Father, Son, and Holy Spirit-Do you pray to the Lord Jesus?" 2. “What is Heaven? and where is it?" 3. “What is Hell ? where is it? and how are devils made ?” 4. “What is meant by the Garden of Eden? What was
the serpent that seduced Adam and Eve?5. Regeneration, not Ritualism, the road to the Kingdom of Heaven.” In the Stamford Mercury for 5th March 1869 we read :-“ Long before the doors were opened they were besieged bycrov sofanxious expectants, and the hall was soon completely filled, so that there was not even standing
The interest of the audience, their confidence in the lecturer, and their enthusiasm, increased from night to night, and the past week will probably leave a deep impression. It is impossible within our limits to enter into a minute description of the lectures; but it is generally acknowledged that for wit, eloquence, and earnest practical bearing, they exceed anything that has been heard in Horncastle for many years past. At the conclusion of the last lecture, Mr. T. D. Briggs proposed a vote of thanks to the lecturer : it was seconded in a graceful speech by the Rev. J. E. Whitehead, who expressed his sense of the manly, straightforward, and Christian way in which Dr Bayley had met the various inquiries and oljections raised by himself and other earnest lovers of truth ; adding that it was not against the Doctor that he strove, but against what he believed to be his mistaken views; and he was glad that in so much of what the lecturer had said he could cordially agree. The vote was carried by acclamation. A voluntary subscription was started by the inhabitants after the termination of the lectures, to assist the promoters in meeting the large expenses incurred, and a general hope was expressed that Dr. Bayley would visit the town again before long. We also read in the Lincoln Standard, -" The Corn Exchange, which holds about 1100 persons, was every night crowded to excess.
Horncastle will long remember Dr. Bayley's eloquence and vivacity, his fund of anecdote and power of repartee, as well as the calm dignified bearing which he maintained throughout, sometimes under circumstances of strong provocation. A large number of Dr. Bayley's celebrated * Brighton Lectures' were sold in the hall, and the demand still goes on.
For the benefit of the New Church friends in Horncastle and the neighbourhood, Dr. Bayley celebrated the Holy Supper on Friday the 26th Feb.,
and we have pleasure in recognising the courtesy of the Baptists who kindly lent their chalice for the occasion. Nor was this the only instance of the display of that affectionate and harmonious conduct which distinguishes true Christians, to whatever denomination they may belong.
KEIGHLEY AND CROSS-Hills. — The Rev. John Hyde has paid a missionary visit to the interesting Society at Keighley, and has also delivered two lectures at Cross-Hills, which is situate about half way between Keighley and Skipton. The Keighley Society is making very satisfactory progress, which would be much accelerated if it had the advantage of possessing a resident minister. The colporteur employed by the Yorkshire Colportage and Missionary Association is actively and usefully engaged among the Yorkshire Societies, and in places where little knots of receivers of the doctrines are gathering. He is brimfull of interesting anecdotes as to conversations and incidents which he meets with in his work.
It is a pity that the church generally does not subscribe more freely to this admirable institution; for it would enable Mr. Bates to be much more extensively useful, if the value of the stock of books owned by the Association were increased by about twenty-five or thirty pounds. The work of the Association is much crippled for the want of funds to secure an adequate stock of books. Mr. Hyde desires us to impress this matter on the attention of those who desire to find an opportunity of aiding by their generosity a really laudable enterprise, and one which cannot fail to do much good. The indefatigable Secretary of the Association is Mr. George Aspinall, 54 Market Street, Bradford, by whom any subscription will be gladly received.
The lecture at Keighley was delivered in the church to a crowded congregation, on “Swedenborg and his doctrines.” A long notice of the lecture appeared in the Keighley News. CrossHills is a convenient centre for a large number of friends. Last year Mr. Hyde visited this neighbourhood and delivered two lectures, which so interested and stirred up the people, that his recent visit created quite an excitement. The Town Hall
crammed and the audience listened this object, but their pecuniary ability with profound attention to two lec- is smals, and consequently their progress tures on the Word, -“Is the Bible in this direction slow. Inspired? What is the right mode of I next visited Norwich, but regret interpreting it?” and “The Science of that I cannot report any progress here. Correspondences the Key to Bible Mys- The Sunday School has been given up, teries." Numerous questions were although one class is continued at a asked on each evening and answered friend's house. I write this with sorrow by the lecturer. The interest awakened of heart, for I feel a strong sympathy by the last of these two lectures may for those of the friends there with whom be judged from the fact that although I have come in contact, and would fain the discourse had taken considerably help them into better surroundings. longer than two hours in delivery, and Some time ago I advised an effort to the asking of questions by different obtain a more eligible place of worship, persons occupied nearly half an hour, which I still think should be kept in Mr. Hyde's reply to the long string of mind. But until something is practicquestions was listened to with absorbed able, I would urge the friends, one and attention, although it kept the audi- all, to encourage and strengthen their ence for about an hour longer. Friends leaders by a regular attendance on worhad gathered from Embsay, Skipton, ship in their present place. Cooling, Keighley, and other places, I next visited Yarmouth, from which and the effect of the visit was very joy- place I write. Here our good friend inspiring and hopeful. Every one pre- Mr. Rous, who has long ardently desent seemed to feel that they had had sired to see a public effort made to disa most useful and a very delightful seminate the doctrines of the New time.
Church, arranged for the delivery of
four lectures and Sabbath services in NATIONAL MISSIONARY.-Since my the Corn Hall. The effort has been last communication, I have visited successful beyond anything within my Wivenhoe, Hull, Norwich; and Yar- own personal experience. The attend. mouth. At Wivenhoe I gave two lec- ance has been excellent, some 300 or tures, and spent one Sabbath. Some more having been present on several serious difficulties have arisen in arrang- occasions, and a marked attention coning the Leadership, but these, we hope, tinued throughout. Many questions are overcome for a time.
One of our were asked, some hundreds of tracts freinds there, Mr. A. Harvey, Mr. Balm, were eagerly sought for, from 30 to 40 the station-master at Alresford, and copies of the “ Brighton Lectures," 12 Dr. Becker of Colchester, have con- copies of the “Future Life,” and 3 sented to assist in this office. The at- copies of “The Appeal,
were sold. tendance is usually very satisfactory, Two copies of the Appeal were given to and if a permanent resident Leader Ministers, and two others are applied could be placed there, the Society would for. This effort has been aided by an prosper.
important gift of printed lectures. At Hull I spent two Sabbaths, and These lectures were recently delivered gave two lectures
the Sailors' Insti- at Lowestoft by Mr. Spilling, and the tute. The lectures were satisfactorily public is indebted to that gentleman and attended, and several, from hearing Mr. Seago for the gift. (The success of them, were induced to attend the Sun- the society at Lowestoft, under Mr. day services. The anniversary of the Spilling's leadership, has been very reSunday School, which is in a prosperous markable, though the Chureh has heard state, was held during my stay. The little of it.) Mr. Spilling has kindly friends were much encouraged by this promised to take the services here on visit. The Society may be said to be Sunday the 14th: and I hope to be with progressing steadily, though slowly; them again on the 23th. The whole of many young persons of promise have the proceedings have been as may well joined the school and services of the be supposed, very gratifying to the few Church. A strong desire is felt to ob- friends at Yarmouth, and we may hope tain a suitable plot of ground on which will lead to important results. On the to erect a place of worship. Efforts evening of the last lecture the meeting have been, and are being made towards was addressed by one of our friends,