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Bayley, Mr. A. Brownsword, Revs. Prof. Goadby, J. J. Fitch, W. R. Stevenson, M.A., J. R. Godfrey, W. Chapman, J. Maden, J. B. Nichols, R. F. Griffiths, Messrs. C. Forth, T. Green (Secretary), J. B. Shaw (Treasurer), Horace Walker, C. Walker, W. B. Baggalley, C. Pilkington, J. Shepherd. Mr. THOMAS GREEN, the secretary of the Building Committee, read the statement of the origin of the movement as follows:–It is now nearly four years since we first talked seriously about building a new chapel. The matter was then allowed to rest for 14 months, when more vigorous efforts were made to secure a site, the idea being to obtain one while the land was in the market, and to build a chapel when we were in a position to do so. But the great increase of population which in 1871 was 3,685 had risen in 1881 to 6,708, and has since even more rapidly increased, and the consequent increase of attendance at worship has compelled us to begin to build. We see the increase of population demands that we should build a larger and more convenient place of worship than we now possess, and we do not for a moment fear but that when it is erected the support we shall receive from the increased congregation will enable us to carry on the work successfully. Our present chapel is uncomfortably crowded on Sunday evenings, and doubtless many are waiting for the new one before identifying themselves with us. As an evidence of the spirit in which the ministrations of our pastor, the Rev. R. Silby, are appreciated by the new population, I may mention the fact that during the year we have received into church fellowship upwards of twenty members, all of whom have come from various parts of the country to reside in Hyson Green, and of course the congregation has increased in a similar manner from the same source. The Sunday-school was never in a more flourishing condition. The school-rooms are very much overcrowded; in fact, if we had inspectors visiting our Sunday schools as at day schools, very serious complaints would be made of our arrangements. It is to remedy this state of things, and to provide for future generations, that we are building these premises. The number of scholars now on the roll is 315; taught by a staff of 39 teachers. The site cost £660. The chapel when completed, with galleries at sides and one end, will accommodate about 635 adults, that at present proposed being for 500. Its greatest internal dimensions are 68tt. in length, 39ft. in width, and 35ft. in height. The seating will be of pitch pine. The ceiling will be vaulted with ribs and white deal boarding. There will be two stone staircases, with separate entrances, giving access to the galleries, and a large centre entrance with access to both ground floor and galleries. Two vestries are provided and a large platform in which will be the baptistry, and which will also be used as a choir platform. The front gable will rise 44ft. above the pavement in Palin Street, and the tower about 75ft. above same street to top of iron finial. At present, however, it is not intended to complete the side galleries and the tower staircase. The school premises consist chiefly of two school-rooms, one 48ft. by 24ft. and the other 26ft. by 19st., which may be made into one large L shaped room by opening coiling partitions. In addition there is a separate room for infants, 20ft. by 14ft., and three other class-rooms, one of which can be opened so as to form a gallery to the smaller schoolroom. A fourth class-room can be formed in the unfinished tower staircase. One of the staircases will communicate with the school-room, from which also separate access to the chapel galleries has been provided. The building will be faced on all sides with Bulwell red brick, with Bath stone dressings, and the windows will be glazed with tinted cathedral rolled plate glass. The architect (Mr. J. W. Chapman, of London,) has selected Early English Gothic as the basis of his design, but necessarily has had to modify many points to suit the practical requirements of the congregation. Mr. J. R. Morrison, contractor, of Hyson Green, is the builder, and Mr. G. M. Jay is the clerk of the works. Mr. J. B. SHAw, the treasurer, submitted the financial statement. Total gifts 321,535 10s. 11d. Cost of site and building £4,600. The four stones were laid by Mr. Councillor Bayley, ex-sheriff; Mr. A. Brownsword for Broad Street Church; Mr. Forth for Mansfield Road; and Mr. T. Green for Hyson Green Church. In the evening a public meeting was held in Tennyson Street Chapel, the Mayor (Ald. Lindley) presiding. There were also present Revs. Dr. Paton, R. Silby, Professor Goadby, B.A., E. Medley, B.A., J. F. Makepeace; Messrs. R.
Entirely new school-rooms, with class-rooms attached, have been built at the back of the chapel, and a portion of the chapel has been taken in to the Sunday-school building. A large gallery has been placed round the chapel, a new floor has been put in, and new and modern seats have been provided. The exterior has been changed by the removal of the two old porches, and the erection of one large porch to face the main street, with separate entrances for each side of the chapel and the two sides of the gallery. Mr. R. Argile, of Ripley, is the architect. The total cost is £1,090, of which £600 remain to be obtained.
A sermon was preached May 3rd by the Rev. J. H. Hollowell. A tea, to which some three hundred sat down, was generously given by Councillors Bennett and Keys, of Derby. Public meeting in the evening. The choir of
Broad Street Chapel, Nottingham, gave their services.
Nottingham, took the chair.
Mr. W. Hunt, of
W. H. Tetley, and J. Maden, gave addresses.
Weatherhogg—now Mrs. Perriam—presented to her a tea service. He further,
on behalf of the members of the congregation and Sunday school, presented a
purse of money to the wedded happiness. Mr. these unexpected gifts.
astor, wishing for him and his wife many years of erriam's response showed how much he appreciated
The re-opening services were continued by Revs. E. Varley, May 6th; T. R. Stevenson, May 20th; and W. R. Stevenson, M.A., May 27th.
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I. THANKS.—So many cordial congratulations and good wishes have been forwarded to me on my return to my work,--some of them soaring into verse, others expressed in eloquent prose, and all overflowing with kindly feeling, that I must avail myself of this corner to express my sincere gratitude to my many friends. “Thanks, a thousand thanks, to all.” The friendships of life are alarge part of its sunshine: and of all medicine for the weary and worn, none is more refreshing or stimulating than the love of those we love.
II. WENDover.—The pastor, Rev. J. H. Callaway, says, “The present condition of this place of worship, after two centuries of memorable history, compel the church and congregation to appeal to friends in order to repair and repew. It is much needed, and yet too heavy a burden for us. The difficulties of rural Nonconformity are greater than ever. We need £150, and all we have promised at home is £25. How can we start for another century without setting the house in order? For the sake of the brave workers of byegone times, for the sake of our denomination, and, above all, for the sake of the Christ of the Lollards and
Puritans who worshipped here before us, help us.” This call for help needs no echoing. It is clear, distinct, and reasonable, and will surely meet with a large response. This ancient rural church must not be suffered to be fettered with a debt l
III. KIRKBY WooDHouse. — GLAD TIDINGs of GREAT Joy.—Mr. T. Allgood reports “a gracious revival now proceeding in our old church. The awakening commenced from a sermon preached by Mr. T. Lawrence, about two months ago, from Prov. xxii. 1. The soul stirring appeal at the close of the discourse produced an indescribable feeling throughout the audience, and several friends came out of the congregation and sought pardon through a crucified Saviour. Since then the good work has continued with increasing ardour, and on Sunday, June 3, the writer had the great joy of baptizing ten (six males and four females). The venerable the Rev. Thomas Yates, of Newthorpe, preached, and received the newly-baptized into fellowship, with three who have been restored into church fellowship. Many more show every outward sign of ‘the new birth.’ A large increase is confidently expected. Our earnest prayer is, may the Lord give His servants grace and wisdom to feed the lambs whom He has so graciously intrusted to their care.” IV. THE ANGLICAN CHURCH A PROP of THE Tory PARTY.—The Spectator, the organ of the Broad Church section of our State Church, referring to Mr. Bright's speech at the Liberation Society's meeting says, “Mr. Bright's speech on the Establishment proves to demonstration that the Established Church has never been a reforming influence in the State,” and adds, “In our own time, the Church has been one of the props of the Tory party, and, so far as we can judge, it is likely to remain a prop of the Tory party as long as it exists.” That unwilling confession deserves to be remembered. It signalizes the undeniable fact that, save in most exceptional circumstances, State Churches foster national stagnation, maintain the supremacy of class-interests, restrict liberty, and are the foes of brotherhood, liberty, and progress. Was the astute and vitriolic Bishop of Peterborough aware of this when, from his political place in the House of Lords, he made his political
speech in denunciation of the action of Nonconformists on behalf of Liberal principles? As if Nonconformists could act for any other than Liberal principles whilst Tory principles mean a State Church, monopoly of representation in Parliament, and general stagnation.
W. SATURDAY SECTARIANISM. —Why is it that we have such an exhibition of Sectarianism every Saturday in the Daily News column of “Preachers for tomorrow?” Could not the preachers be designated and the places named without affixing to them the label of Baptist, Congregationalist, etc.? The Anglican Church preachers are put at the top of the list without such a mark. Why cannot the same measure be applied to those that follow * I have spent five holiday Sundays in London within the last few years, and have attended churches Anglican and Presbyterian, Baptist and Independent, Unitarian and Methodist, and I did not, in the fifteen services, hear a solitary sectarian word from a single preacher. If we have so little of the “sectarian” on the Sunday, why need we have it flaunted before the world in a daily newspaper on a Saturday?
ALEXANDER DUFF. By Thomas Smith, D.D. Hodder do Stoughton.
WALUABLE as is the biography of this great Indian Apostle by Dr. George Smith, this addition to the series of “men worth remembering” forms a most useful, and in many respects an original contribution, and will serve to quicken that missionary enthusiasm which is the spring of the work most needed in our age. Dr Duff is a fine theme. His great and simple nature, his clear conceptions of, and wise means for, securing the faroff issues of his work, his passionate love of India, his grand resolve and irrepressible heroism, make a captivating study: and Dr. Thomas Smith has done his work with a directness, conciseness, and energy, that adds to the magnetism of the man. Our school libraries ought to have this on their shelves. It would be a wise economy, in the interest of missions, to distribute this volume far and near.
THE CLERICAL LIBRARY. Pulpit Prayers. By Eminent Preachers. Hodder do Stoughton. It is asserted by some, with what degree of truth we cannot say, that it is chiefly in the matter of “Free Prayer” our Nonconformist churches are weak. Our ex
perience is restricted, and perhaps exceptional, but it certainly does not sustain the allegation. But whether true or false, aid ought to come to us from a volume of prayers like this. The collection lacks variety; and about some there is a stiffness and a want of glow, as if the suppliant had the reporter in sight; but most are simple in language, comprehensive in range of petition, and glow with faith, yearning, and adoration. On no account to be taken as patterns, yet preachers may find real profit in communion with them. THE CONGREGATIONAL PsALMIST. Additional Tunes. Hodder do Stoughton.
DR. ALLON is increasing the obligations of the Free Churches to him by his wise and persistent efforts to improve their psalmody, and to carry the “Congregational Psalmist” to the highest point of perfection. This is a most valuable addition, and will doubtless be taken into use at once. It contains 149 tunes, and carries the number of the C. P. up to 649. The additions are mainly from composers of the highest repute, and are specially adapted to the “hymns peculiar in metre or expression” with which our hymnliterature has recently been enriched.
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SouthERN CoNFERENCE. – The Midsummer Meetings will be held at Hitchin, on Wednesday, July 4. Business at 10.15 a.m. At 12.15 p.m. Rev. J. Fletcher will read a paper on “Association Remainders.” Dinner at 1.30, price 1s. 6d. The afternoon will be free for recreation. Tea at 5.0, price 6d. Public worship at 7.0, and sermon by Rev. Charles Clark.
W. J. Avery, Secretary.
LANCAshLRE AND Yorkshire.—The Whitsuntide Conference was held at Enon Chapel, Burnley, May 16. The morning service was opened by the Rev. W. Hambly, and the Rev. R. Heyworth preached on “Christ's Transfiguration.” The afternoon session was commenced at two o'clock, when the President, Rev. J. K. Chappelle, delivered an address on “Religious Enthusiasm.” A discussion followed, in which a number of brethren joined heartily, and thanked the president for his timely words. The Rev. D. S. Williams, late of Pontypool College, and now of Infirmary Street, Bradford, was welcomed into the Conference. Reports showed a nett gain of 31, and 26 candidates. The following were elected as delegates to the Denominational Committees: Home Mission : Rev. J. Dearden, W. Gray.—Foreign Mission: Rev. W. Dyson. Board of Reference.—Rev. J. Parkinson. (1) Christian Membership of Churches. —It was proposed, “That in the opinion of this Conference it is inconsistent in churches designated Baptist to admit into church membership unbaptized persons.”
This resolution was freely and ably discussed, but not adopted. The discussion will be resumed at the next Conference. (2.) “That this Conference desires to record its unabated confidence in Her Majesty's Government in their arduous services, and in their desire to remove all disabilities from persons elected by their constituents, and who, in the recasting of legislation, have undergone many irritating and annoying disappointments; and trust they will still go forward with true liberal measures until such Acts of Parliament are passed as they believe to be essential to the welfare of the United Kingdom.” (3) “That this Conference regards the opening of public-houses on Sundays as a means of greatly increasing intemperance, immorality and crime, and urges Her Majesty's Government to give prompt and special attention to some form of legislation which shall prevent the sale of intoxicating liquors in licensed houses and clubs on the Lord's-day.” The public meeting in the evening was addressed by Rev. D. McCallum (Chairman), W. Sharman, W. March, J. E. Barton, and Mr. B. Midgley. Next Conference.—Place: Stalybridge. Preacher: Rev. D. McCallum. Speakers: Revs. J. Lawton, G. Eales, M.A., J. Turner, and Mr. G. Scott. J. T. Roberts, Sec.
CoNINGSBY.—June 10th, sermons were preached in connection with the pastor's anniversary by Mr. W. Smith, of Ilkeston (father of the pastor). Baptism after the evening service. On the following day a successful tea and public meeting was CHURCH
held. Addresses were delivered by the Revs. W. Sexton, W. Smith, and A. H. Smith (pastor). The increase in the church during the year has been greater than for fourteen years past. DERBY, St. Mary's Gate.—The anniversary sermons were preached on May 27th and 29th by Revs. J. T. Brown, of Northampton, and J. Jackson Wray, of Whitefield Tabernacle. The attendance was good on each occasion. Proceeds, including profit of tea meeting, £58 12s. GULTHAM GoAT.—Well-attended tent services were held, June 3, by Mr. C. Dring, and the next day a tea and public meeting was held. Rev. J. C. Jones, M.A., presided, and Messrs. G. H. Bennett, W. R. Wherry, and D. Crampton, gave addresses. TYDD ST. GILES.–Anniversary sermons were preached, May 20, by Mr. W. R. Wherry, to large congregations. Mr. Bateman, of St. Mary's, presided at the public meeting the next day, and addresses were given by Messrs. W. R. Wherry and D. Crampton. WENDover.—On Thursday, June 7th, the anniversary services here were more than usually interesting. After the tea the pastor, Rev. J. H. Callaway, introduced Mr. Marshalsay as chairman, and Revs. R. Keyworth, Cook and R. Johnston (Wesleyans) of Aylesbury, with Rev. C. Pearce and W. W. Young of Tring, as speakers for the meeting. The pastor gave a brief history of the meeting-house and tenants.
CoNINGSBY.—May 27. Preacher, the pastor (A. H. Smith). Crowded congregations. The following day the annual tea meeting was held, after which a service, entitled “Alone in London,” was given by the children and choir. Collections were in excess of past years. GAMBLESIDE. -- May 27. Preacher, Prof. Goadby, B.A. Colls, £32 2s. 6d. GosperTON.—June 13. Preacher, Rev. G. F. Pitts. In the afternoon Mr. B. Richardson read the report, and the pastor gave an address, and distributed a large collection of prize books to the children. The annual treat was on the Thursday following. The pastor presided at the evening meeting, and Rev. J. C. Jones, M.A., and Messrs. Atton and Taylor, gave addresses. Collections, £14 10s. 5d. GRANTHAM.—June 10. Preacher, Mr. W. R. Wherry, of Bourne. A children's service in the afternoon, with an address by Mr. Wherry. Tea and public meeting on June 11. S. L. Williamson, Esq., J.P., presided. Addresses were given by Revs.
J. Wright, W. Whitby, the pastor, D.C. Chapman, and Mr. A. Gibson. Collections good, and services the best we have ever held. HITCHIN, Walsworth Road.—May 27. Preachers, Rev. J. H. Atkinson, of Liverpool morning and evening, Rev. A. McIntosh in the afternoon. On Monday evening Rev. J. H. Atkinson gave an interesting talk on his recent visit to Switzerland. Collections, £15 12s. Norwich.-June 10, Preacher, S. D. Rickards, Esq., and an address by Rev. G. A. Wheeler. On Monday night a special service for the young was conducted; and on Tuesday night a paper was read on the “Value of Individual dealing with our Scholars,” by Mr. Rickards, followed by a free discussion, in which several officers and members of the Norwich S. S. Union took part, the President of the Union, G. White, Esq., occupying the chair. Very cheering results attended the special service for the young; and throughout the services were highly gratifying. SUTTON ST. JAMEs.—May 27. Preacher, Mr. J. T. Atton. Large congregations. Monday public meeting, and addresses by the Rev. C. Barker, Mr. Dowse, and other friends. WHITwick.-June 3. Preacher, Rev. W. Slater. Collections, £14 7s. Six scholars have joined the church during the year.
CHAPMAN, REv. D. C., late of Acre Mill, Bacup, has received and accepted the unanimous invitation of the church at Oxford Street, Grantham, and commenced his labours on the first Sunday in June.
Noble, Mr. B., one of our senior students, has accepted the cordial invitation of the church at Measham and Netherseal, and will begin his work on the first of July.
WILD, REv. J., late of Woodhouse Eaves, was recognized as the pastor of the church at Market Harborough, May 28th. Mr. G. Emery presided, and addresses were delivered by the Revs. W. E. Morris, E. Stevenson, and J. C. Forth. The Lay Preachers’ Association, which has rendered valuable service to the church for several years, was represented by Mr. Herring. Mr. Cotes spoke most hopefully on behalf of the church. The minister enters upon his work with a strong will, bright hopes and true aims. The time, the “set time,” for the establishment of a vigorous and aggressive church at Market Harborough has now corne.