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OPENING of new school-rooms, comprising large lecture hall (chapel pro. tem,) infants' room, class-rooms, vestries, kitchen, &c. The first brick of the above structure was laid July 26th, and memorial stones August 19th, and the opening services were as follows:–Jan. 7th, Rev. T. Goadby, B.A.; Jan. 14th, Rev. J. F. Makepeace and J. J. Fitch; Jan. 21st, Rev. J. Lewitt. Monday, Jan. 8th, opening tea meeting, sale of work, and public meeting. The Mayor presided. On Jan. 7th, the proccedings commenced with a prayer-meeting at 7.0 a.m. At 9.30 the scholars, in large numbers, assembled in the lecture hall, and a sufficient number of teachers were present to take charge of every class. After the devotional exercises, the teachers and scholars filed off to their separate class-rooms, where, free from the confusion almost unavoidable where classes are packed together in one room, the teachers were able to break to the children the bread of life with far more pleasure to themselves, and, we doubt not, with much more profit to the scholars. In the evening the place was crowded, the service very impressive, and the results highly satisfactory. After the public service the Lord's Supper was celebrated, when a large number of the members of the church, and visitors from other churches, sat down. An interesting preface to the celebration was the accepting by Mr. Goadby, on behalf of the church, of a new communion service, kindly presented by Mr. Councillor Bennett, and the reception of two members into church-fellowship. On Monday, a sale of work, a tea party, and a public meeting, constituted the programme, and all proved eminently successful. The meeting in the evening was of a most enthusiastic character. The Mayor of Nottingham (Ald. Lindley, Esq.,) presided, and was supported by the Sheriff (J. P. Ford, Esq.) Councillors W. Burton and C. Bennett; J. Rogers, Esq. president of the Nottingham Sunday School Union; J. T. Mallet, Esq.; J. Sharman, Esq.; W. Richardson, Esq.; and the Revs. W. R. Stevenson, M.A., R. F. Griffiths, J. R. Godfrey, R. Silby, J.A. Mitchell, B.A., Mr. Hookins and J. G. Smith. In the numerous short addresses delivered on the occasion, the chief topics commented upon were the following: (1) The great need existing in the locality for a commodious chapel and school-rooms. (2) The praiseworthy manner in which the little General Baptist church at Carrington had attempted to supply in some measure this need. (3) The excellent arrangement of the premises erected, and the admirable style in which the work had been carried out, thereby reflecting the highest credit upon the architect, (A. H. Goodall, Esq., Nottingham); the clerk of the works, (Mr. W. Price); and the contractor, (Mr. W. Cox). Proceeds, £120. In consequence of the heavy expenses incurred in fitting up the premises and

obtaining the books and apparatus necessary for carrying on the work of the church and school on so much larger a scale than formerly, a debt of nearly £1600 still remains upon the property, and any contribution towards reducing the same, will be thankfully received by the following —Henry Belton, secretary, 13, Church Drive, Carrington; Alfred Stevenson, treasurer, 300, Mansfield Road, Sherwood.


This chapel, erected on a well-chosen site,” and in a populous neighbourhood, was opened on Sunday, Dec. 10th. The Rev. W. Orton, of Grimsby, preached morning and evening, and the Rev. F. Standfast in the afternoon. The congregations were good, *nd the opening services a success. On the day following a tea-meeting was held, followed by a public meeting, at which the Mayor of Grantham presided, and referred to his indebtedness to our church at Sutterton, and spoke hopefully and encouragingly of the new work at Grantham. Addresses were given by the Secretary, Mr. Gibson,the Revs.W. Orton, R. Silby, F.W. B. Weeks, and Messrs. Councillor Suffield and

Roe. The services were continued on the 17th, when Rev. J. J. Fitch preached norning and evening, and the Rev. F. W. B. Weeks in the afternoon. Collections, etc., over £150.


likeston has become the second largest town in Derbyshire. The population has doubled itself in a very few years, and now numbers nearly 16,000. A midland town of such importance ought to contain a flourishing General Baptist church. The time should be drawing near for reaping a rich harvest, from the seed sown by brethren of *ainted memory, who having, long since ceased from their labours now rest with Jesus. James Peggs and John Stevenson, offered some of their most fervent prayers,

* Cf. Magazine, 1882, pp. 390,426.


and expended much of their best strength in the interests of the church at Ilkeston. We are glad to hear that one cause which has hindered progress is about to be removed. Queen street chapel, so uncomfortable and so ill adapted for preaching purposes, is being practically reconstructed, and school-rooms for the accommodation of 400 scholars are rising in its rear. A well-attended prayer meeting was held at seven o'clock on the morning of Jan. 15th. In the afternoon of the same day, memorial stones of the new building were laid, by Mrs. W. Smith, of Ilkeston, Mrs. C. Ellis, of Ilkeston, Mr. Earnest Hooley, of Long Eaton, and Mr. C. Howard, an aged and beloved teacher, for his son-in-law Mr. S. Cresswell, of Nottingham. There was a large gathering of friends. The ministers of the town took part in the proceedings, and the Rev. T. R. Stevenson delivered an address. At the close of the ceremony 420 friends partook of tea in the Free Church school-room, South street, and in the evening a crowded public meeting was held. H. H. West, Esq., of Heanor, presided. The Revs. T. R. Stevenson, Professor Goadby, B.A., R. F. Griffiths, W. H. Tetley, A. H. Smith, F. Todd, and the pastor, A. C. Perriam, addressed the meeting. Collections &c., amounted to over £90. The new school-rooms and chapel improvements will cost £1000. Mr. R. Argile, of Ripley, is the architect. If our brethren at Queen street, Ilkeston, are to realise their hope of raising £600 by the time the chapel is re-opened in April next, £200 will have to be obtained somehow, during the next three months. Gifts of money, however trifling, or parcels of goods, for a sale of work which is to be held next Easter, will be gratefully acknowleded by the Rev. A. C. Perriam. May our friends meet with much encouragement.

Štraps from the obitor's &aste-3asket.

I. THIS IS THE way, walk YE IN IT.A deacon of one of our country churches writes: “Being indisposed, I could not get to chapel last Sunday, and so had a good opportunity of conning over the Magazine for this month (Jan.), and in doing so was so much impressed with certain articles (specified) that I send you 8s. 4d. for fifty copies for free distribution.” How many deacons are there who hear the voice saying behind them, “this is the way, walk ye in it !”

II. CARE FoR THE wanDERING shBEP. —Our ministers will have received, for the first time in their lives, a New Year's Gift from the Association. This is a new thing under the sun. Associations ask for gifts, collect them, and spend them; but is it not an unprecedented thing for Associations to make presents to any of its members? To this height of good. ness our Association soared at the beginning of this year. It is one of the finest auguries we have for our future.

The gift consisted of two neatly printed books intended to aid us in watching over our wandering sheep. It has not come too soon. I have known many instances of Christians lost to our churches, and lost to all churches for years, and therefore value at a high price any attempt to counteract this source of individual and organic decay. If these books are used, our churches and societies will be gainers in untold measure.

III. OUR Work IN NOTTINGHAM.—We rejoice exceedingly in the manifold signs

of activity and enterprise at this great midland centre. Our advertisement sheet has been telling of forthcoming bazaars. The friends at WooDBOROUGH Road are attacking their debt with energy and enthusiasm, and will win, as they deserve, a signal success. Friends far and near should avail themselves of this opportunity of forwarding this most promising work.The BRoad STREET Annual Report, just received, is full of brightness, enthusiasm, and hope.—Hyson GREEN has a sale as the month dawns, and we trust it will be a most productive one.—Of CARRINGTON another page speaks.-NEw BASFord is pushing forward its work with zeal.— This is the hour for Nottingham. Is it too much to say—and we are the men for the hour !

IV. EGYPT.-The “Dual Control” has ceased, and SIR AUCKLAND Colvin, with “expressions of personal regret” on the part of the KHEDIVE, has tendered his resignation. The Cairo correspondent of the Times speaks of the benefits of that Control, during the three years and a half of its existence, as “incalculable.” That Control has saved the fellaheen two millions in interest, and has given regularity to the collection of taxes: told the peasant what, and when to pay, and so introduced method and orderinto Egyptian administration for the first time. 35,000 unverified vouchers have been discovered in ARABI's department. Preparation is being made for a thorough reform of the administration of justice.

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The G. B. MIDLAND SPRING CoNFERENCE will be held at Old Basford, on Tuesday, Feb. 13th inst. Devotional service at eleven a.m.; the Rev. E. Carrington, of Swadlincote, to preach. Afternoon session at 2.30. The Rev. J. H. Atkinson, Chairman for the year, to preside. A public meeting will be held at seven p.m., the Rev. T. Goadby, B.A., to preside, when addresses will be delivered by the Revs. T. R. Stevenson, A. Firth, R. Silby, J. R. Godfrey, and others, on Foreign Missions, Home Missions, and Sunday-school work.

J. SALISBURY, Secretary.


BIRMINGHAM, Lombard Street.—At a special meeting on Dec. 20th, Mr. Isaac Wright, on behalf of the church and congregation, presented Mr. Cantrell with a purse containing £23. DENHOLME.—A Christmas tree and sale of work was opened by Rev. J. Taylor Dec. 23, and continued Dec. 25, 26. The annual tea was held on Christmas-day. About 270 to tea. Proceeds £30 for our new school, for which the outlay will be £1,200. We greatly need the help of friends. DIs Eworth.-The annual tea meeting was held, Dec. 25. Rev. W. A. Davies presided, and several addresses were delivered. FLEET.—Dec. 26, annual sale, followed by a tea, and a lecture on “Woman” by the Rev. E. H. Jackson. Proceeds over 4:20. HALIFAx North Parade.—Annual Tea for church and congregation on Jan. 1, one of the best meetings ever held. Rejoicings for extinction of chapel and school debt of £250. Considerable increase in membership. Church now 442 strong. All societies fully equipped for action. Jan. 7, United Communion with P. B. church at Pellon Lane. Sweet service. Rev. T. Michael and W. Dyson officiated. HALIFAx Lee Mount. Dec. 23rd, a Christmas tree and sale of work was held, opened by Councillor Lewis Smith. Clear proceeds of four days, £110. HuRs.TwooD.—We held our annual tea Jan. 6. Over two hundred were present. Mr. Jas. Crabtree, senior deacon, presided. Recitations were given by the Sabbath-scholars, addresses by Messrs.

R. Greenwood and G. Crabtree, several anthems by the choir. IBSTOCK.—Nov. 27, a lecture was delivered by Rev. G. Needham on “President Garfield.” The pastor presided.— The Hugglescote choir and and orchestral band, conducted by Professor Buckley of Swadlincote, gave a Christmas concert, Dec. 27. KEGworTH.—A Christmas tree and sale was opened by Rev. W. A. Davies, Dec. 26. The orchestral band, led by Mr. F. Astle, gave selections of high class music, accompanied by Mr. Smedley, pianist. KIRKBY-IN-Ashfield.—Tea and Christmas entertainment. Proceeds, £12 2s. towards the chapel debt. LONDON, Praed Street.—The choir and congregation have sustained considerable loss in the removal of their organist, Mr. H. S. Rickards, to Adelaide, where he has accepted a business appointment. His services at the chapel were purely gratuitous, and he has also been extremely useful as Secretary at Hall Park Sunday School. The choir and the teachers accordingly determined upon presenting him with some mark of their esteem and affection. In this object members of the congregation heartily concurred, with the result that, at a homely gathering on Jan. 11, a gold watch was handed to him by W. J. Avery. Messrs. H. Sampson (choir leader), W. Carter (S. S. superintendent), and W. C. James (deacon), spoke of the high regard in which Mr. Rickards had been, and would continue to be, held. Mr. S. D. Rickards, as well as his son, acknowledged the gift. LONDON, Bethnal Green Road.—The Nazarite Guild—composed exclusively of total abstaining Christians—celebrated its first anniversary Dec. 30, by a tea and public meeting. The Secretary's report showed considerable activity on the part of the members in the Master's vineyard, for in one week over 10,000 houses were visited, and the occupants invited to our beautiful chapel, besides which the society has been very useful in leading young Christians to publicly profess Christ and join the church. Dr. Dawson Burns, Rev. G. W. M'Cree, Miss McPherson, the pastor, and others, addressed the meeting. SHORE.-Annual meeting on Christmasday. 400 to tea. Addresses by Rev. J. K. Chappelle, and Mr. R. Greenwood. Report of school read by the secretary, Mr. T. H. Greenwood.


STALYBRIDGE.-The sale of work and Christmas tree realized the sum of £80. 400 to tea.

STOKE-ON-TRENT.—A watch-night service was held on the last night of the old year, conducted by Rev. S. Hirst. The attendance was good, and the service solemn and profitable. An address was delivered by the pastor on “Watch, wait, work!”—United Prayer Meetings were held from Jan. 8 to 12, in the Primitive Methodist, Baptist, Congregational, Wesleyan, and New Connexion Methodist Chapels, Revs. J. E. Winter, G. Jones, S. Hirst, and T. P. Bullen, with Messrs. Griffiths, Morton, Acton, Hodgkiss, Harris, and Green, giving short addresses. The meetings were followed by a United Communion Service on Lord’s-day, Jan. 14, in the Wesleyan Chapel, Revs. T. T. Bullen, W. Tasker, and G. Robinson, taking part. The attendance and interest increased as the meetings proceeded, good feeling amongst the various churches has been strengthened, and it is felt that large blessings must result from such gatherings.

Swadlincote.—The young men of our Bible Class, wishing to show their appreciation of the privileges afforded by the church, gave a tea, Dec. 5th. After tea our pastor, Rev. E. Carrington, gave a lecture on “John Wickliffe, a Reformer before the Reformation.” Mr. Cholerton, president of the Bible Class, took the chair. The proceeds were given to the church funds.


Jolly, REv. John, B.A.—We are very glad indeed to report that the Rev. John Jolly, of Boston, has taken the Bachelor of Arts Degree in the University of Dublin. We congratulate him upon his success; and especially on the persistent and patient self-discipline which has secured it.

SMYTHE, REv. J. F., who has left Bolton to undertake the pastorate of the church at Berkhampstead, was presented with a purse of gold on concluding his seven years' work at Bolton. During those years 240 members have been received into the church, the debt cleared off the chapel, the building beautified, and a mission chapel erected at Farnworth. Mr. Smythe commenced his ministry at Berkhampstead, Jan. 21.

WILLIAMs, REv. D. S., of Blainavon, has received and accepted an invitation to the pastorate of Infirmary Street, Bradford, and will commence his labours Feb. 4.


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“The form I used to see Was but the raiment that he used to wear; The grave that now doth press Upon that cast off dress Is but his wardrobe locked—he is not there. Father, thy chastening rod So help us, Thine afflicted ones, to bear, That, in the spirit land, Meeting at Thy right hand, "Twill be our heaven to find, that—he is there.”

Exton, WILLIAM, for forty-five years a member of the church at Market Harborough, being baptized by Dr. Buckley on Aug. 20th, 1837. Though he was rendered quite helpless four years before his death by a paralytic stroke, a murmur was never heard from him. At the advanced age of ninety-two he fell asleep on Nov. 14th. A memorial sermon was preached, Dec. 3, by Mr. Herring, of Leicester. W. C. Fox WILLIAM, of East Kirkby; fell asleep Jan. 13, 1883, aged 73 years. “He was a faithful man, and one who feared God above many.” HALFord.—Jan. 8, 1883, at Southport, atfer a long and trying illness, borne with true Christian courage, Elizabeth Hill, the beloved wife of Chas. K. Halford, daughter of Mr. Kemp Sanby, of Long Sutton, and granddaughter of the late Rev. Thomas Rogers, of Fleet, Lincolnshire, aged 62. HEEP.-The Stalybridge church has sustained a severe loss, and the town one of its most promising young men, by the sudden death of Mr. Tom Heep. Although called home at the early age of 24, his death has caused a blank which will be difficult to fill. Deceased was a teacher in the Sunday-school, Secretary of the Tract Society, and an officer of the church. His funeral—which was attended by hundreds—took place on Christmas day, when, under a leaden sky from which the rain fell heavily—amid broken sobs—his body was committed to the dust in “sure and certain hope” of a joyful resurrection. QUINEY, W., a deacon at Commercial Road, London, for many years, and member for more than half a century, departed this life Jan. 14. His memory and work will long endure. STARBUCK, JoHN, of Alford, Lincolnshire, passed to the rest of God, Jan. 7, aged 72.




Half as Many Again.

In the Observer for last month we furnished our readers with an appeal from the Rev. E. H. Bickersteth, on behalf of the Church Missionary Society, asking for an income of half as much again”-an appeal which was considered both reasonable and needful on behalf of our own Society. We are glad to see that, so far as Mr. Bickersteth's own church and congregation are concerned, the object of the appeal has been realized, more than "half as much again” having been obtained during the past year. We trust that a similar result will be secured in many, if not in all, of our own churches. Only let the forty churches that have contributed nothing set earnestly to work and do what they can; and only let the remaining churches thoroughly organize themselves for mission work, and appoint suitable persons to solicit and to collect subscriptions, then we feel persuaded that, as regards our own Society, the half as much again will be more than realized. Then the Committee will be able to send and support

HALF AS MANY AGAIN MISSIONARIES, besides increasing the number of native preachers in like proportion.

To show that such an increase is both reasonable and necessary may we again direct attention to the vastness of the field entrusted to our care, and for the evangelization of which there is no Protestant Missionary Society save our own, i.e., if we except a Free-will Baptist missionary at Balasore. According to the Government census returns of 1881, the population of the country over which the Oriya language is spoken was as follows:Population of Balasore District

942,414 Ditto of Cuttack

1,731,548 Ditto of Pooree

885,794 Ditto of 19 Tributary States of Orissa

1,664,310 Ditto of Ganjam District

1,772,743 Ditto of Jeypore, in Vizagapatam District...

450,000 Ditto of Sumbulpore District

1,653,960 Total

9,100,769 NINE MILLIONS ! easily pronounced, but the full import of which it is impossible to realize.


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