Presbytery of Clutha.
Clutha Leader, Volume XVIII, Issue 897, 25 September 1891, Page 7
Presbytery of Clutha.
The Presbytery of Cluth-a met in the I Presbyterian Church on Wednesday, last week, when there were present j Rev. G. B. [nglis (moderator), and I Messrs Allan, Chisholm, Skinner, Hall, Carrie, Dalrymple, and M'Laren (minisj ters), and Messrs James Smaill and j William M'Caw (elders). I Commissions of elders from. Kaitaugata for Mr William Smaill and from Clutha for Mr James Somervilie were received. The minutes of the former meeting were read and approved. The presbytery devoted the first hour in conference on Family Religion.' Afterwards it was agreed to recommend the. several ministers to preach on the subject ac an early date. The suliject selected for next orxlinary meeting is the attitude of the church towards popular amusements'; Mr j inglis to open the subject in conference. The clerk reported that he had forwarded the resolution of presbytery re immoral literature to Mr J. W. Thomson, M.H.H., member for Bruce, and laid on tho table a letter intimating what had been done with it. The presbytery unanimously agreed to transmit the following overtures to the Synod of Otago and Southland The first moved by Mr Chisholm 'That whereas in accordance with the Catholic and unifying spirit of Presbyterianism, our church has almost from tho beginning of her history aimed at an incorporating union with the church in the northern parts of New Zealand, but. has been, let hitherto chiefly by geographical difficulties whereas these difficulties are daily lessening as the facilities for travelling by land and sea are increasing; whereas it is the tendency of separate churches, as years go by, to stiffen into peculiarities of polity and worship that render union less practicable and whereas in extending the church throughout this new land in raising up and training a Christian ministry to meet the requirements of colonial, life, in coping with the demands for missionary effort in the New Hebrides and elsewhere, and in dealing with all social and educational questions a united church could act with" greater prestige and effect It is humbly overtured by the Presbytery of Clutha to the venerable the Synod of Otai<o and Southland, indicted to meet in the month of October of the ensuing year, that they would take this whole subject into their serious consideration, I and devise such measures there anent as may tend to promote the glory of God and the good of the church.' Another by Mr Fair ui aid That whereas it is consider ed that it would be conducive to the quickening of the spiritual life of the members of synod and greatly helpful in strengthening tfie bond of Christian fellowship between them to have the Sacrament ol the Lord's Supper dispensed at the opening of the annual meeting it is humbly overj tured b3 r the Presbytery of Clutha to the venerable the Synod of Otago and I Southland to take the premises intc
consideration with the viow of giving effect to the -prayer of Iho overture.' Another «by Mr. Hall 'That whereas family religion is'afc the foundation of all true spiritual; prosperity in a churuh, and whereas in a new country .such as this it is well' frequently to remind all the members of pur church of this i'iiportant matter: it is humbly overtured by the Olufcha Presbytery to the venerable the Synod of Otago and Southland to take these presents, into consideration, and issue a pastoral address on the subject of Family Religion," which shall be circulated among all the members of our.' church.' Plans and specifications for a new ch.urch at Wangaloa was laid on the table for approval. It was agreed to approve of the same, and transmit an application to the synod for a grant to the erection of the same. Applications from Kaitangata and Inch Olutha were submitted to the presbytery for grants towards repairs of their churches and were agreed toby the presbytery. Messrs Dalrymple, Inglis, and Allan were appointed to draw up answers to to reasons of- appeal by Mr A. C Sannders, and to defend the action of the presbytery at the synod. Messrs Dalrymiple and John Johnston (Tokomairiro) were elected members of synod's committee on bills and overtures, etc., and Messrs Hall, Dal-, rymple, and Johnston to be members of standing committees of synod. All congregations within the bounds were instructed to send up their records for revision, at the meeting in December. The presbytery then adjourned to meet on the third Wednesday of December, and the proceedings closed with prayer.