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Friday, November 28.

The meeting was opened at two o’clock by the'usual-devotional exercises. Two resolutions, omitted from Thursdays proceedings, were as follows 1. “ That the Conference be recommended to appoint a Boai’d of Commission in England, to treat with any ministers or others, wishing to enter the ministry in New Zealand.” 2. “ That the Conference be urged to inaugurate a Sunday school Union for the colony. ” Reports upon the trial sermons preached were presented and discussed. One of the candidates was recommended to the Conference as a student for the full term in Three Kings Institution ; two were recommended to give themselves to special study

during’fife year, wixh the view of presenting them for examination next district meeting ; ami one was declined. The Rev. T. Fee, a probationer of three years, was recommended to Conference as a fourth year’s probationer. The Rev. H. Bamnber, a fourth year’s probationer, was recommended to be received into full connection. EVENING SESSION. On re-assembling at 7 a.m., after sing* ing and prayer, the ‘ ‘ Liverpool Minutes ’* were read. An interesting conversation took place ou the pastoral oversight of the young, in the course of which the Chairman advocated the use of such measures as would give each minister the opportunity of personal intercourse, at least twice a year, with every child in the Sunday schools, for the purpose of becoming acquainted with their spiritual condition and affording them such direct instruction as may be needful. It was utimately reaolvcd : —“I.‘That the Sabbath school affords a ready and efficient means for securing the pastoral oversight of the young, and that efforts be put forth to bring all our baptised children into our schools. 2. That the ministers, when visiting the school.*, shall seek, as far as possible, to have religious conversation with the children . individually. 3. That in the larger schools, in order to prevent disturbance of the school routine, the minister shall meet the children by classes in a separate room. 4. That in smaller schools the ordinary proceedings be suspended during the minister’s visit. 5. That in those circuits where the time of the minister is much occupied by afternoon services, arrangements be made to visit every school in the circuit periodical ty, even if it be necessary to curtail preaching appointments in order to discharge this important duty. ” • Votes of thanks were passed to the chairman, the secretary, the reporters, anil the friends who had entertained the. members of the district, meeting. The meeting was closed at 10.30 by prayer offered by the chairman.

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WESLEYAN DISTRICT MEETING., Ashburton Guardian, Volume I, Issue 29, 2 December 1879

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WESLEYAN DISTRICT MEETING. Ashburton Guardian, Volume I, Issue 29, 2 December 1879