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■ -o[COMMIJV ICATHI). ] The seventh annual Conference of the Wesleyan Methodist Church in this colony has just terminated. Though some doubted the propriety of holding it in the City of Dunedin, for the simple reason that the Otago Methodist friends were considered scarcely equal to the effort of providing for such a gathering, it has surely been a success. The ministerial Conference commenced on Jan. 21st, and sat for five days, and the mixed Conference for the six following. There were present 25 ministers in fail connexion (including Mr. Berry, lately returned from England, and Mr. Turner, from the Victorian Conference), and seven probationers. There were five candidates for the ministry present also, all of whom were received either as students or probationers. The opening address of the Lev. W. Morlcy was of a congratulatory , character, expressing assurance that such an assembly would bo a blessing to the churches around the district, and thankfulness that, in face of a twelemonth’s I serious financial depression, the various funds of the church had been well sustained. The new President was the Rev. l W. Lee, of Wanganui, and he had for his r Secretary the Rev, W. Morley, who is now an ex-President. The various ComL mittecs which were formed at the cora- ; mencemenfc of the session greatly facilitated business, so that bj' Monday, Jan. [ 2Gtb, the purely ministerial work of the Conference was got through, except the most difficult business of stationing, which was left to a later period. Two ministers’ deaths were reported, one of a , Native, and the other of a European. The probationers all passed in three of whom completed "tliat*r ,ng period, and became eligible for ordination to the full work of the ministry. Though , there were many applications from ministers in England, Ireland, and Australia for a place in the New Zealand Wesleyan , Methodist ministry, the Conference was . not in a position to accept any. Those who have lately arrived in the colony—of . whom the Rev. E. Best is one—were cor- . diai’y received. On Tuesday, January 27th, the mixed , Conference sat. Only 21 laymen were . able to be present. The business to he , considered was connected with dividing circuits which had become too large ; , forming now ones ; making provision for ministers married, orabmit to be granting ; permission for the sale of certain pro- , perties ; taking note of what property • had been acquired during the past year ; examining the state of the allairs of the Book Depot in Christchurch, and of the “New Zealand Wesleyan auditing the various comicxional; funds Contingent, the Supernumerary, Childrens’, Home and Foreign Mission Funds; enquiring into the working of the Thelogical Institution and the success of the students ; Sunday school affairs'; manipulating the statistical returns ; passing sundry recommendations for the General Conference ; receiving deputations ; &c. Several meetings were held on the 1 evenings of the Conference sittings, chief i of which were an ordination service, a ; Conference love feast, a conversazione, a temperance convention, and a Home Mission meeting. In addition to these there were several soirees got up in the adjoining towns. The Conference of ISSI is to be held in Nelson as near to the 20th of January as possible. The enterprising linn of Burton Bros, are preparing a group of all the members of the Conference, as a memento, which will shortly be ready fm- sale. The kindness of the authorities of the Dunedin Athenreum was much appreciated.

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Ashburton Guardian, Ashburton Guardian, Volume 1, Issue 61, 14 February 1880

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WESLEYAN CONFERENCE JOTTINGS. Ashburton Guardian, Volume 1, Issue 61, 14 February 1880