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Recognition Tea Meeti g. The tea and public meeting jit ibe Wills street Church last night, on -the occasion of according a welcome to the Rev. John Nixon, was an unqualified success. The promoters of the gathering were sanguine in their expectations of a large attendance, both of members of the congregation and visitors from other churches in the township, and their anticipations were more than realised. The tables wers lavishly supplied with the usual variety of good things provided at tea meetings in Ashburton, Mesdames Beavin, Lucas, Puddicombe, Taylor, Tucker, Tresizs, Tilly, and Rooke, being the donors, and notwithstanding the unusually heavy demands made on the commissariat, Mesdames Tucker, Major, Luora, Tresize, Tilly and Taylor, the ladies who presided at the tables, were equal to the occasion, and the whole arrangements seemed to give entire satisfaction, The public meeting was presided over by Mr Isaac Scott, who briefly stated the objects for which they were met, and, on behalf of the members of the Church and congregation, accorded a hearty welcome to the Rev John Nixon, and, the chairman added, to his excellent wife. The choir having sung with much spirit “ The Polar Star,” Mr Lloyd spoke

of the co-operation needed on the part of the people with their pastors, followed by Mr Maidens, who facetiously referred to one result of Mr Nixon’s work in the north in having carried away a prize in the shape of his wife. Mr Maidens, on behalf of the Primitive Methodists on the plains, welcomed Mr Nixon to the district A Bible : song was then rendered very effectively, Mrs Nixon taking the solo parts. ; The Rev. W. KeaU, who nest spoke, characterised the meeting as a most wonderful .one. When the Rev. Mr Beattie arrived in Ashburton, his congregation were so well satisfied that they immediately had a tea meeting to welcome him; He (Mr Eeall) had never had a welcome of that description yet, although it was going ,on for three years since he had been in Ashburton. He supposed his congregation would wait till his full term of three years had expired, and then have a tea- meeting to {tell him whether

they were satisfied or not. But the Primitive Methodists had waited ten weeks, until they had tested the abilities of their minister, and then they gave him a. reception tea meeting. Speaking of the opposition which the congregation had manifested to Mr, Nixon’s appointment to Ashburton, in consequence of their supposed inability to support a married minister, Mr Keall paid a graceful compliment to the late pastor, Per. A. J. Smithy whose name would ever be remembered with affection by the people of Ashburton ,* but in obtaining Mr Nixon the congregation of the church were the inasmuch jasjnow they had two workers instead of one. Mr Keall’s address‘was full of kindly, practical advice to the congregation, and his remarks were muohappceciated. He concluded his speech by welcoming (on behalf of the Wosleyans in the district) Mr Nixon to Ashburton. The choir then sang the anthem “ I was glad,” and the Rev. J. Luke, of Geraldine, addressed the meeting, referring to Mr Nixon’S:pastorate in Wellington, where he (Mr Luke) had, sat under the rev. gentleman’s ministry for some, time... Me felt he/: could• speak with authority on Mr Nixon’s qualifications, and bore flattering testimony to hislabilities as a preacher, Mr Luke’s speech had reference spacially to the- relationshipa which should exist between pastor and/people; and in concluding welcomed Mr Nixon to the South Island. “The musical dream” (Mrs Craighead and choir) having been sung, the Rev. John Nixon followed, and re-

oiprocated' the very kindly -expressions of felting given utterance to that evening, r and, especially to the. worthy Chairman — of '-whom- he had heard much before coming to Ashburton—did ho feel gratefuL There v,gentleman then gave an eamesiiaddresa on, some of the elements necessary fdr successful preaching. “Will you meet me at ’ the: fountain,' by Mrs Ray and-.l.the choir, was sung very effectively, and Mr T. R. Hodder was <then called on for an address, in which he strongly advocated a union of all religious bodies, and thought the contemplated union of the various sections of the Methodist Church was a step in the right direction., Mr* Major then rendered very sweetly, “Weeping will not save the choir joining in chorus. Mr Pud-: dioumbe, as an did friend of Mr Nixon’s, extended a welcome to him, referring lo vpiy pleasing reminiscences of the rev. gentleman’s labors in Auckland, where he was pastor of the largest Primitive Methodist 'Church in New Zealand. “ Say, is yonr lamp burning ” (Mrs Nixon and choir) having been rendered, votes of thattks were proposed and carried with acclamation, and the meeting concluded. A strong choir, under Mr J. M. Dunn, with Mfes C. Davis, at the harmonium, tended in no small measure to add to the success of the occasion. The Primitive Methodists of Ashburton will not, we think, easily forget the recognition tea meeting to. Rev. J.Nixon, which was conducted throughout with that hearty way. of doing things, characteristic of the Connexion.

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PRIMITIVE METHODIST CHURCH., Ashburton Guardian, Volume 2, Issue 371, 15 June 1881

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PRIMITIVE METHODIST CHURCH. Ashburton Guardian, Volume 2, Issue 371, 15 June 1881

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