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The annual sessions of the Canterbury district commenced yesterday morning in Durham street Church. The Rev. W. Morloy, chairman of the district, presided The session opened with devotional exorcises. The following representatives from Circuits were present : Revs. W. Morley (chairman of district), J. Aldred, J. Duller, J. Rishworth (Colombo road), E. Best and W. Tinsley (Durham street), W. Keall (Leeston), J. Smalley (Springston), J. Simmonds (Kaiapoi), VV. Martin (Lyttelton), J. Garlick (Woodend), C. H. Standage (Ashburton), J. Smith (Rangiora), Te Koto, Maori minister. The Chairman, in his opening address, gave a welcome to the Revs. E. Best, J. Smith, 0. Standage, and W. Tinsley, who had been transferred to the district during the year. Last year they met under the shadow and pressure of a great calamity caused by the death of those brethren who were lost in the wreck of the T.,rarua. This year their ranks had remained unbroken. There was much cause for congratulation in reviewing the work of the past twelve months. Many of the ministers had received great encouragement by large accessions to their churches, and consequently they might anticipate a very gratifying report of increase when the statistics of the churches should be laid before them. The missionary agents of the Churc i who were engaged in the outlying districts were working with commendable zeal and much success, and were laying the foundations of what would, he believed, in time become good self-sustain-ing circuits. The Maori work was still under the charge of Te Kote, whose faithful efforts among his people for many years had been productive of very great blessing. This year the report of this department would bo as pleasing as any given in previous years. He hoped that in all their deliberations t ey would bo actuated by the spirit of wise discernment and Christian feelings ; that the session would tend to cement more strongly the existing ties of brotherhood, and at the close each wou'd return to his sphere greatly strengthened to resume his toil. Ho would ask the members of the meeting to elect their Secretary by ballot. Under the quest! n of recommending any m nister to be superannuated, the Rev. J. Smalley p-eferrod a request to be placed on the list of superannuated ministers for ■ one year. It was with very great reluctance that he made the application, but for some time past his health had been failing, he did not feel adequate to the onerous duties of circuit work, and deemed it absolutely necessary that he should seek a period of rest. —The Rev. J. Rishworth considered it was expedient that the request should be accompanied with a medical testimony as to the state of the applicant’s health.—The Rev. E. Best and concurred in Mr Rishworth’s remarks, suggested that th matter be deferred so that a certificate might be produced, such testimony would strengthen the application.—The Chairman thought if Mr Smalley were relieved from the pressure of circuit work for a few weeks he would regain Iris health. In their present position it would bo a most difficult thing to dispense with the valuable services of Mr Smalley for a year; it would be better to try what a short rest would do before a recommendation for a year’s rest be considered. Mr Rishworth sympathised with Mr Smalley ; it was evident that his health was impaired. He would offer to supply one Sunday, and he knew there were other ministers who would bo willing to do the same, so that there would not be much in the way of obtaining a few weeks’ relief and repose. After further discussion, it was resolved to pass on to tiro next business. At the after mmi sit ing, the Rev. J. Smith, of Rangiora, took his seat in the Conference. The report of the native work was presented by Te Kote, the Maori Missionary, who is employed in itinerating among the Maori' settlements of Canterbury and Otago. The Chatham Islands are also included in his district of visitation. He reported that there were five churches, besides several other preaching places, five Sunday schools. He is assisted by nine native lay teachers. There are 742 persons who receive his ministrations. The people contribute a certain amount towards his maintenance, win h sum is supplemented by a yearly grant from the Homo Mission and Church Extension Fund. At five o’clock the sess on adjourned until ten this morning.

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WESLEYAN METHODIST CHURCH., Ashburton Guardian, Volume IV, Issue 793, 15 November 1882

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WESLEYAN METHODIST CHURCH. Ashburton Guardian, Volume IV, Issue 793, 15 November 1882

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