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The annual congregational meeting of the above Ohuroh took plaoe on Tuesday evening m the Ohuroh, the Rev A. M. Beattie being m the ohair. The attendances was only a very Moderate one, notwithstanding the faot of a Visitation Committee consisting of the Revds.Finlayson, Blake and Biddle from the Ohrißtohurch Preßbytery beiqg present. The proceedings opened with hymn 51 from ". Church Praise," and Bey A. Blake then offered up prayer. : The Bey Chairman read the session report for the past year, which stated that 62 publio and private baptisms, nine marriages aqd nine funerals had been celebrated during this term. About 16.0 families were connected V»th the oharge, this inoluding Wakanui and the qoqntry distrusts, mi n the vioinity of Ashburton. The communion roll bad about 130 names, but it was thought that a far greater number should be present at the oommunion services than waa the case, although the lap* attendance waß greater than at an* previous oelebration of the saoramon* » fl the Ashburton Oburoh. The attondanoe at the Wednesday evening servioeß was rot satisfactory and the congregation should take earnest steps to improve matters m this direotion during the coming year. Tho week-night servioes at Wakanui and Greenstreet, however, had been kept up very well, up to 50 people being present at these plaaes on some oooasiona, and it was very evident that wet weather had a muoh greater influence m regard to the attendance m town, than was the case m the pquntry, The Minister's Bible Class had kept up better than m any previous year, about 25 being the number attending this regularly, whioh was a matter for great thankfulness. The Sunday Sohools had good staffs of teachers, the Ashburton School having 166 Boholara on roll and the Wakanui School 40, bat the average attendance was not quite so

good as it should be, Thanks were speoially given to. tho ladies who had oolleated for the maintenance fund, and also to Miss Kidd for her services as organist. Mr Spenoe then read the annual report on the Sabbath Sohool, and this was adopted. Mr Barrett read the repovt of the Finance Committee, Mr Qrr also offering some remarks on the balanoe-sheot, whioh was adopted. The election of a Finanoe Committee for the ensuing year then took place, the members being mostly the same as last year. The question of the adoption of " Church Praise." was diaougsed, and it was resolved that the new book be brought into full use m the Ohuroh from the beginning of next Maroh, The deputation from tho Presbytery then addressed the meeting, Rev Mr Finlayson flrst speaking and explaining the reasons for these visitations to th,e ohurohes of the whole diatriot ruled over by the Presbytery. The speaker gave a very forcible and earnest address to those present on ohuroh matters generally. The Rev Mr Blake followed with a praotioal address, remarking on the presenoo at that meeting of four Presbyterian ministers, who were all laboring within the limits of a district that a few years baok only had the services of one. The Rev Mr Riddle, of R.akaia, gave a forcible address, his remarks being illustrated by biblical and other instances regarding ' spiritual and inward worßbip. Prayer was then offered by the Rev Mr Beattie, and after singing the Doxology the meeting olosed with theßenediation by Rev Mr Finlayson.

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ASHBURTON PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH, Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2033, 10 January 1889

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ASHBURTON PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2033, 10 January 1889