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ST. STBPHEJN'b* aSHBURTON, The annual meeting of parishioners was held last evening m the Sunday Sobool build* ng, the Rev the Inoumbent (Rev E. A. Soott) presiding, and there being a moderate attendance. The proceedings having been opened with prayer the Chairman m a ahort address referred to the transactions of the past year Btating that the report presently to be submitted showed a reduotion of the parish debt by £71 |17s Bd, the present liabilities totalling £295 15s of which £68 was on the Sunday School building fund aocount. The offertories had been £250 12s 5d do against £224 9a 4d for the previous year. The increase was due to the wider support of the envelope system while the decrease m the ordinary collections had been only £5. Home and Foreign Missions had also been more generously supported. In the outlying distriot of Seafield the congregations were never so good as they now Were. In St Stephen's Church there had been 849 separate administrations of the Holy Communion as against 631 m the previous year, the average attendanoo being 19 at the early servioe, 30 at the midday, and 17 "5 at the evening. The increased attendanoe at the midday celebrations was very marked* Baptisms had numbered 67, marriages 4, and burials 16, as against 75, [80 and 7 for the previous year. There waß a diatinot falling off m the number ot persons confirmed, especially as regards males whioh was a matter of very serious anxiety to the Ohuroh at large as well as to himself (the Rev Inoumbent). The two Sunday Schools were m a flourishing condition though the Btafl of tsaohen was just now not quite adequate to the requirements. The main Sobool superintended by himself and Mr B. S. Bean oontained 171 ohildren as againßt 173 lait year, and the Hampstead Sohool under the supervision of Mrs Soott, 124 against 112, a total for the the two schools of 295, an increase of 10. The Com-, munioanta guild was he thought on a firm foundation, and the meetings tended to grow larger. The Auxiliary Fund had done good work and the ladies working party had been full of energy. Reference was also made to the retirement of Mr Horaoe Gates from the position of Choir Master and Organist the Rev gentleman expressing hia great regret at that gentleman's resignation of an offloe whioh he had long and honorably filled, and adding that not till Mr Gates' resignation had been reoeived did he dream of attempting to seoure an organist m his place. After heartily thanking all who bad worked m the oauße of the Church, the Chairman concluded by invoking the Divine gnidanoe m the proceed- | inga of the meeting. Before calling upon the Churchwardens to read the annual report and statements of account, Mr Soott then read a number of smaller aooounta m detail from whioh it appeared that the Siok and Needy Fund showed receipts £16 2s 7d, disbursements £14 10b Bd, balance m hand £1 12s 4d ; St Stephens Parish Magazine, reoeipta £41 7a Id, expenditure £41 2a Bd, balance to oredit 4a 6d ; St Stephens Sunday Sobool Building Fund Account, receipts £41 10a, expenditure including interest paid, and £25 paid m reduction of debt, £41 2s Bd, balanoe m hand 7s 9d, leaving the nett debt remaining £65 ; St Stephen's Sunday Sobool General Expenses Aooount, reoeipts £9 19a 2d (of whioh the children's oontributions represented £8 14s 9 J), expenditure £9 14b 9d, debit balanoe 4a sd, showing the school to be aa nearly as possible self-supporting ; Hatnpatead Sunday Sobool, receipts £4 18s 6d, expenditure £4 5s 6d, balance m hand 8s ; Sunday Sohool Treat , xeoeiptß £3 4a 2d, expenditure £8 4b 2d; St Stephen's Ohuroh Auxiliary Fund, reoeipts £56 Os 4d, expenditure £55 18s Id, balance m bank 2s 8d; Entertainments Account, receipts £16 18s od, expenses £4 9a 6d, balanoe passed to Auxiliary Fdnd £12 4s 3d ; Garden Party, reoeipta £59 14s, expenses £12 17a 6d, nett proceeds £46 16a 6d. Mr G. Jameson (Clergyman's Church, warden) then read the folllowing report and balanoe sheet. bepobt; The Churchwardens are again enabled to place before Parishioners a favorable statement of aooounts showing a reduotion of the Parish liabilities during the year of £71 17s Bd, particulars of whioh are given on the other Bide. The envelope system, whioh has now been m force for the three years, may be considered well established. The sum of £125 lla Id has been reoeived m thia way as against £85 7a 2d last year. The Church officers are of opinion that further efforts should be made to widen the adoption of the Eystem. The Church Auxiliary Fund, to whioh are plaoed all moneys collected by the Ladies' Committee, and reoeived from Entertainments etc, haa materially assisted the work of the Vestry. Not only haa it defrayed the Verger'a salary, Choir expenses, etc, but it has been the means of effecting various improvements m the Ohuroh. Among these may be mentioned alterations to the gaa arrangements, a new oarpet m tho oha,noel, re : shingling the vestry roof, a new lamp outside the Church, etc, To the collectors and workers for thia Fund it due the oredit of very materially assisting m the reduotion of the Parish liabilities. The services at Seafield are well attended. The effertoriea for the year are s.igdtly m ex--0688 of those for the previous years. It is with regret the Vestry have reoeived the resignation of Mr H, Gates, of the position of choir-master and organist. They wish to plaoe on reoord their appreciation of the many and valuable services with Mr Gatea has rendered to the Ohuroh during a period of 9 years. They wish, too, to acknowledge the effective services of the ohoir during the past year, Q. Jamrbou, J. B. BI4NU, Ohurobwardena, STATIJJENT 01' ACCOUNTS FOB THBJ TXAR ENDING 81ST MABOH, 1888. RECEIPTS.

pointed out that it was the moat favorable that had been presented for years, for whioh they had largely to thank the ladies whose efforts had been productive of bo substantial an auxiliary fund. They would aIBO see that the debt on the Sunday sohool building had been reduced from £96 to £65, mainly due to the , handsome Bub&oription of the Rev, the Incumbent, who had handed to the land £30 of his last year's arears of stipend. The Rev Mr Soott explained that two years ago, Beeing the heavy debt then existent, he had asked the vestry to reduce his stipend by £80, but as they were not able to do this he had plaoed the amount to the credit of the Sunday sohool building fund. On the motion of Mr Bullock, seconded by Dr Trevor, the report and balanoa sheet were adopted, the latter gentleman expressing re* gret that the Rev Inoumbent had not aooepted bis stipend m full and utilised it for hia own purposes as it certainly was not too large a one. The reverend gentleman said that he did not propose to repeat the ooune to whioh Dr Trevor had kindly taken exoeption. Votes of thanks were then passed, on the motion of Dr Trevor, to the ladioa for their efforts m connection with the Auxiliary Fund and Working Party; on the motion of Mr Littleoott to those ladies who had carried out the ohuroh deoorations ; on the motion of Mr Eneen to Mr H. Gates and the ohoir, with a reoommendation to the inooming veßtry to pay Mr Gates three months' salary ; on the motion of Mr Bullock to the outgoing Ohurohwardens and Vestry ; on the motion of Dr Trevor to the lay readers ; on the motion of the Rev, the Inoumbent, to the Sunday sohool teaohere, and to Mrs Redmayno foe her aervioes as organist at Seafleld. The election of oburoh officers was then proceeded with, the Rev the Inoumbent nominating Mr John Curtis as Clergyman's Churchwarden, and Mr Littleoott being ohoien as Parishioners Ohuroh warden, with a Vestry consisting otthe following gentlemen, viz. : — Messrs Jameson, Bland, Twentyman, Steward, Cunningham, Paul and Felton. Mr Oharlton then pointed out that latterly there had been numerous oomplaints of the frivolous oonduot of young people m the Ohuroh during servioe, and moved that it be a reoommendation to the new Veatry to take steps to abate the evil. Mr Piokford seconded the motion and a general disoussion ensued, m the course of whioh it was pointed out that the matter was one m whioh all members of the congregation should take an interest, and it was suggested that possibly the most effectual remedy would be for the clergyman to take an opportunity of speaking of the subjeot. As regards the envelope system, Mr Littlecott said that it had already proved a success; two years ago there were only 38 or 40 Bubsoribers by this method, and now there ware three times that number. He believed that it might be greatly extended, and that the whole of the clergyman's stipend might be provided m this way. There were numbers of young women and young men who could afford 6d a week, and he was sure that £100 to £150 a year more could be gathered m this way, especially if one or two ladies would take the matter m hand. Mr Bullock urged that an effort should be made to dear off the remaining balanoa of debt to the Bank and on the Sohool, and suggested that it should be done by the Vestry takiDg up, investing shares m the Building Society. He moved ** that it be an initruo* tion to the Vestry to endeavour to create a fund for the extinguishment of the remain* ing debt." After some disoussion, m the course of whioh some members expressed the view that the course proposed was not necessary, the motion was put and carried by 10 to 7, Mr Peter Williams moved " that it be a recommendation to the Vestry to oreate a fund for the purpose of providing an organ for the Ohuroh." He pointed out than an instrument was greatly needed, and m reply to Mr Twentyman, who concurred but depreoated going into debt, said that he did not oontemplate that aourse but was sure there were many people who would be glad to take part m effortß direoted to the raising of the necessary sum, Mr D. Thomas, Mr Piokford and Mr Paul supported the motion, which, was agreed to In reference to the Church debt two gentlemen present offered to contribute the odd £82 m the event ot the other £200 beinc raised daring the year, whereupon £10 was promised by other two gentleman, and it was determined that an effort should be put forth to raisa the balance p# £iqn , ftt required} ' v * This terminated the business, and after a yote of thanks to the Chair the meeting was dosed by the benediotion.

Prooeeda of Building Society shares .. „ „ 900 0 0 Offertories for General expenses 214 17 1 Offertories for Olergy Stipend Aid Fund 12 8 10 Offertories for Mela* nesian Mi.Bion 6 9 1 Offertories for Maori Mission .. .. 5, 11 6 Qffertoriea for S,iok and Needy ..18 7 0 Offertories for Sun* day Sohool ..313 354 14 8 •<•-. Proceeds of Garden ' Party .. .. 46 16 6 Subscriptions and Seat rents .. 68 0 0 114 16 6 Ealanoe due Bankers,.* ... 232 17 0 1602 8 2 CHOnOH AUXILIARY TOND. Donations and Subscriptions ..39 2 4 Entertainments and Working Party ..16 8 6 Gasße.U-uVj #» 9 6 56 0 4 £1558 8* 6 EXPENDITURE. £. a. d. £, o. d* Balanoe due Bank at Easter, 1888 m 4 8 Loans repaid Miss Winter .. .. 400 0 O Loans repaid Ohuroh Property Trustees 500 0 0 900 0 0 General expenses & Repairs .. .. 59 13 8 Lobs speoial offertory 417 9 54 15 11 Stipend arrears for 1887-8 .. .. 57 10 0 Stipend for year; end* ing Maroh 31, 1889 230 0 0 287 10 0 Speoial offertories 89 17 7 £1502 8 2 OUOROH AUXILIARY FOND. £. s. d. £. s. d. Printing, stationery, eto 8 8 4 Ohuroh Improvements .. .. 17 18 0 Gleaning Churoh .. 20 0 0 Ohoir expenses *. 516 7 Brush .. .. 0 4 9 Sunday sohool building fund, gas, eto. 6 0 5 Wine for Holy Oom* munion .. .. 2 10 0 Balanoe m band . . 0 2 3 •—. 66 0 4 Io goqniotfon frith tbi woxt, Mr Jiswqd ,

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PARISHIONERS' MEETINGS, Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2122, 30 April 1889

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PARISHIONERS' MEETINGS Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2122, 30 April 1889