MOUNT SOMERS PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH.
Oa Thursday tveninf? • ipecUl meeting of tbe Mount Someri Pretbyterian congregation wu bold, to oonelder matters Id oonneotloD with tb* Church and Its minister, the Ray Mi Finliyeon. Mr W. Edion wat voted to the oh air and raid the copy of • resolution passed by the Central Oharoh Oommlttee st their meeting «t Sprlngburn on Aupaet 16th. Io this reiolatlon the Rer Mr Finlsyson wu oalled upon to raalgo, on the ground that the several loosl committees found themselves antble to raise tbo ntcessury Jonds for his stipend, on aiooonnt of a widely-spread feeling of d isatlafaotlon with the minister and because of tha •eyennces from the Obtxroh whloa had •onsequently taken place. Tbe Chairman stated that the meeting had been oalled, In older to enable the loaal delegates, Messrs S. MoOllmont and T. Tait to explain the etaies that had led to the passing of that resolution. Mr 8. MoOllmont stated that at the Central meeting the delegates from all the tilstrlots had reported the quarterly sabmrlptfona and collections to be short. In Mount Somers the subscriptions had fallen off by two thirds and the colleotlons by one third. In answer to questions by the Ohalrm»n and the Rev Mr Flnlnyson, It was eliol'ed from the delegates, that the above resolution had been brought about In- an Informal manner. It had been proposed tat not seconded ; neither had It been pnt to the vote of the delegates.— lt was •tated that the reason for this Informality bad been, that they were unwilling to leave the resolution on their minutes as a lasting record of a sad necessity. Mr Finkyson explained that m parsing vach a resolution the Central Committee bad acted \dtra vires, since on?y the congregation had a right to consider questions of appointment or resignation. Mr Hood said that m any en so there waa no resolution before the meeting ; he should like to know what reasons there were for supposing a general dissatisfaction to exist, Bnd whether the severances mentioned m the resolution were facts. Mr Xeit explained that as far as he eoaid see, half the members at the Central meeting were opposed to Mr Flnlayson, and the other half were m his favor. As to severances tfest were said to have taken place, be could say nothing, but he bad bten Informed by members of th« congregation that they would sever from the Ctrarch If the resolution should happen to to carried out* In answer to further qoostlons regardIng the stipend, Mr 8. McClimont stated that the employers up the gorge had refosed to subscribe, beoause when they had kept tbel» people frO2? work to enable them to meet their minister, be had not kept his appointment with them. Mr Tait said that he had fonnd PO difficulty In getting subscriptions from those people at the gorge be had applied to, but m other places be oould not get •o maoh »s formerly. Mr Finlayson said that no statement of a deficiency had been made by the Jtfathen treasnrer. As to Mount Somers 4h« total collection for 1888 had been £26, and for tbe three winter months just passed, they had been about £5, so It was cot correct to say that reoelpts from that tonrce had fallen off by two thirds. Mr Brongfa laid that with so many new . denominations starting m the dietrlot, it was no wonder that tbe collections had somewhat fallen oft. Mr Flnlayson stated that In the matter of bis having disappointed the people up |he Gorge, his explanation had been given and accepted as satlsfaotory. Mr Hood addressed tbe meeting In feeling terms'. He spoke of the difficulties In *hioh bis reverend friend Mr F.nliyaon iound himself, and expressed a fear that these were nauoh increased by Invidious saiMora. He thought, as the members of tbe congregation bad freely signed his call, they ought not at this juncture to desert him. As Christians and feeling fellowmen they fhoald disoard all the Impressions made bf vague rumors and tnpport their minister In bis troubles. fbe ohalrman warmly supported Mr food's view, and he hoped that if Mr Ifitflavson'i resignation should beoome a cnattar of necessity, the congregation woak? gin him plenty of time to look about hfcn« a»d meanwhile Bmooth bis path by pa/log their contributions to his stipend regularly. During some farther dl«otl«»on, the promoters of tbe meeting explained that tfae meeting bad not been oalled m order y> find fault with the delegates of the e«?ngt sgatlon. No one questioned m any way' thet!* proceedings ; but as they alone wf re able t0 explain tbe resolution of the Central Oommlttee, it was thought advisable to give 4 Joem an opportunity of doing ■opoblloly. The following resolution was then proposed by Mr Hood aj* d aoconded by Mr Harvey :— " That the meeting of th* congregation at Mount Somers thank the deCg* tea iot the explanations given, but regret 'that the Central Committee should b£ve formed a resolution of such a character* without consulting the congregation ." The resolution was passed unaoimoas'y. To an enquiry by tbe obairdian, whotber any other business remained to be transaoted, Messrs S and J. MoOllmont resigned their seats on the Uhuroh Oommlttee, stating that they bad joined the Salvation Army, Their resignation was aocepted with regret, and Meosrs Hood, Ltmble, and Turton were ananimously fleeted members of tbe Church Oommlttee. Tbe meeting was then dosed m the anal way;
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MOUNT SOMERS PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2220, 7 September 1889
MOUNT SOMERS PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2220, 7 September 1889
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