ASHBURTON WESLEYAN SUNDAY SCHOOL ANNIVERSARY.
The anniv4riary services la connection with the Ashburton Wcsleyan Sunday Sohonl took place list Sunday, The Rev W. J* Wllllame, of Ohrlstohurob, exPresident of tba Wesleyau Conference, oondnoted the services and preached appropriate aormons morning, afternoon and evening. In the afternoon his addross was more particularly •ddrtssod to the Suud&y School ohlldreo, and iv the evening the entjeot, Cl Yoang Men and Maidens," was also directed especially to the younger portion of the congregation, though also treated m Us general application. Fnll congregations attended the morning and afternoon services, and In the evening the church was orowded. Speoial hymas were sang by tha choir ander Mr Gamble* direction, Mlis Steel at the organ being supported by a email orobeetra, which gave additional effect to the rendering of the hymns. The collection* were somewhat larger than last year's. The annual tea and pnblio meeting In celebration of the anniversary was held In the Ohuroh last evening. Although the weather wai very wet there was a good attend anoe, more people than anticipated sitting down to the tea which wac> greatly eo joyed. Tables were provided and presided over by Meads mas Causey, Potter, H. Carson, and Battle ; Mrs Brown' stable was nnder the care of the Misses Aioorn, and the baohelorV table m the obarge of Misses Steel and Murray. Tiro tables provided by subscription was set apart for the ohildren, nndei the | Sunday sohool teaobari. The Rev J. N. Battle presided at the after meeting, and m his introductory remarks referred at gome length to the object m oonneotlon with which the | gathering was held. He spoke of the work tcoompHshed by the Sunday sohool > daring the past year, the results of which | were vety gratifying:, and pointsd oat that there was still scope for the Church to i devote increased energies to this important pact of her labors The report m connection with the sohool was read by the Secretary, It showed that the number of scholars ou the roll was 172 and the average attendance 115. The statement of acooucts showed that the funds of the school were In credit, and the references made to the work of ihe past year showed this to be of a very satisfactory character. Daring the year collection boxes In oonneotlon with the various classes had been established, the proceeds of the collection one Sunday In eaoh month being devoted to the Home Mission Extension fond, the other collections going towards the sohool fund. Feeling reference wss made to the deaths daring the past year of two active workers In the Sunday Sohool, whose labors had been productive of muoh good, Mr Harding, of Wlllowby, delirered an earnest address, m which he pointed out the responsibilities of the ohuroh towards the young, and impreised up*>n those present the necessity of strengthening the hands of the Sunday Sobool workers. He exhorted the young members of the congregation to remain steadfast and true to their faith, pointing oat that there was no middle path throoph life, bat they mast either Incline te that which is good and true or to that which Is evil. The Rev W. J. Williams spoke at some length on " The Sunday Sohool of the future," showing In what directions its work would, according to lodloatloni, Incline. He paid a high tribute to the work performed by teaohorFnow, but he believed that In the future the scope of that work would be considerably widened. No one having aa opportunity of acquaintance with Sunday sohools ooald help remarking the youth of many of the teachers— the teachers would gladly, If they had their choice, remain some time longer under the tuition and guldanoe of those more experienced than they, than themselves undertake the tuition of others. In the Sunday School of the future tho teachers would have such a course of training as would thoroughly qualify snd equip them for their labors, and the Instruction of the scholars would be comprehensive and thorough, onabllng them, when occasion required, to vindicate the truth of Christianity against the Infidel objections urged against it. The buildings, whloh m the future would be devoted to Sunday Sohool purposes, would assuredly be batter adapted to fulfil those purposes than now, and he confidently anticipated the time when In Ashburton, by a system of class-rooms and other conveniences, the work of the sobool would be carried on with a precision and good result that were not attainable now. Mr Williams olesed his address with a few remarks on the saored muslo of the future Sunday Sohool. Daring the evening the ohlldron ander Mr Gamble sang several , hymns. A vote of thanks to the ladles ' who provided the tea, tn the speakers, ; and to Mr Gamble was passed on the i motion of Mi* W. H, Collins, seconded by 1 Mr H. M. Jones. The Rev Mr Buttle ' briefly responded, and the Benediction having been pronounced the meeting > terminated.
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