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Tea Meatings.


The tea meeting to commemorate seventh anniversary, of the AsMfciurton Baptist Church .took place last evening, in the Oddfellows' Hall, and was altogether a success. The fine, weather brought a large number of visitors from town and country to the tea,, which, commenced shortly after 5 and ran briskly on till nearly 7. The tables were liberally patronised by both old and young, ana were presided over by Mesdames Wildsmith, C. Good, S. Giles, Manhire, Barrow, Bastion, and Sawle, assisted by Misses Wildsmith, Gee, Lewis (2), Sawle (2), Raymond, Steele, Norrish, i, and E. Gates ; and these ladies haa*'provided a very tastefully laid out and tempting display of viands. The after meeting commenced • at seven, and was presided over by Pastor Sawle, ■on the platform with him being the other speakers' and a strong choir, with Mr Wildsmith aa organist and conductor. "Wake the song.of Jubilee." was.given as an opening piece byb he choir, followed with prayer by Rev. A^Blake,. Mr Sawle then addressed the meeting, apologising for the unavoidable absence of the Revs Buttle, Boothroyd, and;-; A.) Dewd|^9Che speaker referred to the.iwork^"ofc the Churclr during the past year, and ex* pressed hopes for its success in the future. The reports, for , the seventh annual meeting were scad by the secretary, Mr J u . R. Colyer, and the treasurer, ;Mr Williams; Rev. A, M. JBeattie, iwho,was the next speaker, took "patience and perseverance for young people, as shown in the life and labors of William Carey, the ,greas missionary- to India" as the subiect for.,Mb address, which "was also taken as the key-note for the remarks of the following speakers, Dr Carey being a Baptist, and. also the first missionary sent to foreign lands by the' first missionary society. Rev., A'./Blake gave some personal reminiscenses^ of; his' i mission .work in India. The Chairman mentioned t^at some volunteers for mission work in In<3ia were now much'needed, tHe funds being available for their expeases—ladies more: especially for- the Zenana mission being jreqvited [ak jthe present time. The last speaker waa Capt. Dixon,. the new Army captain, who made a smart attack all round, ,and whg nevjidentty coneidersi Ashburton a land-^of m3k and honey, as compared, with .hisjtprmer 'district iii therlfoitjirlslftnd^ Inglewood, y^e>eth^epri^;4auy^runbyVah ejniiei'prising Chinaman named Chew Chong. In addition, to som.e excellent part singing by thechpft^gQloC^feHlglveui^niih fefFecfc by Mis.B Wilds-mith, 1 ' «Oh, 'that I had Wing?'-'; by Mis^ Steele, /" Angtls eve* bright and fair "; and c by Mr Oolyer, i( He>r my Prayer," Yotes,of thanks to the speaker^, to* the*'choir and organist, {tn4 to the ladies for. til© liberal tea provided, were carried by acclamation, and the ben^iction by. Rev. A. M. Beattio , brought a - very success!ul and pleasantly social nxee.ting to a close... ;J;

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Tea Meatings., Ashburton Guardian, Volume XII, Issue 2393, 5 April 1890

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Tea Meatings. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XII, Issue 2393, 5 April 1890

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