The harvest thanksgiving services in I the above church took place on Sunday j last, the morning seme? being conducted
by the Rev J. H. Gray, who preached an appropriate sermon from the text, " The earth is the Lord's, and the fulness thereof," the church being crowded. In the evening the sermon was preached by the Rev J. N. Buttle, and on both occasions special hymns were sung; the choir being under the leadership of Mr Wheeler. Last night a tea meeting was held in the schoolroom, this taking the character of a welcome to the Rev Mr Gray and family, who are now stationed at Willowby. Trays were provided by Mesdames Wheeler, Hayman, Chapman, McKenzie, Frampton, and the bachelors of the district, and after tea a public meeting was held in the church, Mr Buttle being in the chair. Addresses, suitable to the occasion, were given by Revs A. Blake and Gray, Captain Dixon, and Messrs Chapman, Low, and Harding. Votes of thanks to all were proposed by Mr Withell and cordially carried. Visitors were present from all round the district, and included some from Ashburton, Hinds, etc., the whole gathering being a I very successful one.
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Church., Ashburton Guardian, Volume xii, Issue 3402, 16 April 1890
Church. Ashburton Guardian, Volume xii, Issue 3402, 16 April 1890
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