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(from our own correspondent.) The annual soiree of the Presbyterian Church of Springburn and Alford Forest districts was held, in the Springburn School on April 25th. The attendance was larger than was expected, reaching about 150; but fortunately the ladies were equal to the occasion, and succeeded well in serving all who came. Mesdamcs Mcßae and \V. T. Smith provided for, and presided at, one of the tables. The J other table was provided for by several of ' the bachelors, and was attended to by Misses Johnstonc and Todd. Both of the tables were very tastefully arranged, and the room was nicely decorated. At the after meeting the Tlev Mr Finlayson acted as Chairman. He gave a short review of his second year's ministry in the Methven-Rwitata charge. He stated that though the past, year had begun with cloudy weather, the s];y was now clearer. Sonic of their old fricndu and supporters were not now church goers, but others liad come forward and were taking 'more interest in church work and putting their shoulders to the whe-il. The chairman gave an account of the Sabbath School* and invited tlu>ee present to assist in this good work. Tie also staled that these schools were undenominational. The Rev Mr Mackenzie, of Lyttolton, gave an enjoyable and practical address,

He explained that; having arrived at Springburn after dark he did not quite know where he was, except that he was at a soiree. In speaking of the origin of soirees, h e said that probably the love feasts of the primitive Christians "were the earliest meetings of this ■ kind that we had record of. These j seemed to have been discontinued because of the gulf between the rich and poor members. The rich could not understand the Socialism or Communism of Christ. The speaker went on to say that, being a Scotchman, he was a bad hand at y making a soiree speech. Scotchmen were brief, pointed, and solid in their speech. They were not fond of using endearing terms. It seemed to them effeminate to reveal their love. He was sure that many a Scotchman's wife would be happier if her husband would not be so much afraid to open his mouth and speak affectionately to her. To-night he would take for his subject " Sleep." After say- j ing that our grandfathers went to bed with their hats on, he spoke of another kind of night-cap which, after being put in, not on, went to the head. However, this practice we intended to banish from New Zealand. Strong drink had done so much harm in the Old Country that we were not going to allow it to spoil this country. Wo all required " sleep" to renew our energies. Even flowers need sleep, and some of them go to sleep at a regular time every day. The only-thing he knew of that did not sleep was the mosquito—he had learnt that in Southland. Even guilty men were, by the goodness of God, allowed to sleep, and this gave them a chance. The wicked angels were not allowed to sleep. Many parents felt a great relief when their children were quietened by sleep. Mr Mackenzie then explained to the children the meaning of the term "sleeping partner." He was one who simply put mortey into a business but did not assist by working. Some contented themselves with this position in the Church. , L But we were all here to work I and there was plenty of room to work. } There should be no such thing as a sleeping partner in the Christian Church. He pointed out the good that could be done by assisting in the Sabbath Schools. He pictured the state of many children in England 50 years ago. They were simply miserable little slaves, though white ones. Now, however things were changed and the- children before him had much reason to be thankful for in regard to theix present state and opportunities. He concluded with an eloquent address to the mothers present. God's work for them was attending to their homes. This work may sometimes seem lowly but its influence was not simply far-reaching, it was eternal. The choir under the leadership of Mr Finlayson, who also accompanied with the organ, rendered several selections from the Christian Choir in good style. Two of the Fisk Jubilee Songs were very well sung. After the choir had sung " God be with you till we meet again," and a vote of thanks had been passed to , the ladies who had provided and attended to the tables, and also one to the choir, the meeting was closed with the benediction. Altogether it seemed to be thoroughly enjoyed by everyone present.

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SOIREE AT SPRINGBURN., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2412, 28 April 1890

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SOIREE AT SPRINGBURN. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2412, 28 April 1890

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