In connection with the New Zealand Wesleyan Jubilee celebration, the President of the New Zealand Conference, the Rev J. J. Lewis, preached a ,at the St Albans Church yesterday morning, on the " World's Debt to Methodism.." In speaking of the two brothers Wesley he was reminded how much: they were indebted to Charles, as the poet of Methodism: John % Wesley, the marvellous preacher, travelled 5000 miles a year, in days when roads were bad and difficult, preached. fifteen times a week, and yet found time to (prepare two hundred books for the press, and to keep abreast of modern literature. Wesley formed a society of total abstainers, and loud' and stern was his denunciation of the liquor traffic. When he died (he left a society of members, and an organisation which had developed j ,not into, . a sect, but into a large and vigorous branch of the Holy Catholic Church. Mr Lewis then sketched the history of the Wesleyan Church in New Zealand from the establishment of the first mission station in 1822, to the formation of the.| New Zealand Conference in 1874, The progress,'made gince the latter year.,was shown 'by the fact that the number of; ministers had increased from 56 in 1874 to 84 in 1890 ; the local preachers from 198 to 416; the members from 3000 to 1 8000; the attendants at church from | 24,000 to 53,000 j the Sunday scholat, ■ from 8500 to 20,800 and the Sunday' school teachers from 900 to over 2000 • In 1773 the whole of America was put down as one Wesleyan circuit, with fortynine ministers. The Methodist Episcopal Church had now churches and parsonages worth £16,000,000. It was proposed to use part of the Jubilee Fund., nqw being raised in this work, to increase the Church Loan Fund, which saved £2300 of interest each year, to the church, and to relieve embarrassed trusts. The English Wesleyan Jubilee in 1839 had resulted not only in raising a sum of £230,000, but in a great advance in spiritual work, and so it should be in New Zealand. If Wesleyans would'fulfil the conditions in regard to the most glorious prediction in the Book, they would be able to say indeed, "This day is this Scripture fulfilled in your ears."
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WESLEYAN JUBILEE, Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2454, 30 June 1890
WESLEYAN JUBILEE Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2454, 30 June 1890
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