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The services m connection with the above Jubilee commenced m Ashburton on Sunday last. The service** m the morning at the Ashburton Church were conducted m the morning by the Rev Mr Buttle, and m the afternoon and evening by the Rev J. A. Luxfwd, At Willowby the Rev Mr Luxford preached m the m the morning, njicl the Rev J. If, Or.ay m the evening, other places m the district, being supplied according to circuit plan, The n'l-st of the series of public; meetings was held lust night at Hinds, vljpn ■ .he church was well filled. The Ilev J. N. Buttle presided, mid opened the .meeting with devotional exercises.. During the evening the meeting was addressed by the Chairman, who .c-xpKined the object «jf t3ie movement, and tlie jmrpuses to which the thanksgiving fund would be ■deToted. The Eev Mr Luxford refew.a.l to the early work of the Methodist Church as carried on by the missionaries m New Zealand, and the benefits which had

accrued to the colony by the labors of these devoted men. In speaking of educational matters the rev. gentleman mentioned the fact of the establishment of Wesley College m Auckland, which had been carried on as a High-school, the results of which had been a great boon to the young m the early days. He mentioned the names of several who had received their early training at that College, amongst whom were Sir Walter Buller, the eminent ornithologist, the Hon. E. Mitchelson, Acting-Premier, and several leading gentlemen m professional and commercial life m Auckland and and other parts of the Colony. In this manner, if m no other way, the Wesleyan Church had conferred obligations on people resident m the colony. He appealed to those present to carry on the work so well begun, by the founders of the Church. The Rev J. H. Gray spoke of the orign of jubilees, and expressed the opinion that it was fitting the Wesleysn Church should carry out a movement of this kind. He said Wesleyans did not pride themselves on having done more than others, but they clamed to have borne a fair share with other members of churches m doing Christian work m the land. A collection was taken up, which together with promises made to the thanksgiving fund, {amounted to close upon £12 with other subscriptions to follow. Mr Bowles moved a vote of thanks to the speakers, which on being seconded was carried unanimously. Refreshments were proridedby the ladies of th< congregation, and on the motion of the Rev Mr Luxford a hearty vote of thanks was accorded. During the evening old Methodest hymns were sung, to familar tunes, adding greatly to the interest of the meeting. The proceedings closed at 10 p.m.

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WESLEYAN JUBILEE, Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2489, 12 August 1890

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WESLEYAN JUBILEE Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2489, 12 August 1890

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