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Flemington Presbyterian Church.


The gathering that took place on Friday evening last was one of the most successful ever held m the district. Favored with an exceptionally fine day friends gathered from near and far—from Prchbleton and Lowcliff, from Ashburton Forks and Sea view, as well as from the immediately surrounding districts. Twelve of the teaching profession were present, and a number of friends from Ashburton and Willowby. The teameeting taxed'the'efforts of the ladies for two hours, and a most bountiful and toothsome repast was dispensed to considerably over 220. The bachelors' table was decorated with ferns and moss sent from the West Coast,- and beautifully arranged as a centre piece. All the tables were bright sand attractive, and were pro,vi,ded by—(l) Mrs Gilmour, assisted by Misses Ferguson and Ingram, and; Mrs Porter. ,(2) Mrs Dunn, assisted By Misses Stewart) and Hen|l3rson^ (3) Mrs H. Donaldson, assisted by Misses Donaldson and Hepwprth. (4) Bachelors' table, Misses McMeikin, Holland, Bella Anderson, and Nellie Fechney. ! The public meeting was held m the church, and although a number of additional forms were brought m sitting room could not be found for all. The Rev A. Blake took tlvi chair, and gave a welcome to the friends ot other churches. Mr Sawle urged young .men to avail themselves of the superior advantages • they now enjoyed. RqV Mr Gray delivered an entertaining arid interesting address. Rev Mr Beattie, m a vigorous speech, touched upon tilings as they ought to be m the church, m the family, and m the heart. Rev Mr Riddle gave some proof of the power of,the Gospel of a deeply interesting kind., Space does not allow of an outline even of what wore really excellent and appropriate addresses. The Chairman alluded to the fact that, putting together the number of *yeat\s m which each of the five who spoke that night had been engaged m the work, it amounted to 137. The chairman also addresseda few words to the children, and the votes of thanks were ptoceeded with. Mr G> Gihnour moved a hearty vote ot thanks to the ladies, mentioning especially Mrs Prebble and Miss McMeifein m connection with the bachelors' table. He thought it must be very gratifying to the Minister and to every one connected with the congregation to see such a gathering. He could not touch that night on his visit to the Home Country, but he had the materials for occupying their time and attention on another occasion. This vote of thanks to the ladies was heartily carried. Mr W. Prebble, jun., treasurer, moved a vote of thanks to the bachelors. He had only had charge of the.books a short time, and after, meeting liabilities up to date, they had '£3 or £4 of a balance m hand. The proceeds of the tea meeting after paying expenses, were £34 10s. He thought the bachelors had done well and deserved their thanks. He hoped, however, they would not long continue m their present condition. Mr Taylor moved a vote of thanks to the speakers. He felt their wishes as to a successful meeting had been realised, and they were thankful for the sympathy received by the gathering of, friends that night, and thought that they- ought to be encouraged for the future. Mr Harding moved a vote of thanks to the choir. He was pleased, to see such a gathering and to note the fine tone of the meeting throughout. He was specially pleased to hear of the work going on m the Rakaia district, for other districts were certain to benefit. All these votes were heartily accorded. Mr Dunn, m responding for the choir desired specially to thank Miss Ingrain, who had presided at the harmonium, and the choir who had given close attention to ! their preparatory work. i'jjjjThe pieces sung were Hymn, 571, "I will sing the wondrous story ;" Anthem, '■' Hack the notes of angels ;" Solo, by Miss Blake, "Thebetterliand ;" Hymn, 607, "They that wait upon the Lord; 1' Solo, Mrs Di\nu, "The Unseen City ;"— Hymn, 489 i'Some sweet Day ;" Hymn 494. "God be with you till we meet again." The musical selections contributed very materially to the success of the meeting, which was most orderly and enjoyable throughout.

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Flemington Presbyterian Church., Ashburton Guardian, Volume X, Issue 2557, 30 October 1890

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Flemington Presbyterian Church. Ashburton Guardian, Volume X, Issue 2557, 30 October 1890

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