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Primitive Methodist Church.

The anniversary celebration was commenced on Friday evening by a soiree and | public meetina; which were held in j the ! Salvation Army Fortress. The tea jwas on the most ample scale, and was nuriier- j ously attended.; >•■■. ? v ■.- i The public meeting was opened by the Rev W. S. Potter^ whp explained that the church had been placed by the last Conference under his care, in the event, of an interval, between the departure of ( the late minister and the arrival of the ■ new Minister from England. }' .Mr'; Twentytuaii was called Upon to preside, and delivered a pithy and pointed address upon "Cut Flowers," deducing several moral lessons from the subject. The Rqv J. N, Buttle ,Hpoke of I the social sins which were degrading and-dis-gracing humanity, and of the work of the Church in arresting and destroying those evils. i The Rev P. W. Jones (Primitive Methodist, from Malvsrn) then followed with a practical address upon the blessedness of household religion, and the utility of Cottage prayer meetings; > s Lieutenant Djbvis then addresnod the meeting, and referred in grateful terms to the power of religion in his own experience, and his- determination to serve God according to his ability. „ The Rev W. S. Potter (of Christchurch) next delivered an address, in which ho apologised for the absence of the Rev James Cocker, the newly appointed Miuister, who had, been unavoidably detained, but would arrive next week. He s«id that, while wishful not co unduly raise expectations, he knew that in Mr Cocker the congregation would receive a man of great earnestness of purpose and success in soul winning. The rev. gentleman then said that he endorsed Tenny-, son's couplet, viz.— " That man's the best cosmopolite Who loves his country best." And «vhile he rejoiced to meet so many re* presentatives of the Christian Church on the platform, he wished to speak especially of the denomination he represented. He then spoke at considerable length of the position and prospects of that body, referring to her institutions and missions, and closed by urging the necessity for iui creased earnestness in prosecuting Christian work/ From his address we learnt that the connexion has trust properties valued ab three-and-a-quarter millions, and that the income last year was half a million. The Rev. J. W. Sawle spokrforcibly upon-the duty of Christian liberality, aihd' deprecated the practice of beginning retrenchment at the house of God. The Rev Mr Gray spoke against uniformity, but charged all Christians to cultivate charity one toward another. The choir sang several selections of music during the evening, and votes of thanks and the benediction by the Rev W. S. Potter brought a sucoessful meeting to a close.- -,•; " ■ ■:':., ' .

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Primitive Methodist Church., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2560, 3 November 1890

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Primitive Methodist Church. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2560, 3 November 1890