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Willowby Circuit.

The quarterly meeting of the church officials of the Willowby circuit was held this week at the residence of MrS. S. Chap man. The Rev T. J. Wallis presided, and there were present twelve officials, representing Ealing, Hinds, Watorton, Tinwald and Willowby. The Superintendent reported a roll number of 124 members and 12 junior members. The balance sheet showed a slight deficiency on the quarter, but the funds were still in credit. Special collecti ms to the Home Mission Fund were voted throughout the circuit, and publio meetings, advocating the claitn3 of Foreign Missions, are to be held in those places that have not yet done so. Collections were also voted to the trusts funds of the Willowby and Tinwald Churches. The report of the Christian Endeavour Societies and Sunday Schools are of a satisfactory and encouraging nature. Sanction to build a vestry to the Wafcerton Church was granted to the trustees, and for permission given to apply for a loan of £25. The trustees of the Hinds Church also receive sanction to erecoa vestry, but no loan was asked for.

Correspondence was received from the Home Mission Executive, requesting that a retiring collection be taken up in all the son^re^ntioEs in aid o? the deficiency of the funds of that department, and it was resolved to accede to. the request, and that the collection bo made on the second Sunday in August.

The Superintendent presented the report of a meeting held at Mayfield to consider the employment of an ngent to work that end cf the circuit. After the fullest consideration had been given the mutter, it was resolved that in view of all the circumstinces the quarterly meeting could not see its way to accept the responsibility of making a second appointment, Reference was made to the special services that had been held during the quarter by the Rev. C. Porter, aud which had been very helpful. A request; had also been sent to Dr. Torr to hold special services in the circuit, but a reply had not yet been received. It was also intended to hold speoial evangelistic services at Tinwald during the coming quarter. After a very interesting conversation on the church work in the circuit, ife was decided to hold the next meeting at the residence of Mr Joseph Watson, and the meeting wus brought to a close by the minister pronouncing the Benediction.

The members of the meeting were then hospitably entertained with supper by Mrs Chapman, to whom a hearty vote of thanks was accorded,

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Willowby Circuit., Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXII, Issue 6610, 1 July 1905

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Willowby Circuit. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXII, Issue 6610, 1 July 1905