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ST. STEPHEN'S.

A CHURCH PARADE

, The Nos. 35 and 36 Companies of the Senior "Cadets and the St. Stephen's Troop of Boy Scouts held a church parade at St. Stephen's Church yesterday morning, under the command of Major A. J.Childs; Included in their number were Lfeuts. R. Jones, K. Dee, A. D. Wilkie, Sergeant-Majors Shepherd and Shear me, and (Scoutmaster/Williams. The cadets and scouts assembled at the Drillshed, and from there marched to the Church, headed by the Ashburton Temperance Brass Band. There was a large congregation, and special hymns and psalms were sung.' ■ ■ The Vicar (the Rev. J. R. Burgin) preached an impressive sermon on the words: r< Thou, therefore, my son, be strong in the grace that is in, Ohrist Jesus. . . . Thou, therefore, endure hardships, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ." (II Timothy, ii.,-1 and 3). The preacher said that the glory of physical' strength was appreciated in St. Paul's day equally as much as it was to-day. He quoted the Latin proverb, '' Mens sana in corpore sano," which translated means, " A healthy mind in a healthy body." He said that a clean life produced a healthy and a sound body. Abuse of ;. the body produced disease, and the preacher emphasized the need of living a clean wholesome life. . ... They should endure hardship as good soldiers of Jesus Christ. Continual perseverance and self-denial was called for on the part of the lad or the man who endeavoured to live a Christian life. They should .not be laughed out of their convictions. They should respect others' convictions, and at the same time hold tenaciously to their own. The great Pattern for man was Jesus Christ. They .should remember him as their Saviour, Friend, Keeper, Master and King.

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ST. STEPHEN'S., Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIII, Issue 8789, 9 February 1914

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ST. STEPHEN'S. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIII, Issue 8789, 9 February 1914

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