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The bi-monthly meeting of the Ashburton Presbytery was held to-day, the Moderator, Rev. W. Marshall, presiding- , . .

The Home Mission Committee urged that active steps be taken to secure a more.liberal response to,the annual appeal, In a pulpit circular, the point was stressed that the bonus must be made a permanent addition to the sti- f pend of mission workers. It was alsO;' pointed out that this year the number of stations receiving grants would be considerably in excess of last 3 rear's list. The Church would have to increase its contributions, otherwise the committee would be faced with an impossible situation. The committee's estimate for the Ashburton Presbytery this year was £148. Last year it was £133.and the Presbytery's contribution was £119 13s 9d. The clerk suggested that the Ashburton contribution be made,up by a levy of 8 per cent, on the stipends! This would work out as follows: Ashburton £32, Flemington-May-field £2, Mayfleld £20, Methven £20, Rakaia £22, Wakanui £14, Hinds £12, Springburn £12. The suggestion was agreed to.

After considerable discussion in connection with the Wakanui Home Missionary's stipend, it was decided that the Revs. Johnston and Morrison and Mr J. Lane act as a deputation to confer with the members of the congrega-' tion.

The Rev. A. S. Morrison, Rakaia, who acted as a delegate at the General Assembly, refered to the steady growth and importance of the Assembly/One of the principal debates was that in connection with church union, which was strongly favoured by delegates.: He also referred to the progress that was being madei by "the church, which was expanding in all directions.

The Rev. G. S.'Aitken, who was also a delegate, said he was particularly struck by the addresses delivered by the army chaplains, who dealt with the' great achievements of the New Zealand soldiers on the battle-fields. .Unfortunately, however, many of the boys had 'seriously deteriorated. The evil influences with wffich they had come in contact had had a bad effect, and, it was desired that the church should be aroused, to its responsibility in this respect. The church should do more to assist tlie boys who were returning.

The Rev. Johnston stated that in his district the church was doing what it could by keeping closely in touch with the soldiers and presenting each of them with a Bible.

The following motion was carried: "That the Presbytery strongly favours the union of the Presbyterian Church of New Zealand with the Methodist and Congregational Churches of New Zealand if a suitable basis of union can be agreed on by the chief courts of the churches concerned." v » In connection with the foregoing resolution the following deputations were appointed to ascertain the opinions of the sessions and congregations; Methven, Revs. Morrison and Marshall; Ashburton, Revs. Aitken and Morrison; Springburn, Revs. Miller and Johnston; Mayfield, Revs. Miller and Marshall; Hinds, Revs. Marshall and Johnston; Wakamw, Revs. Morrison and Johnston with their elders in each, instance.

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PRESBYTERIANISM, Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIX, Issue 9581, 8 April 1919

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PRESBYTERIANISM Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIX, Issue 9581, 8 April 1919

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