THE METHODIST MISSION.
There was a large gathering in the Methodist Mission Hall, East-street, Newton, last evening, when the Rev. W. G. Taylor gave a most interesting lecture. The lecture was illustrated toy a fine series of views, shown by Mr. MacDermott's lantern. The chair, was taken by Mr. P. N. Slade, hon. secretary of the Sydney Mission, who is accompanying Mr. Taylor on Hia trip through the Dominion. Mr. Slade is a member of the Sydney City Council, and has taken up the onerous duties of honorary secretary of the Central Methodist Mission, oi which Mr. Taylor is the founder and superintendent. It is 25 years since the Central Methodist Mission was started by tie Rev. Taylor in a defunct city church in Sydney. The story of the development during the past quarter of a century was most interesting. There is now a large mission building in Yorkstreet, and a Mr. Vivkery some time ago gave the mission the Lyceum Theatre, which is worth something about £60,000, arid the annual income of the mission is now about £5000. The work of the mission has grown greatly in the intervening years, and now it has an inebriates' home, sailors' mission, does rescue and benevolent work. There are three ministers connected with the mission, an organising secretary, and ten sisters. Mr. Taylor told the story in ah interesting way, and gave instances of cases that had been rescued by the workers. He first started his work with a small organ in the streets, and invited those who assembled to visit the mission. Mr. Taylor did not go at length into the details of slum work, as that will be dealt with in another lecture next Saturday-night.
At three p.m. to-day Mr. Taylor and Mr. Slade were tendered a public welcome in the Mission Hall in the presence of a large gathering of people. The Mayor (Mr. C. D. Grey) presided* and was introduced by the superintendent of the local mission, Rev. J. AYilson. Musical items jvere given by Miss Millie Peak, ~essrs. W. Astley, Wilfred Manning, and Miss Agnes Tudehope. An address was delivered by the Rev. Taylor, and at the close of the function refreshments were supplied all present.
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