CHURCH NEWS AND NOTES.
_ The Rev. W. R. Pnole. who for the past six years has been stationed at Tnviuni. Fiji, in connection with the Methodist Mission, came to Auckland last Sunday. He has been attending the Conference of the Methodist Church in Australia, and came across here as a deputation from the Mission. He starts at Napier on the 4th and from there will work right through the North Island. The Rev. AY. R. Poole is a brother of Mr C. H. Poole, "U.P. for Auckland West. Cardinal Rampolla has assumed tbe very important office of Secretary of the Pacred Congregation of the Inquisition of which the Holy Father himself is Pre feet, and which has supreme care of the purity of faith nnd morals. The Rev. AA". C. Oliver, formerly of Mt. Albert, leave.-; for Otago next week. Tt j? possible that lie may remain pernianentlv in the south. The Rev. E. A. Stephens, until recently curate of St. Simon's Baptist Mills, Bristol, has been received into the Roman Catholic Church by Monsisrnor Pcott. at the Church of Our Lady'and the English Martyrs, Cambridge. At a time when the cry of tbe unemployed is being raised in the land, it is somewhat interesting to note that there is ono profession where a scarcity of men is commonly reported, namely. the cler-ry. The difficulty i. however,' to pet suitable men. An attempt was made by the Rev. C. H. Laws and Rev. AA T iI--Imm Ler. while visitins England recently, to secure some youn_ ministers for New Zealand work, but it failed. The Rev. Mr Laws told the Wesleyan Conference that there was such a scarcity of trained men in the Old Country that the Ens-lish conference =enf nut fifty-five untrained ones last year. The class of •man submitted to him from one college seemed to indicate that anything was considered good "enough for New Zealand. Rev. O. J. ATilliams. of the London Missionary Society, left England on January -Sth for Australia, where he is to become the Society's asent. For some months after his arrival Mr. AA'illiams will devote himself to visitation of the Congregational churches in all the Australian States. Rev. F. B. Meyer, speaking at Ansdell, near Blackpool. England, said he thought the present century was going to be one of [ho most revolutionary in the whole Christian era. In our own country this spirit was showing itself in what was called the Socialist or Labour party, and no man could deny that humanity was awakening as from a. sleep. It' must be admitted that there had been a great uplifting through all classes. He was able to accept nearly everything on the Socialists' programme, and he thought every man who had studied the mattei would see that in half a century thesi ideals would become the leading featur< of legislation. ' * "
The latest freak in American -worship methods is the holding of a "rose service" at a Methodist Episcopal church in Milwaukee. This "new and impressive feature," aB a local daily calls it. is thus described:—"The subtle perfume of the queen of the flower kingdom seemed to penetrate even the pipes of the great organ and make its notes of praise more soft and sweet in the radiance of hundreds of beautiful roses pinned to the breasts of the worshippers, who taxed the capacity of the edifice." We are also '■ told that the occasion gave the pastor 1 an opportunity for "beautiful allitera- ' I tions and similes," as he showed how | desert souk, receiving as a culture and 1 an inspiration to growth the love and ' the strength of the Master, might bloom with the same brilliancy and beauty as the rose, and diffuse as perfume the love 1 and charity of the Christian heart. "The Men's Own" is the title adopted [ for a new departure in connection with , the Beresford-street Congregational Church. As the name indicates, it is a meeting for men, and these are now held each Sunday afternoon in the Beresford Hall. Two meetings have so far been held, both of which were largely at- ! tended. The officers are—President, Rev. H. Steele Craik (pastor) ; chairman, Mr. H. Thompson; and secretary, Mr. C. E. Carnagie. At the first of these meetings, the president read a paper on "The Making of Men," taking up the evolutionary theory and showing how man had come to be what he is physically from a long animal ancestry. As to the mental nnd moral development of man, he admitted that they were increments which the theory of evolution failed to satisfactorily account for. A most interesting discussion followed, amongst the speakers being the Hon. George Fowlds. Last Sunday, Mr. Herbert Cousins (master of the Normal School) continued the subject in a thoughtful paper dealing with the paleontological and entomological cvi- ■ dence. He pointed out that the story of the rock- was one of transition until at last man appeared. A good discussion followed, amongst the speakers being Councillor P. McKay and Mr. George Aldridge. To-morrow afternoon the subject will be further dealt with in a . paper by Mr. Thompson. Tie. Federal-Centennial Conference oi Churches of Christ in Australia and > New Zealand is fixed for April 14 to 21, in Sydney. Fully 300 representatives are expected from the respective States. The seventeenth world's conference of the V.M.C.A. will be held in Germany this year from July 28 to August 2. The efforts of the Rev. W. E. Bromilow in raising funds for two Methodist i mission boats for service in New Guinea waters have met with great success. The amount aimed at was £3,000; the i amount received at latest report was • £3,285 18s. sd. Mr. J. Campbell Moody and Mrs. Moody, missionaries under the Presbyterian Church of England, have arrived in Sydney, en route for New Zealand. The Rev. T. R. and Mrs. Kearney, mis- ' sionaries, from Formosa, are also bound ' foi New Zealand. The recent returns of the Congregational Churches in Japan show the substantial increase of 2.174 members on the i previous year. The first Church was organised at Kobe in 1874. The Congregational Churches in Japan became or- . ganised in 1886, srhd are known as , Kumiai (associated) churches. - There are 116 churches" and missions, 58 mm.- . isters, 50 evangelists, and 14,631 church members. The average attendance of i the Sunday schools is 7,318. An interesting story comes from the i Methodist Mission in East-street, Newton. The new hall having been erected I ■ and a reading desk supplied, one of tbe ! ' boys named Willie Cahill became fired ' with the laudable desire to present al large Bible for the use of the Minister. I I Of course this entailed the expenditure lof a certain amount of cash, and to i raise this the lad started some con- | ■ certs at his parents' residence, to which 1 he invited other children to come, the price of admission being fixed at the | • modest sum of one penny. His ex- • perience was similar to that of many a professional showman, as he found he j could get a good attendance on the free list, but comparatively few of his patrons brought along the much-desired ', pennies. Nothing daunted, he, how- . ever, announced: "If you cannot bring ;. a penny, fetch along a bottle," and as ■ this was something that the children - could do, his plan proved successful, - and at length by means of selling the - accumulated bottles, he was in the t proud position of being able to provide 1 the big Bible for the new reading desk. The Right Rev. Dr. Neligan, Anglican, f Bishop, is to arrive in New Plymouth lon Saturday, March 27. and his first engagement is a confirmation service in "• tbe Waitara Church on that day. On 3 Sunday he will be at St. Mary's"Church the whole day. He will celebrate Holy Communion at 8 a.m.. and at 11 o'clock 3 service he will administer confirmation to about fifty candidates who are be- . ing presented from St. Mary's Parish. t In the afternoon he will perform the - interesting ceremony of the official unveiling of the three new hatchments - raised in St. Mary's Church to the mem- , ory of Imperial corps which took part ' in the war in this province. This cerer mony will begin at 3 o'clock. At the 1 evening service his Lordship will be present, and he will preach the sermon. On - the following day he will go to tbe 5 Oka to Church, there to confirm a numi ber of Maori candidates. This service i : begins at 10 in tbe morning. In the 1 evening the Bishop will be back in New • Plymouth to deliver a lecture in St. ■ Mary's Hall on the Pan-Anglican Con- - ! gress, to attend which primarily he went - to England last year. The Lord Chief Justice, the Bishop of - London, and a famous South Sea mission- " ary pleaded on February 2nd for a ref union of Christendom on the basis of the, "■ common Bible. The occasion was %he an- • nual meeting of the Kensington Auxiliary of the British and Foreign Bible ' Society, and Lord Alverstone was in the " chair. Urging churchmen to support the ' Society, the Bishop of London said its first claim to support was that it sup- " plied that book which would alone bring r about the so much desired union: He 5 pleaded for an interpretation of the 5 Bible not so much as "inspired," but as " inspiring, proving itself by the use men "make of it. Great interest, was taken I in the appearance of "Dr. George Brown. the next speaker, who has been a travelU ler and missionary for forty-eight years II in some of fhe wildest parts of the c j world. His speech was a weighty testie j mony to the power of the Bible among s , the worst savages in the South Seas. 5 1 "These church differences." he added. d: •■'shrink into absurdity when you come s-. face to face with the blank wall of hea--11 thenism." Lord Alverstone gave the last t address, and he, too, dwelt principally sj on the future reunion of the churches eon a Bible basis. "The prayer-book it won't do it," he said, "the mass-book *r I won't do it, and the Wesleyan directions se of service won't do it. The only thing re 1 that can draw us all together is the Word i of Goi**; '
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