BERESFORD STREET CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH.
ANNUAL MEETING. The annual meeting of the Beresfordstreet" Congregational Church was held last night. The Rev. H. S. Craik presided, and. there was a good attendance, amongst those present being the Hoa, G. Fowlds, Minister for Education, and the Rev. W. Day. The Eev. H. S. Craik, in the course of his remarka,-said-he had just completed six months' work in the church. There had been a great ; deal for him to find ■put.. -.'There,-had- been- need -for much quiet ■ investagatiosD, ; . and he ihad, been endeavouring to ascertain-the recuperative aid projective povrejrs of his church. TJhere-were grave difficulties to be overcome. The day had passed since it could toe regarded as a family church. They had to grip the- idea of church ■being -an tostitution or centre, from which, work could go out to the city. He that they could step' forward with a new hope if the church was bound "together "with a spirit of selfsacrifice for other men and women in the-city. He trusted that b< iore long they would- have a lady visitor to work amongst -them,- and he thought that before many monthis were over, a lady would come from America, at her own expense, to do this work. He intended visiting every home within a mile radius of the church. In that area there must toe many young, men. and women who never enter a church, and to get them to attend was. part of the great work of a city church. . Mr Dykes read the annual report, which referred at length to the work of the year, and while showing a deficit of £113 on ; the transactions of the past 12months spoke_in_hopjßful terms of the -prospects of the ensuing yearf" " ;T'he 'Hon.- Geo. 3?owlds, in speaking of his interest fe the welfare of the church, said it afforded him much, pleasure. :to see-the progress the church, was making,, and he thought the work -amongst the young- people must affect the welfare of-the residents of. the., city. They had -to make np their minds to adapt theni.selves to tlie changes of the 'times. The growth of Auckland as a city had sent . ; tße 7 people" back into the suburbs, and ik/wquld .never .again be simply a family church. "He thoiight the minister had .caught the idea-which would, make the church- successful in the epecial work siheid. The last year Lad been" am unfoi--tunate, one; with, the pulpit empty for nearly-six- iaoutlis, and there wak a deficiency of "£113". "He informed them that of tliis amount. £.00 had been forthcoming and the deacons were, desirous of -having the ' balance made up. Tlie treasurer felt that he could secure another £23,; on. promises made to him. arid' he hSd" a letter promising anotner £10 if tne whole-deficit was subscribed. That left £20 to make up the balance, and he .hoped that-would be forthcoming that night, ; The; Hon. Mr. Fowlds concluded with an appeal for funds. The Rev. Mr Day also briefly addressed' the. meeting, and spoke in optimis-. tic terms of the future before the Beres-ford-street church. \ A collection. 3ras'made, and the chairman announced that the deficit had been cleared "off. During the evening solos were rendered by Miss Mudge, Mr J: MeDougall, and tne Eev. H. S. Craik.
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