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Tho parishioners of St. John's Church gathered in considerable numbers last evening in tho schoolroom, to welcome their neAV vicar, the Rev. Harold Purchas. Archdeacon Scott, who presided, said ho had heard a great deal a tout Mr P-rclias_ Avork at Mount Somers, where he liad done much for the parish. Under his ministry ho thought St. John's tvould acquire a real parochial seaso and a real sense of fellowship, and those people who from time to time had fallen aAvay from the church would come back to it, and the parish would experienco growing happiness. He believed that Mr Purchas had com© to them with a strong resolution' to pi-t all his heart into tho work, and to rid the church of its debt. Mr Charles Hobbs, peoples' churchwarden, also welcomed Mx Purchas, and urged the parishioners to rally round him and give him all the support they could. Mr Purchas, in replying, said that two things had been very generally impressed on him in referenced to his iveAV chargo—the hard work before him, aud th© great difficulties ho would havo to overcome. Ho did not mean, however, to be deterred by either. If things had been discouraging in th© parish in the past he felt that those who had clung to St. John's all through must be people of " grit," and his first desire was to _am th© good wishes and esteem of theso. Ho liked a plain, simple, reverent service, and he had a strong objection against raising money by any other means than direct giving. Ho had fully made up his mind that if the pariah could not be made to progress on these lines, ho would, after a year or two, simply hay© to give it.op. He thanked them all most heartily for their kind welcome. On tha motion of Dr. Sandstein, a very hearty vote of thanks was accorded to tho Rev. A. C. Hoggins, who has been in temporary charge of the parish. Mr Hoggins replied briefly, and the meeting then -©solved itself into an informal social gathering.

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WELCOME TO THE REV HAROLD PURCHAS., Press, Volume LXII, Issue 12410, 25 January 1906

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WELCOME TO THE REV HAROLD PURCHAS. Press, Volume LXII, Issue 12410, 25 January 1906