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PRESBYTERY OF AUCKLAND.

Thk quaiteily meeting of the comt was held on the 7th inst. The llev. Mr. Wacky, Modeiator. As this was the fiißt meeting of the court lince tho constituting of the geneial assembly, it was resolved to enter on tho record an expiession of the Presbytery's satisfaction with tho completion of the work of the conference and convocation and the organisation of the United New Zealand Presbyterian Church. The Cleik introduced to the court Mossis. H. M'Kao and T. Johustone, lector and second master of the Auckland High School, and the Moderator welcomed these gentlemen in the nnine of the Presbytery, and wished them all success in the woik. The returns of collections made in behnlf of tho home mission weie called for, and given in from all the charges with the ejiception of M.vhuiangi. The Cleik then laid on the table an application from the Rev. Mr. Bieach, of Mangawai, on the part of himself and his people to be admitted into the Pipsbjteiian Church The application with documents relative to it, beiug read, the Piesbyteiy lesolvpd to express their sympathy with Mi. Breach and his people in the circumstances they are placed, and to appoint a committee to visit the distuct, confer with paities, and to report at next meeting. The Cleik also read a letter from Archibald Claik, Esq., suggesting to the Presbytery the pioprioty of making application to the United Piesbyteiian Church of Scotland for help in oariying on tho woik of the home mission, and c\ pitting it as his behalf that if application weie made aid would be given both in men and money. Tho Presbytery expressed theii satisfaction with Mr. Claik's lcttei, and 1 emitted it to the home mission committee to connider the best way of giving effect to Mr. Claik's suggestions. The Presbytery enjoined the collection appointed b-y the Ejeneiftl n^bembly in behalf of the IN^ew Zealand Chinch Extension .Scheme to bo made on or befoie the lost Sabbath in January The Piesbyteiy then adjourned to meet on tho 21st instant, at ten o'clock. Adjourned Mehtinr. The Piesbytuy of Auckland held an adjourned meeting on the 21st inst The lepoit of the home mission committee was given in by the convener, Roy. Mr Biuco. The report, which gave a favourable view of the pioceedmgs of the past year, was. adopted, and the names of Mr. T. McFarlane and Mr. A. Clow weie addeil to the committee Tho rupoit of the foieiccn mission committee was lead by the convenei, Rev Mi Noirie. The reports showed a laige incie.ise in the contributions to the mission in the couise of the year 1862 The Presby teiy adopted the report, thanked the committee for their laboms and in respect that the geneial assembly had taken up the mission and its own agency, dischaiged the committee with insti notions to the tieasuiei to pay ovei the amount in hand to the . mission at tho jfow HebiitUs The convener of committee on Sabbath and day schools, the Rev. J. Macky, repotted piogioss, and said that by next meeting all the leturns would be in his possession, and his repoit would be then forthcoming. A deputation consisting of Messis. Matheson and ■ Henderson appealed from the Wairoa congregation I in suppoit of a petition praying the Presbytery to ; make such auangements as would permit their mmis- ; ter, the Rev. Mr. Norrie, to hold divine service at , Wanoa every Sabbath day. The piayer of the pe- . tition was gi anted, and it was l emitted to the homo mission committee to make the btst arrangements they could for the cairying out of this decision until ' such time as Mr Nome shall be relieved of the caie of Waiuku by tho settlement there of a lesident minister. ' A deputation from St. Anchew's session and congregation, > gation, Auckland, consisting of the Rev. Mr. Buice, s and Messrs. T. Macfarlano and T Ken, appeared to f ask the Piesbyteiy to sanction the proposal to make > tho charge of St. Audi ew's a collegiate one All papei s , leltting to the matter being road, the Presbytery , agieed to giant the application, and l emitted it to the i session to piosecute the matter with all diligence. The convener of the Home Mission Committee brought up leport on Mr. Clarks communication, and 1 in teuns of said report, the Presbytery decided to • apply to the United Piesbyteiian Chinch of Scotland 1 in carrying out the woik of church extension in this " province, and to commission Mr. Clark to appear . in the coiuts of that chuich in suppoit of their l application. l The court closed their sitting, by making appointr ments for serviced at Coiomandel, and to supply Mr. t Bruces place, during his absence in the South on the f mission of the general assembly. [ The following are the reports read : — Report of Foreign Mission Committee fou the , Ykau 1862. [ Your committee in submitting their annual report, are glad in being able to refer to the continued and ■ increasing interest that is taken in the New i febrides mission throughout New Zealand generally, and espec ially within the bounds of this Presbytery. A substanL tial pioof at this interest is affouled by the fact that ' a sum of about £80 was collected during last year in • the Presbytery of Auckland on behalf of this important field of missionary labour. Your committee would i specially lefer to the libeial collections made at St. L Anchew's, Auckland, and at Otahuhu, and Tamaki, . and also they lecord the pleasing fact that about £25 , has been received from the Rev. Norman McLeod, for ' the New Ilebiides mission. Your committee value the ' lost sum, especially as when first wiitten to, Mr. McLeod, while stating the waira interest he felt in the mission, at the same time expressed his feais that owing to the circumstances of his poople they would not be able to do much in this work, in the way of affording substantial help. The committee are glad to report that these fears have been disappointed, and they hope 1 that the above saw may stimulate other congiegations l in the out districts to follow such a liberal example. Your committee have had under their consideration • a communication from the Rev. A. W. Munay, of Sydney, appealing for help towards obtaining a misHionaiy ship for the use of the New Hebrides mission, [ and recommetding that the sympathies of the children of the various congregations should be enlisted in this cause. The committeo approve of this suggestion, and recommended the piactice of having missionary j)0j )0 xea in all tho Sabbath schools of tho Presbytery, the prot >eet ' s *° ' )e devoted either to the mission in general, or to tho missionary ship in particular, according as the loc *' Parties may determine It is hoped that this lecommi Nation w >" BOon ho acted on, and that by this means the J' oun q people of our congregations may be trained to c ' le " 8n and manifest a missionary spirit. mi „„,„,'„ Htee havo to recommend to the Presbytew that Sin «i ™ ot £S0 already referred to, and now ,??he hiS, rf the g e " erJll usurer, should be remitted hv Vh« P «rW t ortunity, to the faithful and devoted mVstaSrahTady «W* ™** Bel " ted B P he " ° £ lft YouV committee are ?lad to report that the subject general assembly; and altho *gh, fiom the a PP om * I " c "* of a committee by the assen our laboms . n(vy ,2.°!l be »uperseded, yet we hope th '»* the more general c. * may have been to some exten. \ iuitiated, and the way somewhat prepared by tho wo. "k and correspondence of the committee of this Piesbytt *FRejoicing in the fact of the appt lintment of the above committee, and believing that th '• work of foreign misiions will be duly attended to, a nd lietter managed by a general committee of the whole church, your committee would recommend the Presby, **ry now to discharge it* committee, in the hope and prayer that the great Head of the ohurch may continim' to proiper »ud

establish this effort to extend his cause, and hasten the ultimate triumphs of , the Mewiah's kingdom Thomas Noruik, Convenor of Foreign Missions Committee.

Home Mission Report for 1862. 1. HOME MIbSION FUND. Your committee have to repoi t that the amount of monoy realised in the course of the year, for the purposon of tho fund, is, as neaily ai can bo ascertained, (some of tho icturns not having yet uriivecl) £269 9 0. The following are the sources .fiom which the gross amount was derived • —

If ruin this amount there falls to be deducted the sum of £20, which the committee decided at the beginning of tho year to pay to Mr. Brown, of Onehunga, in conHideiatirm of tha small amount thftt was realised for stipend in his charge for the year 1861. The sum actually available for the requirements of 18U2, was, say £249 95.. The following amounts have been paid from the fund .—. —

Le wing a small balance to meet outstanding claims Your committee regret that, owing to the non-anival in sufficient time of the grant from the Presbyterian Chmch of Ireland, they were not in cheumstances to pay to the aided chaiges the sum in full which they had been led to calculate upon. It is possible, however, that the amount of giant may arrive by this mail ; and falling this the committee have decided to ask an acco.'iiod.itioii at the bunk, for a short peiied, that the ministers of the chaiges referred to, may not be put to inconvenience. Your committee have also to state, that this year they lesolved to bung into force the rule affecting the distiibution of this fund, which is, that the original giant theipfiom shall each year be in every case diminished. Hitherto, this rule has not been observed ; but the committee considered that the application of it would have the effect of making the aided congregations put foi th greater efforts to increase their local income. Agieunbly with this decision of the committee the giant of £100 has been tliis y«u, in the cases of Mahmangi, ami Onehunga, reduced by £10 each. Your committee observe that the sums realised for tins fund from some of the serf-sustaining congregations are less this year than last. This, however, they have every lenson to believe, is not owing to any indisposition on the part of the people- to support this mission, but rather to some imperfection? in the working of the agencies, which they hope, by God's blessing, to see remedied in the course of this year. Against this, it is pleasing to set off an increase in the contributions fiom all the aided charges, at the same time that they Lave advanced in the amount of their local payments. 2. CHURCH EXTENSION. On this head youi committee have to report that in the course of the year, they appointed Bey. John Shaw Pi obationer, to lesulo in the district of Wade, and along with that distiict to take cluige -of the district of Kaukapakapa, and of the noithern district generally, as the Waimea on the east, and Kaipara on the west. The wants of these districts have thus in some measure, been supplied ; but the committe cannot exclude from then minds the conviction that greater efforts will soon have to be put forth by the chmch in the part of the countiy now lefeired to. In the course of the year the committee have had pressed on their notice nioie foicibly than ever the fact that several of the charges have outgiown the capacities of their ministers and that some readjustment of them is necessary in oider to prevent permanent loss to the church. Especially are these lemaiks applicable to the charge of Papakuia In the committee's view the time has now fully come when the extensive labours of Mr. Norrie should be moie concentrated, with the view not only ot leseivinghis strength for Papakura, and the distiicts immediately adjacent, but also of making his sei vices there moie complete and efficient. The committee would therefore lecommend that as soon as possible Mr. Nonie be relieved of the care of Waiuku; that this place be made the centieof a new charge, with Awitu on its one side, Maukou on the other, and that steps be taken to settle a minister there without delay. It would also be desirable that the minister resident at Waiuku should h.vve charge of Raglan ; and with respect to the lnst named place the committee think that, considering its prospective importance, no time should be lost in sending a minister to establish there some organisation in connection with the church. The committee are also of opinion that as soon as possible ministeis should be settled at Newmarket and Coromandel. With lespect to Coromandel, there is every likelihood that a laigo population will eie long be settled there, and it would be well for the district, as for the church, of the necessity that may ariso there were anticipated by the chinches' watchfulness and piomptitude. In the meantime, auaugemente have been made in concei t with other denominations by which one minister will each Sabbath officiate in that distiict The Piesbyteiian Chinch has by the committee undei taken to find supply for the second Sabbath of each month, and it will fall to the Presbetery to make the necessary appointments. ,'?. pl\cis or worship on schools built on in con mrrLATioN. As respects these, the Chiuch's piogress last year has been consideiable ; though a good part of the work initiated has not yet been completed, and will, therefore, fail to be noticed particulaily in the report for 1 SOS. The following items, however, may be mentioned as showing what has actually been done :—: — In connection with St. Andrews', Auckland, there has been elected a fine, capacious school-room on Pai nell-hill, wheie there are conducted a day school, Sabbath school, and weekly prayer meeting, all of which aie well attended. The piayer meeting is legiilaily taken charge of by one of the eldeis, whose labouis there as well a.s olsewheie are attended with much success. Money has also been subsciibed for the erection of a church at Newmarket ; and in the course of a month it is hoped that the building will be completed, and a school in operation. The congregation of Onehunga have now entered into their new church — a very handsome election, and distinguished by being the only church with a steeple which we as vet have The debt or this building is not large, and the whole ciicmnstances connected with it aie such as to reflect credit on the minister and congregation The congregation of St. James's have raised the large and encouraging Rinn of £300, for the ci ection of .v new church ; and they hope soon to have an amount sufficient to warrant them in proceeding with the building. The congregation of Otahuhn have collected somewhere between £400 and £500 for the building of a new chinch The chnrch is now in course of erection, and will, when finished, be an ornament to the district and a credit to the people. In Howiclc, also part of Mr. Macky's charge, money has been subscribed for altering the building hitherto used as a place of worship, and the alterations aio now being pioceeded with. In connection with Papakura the following items have been furnished :—: — (1 ) A school-ioom erected in Papakura Valley, finished and occupied by a school, with only a small amount of debt, (2.) A debt of £53 has been cleared off fiom the Papakuia chmch. (3.) A church is about to be erected at Pukekohe, towards which £90 have been subscribed, (4.) The sum of £40 has been subscribed to build a school-room at Manku (5 ) The siim of £70 has been subscribed towards erecting a chuich at Waitakeiie, the centre of the proposed .new charge. In connection with the Mahurangi charge, the follow- • ■* facts may he mentioned : — k, ." * new church has been erected for the Mohuranei **~ c " at ' on » ftlK ' tne ?ame 1S UBec^ or B°h o °l ""(IT A teacher house > bee » h f b .« ft""? site with the church, and both S™*™' ltu b ' heVed ' are free of debt. (3.) Another church ia about to be erected nt. Mahurangi Heads.

The congie.'ation at Titirangi, it m»y fclio bo it»ted, an taking Btcpn to have a small church built m that district, and it is alio iv contemplation the building ono similar at Honderion and Mcfarlane ■ Mills. Lastly, it in impmtant to mention, that the congregation at Whangarie have purchaied a manor and glebe and, thus completed those »tepa that ought to be taken in connection with every ministerial charge. in the conrso of the year there have thus been, elected in secured, 2 chmches, 2 school-roomi, 1 teachcr'B house, 1 nmnse ; there are in course of erection, 3 churches ; contemplated, 3 churches, 1 lohoolroom. The committee conclude by expressing their belief that the Lord has pro»pered the church in the piut year ; and, with the hope that this year may be destinguisheu by still greater tokens of His favor, they beg to tubmit their report. D. Bruce, Convenor. January 21, 1863.

Amoonth Contuibuted :—: — Otahuhu Tamaki Howick St. Andrew*! St James .... Papakura Driiry ... . . Wairoa Waiuku . . Fukekohe Mahurangi Matakana Onehunga . . . Whan Waipii .. . Whangaroa Mungapai £ s. ii. 9 0 0 3 6 0 0 12 0 30 0 0 16 0 1 0 0 1 11 6 1 1 0 0 17 0 0 12 0 1 2 2 0 12 7 12 5 0 12 7 24 12 11 3 5 0 1 1 6 £81 511

Balance fioin last years account . 3 rant from Five Chuich of Scotland st. Andrew's Church, Auckland St. James's do. do Otaliuhu, Tamalci, &c. , A.ll other Chaiges, £20 2 100 0 100 0 S 0 27 7 13 19 o 0 0 0 6 1

Hahurangi )uehunga tVlmugarie .. £75 75 75 0 0 0 £225 0 (.

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Daily Southern Cross, Daily Southern Cross, Volume XIX, Issue 1724, 28 January 1863

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