Reports showing a very successful period of Christian service were presented ty the women's organisations of the Seatoun Presbyterian Church to the congregational meeting , held on Wednesday evening in the church hall.
The Women's Missionary Union, comprising 20 members, it was stated, had been well sustained in a wide field of spiritual and -missionary activity. Special studies for inspiration had covered several books dealing with the Presbyterian missions in India, China, and New Hebrides, together with the home missions and work among the Maoris. Addresses of a stimulating character had been given by several visiting missionaries-and local leaders. : Combined meetings with other branches, had proved -of great benefit to all attending. During the year a branch of the girls' auxiliary was formed, under the leadership of Mrs. Armstrong, and the work among.the "Busy Bees" was capably carried on by Miss A. Mc-
Gregor and helpers. Parcels of clothing were sent to the Maori and other missions, and the "Busy Bees" entertained at parties, together with the children of "the Worshipping League."
Special emphasis was laid in the reports upon the very valuable help rendered the Seatoun and district union by Miss Grace McGregor as leader of the local.union, and hearty thanks were accorded the officebearers.
The election of officers resulted as follows:—Hon. president, the Rev. A. A. Armstrong; leader, Miss G. McGregor; vice-presidents, Mesdames Armstrong and Aiken; secretary, Mrs. H. H. Sutton; and treasurer, Mrs. Morrison. .
The treasurer's statement stated that £15 had been raised towards the Presbytery budget quota of the parish covering various missions. Other union fees had been paid.and social requirements met, leaving a credit balance with which to begin another year's work.
A special prayer meeting prior to each gathering was held, and this had proved of great value in promoting the spiritual life and service of the union in its efforts tc spread the influence of the Gospel at home and abroad.
A statement was presented to the congregational meeting also by the Seatoun Presbyterian Women's Guild. Owing to the removal from the district of the president, Mrs. A. A. Armstrong was elected to fill the position, and had carried on the work, well supported by the loyalty and devotion of a fine body of workers. The guild assisted the Bible classes in special efforts, and helped at the Boys' Home,; Berhampore,' making garments and knitting and helping financially. The salary of the church cleaner had been, raised by the guild, and the quota of £65 altogether was raised at the request of the church managers towards the parish budget. This amount specially covered the payment of interest on the manse and church property, all of. which had been met when due. Members also carried out the preparation of the church for the "communion" and attended to the flowers on Sundays. All the money raised by the guild was on the' principle of direct and regular giving and by thorough and widespread organisation in the congregational life, the scheme known as "the church year" proved most effective and did away with the older methods of bazaars, etc.
The election of officers resulted as follows:—President, Mrs. A. A. Armstrong; secretary, Miss Barkley; and treasurer, Miss O. McFarlane. Thanks were expressed to the treasurer for her work during the year, and to all who had helped, in various ways towards making the record of the guild such a good one for the past year. Mention was made of the need of aiming in the new year at the reduction of the mortgage on the church property, and suggestions offered are to receive careful attention by the guild.
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