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DUNEDIN PRESBYTERY., Issue 7925, 5 June 1889
The Dunedin Presbytery met in the hall of the First Church this morning ; presentRevs. J. Gibson Smith (moderator), W. Will, D. Borrie, J. Ryley, J. M. Sutherland, R. R. M. Sutherland, H. Kelly, W. Campbell, A. Greig, J. Kirkland, A, M. Finlayson (clerk), J. Christie, A. Cameron, J. M. Fraser, J. M'Kerrow, D. Dutton, Dr Watt, Dr Stuart; elders—T. C. De Lacey, W. Hntton, J. Paterson, W. Reid, A. Cameron, and D. Thomson. INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC FOR SOUTH DUNEDIN. Messrs A. Donaldson and J. Ross at tended as a deputation from the South Dunedin Presbyterian Church, and asked that the Presbytery should grant permission to the congregation to introduce instrumental music into the church. It was the almost unanimous wish of the congregation. Rev. Mr Kirkland moved that the application be granted. Rev. J. M. Sutherland seconded. He hoped that congregations which had not yet followed in the footsteps of the South Dunedin Church would go and do likewise. The motion was agreed to without discussion. APPLICATION TO MORTGAOE. An application was received from the South Dunedin Presbyterian Church for leave to mortgage the church property for the sum of L7OO. After Mr Donaldson, secretary of the building fund of the church, had fully explained the financial position of the congregation, Dr Stuart said he was so well satisfied with the statements made that he would move that the request be complied with. Rev. D. Borrie seconded the motion, which was carried unanimously. CHALMERS CHURCH. An application from the Deacons' Court of Chalmers Church for sanction to the proposed purchase of St. John's Church, Lower i ork place, was laid on the table. Rev. J. M. Fraser, pastor of Chalmers Church, supported the application in a lengthy speech, and concluded by moving— , "That the Presbytery give their formal permission to the request." Mr D. Thomson, an elder of the church, also spoke on the matter. Rev. Mr Will thought it would be a very unwise step for the congregation to take, as it would involve them in debt for years. Rev. Mr Kirkland thought the matter should be referred back to the congregation for further consideration. Rev. Mr Fraser said his congregation had considered the matter over and over again, and their final determination was to purchase St. John's Church. It would be useless for the Presbytery to try and change the minds of the congregation on the matter. If they were doing an uuwise thing they were" doing it with their eyes open. Rev. Mr Will : How is the money to be raised ?
Rev. Mr Fkaser : The amount asked for St. John's Church is L 1,040. We intend to have L 250 raised by subscriptions, and the rest, about LBOO, will remain on mortgage at 6i per cent., which amounts to about L 52 per annum. With our continued prosperity and increase of membership, we shall be able to pay this very easily. Rev. R. R. M. Sutherland moved—- " That this matter be delayed, and a deputation consisting of the Revs. Ryley (convener), Will, Cameron, and the mover —be appointed to meet with the officials of Chalmers Church with reference thereto." This was agreed to, and it was further resolved—" That the locality of Lower York place or neighborhood be sanctioned for the site of the church for Chalmers congregation." rev. mk kelly's call. A communication was received from the Presbytery of Southland conveying a call from the congregation of Woodlands to the Rev. H. Kelly, of Ravensbourne. The call was signed by seventy-nine members and seventy-eight adherents. Rev. R. R M. Sutherland said he had not the slightest objection to the call, but he thought it was not helpful to the good of the church if ministers were to be allowed to settle in a place, and at the end of six or eight months to remove elsewhere. The Presbytery should express its mind on the matter. It was agreed—" That the congregation of Ravensbourne be informed of the call, and that the Presbytery meet to dispose of it this day fortnight." The Presbytery adjourned till the 19th inst.
DUNEDIN PRESBYTERY., Issue 7925, 5 June 1889
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