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CHURCH MEETINGS., Issue 7932, 13 June 1889
The anniversary tea meeting and reunion in connection with the Church of Christ Sunday School, North-east Valley, were held last evening in the new Public Hall. About 170 persons Bat down to tho tea. The superintendent (Mr T. Arnold) occupied the chair, and the tables were presided over by the lady teachers. A very good programme of soDgs, recitations, and dialogues by the scholars, and part Bongs by the teachers and scholars, was afterwards proceeded with, and rendered in good style. Wins Ida Cook was encored for ' The little clock,' and responded with 'Two little mice.' The choruses by the teachers and scholars were well given, and of the children Misses E. Cook, M. Millar, E. Arnold, A Hielop, and the Misses lirown and Watkina deserve special notice. In his address tho chairman alluded to the fact that during the past two years the numbor of scholars had tripled themselves, and that the school was in a very satisfactory condition, indeed, financially and otherwise. He spoke in feeling terms of tho regret felt at the departure of Dr Hammond, who was with them for the last time, and was leaving for Melbourne to-day. Ho likened him to a " soldier who fights on many battlo fields, but always valiantly and for the same King." A very pleasant evening's enjoyment was brought to a close by the audience singing • Praise God from whom all blessings flow.' TRINITY WESLEYAN. Tho annual sokes and public meeting in conuection with the Trinity Wesley an Church wero held last evening, and passed off in a very satisfactory manner. The attendanco at the tea, which was served in the schoolroom below the church, was extremely large. The hall was pleasantly decorated by the ladies of th,e church, whilo those who officiated at the tables did their work efficiently. The tables were furnished by Meadamss Fergu#m, Mortofi, FhiUJpfc,
Borrows, Burnard, Corrigan, Hawke, Crow, Pow, Sears, Duke, Beck, the choir, and the Saturday night class. At the public meeting held subsequently the attendance was alno large; the Rev. W. Baumber (pastor) occupying the chair at the latter function. The Chairman alluded to the extremely satisfactory nature of the balance-sheet—-which was circulated—stating that the total amount raised by the congregation during the year ended May 31 for church purposes had been L 1,023 Is 10d, after deducting credit balances at the beginning of the year. The Rev. J. D. Jory, of Port Chalmers, congratulated the congregation of Trinity Church upon their successful year, and expressed a trust that they would continue to prosper. The Rev. Dr Stuart delivered an address on ' The Care of the Young.' He had sometimes persuaded himself that in these new colonies there was something wanting in their efforts to secure their young people for the church, and above all for the Gospel. Primarily, he believed the duty of Christian instruction devolved upon the parents; that was so by divine decree. There waß nothing, in his mind, to be compared on earth in point of beauty with a well-ordered Christian family. To him it was a matter to bo deplored that the children of Christian parents in numbers hesitated to connect themselves with the church as communicants. He was glad to observe that this did r.ot hold good in the Wesleyan denomination, and the Christians of Dunedin would wish them God'speed in their efforts to inculcate the young with the love of God and the love of man.
The Rev. A. North spoke on the subject of the attitude and obligations of young men to the church. Clearly enough there was something wrong if it were proved that their young men were holding aloof from church fellowship, while their young women were to be found declaring themselves followers of the Saviour. He took it that an essential quality of manliness was decision of character, and he was forced to the conclusion that one reason why a large number of young men held aloof from the service of their Lord Jesus Christ was that they had nqt conviction, and wore lacking in decision of character. He strongly urged that their young men should come to a decision on the great question of Christ, and that their decision should be in accord with tho dictates of their consciences.
The Rev. Mr Morlf.y (Christchurch) addressed those present on ' When is tho church the most potent and tho most influential for God ?' He (the speaker) did not think this was the case when tho church was wealthy, nor where there was tho largest congregation, nor whero there was the most artistic service. The church should, he urged, exhibit more interest in missions, and take into consideration social questions.— (Hear.) They must not ignore the sweating system, r.or be blind in future to the great questions arising between capital and labor. If these questions were ever to be settled at all they must be settled on a Christian basis, or if not, depend upon it they would be settled at the sword's point There must be a recognition by tho church of its duty upon this point. —(Applause.) The only rule for employers that would stand the test of yoars to come was that of " Do unto others as you would that they should do to you," and he said that the church that would be most potent and influential for God was that which was not afraid to make its voice heard in these matters.
Several anthems were sung by the choir, while solos were contributed by Misses Cooper and Christie. Before the meeting terminated votes of thanks were passed to the ladies who had carried out the arrangements in connection with the tea, to those who had given financial assistance, to those who had decorated tho hall, to the speakers of the evening, and to the choir. The gross proceeds of the soiree were about LBO.
CHURCH MEETINGS., Issue 7932, 13 June 1889
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