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THE WILKER STREET MISSION HALL.

It is now twelve months since this hall was opened for activo work. During the year there have been held meetings for adults and elder children on Sunday evenings, Suuday school, boys' bible class at ten on Sunday mornings, girls' sewing meeting on Thursday evenings, singing class on Wednesday evenings, and penny readings on Monday evenings. The work is under the charge of a mission hall committee (of which Mr A3II is convener), appointed by St. Andrew's Church, in whose care the hall lies. An earnest effort has been made to put the hall to real practical use of the kind had in view when it was built, and substantial and gratifying success has teen met with. The Sunday evening meetings are attended by—on an average—fifty to sixty persons (men, women, and elder children, the two latter predominating). The Sunday school has an average attendance of between seventy aud eighty ; and all the other meetings have been successful—the penny readings especially so. On Tuesday night the anniversary of the opening of the Sunday evening meetings was celebrated by a tea meeting. The ladies of the Mission Hall Committee and the other ladies of the church contributed eatables, and supplies came forward in abundance. About 120 persons (mostly adults) partook of tea, which was presided over by Miss Cairns, Miss Don, Mrs Gordon Macdonald, Miss Henry, Miss J. Low, Miss J. Hooper, Miss Kelsey, and Mrs Reynolds. After tea Gospel addresses were delivered by Rev. R. Waddell, Mr A. Donaldson, and Mr Ash. The last-named referred to the inauguration of the Sunday evening meetings which they were met to celebrate. The meetings had on the whole been well attended. They had now a number of people who attended regularly who before rarely, if ever, went to religious meetings on Sundays. He especially urged tho men to come as well as the women, not only for their own sakes and the sake of others, but particularly for the sake of the boys, who were silently but very powerfully influenced by what the men did. They had had the help of a number of Christian people who had come during tho year and given addresses, and they were all very much obliged to these and to all other helpers, who had been numerous. One or two had during tho year, he knew, been much blessed, and he looked and hoped for many conversionsandmuchblessingduring the year that was coming. Finally, he said that these meetings were now firmly established. He and Mr W. A, Patterson had laid aside their Sunday evenings for these meetings, and they could look upon it as a fixed thing that these meetings would bo held every Sunday evening. During the evening a number of hymns from Sankey and 'Church Praise' were sung by a special choir ; and a hearty vote of thanks to tho ladies who had arranged the tea, and all other helpers (proposed by Mr Waddell), brought a very enjoyable meeting to a close.

On Wednesday evening the children attending tho school, who turned up to the number of 100, were given their usual winter treat. A magic lantern provided an hour's interesting and amusing entertainment, and at the close each scholar was presented with a bag of eatables. The general expenses connected with the working of the hall amount to about L 35 per year, and it is intended to be provided by voluntary contributions from all over the City, as this mission work is felt to be a City work and all denominations are asked to help. Only about L 25 has been received during the past year.

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THE WILKER STREET MISSION HALL., Evening Star, Issue 8011, 13 September 1889

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THE WILKER STREET MISSION HALL. Evening Star, Issue 8011, 13 September 1889

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