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PRESRYTERIAN SYNOD., Issue 8057, 6 November 1889
Tlio Synod resr.mc?.? at ten o'clock this 'morning. SYNOD EXPENSES. The report of the Committee on Synod expenses was read and adopted, and it was resolved, on the motion of tlio Rev. Mr Sutherland, that the Synod place on record its recognition of the services of Dr Stuart as representing the Synod on tho General Council. KYNOt) llM.h. ... Mr Mackkrras presented tne following report from th'e Cu'rhmlttae on the Synod Hall:—" Your Gomrhittee have had this subject r'slruttcd to them under frequent consideration. The necessity for a larger and more suitable Synod Hall is becoming more apparent overy year, and your Committee haw to ask the sanction of the Synod that the same shall be provided as soon as funds are available for the purpose. Plans are laid on the table of the Synod for the enlargement of the present hall, which is estimated to cost 1.2,000, onc-hnlf of which ie to be supplied by the lDeacoii*' Court of the first Church." He moved the adepbion of the report. Several speakers deprecated the proposal to spend Ll,ooo oh the alterations, and after a brief discussion it was rosolved that the report be laid on tho table, and that tho House Committee take up tho question of arrangements for accommodation next year. ANNUAL MEETING. Dr Stuart suggested that the same Committee might make arrangements for the next annual meeting, as he considered that the last one was a positive failure, owing to its not having been made sufficiently public. The suggestion was adopted. FUNDS.
The Rev. Mr Ryley presented the report of the aged and infirm ministers' and widows and orphans' funds, which showed the income of the aged and infirm ministers' fund for the year to have been L 179 7s 7d, resulting from the contributions of fifty-two congregations; ministers and entry money, L 245 9s 9d ; interest on loans, L 325 19s lid—making a total income of L 750 17s 3d. The disbursements were as follows:—.Three annuitants, L 30 0; refund to Revs. FraserHurst and D.,, Gordon, L2l 10s; property tax,.L!s 14s 9d ; rates, LI 5s 6d; total, 1.33S 10s 3d. This left a balance to be placed to the reserve fund of L 412 7s, which made the total reserve L 478 14a lid. The capital now stood at L 5.000. The Committee gratefully acknowledged the receipt of a legacy of L 25 left by the late Mr A. Rennie, and agreed to put on record its deep sense of the services rendered by Mr Rennie to this as well as to othe? schemes of the church.
The income of the widows and orphans' fund was shown to be as follows i—Ministers' subscriptions, L4lO T/s ?d; entry money, L 37 10s ; interest on loans* L 347 6s (id; on debentures and deposits. Ll2l itfs lOd—making a total revenue of L 917 7s lid. The expenditure had been L 328 19s Id, made up as follows: —To widows and orphans, L3OO : property tax, L2O 19s Id; other payments, LB. Balance to be placed to capital fund, LSBB Sa lOd, which now amounted to L 7.353 lis lOd. The surplus for the year was L 215 12s 9d over last. The Committee wished again to commend these funds to the consideration and liberality of the membership of the church. The following deliverance was adopted : Adopt the report; record the thanks of the Synod to the Committee, especially to the convener, and express satisfaction at the state of these funds ; regret that bo fewer than nine congregations have failed to contribute to this fund, and instruct presbyteries to see that such congregations make the collections within the next three months, NEW CHARGES. A recommendation from the presbyteries of Duncdin and Oamaru having been read, that the district of Lees, llindon, Middlemarch, and Hyde be constituted a church extension charge, also that Macraes, Moonlight, Ncnthurn, Green Valley, and Dunback bo constituted similarly, it was agreed to adopt the recommendation and sanction the charges. BIBLE AND CHURCH HISTORY. The report of the Committee on Bible and Church History Classes was presented by the Rev. A. Cameron. The report contained, inter alia, tho following passages : Last year we had to report a considerable falling off ia the number of competitors, as compared with the previous year. On this occasion we are able to report that much more than our lost ground has been recovered, there being a considerable increase both of competitors in thr- class work and of essayists. . . . Tho thanks of the Committee are dun to those gentlemen who have acted as examiner?, and also to those gentlemen and congregations who have assisted the prize fund. Special mention should be mado of a donation of 20a by Misa Clark, one of last yeai'rf prizetakers. Tho interest in the work of this Committee is, wc believe, on the increase. No fewer than twenty-two congregations liavo followed the lines of study laid down by the Committee, a';d e?says have been received from young people in other districts where tho class work is not done. It is with the hope of widening interest in this schemo the Committee looks forward, and commends it to tho attention of ministers and such office-bearers as are engaged in Bible-class work.
The report was adopted in the following terms :—Adopt the report; thank the Committee, especially the convener, and commend the work of the Committee to all teachers of Bible classes within the church ; thank the examiners and those gentlemen and the congregations who have contributed to the prize fund. MISSIONS. The following deliverance was adopted in connection with the report on missions, on the motion of the Rev. Mr Clark : Adopt the report and record the thanks of the Synod to the Committee, and especially to the convener for the valuable information communicated to the Synod regarding the New Hebrides, and for the diligent and satisfactory manner in which he fulfilled his mission to these islands; rejoice at the continued success attending tho labors of our missionaries ; approve of the arrangcI ments made by Mr Don for carrying on his work among the Chinese, and pray Almighty God that He may crown hia labors and those of the catechist with abundant success; appoint a special Sabbath as a day on which the claims of missions be brought before the various congregations. The Synod anew commend their missionaries and their work to the grace of God and to tho liberal consideration of our congregations ; also, thank the members of St. Andrew's Young Men's Society and Mr B. Chisholm'a class for the assistance given to Mr Don in his work, and recommend to others to follow their example. students. The Rev. Mr Cameron brought up tho following reports from the Committee on overtures: Practical Training : Recommend the adoption of the overture on the practical training of students and the appointment of a committee to devise some method of giving effect to it, and report to next meeting of Synod. Students' Home : Recommend the adoption of the overture, and remit to a committee to report as to the practical working of such a homo, and to give a strict estimate of the expense and the probable sources of revenue. The reports were adopted, sanctioned charges. It was agreed that Kelso be declared a sanctioned charge, with power to sanction in terms of regulations. ANGLICAN SYNOD. It was unanimously resolved, on the motion of the Rev. A. B. Todd, to send greetings to the Anglican Synod. THANKS. On the motion of the Rev. Mr Bannerman the thanks of the Synod were accorded to the reporters and Press for the satisfactory reports given of the proceedings. Thanks were also accorded to the Accommodation Committee and to the families and friends in Dunedin and neighborhood who had so kindly entertained the members of the Synod. Tho Synod was thon formally closed with a few appropriate words from the Moderator.
PRESRYTERIAN SYNOD., Issue 8057, 6 November 1889
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