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ANGLICAN SYNOD.

Thk sebonii session of the eighth Synoct oi the diodesb df DunfediH *?orttiitendcd at fdiir o'clock this afternoon, the place of assCrribly being St. Matthew's Schoolroom. The Right Rev. the Lord Bishop of Dunedin presided. The roll of members is as follows:

Clergy: Ven. Archdeacon Edwards, Dunedin; Ven. Archdeacon Beaumont, Queenstown; Ven. Archdeacon Fcuton, Oamaru; Ven. Archdeacon Stacker, Invcrcargill ; Rev. 11. Belcher, LL.D., examining chaplain to the Bishop; Rev, A. Gifford, Oamaru; Rev. A. R. Fitchctt, All Saints', Dunedin ; Rev. A. C. Vorke, St. Matthew's, Dunedin; Rev. A. Kirkham, St. John's, Roslyn; Rev. G. Fynes-Clinton, St, John'B, Milton; Rov. D. O. Hampton, St. Peter's, Queenstown; Rev. F. W. Martin, St. Michael's and All Angels', Clyde) Rev. H. C. Frere, curate, Waikouaiti and Palmerston; Rev. J. Hobhs, curate, Gore, Mataura Tapanu', and mission district; Rev, H. J, Davis, curate, Naseby; Rev. T. F. Dodd, curate, Balclutha, Clinton, Inch Clutha, and Kaitangata; Rev. F. O. Piatt s, curate, Port Chalmers; Rev. W. Conden, M.A., curate, Hampden, Maheno, Otepopo, and the Bast Coast mission district; Rev. C. J. R. Richardson, B.A, curate, Gladstone, Riverton. Winton, Ryal Bush, fLumsden, and Dipton; Rev. William Roiialdson, curate, Mornington ; Rev. Bryan M. King, curate, North-east Valley; Rev. Francis B. Watson, curate in charge 6r St. Peter's, Ca'versha'm ; Rev. Quartus Bacon, M.A., assistant cm-ate, Dunedin; Rev. Thomas Johnstone, curate, Warrington; Rev. Wynter Blathwayt, missionary to the Maoris,

Laity; E. E. C. Quick, G. H. Ashcroft, James Allen, A. D. Lubecki, G. Joachim, W, B. Boyd, Dunedin; G. G. Russell, Peninsula; D'Arcy Haggitt and Percy Proctor; Oamaru ; William Black and W. B. Sc&ndrott, Invercirgill; Edward Herbert and Michael Fraer, Tuapeka and Waitahuna; H. Mander and G. A. Reade, Roslyn ; H. Mackenzie and S. Brent, Queenstown; General Fulton, Arrowtown ; G. S. Brodrick, CaveisUm and Greer. Island; Joseph Braithwaito, Port Chalmerß; Robert Bwing, Palmerston; Henry Grbell, Waikouaiti and Goodwood ; J. S. Archer, Naseby ; C. H. Statham, Waitaki Plain; D. Brent, Otepopo, Hampden, andMoeraki; F.Twiss, Tokomairiro; R. H. Leary, East, West, and North Taieri; P. 0. Neill, Mataura and Toi Tois; W. L. Pillars, Balclutha, Inch Clutha, and Clinton; J. M. Ritchie, Dunstan; G. G. Bridges, Blueskin ; B. A. Cogan, Cromwell; J. ABhcroft, Gladstone, Winton, and Lurasden; A. H. Jack, Riverton.

A large number of members answered to I the roll as called over by the Rev. W. Ronaldson (clerk). Apologies for nonattendance were received from Archdeacons Fenton and Stocker and Messrs Statham and Pillans. His Lordship the Bishop declared the Synod duly constituted for the despatch of business, and, after prayer, delivered the following address: — THE MINI) OF THE CHURCH IN ENGLAND. Dear Brethren of the Clergy and of the Laity,— This being my first official utterance to the representatives of my flock after some close contact with the leaders of church work in other lands, and varied opportunities of noting the mind and condition of our church in the sphere of her strongest action, it seems natural that I should begin by an endeavor to reflect upon you the impressions produced upon my mind by 3uch contact and observations. I do not propose to enter into particulars as to my own doings in England further than may be necessary for any special purpose—such details would be more appropriate to a lecture ; but I should fail in the dischargo of my responsibilities if I did not seek to reproduce for the instruction and edification of the church here the lessons taught by that fruitful time of thought and experience. The subject brought before the Lambeth Conference themselves exhibit in a very clear manner the instinct and' feeling of tho wholo church at the present time I lay upon our table the report of the proceedings of that Conference. But tho Lambeth Conference was not tho sole source of the deep impressions produced upon my mind by the visit to England. That, with its attendant functions and solemn assemblies, was indeed a hallowed time ; its Catholic eucharists, its magnificent allocutions and sermons in some of the most glorious temples of Christendom, the daily prayers in the Lambeth Chapel, the brotherly and familiar intercourse with the church's men of mark, the affectionate association of bishops drawn from all parts of the world upon the same special committee, and who, perhaps, enjoyed together, as in my case at Farnham, the continuous hospitality of an English bishop in some historic and beautiful baronial mansion. All these made a happy time and constitute a blessed memory, but the heart and mind of the church in England was gauged rather by other assemblies and opportunities. The universities showed the respect of tho learned by giving stately receptions and granting honorary degrees; but what shall I say of thoso marvellous welcomes at York, at Durham, and at Lincoln, where civic magistrates and working populations were one in their warm-hearted greetings with the bishops of those sees and the dignitaries of the cathedrals. At Durham I purposely mixed with the holidaymaking maltitudo bofore the commencement of the afternoon service, and it was a sight full of teaching to see the cathedral besieged by all classes, including the swarthy colliers and their families from many a closed pit for miles around the city. Then there was a missionary festival at Leeds on Sunday, September 30, and the following day. I had the honor of being a selected preacher for two of the churches in Leeds on the Sunday, and spoke in the Town Hall to some 3,000 people on the following evening. But the wonderful thing was the reverent interest of the masses of the people. On the Monday afternoon a special service was to be held in the great parish church of Leeds, with a sermon by the bishop of the diocese. It was arranged that tho clergy and visiting bishops should go in procession through the principal Btrects to the parish church; and thus we did proceed for more than a mile through a continuous lane of people in a pitiless snowstorm, all traffic being stopped and every window along tho route occupied. Why do I relate all this? Because a few years ago such a thing in Leeds would have been impossible. There would havo been a riot. The same people who now ondurcd the cold and joined in the hymns would have hooted and yelled. I was much moved by the ejaculations of welcome which were made by the people as we passed along, and one old woman—not a Jenny Geddea—stretched forth her hands to touch my robe, exclaiming as she did so, in the Doric of the district: " Eh! God blesa 'em; God bleßß 'em a'." On the following day 1 went to Manchester to attend the Church Congress, where I was an appointed speaker, and in the Freetrade Hall spoke on the colonial church to. I understand, about 5,000 people, at what was afterwards pronounced as probably the most successful missionary meeting ever held in England. These were the great public opportunities which presented themselves to mo; but in addition to these were my private journeyinga and preachings for my diocese. Six of these sermons were in eathedrab, and I received invitations to preach in three other cathedrals, which I was unable to accept. I attended many meetings in private houses in London wherein church topics were discussed, or representative ecslesiastics from other countries gave accounts of tho religious condition of their people. I plunged, too, into tho South and East of London; visited the People's Palace, tho mission premises of the Oxford and Cambridge undorgraduates; witnessed the eiTorts of devoted laymen and laywomen to exhibit practically the Christian Socialism which Is the only real corrective of the evils attendant upon the development of what I may call mere natural civilisation. Thus I made u«o of my opportunity to study all classes of our fellow churchmen ; and I have arrived at a profound conviction that whether we consider the leaders of the church, the learned and leisured classes within her, the working clergy, or the ordinary laity, there never has been a time since the first age in which so large a proportion of the church's members were earnestly seeking divine guidance into tho pathways of purity and peace. I use advisedly these terms of purity and peace ; because under them I class, on the one hand, all those brave endeavors to apply the salt of Christian grace to the healing of the woes of poor humanity, and on tho other tho sincere endeavors now being put forth, with a power now making itself felt everywhere, for tho reunion of all those parts of Christendom which may be reunited without injury or blame. The time has gone by for laughing at thoße who entertain longings in this direction, The desire for reunion is now widespread, and practical steps for its attainment are being worked out day by day. Nothing would delight me more than that the members of this Synod Bhould become members of the Home Reunion Society, the Anglo-Continentil Society, and the Archbishop of Canterbury's mission to Assyrian Christians. The whole of these can be joined at the cost of a few shillings a year, and the information you would receive as to what is now going on would fill you with new interest and faith. I think myself that it is very largely owing to the ; prevalence of these wider sympathies and hopes •that irritating questions, such as points of ritual, ;have so remarkably sunk into the background jduring the last ten years within the ohurch. !I have not forgotten the prosecution of the Bishop of Lincoln. It is tho attitude of tho church with regard to this which justifies my observation. All parties regret it. I met with no individual exception. The prosecution pro-'

deeds rather from outside the church than within it. I understand it trds very difficult to Grid even a plasterer, a gardener, an auctioneer, and a to undertake the casfe' tis prosecutors. The fact tliat Romanism is not progresses in Kngland lias calrritd the miri'd of the church ao to rittirtl. 9he has learned to drstioguish between the two things, and there' is flo'tf, I take it, a general desire to leave! the priest in h>a church almost as much liberty as the fntrte* conducting family prayers in his household as to the actions and attitudes of body with which he would express the devotion of his soul. l f or my part, I think this ought so to be. let us guard the doctrines of our church when directly contravened in one direction or another, but for the rest let clergy and laity alike "follow after peace and things whereby one may edify another," It is not my province to touch fu;ther upon the trial of tike Bishop of Lincoln, but I may say in passing; that I am greatly mistaken if the trial of a bishop for any other cause than that of alleged heresy in teaching, or Viciouanesn" in life, be not a complete novelty within the history of the church. No doubt this case has been fdnridied oft some Parliamentary enactment. THK GENERAL SYNOD Ot lcM

It will gratify the church people of this diocese to learn that the late Pnimtc, in a letter written shortly after the close of the General Synod recently held in this City, pronounced the meeting to have been one of the best in its appointments and one of the most fruitful as to its results over which he had presided, and this is very high praise to eome from Buch a source. I need not delay to specify, here the precise effect of the legislation of the General Synod upon our own statutes, because the Standing Committee has appointed a subcommittee from its members to investigate this question and to prepare such bills as it may be found necessary to Introduce to produce conformity. Copies of tfie canons and the report of proceedings of the Gclzcrar- Synod will be placed at your disposal, and I tafce this opportunity of saying that much matter, worthy of the study of intelligent church people, will be found embodied in the reports of special committees printed' by order of the Synod with this general, repbrt. The most important of the subjects upon which canons were enacted for the first time were the resignation of bishops, proceedings in case of the lunacy of a bishop, and the provision that all bishops elected to the service of the church in this ecclesiastical province shall, if not already in episcopal orders, bo consecrated therein, proceedings for the removal of a clergyman from his cure for causes not cognisable _in the ecclesiastical courts, a canon prescribing the mode in which a cathedral chapter may be constituted by a diocesan synod, provision for license of chaplains to institutions within the bounds of parishes, and other provisions. All these very important matters received the most careful consideration at the hands of those specially entrusted with the elaboration of them, and subsequently by the Synod itself. If I may venture to express an opinion upon them, I would say that while ancient principles have been jealously guarded these enactments are well calculated to add to the strength and efficiency of our church system.

The General Synod has frequently called attention to the importance of having complete returns from each diocese laid before it at each triennial meeting. It ifc evident that the condition of the church cannot be accurately gauged unless this is done, and as the requirement is that as full particulars as possible should be given under certain heads for each year of the preepding triennial period there would be no trouble, so far as the General Synod is concerned, if we gathered and tabulated the required statistics at each meeting of our Diocesan Synod under the same headings as thofo prescribed by the General Synod (see p. 94 of the report). It is of the utmost importance that each of the several circles—the parish, tho diocese, and tbe provinco—should bo able thus periodically to survey its condition, and that not only financially, but with reference to tho working of its organisations. I have been in the habit of supplying so much of the needed information as must be sought from my register. The reports of the visitations of the archdeacons, which will be placed before you, will enable other questions to bo answered; but I must ask the e'ergy and superintendents of Sunday schools to tend iu annually to the diocssan secretary the number of baptisms, communicants, marriages, Sunday schools, Sunday pchool teacher?, and scholars. I hope, then, that the Synod will appoint a Email committee at each session to tabulate the information to bo derived from these sources, and to present it to the Synod toguther with any remarks of their own which the circumstances of the case may appear to call for.

I must also call the attention of the clergy to the form of letters commendatory which is to be found upon page 131 of the General Synod report. Thii is itself adopted from the Lambeth Conference, but it is almost as much required for persons passing merely out of one parish into another as for those who go into somo other counti y. It may bo that such letters will not always be made use of, but their systematic use should be encouraged, both because there is too much reason to believe that owiDg to the too merely congregational idea which now prevails we surfer no small lose, and because tbe faithful have a right to feel that when circumstances necessitate a change of home there its always one person to whom they may betake themselves for counsel and sympathetic interest —viz., the official representative of their own church, their spiritual father. If the receivers of such letters wilt always take pains to show that they set a high value upon the introduction thus given, I feel satisfied that the use of letters commendatory will become general. KETURN TO JIT DIOCESE AND BEVIEW. I cannot forget the warmth of the greeting which was extended to me upon my return from England. The members of the Standing Committee, at no email personal inconvenience I am sure, were on board the steamer to express their welcome as soon as the vessel touched the pier, though the arrival was early in the morning. The arrangements for a thanksgiving service at the pro-cathedral were very comforting to me, and the address then presented from tho clergy and laity of the diocese assured mc of sentiments of which, however, I had no doubt. Tho presentation of a pastoral staff, at the hands of our late Primate, so much revered, and in the presence of so many members of the General Synod as well as of my own people of all classc?, afforded me an encouraging proof ot tho estimation in which my sacred office is held, as it will also serve to remind me of its responsibilities. I pray God that His blessed Spirit may enable mc to abound more and more in knowledge and in all good works, to tho edifying of the body of Christ. It is a subject of deep thankfulness to me that throughout the long period of commercial anxiety through which we have passed, bringing with it, as it did, disaster to so many and loss to almost all, our clergy have be9n enabled to retain their posts. On a former occasion I thanked those laymen who had responded to my call for special aid to meet the special need; and I am truly gratified to find that the same kind consideration has, for the most part, been continued during my absence. I gladly return my best thanks to those into whoso hands I devolved all that I could devolve of my duties for the pain* taken by them to sustain the work of this diocese in a time of so much difficulty. I canno*-, however, pass from this topio without impressing upon tho minds of trie laity throughout tho diocese that if, as a church, we may rejoice in having at least held our own, the cost to individual clergy has in some instances been very great, and that not only in extra labors for the maintenance of spiritual agencies, which toils were silently endured amid ever increasing anxieties, but also an actual and serious diminution of income has in some cases taken place. I say thiß in order that the very earliest opportunity may be taken to cause our faithful and solf-denying clergy to be sharers of an improved condition. I beg the church officers nf every district to which my words apply kindly to sec to this.

But we havo done something more than merely hold our own. A church of suitable proportions and good appearance has boon built at Kaitangata, and is virtually out of debt. This important work is owing in no small degree to the persevering and determined efforts of Mrs Irving, the wife of a coal-pit supervisor. The Sunday school room at Naseby, which owes so much to the pious care of the late Mrs Inder, has also been built and paid for at a cost of L 330. The Ladies' Guild of All Sunts', Dunedin, has accomplished a similar work for that parish in the enlargement of the school building to the proportions of a hall.. At St. John's, Invercargill, a much needed enlargement of the parsonage is now in progress, an undertaking greatly stimulated by a generous donation from a lady of the neighborhood. This parish has also lately provided and set up a new church bell of good weight and tone. I rejoice also in being again able to report to you a reduction of debts on church buildings in the instances of St. Matthew's (Dunedin). St. Peter's (Caversham), and St. Martin's (N.E. Valley), the total indebtedness on the lastnamed church being now only L 76, a fact which I emphasise the more gladly because this result is owing largely to the exertions of personß chiefly of the poorer classes. The praiseworthy examples I have more than once noticed before set by some of our people in giving manual labor to the improvement and adornment of the precincts of our churches have now become so general as to make it difficult for me to mention names. I can only remark that those who have before been conspicuous in this good work have not grown weary of it, and that they have found imitators as far off as at Winton, where, noticing that the churchyard had been drained and planted, I learned on inquiry that this was due to the loving labor of tW'> poor men. May God remember such workers for their toil, Our country churches

cannot be architecturally imposing". May tßey always be readily recognised from other buildings by this reverential care. There is teaching; in it for the whole community. This lends mo to say that I have of late 6cc» •We more than heretofore to rnako use of the aertices of pious laymen in spiritual thing*.Unable to* send priests or even deacons to th« p4bple,' I have sent lay evangelists, and Go«s has Messed their workv I can epeak to tlin valu« of it. It fs preparatory only. It cannot be a substitute for God's appointment and tho promised Charismata. Ar I had began thJ3work in an tlJicial manner before my departmsfor England, it was a great eatiffaction to me to witnesß the public licensing, in the greafc cathedral of Durham, of several lay evangelists and lay readers by the eminent bishop of thafe see. In conversation afterwards with Bishop Lightfoot I was much gratified to find that hi* definition of tho office of lay evangelist closely corresponded with that which I had laid dowr» in my license. I lay upon the table the report of one lay evangelist. Some of my dear friends have qualified themselves for this work by much/ patient study of books recommended by rue, and now perform considerable jownejs- on foot ito conduct prayeis and teachings in eottage. notfses.

I regard &opefully the re-establishment of the= Swnday School Teaehers' Union, and I thinkr that an annual festhral of Sunday school teachers would be a good tbJng ; possibly aucb a thing may {take its rise from the combined meeting of Sunday schools we propose to hold on the 6th of January, which we hope wiU be addressed by the Governo?, The Rev. A. Gifford has resigned the cure ef 'St. Luke's, Oamaru, and bj this resignation the diocese not only loses one more of its original band of clergy, but also the serrfces of » true-hearted priest. Mr Gifford has earned the repose which Ife hope he may enjoy in declining years by labors entailrag much hardship in the severe climate of Newfotadland, as well as in the exposure of his long missionary jbuxneys when tho cure of Oamaru was held to embrace the Waitaki Valley as far as Omars-ana and? the East Coast down to the Shag Bivcr, and riding was the only available mode of travelling. Wtr are pleased 1 to know that by the arrangements l made with the Vestry of St. Luke's that wemay still hope to retain amongst us a mostamiable and attractive friend. Tho Board of Nominators have selected the Bcv. H. S. Gould as Mr Gifford's successor, ascT I shall be prepared, in due time, to give effect to their nomination.

There is every probability of the care of St. John's, Rosly'n, Scorning vacant by the resign:*tion of the clergyman to 'whom tbe parish itself, together with its parochial machinery, in large part owes its existence. Ido not tbinb it necessary to refer more specifically to the circumstances whioh have brought about Mr Kerkham'a withdrawal than to say that oar ohurch system is not to be held responsible for action 'which was very largely an abuse of it; and that I felt ft to be my duty when, upon my return to this dfo&ce, I was officially informed by the Vestry of St. John's of what had taken place, to express So them as strongly as possible that in my judgment their action' was in entire contravention of the specific pur' poses for which a vestry is called into existence. I am not without hope that many now regret? sincerely action into which they were led m atime of excitement by the influence of others, and I earnestly pray that God may not visi* upon this diocese, or upon individuals within' it, the sin of driving forth one of His most devoted servants. The Rev. John Hobbs has just sent in to mc notice of his intention to resign the charge of the mission district of the Mataura, together with Tapanui. Mr Hobba's most self-denying' work in the difficult spheres which have been assigned to him merits recognition at tbe band* of the church. I regard his case as typical of that defect in our nominating system to whicfc I have so often referred—l mean to the power to protect a worthy clergyman on the part of the bishop. Some person, very likely not of our church at all, actuated by an unworthy motive, contrives to affix a stigma to the name of & particular clergyman. That stigma will out' live any number of years of faithful work and blameless life. The accusation probably never had any very solid ground to rest on, or it might refer to Borne altogether trumpery affair; but it will come up every time there is a nomination, and probably with the same result. A clergyman will be brought from a distance sufficient to ensure that only the broad outline* of his life are known, and the picture can be filled in by the imagination, to occupy an advantageous position of which a clergyman of the diocese may be no less worthy. Perhaps my own opinion is that diocrsan nominators were intended to check these hardships ; but if they do not operate in that direction some tystem of alternate presentations should enable a bishop to reward good work, and kcrp for the service of his diocese men who have proved their value therein. Mr Richardson retires from mission work in the south-west corner of the diocese. He was> very successful in many placßn and deserved y esteemed. His loss is to mc a gvat sorrow.

The departure of Mr Ainger for Cbristchurch has deprived the diocese of a chuich steward who, in his double capacity of si civiary to tho Trust Board and treasurer of the diocese, did great service by his patient and systematic labors. Our properties are, alas ! but small in value, but the task of mastering the details of the history connected with many of them was irksome and difficult. Mr Ainger rendered much efficient service as a lay reader at a time when such services were very important. Reports on the mission to the Maoris will be laid before you. SUBJECTS FOR THIS SESSIOW. It now only remains that I should say a few words to mark out the objects upon which the Synod may on this session be usefully employed. Bills will "be introduced which have been prepared under the authority of the Standing Com' mittee to effect certain amendments of our statutes upon points which will be fully explained. These will, I am sure, receive your impartial consideration. There are two matters of great practical importance to the strengthening of the church to which I feel it to be my duty, as the bishop of the diocese, to solicit your whole-hearted attention with a view to effective and immediate action thereupon. The first of these is the further development of the Theological College. It is important that I should remind you of the position occupied by the Synod upon this matter, and in a few words bring up the history to the present point. I devoted some portion of my Synod address in the years 188(5-87 to the purpose of convincing the diocese of the importance of this scheme. You will find my remaiks for those respective years on pag«s 14 and 48 of the published proceedings, and I shall be glad if tho members will kindly read the few words then addressed to you. On the second of those occasions my remarks called forth an appreciative resolution, which was carried unanimously. That resolution cordially recognised the necessity of promoting the work, and trusted that it might " be speedily carried into effect " (See p. 53 proceedings.) This was late in the year 1887, and early in 1888 I left the diocese for Kngland. I devoted the whole of my available time while there to the furtherance of this veiy important object, with the lesult that I returned practically in a position to pay for land and buildings which I had purchased before leaving home. I was aUo happy in securing two. valuable gifts of books for the formation of a. diocesan library, the one < ontaining about 700 volumes and the other about 3.000. Tho condition attached to the latter gift is that the room in which these books arc deposited bear the name of the collector of the library, Dr Arderno Shoults. To this I readily consented ; and I did not hesitate to express my conviction that my dioceso, poor as it was, would bo forward to make suitable accommodation for so largo a contribution to tho establishment of its library. And without a library containing standard works of reference beyond tho power of ordinary individuals to acquire we can scarcely hope to train up a really learned clergy; and, in my judgment at least, without the means of doing this no diocese can be said to be properly equipped. I am profoundly anxious to lay tho foundations of a divinity school, which shall, in due time, become famous by the solid acquisitions of its students throughout the Southern seas. It is for those who feel with me in this to set aside all those small considerations which, though so potent in thwarting the most fruitful enterprises, are themselves so soon forgotten, and, by putting into practical operation some scheme for the canvass of the wholo diocese, to raise a sum sufficient to provide at all events for the immediate requirements. I ought to add that some steps have already b°en taken in this direction since my return. I do not think I can be wrong in counting upon this Synod to take up this matter in a vigorous and systematic manner. Thtre is uo part of tha diocese but would soon feel the advantage were our divinity school in full operation. The other subject upon which I must say a few words is the systematic maintenance of church icork. The necessity and obligation of this needs no exposition. But we arc very far yet from obtaining such systematic support from every member of the church. You hare only to compare the religious census for any town or district with the number of persons in the same place who are known to contribute to church funds to see the truth of my observation. The General Synod, imptesscd by the same fact, passed a resolution recommending "that some special organisation be established in each parish or district for securing the systematic support of the church by every member the'eof." Our own Statute No. 8 has made a similar recommendation on behalf of our general church fund (tee cl. 8). If this clause were practically operative, posßibly the object of the General Synod would be in large part attained; but it is, I fear, a dead letter. A fairly valid excuse for this ia that our chuich

people arc left in entire ignorance of the Synod's plana and recommenilations. While the Synod refuses to publish a report it cannot well complain of non-complianoe with its schemes. But this is not the sole reason for the neglect to support the goneral church fund. I must not detain you with details, but the prevailing "fault is that the practical work of providing for local noeds is carried on in such a slipshod and imperfect way that it is almost hopeless to look for anything beyond. When a clergyman's stipend is so ir.uch in arrear that things are becoming desperate, some temporary exertion is made from which the makers are only too glad to recede as soon as they have tided over immediate necessities or perhaps exhausted their list of cheerful givers. I have long been convinced of two things in relation to church finances ■ one, that invaluable as vestries and church committees arc for purposes of administration, they will never satisfy the requirements of the case as collectors of church funds, and that the sooner this is recognised the bettor; and the other is that we are wrong in relying mainly upon the offertory as the source of pecuniary supplies. There should be, as the General Synod has said, a special organisation in each parish or district for securing the systematio support of every church person. This should be considered a very religious work. Those who undertake it should be solemnly banded together as collectors for the treasury of Clod. Their first step would be to obtain a roll of all church people within their area—a roll which for other purposes would be so valuable, and they would account for every person. The offertories might then, I feel certain, be left for payment of incidental expenses of churches, the support of tho poor, and foreign missions. The faithful execution of this plan would, I believe, enable the church's exchequer to meet both looal and diocesan requirements. Finally, brethren, " let us all be of one mind, striving together for the faith ef the Gospel." The work is greater than the workers. We are all compassed about with infirmities; but it is sublime. It is nothing lees than the restoration of mankind to God. Alas ! how often men break away from Him and pursue some dark and slippery pathway of their own; but they cannot rest. I do not think that many men scorn religion, but many steel their hearts against it. They want the world, and therefore they dare not seek to be reconciled to God. And some there be who have gone baok to that ancient fallacy that because God is great we must think of Him only as the fulminator of decrees which He has left to work in cold relentlessness. As if this were not to say that once there was a God who is not now, and make Him less than God to magnify Him more. But God is ever what he ever was—His greatness seen in smallnefs as in rolling worlds ; always in all things acting, all present, ad knowing, all sustaining in His love. But puny man is matter vitalised, and made immortal by one breath of God; when, by abuse of power bestowed, immortal life beceines immortal death, then God, the ever living, by one great, wondrous act of incarnation, draws nigh to man again, and from that incarnation comes a sacramental union. Matter and sullied spirit purified once more—the agent the Divine Pncuma ; the instrument the mystical body, the church. Do I not rightly say then, brethren, that our task is in itself sublime ? Clergy and Synodsmen, parishes and churches exist only as means for the more perfect application of these Heavenly mysteries to tho souls of men. As men receive these truths they are restored to God, Christ in us and we in Him; all things in Heavon and earth are one. Let us do our work in this faith, dear brethren, and no petty obstacles will hinder us. If we believe not these things, and act not on such persuasion, it were better to vacate our scats and scatter to our homes. I append hereto statistics for the nine months which have elapsed since ray return : STATISTICS FROM BISHOP'S REGISTER FOR NINE MONTHS. Ordination, Rev. 11. C. Frcre to the priesthood. License to cure, Mr Frcre to Waikouaiii and P.ilmcrstou. Licenses to lay evangelist?, 3 ; licenses to lay reader?, 4.

•Includes candidates from Gladstone and Clifton. S. T. Dunkdin. November, 0,1889.

LIST Of CONf IRMKIW. Parish. Males. Females. Tl. St. Paul's, Duncdin .. _ 6 30 m All Saints', DuncdtD .. .. 14 16 30 St. Matthew's, Duiicdin .. 23 31 r.4 .St. Martin's, N.E. Volley .. 4 It in St. Audrew'a, llavcnsbourno .. 7 7 14 St. Johu's, Itoslyn .. 8 10 18 St. Peter's, Cavershara .. 5 5 10 Holy Trinity, Port Chalmers f> 12 17 St. Luke's, Oamaru .. .. 'J 1'J 21 St. Peter's, Clinton (spooial) - 1 1 2 St. Andrew's, Cromwell .. 3 H) St. Michael's, Clyde .. .. <; °i40 Roxburgh .. 3 ») St. John's, lnvcroirxill .. 11 18 2!) Kyal Bush district " - 5 10 110 ISt 2'J1

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ANGLICAN SYNOD., Evening Star, Issue 8057, 6 November 1889

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