CONFESSION OK FAITH, At last evening's sitting, The Rev. A. M. Fjnlayson mentioned that by an oversight no convener had been appointed to the Committee on the Confession of Faith, Ho had been under the impression thp-t the moderator was continued, but, to prevent any doubt, would move—"That the Rev. Dr Dunlop be appointed the convener of the Committee." The motion was unanimously adopted. MODERATOR. The Moderator (the Rev. George Hall) announced that at a meeting of ex-moderators that had been held during the evening, it had been unanimously agreed to nominate the Rev. A. M. Finlayson as the next moderator of tho Synod.—(Applause.) FREE CHURCH ASSEMBLY. The Rev. Mr Ciiisholm desired to mention that Mr Duncan Wright was likely to be going Home at the time of the meeting of the Free Church Assembly. He was sure the Synod would be pleased to allow Mr Wright to represent them, and he moved accordingly—" That tho clerk of Synod be instructed to give Mr Duncan Wright lexers of introduction from the Synod to the Free Church Assembly."—Carried unanimously. CHURCH ERECTION AND FINANCE COMMITTEE. The Convener of the Committee (Mr A. C. Begg) brought up the report on the above, which we published ia our last issue. The following grants in addition to those mantioned in the report was agreed to by the Synod:—Mount Ida, LSO ; East Taieri, L3OO from manse reserve fund, when funds are available. On the motion of Mr A. C. Begg it was agreed—" That all applications for grants in future be handed to the convener or the clerk of the Synod before the meeting of Synod, otherwise they will not be considered." The following deliverance, which was moved by the Rev. Mr Bannerman, was agreed to ncm, con. .—Adopt the report ; thank the Committee, and especially the convener; express gratification at the increase of funds contributed throughout the year for carrying on the work of the Lord ; and record the thanks of the Synod to the general treasurer for the excellent manner in which tho accounts have been laid before the Synod." The Rev. Mr Ferguson moved, and Mr A. C. Bem; seconded—" That the regulation of Synod in virtue of which grants are made out of the manso fund in aid of repairs to churches be rescinded.' 1 The Rev. Mr Ryley thought that tho rescinding of this regulation was a question that should be sent down to presbyteries and sessions. It would be hasty and unwise legislation to at once adopt the motion proposed. He moved—" That the regulation continue in force." On the question being put this amendment was adopted. ADDRESS TO HIS EXCELLENCY TitE (i OVJiKNOB. Mr K. B. Cakgill, for the Committee, brought up the draft of an address to His Excellency the Governor from the Presbyterian Synod of Otago and Southland, and moved its adoption.—Carried unanimously. It was also agreed that the moderator and the clerk of Synod, and as many members as could make it convenient, should be the deputation to present the address. APPOINTMENT OF EVANGELIST. The Rev. Mr Lindsay, the convener of the Committee re the appointing of an evangelist, reported that the Committee unanimously recommended va follows : " (1) That an evangelistic committee be appointed, and empowered to raise funds in contributions of noc less than LI per annum from each congregation as a guarantee fund; and that congregations in which missions arc conducted should subsidise this according to their ability. (2) That Mr Duncan Wright be appointed evangelist. (3) That the Committee be instructed to communicate with the Presbyterian Church of New Zealand and ask them to co-operate in this arrangement. (4) That the Committee consist of the Revs. Dr Stuart, 1). Borric, R. R. M. Sutherland, Mr James Fultn, M.H.R., Captain Thomson, and Mr Torrance."
A deliverance was proposed adopting all the recommendations contained in the report and appointing Mr R. R. M. Sutherland convener of the Committee.
The Rev. Mr Ryley did not wish to throw cold water on the proposal—far from it, but he thought it would be better, if they wished to carry the church with them, they should consult the sessions.
The Rev. Mr Bannerman said this was the formation of a new office within the church, and it should receive the sanction of the church. Before the Synod sanctioned it the matter should be remitted to presbyteries and kirk sessions, and he would move —" That the overture be adopted and sent with the report of the Committee down to presbyteries and kirk sessions." After discussion, the Rev. Mr Bannerman's motion was adopted unanimously. The Synod adjourned at 10.30 p.m.
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PRESBYTERIAN SYNOD., Evening Star, Issue 8057, 6 November 1889
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