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MORAY PLACE CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH.

. _= , j The thirty-fifth anniversary tea and public meeting of the above church was held on Tuesday evening. The church had some floral decoration for the occasion, the rails fronting the pulpib and organ receiving special attention. An hour occupied the serving of. tea, which was partaken of by a goodly number, the table-holders being Mcsdames W. Saunders, J. W. Jago, J. Beg?, J. M'Gill, L. Lauren--8oi), F. Goull, \V. Coull, A. K. Bone, M'Kcchnic, Williams, J. VV. Smith, G. C. Israel, Gilray, J. Taylor, B. Throp, Croft, J. B. Thomson, Harris, W. Evans, Scully, Crust, aud A. H. Bridger. At the public meeting, which was afterwards held, the Rev. W. Saunders presided, and was supported by the Revs. W. Hewitson and A. North. The annual report, which was taken as read, dealt in a lucid and interesting manner with the various branches of the work connected with the church. Regret was expressed that the roll of membership had not been more perceptibly increased, and the pastor realised the need of more enthusiasm among the younger adherents. Reference was made to the loss by death of Mrs Sim, Mr Lambton, Mr Thomson, and Mr Smith, who were old and mnch-respected members, and to the erection of a new organ and alteration of the choir-seating, the dost of both of which, amounting to £6OO, had been defrayed. The Dorcas Society had done good work, and in all the branches of the Sunday school there was observed increased vitality, there being now sixteen classes. The school had, early in the year, severed it? connection witl* the

Otago Sunday School Union. The useful Wot & done by.the Christian Band, Band of the choir, and Mutual Improvement Association having been dealt with, reference wtß made to the Men's Institute, winch, owing to its] manifesting a 100 exclusive drift to Socialistic and kindred doctrines, . Wta.'- | turned into a Christian Ethical InaU'tate*'<. The cf.inge of name, however, not greatly the character of the meetings, Mr Saundeiji.formed a men's Bible class, which now meij'at the same" place and hour. | The collected during the year is ! ordinary churoh revenue, on account of tl o new organ, and by the several affiliated institutions, exclusive of personal contributions to the New Zealand Congregational Home Mission, and which were not men* tioned in the report, totalled £1,006. During the past two years fully £I,OOO h»d been added to tho value of the church property, and there is £fio in hand in furthir reduction of the church debt, which will, when that is paid, stand at £450. , The Rev. \V. Hewitson, in addrc3sirg the meeting, said he had come to show in a very f hearty anil very genuine way his syrn* patfiy with them as a eongregationand witjt. the work that they and their minister wejlß' doing. He saw enough of Mr" Saunders to know that..he_ was a true, hardy, earnett man, and he Believedlthat the energy aid speed he displayed at golf was also manifested in his ministerial work.—(Applause.) Dealing with" their relations as sißtcr churches, Mr Hewitson said that what he felt was that if. the one progressed it helped the othersV and if, it failed it hindered them. He felt that there win this relation of interdependence among a 1 the churches in Christ's Kingdom. Whe e they got a man like ttfe late Dr Dale—a man of strong character, big brain, and equally pig heart, of pronouncedly evangelical and cultured Christianity—he blessed all the churches of God.—(Applause.) Be rejoiced exceedingly at the tone of the n • port, which was the first thing that had come into his hands that enabled him 10 judge of the type of Christian life theie was in their congregation.. He could iob wish the report to.be more evangelical, and he wished them God speed in their work.— (Applause.) - The Rev. A. North was pleased to le present to express his sympathy with them and their work, and show his personal regard for Mr Saunders, whom he had known from the day he landed. Regarding Mr Saunders's energy, he thought they ought to put the brake upon him,' as ho was afraid he was spending himself too rapidly in his work. He congratulated them on of an" excellent organ, and he supposed that Borne of their poorer brethren would now look to them for* aid to enable them to obtain a similar instrument.— (Liughter.) He noted the admirable tone of the report and the progress made by the Sunday Echool, and hoped that, the latter would rejoin the Sunday School Union. The musical programme formed an attractive feature of the evening, and waß Buch as is seldom met with at similar gatherings.. The choir, to the accompaniment of the organ, gave excellent renderings of 'Praue the Lord of Hosts 1 (Okey) and ' How Beautiful upon the Mountains' (Spinney), which were heartily applauded. Mr D. Cooke, organist, gave two choice organ solos, tie first being a beautiful variation on the Christmas hymn'tune 'Christians, awake, salute the happy morn,' and the other • A Grand Offertoire in F' (Batiste). An effeclive rendering of' The Holy City' was given by Mr James Jago, who was encored, and responded with ' Tho soul'a awakening'; Mrs R. Tyrie delighted the audience with her contribution of 'The way of peace'; and a quartet, from ' Paradise and Peri,' by Mrs Israel, Mrs Smith, and Messrs Bono and Jago proved highly successful. ' The meeting was brought to a close by a capital rendering of the ' Hallelujah Chorus' by the choir and the pronouncing of tho Benediction.

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MORAY PLACE CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH., Evening Star, Issue 10462, 4 November 1897

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MORAY PLACE CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH. Evening Star, Issue 10462, 4 November 1897

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