The anniversary tea and public meeting in connection with the Caversham Baptist Church were held last evening, there being a sood attendance at each function. The Rev. C. Dallaston (pastor) presided, and was supporteid by the Bey Messrs Macdonald (Mosgiel) and Carlislo (North-east Valkv). The annual report stated tnat m reviewing the work of the past they rendered thanksT w> God for His guidance and blessing. Although they had nothing sensational to repc.rt, they believed that i the work had progressed steadily and along richt lines. Visitation among members and adherents was faithfully carried out oy pastor and deaconesses alike. Too much importance could not be attached to this part of the work, and it was believed that the attendance at services had distinctly improved as a direct result of visitation. The last report showed a membership of 146. The roll for this year showed a net gain of two, the membership being 148. It would be noted that revision of the roll accounted largely for losses, but the nastor and deacons had set their 'faces against dummyiem. and could truthfully assert that, the returns were tawed on actual and active membership Tt was many years since the ranks had been so seriously depleted by death. Their
losses In this connection were five. The church for many years had had occasion for pride in its membership. Included on its roll had been the names of pioneers in Baptist work and history in Caversham. The - lose, during the year had fallen on the ranks of tre veterans—the well-tried and experienced of God's servants. Whilo called upon to face such losses, they must realise that there was still the same call to service. Their church history showed a record of personal sacrifice, of unflagging zeal for the cause and kingdom of Jesus Christ. The general work of the church had been carried on smoothly. The attendance at services had been improving for some time, and the pastor was especially pleased to note the improvement at morning services. During the year an appeal was issued to members for an increase of subscribers through the envelope system. A few new subscribers were secured, but the officers felt that the system was not supported as it might be. It was realised by the pastor and officers that there were several in the congregation who had in their own hearts accepted Jesua Christ as Saviour, but had not as yet confessed Him as Lord and Master. IPor the greater portion of the year the mid-week prayer meetings had beeh well attended, and" hearty meetings had been held. The Endeavor Society was progressing satisfactorily, and as it was hoped to recruit the church membership from the
ranks of this society the k*&» Would be grateful for occasional visits from church members and friends. The work of the choir, which had a membership of 26. had been carried along steadily. lhe question of missionary enterprise bad been kept well before the congregation, and the practical side had not b:en forgotten. The report for the Sunday school showed that the work hnd been steadily carried on bv Mr Janw Wright (supenntendent) and ;i staff of 22 teachers and officers. The year had been a profitable one. progress having K-cn mrdc in every branch of the work. There had been an increase in t.ho roll number of 24. The financial statement showed the position io be quite satisfactory. The Rev. Mr DallasUm delivered a short address, in which he returned thanks to the various officers for their work, and spoke encouragingly of the future. The visiting pastors also delivered brief addresses of :i helpful natmv. During the evening the choir, under Mr C. Clark, rendered rcveral anthems pleasingly.
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CAVERSHAM BAPTISTS, Evening Star, Issue 15641, 4 November 1914