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MORAY PLACE CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH

» 52nd ANNIVERSARY. 'The 52nd anniv«isary of the Moray Phce Congregational Church was celebrated last evening. A tea was held at 6.30, and was largely attended. A meeting then took place in the new schoolroom, which was crowded The Rev. W. Saunders said that it was mobt gratifying to know tliat they were folding the meetings that night under their own roof tree—-the result of the jubilee scheme. Mr Saunders touched upon the progress made during the year, and mentioned several leading members of the church, but specially welcomed Mr Willi;,m Coidl. Mr Cowl!, who warmly greeted, spoke a few words of thanks for the hearty ■welcome accorded him, and for the kindness shown him during his recent illness. lie was proud of the fact that he had been a member of the Congregational Church for 44 vgslts The Secretary (Mr \Vm. Thomson) read the annual report, whfch stated, inter alia, that, though there had been no falling-off in attendances at Sunday servicer and week-day meetings, an improvement in this respect was desired. The ordinary income was larger than that of the previous year, but the Sunday offerings continued "a little below the needs of the church. Joy was expressed that so targe a scheme as that adopted to mark the church's jubilee year had been so successful. Special recognition was give<i t > the women of the church for their valuable assistance. In tonnection with the war, the names of Lke following young men of the church who have responded to the call to arms were mentioned:—Eric Croft (already in Belgium), X. Bell, G. Fitzgerald, M. Oilray, S. Lodge, P. M'lntyre, S. Beid. 11. Reynolds, L. Saunders." 1). Thomson, J. Tontin (of the Expeditionary Force). J. Johnson, W. Miles, E. Widdmvson. T. Oilman (of the reinforcements). Menti.'m was made «.f the visits of Dr Adeney and Dr Jones, Ilevs. Williams, Brough. Sibnv. and a deputation of tho L.M.S The number of members on the rhnrch roll on September 30 last was 293, and ot t'ho fellowship 314. The reports of the various church societies were briefly summarised. and showed that the work of the chinch is being carried on with zeal and energy. The report doses: —"And now a* we t-nu-r upon another year, a year of unexampled war, let lis be strong and ■;> i a ;_'o<xl coin-age. There will be special trials, but they will bring special blessings if wc will remember that the Christian church, even as our Empire, needs heroes and heroism. And wo are on the winning side, Fox right is right, since God is God, And right the day must win ; To doubt would be disloyalty.

To falter would be sin. A summary of the treasurer's report, read by Dr flilray. in the absence of the treasurer (Mr Peter Barr), was as follows: " The statement of receipts and expenditure presents several very encouraging features. The ordinary revenue- from the Sunday collections shows an increase of £lO 2s 3d—namely, £568 loc, a* against £558 10a 4d for the previous year. This ia made up of an increase of £ls 9s in the contributions!, less a reduction of £3 6s 4d in tho envelopes. Including the special collections, which also show an increase, the total receipts for the year amount to £799 16s Bd. which, apart from the jubilee fund, is an increase of £lO4 tss 6d on the year 1912-13. This does not include the sacramental fund for the poor, imounting to £37 3s 2d, iu>r the income nf the Sunday school and various other :hurch organisations. 'l]-,.» expenditure has been practically the same as that of the previous! year, with the exception that twf» special items hav« been added—namely. £2l 10s for a new stop to tho origin and tuning, and £35 8s 6d hank interest. Tho figures lor tho year emphasise tiiat, apart from special expenditure, tho oulinary requirements of tho church amount to about £1 ru-r week more than the ordinary revenue. A statement as to thi.' .state of the jul •!».■ fund showed that the total amount iai.-.-.l tj date has been £ 5,381 3s 4d, and thai the fund was still ?hc,rt o? the total cost o! thv scheme by £350 lis 7d. When a more opportune time comes it is intended to make a special effort to reduce this amoiMt." The Rev. \V. J. Ash ford then addressed the meeting. He pointed out what a career of 52 years really meant. To the older ones, who still found their \va,y to the sanctuary, perhaps with feebler step, hut with the old fire in their hearts it meant a good deal. It n.vant- the recalling of old associations, and of the faces of those who had gone. To the younger ones who were just taking up the responsibilities of church membership it meant inspiration from the knowledge of what those who had been before them had so nobly done in those 52 years. All these noblo endeavors were only of use if translated into the current <oin of their own efforts. It had been tviid, continued Mr Ashford, that the young people of this young land were not deeply interested in history. One young man had said to him : '"We arc not the heirs of history, but its makers." Thero was a good deal to be said for that spirit, continued Mr Ashford; but they could not do better than reverence every *tone that was well and truly laid in the fabric of the church. From the point nf view of the Home Land, 52 years was not a long time—a church of which he had been pastor had celebrated its 290 th anniversary—but from the point of view of this new country. 52 years was a great record to have to*their credit. He suggested that they shoidd try and " think Imperially" as members of the ConereSational Church; to forget, sometimes, the local aspect, and look upon themselves aa members of a great army. "Mr Asquith is a product of the Church of our iaith and order," said Mr Ashford; "aa also is Mr M'Kenna, the Home Secretary; while Mr Lloyd George, though not a Congregationau'st, is the next best thing—a Baptist." An enjoyable programme of musical and other items was contributed by Miss Pitcher, Mr M'Kinlay, and Master Sumner (vocal solos), Mr Swan (violin solo), and Mr De Spong (musical monologue). The accompaniments were played by Mr D. Cooke. During tho evening the XJev. Mr. Saunders, on behalf of Mr Cooke, presented Mr W. H. Hale with a gold-mounted fountain pen as an expression of thanks for the valuable services he had rendered ao choirmaster during Mr Cooke's illness. Mr .Saunders referred to Mr Hale a* a true &»rvant of the church, and one whose efforts were very deeply appreciated bv the congregation. Mr "Hale brieflv acknowledged the gift.

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MORAY PLACE CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH, Evening Star, Issue 15642, 5 November 1914

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MORAY PLACE CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH Evening Star, Issue 15642, 5 November 1914

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