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METHODIST SYNOD, Issue 15647, 11 November 1914
The second annual mooting of the Otngo Methodist Synod was opancd yesterday afternoon. The Rev. E. Drake (chairman of the district) presided, and welcomed the members present. —The Roll Call. - 'lire following responded to tho roll call : —Revs. E Drake, J. T. Pinfold. G. '!'• Marshall, F. T. Read, T. W. Xewbold, W. | A. Ilav, W. GreenshwU-, E. 1). Patchett, : B. ./. James. A. J. Seamex, T. A. Pybus, J. Benning, 0. Blair, A. Allen,* F. Frost, TT. L. Richards, W. Walker, Messrs E. Rosevear (vice-president of conference), A. H. Reed (district secretary Sunday school), C. W. Wilkinson (district Sunday school representative), and the following delegates:—Trinity, Messrs W. H. Ferens and "ft. M. Miller ;" Central Mission, Messrs D. C. Cameron,, juri.. and \V. Paris; Ihindas Street, Messrs W. King and R Ainslie; Cargill Road, Messrs -L B. Shaddock and R. M'Gregor; St. Kilda. Messrs J. If. Brown aid I. Winton : Cavers ham, Messrs C. White and H. Berry; Morningtou, Messrs J. P. Simon and H. Fi-aviwell; Roslyn, Messrs H. J. Malcolm and" W. Clyde, sen. ; Motgiel, Messrs F. Staton and G. Hughes : Port Chalmers, Mrs Isbister and Mr"E. W. Isbister; Waikouaiti, Messrs J. A. Townsend and W. T. Hooper; Balehifha, Mr E. Warburton; Milton, Mr R. Thomson; Roxburgh, Mr W. Kemvorthy ; Lawrence, Mr. C Duncan. —Election of Officeis. — Tho Row F. T. Read (Cai-gill Ro;ul) was elected secretary of Synod, and thn following assistants wero appointed :-—Araiptnnt secretary. Rev. A. J. Scamer; journal secretary, Rev. W. Greenslade; reporters, Rev. A. Allen and Mr D. G. Cameron, jun. —GcnoTai. — An application from the Kaitangata Church and district to be separated from Balclutha circuit and constituted a- new circuit with a probationer was granted. It was decided to recommend conference to relieve Dundas Street circuit from taking a married minister for another year. —Report of Church Work.— A very interesting and helpful discussion took place on the spiritual work of the Church, during tho paA year. Tho report stated that there was an increase of 39 full'members and 112 junior members. The junior endeavor societies continued to flourish, and reported an increase of 110 members. Bible class work and Wesley guilds continued to ao enlendid work in most circuits. Sunday school returns showed an increase of one schoo', 13 teachers, aud 72 scholat«f. The report gave evidence of excellent work having been done in the young people's department throughout the year, and several suggestions wero offered by Synod members for more successfully carrying on this important department of church work. —Resolutions.— The following resolutions, moved by the Rev. A. J. Seamer, were carried unanimously : (1) Citizenship.—The Synod recognising that the government of this land, should be by the people and for the people, calls upon all Methodists in Otago to conscientiously fulfil all the duties of citizenship in connection with tho coming election. Citizenship such as we are privileged to enjoy carries with it the gTavest of responsibilities, and the way we record our votes; or fail to record them, decides what is to be the moral tone of our Dominion in the future years, as well as its materia! prosperity. The Synod trust that all members and adherents of ouv Church will view their responsibility in connection with the corning poll fi-om the highest Christian standpoint, and record their votes without fear or favor for those candidates and principles which in their judgment approach nearest to the Christian ideal. (2) Temperance.—As the facts of life abundantly prove that the civilised \.oi id has no greater enemy than alcohol, this Synod desire to express themselves as emphatically opposed to the use of intoxicating liquors as beverages and heartily in favor of the abolition of their manufacture and sale for that purpose. Tho Synod icjoice ir. tho knowledge that so many electorates aie now comparatively free from the ravages of this awful scourge, and that that freedom has been won by the votes of Christian citizens. Further, tho Synod hope that tho enlightened Christian conscience of this Dominion will caut-e such a heavy vote in favor of Xo-licence and Prohibition at the December poll that our beloved i.-bnds shall ho completely and permanently freed from (lie blighting influence of tho drink traffic, and thus free ouv children from ikat which is undoubtedly the greatest social cur.Sf of our generation. (3) Gaming and Licensing Bills.—The Synod regret that during its last session Parliament was sufficiently oblivious to the higher social and moral claims of the community to pass retrograde legislation in the interests of the gambling fraternity and. increase the facilities for gambling which, were already too numerous. The Synod also note with regret that, tho House was not sufficiently democratic and humanitarian to sink socalled property infemits to even a. level with the social and moral welfare of the masses. The vote recorded on the question of the majority required to carry Prohibition reveals very distinctly the necessity for sending forward as our representatives men who are prepared to represent the electors in action as well as in woids, and so legislate that no minority, however wealthy and influential, shall lie able t.'. impose upon the majority a traffic which they not only do not want hut have already voted "out, and which they declare to'he the cause of tho ruin of thousands of their sous and daughters every year. —Sabbath Observance.— The following motion, dealing with Sabbath observance, proposed by Mr E. Rosevear, was carried unanimously: (1) That in view of the widespread desecration of the Sabbath, this Synod request ministers, local preachers. Sunday school teachers, and members generally to emphasise the necessity of ;• clearer recognition of the sanctity of the day, and tb.e importance of *-ny>loying hours for spiritual purpose.-;. (2) That this Synod view with increasing concern the growing habit of many ot our j>eople taking week-end trips, with the result that many are becoming more and more detached from church life and the rightful observance of the Sabbath, greatly endangering thereby the family welfare. Tiiis Synod urged our people to do all that is possible to prevent any neglect of worship, and to secure the reverent observance of Sunday as a day of rest and worship. (3) This Synod recommend that the last Sunday in October bo observed as a Sabbath Observance. Day, when the sacred character and obligation of the day be emphasised in pulpits, Sunday schools, and Bible classes. —The Synod Sermon.— The Synod sermon wa.s preached in the evening by the Rev. W. A. Hay, after which a united sacramental service was held. Both were largely attended. —Ministerial Committee.— Tho Revs. F. Frost and H. L. Richards were recommended for ordination at next conference, and the Rev. W. Walker was passed in his year.
METHODIST SYNOD, Issue 15647, 11 November 1914
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