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METHODIST CHURCH, Issue 15648, 12 November 1914
OTAGO SYNOD. At yesterday's sitting of the Methodist Synod the following homo mission granth were recommended :—.Lawrence £lO, Cromwell £2O. Waikouaiti and Palmeretoit £6O, St. Kilda £SO, Kew £4O, Mmciel £4O, Milton £3O, Bulolutlm £2O, Roxburgh £3O, Kait.mgata £25. Resolutions were passed recognising the Biiccessful work of the Rev. T. G. Brooko during the past six years, and supporting the. recommendation of the executive that the Re>v. G; Bond he. appointed treasurer to the Home .Mission Fund, and that £SO he voted for assistance. The lie*-. F. T. Read was elected district representative to the Chriatchurch conference, i'lid the Rev. T. A. Pybus s-übstiuito representative. The >yno(l decut..".l to Tefer ;ill matters in connection with the Methodist OrphanI age in Christehurch. to tho Dnnedin jViethodUt- Council, to organise since scheme- to i'urther the interests of the orphann ■:;•.•. The report of the Constitution of Conference and Stationing Committee was presented, and the- following resolutions carried :—" (1) That the conference is not too unwieldy at present, and in view of the importance of direct circuit representation being retained, it is inadvisable to reduce the size of conference just yet. (2) That in order to reduce tho expenses in connection with the holding -of conferences, the. Local Arrangements Committee should not be expected to provide luncheon, but each member of conference should provide his own luncheon." The- conference motion regarding the extension of the five years' term was submitted and declared lost. Mr E. Rosevear moved : " That the law of tiie Church relating to the appointment of ministers bo altered so as to provide that a minister may not bo appointed by the conference for more than 10 years in succession to any church or premises: the appointment or reappointment to be an annual one ; each appointment for a fourth year and thereafter shall he made only upon the request of a two-thirds majority vote of those present in tin: September quarterly meeting; the Stationing Committee shall not be permitted to station any minister for more than five years, unless the proposal be ! carried by two-thirds majority of those | 7'!-.>->"' i a:id votinir." An amendment \\»s ! moved by Mr I). C. Cameron, jun.— I "That tliis Synod is of opinion that it j is in.uivi.-ab!'. l to interfere with the itinerancy system at present.".—The motion ! was carried by. 23 votes to 14. A committee consisting of the chairman I of the. district, all chaplains., and Messrs iK. Rosevear, .7. B. Shneklock, D. C. Cameron, jun., J. I'. Simon. J. H. Brown, and J. J. Kernohan was appointed to control all matters in reference to securing and managing a Methodist Institute at training camps in Otago. The Svnod heartily thanked the Revs. F. T. Read and T. A. Pybus for valuable services rendered at the Tahuna Park Camp recently. The annual report of the Connectional Young Peoples and Sunday School Board was read, dealing fully with Sunday school affairs. Tho teacher training department received special commendation, 98 teachers having taken up tho study of the text book. Great interest was being displayed in this important sphere of church work.—The report was adopted. In regard to the. Bibie-in-.schnota question, the Synod resolved as follows : 1. The Synod express their sense of tho supreme importance, of' the movement to introduce tho Bible and religious teaching into our national schools, and recognise with thankfulness the progress of the Kible-in-State-Schools League, whose membership now exceeds 150,000. They note with much satisfaction that tho Referendum Bill asked for by the league was introduced to Parliament and passed its first reading, but they place on record their regret that a parliamentary committee, by a somewhat narrow majority vote, reported against the Hill. Thi's Synod rc(imrin their cordial approval of the Re- , ferendum Bill, and pray i tint wisdom may he sivt-n to the electors to support candidates who will give the people the power to vote at the ballot box on tho qnestion of the restoration of tho Bible to our public schools. 2. That until the- Bible-in-school system is accented th:» Synod urge all ministers and Christian workers fully to use the facilities that are, offered to tench the Bible in the schools by means of the. Xelson system, which has now been recognised by Parliament. This concluded the business, and the Synod closed with votes of thanks to the ~~,-. officers. tin* Caryiil Road trustees, anol member's of tho Carcil! Road Church. I
METHODIST CHURCH, Issue 15648, 12 November 1914
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