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PRESBYTERIAN ASSEMBLY

» Fraar Das.—WtDNisDAT. The General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church of New Zealand met in tlio First Church last night. The outgoing Moderator, the Rev. W. M'Ara, of Kalkoura, presided and conducted the constituting service. —The Roll.— The roll was made up as follows : Auckland Presbytery.—Revs. I. Jolly, G. B. Monro, R. *L. Walker, I. E. Bertram, W. M'Donald, S. Nixon, J. D. C. Madiß, R. Inglis, M. Richards, W. ButterWorth, W. MXean, A. R. Madill, D D. Bcolb, A. Miller, E. 0. Perry. Elders: Messrs J. Robertson, J. B. Cow. F. A. Nairn, J. A. Comrie. A. M. Bell. C. M'Leod, M. Madill. S. J. Harbutt, H. J. Moffitt, F. Worthington. TV. J. Rees, TV. M'Farland, F. R. Jeffreys. Waikato Presbyterv.—Revs. W. J. Gow, O. Blnndell, D. Hird. J. Machines, J. Lowery. Elders: Messrs W. N. Sturges, F. Jones, T. S. Duncanson. J. Primrose, ■J. Conner, W. Howie. Hawke's Bay Presbytery.—Revs. J. A. Asher, A. Grant, W. R. Hutchison, P. Ramsay, T. Tait. F. Tucker. R. Waugh. Elders i Messrs T. Bain. D. G. Ford. J. R. Kirk, W. M'Culloch. J. J. Rathie. Taranaki Presbyterv.—Revs. D. M'lvor, "R. Welsh, J. Pattison. Elders: Messrs ,7. Hopkirk, J. U. Murray, G. Hunter. Wanganui Presbvterv.—Revs, f!. Budd. J. Mackie, J. D. M'Kenzie. A. Doull. J. M. Thomson, J. I. Monfries, R. H. Cathcrwood, Jo. M'Caw. Elders : Messrs T. Ross, R. Hughes, H. 1). M'Cully, H. Billens, T. C. Brash. Wairarapa Presbyterv.—Revs. ft. K. Stowell, T. Halliday. M. B. Harris. Elders i Messrs W. Fisher, W. Munro, H. Bloomfield. Wellington Presbvtery.—Revs. J. K. Elliott, A. C. W. Standage. B. Hutson, .1. G. Smith, Dr Gibb, TV. Shirer. J. dimming. Elders: Messrs I). G. M'Kibbon. W. SI. Hannay, W. Paterson, F. J. Usher, W. Allan, Hon. J. ft. W. Aitkon. J. Yaterson, W. J. Comrie. T)r "Bowie. Nelson Presbytery.—Revs. TV. O. Robb. W. M'Ara, J.'H." MacKeiiide. Elder: Mr W. M'Conchie. Westland Presbytery.—Revs. W. Trotter, J. A. Brown, P. B. Fraser. Elders : Messrs A. H. Norrie, T. Thompson. Christchnrch Presbytery.—Revs. J. W. Hayward, W. R. Campbell. J. Paterson, T. Miller. P. Wilson. G. K. Aitken. G. Lindsav, W. T. Todd. J. Watt. A. D. Kirkland, W. C. Blair. F. Rule. C Murray, Dr Erwin. Elders: Messrs J. Lane, J. S. Tulloch, J. Frame, H. Brown, A. Black, J. M'Lean. D. IT. Fawcett, TV. 11. Davies.

Tinraru Presbytery—Revs. J. Craig. 0. Macdonald, J. N. futtle. A. S. Morrison, R Dickie. Elders: Me*sTs G. Lvall. J. M*Cahon, J. W. Saugeter. T. Brawn. C. W. Isitt. Oamaru Presbytery.—-Revs. W. Xieol, P. 0. Rennie, ,T'Davie. J. D. Wilson, H. T. Blair, H. Clark. Elders: Messrs J. Findlay, J. A. Ross, W. Macandrew, ,i. D. Grant, A. Craig, T. Paferson, K. J. (Porter. Dvnedin PrcsbvteTv.—Revs. R. R. M. Sutherland. J. Aitkeii. PI. 11. Barton, .7. Aliller, A. M. Finlavson, Dr Waddell, D. Dctton, I. K. MTntyre. A. Whyte, W. Sproce, Professor Hewitson, Professor Dickie, J. Kilpatrick, Professor Watt, W. Scorgie, R. Faiimaid, J. J. Cairnev, D. MT-011, A. W. Krnmont, H. B. Gray. E. A. Axelsen, J. Lvmburn, W. 'Grav Dixon, R. S. Allah, D. K. Fisher, A. Greitr, G. H. Balfour, A. Cameron, Jas. Cbisholm, A. Gray. J. Stanching, G. M'Donald, A. Don. Elders: Messrs W. M. Dickson, A. Ross, J. Wright, J. C. Wilson, W. S. Fitzgerald. P. G. Fryde, W. Henderson, P. L. Clark, R. Leishman, W. H. Adams, W. L. Crai;:. J. Barron. J. Loan, R. J. Sparks, J. E. Hunter, E. Duncan, D. A. Al'Nicoll, G. M'Kessar. W. Paterson, D. 51. Manson. 1). Kennedy. W. Anderson, R. Baylev, W. Allan, H. Yeale, A. Burn, A. Wither". Clutha Presbvterv.—Revs. S. W. Currie, J. S. Ponder. R. M. G. M'Dowall, R. I). Webster, R. M'Cully. P. C. Durward, H. Williams, G. H. M'Xeur. Elders: Messrs W. S. Thompson, J. Edie, J. Clarke, P. M'Skamming, A. Kilgour, J. Edwards. Matauxa. Presbvterv.—Revs. W. W. Brown, W. F., Evans' G. W. T. Herons, T. Paulin, J. Pringle. J. I. Clarke. D. Campbell. Eiders: Messrs J. T. M'Kenzie, G. Morrison. J. P. Dunlop, G. Tait, W. D. Marshall, W. J. Robertson, A. Speden. Southland Presbytery.—Revs. A. K. Ross, R. M. Ryburn.J. W. Shaw, A. Begg, J. M'Qrepor, J. Erwin, J. S. Young, F. J. Tylee, G. H. Jupp, G. H. Gibb, J. Cdlie, H. W. Btirridge. Elders: Messrs A. M'Kenrie. J. S Baxter, A. Officer, J. Stirling, D. Henderson. R. Brown, G. I). Macindoe, J. Lawson. W. Stevenson, T. Houston, E. Gardiner. Dunstan Presbvterv.—Rev*. J. T. Gunn, F. R. Blue, A. V. G! Chandler. E. Adams, J. J. a Pellie. Elders: Jlewrs A. M'Kellar, D. 0. Stewart, A- Ross. —The New Moderator.— On the motion of the Iter. W. M'Ara, the Assembly elected to the chair the Rev. Alexander Grant, of Dannevirke, who took hie seat and delivered an address on ' Sabbath. Observance.' —Treasurer's Statement.— Mr "W. J. Comrie, the treasurer, presented bis statement, which contained clauses to this effect :—The congregational *' contributions have reached the large total of £23,630, a marked increase when compared with the total of £15,935 reported fast year and £11,045 in the previous year. The increase is largely due to the contributions through the " Every Member Campaign" for the Canton Sites and Building Fund. The increased deficit in the Foreign Mission General Fund would be even, more serious than it is were it not for this consideration. The expenditure from all the mission funds has during recent years exceeded the ordinary income. At the present juncture generous giving and careful management are absolutely necessary if retrenchment i.s not to be forced upon us. The Assembly Expenses Fund shows an increased credit, balance. The most noteworthy and satisfactory increase in the income is the ' amount received from the ' Otago Daily Times' os profit on the publication of the • Outlook,' the amount received (£l2l 8s ] Id) being very nearly three-fourths of ' the amount paid for the ' Outlook' last year. One hundred and fifty ministers ■ and home missionaries have been insured ] against sickness and accident, and five ' have received compensation amounting to £lO2 10s. The Treasurer, in moving the adoption of the report, said that the Knox College contribution was one that did little credit . to the church. The congregations had > subscribed only £196 8s lid. On the •whole, however, he did not see any indication that the giving of their people was reduced. Rev. Chas. Murray seconded the motion, and the report was adopted. . —Statistics.— Rev. Chas. Murray moved the adoption of the report on General and Financial Statistics. This stated that the attendance at public worship has decreased over the whole church by a net total of 1,320 and a gross total of 2,562 persons. The decrease in attendance this year is in striking contrast to last year's increase of considerably over 2,000 persons. For the last five years the average annual increase has been just four short of 1.100 persons. Along with that there is to be taken into account the net decrea.se over the whole church of 209 received by examination ; the gross decrease has Wen 399. This ie the first decrease recorled since the present committee came into office, though the year just preceding that occasion revealed a decrease u.ider this heading of 235. For the five y«ars preceding 1914 the average annual increase in membership by examination has been about 319. The total membership reveals a net gain, however, of 1,161 over last year. This increase must be ,due to accessions by certificates and disjunction from elsewhere, probably Scotland for the most part. Even this increase is less by about 300 than the average annual increase for the preceding five years. The daonaae in church attendance is further aggravated by the fact that meanwhile t£» number of preaching places has in- ' creased by 30. As. a set-off to those grey ". iMfct- *h* total usmbenhis of the church

has now attained to 41,080—the highest yet recorded. There has been a \ery sharp rise in the amount of debt on church property. It has risen by £17,371 to the sum of £98,000. That Is by far the largest amount of debt the church has yet borne, and means an annual payment in interest of £5,000. Turning to the financial side of the church's activities, the. funds Bhow considerable elasticity. There is an increase of £12,888 in the church's revenue. The gross total revenue amounts to £ls7,226—much the largest in the church's history. The Hon. J. Q. W. Aitken seconded the motion, which was spoken to by Mr J". B. Kirk and adopted.

—General.— Rev. J. R. Fleming, of the Presbyterian Church of England, was associated with the Assembly. Rev. F. R. Jeffreys, of Auckland, who is on orphanage work, was given a seat in the Presbytery and in the General Assembly. The Assembly granted the application of Strath Taieri to be transferred to trie Dunstan Presbytery. Rev. John Dickson (Picton), Rev. Joha Steven (Waitaki), and Rev. W. Wright (Oamaru) were made ministers emeritus. An application from the Dunedixt Presbytery for the transfer of Revs. J. U. Sponce and A. M. Dalryinple from the Clutha Presbytery to the Dunedin Presbytery was referred to the Committee on Applications. Rev. R. Inglis gave notice to bring before the Assembly the action of the Dunedin Tramways Union in regard to Sunday meetings. Invitations from the l!o3lyu and Duuedin Bowling Clubs, placing their greens at the service of members, were duly acknowledged. The Assembly rose at 10 p.m.

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PRESBYTERIAN ASSEMBLY, Evening Star, Issue 15654, 19 November 1914

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