THE CHRISTIAN ENDEAVOUR SOCIETY.
THE APPROACHING CONVENTION
Few movements have spread so rapidly as the Young People's Society of Christian Endeavour, which has now a world membership of close upon 2,500,000, scattered over nearly every country of the globe. It is bub two years in its teens, and yet has become such a force in the Church that it is being universally welcomed, as a source of true spiritual power, and the Church is truly thankful for this child of such joyous and robust nature.
The movement! had its origin in this way. Dr. Clack had had a great revival in his church in the winter 1880-81, and was very anxious to bring the young people into touch with the activities of the Church. He wanted their talents and powers for the strengthening of the Church, and for the extension of Christ's Kingdom. On February 2, 1881, he called about sixty or seventy of them together, and outlined the present constitution of the society. Out of that meeting grew the great Christian Endeavour movement, tho progress of which has been a series of triumphs, little dreamed of by that first little band, which met in Dr. Clark's own house.
The pledge, which is the very backbone of the society, is as follows : —
Belying on the Lord Jesus Christ for salvation, and trusting in God for strength, I promise Him that. I will strive to do whatever He would like to have me do; and 1 will pray to Him and read the Bible erery day, anil that throughout my whole life I will endeavour, by His grace, to lead a Christian life. As an active member, I promise to be true to all my duties, to be present at, and take some part, aside from singing, in every meeting, unless hindered by some reason which I can conscientiously give to my Lord and Master Jesus Christ. If obliged to be absent from the monthly Consecration Meeting, I will, if possible, send an excusa for absence to the Society. This has been altered somewhat; and a revised pledge issued, which adds a clause to this effect, " And support my own church in every way, especially by attending all the regular Sunday and mid-week services unless prevented by some reason which I can conscientiously give to my Saviour." This addition is a very helpful one for the church and pastor, and whero this clause has been adopted the improvement in the church attendance has been very marked.
The great object of this movement is to promote an earnest Christian life among its members, to increase their mutual acquaintance, and make them more useful in the service for God and their fellows.
The central idea of the Society is the weekly prayer meeting, which every active member is pledged to attend regularly, and take some part in it, however slight. A special meeting ■is held once every month, which is called " The Monthly Consecration Service," ab which special pains are taken to see whether every active member is faithful to his or her pledge. The Society may, and, as an actual fact, often does, branch off into many other departments of Christian effort, adapting itself to the local needs of each church, bub the rules concerning the prayer meeting are imperative. Into this Society the young Christians, however feeble they may be, can come, and participate in many advantages. Here they may at once be recognised as Christians, may at once have the opportunity, and be encouraged to acknowledge their Saviour, and be at once set to work for Him. Hence it becomes the training ground of the Church, and becomes a great source of strength to it. In fact, the Society exists exclusively for the Church, and the Society which is not helping to build up its own church is defeating the aim for which ib exists. It is not an organisation independent of the Church. It is the Church at work for and with the young, and the young people at work for and with the Church. The Society is inter-denominational. The best proof of this is found in the fact that it exists in all evangelical denominations, and is found equally useful in them all. The officers and various committees are elected from the active members,, and the work attempted may be as varied as the needs of the Church demand. The committees are : The Look-out, Prayer-meeting, Social, Executive, Sunday-school, Calling, Music, Missionary, Flower, Temperance, Relief, Good Literature. i The members consist of three classes — associate, and affiliated or honorary. ~ The great) Boston Convention* held last July was one of unparalleled enthusiasm, no less than 60,000 delegates attending from all parts of the world. The representative who carried the greetings from Australia and iNew Zealand was the Rev. \V. J. L. Gloss, 8.A., who received a very warm welcome as the delegate who had travelled the farthest. The Mechanics' Hall, which holds 10,000 people, was crowded at each meeting. Two enormous tents, called " Endeavour" and " Williston," were erected on Boston Common. These held 10,000 each, and were likewise crowded. Thousands of people could nob get in. In Australia there are about 50,000 Endoavourers. In New Zealand 6000, out of which 2600 belong to the Auckland province. Samoa has eight societies, so that the movement is well represented under the Southern Cross. A World's Christian Endeavour Union has been formed, <if which Dr. Clark is president, and Mr. Closs the secretary.
The Auckland Union ab its formation was composed of seven societies, with a membership of two hundred. The Franklin Road Primitive Methodist Society was the first to join the Union, and the first half-yearly convention was held in the Tabernacle on March 24th, 1893, and the first annual convention in the same church, September 27tu of the same year. The present statistics of the Auckland Union show for the year : Endeavourers, 2600, an increase of about 500 ; societies, 66, an increase of about 15. The arrangements for the coming Convention to be held in Auckland on September 8, 9, 10 (Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday) are completed, with the exception of a few details. A programme of the meeting, together with Convention hymns, has been carefully prepared, and the gatherings are being looked forward to with the greatest interest. On Sunday Endeavour sermons will be preached in various churches, after which consecration meetings will be held, and then on the Monday and Tuesday the arrangements will be in accordance with a programme which has been circulated. ;
The Tauranga Licensing Committee yesterday granted to Mr. J. Fleet a transfer of the license for the Rob Roy Hotel, Thames, to the new hotel at Waihi. A meeting of the Aurora syndicate will be held to-day at the Chamber of Commerce at 3 o'clock. A meeting of subscribers for shares in the Mount Waihi Gold Mining Syndicate (Waihi) will be held in the Chamber of Commerce today at 2 p.m. # A notice in reference to the annual election of councillors for the Borough of Birkenhead appears elsewhere. A meeting of subscribers for shares in the Lydia licensed holding - (Marototo) will bo held at Mr. J. J. Macky's office to-day at 11 a.m. " Good when the morn is young," " Better when the day is done," " ludian Chiefs. Indian Chiefs.
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