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All things are ready. Are we ready? who, then, is willing to consecrate his services this day unto the Lord ? May a spirit of holy enterprize be diffused amongst us all; and, full of faith and the Holy Ghost, may we go forth to our work and reap an abundant barvest.
To God, brethren, we commend ourselves and you. May he bless and make us a blessing! We are, beloved brethren, yours,
Neither should we overlook those who are without. Many go along the streams of time to eternity saying, as they go, "No man careth for my soul." Can nothing be done to win these souls to Christ ? You say, We have invited them. Do it again, the second time; do it again, the third time; the danger to which they are exposed is great. The Redeemer longs for their conversion. You will be blessed while trying to be a blessing to others; should you succeed in reclaiming but one wanderer how great the glory! Let him know that he that converteth a sinner from the error of bis ways shall save a soul from death and shall hide a multitude of sins. Brethren might go out two and two, taking so many families by house-row, and invite those who go to no place of worship, and urge them to join our assemblies; by practice the habit would be formed, and yield its reward; you would, brethren
Enjoy the grace to angels given,
The practice of holding short prayer. meetings on Sunday evenings, before the public service, to bring down the power of God on our assemblies, should be tried again. Is there not a cause ? Do we not much need more of the divine presence ? May we not realize much more? Oh, yes!-
The Lord will to his temples come; Prepare your hearts to make him room.
Brethren, our hearts are open to you; now, for a recompense in the same, be ye enlarged! We judge correctly when we state that you esteem your ministers, you love the brethren, you pray for the peace and prosperity of our Zion, you long for the coming of Christ's kingdom.
Your ministers, anxious that you should have your best desires fulfilled, have met together and prayed for you, and agreed to address to you these words of counsel.
Receive us; we long for your perfection, and for the spiritual growth and increase of our Churches. The timeyea, the set time to remember Zion is come. We have had a day especially set apart to deplore the falling off of our numbers last year; how depressing the news of declension-how cheering the tidings of success! Great will be our rejoicing if, at the next Conference, we can report the accession of hundreds of converts to our Churches; the very thought makes the heart bound with delight! Why should it not be so?
PREACHERS' SONS. MR. EDITOR, I rejoice to know that our magazine is open for the temperate discussion of questions affecting our interests and well-being as a community. I feel assured, therefore, that you will give insertion to the following brief article on a subject which we cannot but think of some importance.
I had recently a conversation with one of our worthy ministers in reference to preachers' sons, and the question was asked, Wby are so few of our preachers' sous in the ministry ? After viewing the subject in various lights, we came to the conclusion that a Connexional institution for the training of preachers' sons at a moderate cost was a great desideratum among us. It is well known that a considerable proportion of the ministers, both among the Wesleyans and Dissenters, consists of preachers' sons. It is equally well known that both Dissenters and Wesleyans have schools, or collegiate institutions, for the training of the ministers' sons. In the case of Wesleyan ministers, the cost of education to the parent is little or nothing; and among the Independents and the Baptists it is fixed at a very low rate, the remainder being supplied by contri. butions from wealthy members and friends of the respective communities. Why may not the Connexion have an institution of this kind? We are fully persuaded, Mr. Editor, that there is both the ability and the disposition on the part of many of our friends to assist in promoting such an object; and that the matter needs only to be plainly laid before them in order to secure their sanction and support. The salaries of our ministers, wbile they afford the means of comfortable subsistence, are yet not suf. ficient to allow of a superior education for their children. A plain, commercial training is all that they can hope to effect for their offspring. Several of our ministers, in order to secure the advan. tages of classical and extended culture
to their chileiren, have sent them to dis. Missions to Australia, providing the senting schools expressly established for means to carry on their wishes can be preachers' sons, and supported in part obtained, I venture to suggest the prohy the contributions of the people. Now, priety of issuing handsomely printed while we cannot blame our ministers for cards for the collecting of - Christmas endeavouring to secure a superior edu• Offerings" for the fartherance of thr cation for their children at a moderate good cause. It is a practice in the Wes. cost, we think that such an instituțion leyan Connexion for the Sunday-scholars ought to be established ameng ourselves; at Christmas to collect for their Misthat it ought to be Connexional in its sions. The writer knows one of their aims, supported by Connexional contri Circuits, where it is the custom of the butions, and conducted by Connexional superintendent to invite, a few days after teachers.
Christmas, all those children to tea, after If our ministers are compelled, from which he receives their “offerings;" motives of economy or necessity, to send when those who have collected not less their sons to dissenting schools, the than one shilling are generally rewarded probability is that those sons will with a picture of the missionary ship. imbibe the principles taught in those Now, sir, if that community can raise & schools; and, instead of becoming Me large amount of money yearly by this thodists, will become Baptists or In- means, why may we not try to do the dependents; they will gradually lose all same? If all our Sunday-school teachConnexional attachment and allegiance, ers, and our friends generally, would try and finally be lost to the community. It and induce their children to enter hearis a remarkable fact, that, out of the tily into this work, I believe a sum large eighty-five circuit preachers in the New enough to send ont our first Australian Connexion, we have only one minister's missionary would be realized. There is son.
not the least reason, sir, to suppose that We would say, then, in conclusion, let the collecting of Christmas offerings suitable premises be taken and fitted up; will in the least injure the General Mislet an able, pious, and judicious teachersion Fund. Christmas is a time when be chosen from our own ranks ; let a few people give cheerfully, and there is no of our wealthy friends in each Circuit be class who are more liberally treated at solicited for an annual contribution; let that time than our juvenile collectors. the terms of instruction be fixed at a
e fixed at a Let us try, then. what we can do. If re.
Let us try, the rate compatible with our ministers' limi- ports from the various Circuits which ented means; let the education be ex- gage in it were sent to the Committee tended to the classics, and to systematic for insertion on the cover of our Febru. and pastoral theology, together with such ary Magazine, every Circuit would then moral and intellectual culture as the see what had and what might be done; present times demand ; and I have no and we should all look forward to that doubt great good will result both to onr time with feelings of interest. Hoping ministry and the Connexion at large. that this humble “offering" may prove
A MINISTER. acceptable and useful, [The friends of the Convexion gene
I am, sir, yours respectfully, rally are agreed, we presume, with the October 20th.
WILLIAN. opinion of our respected correspondent [We are happy to inform our corteas to the desirableness and importance
spondent that missionary books and cards of the privilege for which he pleads; for
of a superior sort have been prepared for it will be remembered this was one of the
our Sunday scholars and others; and as objects proposed to be accomplished by
these will be sent out to the Circuits in the Jubilee Fund, and, had that fund
the December parcels, the suggestion of realized the amount contemplated, the
our friend may be effectually carried out. important object would no doubt have Let our teachers and friends enter been carried out. We are persuaded heartily into this good work.] that this object will have to be taken up at some period, and the letter of our correspondent presents a fair topic for MANUSCRIPT PRIZE ESSAYS ON CBRIS. the consideration of our Jubilee Com TIAN BENEVOLENCE.- In the early part mittee during the present year.]
of the present year a gentleman named Mr. J. E. Pell, of Toronto, desirous to
stimulate and encourage the Sunday. “CHRISTMAS OFFERINGS.”
scholars of that city to think and write MR. EDITOR, -As it is the object of on the subject of benevolence- no doubt the Missionary Committee to extend cur with a view to their being indnced to
cherish and exercise that noble disposition -- presented a handsomely-bound Reference-Bible to the superintendents of each of the twelve Sunday-schools in Toronto, that one might be given to the author of the best essay on that snbject. The scholars, thus encouraged, set to work, and within a given time the essays were written, and finally the decision was given. We have eleven of these essays now before us, and they exhibit the commendable care bestowed, and the diversified talent exercised, by the juvenile essayists. The successful writer in our school at Toronto was William Tyner. We hope these dear children will largely possess and constantly exemplify this noble disposition. Then will they be blessed in themselves, and be a blessing to others.
OUR MISSIONS. LEEDS CIRCUIT.-On Sunday, No. Tember 7th, sermons, in behalf of our Missions, were preached in Ebenezer, Zion, and Armley Chapels, by the Revs. W. Cocker, J. Nicholas, and C. Atkinson. On the following Monday, Tues. day, and Wednesday, meetings were held at the above places of worship, and were presided over, respectively, by our worthy friends, Mr. H. Dixon, Mr. C. T. Tiffany, and Mr. B. Wainman. The speakers at the meetings were the Revs. W. Cocker, J. Nicholas, P. J. Wright, C. Atkinson, W. Jones, T. Gutteridge, and Messrs. J. Mallinson, W, S. Yates, F. Nettleton, G. Walker, and J. Wilson An excellent report was read by the secretary, Mr. E. Tiffany, and the speeches delivered by the various speakers produced a most happy effect. The services of the deputation were highly appreciated; their words were fitly spoken, and were like apples of gold in net-work of silver; their sentiments, as they fell from their lips, were full of light for the intelleet, warmth for the heart, and power for the conscience; the results were holy affections, and liberal contributions : the increase on the collections of last year, at Ebenezer £3; at Zion, 9s. ; at Armley, £1 18s. The collectors, also, are stimulated to greater activity, and the juveniles are all astir. Accordant with the resolutions of the late Conference, a number of our friends were invited to take tea with the deputation, previous to the meeting at Ebenezer, and stimulated to augment their subscriptions to our Mission Fund. The following are the results :-Messrs. J. G. and T. Heaps, £5; Messrs. H. and S.
Dixon, £1 4s. ; Mr. Moss, £2 28.; Mr. Parker, £2; Rev. P. J. Wright, £1; Mr. Tiffany, £1; Mr. Topham, £1; Mr. R. Wright, £I; Mr. Love, £1. This is encouraging; and, as the missionary services have yet to be held at Hunslet and Bethesda, and our friends are never backward in a good work, we confidently expect a liberal increase in the collections and subscriptions at these places. If the other Circuits in the Connexion, according to their ability, imitate the example of Leeds, the standard of three thousand ponnds, set before us by the Conference, will be reached ; and we shall be able next year to employ three or four additional home missionaries, do more for Ireland and Canada, and go to Australia. And why should it not be so ? We have abundant resources, and woe be unto us if we do not employ them in extending the Connexion ! Have we no laymen among us ready to stand forth, like Joshua and Caleb of old, with suitable gifts in their hands, and say unto their brethren, “Let us go up and posgess the good land, for we are well able?' How is it that the highest subscription in our Missionary Report is only five guineas ? While Wesleyans are giving their fifties and hundreds, and one is giving seven guineas a day to the cause of missions, have we no laymen in the Potteries, Lancashire, Yorkshire, and elsewhere, able and willing to give more than five guineas ? Awake! arise ! ye men of means who dwell in costly houses, ye prosperous manufacturers, ye thriving tradesmen, ye well-employed operatives, ye young men and maidens, ye little children, and do your duty to the Missions of the Methodist New Connexion !
P.J. WRIGHT. NewCASTLE-UPOX-TYNE.-On Lord's day, Oct. 24th, two missionary sermons were preached in Salem chapel by the Rev. W. Baggaly of Liverpool. The annual meeting was held on the following Tuesday evening, when suitable and effective addresses were delivered by the Revs. W. Baggaly (deputation), T. Griffths of Sunderland, J. Simon of Blythe, and D. Sheldon of Gateshead.Our worthy and faithful friend Mr. J. F. Grant, the treasurer, occupied the chair; Mr. John Lee, the secretary, read the report and financial statement. The meeting, though not numerously attended, was pronounced highly interesting and satisfactory. During the same week, juvenile missionary services were held at Scotswood, and missionary meetings at Wallsend and St. Peter's Quay. In art.
dition to some of those named above, the G. Robey, - Jones (Wesleyan Associa. Revs. S. Jones of Gateshead, and L. tion), and Mr. W.G. Tate. The speeches, Saxton and J. Innocent of Shields, with like the discourses on the Sabbath, were Messrs. J. Potts, sen, and jun., and H. of the right kind, eminently adapted to K. Robey, rendered assistance at these tell on the hearts of the people, and to services and meetings. The services at excite to greater zeal in the missionary St. Peter's Quay were preached on Lord's cause. The attendance at these services, day, Oct. 31st, by the Revs. W. Baggaly although the weather was extremely inand T. G. Robey.
clement, was good, the feeling produced The various services of this anniver excellent, and the collections encouragsary have been seasons of holy refresh ing. ing and great stimulus to our friends. On Sabbath, November 7th, a juvenile May their healthful savour long abide missionary meeting, of a very pleasing with us. The collections are a little im character, was held in the above chapel, proved upon those of last year.
an account of which has been forwarded Connexional engagements bringing the for insertion in the “JUVENILE IN. Rev. W, Ford from Staffordshire among STRUCTOR." us, and likewise detaining the Rev. W. May a deeper solicitude for the salva Baggaly here a second Sabbath, special tion of men be produced, not only in religious services took place in Salem this Circuit, but through the Connexion. Chapel, Newcastle, on Lord's day, North Shields.
L. SAXTON. Oct. 31st. A prayer-meeting was held Longrox CIBCUIT. --The services in at nine o'clock, A.M. Mr. Baggaly aid of our Missions were held in this preached morning and evening to in Circuit on the 24th of October, and creased congregations.
during the following week. The serHis discourses were practical, appro mons and addresses by the deputapriate and earnest, and were highly tion--the Revs. H. Watts and T. Cartappreciated by our people.
wright-were interesting and effective, After the evening service, Mr. Ford tending much to excite the right feeling addressed the Church and congregation, and promote greater efforts in the misgiving suitable counsel, and making sionary enterprise. At the Longton encouraging statements relative to the meeting, the Revs. A. Lynn and s. improving state and prospects of the sur Brown (Wesleyan), rendered as good rounding Circuits.
service; and at Stoke we were favoured These services were continued on the with the valuable aid of the Rev. W. following Monday and Tuesday evenings. Mills. The sojourn among us and labours of circumstance occurred at Stoke our highly-esteemed brethren and minis- which contributed much to interest the ters, Messrs. Ford and Baggaly, are meeting and aid the collection. Mr. gratefully felt and acknowledged, as Brokenshire, formerly in connexion with having tended to encourage and unite us in Cornwall, but leaving that part, our friends in the great and holy work was under the necessity of uniting with of building up and extending our Zion. our Wesleyan friends; being in the May further fruits yet appear, such as neighbonrhood, he attended the meeting, shall be matured unto eternal life !
and after expressing the good he bad Nov., 1852.
T. G. R. received in our community-his attachNORTH SHIELDS CIRCUIT.-On Sun ment to our principles, and sincere deday, November 14th, sermons in behalfsires for our prosperity, proposed to give of our Missions were preached in West as much as should be collected. The Holburn Chapel, South Shields; in the collection was made, and amounted to afternoon by Dr. Crofts of Birmingham, £1 10s., when Mr. B. proposed that it and in the evening by the Rev. T. Grif- should be made up to £2, and he would fiths of Sunderland. The sermons were give other £2, which was very cheerexcellent and spirit-stirring, and highly fully done on both sides. calculated to awaken a tender and lively T he weather was very unfavourable interest in behalf of the perishing souls every day, which had an influence on of men. On the Tuesday evening fol. the attendance, and consequently on the lowing, the annual public meeting was collections. Yet we have cause to thank held, our worthy friend, Mr. R. Fore. God and take courage. C. J. D. man of Gateshead, in the chair. An SCOTLAND-STREET CgAPEL, --SOEFinteresting report was read by the Rev. FIELD NORTH.-The Rev. John Nelson, J. Innocent, and addresses were delivered of Chester, preached tvice in the above by the Revs. H. 0. Crofts, D.D, T. chapel on Sunday, Nov. 14, on behalf of Griffiths (the deputation), S. Jones, T. the Methodist New Connexion Missions.
The annual public meeting on behalf of the Missions was held in the same place on the following Monday evening, Mr. James Gledhill being called to the chair. The Rev. J. Medicraft read the report, which contained many interesting details, and from which we learn that the Society employs sixty-two missionaries, and has an industrial school in Galway, and that nearly £60 were raised in aid of the Society by the Scotland-street branch during the past year. The first address, which was well received, was delivered by the Rev. John Flather, of Nottingham. He was followed by the late Superintendent of the Irish Mission, the Rev. T. Mills, but now stationed in the Sheffield North Circuit, who delivered a speech replete with interesting details respecting the social and spiritual state of Ireland. He stated that the Missions of this Society are all (and more especially the Irish Mission) in a prosperous state. The Rev. J. Nelson then delivered a short but interesting address, and was succeeded by Mr. Francis Newberry, whose appearance and address were greeted with hearty applause; as were those also of Mr. G. B. Fox, the Rev. E. Wright, &c. After votes of thanks had been passed to the lady collectors of the past year, and to the chairman, the Rev. T. Mills pronounced the benediction, The attendance was large, notwithstand. ing the great downfall of rain, and much interest pervaded the meeting. The collections amounted to about £16.Sheffield Times.
This is a small improvement on the previous year.
our principles are just as much adapted to London as to Yorkshire, and that if placed under similar conditions our success would be as certain here as in any other part of the world.
Impressed with the force of this fact, shortly after the last Conference the whole of the leaders and members of Brunswick Chapel were invited to as. semble around the tea-table, gratuitously furnished with provisions by the Rev. W. Cooke, in order that they might take in consideration the best means of promoting and extending the work of God during the coming year. Our old friend Mr. Procter presided, and the meeting was subsequently addressed by the Revs. W. Cooke, J. Maughan, the brethren Webber, Butters, Denham, Atkinson, and others. In this meeting one of the speakers proposed that three things should be done during the coming year that the chapel should be at once thoroughly painted and beautified, that an effort should then be made to double the number of the congregation, and that at least twice the number of members returned for Brunswick last year should be obtained and returned for the coming year. There seemed to be much of the sanguine in these proposi. tions; but they were taken up in the right spirit by the friends. The first object was instantly set about. And the writer must say, that after what he had heard of London he was astonished at the cordial and generous manner in which the friends came forward with their contributions. The second object was then commenced with, and it will rejoice our friends throughout the Con. nexion that in this also our success has been complete. We are now labouring to secure the last, but by far the most important of these three things--the conversion of sinners. Here, also, the Lord is blessing our labours, and sinners are being brought to God.
The result of the last five months' labours may be thus briefly stated. The chapel has been beautifully painted, both inside and outside, both walls and pews, and between fifty and sixty pounds either paid or promised towards the cost. The congregations have been doubled, and twenty-eight more sittings have been let; while about thirty members have been added to the Church. We might also add that we are just about to build a beautiful chapel, with school-rooms connected, in the Britannia-field, behind the City-road, which we intend shall do credit to the Circuit and honour to the Connexion. A further account of this
LONDON CIRCUIT.-It has long been matter for deep regret that Brunswick Chapel, so comfortable, so beautiful, so eligible, should so long have been so thinly attended, and that the congregation worshipping within its walls should have been for such a length of time in a languishing condition. Our position in this mighty metropolis has long been felt to be a reproach to us as a community, while many and amusing have been the explanations given as to the canse. The blame has been respectively laid upon the place, the people, the preachers, and the principles we avow. Even in the Circuit itself-by many who ought to know that the absurdest systems under heaven can here make progress-it has been again and again reiterated that New Connexion Methodism is not suited to London. We need not say how totally destitute we are of sympathy with such statements. We believe that