« EdellinenJatka »
of Navarre, to Richard Hooker, Dr. Watts, At the evening service the chapel was Dr. Payson, Mrs. Rowe, and others. The
full. Rev. Ll. H. Parsons opened with means for its maintenance are divinely reading the scriptures and prayer, and appointed, appropriate, essential ; must be Rev. J. Harrison, of Birmingham, preached sought for in prayer, and used when ob- the Conference Sermon from Matt. v. 14, tained. Such is a feeble outline of a paper 16. “ Ye are the light of the world. Let to which it was a great privilege to listen. your light so shine before men,” &c. The It was logical, eloquent, fervid, intensely preacher referred—I. To Christians as the practical, and secured the profound atten- light of the world; their light and life tion of a large assembly. A conversation derived from Christ. II. It is their duty deeply spiritual and subdued in its tone to let that light shine, by cheerful and followed, in which several brethren took open discipleship, and by active and holy part. The best thanks of the meeting work. III. Their ever present and inwere given to brother Lees, who closed fluential motive to be not their own glory, with a few appropriate remarks. The sit- not even the pleasure they find in their ting was closed with prayer.
work, but the glory of God. It was & The afternoon meeting commenced at good and impressive discourse, and was halfpast two. The Rev. J. H. Wood pre- delivered with much feeling and power. sided, and prayer was offered by Rev. J. Dinner and tea were provided by the Harrison, Reports from eight out of Wolvey friends in their own school-room. eleven churches were presented, from Representatives were present from Auswhich we found that sixty-four had been trey, Birmingham, Coventry, Walsall, and baptized since our last meeting, and a large number from Longford. Altogether twenty-four remain candidates. Some in- it was a good, hallowed, blessed day. teresting cases of restoration were
SOLOMON S. ALLSOP, Secretary. ferred to.
Longford, October, 1868. 1. The Minutes of last Conference were read and confirmed.
2. It was agreed so far to alter our THE LONDON CONFERENCE.-A meeting rule as to admit to our afternoon meeting of this Conference was held at Praed Street not only members of General Baptist Chapel, Paddington, Oct. 7, 1868. churches, but members of all Christian The meeting for business was held in churches.
the afternoon. The Rev. J. Clifford, LL.B., 3. The Secretary having accepted the took the chair. Brother Bunker, of Chesinvitation of the church at March, resigned ham, prayed. The minutes of the previ. his office. The following resolution, drawn ous Conference were read and confirmed. by brother Harrison, was adopted : “ That From the reports presented it appeared the very cordial thanks of this Conference that thirty-three had been baptized, and be given to brother Allsop for his efficient twenty-three remained candidates. services as Secretary during the last Several of the ministerial brethren in the eighteen months; and at the same time district
were suffering from affliction, we express our warm attachment to him, and special prayer was offered for these our deep regret at his leaving this district, brethren. and our earnest prayer for the blessing of The Secretary reported that the Com. God upon him in his future sphere of mittee appointed to investigate and advise labour.''
respecting the chapel property at Ayles. 4. The appointment of a new Secretary bury had met, and several of the Trustees was postponed to our next meeting, S. with them. They had passed the following Allsop having consented to act for another resolutions :
1. That this Committee discovers no 5. Our next Conference to be held at provision in the deeds of the chapel prothe new chapel, Gosford Street, Coventry, perty at Aylesbury effectually hindering in the month of April, 1869. The morn. the leasing of the said property for a term ing paper to be on “ The Conversion of of years.--2. That as the Bucks Associathe Young, and the best way of dealing tion now gives the opportunity of member. with and guiding them when in a state of ship to all evangelical Baptist churches in religious inquiry and concern." That the district irrespective of the distinctions brother J. H. Wood, be the writer. The of “ Particular” and “ General ;” and as Conference sermon to be preached by the Committee of the said Association brother Lees, of Walsall.
having commenced a cause in Aylesbury After tea a conversational meeting was desire at least the temporary use of the held in the chapel, which was deeply in- property in Cambridge Street, the Trustees teresting ; prayer also being offered by of the said property are hereby advised to brother Lees and S. Allsop, and G. Smith, negotiate with such responsible persons as of Longford.
the Bucks Association may have appointed,
or may appoint, granting them the use of Long Sutton, preached in the afternoon. the property for a term of years at a small At five o'clock a public tea was provided yearly charge. It was further stated that the trays being given by friends-of which the Trustees were willing to let the place about two hundred partook. In the even. for £l per annum for fourteen years, and ing a public meeting was held, presided that the Trustees were waiting the sanc- over by our pastor, the Rev. F. Chambertion of the Conference. It was resolved, - lain, when addresses were delivered by the That the recommendations of the Com- Revs. W. Dyson, T. B. Summerfield (Holmittee respecting the Aylesbury property beach), R. A. Johnson; and Messrs. J. E. have the sanction of this Conference. Goodacre (Long Sutton), C. Lowth, J.
2. That we cordially welcome the Rev. Chantry, J. Starbuck, A. Fysh, W. Franks. J. G. Pike to this Conference, and fervently The services were all deeply interesting, pray that great prosperity may attend his and well attended. The enlargement has ministry at Commercial Road chapel. cost about £110; towards that sum £50
That the next Conference be at Berk- was given or promised before the work hampstead on the last Tuesday in May, was commenced, and about £21 was raised and that Dr. Burns be the preacher. at the opening services, for which the
That the Rev. J. Sage, of Wendover, he friends feel thankful to God who prompted requested to write a paper for the next so many to come to their help. Conference.
East LEAKE.-On Sunday, Sep. 13, the Brother Harcourt read a paper on “The Rev. Thos. Goadby, B.A., preached two promise of the Holy Spirit, and the rea- excellent sermons on behalf of the debt on sons why the church does not realize more the chapel. On the following evening a largely the Spirit's power. An interest- tea meeting was held in the school-rooms, ing discussion followed. Resolved,- That which was numerously attended. At seven brother Harcourt be thanked for his ex- o'clock a public meeting was held in the cellent and suggestive paper.
chapel, when instructive and effective adThe Secretary preached in the evening dresses were delivered by the Revs. T. on “The Redeemer's mediation and its Goadby, T. Bumpus, W. Bailey, and issue as an encouragement to Christian Messrs. Lacey and Baldwin. Proceeds of labour.”
tea and collections, £23. JOHN LAWTON, Secretary. WYMESWOLD.-On Sunday, Oct. 11, the
Rev. J. J. Irving, of Melton Mowbray,
preached on behalf of a small debt on the HOSE.—Jubilee.-Services of a deeply chapel, and also for a debt incurred by the interesting character were held to cele- repairs of the minister's house. There brate the jubilee of the Baptist chapel. was a tea meeting on the Monday, and On Sunday, Oct. 4, two_sermons were Mr. Irving preached in the evening. Propreached by the Rev. T. Hoe, of Wymes- ceeds of tea, collections, and subscriptions, wold. On Monday a public tea meeting £22. The sermons were very practical, was held, after which addresses were and the address on Sabbath morning by delivered by the Revs. E. Stevenson, of Mr. Irving to the children and young peoLoughborough, J. J. Irving, of Melton, ple, from “ And God heard the voice of the and other friends. On Tuesday evening a lad,” very suitable and appropriate. sermon was preached by the Rev. E. Ste- BURNLEY, Enon.-On Lord's-day, Sept.
On Wednesday evening a prayer 20th, the Rev. Dr. Burns, of London, meeting in connection with the above ser- preached two sermons to crowded congre. vices was held. On Thurs afternoon gations in Enon chapel on behalf of the the Rev. J. J. Irving preached, and ad. Sunday school connected with that place ministered the ordinance of baptism to of worship. On Monday evening he defour persons from Melton.
There was a livered a lecture in the same place, on public tea meeting at five o'clock. Mr. “ Rome in Passion-week,” to a very large Irving preached at Clawson in the even- and appreciative audience. The collecing. The collections and proceeds of tea, tions were £104 19s. 1fd. &c., will.be devoted to repairing, cleaning, HALIFAX.-On Sunday, Oct. 11, were and improving the chapel.
held the annual missionary services. The GEDNEY BROADGATE.-Re-opening of the Rev. T. J. Guest (Wesleyan), of Halifax, General Baptist Chapel.-The chapel at preacbed in the morning, and Rev. H. this place having been closed for enlarge- Wilkinson in the evening. On the follow. ment and improvement, was re-opened on ing Monday a juvenile tea meeting was Lord's-day, Sept. 27, when two impressive held in the school, after which, the mis. sermons were preached, afternoon and sionary meeting in the chapel was evening, by the Rev. W. Dyson, of addressed by Revs. Guest, Wilkinson, Measham. On the following Monday the and Atkinson. Rev. R. Ingham presided. Rev. R. A. Johnson (Independent minister) The collections at the above services
amounted to £13 4s. 9d. The amount civil ruler to interfere with matters of con, collected by the juvenile branch during the science were generally followed, and basing year, by subscriptions in the school, and his remarks on the passage contained in by the collecting books, &c., is £48 158. 7d. Acts xviii. 14-16, the rev. doctor proThe total received from all sources during ceeded to show in his own characteristic the last twelve months is £63 10s. 4d. way that the State should have no control
BARROWDEN.-Two very excellent and over religion because (1) of the very object impressive sermons were preached by the and end of civil government, which bad to Rev. W. Orton, of Bourne, on Sunday, do with life, person, and property, and not May 31, on behalf of the Sabbath school. the salvation of souls; (2) of the nature of The congregations were large, and the col. religion, which was spiritual; (3) of mislections amounted to £5 2s. 4d.
chief which the intermeddling of State
caused to [N.B.-This and the next notice have
our religion, embarrassing been delayed owing to their being sent thoughtful men by its inconsistency, misto the Printers, instead of to the Editor leading irreligious men by prescribing direct. As the latter had not seen them ceremony and sacrament by Act of Parlia. until a few days ago, he is not responsi.
ment, and favouring dependance upon ble for the delay; nor can the Printers them, and inevitably persecuting the godly be held to be so, as Correspondents
and devout as even now in various petty have been repeatedly requested not to
ways was done. The rev. doctor closed an send to them.-Ed.]
eloquent address with an appeal to the EDGESIDE.-On Lord's-day, March 29,
people to uphold, above all things, in this two excellent sermons were preached in
day, the principles of the New Testament.
The Rev. W. Underwood, D.D., of Chilthe Baptist chapel by the Rev. J. Steven
well College, then offered an appropriate son, M.A., of Derby, after which the collections and contributions amounted to
and earnest prayer for the newly-elected £22, to be devoted to the liquidation of
minister and the church under his charge; the debt on our chapel.-On Lord's-day,
after which the Rev. N. Haycroft, of May 24, two very good sermons were
Leicester, delivered a charge to pastor and delivered by our venerable father, the Rev.
people, faithfully and pointedly indicating
their mutual duties and obligations.-At T. W. Mathews, of Boston, for the benefit of the Sabbath school. Collections and
the evening meeting, the Rev. John Stecontributions amounted to £30.
venson, M.A., presided, and in the first place, having said a few congratulatory
words, called upon the senior deacon to MINISTERS.
make a statement on behalf of the church DERBY, Osmaston Road.- Recognition as to the circumstances under which Mr. Services.--On Tuesday, Sept. 29, the Rev. Goadby had been invited to the pastorate Thomas Goadby, B.A., who has recently of the church, and expressive of the desire entered upon the work of the ministry in of the brethren for his comfort and prosDerby, was publicly recognised as the pas- perity.--Mr. Goadby also spoke, stating tor of the church assembling at Osmaston the circumstances under which he at first Road chapel. The services were of the gave himself to the work of the ministry, most interesting character, and were ex- and the leadings of Providence in his ceedingly well attended throughout the course, and declaring it to be his purpose day. In the afternoon, after a short devo- to feed the flock of God and seek to win tional service which he conducted himself, souls to Christ, and that nothing should the Rev. W. Brock, D.D., of London, gave turn him aside from this.—Afterwards, the introductory discourse. He stated in the Revs. H. Ollard, F.S.A., H. Crass. the beginning that he had been specially weller, B.A., A. L. Simpson, of Derby, deputed by his brethren in London to J. J. Goadby, of Leicester, made most able convey to the church at Osmaston Road and effective speeches, congratulating both good wishes and congratulations on the pastor and people on the occasion, and settlement amongst them of his friend Mr. wishing them a long, and happy, and Goadby. He (Mr. Goadby) had been with
The Revs. Crosbie, them in all high esteem and regard; they LL.B., of Derby, J. T. Gale, of Loughwere sorry to lose him; but if it must be borough, G. Needham, of Ripley, D. they rejoiced with the church here in his Macallum, of Melbourne, J. Baxandall, of settlement over them. In the name of Wirksworth, his Worship the Mayor of the churches of the London Baptist Asso- Derby, a good number of friends from the ciation he bid them “God speed." He different congregations of the town and should now give an old fashioned though neighbourhood were present at the meetnewly prepared address on the principles ings, and testified by their presence or by of Nonconformity. He could wish that taking part in the proceedings their in, the example of Gallio in declining as a terest in the services of the day.
THE REv. J. G. PIKE, son of the Rev. Carey Pike, has commenced his ministry in Commercial Road chapel, London, and has received the cordial welcome of the London Conference.
THE REV. S. S. ALLSOP, of Longford, began his labours as pastor of the General Baptist church, March, Cambridgeshire, on the first Sabbath in October.
BAPTISMS. HALIFAX. On Wednesday, Sept. 30, after a suitable discourse by our senior pastor, Rev. R. Ingham, two females were baptized by Rev. J. H. Atkinson. They were cordially received into the church on the Sunday following at the Lord's Supper.
WALSALL.-On Aug. 30, after a sermon on the baptism of Christ, fourteen were baptized-seven men and seven women, and some of them were deeply interesting cases of conversion.
BOURNE.-On Wednesday, Sept. 2, four persons were baptized, after a sermon by
the pastor from Rom. iv. 3, and on the following Sunday were publicly recognized by the church.
PETERBOROUGH.-On Lord's-day, Oct. 4, four persons were baptized by Mr. Barrass, and, with three others, were received into church fellowship.
LENTON.-Mr. Colman, of the College, who now regularly supplies the pulpit, administered the ordinance of baptism on Oct. 4.
RIPLEY.–Sept. 6, four were baptized and received into the church; and on Oct. 4, six more. Nearly all these are from our Sabbath schools.
NEW BASFORD.—Oct. 4, twelve were baptized by Mr. J. Edwards, after a sermon by Mr. Pepper, student at the College.
WYMESWOLD.-On Sept. 27, three were baptized, after a sermon by Mr. Bailey Acts. viii, 36-39.
FLEET. On Lord's-day, Oct. 4, two males were baptized by the Rev. F. Chamberlain, and added to the church.
LOUTH, Eastgate. On Oct. 11, two friends put on Christ by baptism.
Notes on Public Events.
ONE of the more important political events of the past month is the Spanish Revolution. The capital of Spain, Madrid, seemed to have been preparing for the event by the prudent working of a revolu. tionary committee, which had 20,000 trained men under its direction, and which held confidential communications with all the exiled generals, who were ready at any moment to act against the existlng government. The utter weakness and badness of that government were obvious from the fact that when Isabella, the Queen, quitted the country there was not the slightest rising in her favour anywhere. The flight was quietly and thankfully accepted as a happy termination of the hated rule of the Bourbons. Without any collision between the army and the people, and by a sort of universal suffrage, a new Provisional Government was chosen to continue in office until the assembly of the Cortes (Kor-tez). The new State Council, called the Junta, is not powered to decide on the future constitution of Spain, but it has issued a document which contains a declaration of rights. This declaration includes, election by universal suffrage, liberty of education and religion, the freedom of the press,
right of public meeting, the jury system in criminal trials, and the irremovability of the judges. Whether the form of government shall be republican or monarchial, and who shall be its first President or Sovereign, are questions left to the National Assembly, the Cortes, to determine. This Spanish Revolution is remarkable, not only for the tranquility with which it has been effected, but the manner in which it has been regarded by the surrounding nations. Hitherto when such a change has occurred the other European states have taken some alarm. Stocks have fallen, business has been checked, and the population in sympathy with the event have been either smitten with fears or transported with romantic hopes. The Spanish Revolution is the first which has been greeted by the European Exchanges with a rise in the funds. The leaders of the movement have the confidence of their countrymen and the respect of politicians outside. Many difficulties, and some dangers, are foreseen in the future settlement of Spanish affairs. The deficiency of the late harvest, and the indis. position of the rulers to promote the import trade, reduce the people to a state of seni-starvation; while such is the public
distrust of capital that the subscription for the National Loan has realized a very insignificant sum. But the heroes of the age, with 'Marshall Serrano and General Prim at their head, are proceeding vigour. ously in their efforts to meet the exigencies of the country. The society of Jesuits has been already suppressed, and its property confiscated; and it may be hoped that Spain, relieved of its licentious Queen and of its rapacious priesthood, will regain its long lost prosperity, and rise to something near its ancient eminence.
At home the chief attention centres in the preparations which are made for the coming General Election. The topics on which the opinions of candidates are tested are, as usual, somewhat numerous, but the one most prominent is the proposed disestablishment of the Irish Church. The Tories, who have nothing in the shape of sound argument to employ in its benalf, betake themselves to the pitiful task of prognosticating evils to the land, or to the still worse employment of vilifying the advocates of the impend. ing change. In the meantime the Liberal leaders are growing more resolute in their purpose to remove the crying injustice, the grossness of which is shown more clearly by the report of the Commissioners who have inquired into the present condition of the Irish Church. Mr. Gladstone declares his intention to seek its removal as the discharge of a debt of civil justice, and as a condition indispensable to the success of every effort to secure the peace and contentment of Ireland. The action of the great Liberal leaders is being backed by the opinions of such eminent Churchmen as Dr. Vaughan, of Doncaster, and Dr. Al. ford, Dean of Canterbury. The latter has sketched the Church of the Future in an article in the “ Contemporary Review," and has given expression to the most ad. vanced views on the true nature of Christ's kingdom. The work of disestablishing the Irish Church is attracting the consideration of the clergy, and not a few have already declared themselves favourable to it.
commencement great numbers of them were there. The Rev. H. S. Brown, of Liverpool, preached on the power of reli. gion to make men courageous; and he instanced (1) the courage-giving words, “ Our Father," in the Lord's Prayer: (2) the courage-giving principle which is found in the love of Christ: (3) the courage inspired by the hope of eternal life. He cited the instances of courage to be found in the Bible, among the martyrs and confessors, and among modern missionaries; closing with an exhortation to be courageous in defending the truth-in right action as men of business and in the confession of Christ on all occasions before men. On Tuesday evening the United Missionary Meeting was held in Colston Hall, which was crowded to excess. E. S. Robinson, Esq., presided, and speeches were made by the Revs. J. A. Spurgeon, J. Bloomfield, of Bradford ; N. Haycroft, M.A., of Leicester; J. Clifford, LL.B., of London; and Dr. Price, of Aberdare.-On Wednesday morn. ing a devotional service was conducted in King Street chapel, over which Dr. Steane presided. After this the Chairman of the Union, Dr. Gotch, read his Introductory Address, which he entitled, “ CHRIST THE CENTRE.” After the thanks of the assembly had been voted to Dr. Gotch, and the message of the Committee had been read by Mr. Millard, it was announced that Dr. Brock had been invited to be Chairman for the next year.
The most important paper of the session was then read by Dr. Landells, on the “ Causes of Ministerial Failure.” which was followed by some good remarks by the Rev. C. M. Birrell, of Liverpool, and others.
In the evening there was a Soiree in Colston Hall, under the presidency of Dr. Brock—the speakers being the Revs. C. Vince, S. G. Green, and J. P. Chown. On the following day the Rev. F. Bosworth, M.A., formerly one of the tutors of Bristol College read a history of its celebrities. This was followed by another paper, a report of the Committee on the Sustentation Fund. The debate on this subject, at first very lively, became quite languid, as the difficulties of the enterprize were brought to view. At length three resolutions were passed, the first recognizing the need of the fund; the second recommending a Conference between the Committee of the Union and the trustees of funds already in being; the third approving of the attempt to group small churches. The greatest interest was manifested in the preaching services of Mr. Spurgeon. He preached both morning and evening in Colston Hall to closely packed congregations—and as multitudes were shut out from the hall an open-air service was held for them in the street.
The usual Autumnal Meetings of the Baptist and Congregational Unions have been held during the month, the first at Bristol, and the second at Leeds. The Baptist Union meetings at Bristol were as numerously attended as in any former years, even when held in a more central place. The first service was conducted in the newly opened Tyndale Chapel, at Clif. ton, and was designed chiefly for the benefit of young men. Long before the time of