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Very well, if man is to have character, CHILDREN'S SERVICES.-In our last he must recognize authority somewhere. we noticed the service to the children His conscience is but the interpreter of the Sunday School, which is now one and the executor to him of law ; it is of the established services of the church not the maker of law. His conscience in Argyle Square. In the Argyle respects something, his intuitions re- Square Manual for May is a letter on cognize something. Call it the laws of this subject from the minister of that nature, if you please ; call it the voice church, the Rev. John Presland, of history; call it the general consent of from which we make the following mankind; call it abstract truth—the extract:principles of ethics ; no matter what, Personally I am inclined to think call it as we do, a living and personal the recent occasion the most delightful God, a power somewhere that can say, religious service in which I ever took “Thou shalt and thou shalt not,” until part; and, if I may judge from the man recognizes that, there is no pos. assurances of many friends, I am by no sibility of a sterling character. Well, means alone in my opinion. Of course but they offer us a substitute. Our in- this great success was mainly due to the tuitions, our moral reason. One of the position of the Sunday School in the ablest expounders of these doctrines body of the Church. The scholars havsays, that faith must look for its moral ing been carefully trained to sing the law to the intuitions of a soul, not to hymns, and join in the various rethe authority of a book. These in- petitions of the service, were thus able tuitions will teach us what? The to give a precision and fulness to the brotherhood of mankind, the love of the proceedings which no other arrangement weak and the lowly, even though they could ensure. I heartily hope, therefore, be unlovely, and will pour the spirit of that the permission conceded by the love into duty. Noble, beautiful senti- Quarterly Meeting in January, to rements, only they were spoken 1800 serve the body of the church for the years ago, and put in the Book, and Sunday School, will establish a prebecause they were recorded in that cedent for imitation at our future Book, and that Book has lived through Children's Services. these ages, there is to-day a Christian "And yet, I felt a regret, which civilization, the light of which, poured must also have been generally ex. into these consciences, quickens their perienced, that this convenient and intuitions ; and they think they have necessary arrangement should have demade some new discovery for the future posed from their own sittings many of mankind, when they are only reflect, of those for whom the service was ing an old one. Why is it that I especially intended—I of course allude honour this Book ? It is because I find to the children of our own members. it speaks to my intuitions, speaks to my Unfortunately, with few exceptions, conscience, speaks to my reason, speaks these cannot share the preliminary to my whole nature, and lifts me up training which can be so readily applied above from the planes of this life to to the Sunday School, and which where I know I shall live, and live for renders the prominence of the scholars

so essential, and, I may add, so delight

ful a feature of the arrangements. Rev. CHAUNCEY GILES.—The editor the same time, the juniors composing of the South London Chronicle, in his our regular congregation, should, on issue for April 15th, of his own accord these exceptional occasions, be ensured included the following in his column of a position where they can see and hear “Local Jottings":-" The members and with best advantage, and where their friends of the New Jerusalem Church at own bright and happy faces may shine Camberwell will be interested in learn- upon the preacher, and add spirit and ing that the New York Times of the affection to his words.” 27th ult., just arrived, contains the Mr. Presland offers a suggestion for main portion of a remarkable sermon the placing of the children of members upon "The Blood of the Lord,' preached which is well suited to the arrangement by the Rev. Chauncey Giles, whose of his own church. Other churches words were very familiar to Camberwell will make such arrangements as they a short while ago.

find most convenient, and all, we are



certain, will be benefited by the adop- the three gentlemen forming the Subtion of a service of this kind.

committee were admitted to the suf

ferer's presence, and presented him PORTRAITS OF THE MINISTERS OF with a handsome marble and bronze THE NEW CHURCH.-Milton Smith and timepiece, bearing the following inscripCo. of 10 Upper Terrace, Upper Street, tion:-“Presented to the Rev. E. D. Islington, N., are publishing a series of Rendell, with 250 guineas, by the Sunpermanent phototype cabinet portraits day School Union and Societies of the of the ministers, which may be com- New Church, in loving appreciation of mended as works of art, and are very his long services as Editor of the acceptable to many members of the Juvenile Magazine, and as a token of Church. The project seems to have esteem for "his eminent uses in the been suggested by the visit of our Church. March 1876.” Both Mr. American brother, Rev. Chauncey Giles, Rendell and his wife were very much whose portrait, an excellent likeness, affected during the interview, and was first published. This has been vainly endeavoured to find words to followed by portraits of Revs. W. Bruce, express their deep gratitude for the Drs. Bayley and Tafel, J. Presland, and generous response that had been made Mr. Bateman. We have also seen an to the appeal. The pleasure of making enlarged copy of the one of Dr. Bayley, the presentation would have been much suitable for framing. We trust that greater had not the traces of the long the response to the efforts of the pub- and painful illness it has seemed good lishers will remunerate them for their to the Lord to call his servant to pass outlay.

through been so apparent, but each

subscriber to the fund may feel grateful SWEDENBORG SOCIETY.—The sixty- for the opportunity afforded of helping sixth annual meeting of the Society Mr. Rendell to forget his afflictions for well be held at 36 Bloomsbury Street, the time, in the comforting knowledge London, W.C., on Tuesday evening, that his life of usefulness has been so June 20th, 1876. The chair will be fully valued in our Sunday Schools and taken by H. R. Williams, Esq., at in the Church. seven o'clock precisely. The annual Report of the Committee and the NATIONAL MISSIONARY INSTITUTION. Treasurer's Account will be read, and — On Monday, 24th April, a public the officers for the ensuing year elected. meeting was held in the Argyle Square Invitations to ministers of other de. Church, to advocate the claims of this nominations have been issued, and useful Institution. Tea was provided much interesting matter in connection in the schoolroom at six o'clock, and at with the operations of the Society, par. seven the chair was taken by the Rev. ticularly with reference to the recently John Presland, the minister of the commenced presentation of the “ Apo- Church and the secretary of the Institucalypse Revealed” to the clergy and tion. After a few opening remarks ministers of the United Kingdom. from the chairman, the national mis. Those members and friends who can sionary, Mr. Richard Gunton, was called make it convenient to be present are upon to address the meeting. He said earnestly invited to attend. Members that he could assure the friends present are reminded that unpaid subscriptions that it was a source of great delight to should be sent to the Treasurer, Mr. him to be engaged in the work of sowWatson, 19 Highbury Crescent, Lon- ing broadcast in the land the seeds of don, N., without delay, to entitle them Divine truth, and that he had been

greatly encouraged at the results which

had hitherto under the Divine blessing TESTIMONIAL TO REV. E. D. REN- attended his labours. At the present DELL. -On Saturday, March the 4th, day many were the questions which the the Sub-committee appointed by the Lord was stirring up in the minds of Sunday School Union to collect sub- men, the solution of which is to be scriptions for this testimonial, had the found only in the New Church doctrines. pleasure of completing its labours by Possessing such spiritual treasures as handing over to the reverend gentleman we do, it was our duty, as it was our the result of its efforts. On that day privilege, to impart freely of this spiri

to vote.

tual wealth to others. An amazing people, and offered their instructions in amount of work was being done by this the quiet moments of reading and reInstitution at a very little cost, but flection. If the National Missionary much more might be done if more Institution were better supported, in. funds were available for the purpose. stead of employing one missionary, it The Rev. Dr. Bayley followed, and in a might send out ten or twenty, and very able speech referred to Sweden- through this means alone distribute a borg's statement that the time would large number of tracts and other New come when nothing but the spiritual Church publications. The labours of sense of the Word would satisfy the the missionaries would create a demand minds of those who doubted the for these publications, which this Soauthority of the Bible on account of the ciety would be well able to supply. The discrepancies in the letter. It was an motion was seconded by Mr. Seddon, undoubted fact that the demand for a who regarded it as a privilege to be knowledge of the doctrines was increas- connected with the New Church, to ing every year. Dr. Bayley moved, and teach its doctrines to children, to preach Mr. Dicks seconded, a resolution to the them to the world, or to send them following effect:-"That having listened forth in printed form in tracts and with the deepest interest to Mr. Gun. other publications. It is a privilege to ton's report of his recent missionary do good in any form, and the highest labours, this meeting desires to express good we can do is to extend to others its great appreciation of his valuable the knowledge of the truth, and lead services, and most earnestly recom. them thereby to the life of goodmends this Institution to the cordial ness. support of all members of the New

Mr. Spilling next moved a resolution Church.”

This resolution, after being urging the subscribers to supply them. supported by Mr. Elliott, was put selves with the books and tracts, and to the meeting, and unanimously read and distribute them. We are enadopted.

trusted, said Mr. Spilling, with precious

seed, and it is important to sow it in MANCHESTER AND SALFORD NEW society. The conditions of sowing in CHURCH PRINTING AND TRACT So- the ordinary operations of agriculture CIETY.—The annual meeting of this might teach us a useful lesson. Before Society was held in the large school. the seed was sown the sheaves were room of the Church in Peter Street, on thrashed, trimmed, and put through Tuesday evening, May 16th. There the drill. We as preachers and tractwas a large attendance, and the pro- writers too often neglect these conceedings seemed to afford much pleasure ditions. We take the truths as we find to those who were present. The in- them in Swedenborg, and present them terest of the meeting was increased by in his technical language; and hence no the presence of friends from a distance, result. The mind of the common particularly of Rev. Mr. Presland people is like prepared ground, waitof London, and Mr. Spilling of ing for the sowing of the seed. We Norwich. The Rev. R. Storry was should leave the language of the in the chair, d, after singing and schools to students, and speak to prayer, opened the proceedings by a the people in the language of the brief address.

people. He had adopted this mode The adoption of the reports presented at Lowestoft, and with complete success. to the meeting was moved by the Rev. The motion was seconded by Mr. WestJ. Presland, who was glad of the oppor- all, and supported by Mr. H. Swift of tunity of taking part in a meeting where Liverpool in a lengthened address, in New Church work is considered, and which he described the present state of means of promoting, its success dis- religious opinion in Spain, and gave cussed. In London the title of “Silent strong reasons for believing that the Missionaries” had been given to a time is approaching when New Church number of publications which were truth may be offered to the people with extensively circulated in

connec- every prospect of its acceptance. The tion with the missionary work of the difficulty will be to provide suitable “ National Missionary Institution.” translations, and means of diffusing the These missionaries went home with the works. The work is one to which earnest attention should be given, and are sure every member of the Society our printing and tract societies should would gladly concur in sacrificing the not lose sight of the subject.

consideration of appearance to the deOther addresses followed, and a pleas. mand for sittings. The Manual also ant evening was closed with the bene. announces that “the members of the diction.

Elocution Class have been enabled by

the contributions of several of their BIRMINGHAM.—This Society seems honorary members, aided by a small singularly fortunate in obtaining the grant from the Church Committee, to help of members of other Christian com- see their way clear to place their window munities in the erection and internal in the aisle of the church instead of in decorations and completion of their the tower. This gift has thus grown beautiful New Church. At the open. from the original intention of a small ing of a Roman Catholic Church at clerestory light to a beautiful specimen Bradford, Monsignor Capel, who was of art-work for the aisle, making the present, is reported in the Daily News FOURTH now promised for the sides of as follows :-* Referring to the circum- our church. It will consist of a decorastance that several Protestants had sub- tive treatment of the lily and the oak, scribed to the New Church, he said it (emblems of purity and strength), with was right for Catholics to receive such 'bands' of suitable Scripture quotacontributions; but they could not in tions. The general tone of colour will return give to Protestant churches, be- be a contrast with the floral window on cause they believed the fundamental the other side of the church, but still principles of Protestantism to be wrong. .” such as to harmonize with all the other With this unchristian narrowness of stained glass-work.' sentiment members of the New Church can have no sympathy; and we are cer- BRADFORD.—The annual meeting of tain that our friends at Biriningham this Society was held on April 19th. will he forward to reciprocate, and will The minister, Mr. J. R. Rendell, B.A., feel pleasure in reciprocating, the kindly occupied the chair. There was a good assistance they have received. In addi- attendance. A spirit of unity of purtion to former favours the Manual of pose and good-will pervaded the meettheir Society for the month of May ing. Congratulations between minister contains the following :-“It is with and people were interchanged. The sincere pleasure that we announce an- reports presented by the Secretary and other gift, and again by a gentleman Treasurer were satisfactory. The attennot an attendant at our church. He dance at worship, since Mr. Rendell behas sent a note to the Committee stating came pastor in September last, had conthat he is so much pleased with the siderably increased. The year's prochurch and schools now building, and ceedings had been characterized by their admirable arrangements, as also greater activity. Five new members with what little he knows of our religious were admitted at the meeting. Social principles, that he will give us the brass meetings, at which essays have been communion rail, and the suitable brass, read by various members of the congreand iron supports complete. This gift, gation, have been held during the wintogether with the communion cloth, the ter. Mr. Rendell said his connection embroidered kneelings, and the gas with the Society had been a pleasant standards already acknowledged, will one. He had received all the needful complete a very beautiful effect at the help and encouragement. The most base of the chancel window.

And as so perfect harmony had prevailed. He much attention and money has been spoke of the necessity of organization, thus cheerfully devoted to beautifying and strongly urged the attendance at our new place of worship, we are glad the ordinance of the Lord's Supper as to say that the Committee have resolved an evidence of zeal and sincerity in His to retain the centre walk or passage disciples, by thus acting in obedience to down the nave for general effect, and His commands. He recommended the as a means of conveniently viewing that freest circulation of books, as the means beauty. Should the increase in our of leading inquirers to reading and study, average attendance at any time render a which were more efficacious in making rearrangement of the seats desirable, we New Churchmen than the pulpit.


HEYWOOD.—We give the following teacher in the Sunday School, and for from the Heywood Advertiser of May his uniform kindness and courtesy to 13th :-—"An interesting meeting of all with whom he has laboured. May the teachers and friends of the Sun. 5th, 1876. Mr. J. A. Isherwood, who day School choir connected with the was very much affected by this un. New Jerusalem Church was held in expected kindness, said that he could the girls' schoolroom, Hornby Street, only express his thanks for the kindness on the evening of Thursday, May which was shown in the presents they 4th. The purpose of the meeting had made him. After an appropriate a presentation

to Mr. John piece of music by the choir, Mr. Isher. Alfred, the eldest son of Thomas wood was called upon, and in a brief Isherwood, Esq., of Springfield House, and earnest address gave the history of on the attainment of his majority. The his connection with the school, and chair was occupied by the minister of described some of the changes which the Society, who introduced the business had taken place during this time, of the meeting in an address suitable to Twenty-four years since, when invited the occasion. He was followed by Mr. to attend by a friend, he scarcely knew Fairbrother, the senior superintendent any one connected with the Church and of the school, who said that a number schools. He had since known many, of the teachers of the Sunday School, on and had derived pleasure and profit from learning the approaching twenty-first his connection with them. Friends who birthday of their friend and fellow- at that time were working diligently in teacher, Mr. J. A. Isherwood, deter. the school have now departed, and others mined to make him a present on the are grown up and occupy their places. occasion. The first intention was to He would urge those who are growing present him with an elegantly bound up to stick to the Society and to the Bible, but the funds had so far exceeded school. They will find there their best what was required for this purpose that companions, and if they practise the they had added a very beautiful writing. good they are taught they will grow up desk and two books of overtures for the to be useful to the Church and to the organ, of very high character, and which world. On his own behalf, and that of he doubted not they should enjoy in his family, he thanked them for the their public services, when played by kindness and interest they had showed their young friend in his office of towards his son. Other addresses fol. organist. After describing these several lowed by Mr. Wild, Mr. Hilton, Mr. articles Mr. Fairbrother went on to say Greenhalgh, and Mr. H. Fairbrother. that young persons at twenty-one were A selection of choice music was well esteemed as men, and should try to executed by the choir, and the meeting, make themselves worthy of the name of which seemed to yield the greatest

The question was often asked pleasure to all present, was closed at respecting those who had passed through ten by the evening hymn and benethe Sunday School, What has become of diction." our young men ? Have they become good men, good citizens, good Chris- LEEDS.-A pleasant and interesting tians ? Many of those who have grown meeting of this Society was held in up in our school have become teachers, Albion Chapel on Monday evening, and some are members of the church. April 24th, to inaugurate the permanent Still there is room for great improve- ministry of their esteemed pastor, the

He concluded his address by Rev. W. O'Mant. After a short depresenting the articles before mentioned, votional service, the Rev. R. Storry, and reading the following inscription, who was present by invitation of the which was beautifully written on the Society, briefly introduced the proceedfirst leaf of the Bible :—Presented to ings of the evening.

In the course of Mr. J. A. Isherwood on the attainment this introduction he read a letter from of his 21st birthday, by the teachers of the former leader, Mr. Mawson, of the Sunday School and choir of the Thorner, whose infirmities prevented New Jerusalem Church, Heywood, as a his being present, and paid a token of their love and esteem for him, tribute to the consistent character of and as an acknowledgment of his ser- this aged and exemplary member of the vices as organist of the Church and New Church. He also communicated




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