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Lord." The third and fourth lectures troduced the proceedings of the evening were practically one lecture. The ob- by a brief address, in which he dwelt on ject of the first was to trace out by his- the relation of the Sunday school to the tory and discovery the early character present state of popular education. The of revelation, and so to show the founda- Sunday school at its commencement tion on which rested the peculiar charac- needed to combine secular with religious teristics of the Bible as the Word of instruction. The progress of popular God. In the second lecture the laws of education now provided all that was correspondence and representation were required in the way of secular instrucexplained at considerable length, and tion. Our diversities of religious many striking illustrations were given thought, combined with the require. of the application of this mode of inter- ments of the Government inspection, pretation.
tended to remove religious teaching from
the day school, and the Sunday school DERBY.—The annual meeting of this in the future must supplement the work Society was held on Monday evening, of the day school by a more definite reFebruary 17th. Tea was provided in the ligious instruction. After a glee by the schoolroom, after which the chair was choir, the chairman called on Mr. taken by the minister, Rev. Mr. Ashby. Mason, who, in a humorous speech, narThe greatest interest was manifested in rated his experience of living in France. the proceedings. After prayer the This was followed by the anthem minutes of previous meetings were read “Blessed is the man who feareth the and adopted, three new members were Lord.” The chairman then rose to make admitted into the Society, and three the presentation. There were two ways, candidates proposed for membership. he said, of looking at death—one was Reports relating to the various institū. full of gloom and sorrow from the aptions of the Church were read and re- parent loss we had sustained; the other ceived ; and it is gratifying to state that was one in which we contemplated the all (with the exception of the report of triumph of our departed friends who had the Church Library) spoke of good work departed in the life and hope of the having been done, and of the healthful Gospel. It was in this last sense he condition of the several departments of should refer to it to-night. During the usefulness. The Committee reported past year the school had lost by the dethat several members and friends, who parture of Mr. John Alfred Isherwood, had taken in past years an active and one of its most promising and esteemed warm interest in this Society, have been young men.
Wherever work was to be removed from our visible presence. done, whether in the school, the choir, Seven new members have been added or other uses of the church or schools, during the year, and three have been he was prepared to undertake it; and it removed to the eternal world. It is sin- must ever be a source of satisfaction to cerely hoped that the younger members his parents to look back upon his wellof the Church will endeavour worthily spent life. The present testimonial to fill the vacant places. The Com- was a warm expression of the general mittee congratulates the Society upon feeling of the teachers of the school. the healthy appearance of its various Every one had a part in it, and all had institutions, and trusts that they may joined heartily in its preparation. There continue to grow and prosper.
is an inseparable connection between
labour and its reward. Where labour is HEYWOOD.—We abridge from the local not rewarded by earthly remuneration, papers the following account of a pleasant it has its reward in the consciousness of and numerously-attended meeting of the use to others, in the improvement and teachers of the Sunday school, which was elevation of character which it invariably held in the girls' schoolroom on Wed- secures, and in the esteem to which it nesday evening, March the 12th, when gives rise. And this was often manifest an enlarged, beautifully-finished, and in the case of those who were placed in elegantly-framed photograph of the late high social positions. It was an evident John Alfred Isherwood, Esq., was pre- law of Divine Providence that there sented to his parents, Mr. and Mrs. should be gradations of social life. This Isherwood. After tea the chair was did not necessitate extreme poverty, and occupied by the Rev. R. Storry, who in. in a regenerate society no one would be
without the means of a comfortable sub- into these schools by our friends, Mr. sistence. All classes of society were Fairbrother and the late Mr. Walter closely knit together and mutually de- Whitworth, by whom I was told I must pendent. A full-grown' and beautiful do my best as a teacher. That I have tree that extended its branches and done. I was soon afterwards forced into opened its blossoms to the sun, while the superintendency, which I have held sustained by the root and stem, was a for over twenty years. I shall never thing of beauty, and filled the air with forget the assistance which my friends fragrance. But separated from the root gave me at that time. I was then new it soon sunk into decay. It was the to the work, but I always found friends same with the upper circles of society. ready to give me their support, which I Their root was in the active usefulness needed then, and which I need now. I of the humbler classes; and the more can assure you I have spent many long closely all classes were knit together by and happy hours here, and my sole aim mutual sympathy, kind feeling, and and object has been to stay with you in mutual helpfulness, the better it would the school until I could leave you three be for society at large. This testimonial teachers in the school, when I thought was an evidence of the existence and I might retire. But Providence has wish to cultivate this feeling among all ruled otherwise, and to His decision we classes in this Sunday school. As such must bow. Let me appeal to you to it would be received by Mr. Isherwood work harmoniously together, to try and and his family, and as such he hoped it leave the school in that position in would tend to increase the spirit of love which you will have done some good, and esteem which existed among them. and you cannot do good to others withThe following inscription, neatly en- out at the same time receiving greater graved, is attached to the frame : benefit to yourself. I feel that have
" Presented to Thomas Isherwood, Esq., by tried to do that ever since I was conthe teachers and senior scholars of the New nected with this school; and nothing Jerusalem Sunday School, Heywood, as a token has given me greater pleasure when we of their love and esteem, and in grateful ac- have been collected together, either here knowledgment of his valuable services ren. dered as superintendent for a period of twenty or at my house, than to see the kindly years.—March 12th, 1879."
feeling which has prevailed.
I hope Mr. Isherwood said: “I can assure the main object of all will be to improve you there is nothing you could have the children connected with these schools, presented me with which would have and to prepare them for that other pleased me better than the token of world for which we are all intended.” your esteem and affection which is now Mr. Fairbrother followed by an adbefore me.
While sitting here my dress, in which he narrated some inmind has been glancing back to the teresting particulars of progress which time when I first entered these schools had followed a similar presentation to about a quarter of a century ago. We another member of the church many then taught reading and writing in the years before, and expressed a hope that schools, and of the friends who were similar use might follow the present ocengaged in the work there are not more casion. Short addresses from other than one or two left, Mr. Mason and members of the school and pleasing Mr. Fairbrother, both of whom I am very music by the choir filled up the time of glad to see here to-night. I am glad a most interesting meeting. to see that the children and grandchildren of those who took an active part in HULL.—During the winter a series of the work then are represented here, and Sunday evening lectures have been are taking an active part in this work, given in the church on the Spring Bank as did their predecessors. At that time by the leader, Mr. J. R. Boyle, which the school was about half its present have been eminently successful in their size. We enlarged it in 1860. And results. They have extended over a then when we found the schoolroom too period of seventeen weeks, commencing small, we had friends who were ready on the first Sunday in November, and to find the ways and means to enlarge, concluding on the 23rd of February. The which was a great thing, seeing that we subjects have been chiefly doctrinal, were nearly all poor people. I remem. using the word in its most comprehenber the time when I was almost forced sive sense. The subjects were as diverse
as possible in order to exhibit the power KEIGHLEY. The annual tea and of New Church teaching to solve the general meeting of this Society was .doubts and dissipate the difficulties held on Shrove Tuesday, when about which have gathered around some of the fifty members and friends were present. most vital questions of the Christian After tea Mr. James Clegg was called faith.
Old and erroneous doctrines to the chair. The secretary having read were dealt with in an unsparing man- the Report, which showed that the ner, but the utmost charity and con. Society was in a fair position, the officers sideration shown to those who held for the ensuing year were elected, and them. Thus while many who attended Mr. Presland, the newly-appointed min. the lectures heard their long-cherished ister, duly acknowledged. The Society opinions demolished, they not only took hopes in future to be able to use someno offence, but were impelled either what more influence for good than through curiosity or conviction to re- hitherto. A singing class is formed in peat their visits to the church. In fact, connection with the school, from which one of the most pleasing and satisfactory it is hoped a sufficient number of voices features of the movement was the regu. will be added to the church choir to lar attendance of a large number of make it more complete and successful. interested listeners to the end of the A mutual improvement class has also
Where conviction has not been been formed, which held its first meetproduced it has been manifest that ing on Tuesday evening last. The much of the misconception regarding evening was devoted to impromptu the teachings of the New Church has speaking, which proved very interesting been removed. The number attending to those present. It is hoped this will the lectures has varied according to the have a beneficial influence, and will be state of the weather, but on the average largely attended.
A teacher's preparahas been nearly two hundred, the aver- tion class is held every Saturday even. age number of strangers being upwards of ing, under the leadership of Mr. Pres. one hundred. It inay also be a matter of land, to consider and discuss the subjects interest to name that Mr. Boyle has also to be read in the school on the Sunday, given three addresses on Sunday evenings when the scholars are questioned by at a quarter past eight, after the ordinary Mr. Presland to see what they have reservices, on some of the religious aspects tained, and the practical lessons they of science. The first dealt with the have learned therefrom. law of heredity, the second with the theory of the survival of the fittest, and LONDON (DEPTFORD). —The twentythe last with the analogy existing be- third anniversary of this Society was tween the laws which govern the opera- held on Tuesday evening, February tions of nature, and those which govern 25th. The friends sat down to tea the physical and mental constitutions at six o'clock, and the usual public
Another address will complete meeting, which was extremely well the series for the present season. attended, followed.
The presence of
Mr. Rhodes, the leader of the Society, IPSWICH.-On Sunday, March 9th, after an absence, through ill health, of special services were held in the New more than four months, imparted pecuJerusalem Church, High Street, which liar interest to the proceedings. In takwere conducted by Mr. R. Gunton of ing the chair Mr. Rhodes expressed the London. In the morning Mr. Gunton great pleasure he felt in being in the delivered a very forcible address from Lord's good Providence again permitted the 23rd Psalm on “The Good Shep- to occupy his old position amongst them herd;" and in the evening his subject -a feeling which was heartily reciprowas the “Lord's Prayer," from Matthew cated by all present.
The treasurer, vi. On Monday evening he delivered a Mr. Gray, read his report, from which lecture to a full assembly at the church, it appeared that after the payment of the subject being, “Where the millions incidental expenses, and the payment to who have died now dwell, and what Conference of the sum of £27, there rethey do.
At the close of his dis- mained a balance in hand of £8, 18s. 2d. course Mr. Gunton answered several The treasurer, however, reminded the questions which were put to him on the friends that a sum of £153 still remained subject.
due to the Conference Building Fund.
The receipt of several liberal donations population could be kept in connection was announced, and it was mentioned with New Church society, and they and that further help might probably be ex. their children continue under the elevatpected from other generous friends. ing influences of New Church faith and After the reception and adoption of the worship? Surely the work is not imtreasurer's report the meeting was ad- possible. dressed by Mr. Gunton, who, in his usual kindly manner, urged upon the RAINSOUGH.—The village which bears members the duty of availing themselves this name is about one mile and a half to the fullest extent of the advantages from Prestwich, and about three miles afforded by the Society. He also re- from Besses. Several New Churchmen ferred to the simplicity of the New live in the place, and one, Mr. James Church doctrines, and their striking Taylor, is very anxious for the spread adaptation to the wants of the age. of New Church truth. He always has Mr. Howe followed with a few remarks on a number of tracts on hand, and he has “The Uses of a New Church Society.” a quantity placed in his shop window. The pleasure of the evening was He is also a regular attendant at Besses. much enhanced by a well-chosen selec- Now it was thought that the efforts tion of music very creditably rendered of the Manchester Missionary Society by the ladies and gentlemen of the might with profit be extended to this choir. A dialogue on "Leaving School,” village. Arrangements were accordgiven with much spirit by two of the ingly entered into, with the sanction of elder scholars, also gave great satisfac- the secretary of the Missionary Lecture tion.
Committee, the Rev. P. Ramage, for
the delivery of two lectures in the PENDLETON. –On February 27th, and Liberal Club Room. The Rev. I. TansMarch 6th and 13th, the Rev. William ley undertook to deliver the lectures. Westall delivered three lectures in the The first lecture was delivered on March Pendleton Club, Pendleton, on the sub- the 10th, the subject being the “Resurjects of “What think ye of Christ?” rection of the Dead.” The chair was "Christ's Mission in the World,” and taken by George Benson, Esq. There “Christian Blessedness.” The lectures was a good audience, and the lecture were fairly attended, the audiences being was listened to with attention. Several composed of about one-half friends and questions were asked at the close of the the other half strangers. Marked atten- lecture, to which the lecturer replied. tion was given to the unfolding of the One gentleman considered that if the subjects, and several private inquiries body did not rise justice would not be were made after the lectures by persons done, as it was the body that sinned, who were altogether strangers to our and therefore the body ought to be views. An additional charm was given punished. At the second lecture the to the effort by accompanying the in. audience was better than at the first. structions from the table with devo. The room was nearly filled, eighty or tional exercises, the devotional service more being present. Nicholas Haworth, consisting of hymns, prayer, and the Esq., took the chair.
The subject was, reading of the Word. The psalmody " Does God condemn to Hell ?” On was a great help, the singing being very both occasions the audience has been much enriched by the assistance of very attentive. A little discussion took several members of the Salford choir. place after the lecture, in which our The aim of these lectures was to draw to- good friend Mr. Benson took part. The gether a number of New Church friends lecturer treated his subject under three who have come from various towns and heads : 1. God is Love ; 2. God's Rehave now settled down in Pendleton, lation to Man, and Man's Views of but as yet have not connected them- God; 3. Man condemns himself to selves with either the Manchester or Sal. Hell, and God seeks to save him from ford Society. The aim, however, was Hell. He appealed to nature for evionly partially realized, and it is hoped dences of the love of God, and adduced that the next effort will be more success. Scripture to prove the same proposition. ful. Would it not be well if means Hell was shown to be simply an assemcould be devised by which our friends blage of those spirits who have acquired who are drawn to these large centres of to themselves a corresponding condition
of mind and heart while here on rity; touching upon many related points, earth.
such as the nature of Hell and Hea
ven, Human Freedom, in passing ; and A Novel PRECEDENT. — At the concluding with the Second Advent and "Church of the Saviour,” Birmingham, the New Church now being established. where the late George Dawson, M.A., Frequent applause testified to the apwas the minister until his death, a series proval and delight of the audience, as of meetings is being held called “Con- subject after subject was so clearly and versation Meetings.” They take place pointedly elucidated. Several questions in the lecture-room monthly, and are were publicly asked and ably answered, managed somewhat in drawing-room the meeting being brought to a close at fashion, with interesting books and half-past ten o'clock by a hearty expresobjects to look at, music to hear, and sion of thanks to Mr. Rodgers and Mr. light refreshments of which to partake. J. Bragg. The opportunity was taken to But the novelty just introduced is, that lay on a table for acceptance by the at each meeting some ministers of company a quantity of catalogues of the another denomination than their own works published by the “Swedenborg is invited to give an account of the dis- Society," also catalogues of Mr. Speirs' tinctive doctrines and church polity of publications. A few copies of the new his denomination. Afterwards questions edition of Mr. Hyde's little book about are asked, and general conversation Swedenborg, sent down for sale, were turns upon that topic for the evening. immediately taken, and many One evening it may be a Wesleyan, would have been sold had they been another a Jewish Rabbi, another à there. Friends well able to judge of Baptist, another a Christadelphian, etc. the general impression produced upon On the 19th ult. the first of this new the ineeting by this statement of the series was held, and the topic duly New Church views and the claims of announced and placarded was the doc- Swedenborg consider it to have been trinal tenets taught by Swedenborg. most favourable. An unusually large number of the 6 Church of the Saviour” congregation assembled, and the Rev. R. R. Rodgers
Birth. was the minister invited to give the On March 6th, at 26 North Villas, address in explanation of the subject. Camden. Square, London, the wife of The earlier portion of the evening was Robert Jobson, of a daughter. devoted to examining a collection of Swedenborg's works, scientific and
Obituary. theological, earliest and oldest editions, and foreign translations, and some of At Ramsbottom, on Monday, February the best collateral works. These 24th, Rachel Berry, widow of the late covered three large tables, and on a John Berry, departed this life in the fourth were displayed MSS. and photo- seventieth year of her age. The deceased graphs of Swedenborg. The portrait was connected with the New Church of Swedenborg, considered to be Society at Ramsbottom from early life, the only one in this country aken and took a warm interest in its welfare. from life, was also shown. At the For many years she occupied a house request of the chairman, the more adjoining the church, and frequently interesting points connected with them had the happiness of entertaining min. were briefly described by Mr. John isters, missionaries, and others who Bragg, from whose collection they came to conduct or attend the services. were lent.
Mr. Rodgers afterwards In this way she became well known to gave his address, which
occupied many New Church friends, who will reabout an hour, and was listened member with pleasure what pains she to with
most profound attention. would take to render them every comfort Of course each separate topic was very in her humble but hospitable home. briefly treated, but considering the She kept an open house for the memdifficulties to be overcome, the address bers of the Society, and was never more was most successful. Outlines were pleased than when there was a large as. given of the New Church doctrines of sembly and their conversation turned the Sacred Scriptures, the Lord, the upon the doctrines. Next to the Bible, Trinity, Redemption, Faith, and Cha- the “Heaven and Hell” was her fa