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the sum of £60 during the current year. into Italian “The New Jerusalem and A very wide field exists for the spread its Heavenly Doctrine,” “The Heaven of the heavenly doctrines in that part and Hell,” “The Divine Providence," of Europe ; and that the Professor is “The Divine Love and Wisdom,” and doing valuable missionary work in “The Summary Exposition,” and is various ways, the following extract now engaged in translating “The True from his report to the Committee will Christian Religion,” besides publishing show:
a periodical entitled La Nuova Epoca. "Thus, being convinced of the em- The Committee trust that those who so inently rational character of the doc- liberally subscribed last year will contrines of the New Church, I have con- tinue their pecuniary aid, and that stantly in propagating them avoided the other friends will render what help means commonly used by sects, and they can towards supporting this cause, which are adapted more to excite the and thus enable the Committee to fulemotions than to enlighten the in- fil their promise. tellects of men and convince their Subscriptions may be sent to any reason; and I have directed my atten- members of the Conference Committee,
. tion especially to the educated classes of viz. the Rev. John Presland, 25 Rochesthe people and to the Catholic clergy. ter Square, London, N.W.; the TreasI have reason to be satisfied that my urer of Conference, Mr. Richard Gunton, method is a good one; for, although 19 Oseney Crescent, Camden Road, Lonthe practical results obtained in the don, N.W.; Mr. Samuel Teed, 37 course of seven years have been com- Colebrooke Row, Islington, London, paratively small, yet they are secure N.; the Secretary to the Committee, and stable. Seven Catholic priests and Mr. William Milner, 211, 212, and 213 about thirty of the laity, dwelling in Tottenham Court Road, London, W.C. various localities, now form the Italian All subscriptions will be duly pub. Society of the New Church. The first lished on the wrapper of the Intelstone is therefore laid, and under the lectual Repository. Lord's Divine auspices we have good foundation to hope that in the future BRADFORD.-The bazaar in aid of this spiritual edifice may be built up by the building fund of the church in means of the co-operation of the same Drewton Street was opened by the neophites. Nevertheless, I have not Mayor of Bradford (Mr. Angus Holden), neglected the less cultivated classes of in the saloon of the St. George's Hall, the people. In two Workmen's In- the opening ceremony being attended stitutes in Florence I have been invited by a large number of ladies and gentleto give lectures on Ethics. The rules men interested in the welfare of the of these societies forbid discourses on church. The object of the bazaar is to religion. But having shown my hearers, raise the necessary funds for purchasing in one of my lectures, that without the premises in Drewton Street, which faith in God, in His justice, and in the up to the present time have been rented future life, morality is like a building by the congregation. About £650 is without a foundation, the directors of required for this purpose, and it is hoped the two institutes have given me full that ere the bazaar closes, the requisite liberty to treat the subject in the man- amount will have been raised to enable ner that I think best. In consequence them to complete the purchase. The of this I explain to these workmen fact that the congregation is a small one morality according to the teachings of appears, with regard to the bazaar, to Swedenborg contained in that golden have operated rather in its favour than treatise entitled “ The Doctrine of against it, for the lack of numbers was Life.”
Besides this, I have begun to made up by the zeal displayed in bringhold private meetings at my own house. ing the affair to a successful termination. As yet few people have come to these The lady members of the church were Sunday meetings; but I trust with time for several months busily at work prethat their numbers will increase. paring articles, and their exertions reFlorence is a stronghold of Jesuitism, sulted in the production of such a col. and it is therefore very hard ground to lection of fancy needlework as is seldom labour on.
seen at a bazaar. One of the most Professor Scocia has also translated noteworthy features is a very beautiful
assortment of needlework of a somewhat the spread of their common Christiannovel character, in which great taste ity; and he had no doubt that they, and originality of design is displayed. with other sections of the Church, were The designs consist of representations of endeavouring in their way to do as much familiar subjects, tastefully worked in good as they could for their fellow-men. dark-coloured silk upon some light This being the case, they had his entire material. This work, we understand, support, and it was with the greatest was executed by various lady friends of possible satisfaction that he opened the the church, and as an example of what bazaar that morning. Bazaars were may be done by ladies with the aid of very useful for raising funds for such the needle it is well deserving of atten- objects as they had in view, and he tion. Amongst other articles of a sincerely trusted that their efforts would special character are two screens, which be completely successful. also attract notice by reason of the On Thursday the saloon was crowded beauty of the design and the excellent by purchasers from the time of opening manner in which they have been ex- to the closing hour. On Friday and ecuted. The first of these, a fire-screen Saturday a keen frost interfered with in oaken frame, contains a representa- the attendance, but in the evening of tion in crewel-work of a stork and the both these days the bazaar was crowded. lotus flower. The colours are well de. The result of the effort has been very fined, and the design is altogether very gratifying. It is only a year since it was effective. The design of the second resolved to make an effort to purchase the screen is similar, the representation in building used as a place of worship. Tothis case being of birds and flowers. wards the purchase-money (£650) more The former was the work of Mrs. Holme, than £450 have been raised. The result and the latter of Mrs. Rendell.
of the effort has been to strengthen and The bazaar was opened by prayer, greatly encourage the Society. Some after which Dr. D. Goyder gave a short of the more sanguine members are even explanation of its objects. The wor- looking forward to the time when a shippers of the New Church, he stated, more commodious church may be built. had hitherto met in a building in Drew- The bazaar has not only proved useful ton Street which had not belonged to in raising money, but also in making them. An opportunity had occurred of the doctrines of the Church known to purchasing this at a very reasonable many who had never heard of them besum, but as they had not the where- fore, for Mr. Stephenson, who had charge withal to make the purchase the ladies of the book-stall, succeeded in selling of the Society had set to work, and the many volumes illustrative and explanresult was what they saw before them. atory of the New Church doctrines. In conclusion Dr. Goyder expressed a
The bazaar has also been the means hope that the bazaar would be success- of cultivating a taste for work of real ful. The Mayor remarked that, when artistic merit. The ladies spared no passing down Drewton Street, he had labour to procure examples of the best frequently noticed on bills the name of Indian, Japanese, and European needlethe New Jerusalem Church, and a mo- work. These were used not to copy, but mentary curiosity had arisen in his as models, and the results of the labours mind as to what this church could be. were greatly appreciated by the ladies He had never had curiosity enough to of the town, many of whom travelled inquire further about the church until long distances to see the art needletheir respected minister called upon him work. Some specimens of work were to ask him to take part in the opening sold three times. The proceedings of proceedings at the bazaar. As the re- the bazaar were terminated on Saturday sult of some questions which he then evening at 10.15 by singing the last asked, he found that there was nothing verse of the evening hymn. very peculiar or extraordinary about this New Church; and that the Society dif- BURY, LANCASHIRE.—A bazaar was fered only from other Christian denomi. held at this town on the 28th and two nations on some non-essentials in their following days of November, the procommon Christian faith. It was satis- ceeds of which are to enable the Society factory to contemplate the fact that, as to liquidate the debt remaining on their Christians, they united in one object, place of worship, and to erect a school. room, which is much needed for the the Government paid for education, growth of their Society. At the time there ought to be really practical results, of opening a large and respectable come and it would take the day-school teacher pany had assembled in the room, includ- all his time to accomplish those results ing many leading citizens who are not without interfering with religion. He members of the New Church. The So- was himself a very great believer in ciety is small, and none of the members Sunday-schools. Some people seemed belong to the wealthy class. There to think that their time had gone by, was, therefore, a general expression of but he was of opinion that their work surprise and gratification on witnessing was only just beginning. Sundaythe large supply of goods and the ele- schools were not now what they used to gant fitting up of the room. At eleven be. He remembered that when he went A.M. the Rev. R. Storry announced the to the Sunday-school they had to write 503rd Hymn, commencing "Help us upon sand ; but since then a great to help each other, Lord,” which was change had come over such schools. heartily sung by the people assembled. Their main object now was to give that In continuation of this part of the ser- solid Christian instruction which would vice, Mr. Storry said that he might be make people better citizens, and prepare permitted to offer a very few remarks them for the life which was to come. before the bazaar was formally opened. Personally, he could say that he was Much had been said both in favour and always glad to see a school erected against bazaars. They were a portion where there was a want for one, no matof the worldly side of the Church; and ter, whether that school was connected as what related to the world had often with Church or Dissent. They had no a tendency to introduce jarring elements, antipathy against any school, but wishwe required watchfulness over ourselves ed them all success. They were trying in their management. There were few to do their part in the work of the occasions on which the advice of Joseph world. He hoped, therefore, that they to his brethren was more seasonable would do their best to carry out the obthan in connection with these sales for ject in view, which could best be done the uses of the Church-“See that ye by clearing the stalls of their contents, fall not out by the way.” At the close and he felt sure that if they did so their of this address, Mr. Hopkinson read a money would be well spent. letter from R. N. Phillips, Esq., M.P., Mr. G. Benson said it was pleasing enclosing a donation of £10 to the bazaar to find, amidst the gloom and almost fund. Mr. Hopkinson was succeeded by impenetrable darkness that hung over Thomas Isherwood, Esq. of Heywood, our commercial and political affairs, that who, after a brief reference to the po- they could on an occasion like that pay litical and commercial gloom which at a little attention to local matters. I'he present overspread the nation, said, New Church had got a footing in Bury, The friends who had come there that but it was a very small one. He had morning had come with a desire to help no doubt, however, that the effort about the New Church congregation in Bury. to be made would largely increase the They were but a small Society in Bury, influence of the Church in Bury, and but they had got a nice little chapel, enable it to take such a position as its and he hoped that before long it would doctrines and teachings entitled it to be free from debt. The Society asked do. It had been said that bazaars were their friends also to come and help them the worldly side of religious life, but to build a school, and that was mainly the worldly side of religion was importhe object of the bazaar. A great deal tant in the promotion of religious uses, had of late been said about schools. and he was delighted to see and to know It had been said that if they secularized from some experience among bazaars the schools of the country, the coming that they were of immense service to generation would be deprived of reli. religious bodies at the present time. gious instructions ; but however able In the great movement of education a day-school teacher might be, and and in providing the means of instructhowever willing he might be, it would ing the people in the commonest eletake him all his time to keep the chil- ments of political and secular knowledge dren up to the standards, which the Gov. bazaars were equally beneficial. ernment were constantly raising. If Some further remarks were made by Mr. Hopkinson on the local circum- some of the towns in Scotland. The stances of the Society, after which Mr. Rev. J. F. Potts, B.A.,, of Glasgow, has Isherwood declared the bazaar open. given a course of four lectures in the A brisk traffic followed, which continued, Temperance Institute, on four succeswith slight interruptions, to the end of sive Tuesday evenings, in the month of the bazaar. The sum finally realized November and 3rd of December. The was £260.
subjects discussed were “The Creation;"
“ The Tree of Knowledge, and what BIRMINGHAM.-Mission-Room, Priest- kind of Fruit grew on it;" "The Talking ley Road.—(From the Manual of the Serpent of Eden;" and “The Nature, New Church, Wretham Road, Soho Scenery, and Eternity of Hell.”. The Hill, Birmingham.)—The services at attendance seems to have increased dur. Sparkbrook have been conducted with ing the progress of the lectures, and at attendance and interest certainly, if the close the room was closely packed, slowly, improving. The Bible-class about three hundred being present. The has made notable progress, and the lectures were throughout closely listened need for increased study and discussion to, and at the close of each a number of the Writings of the Church has been of questions were proposed to and anso sensibly felt by the members that it swered by the lecturer. These at some was considered desirable to arrange for of the lectures occupied nearly an hour a week-evening meeting. This was after the close of the lecture. After the accomplished by the Committee, and last lecture a cordial vote of thanks was on Tuesday, November 19th, the first given to Mr. Potts for “the great meeting was held at the house of Mr. amount of tact and kindness he had Garlick, Bolton Road, and was in every shown in answering the questions which way encouraging. It will be continued had been put to him.” weekly. The Sunday-school is also ad- Mr. Potts is succeeded by Mr. Allbutt, vancing, and the Committee was of B.A., of Paisley, who continued the opinion that in order to provide the course by a lecture, on Tuesday evening, teachers with books and appliances, December 10th, on “The Remission which as yet had been very inadequate, of Sins.” There was a very fair meeta collection should be made on its be- ing, and the audience displayed marked half. This was fixed for Sunday, attention to what the lecturer advanced. November 24th. A selection of hymns Mr. Allbutt took as the basis of his reand anthems was prepared, under the marks the words of the Lord in John xx. conductorship of Mr. Wolverson, whose 23, “Whose soever sins ye remit, they constant presence and earnest efforts are remitted unto them; and whose deserve all praise. A number of mem- soever sins ye retain, they are retained." bers of the senior classes in the He showed that this passage was never Wretham Road Sunday-school were intended to be taken literally, as giving present, and assisted the choir, in spite authority to mere men to forgive sins, of the serious inclemency of the weather. but that, like every other portion of the The sermon in the morning was by Mr. Word of God, it has an inner or spiritual J. W. Tonks ; _and in the evening meaning, applicable to every human by Mr. J. T. Freeth. In the after being. When the Lord addressed the noon there was a gathering of the chil. apostles He addressed them as repredren and friends, addresses being given sentative characters, as typifying the by Mr. Brittain, Mr. Tonks, and Mr. various graces necessary to influence the Freeth. The total collections amounted soul before the heavenly kingdom can be to £2, 5s. 60., and in addition to this established therein. It is therefore the sum subscribed for the Sunday-school heavenly virtues of faith and love, with in the room, the Wretham Road friends all their minor or subordinate virtues devoted the contents of the offertory- meant by the word "ye" in the passage box for the same day, amounting to cited, that have the power of remitting * £3, 8s. 1d. to the use of the mission. sins. When we got these virtues to in
fluence our hearts and lives, sins must GREENOCK. —The Scottish Association of necessity be remitted, because all of the New Church has lost no time in opposition to the laws of Divine order is carrying out their resolution to continue then removed. If, however, we refuse the missionary services commenced at to accept their influence, sins must be retained, because we are unwilling to woodwork is of pitch pine, with baypart from them.
wood introduced in the seat-ends. The
pulpit, of pitch pine, oak, and bay. IPSWICH.—On Monday evening, De- wood, stands on a shaft of polished red cember 2nd, Mr. Gunton of London granite, with cap and base of Bath delivered a lecture in the New Jerusalem stone. The font is of Bath stone, on Church “On the Origin, Nature, and a shaft of red Runcorn stone. Over Duration of Hell.”. The meeting was the vestry is a room suitable for a class well attended by thoughtful listeners. or committee meeting. The total cost The lecture occupied about an hour, (including the spire, not yet completed) and the chief points were, that evil will be about £6800, or a little over £9 originated in man's disobedience, and per sitting. At the time of opening a that evil was essentially hell ; so that large and respectable congregation had hell was not to be thought of as a place assembled. In addition to the memcreated by the Almighty in which to bers of the Society and many members punish wicked people, but as the dwell- of other Christian communities in the ing place of wicked people, and that neighbourhood, members of the New their wickedness made hell in the spiri- Church from the neighbouring Societies tual world, just as man's wickedness of Manchester and Salford, Heywood makes a hell upon earth. It was fur- and Radcliffe, Bury and Bolton, and ther argued that men continue in hells other places, were also present. The upon earth, because they love the wick. interior fittings of the church are reedness which reigns there ; and on the markably beautiful, and there was a same principle they go to and remain general expression of admiration on the with their like in the next world, and part of the visitors with the appearance, the wickedness there makes it hell, and commodiousness, and elegance of the they remain there because they prefer church. The entire work reflects the that life and that company. The highest credit on the judgment and lecturer further argued that according attention of the Building Committee. to the Word of the Lord, from which The opening ceremony commenced with alone anything could be certainly known, an organ voluntary, “Andante with hell is eternal : " These shall go aw
variations,” by Mozart, which was folinto everlasting punishment, but the lowed by the hymn “Rise every heart righteous into life eternal.” Several and every tongue,” and prayer by the questions were asked and answered at Rev. P. Ramage. A chant was followed the close.
by an address pointing out the general
uses and purposes for which the church KEARSLEY.- The opening services of had been erected, by the Rev. Dr. the new church, which has been for Bayley, and the dedication prayer by some time in course of erection, took the Rev. J. Boys. The “Te Deum” place on Wednesday afternoon, Decem- having been sung, the Rev. R. Storry ber 4th. The church, which is of read the lesson, which was taken from beautiful proportions and most elegant 1 Kings viii. 22-61. An anthem and appearance, will seat 750 persons, of hymn, “ To Jesus, God above,” having whom 300 are to be accommodated in been sung, the Rev. P. Ramage preached the gallery.
The building is faced the sermon, taking his text from Haggai throughout with Kerridge parpoints, the i. 7, 8. In explaining it the preacher whole of the dressings being of Alder- pointed out the necessity of vigorously ley stone. The nave arches, supported proceeding with the building of the by iron columns, are of buff and brown Lord's house in their own souls, and bricks; the walls are plastered, and that that house of wood and stone was the roof is open, and lighted by four only the outward sign of the spiritual clerestory windows. All the glazing is edifice, which it was necessary for all in lead lights, with tinted quarries. to strive to build. At the close of his The chancel, divided from the nave by sermon he said the religious community a lofty arch, is octagonal, and lighted meeting in that place had for the last by three single-light windows, with four years contributed £2100 a year, traceried heads. The ceiling is of making £8400. That, of course, inpitch-pine bwards, and the floor is laid cluded the school and the church, and with mosaic. The whole of the internal now they were desirous, if it were pos-'