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following suggestions:-1. That lists Church, by one who was not a member be prepared on which shall appear the of the congregation. The April number names of members and junior members, of the Manual gives the following notice grouped into three districts, according of a similar contribution, from another to their places of abode. That to each friend similarly circumstanced :—“In of these three districts one Deacon and the March Manual we gave the news two Matrons be appointed, who shall that handsome and complete gas-fittings have special charge of the visitors who for the Church had been offered by a may be needed among the members and friend. Following that notice was a junior members in the district to which paragraph inviting any one so disposed they are allotted. That the Deacons to emulate this good example by proshall superintend the subdivision of the viding the gas-fittings for the Schools. lists, and generally direct the visiting. We are now happy to say that the sug. 2. That in addition to one Deacon and gestion has been accepted and the offer two Matrons, three Visitors be appoint- made. A gentleman, not connected ed to each district, one or more of whom with this religious society, though a should be selected from the younger personal friend of many of its members
, members of the Church and from the and who had already promised a dona. Sunday Schools. 3. That the Visitors tion, when he saw the Report and perand Matrons report regularly to the used the list of subscriptions under Deacons, and that, in all cases of sick- revision, felt impelled to increase his ness, and whenever it may be thought gift, and choosing this special way of necessary, the Minister should be in doing so, at once offered to supply the formed at once. 4. That days be fixed pendants and fixtures for the Schools. for Quarterly Meetings during the year, We are not yet at liberty to publish his at which the Minister, Deacons, Matrons, name, but, all the same, we are sure his and Visitors shall attend; when Reports kind offer will be received with delight shall be presented, and arrangements and gratitude by every one.
Nor will for future visiting completed.
the liberal donor of the coronas, standThe Committee of the Sunday School ards, and fittings for the Church be less report a slight decline in the number in pleased than ourselves on finding that his attendance, owing to the prospect of example has thus led to so generous an removal to the new schoolrooms. On imitation. We have also received an the general question of Sunday School intimation that the finial for the spire education, in its relation to the exten- will probably be given by one of our sion of secular teaching, the Committee most active friends, whose devotion to say :-“The universal spread of know. the work and liberality have already ledge is producing a very rapid change in been well attested. Such is the heavenly the character of the teaching in Sunday effect of all good deeds, that one always Schools; and our Teachers are applying tends to suggest and stimulate another, themselves with all diligence to meet and thus each successive donor increases the changing condition of their scholars. the joy of all the others. May we have They are looking forward with hopeful the happiness of recording yet many pleasure to the removal of the School to other such noble gifts. If from memthe new rooms at Handsworth, and they bers of the congregation, well : but if trust, that with the new class-rooms, from friends not thus connected-s0 they will be enabled to do nobler work much the better, because then proving for the young. Every year will now the union of hearts by ties of mutual make it easier to impart an instruction esteem and Christian love, rising far more directly religious in its nature, above and scarcely lessened by diver. and in the coming months the change of gencies of creed.” place will give opportunity for other changes, tending to make the Schools Bolton.-On Tuesday evening, April more truly nurseries for the life im- 4th, the quarterly tea-meeting of this mortal than they have yet been.” The Society was held in the schoolroom ; Society seems fortunate in the assistance and was of an unusually interesting received in the completion of their new character in consequence of the presen. church from friends outside their own tation of a unanimously signed requisi. community. In our last, we mentioned tion to the leader, Mr. G. H. Smith, the contribution of the gas-fittings of the to allow himself to become a candidate
for ordination at the next General Con- the world of spirits,” based upon ference. Mr. W. H. Horrocks in pre- various statement smade by Swedenborg, senting, on behalf of the congregation, was introduced by Mr. Smith, who in the requisition to Mr. Smith expressed the course of an exceedingly interesting the very sincere pleasure he felt in and instructive examination of the being requested by the Committee to questions connected therewith, adduced perform so agreeable a duty, his satis- many very conclusive passages from the faction being greatly enhanced by the writings of Swedenborg proving their consideration that the requisition was attainment, after the last judgment, of a unanimous one, there not being a single the angelic state. dissentient. He dwelt in warm terms The appointment of a subject for upon the manner in which Mr. Smith next quarterly 'meeting, namely “The had endeared himself to every member nature of the unpardonable sin, of the congregation, and expressed the cluded one the best spent evenings this earnest hope and belief that the Society has enjoyed for a long time. sincere and impressive efforts which he put forth so diligently and con- HULL.—The first anniversary services tinuously for the spiritual welfare of connected with the opening of the all associated with the Church would Church in Spring Bank, were held on be as earnestly responded to, and also Sunday, April 9th, and on Tuesday rewarded in an equally fitting and sub- evening, April 11th. On the Sabbath, stantial manner. Mr. Smith in accept- two sermons were preached by Mr. Guning the “Requisition” said, that while ton; in the morning, on the spiritual he felt no particular ambition for the lessons contained in the Divine Record title of "
Reverend,” he could not but respecting Cain's slaying of his brother feel highly gratified in receiving such Abel, and in the evening, on Samson's an indication that his labours during great strength, and why it lay in his the two years he had been in the hair. The attendance was good. In ministry had met with such cordial and the evening the Church was filled with unanimous approval. To be of real use an intelligent congregation, which lisin his ministrations was his highest am- tened with marked attention to the bition, and whatever of success attended preacher, while he expounded the truth his efforts he felt he must attribute to and enforced the lessons contained in the Lord. To Him must be all the praise. the portions of the Word of God he had
There is good reason to hope that selected as the subjects of his discourses. under the auspices of an earnest and Many expressed their delight with the efficient minister, supported by the views of truth presented ; particularly equally earnest co-operation of the con- in the evening, with the exposition of gregation, the Society may grow into the inspired narrative respecting Samson. one of the most vigorous and healthy Mr. Gunton has visited Hull so fresocieties in the New Church. There quently that he has become known, and is here a good basis to start from and usually secures a large congregation. a wide field to work in, the town and The Society is greatly indebted to him suburbs containing a population of for his valuable assistance in the erecupwards of one hundred thousand. tion of their new Church, which has Hitherto this Society, like most others given them a position in the town they in the Church, has worked its way did not previously possess. They have quietly, and lived down a multitude of also been much aided by friends who prejudices. And there are abundant have assisted them by supplying their evidences that there exists amongst pulpit while they have been without a this population a growing spirit of leader. The Society feel especially inquiry, which if adequately met by a grateful for the services of Mr. Pulsford judicious presentation of the truth of Sheffield, and Mr. Seddon of Oldham, cannot fail to issue in the growth of the who rendered them important assistance New Church amongst us.
during theinclement season of the winter. After the presentation of the requi. On the evening of Tuesday the 11th, sition, the subject appointed for con- the annual tea-meeting was held, the sideration at the previous quarterly meet- tea being provided by the ladies of the ing, namely, “The vastation of David congregation. There was a good attendand Paul, and their prolonged stay in ance, and after tea a public meeting
Marriage. circumstances of the Society were given hy Mr. Guinton, Mr. Laylands, Mr. Portland Square, Bristol, by the Rev.
On March 23d, at St. Paul's Church, Needler, and Mr. Best.
Mr. Laylands George Alford, Francis Morrish Eyles, has been for a short time leader of the formerly of Bath, to Alice, eldest Society at Horncastle, and has now been engaged by the friends at Hull as the daughter of Mr. William Palmer. leader of their Society. He commenced
Obituary. his ministry on the 16th of April, and the members hope that he will be successful in the 73rd year of his age, Mr. John
Departed this life on 23rd March last, in building up the Church and promoting Brown of Hull. After a protracted and its growth in truth and righteousness. There is an extensive field of labour in trying illness, this worthy member of
the Church was released from his morHull, and elements which will, we trust, tal coil.
We cannot doubt, from our render it successful.
knowledge of his uniform uprightness, LONDON. - Argyle Square. --One of and true discipleship of the Lord, that the established services of this society he has received a welcome in his is a periodical children's service. At heavenly Father's home. For some this service on the 23rd of April a new years he kept alive the nucleus of the order of worship suited to the occasion present Society, by means of quarterly was introduced.
In this service the meetings held in his house. Not unmindgeneral order of the liturgy is ob- ful of the importance to the Church served, the prayers being new and of pecuniary aid, a few years since he aradapted to the occasion. The service is ranged a gift to the Conference of £1000. also appointed at 3 p.m., when no other He was born in the New Church, inasservice is being held. This is not a much as his father received its doctrines general practice in the arrangement of through Mr. Green, the first preacher of children's services. It is usual, if not the doctrines in Hull. Mr. Brown leaves common, to make them one of the usual only one sister, whose affection for the Church services, most frequently the Church is not less than his own. morning service. There is much to be Departed this life, Feb. 1876, at said for these services, whether confined Southwell, Notts., Mrs. Gilson, late of
the children and those immediately Nottingham... She generally enjoyed interested in them, or extended to the good health till December of last year, whole congregation. The injunction when she had a severe attack of heart “Feed my Lambs,” is a command of affection, from which, however, she the highest value for the building up of soon recovered. A few weeks later she the Church and the extension of the had sudden return of her complaint, Lord's kingdom in the world. It is be, and in a few minutes passed away. Mrs. ginning to be more generally realized G. had been a receiver of the doctrines by all religious communities that the for about twenty-five years, and for the foundation of the religious life, if this last twenty years was connected with the life is to be vigorous and healthy, must Nottingham Society. She loved the be laid in childhood and early life. New Church with an ardent affection, Efforts are, therefore, wisely made by and took great delight in conversing the Church to supplement and extend with those who rejoiced in the sanie the efforts of parents, and children's glorious faith. Her removal from Notservices are a wise and useful extension tingham, on account of a sister's .illness, of the labours of the Sunday School, to obliged her to attend the minister at which every friend of the young and Southwell, and although the clergy and lover of the Church will give a hearty their wives were anxious to make her support.
sojourn among them cheerful and pleaBirths.
sant, she found herself unable to join in On April 18th, at 394 Edgeware Road, the old services, and could not bring herLondon, the wife of Mr. James Gilbey, self to recognize the new sphere into of a son.
which she was thrown ; and often did At Melon Cottage, Kensington, on she express her sorrow that she had no March 18, the wife of Mr. R. Tomley, New Church friends near her.
J. D. B.
of a son.
Much has been written and said on the subject of Work. It is an exhaustless theme, yet it is to be feared that the world, as a whole, has a very imperfect understanding of the matter. There is still an immense class who look upon work as a species of drudgery, as ignoble and slavish—a thing to be avoided and shirked as much as possible. At the best it is regarded as a necessary but distasteful means to an end, as a mode of accumulating wealth or providing food and clothing for our ordinary wants. Some there are, no doubt, who recognize its nobler qualties, and who work lovingly, with but little thought of merit or reward. All honour to these men! they are treading an upward path, which will lead them into realms of eternal light. They are, however, but a small minority, though, it is to be hoped, a constantly increasing one. Most men work because they must, or because of its emoluments; and a considerable section of our community, whose position exempts them from the necessity of work, look down upon
it with a feeling akin to scorn, as a sign of inferior social rank, and therefore “common and unclean.” It is time that such false and erroneous views on this subject were discarded, and that men should recognize the true value and object of work.
In its highest sense and origin, work may be said to be Divine ; for God Himself is the great Artificer and chief Worker in the universe, and those who work most and best, approach most closely to His image and likeness.
In the realm of nature we see constant evidence of the grand principles of work or co-operation; for a chain of interdependence and mutual support runs through all her various departments.
Look, for instance, at the vast suns of our cosmical system! How unceasing is their work—supplying the planetary worlds that surround them (our own earth amongst the number) with exhaustless stores of light and heat !
Were the sun of our system to turn idler for a single day, our world would be quenched in perpetual night.
Look, too, at the manifold operations in nature! The various kingdoms, mineral, vegetable, and animal, are each working for the other, and all for man. How stupendous, and yet how silent, are the forces by which these operations are carried on! Here is no dilettanti or half-and-half work, but everything is bent, as it were, on doing its best for that which lies immediately around and above it. Thus the mineral world supplies the vegetable, and that again supports the animal kingdom. All are co-operating together, and performing some use, either higher or lower, from the hard rock on which the lichen feeds, to the lowing cattle and willing horse which yield their invaluable services for our daily wants.
Not until we come to man, God's chiefest work, do we find the principle fail. Here, as usual, we see the intended order of nature perverted. Man works not from love, but for hire, and, if possible, he avoids it altogether.
The world has, however, yet to learn two great lessons in this matter; first, that work is the noblest privilege which belongs to humanity, and secondly, that its value intrinsically depends not chiefly upon its amount, but upon its quality and motive. We have spoken of the first, and endeavoured to illustrate our meaning by a reference to the universal order of nature. It is a law of God that everything which He has made should, directly or indirectly, be bound together by a common bond of brotherhood, or co-operation. There are, in reality, no drones in nature, until we come to the human hive; for the poor insect, which has been made a by-word in the world, is actually fulfilling its specially allotted work equally with its now busy brethren. It is man alone who enjoys the distinction of leading a life of ease and idleness, though, happily for our race, the greater number are compelled by necessity to perform some kind of work.
We come, however, to our second point—the motive, or end of work. It has been well said, that "men are not so much distinguished by