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ning conductor will be made after the upwards, are asked from all who have best modern methods.
been baptized in our Church, or who No church ought to be considered as have had children baptized there, for completely furnished until it is supplied the purchase of the font; and the with several sets of hearing tubes connec- amount already received, supplemented ted with the pulpit, by means of which by assistance from other sources, now partially deaf persons may be assisted to seems sufficient to warrant the hope hear the minister's discourses. During that an elegant font may be purchased. the liturgical services, reading the Mr. Roddis, the sculptor of the pulpit, Word, and the singing, deaf persons is engaged in the matter, and as soon as may, without such assistance, easily definite arrangements have been made join with the congregation; but unless we shall have pleasure in giving all means of hearing the sermon are pro- possible information.
Meantime, any vided, they are wholly debarred the one desirous of adding his little donation delight and benefit arising from that to the fund may forward it to Mrs. important part of the service, In Rodgers, or to Miss Annie Bragg. The carrying out this provision, the liberal usual sums are from one shilling to five aid of a lady friend has enabled the shillings each. Committee to arrange for four separate hearing tubes, which will be so con- BOURNE (Lincolnshire).-On Thursstructed as to assist the hearer to the day the 8th, and Friday the 9th of utmost extent that science can suggest. June, Mr. Gunton_delivered two lec
The gift of additions to the organ by tures in the Corn Exchange. On the one of our liberal, active, and enthusifirst evening the chair was occupied by astic friends is, both in money value and Robert Jobson, Esq., Honorary Secretary in other respects, one of the most im- to the Missionary and Tract Society, portant yet offered. It consists of the and on the second evening by the Rev. enlargement of the instrument by the Dr. Collett, a minister in the Baptist addition of what is called a “Choir Church. The attendance on both evenOrgan” complete. We have already ings was satisfactory, there being pretwo manuals, the “Great” and the sent on the first about 100, and on the "Swell,” and this valuable addition, second about 200. The remarks of the together with some important re-ar- Chairmen and of the Lecturer were well rangements, will make our organ com- received by most of those present, al. plete in all respects for its work. Three though there was some interruption "manuals,” or rows of keys, with a from a number of boys and youths, complete organ of distinct pipes to each, whose education in reverence for spirienable the performer to make changes of tual things was manifestly very defec. power and combinations of tone with tive. The first lecture was on “The great ease, and in a variety largely ex- Scriptural way of Salvation,” and the ceeding what is possible with only two second *“ The Second Advent, “inanuals.” Besides this addition of a How! When ! and Where! Christ is “Choir Organ,” the gift includes a new coming, according to the Scriptures.” frontage to face the north aisle, which, There was manifestly a considerable with the frontage to the chancel, will be number of persons present, whose minds in metal pipes, suitably decorated. Mr. have grasped to some extent the truth Nicholson of Worcester, the builder of and importance of New Church docthe instrument, has already put the trines. It is expected that Dr. Collett, additional work in hand, so as to have it whose accceptance with the people was finished when the church is sufficiently unmistakably manifested, will deliver a advanced to receive it.
lecture in the same building on Friday An eminent cabinetmaker of this the 23rd, under the auspices of the town, not connected with our congrega- Missionary and Tract Society, tion, though acquainted with many of “The unity of God in the person of the its members, has most kindly promised Lord Jesus.”. From Bourne, Mr. Gunto supply two chairs for the Communion, ton proceeded to Horncastle, where he and from the high reputation of the preached two Sundays, the 11th and firm, there is no doubt but that the gift 18th of June. The small Society at will be as worthy as it will be acceptable. this place suffers for want of assistance,
Small subscriptions, from a shilling in the supply of its pulpit. It offers a
good field of labour for a self-denying has been delivered at this church by labourer. A neat and commodious Mr. S. B. Dicks, during May and June, church has been erected, and willing and have aroused considerable interest. helpers are there prepared to render The attendances have throughout been every needful assistance. The harvest very good. Many who were entire is plenteous, and waits for the labourer. strangers to our doctrines have attended Who will arise to our help?
the whole course, and expressed their
surprise and pleasure at the easy manner Bristol.-On Sunday, April 23rd, in which the old stumbling-blocks are several members and friends in connec. shown to be erroneous by the light of tion with this Society met at their room the new dispensation, while, on the in the Oddfellows' Hall, to present Mr. other hand, the teachings of our church and Mrs. Eyles (who have lately been respecting this important subject have married, and will shortly leave this city commended themselves as rational and for Exeter) with a token of their esteem. elevating interpretations of the Divine Mr. E. Waller, the leader, presided, and, prophecies. It is proposed (D.V.) to having stated the object of the meeting, follow up this effort with some lectures called upon Mr. Jas. Lee to make the on "The Descent of the New Jerusalem.” presentation. Having dwelt upon the One gratifying fact in connection with subject of marriage, and the various uses the success of the effort is that no extra they had performed in the Church and expenses for advertising, &c., have been Sunday School since their establishment, incurred. The general condition of the he presented them with a very neat time. Society is healthy and progressive, not piece, bearing the following inscription: so much in point of numbers, as in the • Presented to Mr. and Mrs. Eyles, on growth of the spirit of brotherly love the occasion of their marriage, by some one to another, which is the only true members and friends of the Bristol New bond of union and source of strength. Church Society. March 23rd, 1876.” Our building fund increases very slowly, The present was suitably acknowledged but we hope and work for brighter days. both by Mr. and Mrs. Eyles. Mr. W. The building in which we now worship Hart also addressed them during the is unsightly and dirty, and away from afternoon, and the young ladies of the district where it is most needed, so their Sunday School class took this that strangers who may be attracted to opportunity of presenting Mrs. Eyles the lectures soon weary of the journey with a photograph of the class in a and the discomforts of the place. Å group, accompanied by a nicely written few hundred pounds would give us a letter, to which Mrs. Eyles warmly re- decent and wholesome habitation. sponded, expressing the gratitude and pleasure with which she received it. LONDON (Camberwell).—The followHymns were sung, and the meeting, ing was unavoidably omitted from our which was a most enjoyable one, ter- last number. The usual quarterly busi. minated with the Benediction.
ness meeting of the members of this
Church was held on Friday, April 21st, LIVERPOOL.—As another instance of Mr. Austin, the minister, presiding. a wholesome innovation, it is interesting Five new members were elected. It was to record the first of a Sunday after- resolved that the new liturgy, published noon's service for the Sunday School by the General Conference of the New scholars and the junior members of the Church, which has, provisionally, been Church, which was held here on June employed in the Sunday services for 4th. Over 100 attended. The children several months past, be permanently sang some hymns and an anthem most adopted for future use. The consideracreditably. A special sermon was tion of several suggested variations from preached by the Rev. R. Goldsack. A it occupied the meeting to a somewhat pleasant tea was enjoyed after the ser- late hour, and necessitated the adjournvice, and the experiment was a complete ment of two motions of which formal
notice had been given. It was incidentally mentioned in the cou
of the (Buttesland Street). — A evening that every pew in the building course of five Sunday evening lectures, was already appropriated, and that very on “The Second Coming of the Lord,' few single sittings were vacant. This
fact elicited the unanimous opinion of labours of this gentleman would not the gathering that the enlargement of have been mentioned here, were it. not the church must shortly be undertaken, that at his farewell service he attempted towards which cost the treasurer an- to bring ridicule on the New Church, nounced that he already held funds by saying he supposed they believe that amounting to more than £100.
those who spin or weave here will have
to spin or weave to eternity when they RAMSBOTTOM. - On Sunday, May get to heaven. Perhaps he thought 14th, the annual charity sermons of that this remark would please the four the New Jerusalem Sunday School, or five resident ministers who were with Ramsbottom, were preached by the Rev. him in the pulpit, and those of the J. Presland, who also delivered a very members of their congregation who were appropriate address at a scholars' service present; but they know the New Church held in the morning of the same day. people better than Mr. Culliss does, and These services have for many years been some of them had the good sense and held in a large hall, and have always the good feeling to express their regret been well attended. Their success has that the remark had escaped his lips. often been attributed to their having A letter explanatory of the nature of been held in a public hall, on neutral angelic employments, written by Mr. ground, where people of all denomina- Pilkington, appeared in one of the local tions could better assemble to hear a papers on the following Saturday, and New Church preacher, without appearing there is no doubt it will do much to to countenance the views he might set remove the misconceptions of the public forth. Remembering the prejudice upon this subject. That this attack has which has existed against the New done more good than harm is evident Church here, but which is now happily from the increased attendance at the dying away, some of the members of the charity sermons, and from the very liberal Ramsbottom Society doubted whether manner in which the Ramsbottom their charity sermons would be as Society has been supported on this successful if held in their new place of occasion by persons belonging to various worship as they had been in the hall. sections of the Christian Church. All the services, however, took place in the church, and it is gratifying to be DR. SEXTON.--This gentleman, who able to record that they were
never has become a receiver of New Church better attended ; while the collections. doctrine, has lately visited Newcastleof the day, which amounted to £70, ex- on-Tyne, and held a discussion in defence ceeds by about £15 the highest sums of Christianity. While there, he was ever realized on a similar occasion. entertained at a tea-meeting to which Still more encouraging to the New he was invited by the members of the Church friends here are the commen. New Bridge Street Society: Mr. M'Lagan datory remarks which they hear on all was in the chair, and introduced the sides respecting the views advanced by business of the evening in a warm eulo. Mr. Presland, and his manner of treat- gium on the ability and labours of their ing them. His discourses have received guest. Dr. Sexton—in the course of an the most unqualified praise from persons eloquent speech, in which he referred to who are in no way connected with the the growth and influence of the teaching New Church, one of whom remarked, of Swedenborg-said that, some short that if ever the Gospel was preached in time since, he had stated at a meeting Ramshottom it was at the New Jeru- of the Swedenborg Society in London, salem Church on Sunday last. This re. what he might repeat now, that he cognition of the beauty and power of believed that if he had been acquainted the New Church way of presenting the with the writings of Swedenborg twentytruths of the Gospel is all the more en- five years ago, it would have saved him couraging, as the remark referred to many years of anxious doubt and scepseems to bring it into contrast with the tical opinion. On lamenting, one day, style of Gospel preaching adopted by to a New Church minister the loss of the Rev. W. B. Culliss, an American the years thus spent in unbelief, the evangelist, who, almost every day for minister had replied to him that perhaps the last three weeks, has been holding this was God's method of educating him revival meetings in Ramsbottom. The (Dr. Sexton) for the work he had to perform, and the time, therefore, might pain. For fifteen months he was unable after all not have been wasted. For to leave his bed, and only by the conhimself, he would gladly take that view, stant and unwearied care of his beloved but it was not easy to arrive at such a wife and daughter were his sufferings conclusion. When it was known that assuaged and his life below prolonged. he had abandoned the Secularist plat- At two o'clock on the morning of form, and had devoted himself to the Saturday, May 20, he glided from his promulgation of Christian truth, he had worn-out body, and rose to the higher been requested to join the ranks of many life. His spirit left a pleasant aspect on denominations. He said this without the countenance, a look of calmness and any vanity, or without wishing to over- peace, that spoke of rest at last. rate his own abilities. He had been He had endured his frequent agonies offered pulpits in different denomina- with great patience, longing for delivertions, but up to the present time had ance, but never inurmuring. His prinaccepted none. His tendency had been ciples sustained him. The sight of his at first towards Unitarianism, and his friends from time to time cheered him. friends naturally expected that he would The token of general esteem that was settle down in that denomination. He commenced by the Sunday-School Union soon came to see, however, that the Committee, and so worthily responded great central truth of Christianity was to all over the Church, was very pleasant the supreme divinity of the Lord Jesus to him as a mark of the general affection Christ, and that if this were removed with which he was regarded. He had the whole fabric would fall. Wherever to be lifted up, being too weak to raise he went, he must, at all events, preach himself, to see the timepiece and the this truth. After explaining, at great purse of 260 guineas that were thus prelength, the way in which the teachings sented, and he was deeply touched. of Swedenborg had influenced his mind, But he was glad when his journey was he said that he intended devoting the ended, and he entered the desired haven. rest of his life to the preaching of the Mr. Rendell was born at Barnstaple Gospel and the promulgation of Chris- in Devonshire. He was of French ex. tian truth. Music and speeches from traction through both parents. His another friends filled up the time of a cestors had been driven forth from France pleasant evening.
in 1685, by the revocation of the Edict
of Nantes; and thus the destruction of GENERAL CONFERENCE.—All minis- the liberty of worship for Protestants by ters and representatives intending to be the vain-glorious king Louis XIV., as a present at the next Conference are re- mark of repentance dictated by the spectfully requested to communicate Church to atone for the profligacies of with Mr. J. W. Cunliffe, 11 Avenue his life, led to the settlement of his Parade, Accrington, as early as possible, family in this country. One of the Proso that the necessary arrangements may testant ministers compelled by wicked be made for their accomodation.
bigotry thus to leave his home and
native land was named De la Roche, and Marriage.
from him Mr. Rendell's grandmother,
and thus he derived the De la Roche in At the Congregational Church, Hopton, Mirfield, on June 6, by the Rev. J. his name, Elias De la Roche Rendell. Gamble, and afterwards at the residence
Mr. Rendell's family was led by cirof the bride, by the Rev. E. Whitehead, cumstances to move several times during Mr. Joseph Hartley, late of Accrington,
his youth; thus, he was educated partly to Miss Emily Smith, of Hopton, Mir: at Ashburton, partly at Chudleigh, but field.
chiefly at Bristol, where he attended a
school kept by Dr. Durham in Guinea Obituary.
Street, for several years. Here he ac. Rev. E. D. RENDELL.-Born, July quired a love for reading, elocution, and 21, 1803; departed, May 20, 1876 ; dramatic poetry, and a taste for drawing aged 73.
The many friends of the and painting. He subsequently chose esteemed minister whose name heads miniature-painting as a profession, and this article have long been aware his family having removed to Salisbury his body had sunk into great feebleness, he had several years' training, and then and that he was severely tried by extreme commenced his career in the walk he
had chosen for a livelihood. This was in that town as minister, and with con1823, when he was twenty years of age. siderable success. Mr. Rendell having
Up to this time he had been associated been three years at Newcastle, was with the Church of England, but having ordained in 1830, by the Rev. S. Noble, become thoughtful, he found many per- in Peter Street Church, Manchester, the plexing difficulties in the articles and Conference being held that year at the liturgy of the Church which disturbed Temple, Salford. him greatly. These related chiefly to the Mr. Rendell laboured at Newcastle teaching of that Church respecting God, for 18 years, and only removed in March that He has no form, and yet is three 1844, when he was invited to take Divine persons : that the first Divine charge of the New Chapel erected by person is infinitely wrathful, demanding Hugh Becconsall, Esq., at Preston, pacification; the second infinitely tender Lancashire, for the small company of and merciful, ready to suffer infinite tor- New Churchmen already gathered in ment to satisfy the first ; and the third, that town, mainly through missionary neither demanding nor yielding pacifi- exertions, from Accrington and Man. cation, and yet they are all alike, and chester. only one. While pondering these things, On leaving Newcastle, the friends he had occasion, by his business, to visit presented him with several tokens of the shop of a stationer named Le Cras, esteem, on each of which was the followafterwards an editor and resident in Jer. ing inscription :-“Presented to the sey. To him young Rendell opened his Rev. E. D. Rendell, by the Newcastle mind, and learned that he would find all Society of the New Jerusalem Church, his difficulties removed by the clear ex. as a testimony of affection and esteem ; positions of divine truth in the writings and as a tribute of respect for his charof Swedenborg, which Mr. Le Cras had acter as a man and a Minister of the for some time greatly prized.
Gospel. February 29th, 1844." Mr. Rendell
read and received the ex- For 32 years he continued to occupy positions of Swedenborg with delight. the pulpit at Preston, and to take a full He learned there were others in the city share of the labours for other societies like-minded, and he assisted in getting in Lancashire at the Sunday School and the friends together to make a society other anniversaries. He was always even of a few, and worship according to ready to do his part, and always accepttheir own convictions. This continued able. for three years, and during that time In 1841 he was elected President of Mr. Rendell began to feel an inclination Conference for the first time, and so to devote himself to the ministry. well did he acquit himself in the
In 1826, the Conference was held in performance of his duties, that he was Manchester, and Mr. Rendell resolved chosen on six other occasions, the last to visit that body and confer with others being in 1872, at Preston. Such special who loved the Church in the north of qualifications for this office did he posthe kingdom, calling at Bristol and Bir- sess, that some friends have been heard mingham on the way. He made many to wish
that he might constantly occupy acquaintances in the Church on his that office. He was made ordaining journey, and learned that a body of New minister in 1857. Church' friends in Newcastle-on-Tyne In 1859 he was chosen Editor of the wished for a minister, and he entered Juvenile Magazine, and he continued into correspondence with them. He was to minister to the young friends of the invited to visit them for three months church in that office for seventeen years on trial, paying his own expenses.
This with how much gratification both to was in November 1826, and subsequently scholars, teachers, and parents, was he agreed to remain as their minister, evinced by the testimonial of grateful with such very moderate contribution love sent to him on his dying bed. towards his support as they were able to Such, in brief outline, was the minismake.
terial life of our esteemed friend. In his The chapel in Percy Street, New. citizen life he was esteemed and useful. castle-on-Tyne, had already been erected He was a friend of science, and fostered chiefly at the expense of one lady, Mrs. the Mechanics’ Institution in Preston Norman, the Rev. Mr. Bradley having by occasional lectures, and otherwise. for several years previously laboured in Several notices appeared in the Preston