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instruction out of school hours, and by London School Board, he knew that the other persons than the ordinary teachers, religious difficulty was a bogus difficulty the Conference would, he believed, secure —not one felt by the parents. He bea more systematic teaching of the doc. lieved that the proposal to detain the trines of the New Church.
scholars after the ordinary school hours Mr. Ward (Derby) suggested some was unreasonable and unpractical. standard of excellence by which to regu- Mr. Kay (Clayton) speaking as late the grants.
schoolmaster, having, few children of Mr. Geo. Benson expressed his entire New Church parents under his care, dissent from the action of the Committee felt that the cramming of the Catechism in inviting the lurge schools, which were down the throats of the scholars would well able to support themselves, to apply break up such schools. for a grant from the Education Fund. Mr. Broadfield having replied on the
Mr. J. W. Tonks (Birmingham) said debate, the resolutions were amended by there had been a desirable change in the altering the 2nd resolution to read policy of Nonconformists on the educa- as follows :-“That it be recommended tion question. It was not the policy of that where religious instruction cannot the schoolmaster to have more to do be given during the school hours, the with religion than he was compelled to systematic teaching of the New Church have. Though not entirely agreeing doctrines be undertaken at other speciwith the action of the Birmingham fied times." With this alteration the School Board, he thought their plan of resolutions proposed by the Committee setting apart certain afternoons for re. were unanimously adopted. ligious instruction afforded a fair solution On the consideration of the President's of the difficulty.
Report, it was resolved to print large Rev. Dr. Bayley held that the re- type editions of the New Liturgy for ligious difficulty existed more in ima. use in the pulpit, and for the convenience gination than in reality ; if the teachers of the aged; also to request the President of the schools wished, they could give of Conference to confer with the Day efficient religious instruction under ex- School managers on the practicability isting Government regulations. He was of publishing their statistics, etc., in sorry that nanagers and teachers had one report of a size uniform with the glided into the notion that they were Minutes of Conference. under no moral responsibility to teach Rev. Dr. Bayley then moved, “That New Church doctrine if they did not in the judgment of the Conference, every receive the Annual Conference Grant. member of the New Church ought Why were the schools built ? Not several times in the year to partake of simply to teach the three R's, but to the Holy Supper, as a privilege and a instruct children how rightly to fulfil duty ; and would earnestly impress upon the duties of life. He could understand Societies the great importance of faithmembers of the Old Church feeling a fully obeying the command of the Lord difficulty in teaching their creed, be- in this respect.” The resolution was cause it was behind the age. New adopted unanimously, and the part of Churchmen should feel no such diffi- the President's Report referring to the culty. We need more energy.
matter was ordered to be printed in the Rev. J. Deans supported the senti. Magazine. ments of Dr. Bayley.
Mr. G. H. Johnstone moved the Mr. Howe (London) while admitting following resolution “That a Com. the existence of difficulties in the matter mittee be appointed to consider the of religious teaching in Day Schools, propriety of preparing à Conference objected to altering the rule of the fund Hymn-Book, embodying hymns selected simply for an experiinent.
from the present Hymn-Book and Mr. Rhodes (Deptford) deeply re- Supplement, with such others as may be gretted that, though the funds had been deemed advisable." As the matter is of left and the schools built for a specific considerable importance to the Church, purpose, there had been a disposition on we give the speech of the mover in the part of schoolmasters to throw off extenso. Mr. Johnstone said-In moving the trammels of Conference. Speaking the resolution of which I have prefrom his experience as a member of one viously given notice, I shall first call of the divisional Committees of the attention to the fact that the present
Conference Hymn-Book was compiled acceptable it has been to the Church in as far back as 1822 ; and, although it the numbers that have been sold, and I contains a great number of beautiful venture to hope that such a hymn-book hymns, yet there are many which I will be compiled as shall be acceptable venture to assert are seldom or never to the whole Church. The resolution used for singing; hymns, I mean, of a was seconded by Mr. Gunton. mere doctrinal character, and which, as . Mr. T. Wild (Heywood) did not obstated in the preface, " are not intended ject to the principle of the motion, but for public use, but which, it is hoped, urged that the recent changes in Liturgy will frequently cheer and delight the and Psalms rendered it advisable to serious hours of retirement." I could, postpone action in the matter, until the if necessary, quote some of these hymns, Societies had been consulted. but the fact of the Supplement having Mr. J. R. Rendell believed that there been compiled and printed, proves to was a clear and nearly a unanimous some extent the necessity for a change ; feeling in the Church that the present but to my mind it does not go far Hymn-Book is not satisfactory. enough, and there are so many beauti- Mr. E. M. Sheldon (Liverpool), on ful hymns which are used in other the contrary, believed that the Church denominations, and are such general generally was very well satisfied with favourites, that I cannot understand the existing Hymn-Book ; why when the Supplement was being changes were very undesirable. compiled, they were not included, except Mr. Rhodes would commit the Con. it be for the reason that the Supplement ference to the preparation of a New was only temporary, until a proper and Hymn-Book, and suggested the omiswell-selected new hymn-book should be sion of the words, “ Consider the printed. The Birmingham and Manches. propriety.' ter Societies have printed an addition to Mr. Johnstone accepted this sug. the Supplement of about twenty of the gestion. hymns which are well-known favourites, Rev. W. O'Mant was not satisfied but there are so many good hymns with our present selection of hymns, which have been written during the last which were in many respects inferior to twenty or thirty years, that we might the collections of other bodies. Many get an edition of some 600 or 800 hymns of our hymns were crystalized rather with very little difficulty. To my mind than vitalized New Church sentiment. we want more hymns that will appeal Rev. R. Goldsack supported the rather to the heart than to the intellect, motion. and I am quite prepared to admit that Rev. J. Deans objected to the rethe Supplement is a step in the right solution as entirely unnecessary, and direction ; but it is very faulty as it alluded to the little use of the Supplestands, and calls for a new edition, or, as ment, Societies generally preferring the I should wish, a new hymn-book en- old book, which for fifty years had tirely, that should last a many years. ministered to the spiritual wants of the Leaving out the fact of the Supple- Church, and was so greatly endeared inent being faulty, it does not go far to the hearts of the members. enough. I could give you a list of a question was not merely a pocket hundred hymns that we might use for a question. They could not afford to lose new edition without the slighest altera- it, because of its intrinsic worth and tion, while there are a great many others valued associations. The question was we could use with only slight altera- not to be decided merely as a literary tions. What we want in our hymns is one ; he greatly preferred the robust poetry, not simply rhyme - religious spirit of our old hymns. Even though sentiment rather than mere statements of some half-dozen of them were somewhat doctrine. Music appeals to the emo- unsingable, they were greatly superior tions, and has the power to awaken to the vague sentimentalism of the the heart to receive more warmly the modern style of hymns. He urged that Divine truth. The work has become a the old Hymn-Book was, if not perfect, necessity by the advanced thought in the best in existence. the Church. You have introduced a New Mr. H. Cameron (Blackburn) conLiturgy in accordance with the change tended that there was no force in the in men's opinions, you have seen how arguments of the preceding speaker
which might be used against all their pastor by the death of the Rev. E. progress.
D. Rendell, and the appointment of his Mr. Rodgers contended for progress. successor, involving the fulfilment of We cannot progress without change. the conditions of the trust-deed, engaged The old Hymn-Book contains many the patient and thoughtful attention beauties. But there are beauties and of a large Committee. The following beauties. This Hymn-Book contains resolutions, recommended by this Comdoctrinal beauties, literary beauties, mittee, were unanimously adopted by and other beauties, but it is lacking in the Conference :-“ That as it appears poetical beauties. The New Church that the requirements of the trusthas not yet produced a great poet, be- deed relating to the Preston Church are cause the New Church has not yet not fully complied with, this conattained to a large amount of love. ference requests the Trustees North of Poetry is the language of love. At Trent to make temporary arrangements present we are doctrinal, and have not with the Preston Society relative to the attained the degree of love necessary supply of the pulpit. to the poetic genius; but as soon as the That a Committee be appointed to Church attains that degree, then will confer with the Preston Society—said arise a great New Church poet.
Committee to consist of Rev. R. Storry, Rev. J. P. Potts, referring to a re- and Messrs. Broadfield, E. J. Broadfield, mark made by a previous speaker, and Durham.” believed that we cannot have hymns A proposal of the Committee on the without doctrine.
Rules of Conference, to adopt a series of Mr. E. J. Broadfield, while prepared new rules for the Pension Fund as reguto vote for a Committee of enquiry, lative resolutions, was earnestly debated, could not consent to commit Conference and ultimately it was agreed to draw to the provision of a New Hymn-Book ; the attention of the Church to the there is so much difference in taste, that matter by printing them in the Appengreat caution would be required in dix, and postponing their discussion dealing with the subject.
until the next Session. Ultimately the resolution was passed The Committee, appointed at a prein its original form.
vious Session to prepare a service for On the Treasurer's Report, it ap- the introduction of a rite analagous to peared generally that the various funds Confirmation, having reported that they of the Conference were in a healthy state. had completed their work, it was pro
A Committee, appointed at last Session posed to adopt it, and print it at once. to consider the relations between the On this motion, Mr. Tonks proposed to Conference and the College Council, gave call it a Service for the Admission of the gratifying information that the long Junior Members. In the course of the standing questions of difference and discussion which ensued, Mr. G. H. difficulty had been satisfactorily settled. Smith and others expressed a desire to
The Report of the Statistical Com- see it before it was finally adopted. mittee showed the following position of Rev. P. Ramage moved, and Rev. R. R. Societies connected with Conference :- Rodgers seconded, an amendment, that Members .
4685 copies be printed and circulated amongst Sunday Scholars
5872 the ministers and representatives prior Day Scholars
to its final adoption. The amendinent On the Report of the Committee on was by general consent adopted. Applications, the Society at Alloa was The proceedings of the Conference recognized by Conference. The ordina- were marked throughout by a spirit of tion of Mr. G. H. Smith of Bolton was brotherly kindness and earnest desire to moved by Mr. E. J. Broadfield in warm promote the prosperity of the Church. terms, and heartily supported by Revs. This was very manifest on the discussions R. Storry and J. Deans.
which arose on the proposal to increase Mr. W. Alfred Bates was adopted as the incomes of ministers labouring in a student, and licences were issued to small Societies. The necessity for the leaders at Bath, Blackburn, Bris- endeavour was expressed with warm bane, Hull, Islington, and Preston. feeling, and responded to, as our sepa
The Society at Preston have during rate mention of the subject shows, with the year been deprived of the services of marked liberality.
SUSTENTATION Fund.—As intimated schemes submitted to them, so as to in our brief report of the proceedings of mature a plan of operations of so perthe Conference, this subject occupied a manent a character as would be accept. large amount of the attention of the able to either the Conference or the last session. For some years past the Church at large. Conference has had a Students' and “In conclusion, your Committee Ministers' Aid Fund, which it has been would invite the serious consideration felt was inadequate to the two purposes of Conference, and particularly the it was instituted to subserve. The Committees concerned to the scheme requirement of the students alone nearly of a Permanent Sustentation Fund, exhausted the Fund, leaving little fully.confident that the more it is su at the disposal of the Conference to considered its feasibility and efficiency supplemen's the salaries of ministers who will present itself, and its very early were insufficiently provided for by success be attained. small and poor Societies. The feeling “RoB. R. RODGERS, Chairman. which has been for some time growing, “A. B. CRAIGIE, Secretary.” that more attention should be given The following are the Minutes passed to the aid of ministers, found expres- by the Conference:sion in very earnest tones at the Con- “ Minute 166.
Resolved, That the ference. The question was warmly Conference strongly recommends tle debated by the principal lay members Church to aim at raising the income of the Conference, and on the motion of all unmarried ministers, who are of Mr. Craigie, an influential Committee exclusively employed in the work of was appointed to consider the question. the Church, to the sum of at least £100 This Committee, after a patient and per annum, and that of all married laborious investigation, presented the ministers, who are so employed, to an following report, which, except the amount not less than £120 per annum. l'esolutions, which were somewhat modi. “Minute 167. Resolved, That two fied by the Conference, we present subscription lists be opened by the entire :
Treasurer, the first to form a capitalized “ The Comunittee appointed by Min. Permanent Sustentation Fund, and the ute 46, and to consider Resolution. second to provide, by means of yearly That a Committee of thirteen be ap- subscriptions, for the increase of small pointed to consider the best mode of stipends. fostering Societies whose numbers are 1 Minute 168. Resolved, That the small, and whose pecuniary resources Committee appointed to solicit con
insufficient properly to support tributions and arrange public meetings ministers, or to maintain efficiently the on behalf of the National Missionary operation of the Church, to report to Institution and Students' and Ministers' this Session ; and that such Committee Aid Fund, together with the Rev. W. consist of Rev. W. C. Barlow, R. R. O'Mant, and Messrs. E. H. Bayley, Rogers, R. Storry, and Messrs. E. H. Best, Craigie, Eadie, Gilbey, HutchinBayley, Best, Broadfield, Collinge, son, Johnstone, G. Pilkington, Rendell, Craigie, Gunton, Isherwood, Paterson, Robinson, and Saul, take up and carry W. H. Pilkington, and Ward ; Mr. out the work referred to in Minutes 166 Craigie, Secretary.
and 167; to report to the next Session. “Your Committee, in furtherance of “Minute 169. Resolved, That the this Resolution, having met, find, That members be requested kindly to further the importance of the course suggested the object contemplated in Minutes 166, is enchanced by the amount of infor- 167, and 168, by holding meetings and mation submitted to them.
collecting subscriptions in their respec: “The various modes suggested for tive Societies, to report to the Secretary of the attainment of the object, plainly the Committee appointed by Minute 47 point to the need of a permanent sus, in time for him to embody the informa. tentation fund, while the amount needed tion thus supplied in the Committee's debars them from more than aiming at Report to the Conference. such.
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Resolved, that the “The very limited time at the com- Committee, appointed by Minute 47, mand of your Committee precludes their act separately in the following districts, fully considering any of the many viz., London, Midland Counties, Lau.
cashire and Yorkshire, and in Scotland; of the Committee for the occasion. and that the following be the local The gathering was of a brilliant and Secretaries :-For London, Mr. E. H. pleasing character. At the conclusion Bayley ; for the Midland Counties, Mr. Mr. T. Watson and Mr. Broadfield, on Tonks ; for Lancashire and Yorkshire, behalf of the members of Conference, the Rev. R. Storry; and for Scotland, thanked the Accrington friends for Mr. Paterson.
their hospitable reception. The earnestness with which the sub- Thursday.—On this evening a meet. ject was taken up by the Conference ing open to the public was held in the was best evinced by the liberal subscrip- Chapel, and was very largely attended. tions which were at once cheerfully. The subject which the Accrington presented. These during the sitting of Society had selected for the speakers Conference amounted to nearly two "The Second Advent of our Lord thousand pounds.
and its Manifestations, " which was
spoken to by six members of Con: CONFERENCE MEETINGS. — Tusday. ference. The President (the Rev. J. -On Tuesday evening a large con- Presland), after briefly referring to the gregation attended to hear the Con- gathering of the previous night, said ference Sermon, which was preached The Second Advent was a very proper by the Rev. Dr. Bayley, whose long subject to bring before them, for it was and able services as minister of the a theme pre-eminently regarding what Accrington Society are evidently still the New Church had specific and most remembered by the friends in that essential doctrine to communicate to neighbourhood with gratitude and the world. They knew that the Second pleasure. After a short preliminary Advent of the Lord Jesus Christ had service, the preacher selected for his ever since His First Advent been a text the words of Rev. xxi. 24, “ And subject of supreme interest in the eyes the nations of them which are saved of the Christian Church. From the shall walk in the light of it: and the day the Lord ascended in the sight kings of the earth do bring their glory of His disciples, Christendom had and honour into it.” As the sermon been looking forward to His Second will appear in extenso in the pages of Coming in the clouds with power and this Magazine, it will not be necessary great glory. Every now and then the to say more in this place than that it walls were placarded with “Christ is was listened to with rapt attention and Coming.” They went further than evident delight. At the conclusion of those who issued such notices. They this service, the ordinance of the Holy believed that the Lord had already Supper administered by the come in accordance with the terms of Preacher and the President.
The prophecy, and that the world was collection on behalf of the Pension already basking in the new and brighter Fund amounted to £12, 9s.
age which His Second Advent was Wednesday.—A Social Soiree was inaugurating. It came not with out. held on this evening in the Peel ward observation, for as Christ said, Institute. The arrangements. “The kingdom of God is within you.' made by the Church at Accrington, The Lord always acted on man by and they were of a very satisfactory influencing man's
reason, and character. The number present was secondly, He acted on man by the reabout 800. Friends were present from velation of His Divine truth. Hence Heywood, Bury, Ramsbottom, Black. the Lord's Second Coming was a mani. burn, Manchester, and other places. festation of truth whereby He was able A choice programme of English music to cause man to co-operate with his had been arranged, consisting of songs, Maker in the accomplishment of the part-songs, and pianoforte solos, inter- great ends of amelioration and blessing spersed with occasional readings and which the Great Giver of all good was brief addresses. Dr. Bayley spoke continually seeking to accomplish. some very kind words in expressing the They read that the Lord came in the great pleasure which a visit to Accring- clouds, but not in the clouds of the ton always gave him. Choice refresh-eastern or western but in the ments were set out in the newsroom, clouds referred to by the Psalmist when which had been placed at the disposal he said, “Thy truth reacheth unto the