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News of the Churches.

All information for this department should reach Rev. J. FLETCHER by the

16th of the month. CONFERENCES.

5. That this Conference hereby ex

presses its full confidence in the GovernMIDLAND CONFERENCE.— The spring

at of the Right Hon. W. E. Gladstone, meeting will be held on Tuesday, March

and earnestly hopes that a Bill for the 4th, at Ilkeston (Queen Street). Morn

large extension of the county franchise, ing at 11.0, devotional meeting, with

to be followed by another for the resermon by Rev. F. Pickbourne. After

distribution of Parliamentary seats, may noon at 2.0, business session, with reporte

speedily becomo law, and that other from churches. Evening at 7.0, public mooting. ROBERT SILBY, Secretary.

neglected measuros of Liberal legislation for Great Britain may be prossed forward

this session. EASTERN CONFERENCE. The next

6. That the next Conforence be at meeting of this Conference will be held Shore, on Whit-Wednesday; that the at March, on Thursday, April 3ra. At

Secretary preach in tho morning, and eleven o'clock the Rev. G. H. Bennett, of

that brethren Wood and Williams, of Bourne, will proach a sermon. At tiro

Bradford, and McCallum and Riley, of o'clock, business, and afterwards a paper

Burnley, be the speakers in the evening. by brother C. Payne, of Louth, upon

W. GRAY, Secretary. “American Church Life." A public

CHURCHES. meeting will be held in the evening in support of tho Home Mission.

BIRMINGHAM, Lombard Street.27614 Chas, BARKER, Secretary.

to hand. Many thanks.

BIRMINGHAM, Longmore Street. The

annual church and congregational tea THE LANCASHIRE AND YORKSHIRE

meeting was held on Jan. 28th. Numbers CONFERENCE for the winter session was large. A very enthusiastic and encourage held at Tetley Street Chapel, Bradford, ing meeting followed the tou, the pastor, on the 16th of January. Morning service A. T. Prout, presiding. Addresses by at 10 30: reading and prayer by Rov. W. various deacons and friends. Sharman; sermon by Rev. D. McCallum Boston.—At the church meeting held from 1 Tim. iii. 16. Business at 2.0 p.m. Jan. 21st, spocial reference was made to Prayer by Mr. Binns. The reports of that day being the thirteenth anniversary the churches showed twenty-nine baptized of the death of Rov. Thos. Wright and eight candidates.

Mathews. Mr. Ward spoke in suitable The following rosolutions were passed : terms of the influence of his life as being

1. That Rev. J. Lawton be appointed still felt in the church; also that it was to solicit and receive subscriptions, &c., through Mr. M. that pastor Oncken had for the G. B. Building Fund in this been lod into the Baptist faith, and by district.

him was baptized. Officers for the yoar 2. That a meeting of lay preachers be were elected, the various agoncies of the called on next conference day to consider church were reported as in a vigorous and report on the Southern Conference condition, and during the year nearly schome.

£700 had been raised from all sourcos. 3. That Rev. J Dearden having rotired COVENTRY, Goxford Street --The second from the work of the regular ministry, anniversary of the Rev. C. Hood, as pastor after more than twenty years' faithful of the cburch, was celebrated by a tea service at Lydgate, this Conference and public meeting on Jan. 28th. Mr. desires to express its high appreciation Hood presided, and rejoiced that they of his character and work, and wishes had been permitted to beautify the chapel for him, in his retirement, all spiritual and to enjoy two years of unbroken blessing and peace and joy to the end of peace and barmony.

Addresses were his days.

delivered by Rovs. E. W. Cantrell and 4. That the officers for the coming W. T. Rose vear. year be-President, Mr. Joseph Horsfall; LIVERPOOL, Richmond Chapel (pastor, Vice-President, Mr. G. Scott; Treasurer, Rov. JH. Atkinson). -- Before us is the Mr. J. Lister; Business Committee, Rovs. church manual for 1884. We have been J. K. Chappelle, D. McCallum. W. Dyson, much interested in the account given of and Mr. Jos. Thomas, of Birchcliffe. work done and of societies and institu

tions maintained. Truly our friend, the pastor, appears as a king-bee in a bive of workers. Three mission-rooms are worked; 750 scholars taught in the schools. Contributions to foreign missions aro £187—to tho Liverpool hospital, £77. Our own College at Nottingham is not forgotton, £5 being the gift for the past year. A special feature of the domestic misson just started is a course of instruction by a medical doctor, on the best methods of treating injury or sudden illooss-open to district and sick visitors, &c.

LONDON, Commercial Road. The tonth anniversary of Rov. J. Fletcher's pastorato was celebrated by a toa and public meeting on Feb. 12th. The pastor presided, and reportod general harmony and prosperity. The membership has steadily increased, and for the tenth timo in succession the weekly offering has gone boyond the previous year. The sum of £109 58. Od. has been raisod and spent during the year in improving the school-room, and more money has boon raised in 1883 for the work of the school (from which fifteen have been added to the church during the year), more for the poor, more for the Christian Instruction Society, more for the Foreigo Mis. sion, more for the Home Mission, and more for the College, than in the year before. A Christian band has recently been started for the spiritual welfare of the younger members of the church, and is well attended. The receipts of the year from all sources (but raised almost exclusively from within the church and congregation) amount to £864. The meeting was a very hearty one, and was addressed by Revs. J. Hillman (Baptist) and J. R. Fisher (Congregationalist), Mr. Gillmore and Mr. Woodward (deacons).

LONGFORD, Salem Chapel.—The annual tea meeting of the mombers took place on Feb. 5th. A very encouraging report was given. The pastor (Rev. Jno. R. Parkor) prosided, and the large meeting was addressed by the deacons and other friends. The members number 316, and the spacious chapel continues to be well filled. The branch interest at Sowo is showing signs of great spiritual prosperity. Considering the sad state of the woaving trade, the general feeling was one of great thankfulness.

MACCLESFIELD. — The annual church meeting was held on Jan. 24th, the pastor in the chair. The financial statement by the Secretary was very satisfactory, and indicated vigour and self-sacrifice in all departments. The

statomont by the pastor showed thirty additions during the year, and sixtyeight during Mr. Dowen's three years' pastorate. The Sunday-school was reported in a very healthy condition. The church has been recently canvassed for subscribers; result—the list is doubled in number.

MARKET HARBOROUGH.—The church, which has been for a long time in an uncomfortable and dilapidated condition, is now about to undergo important alterations, at a cost of about £400, the contract being taken by W. Martin, Jupr. The closing services and meetings have been held as follows:-On Feb. 9th a substantial toa was provided at 5.0 pm. Nearly one hundred present. After tea the choir in a creditable manner gave a service of song, “Uncle Tom,” the connectivo reading being given by Mr. W. Cotes. On Sunday, Feb. 10, two excellent sermons by Rev. J. Wild. Good congregations. On Feb. 11 the closing meeting was held at 7.30 p.m., when interesting and humorous addresses were delivered by the Rev. J. Wild, W. E. Morris, and S. Harper; and Mr. Cotes gavo a statement of the work done since the settlement of Mr. Wild Satisfactory collections were taken at the close of each service and meeting in aid of the renovation fund. This is a bold outlay, and the friends deserve every encourage ment. For re-opening services soe advertisement.

SHEFFIELD, Cemetery Road.-On Jan. 24th, S. Hoyland, Esq., gave a locture in aid of the Band of Hope. Subject>"A talk on Phronology." The Rov. E. Carrington presided. The locture was very interesting and instructive, and was accompanied by the examination of a number of heads. —The young mon of the Bible class gave a miscellaneous entertainment on Feb. 4th, which was very largely attended, the object being the renovation of their class-roomSince tho settlement of the Rev. E. Carrington the congregation has been stoadily increasing. On Sunday, Feb. 10th, nearly a dozen of the senior scholars decided for Christ. Mr. Carrington's earnestness and zeal have been the means of stimulating the members of the church, and are expecting great things in the future.

SPALDING.–The annual tea meeting of the church and congregation was better attended than in the prórious year. The pastor in the chair. Addresses by Messrs. W. Parker, J. T. Atton, S. B. Nowling, and E. Newling (of London).

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NEWS OF THE CHURCHES.

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STOKE-ON-TRENT. - A rejoicing tea meeting was held in the schools on 21st January, to celebrate the extinction of the debt of £600. After tea Rov. Sim Hirst presided over a large meeting, being supported by the six deacons and Messrs. Grose, Stubbs, and Leadbeator. The total amount raised was £642 0s. 11d., or £42 more than the sum originally contemplated. Towards this sum Mr. W. M. Grose generously contributed £300. -Most successful evangelistic services were held from 27th Jan. to 1st Feb., conducted by Mr. Frank Russell, one of Mr. Spurgeon's evangelists. The congregations were large, and over a hundred professed conversion. Some of the cases were especially pleasing.

SCHOOLS. CHESHAM.-In connection with the Chartridge village station, the annual teachers' tea and social meeting was held on Feb. 12th. The pastor (Rov. W. B. Taylor) took the chair. Stimulating and instructive addresses were delivered by soveral of the teachers, and a most onjoyable evening was spent.

Louth, Eastgate.--Anniversary services were held Jan. 27th and 28th. Preacher, Rov. T. R. Stevenson. Chairman of public meeting, Mr. A. Godsmark. Congregations good. Proceeds £11 18.

was made, on behalf of the choir, teachers, elder scholars, and other friends, by Mr. E. Larrington, who, in a characteristic speech, explained that the present was an expression of grateful esteem for Mrs. Barker's long services id connection with playing the harmonium, singing, and teaching the adult class of girls. He, and others who followed, testified to the affection all entertained for both pastor's wife and pastor. A breakfast cup and saucer to match, generously given by the lady at whose establishment the purchase of the service was made, was included for Mr. Barker, who, for his wife and himself, in suitable terms acknowledged the great kindness then and all along experienced by them both.

LOUTH, Eastgate.-(1) In connection with a recent “sale of work,” which yielded over £33, Mr. F. M. Thompson was presented with a handsome sofa cushion, in acknowledgment of bis valuable services in various departments of church work.-(2) On Jan. 25th, Mrs. Payne's S. S. class presented her with six A1 electro-plated forks, a cut glass sugar basin and cream jug, with an address neatly executed, expressive of their high appreciation of her servicos. During the four years Mrs. Payno has had charge of this class it has supplied the church with thirteen members and the school with six teachers.

SHEFFIELD, Cemetery Road.-Some of the most earnest workers in connection with the above place of worship have left for foreign parts. At the annual Band of Hope meeting Mr. Bradley was presented with a writing case and a set of books on the occasion of his departure for Now Zealand; and at the annual Sunday school teachers' toa Mr. J. E. Cbambers and Miss Dockerill wore suitably remombered.

WENDUVER — The chapel has just been re-opened, after unique alterations and additions. The pastor, Rev. J. W. Callaway, was architect and surveyor throughout, to the entire satisfaction of the people. Ho mado no charge for his services, and thus the expenses were limited to £225 98. 8d. The whole amount has been raised. At the annual meeting in Feb., Mr. Pearce (deacon), on behalf of the church and congregation, presented to Mr. and Mrs. Callaway a purse containing £11 10s., in token of their gratitude and estoom for the labours named above, and expressed the hope of the subscribers that it would enable the good pastor and his wife to take a need. ful holiday.

PRESENTATIONS. COALVILLE.-On Jan. 21st, after a largely attended social tea, a presentation, consisting of a purse of twenty guineas, was made by Mr. Jas. Gutteridge, on behalf of the church and congregation, to the Rev. F. and Mrs. Pick bourne, on the occasion of their rocont marriage. Other gifts, comprising a very valuable hat and umbrella stand and a very handsome toast rack, were presented by Mr. C. Hardington, on behalf of the young men’s Bible class, and by Miss E. Hull, on behalf of the young women's Bible class. During the evening, selections of music, both vocal and instrumental, were given by Mrs. W. D. Stableford, Mrs. J. Gutteridge, Miss Bortenshaw, Mr. J. H. Starkey, and Mr. W. Moss. Very appropriate speeches were made by Messrs. Bertenshaw and W. D. Stableford. The meeting was large, hearty, and enthusiastic, and one long to be remembered.

FLEET. -At the annual gathering of teachers and friends on Feb. 11th, Mrs. Barker, the pastor's wife, was presented with an exceedingly handsome Queen's blue china tea service. The prosontation

BAZAARS, &c. LEICESTER, Dover Street, -A sale of work, for raising money toward repayment of loan from Building Fund, has recently been beld in the school-room, which was tastefully decorated. Various exhibitions of an amusing and instructive charactor added considerably to the interest and proceeds of the effort. Net result, £70.

GRANTHAM, Oxford Street.-On Feb. 1st, 2nd, and 3rd, a bazaar was held in the Tom perance Hall towards reducing the debt of £300. The bazaar was opened by the mayor, G. S. Hannett, Esq, accompanied by the mayoress. The proceeds amounted to about £50.

GREAT GRIMSBY, Zion Church.--The congregation under the pastoral care of the Rev. William Orton held a bazaar on January 16th, 17th, and 18th, to dofray the cost of a now hoating apparatus for their chapel and school - room. The bazaar was opened by a luncheon, at which Mr. John Wintringham presided. The mayor, Dr. Kootloy, and the mayoress were present, with several of the town councillors and friends from various congregations of the town and neighbourhood. There was a good attendance throughout, and though it was not expected to raise more than £100— the cost of the apparatus-yet it was found at the close that the net proceeds exceeded £150.

MINISTERIAL. Rev. D. Asquitu has resigned, and will terminato bis ministry at Nuneaton in six months.

Rev. E. Hilton is leaving Heanor, having accepted a unanimous invitation to Sınalloy, coupled with an invitation for him to act as supervising pastor of the church at Kilburn. He will commence bis labours at each place early in March Mr. Hilton has done a good work during his two years' ministry at Hoanor, and leaves behind him a good temperance cause-- the first in the history of the church.

Rev. J. HUBBARD, of Barlestone, has tendered his resignation as co-pastor of the Barton church, having accepted a hearty invitation to Heptonstall Slack. He hopes to enter on his new sphere the first Sunday in May.

Rev. A. H. Smith has left Coningsby. J. Sellars, deacon.

Rev. HENRY Wood, late of Orissa, has accopted the pastorate of the church at Long Eaton, and hopes to commence his work on the first Sunday in March.

BAPTISMS. BIRMINGHAM, Lombard Street.-Four, by E. W.

Cantrell. BIRMINGHAM, Longmore Street.—Three, by A.

T, Prout. CHESHAM.–Five, by W. Bampton Taylor, DERBY, St. Mary's Gate. - Five, by T. R.

Stevenson. GRANTHAM.--Two, by D. C. Chapman. GRIMSBY.-One, by W. Orton. KIRKBY-IN-ASHFIELD.-Six, by W. Mills. All

from the Sunday School. LEICESTER, Archdeacon Lane.-Three, by W.

Bishop. LEICESTER, Friar Lane.— Three, by G. Eales,

M.A. LONDON, Commercial Road. - Two, by J.

Fletcher. LONDON, Westbourne Park. - Eight, by Dr.

Clifford. LONOFORD, Union Place.-Three, by H. J.

Hodson.
Louth, Eastgate.-Five, by C. Payne.
MACCLESFIELD.-Three, by Z. T. Dowen,
SHEFFIELD, Cemetery Road.—Two, by E. Car.

rington.
SMALLEY AND KILBURN.-Six, by G. Love.
SPALDING.-Six, by J. C. Jones, M.A.
STANTON HILL.-Six, by J. Harvey.
TODBORDEN.-One, by W. March.

MARRIAGES. LEE-GAMESON.-February 12th, at Vicarage Walk Chapel, Walsall, by Rev. W. Lees, of Crewe, and Rev. A. A. Cole, of Walsall, the Rev. A. Hampden Lee to Miss Gameson, elder daughter of Mr. T. Gameson. The presents to the bride and bridegroom were very numerous and handsome.

UNWIN-GOODWIN.-Dec. 27th, at Park Lane Chapel, Poynton, by the pastor, Joseph Unwin, of Poynton, to Hannah Marie Lockett Good. win, of Hednesford, Staffordshire.

OBITUARY. HACKETT, RICHARD, was born at Barlestone, July 29th, 1816. Brought up amid the info: ences of a religious home, he early gave bis heart to God, and was baptized at Barton Feb. 26th, 1832. A few years after he went to reside in London, and united with the friends at Church Street, and became an intimate friend and zealous co-worker with the late Dr. Burns. When he returned to Barton it was to use his enlarged experiences for its good. For years he gave out the hymns in a sweet and impres. sive manner, and materially assisted the church with his earthly abundance. Ministers ever found in him a ready helper and sympathizing friend. In the early part of the year he fell into a state of great weakness and lassitude, which increased until the end. He evinced his love for God's house by persistently attending in spite of his condition. His resig. nation and hopefulness were patient and light, and as death drew near his faith became increasingly strong. As the beautiful morn of August 20th, 1883, dawned upon the world, his spirit soared to a brighter realm to meet his wife and child, his Saviour and God. He was interred at Barton, the service being conducted by Rev. G. Needham and the writer. A few Sundays after, the former preached his funeral sermon to a large congregation. He has left behind him an only surviving daughter to mourn his loss, and a name that will long remain fragrant to the multitude who knew his worth,

J. H.

THE

MISSIONARY OBSERVER.

MARCH, 1884.

Notes from Piplee and Pooree.

BY REV. J. VAUGHAN.

Mr. and Mrs. Vanghan continue to prosecute their work at Piplee and Pooree. Some time ago, while Mr. Vaughan was from home on a missionary journey, Mrs. Vaughan was alarmed one night by hearing a man attempting to break into their house. To be thus left alone in a house and village, twenty-five miles from any other Europeans, is not a desirable position for an English lady. On the ground of economy, as well as for comfort and security, we consider it most desirable that in all our lonely stations there ought to be two brethren and their wires. Unless the wife has a companion it is quite certain that the husband cannot leave home and itinerate when he otherwise would. Were the friends generally to realize the lonely position of their missionaries at three of their stations - Berhampore, Sambalpur, and Piplee—we think the attempt would be made to strengthen the enfeebled band. Mr. Vaughan writes :

PIPLEE BOOK ROOM. Our new Book Room was not completed in time to open it before leaving for Pooree, but I had made all arrangements, and it was opened about twelve days after our departure. The number of pilgrims has been very few, as it was considered an inauspicious year for Jagannath, and the car fostival fell in the rains. I suppose the car and other local festivals wore never less attended, and this was frankly admitted by the Cuttack native paper. For this reason our Book Room has not been so useful as it would have been ordinarily, but it has nevertheless done a good work. Many have heard of Christ at its door, much good sood has been sown, Dot a few have listened to sweet Christian hymns accompanied by native music, and a fair number of gospels and tracts have been distributed or sold. It is a bright, cheerful room, adorned with a few pictures and an illuminated text, and the verandah is wide enough to allow many persons to sit outside. We have two printed boards on the walls facing the street containing a suitable text in large letters, which can be seen by the passers by with ease. We hope to add another or two in Hindee.

Wo have books in several languages.

SUNDAY SCHOOL IN BAZAAR FOR HEATHEN Boys. During the last month we have opened a Sunday School at the close of the afternoon service, with a view to reaching Hindoo boys. Hitherto we have been able to sit in the verandah of our Book Room, but in case of rain we shall have to go

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