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CONVOCATION AND FOREIGN MISSIONS.
the chapter of the Cathedral of Siena, fol. - The Bishop of Gloucester and Bristol, lowing the example of that of Santa Barspeaking recently at a local meeting of bara, has placed itself in open hostility the Gospel Propagation Society, an- to the Vatican. The dignity of Provost Dounced that one of the first acts of Con. having become vacant, the bishop revocation this year would be to appoint i ceived directions from Rome to make a body to take official cognizance of all I choice of one to fill the office. The foreign missions connected with the
canons of the cathedral, who claim the Church of England. What will the
right of nomination, which they have Church Missionary Society say to this exercised for centuries, have notified the proposal? It has not been the habit of
bishop that they will not recognise any this society to depend on episcopal pat- one he may choose or Rome confirm, and ronage in the past, or to pay much regard in case of his insisting will desert the to the voice of the Church as expressed cathedral, This little rebellion has by Convocation. Nor do we think it greatly exasperated his Holiness, and it likely that it will alter its course in the is stated he has signified to the canons future in deference to that body, which of Siena that unless they submit within represents only the bishops and dignified a term of twenty days the highest clergy, and scarcely at all the parochial rigour of the ecclesiastical law will and working clergy. As for the laity, be exercised against them they have been so long left out in the excommunication and suspension a cold by Convocation that it is very little divinis. matter at all now what action they take on the subject of missions.
Rev. DR. MOFFAT AT WESTMINSTER
ABBEY.-On the 30th of November, AMERICAN PRESBYTERIANISM. The
St. Andrew's Day, there were special corner-stone of the monument to Dr.
services for missions at Westminster John Witherspoon, the only minister
Abbey : a sermon by the Dean at 3 p.m., who signed the American Declaration of
and a lecture by Dr. Robert Moffat in Independence, was laid in Fairmount
the nave, at 8 p.m.
Of course Dr. park, Philadelphia, on the 17th of No
Moffat could only appear there as a vember last. At the conclusion of the
layman, as Dr. Caird, of Glasgow, had ceremony the company, which was largely
done in the preceding year. The law composed of Presbyterian ministers, re
of the Established Church forbids his paired to a hall where Dr. Adams, of
recognition as an ordained minister. New York, delivered an address. A blue
The venerable missionary in a quiet, flag with a scarlet fringe, the colours of the old Scotch Covenanters, with thirty
homely style described the work in the
interior of Southern Africa with which six small stars and one large one upon
his name is so honourably identified. its field, was afterwards sent to the
Never before, probably, was such a plea General Assembly's Centennial Com
for missions delivered within the walls mittee. The large star represented the
of Westminster Abbey. At the close of Star of Bethlehem, and the small ones
the lecture Dean Stanley pronounced the the thirty-six Synods of the Presbyterian
benediction. The Times devoted a lead. Church in the United States.
ing article to the subject of Dr. Moffat's
appearance in the Abbey, in which it THE POPE AND THE ITALIAN CLERGY. said:4"
:-"There is no true Christian, nor - telegram from Rome says that even any true friend to the cause of
civilisation, whether a member of the Tyler, W. Tarbotton, and A. Spong Church of England or not, who will not addressed the meeting. rejoice that by any means, regular or irregular, Dr. Moffat, the true patriarch LEICESTERSHIRE AND RUTLAND Con. of South African Missions, should have GREGATIONAL UNION.—The annual meetenjoyed an opportunity of speaking on ing of the Leicestershire and Rutland behalf of the cause to which he has de
Congregational Union took place in voted his life in a church, and on an London Road Chapel, Leicester, on occasion, worthy of his services. If at
Tuesday, 7th December. The business this moment the Church of England is meeting of the Union was attended by duly interested in the evangelisation of every associated member.
The report South Africa, and if she is really striking stated that during the past year rather her roots in its soil, she owes, in the more than £600 had been expended for main, both the impulse and the oppor- the support of evangelists and the aid of tunity to Dr. (offat and his fellow- smaller hurches in the two counties. labourers. Dr. Livingstone's strenuous The Rev. Joseph Twidale, of Melton, energy and admirable patience have, in- and Supt. Wood, of Leicester, with Geo. deed, been the chief instruments in open- Baines, Esq., and John Milnes, Esq., ing the way both for our missionaries were appointed delegates to the conferand our traders into the interior of the ence on Church Finance. The retire. African continent; but he himself would ment of Thomas Almond, Esq., the probably have tendered a more cordial treasurer, was announced and received homage than any one else to the example with great regret. John Milne, Esq., of his father-in-law."
was appointed his successor, and was also
elected chairman of the Union for 1876 ; SOUTHGATE Roan, LONDON.-On Tues- the Rev. A. Mackennal and Mr. A. day evening, 30th November, the con- Baines being appointed secretaries, and gregation and friends of the Rev. James the Rev. E. Hipwood, of Kibworth, Spong, minister of the Southgate Road superintendent of evangelists. One feaChurch, De Beauvoir Town, met in their ture of the day's proceedings was the schoolroom to celebrate the completion
admission to the Union of the Belgrave of the pastor's thirtieth year of his and Emanuel Nonconformist Union ministry among them. There was Churches, it being distinctly affirmed large attendance. During the hour for that Baptist pastors of Union Churchos tea, addresses were delivered by the Revs. are as eligible as Pædobaptists, and that Ll. Bevan, F. Soden, and J. De Kewer churches may be associated with both Williams. At the meeting which fol. the Congregational and Baptist Unions. lowed, after praise and prayer, the Rev. A public meeting was beld in the evenDr. Aveling presided. He reviewed the ing, when the chair was occupied by the work of the thirty years, referring Rev. W. Twidale, of Melton, the presi. to the erection of the large church dent for the year. Among those present and schools, the establishment of were the Revs. S. T. Williams, J. Wood, the many religious organizations con- A. Mackennal, S. Lambrick, I. M. nected with the church, and spoke of Wright, of Leicester, T. Mays, J. Lemon, the noble act of the pastor who, instead of Loughborough, and others. The of accepting a personal expression of president delivered an address upon affection, preferred that a memorial hall “ Sacerdotalism and Rationalism in their should be built with the funds they Relation to Christianity.” The Revs. J. wished to raise, so that the religious work Lemon and I. Morley Wright also of the church might be more effectually delivered addresses, and at the close a conducted. After an interesting speech
collection was made on behalf of the by the pastor, the Revs. J. Boyle, W. Union,
News of Our Churches. MINISTERIAL CHANGES,
Rev. J. H. ROBison has resigned his SETTLEMENTS, &c.
charge at Beccles, Suffolk. Rev. C. Winter has resigned the
Rev. E. S. Jackson, of Peterborough,
is about to undertake the pastorate of pastorate of the West Brompton Con. gregational Church.
Baddow Lane Church, Chelmsford. Rev. J. W. Upton, of Nottingham In
Rev. W. Nall, of Rotherham College, stitute, has accepted an invitation to the
has received a call to Grantham. church at King's Cliffe and Nassington,
Rev. J. F. T. Hallowes, M.A., is exNorthamptonshire.
changing his charge at Gloucester for Rev.J. Reid, after nine years' ministry
that of the church at Barnsley. at Burnley, has been compelled by ill
Rev. W. Shillito, of Islington, has health to resign his charge.
accepted a call to Newport, Monmouth
shire. Rev. W. FARRIS, of the Congregational
Rev. W. E. COLLER has resigned his Institute, Nottingham, has undertaken to minister to the English operatives at
charge at Furthergate, Blackburn. Tierson, Rhenish Prussia, and conducted
Rev. J. STIRLING, late of City Road his first service in the Lutheran church
Chapel, London, is about to become at that place on November 7th.
pastor of the church at Sligo. Rev. D. Jones has resigned the charge
Rev. J. A, ROBERTS, of Festiniog, is of the church at Itchen.
removing to the pastorate at Pendref Rev. Joan Foster, of Nottingham
Rev. W. Jones, late of Portsmouth, Institute, is about to enter on the work of the pastorate at Kirton.
has accepted the pastorate of the church
at Harrold. Rev. G. WATERHOUSE, late of Pieter
Revs. Messrs. TENNANT AND THOMPmaritz, Natal, has accepted an invitation to the oversight of the church at Ash.
son, students of the Edinburgh Theonext-Sandwich.
logical Hall, have accepted calls, respec
tively, to the churches at Alexandria Rev. R. VAUGHAN, of Shipley, Brad
and Lerwick, N.B. ford, has accepted the pastorate of Queen's Road Church, Forest Hill, and
ORDINATIONS. will commence his labours on the first Sunday in January.
Rev. J. Colclough, late of Notting
ham Institute, was ordained, November Rev. HENRY SIMON has engaged to
9th, as pastor over the church at Moy, conduct the Sunday evening services in
Ireland. The Rev, J. White gave the Westminster Chapel for the next six months.
charge, and the Rev. R. Sewell offered
prayer. Rev.J. Byles, who has been compelled by failing health to leave his church at
Rev. E. STORR was ordained, NovemBlackburn, is intending to pass the
ber 10th, at Armagh; the Rev. E. winter at Mentone.
Sewell presided. The charge to the
pastor was delivered by the Rev. J. Rev. A. GALBRAITH, of Whitehaven,
White, and that to the church by the has accepted an invitation to preside
Rev. S. Hinds. An exposition of Conover the church at Brighouse.
gregational principles was given by Rev. Rev. W. LANCE, of Paignton, has be- A. Morrison. come pastor of the church at Russel
Rev. J. G. TOLLEY was ordained to Town, Bristol.
the Christian ministry at Mansfield, on Rev. F. H. MARLING, of Toronto, November 23rd. The Rev. James has accepted a call to a Presbyterian Parsons, late of York, offered the ordinchurch in New York,
ation prayer, and the Rev. Professor Managers' Meeting. The next Half-yearly Meeting of the Managers of THE EVANGELICAL MAGAZINE will be held at the Guildhall Coffee House, Gresham Street, on Thursday, January the 13th, at one o'clock precisely.
McAll gave the charge to the minister. Sermons to the church and congregation were preached on the following Sabbath by the Rev. W. Jackson, of Bourne. mouth.
Rev. J. S. BUTCHER was ordained at Upwey, Weymouth, on December 8th. The Rev. T. Neave, of Dorchester, delivered an introductory address. The usual questions were asked by the Rev. W. Lewis ; the Rev. E. Bolton gave the charge. The Revs. W. W. Sherren and F. W. Holmes also took part in the service.
DEATHS. Rev. John Ross, who has long been engaged in advocating the weekly offering system among the churches, died at Bedford on Nov. 26th, in his 68th year.
Rev. H. James, for thirty-three years pastor of the church at Llansantffraid, Montgomeryshire, was called home, after a painful illness, on Dec. 3rd, aged 66.
Rev. J. M. CHARLTON, M.A., president of Western College, Plymouth, died Dec. 12th, in the 59th year of his age and the 34th of his ministry.
Rev. W. W. WILLIAMS, of Beaumaris, died Dec. 12th, after a ministry of thirty years.
The chapel at Tamworth has been reseated and thoroughly renovated at a cost of £700. Reopening services were held Nov. 7th, when sermons were preached by the Rev. Dr. Deane. A public meeting was held on the following evening.
The foundation stone of a new church at Queen's Park, Manchester, was laid recently by R. Johnson, Esq., J.P. On the previous Saturday, the pastor, the Rev. J. Mitchell, had met the children of the congregation, when each in turn took the trowel and laid a brick in the building, for which privilege they each paid half-a-crown to the building fund.
On Nov. 17th the Congregational church, High-road, Finchley, accidentally destroyed by fire.
A NEW church, erected at a cost of £1,000, has been opened at Emerald Hill, Victoria.
A new church at Albury, Victoria, for use of the congregation of the Rev. G. Fry, was opened Sept. 12th, by Rev. J. Legg.
A new chapel was opened at Thurso, on Dec. 9th, by the Rev. J. Barton Bell.
BOND-STREET Church, Leicester, and the chapel at Broadway, Somerset, have both been recently repainted, &c., and are now reopened for worship.
A new chapel for the English resi. dents at Fabian's Bay, Swansea, has been erected at a cost of £1,500, and opened with a series of services, in which the Rev. W. Jones, Professor Morgan, B. Williams, R. T. Howell, Dr. Rees, T. Jones, W. E. Jones, D. M. Jenkin and Professor Murris took part.
The church at Kingston has celebrated its centenary, having changed from the Presbyterian to the Congregational order in 1775. The Rev. Dr. Halley preached on the occasion.
NEW CHAPELS, CHURCHES, &c.
The foundation stone of a new Congregational church at Carmarthen-road, Swansea, was laid on Nov. 11th by John Jones Jenkins, Esq.
The jubilee of the Congregational church at Wellington, Salop, was celebrated Nov. 8th and 9th, in connection with the autumnal meetings of the Shropshire Association of Ministers and Churches.