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Tees, where arrangements bad been made The visit to Newcastle was of a more for a series of services, including two private kind, and was intended to aid Sundays and three week-evenings. The the Percy Street Society in their effort services on Sunday, the 7th December, to support their minister, and provide were well attended, the Society's rooni for the sale of their church and the erecbeing comfortably filled both in the tion of another in a better locality. afternoon and in the evening – Mr. Missionary lectures are also in progress Smith, the leader, having taken the at Mile End Road, London, Doncaster, morning service, when he delivered an and Keighley. Of these services we hope excellent discourse. On Monday even- to give a fuller notice in our next ing a tea meeting was held in the hall of number. the working men's club. Nearly one hundred and fifty sat down to tea, after New Church COLLEGE.—The College which I delivered a lecture on ‘Emanuel School has opened with an increase of Swedenborg : his life and writings. The pupils, the present number being thirty. mayor, Edward Williamıs, Esq., pre. three. Mr. Fairweather, the only stusided. About the same number were dent in residence, is said to be working present at the lecture as at the tea, and diligently, and to give promise of bemarked attention was given to the sub. coming a useful minister. The address ject. A brief but favourable account of of the Secretary, Mr. Bateman, is now this meeting appeared in the Middles- 13 Canonbury Lane, N. boro' Exchange. The attendance at the lectures on Wednesday and Friday even. SWEDENBORG READING SOCIETY. ings was not large ; several questions Thursday, 18th December 1871, Mr. Teed however, were elicited, and several ob- read a very interesting and suggestive servations were made on both occasions, paper on "The Science of Correspon. by the chairmen and others, of a very dences in Relation to Manufactures and encouraging nature. Our friends at the Fine Arts." Middlesboro' have for some months past After defining the nature of correhad a book-stall in the market-place on spondence between spiritual and natural the market day, from which they have things, and showing how, according to sold a large number of looks; and this Swedenborg, this was the relation of proceeding appears to have considerably end, cause, and effect, he argued that increased the attendance at their place the more we investigate the qualities of worship on the Sunday evenings. and uses of things the more we should They have also prudently, on the occa- know their spiritual prototypes; and, sion of public lectures, invited gentlemen vice versa, the more we know of any of good social position in the town to principles of the will and understanding, occupy the chair : the effect of this pro- the more we shall perceive the verificaceeding has been very satisfactory. The tion of our ideas in the natural correattendance on the second Sabbath was spondent. The truths of natural science equal to that on the first, and several would thus be enlightened by the perthoughtful persons, of good position, are ception of their spiritual causes, and the gradually attaching themselves to the know ledge of spiritual things would
This pleasing incident also was make clearer our conclusions of natural mentioned to me in connection with the effects. As all affinities in nature-all book stall : A gentleman, who had pre- forms of natural use, and all beauties viously had a copy of the True Chris. and delights that appeal to any of the tian Religion,' obtained another for a senses, have their spiritual prototype, friend, and ordered an entire copy of the study of correspondences would inthe · Arcana Cælestia.' It is proper to crease our perception of the fitness and mention that the friends of the Society true harmony of natural things in music at Middlesboro' paid the whole of the and the fine arts, and the true uses and local expenses of this missionary visit. advantages of the ordinary things of con:
“R. Guntos.” struction and use in the machinery and In addition to the services narrated appliances of every day life.
These above, Mr. Gunton has visited Darling: points were illustrated by many exton, Hartlepool, and Newcastle-on-Tyne. amples, and by numerous quotations Interestiŋg and apparently successful from Swedenborg's statements and realectures were given at the former places. sonings on the subject. The paper for
the 15th January 1874 will be by Mr. they possess to the notice of their fellowWaddington, on the Correspondence of men. The readers of The Intellectual the Eye. J. B. KEENE, Hon. Sec. Repository are already aware that they
intend building a new church and CLAYTON - LE-Moors. We have re- school-room. We are glad to inform ceived the following communication from our friends generally, that the school. the secretary of this Society :
room was so far completed as to admit “It may not be uninteresting to your of the annual tea and public meeting readers to hear what has been and is being held in it on Christmas-day. It being done by this Society. Previous to was a time of real rejoicing amongst us, February 1873, its pulpit was supplied after having held our public meetings by missionaries, but in that month it under ground for so many years, to secured the services of Mr. Tansley, from come up higher." We trust that this the New Church College, London. He is a sign we are about to enter into a commenced work very earnestly, taking higher and more extended sphere of usemuch interest in the Sunday School, and fulness. The school-room on the oca Junior Members' Society and Elocution casion was neatly decorated by our Class were inaugurated by his efforts. young friends with evergreens and The first-named society now numbers pictures kindly lent by the members, about fifty members. During the pre- giving an air of comfort and cheer to the sent session it has held six social meet- meeting. The chair was taken by Mr. ings, and eight lectures on scientific sub. Ashby, who, in his opening speech, biil jects, to which the public have been in- all a hearty welcome to the first public vited by placard, have been delivered gathering of the kind held in the new under its auspices. The theological class room. He earnestly invited the younger has also become much more useful. The branches of the Society to avail them. "True Christian Religion' has been taken selves of the advantages offered by the as a text book, and after a portion has various institutions connected with the been read by the minister, questions have Church--advantages not only of learning been put and answered. This is thought and gaining information upon subjects of to be a great means for building up the special value, but also of making themChurch in the hearts of our young people, selves useful and helpful to others. Mr. and we also hope that will be bene- Ward, who next spoke, observed that it ficial in binding together the older mem- was no slight benefit to have so noble a bers of the Society. A course of twelve room as the one in which we were asSunday evening lectures, upon doctrinal sembled, to hold our public meetings. subjects, has just been concluded, which Having long felt the want of such a room, has roused a spirit of inquiry amongst we shall be in a better condition to value the inhabitants of the neighbourhood. its advantages. He warmly supported They have been listened to by large and the chairman's remarks to the young attentive audiences; the number present people, and sincerely hoped that they at some of the lectures being upwards of would strive to prepare themselves to two hundred. Several members of other take the places of their fathers. Mr. E. denominations having expressed a desire Austin, of South London, being present, to discuss some of the subjects with Mr in a very interesting speech gave an Tansley, it was announced from the pul- account of the progress of the Church in pit that any one who had questions to London, so far as it could be seen in exask might do so at the theological class ternals, which was most encouraging to on Thursday evenings, but, to the sur- every sincere worker in the Lord's vineprise of many, no one ever put in an ap- yard. The Rev. J. Hyde was the next pearance. A second course of five will speaker. He dwelt chiefly upon the be commenced on Sunday, January 18th. necessity of there being an external organThe Society has done much good work ization of the New Church, in order to during the past year, and it is expected satisfy the deep longings of the human that greater uses will be performed in mind for sympathy of thought and feelthe future.'
ing He said, "Were I to live in a
place where no New Church Society DERRY.-The friends of the New existed, I should be compelled by my Church in this town are making special strong desire for sympathy to endeavour efforts to recommend the truths which to the utmost of my ability to make one." Our esteemed and valued friend, Church, High Street, on the following Mrs. Roe, followed Mr. Hyde. She subjects : “Repentance and the Remisread a most interesting paper upon the sion of Sins ; • The Creed of the New season of the year, referring to the Jerusalem Church ;”. “ The Free-Will of memories awakened by the return of Man in Spiritual Things ;
** What Christmas. The audience showed their think ye of Christ ?” “The Scripture appreciation by the rapt attention Doctrine of Redemption;" “ The Golden given. Mr. Austin, sen., then gave us Rule." These lectures were pretty well an amusing speech, which he concluded attended, especially by strangers, for by wishing all present “ A Merry Christ- whose benefit they were principally mas and a Happy New Year.” The given. The writer las reason to believe meeting was much enlivened by the that a favourable impression has been charining songs and music which were made upon the minds of some who atgiven at intervals by our lady friends. tended. The following is copied from
the Ipswich Times of Dec. 12: “On HULL.-We extract from a local paper Sunday evening last, the Rev. S. Jepson, the following notice of the retirement of late of Philadelphia, U. S., delivered at our esteemed friend Mr. Best from the the New Jerusalem Church, High Street, leadership of this Society, and the recep- the first of a course of lectures to be tion of Mr. Bastow, who has been ap- given every Sunday. The subject the pointed to that office :-“New Jeru. rev. gentleman dwelt upon last Sunday salem Church.-A social meeting was was Repentance and the Remission of held at the above church on New Year's Sins.' The lecture was listened to by a Eve, at which the new pastor, the Rev, very good congregation with marked Mr. Bastow, was formally received and attention.'
J. recognised. Appropriate and earnest introductory speeches were delivered by JERSEY.—During the past three years Messrs. Best and Needler, at the close the New Church Society in Jersey has of which Mr. Bastow made a feeling and undergone considerable vicissitudes. eloquent speech, in which he narrated When our late excellent and revered inany incidents in connection with his minister, Mr. Brown, ceased to be able previous eventful work and history, and to perform the services, public worship gave an outline of the course he proposed was conducted by two members of the to pursue in extending the operations Society appointed for that purpose. and usefulness of the church. Mr. This arrangement, however, not being Bastow presented, on behalf of the satisfactory, it was decided to obtain members of the Society, a very hand- the services of a regular minister. The some time-piece to Mr. Henry Best, who arrival of the minister was hailed by the has been the leader of the New Church return of some who had ceased to attend, Society in Hull up to the present time, and the constant attendance of others and who has, without any remuneration who had been but casual hearers ; so or rewarı, other than the pleasure of the affairs began to look prosperous. Soon, work, preached regularly since the forma. however, discontent began to spring up, mation of the church. In presenting and led to the departure of the minister, the time-piece, Mr. Bastow spoke in and a series of changes, which reduceil flattering terms of the devotion of Mr. the attendance at worship to a very small Best to the principles and interests of number. Since midsummer last a change the church. Mr. Best, in a suitable has again taken place for the better. speech, thanked the donors for their This shows itself in the more harmoni. valuable gift, and said that the kindness, ous working together of members and of which it was an indication, would friends, and the stronger disposition incite him in the future to increasel manifested by them to exert themselves exertions on behalf of the cause in which pecuniarily and otherwise for the good he believed, and with which he was con of the cause. The result has been a very nected by the strongest ties of faith and successful visit to the island by Mr. affection. Other interesting and social Joseph Deans, now minister of Brightproceedings concluded the meeting." lingsea. To this gentleman we all confess
ourselves under great obligations for his IPSWICH.-A course of six lectures able advocacy of the Truth. His lecture was concluded, January 11th, by the on “Shall we work in Heaven ?" for Rev. S. Jepson, in the New Jerusalein instance, was quite a gem. Mr. Deans
moreover, during his short stay, won joyed, and a magic lantern was exhibited; golden opinions by his affability and the whole concluding with a distribution conciliatory deineanour. In the midst of oranges, and the gift to each visitor of of all its changes of fortune, the Society a box filled with chocolate confectionary, has ever been supported by one zealous generously provided by Messrs. Dunn and and liberal friend, who has never failed Hewitt, of Pentonville.” to come forward in times of the greatest From a correspondent we learn that gloom and discouragement. I allude to the New Year's services were very gratiMr. Tho. de Faye, who has again given fying. Over one hundred and twenty proof of his devotion to the cause we partook of the sacrament, and a very de. have at heart, by a donation to Confer- lightful spirit prevailed. ence of £750 Italian Stock, the proceeds The monthly manual circulated in the to be hereafter applied towards the sup- Society gives an extended list of services port of a minister for the Jersey Society. instituted to interest all classes, and to This kind act cannot fail to strengthen promote the prosperity of the Church. the Church greatly, and the reflection During the months of January, February, that such will be the case will, no and March, Sabbath evening lectures are doubt, be Mr. de Faye's exceeding great being given on important doctrinal sub. reward.
H. W. C. jects by the minister. Penny readings
are arranged for the Wednesday even. LEICESTER. - For the benefit of the ings, and a recital by the children of the Society of the New Church in this im- Sunday school for Thursday, the 22nd of portant midland town, Mrs. Newbery of January. An address on the entrance of London kindly gave an elocutionary the New Year was issued by the minisentertainment in the New Lecture Hall, ter, and circulated among the members, Leicester, on Wednesday evening, Dec. seat-holders, and friends of the Church. 3rd. Her programme was one of a very This address recognises the trials of the varied character, but she was equal to past, and points to the lessons they are the task, at one time her audience intended to teach. The members are rejoicing in a hearty laugh, at another exhorted to a regular attendance on the being moved to tears. In all the leading services of the Sabbath, and a lively inpapers of the town the highest encom- terest in the general management and iums were lavished upon this lady as affairs of the Society. The interest an elocutionist and delineator of charac- manifested in the various efforts of use ter. On Sunday, Dec. 28th, Mr. E. in progress in the Society is the best Austin, of London, paid a brief visit, assurance of its continued prosperity. and in the evening preached to an attentive congregation of forty persons from LONDON—Camden Road. The very inExod. xxvii
. 20. The meeting room, teresting ceremony of consecrating the although centrally situated, is not in new Church for this Society took place some respects suitable for public wor- on the 1st of January, as previously arship, and this circumstance militates ranged. The officiating ministers were against the external growth of the Society. the Rev. Professor Tafel, Rev. W. Bruce,
and Rev. S. M. Warren. A special con. LONDON— Argyle Square.— The Daily secration service had been prepared and Neues gives the following report of the printed for the occasion, copies of which usual Christmas dinner given by this were supplied to all present, and the Society to the poor in the neighbour. Church, which contains upwards of 400 hood of the Church :-"On Friday, the sittings, was quite full. The service 2nd instant, the congregation of the commenced at three o'clock, and occu. New Christian Church (Swedenborgian), pied about two hours, including an aj;Argyle Square, King's Cross, welcomed propriate and excellent discourse by Dr. in their schoolroom to a good Christ- Tafel, from the text, “Behold I make all mas dinner of roast beef, plum-pudding, things new.” A hope has been expressed tarts, &c., a large party of the poor chil. that Dr. Tafel will allow this discourse dren of the neighbourhood, with their to appear in the pages of the Repository. mothers, numbering in all about one The music for the occasion was also ap: hundred and sixty. The ladies of the propriate, and given with great effect by congregation officiated as waitresses ; the the choir. The anthem, composed by minister (the Rev. J. Presland) presiding. the organist expressly for the occasion, After the dinner various games were in- was taken from the first nine verses or
the 132nd Psalm, with the addition of a hood. They had a beautiful building chorus from the Revelation, "Alleluia ! inside and outside, and it had a good salvation, and glory, and honour, and light, which should be a symbol of that power unto the Lord our God.” It ought light which was shed from it. The New also to be mentioned that the new organ Church was so different from any other for the Church proved to be a very fine church, that it would be an arduous and superior instrument.
work to bring its principles before the After the ceremony of consecration, people of the neighbourhood. But the members and friends proceeded to the New Church of the Lord was beginning large hall of the Athenæum, where tea to be heard, and there was a feeling ex. was provided. After tea the company pressed on all hands that it had more returned to the Church, more leisurely hope and more love in it than it had to inspect it and to hear the performance hitherto received credit for." Dr. Bayley on the organ, until the commencement then gave an interesting account of a of the public mdeting, which was held personal visit to the Catacombs of Rome, in the hall, Dr. Tafel presiding. The and their associations with the early Chairman commenced the proceedings Christians. They were not places of by remarking that they had that day burial to the Romans generally, only to seen the Cross Street New Church in a those who lived in them. The inscripnew dress. The New Church never grew tions showed that the early Christians old, nor did they desire it to grow old, believed only in God as manifested in and he hoped their Society would not Jesus Christ, and every word to be found only grow younger, but stronger and there indicates that to a Christian there stronger. That afternoon they had wit- is the consolation that death is hut a transnessed the ceremony of the consecration ference to a life in which we think more of their new Church, and he trusted that of Jesus Christ. in time they would fill it with disciples The Rev. J. Presland then addressed of the New Jerusalem, in every sense of the meeting, and after referring to the the word, and also that they might be proceedings of the day, said, " That all one of the mediums of spreading a know. those who were there from Argyle Square ledge of the principles of the new dispen- wished them a blessed and happy long sation in the metropolis. He would in- life. He entertained the most hopeful autroduce to them their friend Mr. Wil. gury from the opening of the new church, liams, whose name was on the corner-stone because it supplied a want in that neighof their new Church, and would ever be bourhood, and if they did not supply a associated with it.
want he had no hope for them. There Mr. H. R. Williams said, “Members of were so many who wished to know their the Cross Street Society had met that doctrines, that now they had their new day to celebrate the opening of the new church in the Camden Road he had no church in Camden Road, and it was a doubt of their success, and an increase of solace to them to see that there was no their numbers, for which he would pray: falling off in the Society. There could Doctrines and principles of some kind be no external church without an internal must exist to give life to religion, and
Their external church was a very the New Church, while it had increased beautiful one.
They had great cause for vitality, provided clear and rational docthankfulness. He did not look for any trines to explain new principles. The great accession of numbers, but to their New Church provided doctrines which principles permeating all classes of so- were so glorious and expansive in their ciety through the means of those who nature, that they were a river to plunge came there. He cordially congratulated into and swim in." them on the proceedings of that day. Dr. Tafel here mentioned that the col. He had laid the foundation stone, as they lection in the church amounted to £30, had been told by their chairman, and he which was very gratifying, and it was had seen the consecration of their church, also interesting to know that 330 friends and he hoped to see it tilled."
had sat down to tea. The Rev. Dr. Bayley, after heartily Mr. Gunton said, “ They might concongratnlating the Society on the way gratulate themselves on their beautiful they had commenced the new year, said, church, and he was of opinion that the “And now that their hopes were realized New Church as a body onght to put up in relation to the building, let them one such church in this country every make an impression on the neighbour. year, and they might do so, for their