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be reported in October at £1,210, and the sum total, this amount with the grants, is £3,310.
The builders' tender was in three parts: for building nave and aisles, £3050; for building chancel, £1,650; for fittings, £700 (in body, £350; in chancel, £350.) A separate estimate, as part of the £1,650, was made for the foundations alone of the chancel; this amounts to £235. Accordingly, the meeting on October 30 considered the work they had immediately before them stood thus: body, £3,050 ; fittings, £350; extras, £100; chancel foundation, £235; in all, £3,735 ; leaving thus £425 needed for the completion of the first part' of the work. They took a partial contract for laying the whole foundations, and making the body wind and water-tight, at £2,735, and the building is forthwith to go on.
I trust these details will not be tedious. They show our position, and they imply a large part of the task which may come of necessity on the missionary of each new district started by the Bishop of London's Fund.
To turn now to some other points, which I must take up in order of time. One of the first fruits of our Festival Month, as we call October, was the offer of seven ladies, in November, 1867, to aid. As we have no building of any kind, we were indebted to the Rev. A. B. Cotton for the use of his vestry; and here, on the Tuesday afternoon of each week, we have what I trust will be the germ of much useful Christian work. Six mothers joined the meeting at first, and a Provident Club was commenced. Now the members are forty-seven, and yet the club only takes in about six shillings weekly, surely proving that this part of the mission work is among the very poor. The ladies sit with the women, and all together make up clothes for the members and others. A very busy working party it is, and though a book is read, it does not hinder the sewing. Girls also of the age of fourteen to eighteen are admitted, and taught to read, and prepared for Baptism and Confirmation. Ten of these were present last week. To-day it was arranged to ask some young women of the district to aid in work for a Christmas tree. These ladies having now found that there is work, and that they can do it, will undertake to visit the district, and so during the winter the poor will have kind words and help.
During last winter a Public Relief Fund was established for the hamlet of Mile End Old Towil, and the advantage of such missions as the Bishop of London's appeared, as no more willing and useful almoners could have been found than the Rev. P. J. Richardson, my assistant, and the Scripture Reader who is attached to our division of Trinity parish. We lose Mr. Richardson's services at Christmas. I cannot but rejoice that other helpers have come to supply in some things this
I would that some other with his spirit might offer himself for St. Luke's.
Among our prayers at the Mother's Meeting is one That God would incline others to similar works of mercy;' and we take it as a sign, that frequently I have communications to read from persons offering work like their own, chiefly from readers of The Monthly Packet.
As to the services: I have drawn out the conspectus of services, congregations, and offertories for four periods during the past year, similar to the one given in the number of the ‘Packet' for March, 1867; but I must confine myself to the results, and some remarks. The number of persons at the services varies; the liberality of those interested increases. The number of services increases, and some new visitor is seen at nearly all. Our district is of the poor; their habits and our present circumstances confine us to them. The week-day service on Friday is now constant, and every other opportunity in Advent, Lent, and October has been used. In October, 1867, there were twelve services, from Quarterly Collection on the evening of September 30, to All Saints, November 1. 1358 persons attended, and the offertory was £15 4s. 8d., in six hundred and sixty-four coins. This year the services were nineteen, the congregations 1594, and offerings £25 2s. 3fd., in eight hundred
and fifty-nine coins. This month of October, of which I give the details below, was a most generous time. Even if friends came, they were really parkukers of the Mission and its work.
When I look over the couspectus of December, 1867, which is before me, I that the services increased to twenty-four: every other point diminished; but I notice a homely matter we have also to contend with. "First Sunday in Advent: very wet. Second Sunday: very wet, and snow. Third Sunday: very wel. Saturday, 21st: very wet. Fourth Sunday: wet. Christmas Day: wet.
: very foggy. 28th: wet. If with this weather 1492 persons came to the worship of God, what shall ve say? The words of one of our carols, (S. P. C. K. collection,) which the choir sung with me on Christmas Eve in every street of St. Luke's, recur to mind :
* The shepherds at these tidings rejoiced much in mind,
And that's tidings of comfort and joy.' The list of Lent of this year is before me also, from Ash-Wednesday to Easter Day—a list of thirty-two services, with 2735 meeting to pray. Perhaps if we cannot make communion a fixed desire among such people as we have, the next cheering thing is to find a willingness to be humble, and exclaim, ‘Have mercy on me, O God, after Thy great goodness; according to the multitude of Thy mercies do away mine offences.' We have never forgotten that 'Fast is the spirit's feast, and Lent the soul's high tide.' The Confirmation candidates were prepared during this season, and fourteen men and nineteen women were presented on April 29, at Poplar: two men and three women more on July 27, at West Hackney. Every man and woman who frequents the service is confirmed. The Easter statement of accounts acknowledges £27 9s. 1fd. as the expenses of the Mission for the year, of which £7 3s. Id. goes for books. If any reader of this frugal economy would help to bind these books, we could go on with our present store.
The Fund in the meanwhile has pressed on the conveyance of the site for St. Luke's schools, and therefore that large part of our scheme must now be looked to.
Now I reach the October which has just passed. To the account, which I copy from the Guardian newspaper of October 28, I have little to add. The Baptisms in the whole parish of Trinity, which in 1841 to 1848 were fifty each year, and then to 1855 were seventy-nine, have increased, through two hundred and three hundred, till this year they will reach four hundred and fifty. About half of these are from the district of St. Luke's. So the multitude is very large. 'Fear not this,' said an earnest missionary spirit in the north of England ; ‘fear not this; it is there Christ has His triumphs!
The account of the Guardian is as follows :
“The third anniversary of St. Luke's Mission, Burdett Road, Stepney, was celebrated by numerous services and much liberality this year. On Friday, October 16th, fasting and prayer was recommended on behalf of the Mission and its coming festival, and the evening service at half-past seven was penitential. The Litany and a hymn (“When gathering clouds," tune Stella) preceded a Lesson, St. Mark, xiv. 26 to end, and Psalm li.; then the “Prayer for Prosperity of Missions" was used as a Collect before the sermon, preached by the Rev. W. Wallace, in charge of the Mission“Watch and pray, lest ye enter into temptation; the spirit truly is ready, but the flesh is weak." • Let my life be hid with Thee,” to Mozart's Kyrie, was sung during the Offertory, and the Benediction was given at the close. The prayer, which is taken from The Manual of Intercessory Prayer, was printed, along with St. Luke's Hymn, “O Jesu, O Redeemer, Physician of the soul,” and given to every person as they left this and the other services. The whole service was easily understood and followed. On the Eve, Saturday, part of the choir of the neighbouring church, St. Paul's, Bow Common, assisted, and the Rev. A. B. Cotton preached—" He giveth medicine to heal their sickness." All the subjects of the sermons of the festival course were appropriate, and all delivered extempore. The processional tune, for “The Son of God goes forth” was found to go well to St. Luke's Hymn. On Sunday, St. Luke's Day, as no communions are publicly administered in the Mission, early celebration at St. Paul's, and mid-day at Trinity, the mother church, were assisted by the Rev. W. Wallace and the Rev. P. J. Richardson, the second curate of the Mission. The usual services in St. Paul's school at eleven and seven had the Rev. W. Wallace preacher—"Only Luke is with me," and the Rev. P. J. Richardson preacher—"Luke the beloved physician,”—“St. Luke was a loving, unassuming, generous, joyous man.” The congregation of the evening was one of the largest attending within a long period. On Monday the anniversary service was held at halfpast seven, to which friends came, among the rest Mr. J. A. Shaw Stewart, visitor of the district for the Bishop of London's Fund. The Offertory was £16 16s. 92d., in ninety-three coins, from one hundred and eighteen persons. The statement of the Mission was made; three points are worthy of mention :
"Since October 18, 1865, to October 18, 1868, in three years, 1,060 persons had been baptized in Trinity Church. In the same time £1,210 had been collected, independently of all grants, towards St. Luke's permanent church. Of £182 ordinary Offertories in the Mission, £101 had been applied to the building fund; all expenses -hymn-books and psalters, (these are on every seat,) coals, gas, wages, printing, music-being defrayed from the remainder, most of the work done being voluntary. And the announcement was made that the funds were sufficient to justify the building of the nave; the chancel must be left. This statement, repeated by the Rev. F. Simcox Lea in his sermon, “The mission of the Seventy-Into whatsoever house ye enter, tirst say, Peace be to this house,” was received with the liveliest satisfaction. “We march to victory," to Cobb's tune, was sung. The total Offertories in the Mission services amounted to £21 7s. 9fd., in four hundred and sixty-eight coins, from seven hundred and seventy persons, and of this three hundred and fifty-five copper coins, making £1 0s. 94d. The architect, Mr. A. Blomfield, considers it of much importance to have the foundations of the chancel put in along with those of the nave. About £250 is required for this. Some donations towards the fittings, the font, gas standards, &c., have been promised. It is interesting to state that no less than five Missions under the Bishop's Fund in East London have called themselves by the name of St. Luke-in Bethnal Green, Stepney, Bromley, Millwall, and Deptford.'
In addition to this account I may say that the Octave services were satisfactory, that our choir prepared an anthem for these,—Thine, O Lord, is the greatness,'-and that the Rev. G. Barnes, who, along with my brother, preached on October 25, is the missionary clergyman of St. Luke's, Bethnal Green. The Bromley St. Luke's has as yet only sites. The foundation-stone of St. Luke's, Millwall, was laid on October 16, at which I was able to be present; and, as if to prove that there is One body and One spirit, two of my constant helpers were young men in the choir of the Rev. J. Malcolmson, before he went to the Mission described in this month's *Packet,' St. Luke's at Deptford. 'I should like you,' said one of them as we returned from the October meeting, for he is on our building committee, 'I should like you to have Mr. Malcolmson over to preach.' In Advent he consents to come.
With this harmony and union in my mind, how can I better close this account of our St. Luke's than with prayer :-'0 Lord Jesu Christ, who didst charge Thine Apostles that they should preach the Gospel to every nation : make us to show our gratitude for Thy benefits by earnestness in fulfilling Thy command. Prosper all missions, both at home and abroad, with an increase of sanctity, that they may win many to the acknowledgment of Thy truth, especially the Mission of St. Luke in Stepney, and give them all things needful for their work; making them to be centres of spiritual life, to the quickening of many souls, and the glory of Thy holy name, Who art our only Mediator and Advocate. Amen.'
WILLIAM WALLACE, 28, Cottage Grove, Bow Road. E.
AN APPEAL FOR THE DESTITUTE AND SUFFERING.
At this time of year many benevolent persons are anxious to find spheres where they can most profitably dispense their charity. May I occupy one of your pages to make known to them a field in which great poverty and wretchedness abound, and where there are no rich or well-to-do people to alleviate it?
In the newly-formed parishes of St. Augustine and St. Columba, Haggerston, there are thousands of poor artizans, who for the most part have migrated from country parishes in search of work. Destitution and sickness have long prevailed among them to an appalling extent, and until recently no hand has been stretched forth to succour them, no ministrations of love and mercy have cheered their wretched homes, lightened their oppressive burdens, or soothed and succoured them in the hours of sickness and death.
But now the zeal and devotion of the clergy of these two parishes, and the selfsacrificing labours of the Sisters of St. Saviour's Priory, (from East Grinstead,) have penetrated into every court and alley, and have brought to light an amount of destitution and misery which is both heart-sickening and overwhelming, because they can do so little to alleviate them. Will any of your readers help them in their arduous labours by gifts of money, clothes, linen, wine, or grocery, or prints and books for the orphanage and library ? Any of these will be most acceptable, and gratefully received. I shall be happy to take charge of and to dispense in the best way any gifts which are sent to me at Stoke Newington Green, London; or they may be sent
THE MOTHER SUPERIOR,
HINTS ON READING.
It is always a good sign to see the multiplication of such books as Thomas à Kempis's Imitation, and no less than four editions have come into our hands, from the hands of Messrs. Rivington and from Frome, ranging through different scales of price and size, so as to be within the reach of all classes.
We rather wonder at the republication of the Rev. C. T. Collins Trelawny's Perranzabuloe. (Rivington.) The discovery of the ancient church buried in the sand was certainly curious, but Mr. Trelawny's conclusions therefrom are a large superstructure on as mall foundation, and though there is no doubt that the Church existed among the ancient Britons, this is a very weak argument for the independence of our English Church; for our own ancestors, it cannot be denied, were converted by the mission of Gregory the Great. Our freedom really rests on the original constitution of the primitive Church.
Mrs. Valentine has given us in Land Battles (Warne) a very nice companion to her Sea Fights. It is a very spirited history of English battles from Hastings to Inkerman, with portraits of all the generals; and so English are we, that Harold, and not William, reigns at the head of the page.
One Year, or the History of Three Homes, by F. M. P., (Warne,) is as charming a book as we have ever chanced to meet with. The scene lies first in France and then in England, and the contrast is most brilliantly drawn. Sometimes we are in a curious old lodging-house at Dieppe, full of kindly noise and chatter; sometimes in a cool green Devonshire sea-side village, in a great silence of reserve. The whole is full of thoughtful teaching, conveyed not directly but by inference, and the characters are all clearly cut, and so individual, that we feel as if each were a near friend or acquaintance. The busy girl with her perpetual irons in the fire;' the awkward girl ; the shy clever one, who thinks exclusiveness loyalty; and the shuffling younger sister-all are as admirable portraits as are the bright little shrew of a French heroine, her vagabond artist father, or the fat concièrge and his wife. Few stories better repay reading.
Miss Thackeray's charming modern parody of old fairy tales in Five Old Friends and a Young Prince is a most engaging volume, which we hope will not soon cease to be in request.
For those who do not care to read Madame de Pressense's very interesting story of Deux Ans au Lycée in the original, there is a very prettily got up translation put forth by Mr. Warne, under the title of Two Years of School Life. And the Home Annual, which likewise proceeds from Mr. Warne, is as full as a shillingsworth can be of bright, well told, and graceful stories for the young, and—rare merit—its mirth is free from all vulgarity; it brings also a goodly collection of games and puzzles, sufficient to occupy more than one evening in guesses and speculations.
Our old friend, the Curate's Budget, has just put out an excellent little story called Polly's First Earnings; and Church Ballads continue with unequal merit, but are likely to win a good many ears.
We must also notice a pretty little thoughtful brochure, costing only twopence, a tale called Two Christmas Days, by Volo non Valeo, (a soubriquet that correspondents of The Monthly Paper will remember,) and published by W. T. Barnes, Budleigh Salterton.
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