« VorigeDoorgaan »
these doctrines to some extent, and bring them forth into life and practice.'
To give our readers some idea of the extent of the field attempted to be cultivated, and of the zeal and earnestness of our brethren, we give a brief extract from the report of the Missouri Association-" It is more than a match for our infantile association to keep pace with the isolated receivers' in their new homes, and help them to that spiritual support and culture required. We find them in nearly one hundred places in the diocese; in some of which places there is only one, in others two or three, and in a dozen places ten or more. The places to be visited are wide apart. These isolated New Churchmen are scattered over an area, say of 200,000 square miles. A minister living in St. Louis may have time enough through the week to run over and spend a day or two with the brethren who are scattered about St. Joseph, Kansas City, Lawrence, or Sedalia; but the distance of three hundred odd miles is an inconvenient stumbling-block in the way. And still we feel that the work must be done.
The judicious expenditure of a thousand dollars a year in canvassing this field, in identifying and encouraging the isolated brethren now scattered abroad as sheep without a shepherd, in gathering them into groups of worshippers, in instituting churches among them, in inducing them to give now and then a block of their cheap lands to the Church, in baptizing and enrolling their children, and in strengthening the adult members by preaching to them the Word, and administering to them the sacrament, would in ten years yield a richer harvest to the Church than has ever been gathered for the same expenditure of money and labour."
Another of the important uses performed by the Convention is its publications. To provide for these a printing and publishing establishment is instituted in New York. This establishment is in charge of a manager and a staff of editors, compositors, and others. In periodical publications our American brethren are in advance of the Church in this kingdom. In addition to the New Jerusalem Magazine and the Chil dren's New Church Magazine, which are represented with us by the Intellec
tual Repository and the Juvenile Magazine, the Convention publishes the Messenger weekly, and a children's paper on the 1st and 15th of every month. Of these publications the circulation of the Messenger is 2714; the New Jerusalem Magazine, 840; the Children's Magazine, 1430; the children's paper, 2150. The Convention obtains from the Messenger a profit of 224 dollars. From its other periodicals it sustains a loss, rising, in the case of the New Jerusalem Magazine, to 478 dollars. Besides these periodicals, it publishes a variety of books, including the writings of Swedenborg and popular works of New Church writers. The publications during the year amount to 13,560 volumes.
Closely connected with the publications of the Convention, is the effort in which they have led the way, to secure the publication by photolithography or otherwise of the manuscripts of Swedenborg. On this work Dr. Tafel has been for some time employed. The results and prospects of his labours are already known to our readers, and steps have been taken by the General Conference in this kingdom to co-operate with the brethren in America in this important work. This co-operation is needed. The work is necessarily expensive, and the time to accomplish it is the present. The works it is desired to preserve cannot be preserved in their present condition, and it is an effort worthy the zeal of the Church on both sides the Atlantic, to endeavour to accomplish so desirable work while the opportunity
Connected with the Convention are sixty-one ordained ministers, (eight of whom are ordaining ministers), nineteen licentiates, and upwards of seven hundred places where societies are instituted or members of the Church are known to reside. A theological school for the training of students for the ministry has been instituted at Waltham, and has been attended during the year by six students. The principal of this school is the Rev. Dr. Worcester, who is assisted in imparting instruction to the students by Professor Monroe, Rev. T. B. Hayward, and Rev. T. O. Paine. Lectures have also been given by Revs. Messrs. Giles, Hayden, and Pettee. In concluding his report the principal says, "I find a New Church
CANADA. The eighth conference of the Association of the New Church in Canada, was held at Berlin, Ontario, from the 18th to the 21st of June. There were present three ministers, one delegate, and thirty-three members. Rev. Mr. Turk was president. From the minutes of its proceedings, it appears that the attention of the Association is actively directed to the best means of diffusing a knowledge of the heavenly doctrines. They have spent a portion of their income in advertising the writings, and have printed an extended catalogue for private circulation.
Another labour to which the Association directs its attention, is the public preaching and teaching of the doctrines by missionary effort. There are few settled societies, and the isolated receivers of the doctrines are scattered over an extensive territory. To reach them is not always easy, and the resources of the Association are not large. The ministers have also their several charges to attend, and need to feed the flocks committed to their care. Such attention as they are able to give to the work of diffusing the knowledge of the truth, they appear zealously to bestow. The principal agents in this work appear to be the Rev. Messrs. Turk and Parker, and a resolution of the conference was adopted appointing the latter minister as missionary of the Association, to act under the control of the Executive Committee, and to receive monies for missionary purposes.
It is yet the day of small things with
our Canadian brethren, but it is the day of promise and of hope. Many are thirsting for the waters of life, and they are employing the means which the head of the Church has placed at their disposal to extend these waters to their fellow-men. May they find their labours increasingly useful in extending the borders of Zion and making Jerusalem a praise in the earth.
The meetings of the conference seem to have been distinguished by good feeling and united effort to provide for the building up of the Church. After the adjournment, a social meeting was held in a public hall, and attended by about 300 persons, who were all members or interested in the doctrines. At this meeting refreshments were provided, speeches delivered, and some of the finest pieces of music by the great German composers were sung by members of the choir. The evening was passed in a manner pleasant to all. On the Sabbath the temple was densely crowded. Rev. Mr. Parker preached in the morning, Rev. Mr. Turk in German in the afternoon, and Rev. Mr. Saul in the evening-the Sacrament of the Holy Supper being administered after the afternoon service.
MANCHESTER PRINTING SOCIETY.This society, instituted in Manchester in the year 1782, under the auspices of the venerable Clowes, and with the view of aiding him in the publication of his translation of the writings, presents this year to its subscribers an address by its president and a short report by the committee. From the report we learn that the committee has advertised its publications during the year in the Intellectual Repository and in several widely-circulated journals. Arrangements have been entered into with the Manchester Tract Society, with a view to the increased circulation of their publications. The committee has also, in compliance with an application from the "Public Free Libraries of the City of Manchester," made a grant of copies of their publications to complete a set for their reference library. A complete set of the Society's works has been presented to the Royal Library of Stockholm. The uses of the Society do not appear at present to be very extensive, but they are capable of being extended, and we hope that its agency may yet be
employed in a wide diffusion of New Church literature in the populous portion of the country where it is located.
YORKSHIRE NEW JERUSALEM CHURCH MISSIONARY AND COLPORTAGE ASSOCIATION. This Association held its ninth anniversary at Dalton on Wednesday July 14, 1869. On the Sunday prior to the meeting, sermons in its behalf were preached at Dalton, by Mr. Whitehead, leader at Grove Place Chapel; -at Bradford by Mr. Gunton, of London; and on previous Sundays at Leeds by Mr. Adam Haworth, of Accrington, and at Keighley by Mr. Swinburn, of Embsay in all these places a deep and growing interest is felt in the objects and working of the Association.
At the annual meeting, tea, kindly provided by the ladies connected with the chapel, was served to about ninety persons in the school-room, after which the friends adjourned to the chapel, where the chair was taken by Dr. Goyder, of Bradford, and the business preceded by singing and prayer. Mr. Aspinall, the secretary, then read the ninth annual report, which stated that Mr. Bates (the colporteur) was employed during the first four days of the week in missionary and colportage work, the two last days being devoted to preparation for Sabbath duties: that during the past year he had preached 120 sermonsdistributed gratuitously 14,086 tracts, and sold 2409 books, pamphlets, &c.— the particulars of which are given in the printed reports. Mr. Dyson, the treasurer, stated that the amount received in collections, contributions, &c., was £121, 11s. 84d., and that the sale of books amounted to £65, 11s. 1d., both items considerably exceeding those of former years: that the value of books in stock was £30, 3s., and that there was a balance of cash in his hands of £19, 12s. 3d. This favourable state of the funds had arisen from an appeal, recently made and generously responded to, for the purpose of increasing the colporteur's salary.
The Chairman, in an appropriate address, compared the results of the year's work with that of previous reports, and pointed out the steady and favourable increase which was taking place. The adoption of the report was moved by Mr. Whitehead, seconded by Captain Buffham, and supported by Dr.
N. T. Fowle, of Washington, U.S., who expressed his sympathy with the object of the Association. He stated that in America about fifteen years ago there was but one colporteur, who was supported by the Boston Society (at this time each of the State associations had at least one, and some three or four); that whereas a sum equal only to £20 was at first used for the purpose, they now raised and expended a sum equal to £4000. The sale of the writings were great agents for spreading the doctrines of the Church. The working
Church of this age was small, but through the press its power and influence were great for good.
Mr. Bates, the colporteur, gave some interesting details of his work. He zealously spoke of his interest in it, and the pleasure and confidence he had in presenting the great truths contained in the books he carried to the acceptance of the people. He noticed also some of the difficulties he met with, and spoke of the often singular opportunities which offered themselves by railway and road for introducing the doctrines to strangers. He never omitted to direct travellers, who were interested to societies or places where preaching could be heard, or further information obtained.
The report and treasurer's account being unanimously adopted, Dr. Rhodes, of Great Horton, moved, and Mr. Soppitt, of Bradford, warmly seconded, the election of the members of committee for the ensuing year.
Mr. Gunton, of London, proposed the third resolution, which commended the association to the continued support of the subscribers. Mr. Gunton expressed the pleasure he felt in visiting Dalton, and seeing for the first time the handsome chapel and school, gifted by the late Joseph Senior, Esq. He regarded the Swedenborg Society as the central institution of the Church, and this association as one of its auxiliaries. The delight derived from the knowledge of the New Church doctrines could not but impress upon the friends the great duty of making them known to others; they were instruments powerful to turn men to the love of goodness and truth, which was the great object of all religion. He urged the steady prosecution of colportage work. He rejoiced at the increased sale of books, and especially of Swedenborg's own writings,
and concluded by expressing his belief that the movement with respect to colportage established in Yorkshire, and now extending to Lancashire, was destined to spread to every county in Great Britain.
Mr. Alfred Backhouse, of Leeds, in seconding the resolution, said that the aim of this association was to fufil one of the highest duties a New Churchman could compass-that of carrying the Gospel of good tidings to our fellowmen. It was particularly adapted to Yorkshire, and served to cement the Yorkshire societies together, and make them feel that they had a special duty to fulfil and a common interest in doing it. The truths of the New Church were of such a character, that those who received them could not sit still, but must be up and at work in their dissemination. Alluding to the various doctrines, he said that the doctrine of life could not be known and believed without producing a fight in individual minds, especially the young, against the great vices of the age-lasciviousness, pride, ambition, hatred, envy, and revenge. The doctrines were such that they afforded the greatest security and happiness, and furnished a greatly sought desideratum-sound and clear views of the Word of God. They tended also to promote mutual love amongst neighbours, and the members of families, and conjugial love between husband and wife. He set the highest value upon the literature of the Church, and especially on that great work the "Conjugial Love," which he believed destined to revolutionize the morals of this and other countries. The American New Church literature seemed to hold a higher place than that of this country, and Holcombe's "Children in Heaven,' and Giles' "Nature of Spirit," were, in his view, the best of their kind ever written. It was the business of this association to spread these works and doctrines abroad, and therefore he strongly supported the prayer of the resolution.
The meeting was afterwards addressed by Mr. Musgrove, of Bradford, Mr. Stephenson, Mr. W. A. Storry, and by Mr. Gunton, who, in responding to the thanks of the meeting, remarked that previously to his leaving London, he had seen a few of the friends, and informed them of his intended visit. These gentlemen expressed their con
fidence in the work in which this association was engaged, and at his request subscribed and sent the sum of £9 to encourage and assist them in their undertaking.
The meeting was closed with the benediction.
In closing this report, it will gratify the readers of the Repository to learn that every year adds to the interest of these meetings, and that the members of committee, encouraged by the results of the work and the response of the subscribers, have, since the meeting, decided, as a matter of justice, to increase the salary of Mr. Bates, the colporteur, to 30s. a-week. In this step they feel that the members and friends of the Church generally will sustain them; they look forward with confidence to the time when the association may employ not one but many missionaries and colporteurs.
DAY SCHOOLS. The published reports, and the returns made to the conference, afford an opportunity of noting the condition and progress of these useful anxiliaries of the Church. One school, situated at Ashton-underLyne, and numbering one hundred and sixty pupils, has been added to the list. The others are those of last year, and the numbers in attendance, with few exceptions, remain nearly the same. Some of the schools, as London and Kersley, have considerably increased. The former has added one hundred and nineteen, the latter, forty pupils to their previously reported numbers. Others,
as Birmingham and Heywood, have decreased. In these cases, however, it is satisfactory to know that the decrease does not arise from either mismanagement or want of interest in so good a cause. At Birmingham, the decrease is small, and has arisen from stricter attention to the register. At Heywood, the closing of two of the factories, which supplied a large proportion of the pupils, is the cause of the decrease.
Nearly all the schools are under Government inspection, and the reports of the inspectors testify to their general efficiency. Higher commendation could scarcely be bestowed them in the case of Manchester girls' school, respecting which Mr. Brodie, the Government inspector, writes: "Throughout the school the order and teaching are most excellent,
and deserve unstinted praise. I could not wish to see a better girls' school." The report on the boys' school is scarcely inferior to this. Similar reports are given of Salford and some of the other schools.
The printed reports make us acquainted with some of the features by which the schools are distinguished. Manchester has made arrangements for the pupil teachers to attend one of the classes at Owen's College. Eight of the teachers have attended, and four of them have secured the highest positions in the examinations of both the senior and junior classes. This training will doubtless aid the continued progress of these eminently successful schools. Birmingham reports great attention in both the day and evening schools to elementary drawing. In the examinations, five of the day and three of the night scholars obtained prizes, and several certificates. These numbers
'appear small in comparison with the numbers presented for examination,' but the "managers think it their duty to require every boy and girl who is learning drawing to sit for examination, whether it is probable or not that they may win honours. The same principle is adopted in the Government examinations of general instruction. Every child who has made the requisite number of attendances, is presented for examination. This the managers consider to be the only fair examination of any school." So far as our knowledge of New Church schools extends it is the plan invariably adopted; but from this report it appears in some schools (not belonging to the New Church)
only those are presented who, by previous selection, are considered certain to pass with credit." Salford reports a more regular attendance of girls,
which it is hoped is due to the better appreciation by mothers of the education of their daughters. At Kersley "the interests of the Sunday schools have been promoted, several of the daypupils having joined the Sunday classes, and the number of the Sunday scholars increased in consequence." In all the schools the religious instruction imparted is that of the New Church. The schools are, therefore, working with other agencies in extending a knowledge of our heavenly doctrines, and preparing for a wider reception and warmer
appreciation in the future than in the past of the great truths of the New Dispensation.
NORTHAMPTON.-The Society at this town was visited on the 8th of August by Mr. John Smith of London. Mr. Smith preached in the Society's usual place of worship morning and evening; and on the following evening gave a lecture on The Union subsisting between the Church on Earth and the Church in Heaven." The lecture was well received, and the visit promises to be useful to the Church. On the following Sunday (August 15) Mr. Smith preached morning and evening at the church in Henry Street, Bath, and on the Monday evening attended a meeting of the Society, appointed to receive an account of the proceedings of Conference. Mr. Smith proposed to visit Bath again before his return to London.
SHOREDITCH.-Argyle Square Church being closed for repairs, advantage was taken of Dr. Bayley's disengagement to arrange a course of six Sunday services at the Shoreditch Town Hall. They commenced on the 18th July, and terminated on the 22d August. The subjects were all of a very interesting and instructive nature, and drew large congregations, especially on the Sunday evenings. Amongst the friends present were noticed many members of Argyle Square, but the greater portion of the audiences consisted of strangers from the immediate neighbourhoods of Shoreditch, Dalston, and Hackney. The Wednesday evening lectures were also well attended, more particularly the last one, on the Resurrection, the room being quite full. At these discourses and lectures many hundreds of tracts were distributed and eagerly accepted. As an evidence of how deeply interested the listeners were, £8 worth of books were sold, comprising the "Future Life," Noble's Appeal," "Brighton Lectures," Dr. Bayley's "Sermons and Discourses," Hyde's "Lectures," and others. As missionary work the various efforts in the north-east of London have been of the greatest use, many strangers expressing the pleasure and delight they felt on the first occasion of their hearing the doctrines preached. One gentleman informed the writer of this notice that he was heartily ashamed of himself for