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ANNIVERSARY AND OPENING | evening at Brompton, and in the afternoon SERVICES
at Northallerton. On the Monday evening, EBENEZER CHAPEL, COSELEY.
On a tea-meeting was held at Brompton, and November 21st, sermons were preached in addresses delivered by the Revs. w. the above place of worship by the Revs. D. Stubbings, R. Morris, F. Yeo, and others. Evans and D, Jeavons. The collections STAFFORD.-The efforts of the friends to amounted to the handsome of establish a Baptist cause in this town have £30 78. 11d. This edifice was opened on been must abundantly blessed. On the 28th the 7th of September last, when sermons November, the first anniversary sermons were preached by the Revs. Hugh Stowell were preached by the Rev. C. Keen, preBrown, of Liverpool, and R. D. Wilson, of vious to which, owing to the increase in Wolverhampton. The collections on that the attendance, it was decided to rent the day amounted to £147.
Mechanics' Institution for the regular TWERTON, BATH.--On November 21st, services. The first service was held on jubilee services were held in this place. that day, and was largely attended. On The Revs. A. M. Stalker and D. Wassall the Monday evening a tea-meeting was preached on the occasion. On the following held, when a large company again met. day a tea-meeting was held, followed by a Addresses were delivered by ministers of public meeting, in which the Revs. F. the town and neighbourhood. They look Bosworth and A. M. Stalker took part. forward to commence building at an early
LION STREET, WALWORTH.-The lease date. Any help will be gladly received by of the present place of worship approaching the Rev. J. W. Kirton, Stafford. expiration, a building fund has been commenced in anticipation of that period. fourth anniversary of the ministry of the
PITHAY CHAPEL, BeistoL.The twentyThree hundred pounds a year has been Rev. E. Probert, at Pithay Chapel, was raised for four years, which is accumu- celebrated by a tea-meeting. Mr. H. O; lating at interest. On November 28th, Wills presided, and addresses were delivered the annual services were held in aid of by the Rers. T. Winter, H. Craik, JA. this fund, followed by a tea and public Pratt, George Wood, T. Jenkin, and E: meeting on the next day. The results
Probert; were most satisfactory, and it is hoped, before 1860 a commodious chapel, with
and a wish was expressed that when the new chapel is needed, sufficient Sunday schools attached, would be erected, money will be in hand for its completion. RAMSGATE.- A tea-meeting was held on
to meet the increasing requirements of the November 30 on behalf of the Sunday,
congregation. schools connected with Cavendish Chapel. November, the first anniversary of the
Cross STREET, ISLINGTON.--On 22nd After tea, a public meeting was held in the chapel, at which 800 persons Sunday school was held in the new room were present. The Rev. Mr. Etheridge down to tea, after which a public meeting
Above 200 sat presided. The proceeds amounted to £18 188.
was held, the Rev. A. C. Thomas presiding. CHATHAM.—Two sermons were preached The meeting was afterwards addressed by on Lord's day, November 28th, in Zion the Rev. Messrs. Fuller and Phillips, and Chapel, by the pastor, the Rev. James Messrs. J. Templeton, Pratt, J. Sari, &c. Coutts, on the opening of the Sabbath- BRATTON, Wilts. -The Baptist chapel school rooms, erected at a cost of £570. in this village has undergone considerable On the following Tuesday a tea-meeting improvements and repairs; and new vestries, was held in the new rooms, The attend- class-rooms, and school-rooms have been ance was so numerous that an adjournment erected, at a cost of nearly £800. Toward to the chapel was necessary.
Addresses this, about £500 have been contributed by were delivered by Charles Reed, Esq., the members of the church and congregation. Rev. J. S. Hall, the Rev. John Walker, On Wednesday, December 15, re-opening and other friends. The sum of £40 was services were held. A prayer-meeting was collected, and nearly £400 have already held at eight o'clock. The Rev. A. M. been contributed.
Stalker, of Frome, preached in the morning BROMPTON AND NORTHALLERTON.-On at eleven. At half-past four about 400 Sunday, November 28, services were held friends sat down to tea, when J. Whittaker, on the anniversary of the Baptist chapel, Esq., gave some interesting details as to Brompton, when sermons were preached the history of the church. "In the evening by the Rev. R. Morris, in the morning and a sermon was delivered by the Rev. F.
Bosworth, A.M. All the services were giving counsel as to the reciprocal duties numerously attended.
this recognition involved. After a few PLAISTOW.-On Tuesday, November 30, remarks from Mr. Hosken, the meeting the foundation-stone of New Union Chapel was closed by the pastor. was laid at Plaistow by the Lord Mayor of WALTON, SUFFOLK. - The Rev. J. E. London. His lordship delivered a very Perrin, having received an invitation to powerful address “Religion, the the pastorate of the church in this village, only safe foundation of Personal Charac- services were held November 25th. In the ter Personal Character the true founda- afternoon the Rev. J. Webb, of Ipswich, tion of National Liberty and Progress.” preached. A large number partook of tea, In the evening a public meeting was held, after which addresses were delivered by the in which a large number of ministers and Revs. J. Raven and J. Williams. gentlemen took part. The contributions LYMINGTON. --A public meeting was have been liberal, and it is hoped that the held to recognise the settlement of the Rev. building will be opened free from debt. R. G. Moses, B. A., late of Bristol College, TESTIMONIALS, PRESENTATIONS, as pastor of the Baptist church. The Rev. &c.
J. E. Tanner, pastor of the Independent PLYMOUTH.-An address, together with church, presided. Addresses were delivered a valuable gold watch and pencil-case, was by the Revs. J. B. Burt, R. G. Moses, and presented to the Rev. G. Short, B.A., D. Bridgeman, and Messrs. Farmer, Gosling, of George Street, as a testimonial of per- Watson, Mursell, and Dr. Bompas. sonal esteem, and appreciation of his Earnest prayer was offered for the procharacter and ministrations. Mr. Short sperity of the church, and a most gratifying has also had a silver inkstand and other spirit pervaded the meeting. gifts presented to him by a great part of the church and congregation over which he
MINISTERIAL CHANGES, SETTLEhas presided.
MENTS, &c. SOUTH PARADE, LEEDS. -- On Friday The Rev. T. E. James, of Cwmbaen, evening, December 10th, the young friends Aberdare, has accepted the call of the at South Parade presented to the Rev. C. churches at Bethany Neath,and Aberdalais, Bailhache a very beautiful gold watch, as a Glamorganshire, where he commenced his token of their affection and regard. The ministry on Lord's day, December 5th.-, heartiest wishes were expressed for the The Rev. T. Nicholas, after two years' prosperity and welfare of the pastor, who pastorate at Tembrey, Carmarthenshire, reciprocated the kindly feelings of his has accepted the invitation of the youthful friends.
church at Aberaman. The Rev. B. RECOGNITION AND ORDINATION Watkins, of Hirwain, has accepted an SERVICES.
invitation from the church at Maesyherllan. TRURO.—The recognition services of the -The Rev. R. Morris, having resigned Rev. E. Dennett commenced on November his office as pastor of the church meeting 21, when the Rev. R. Panks delivered a at Buckingham Chapel, Clifton, has opened discourse from Exodus xvii. 12. On the Music Hall, Park Street, for divine serMonday afternoon there was a meeting for vice.-Threegentlemen from Horton College prayer, and addresses were delivered by have lately entered upon the pastorate at Mr. John D. Freeman and the Rev. J. the following places, viz. :-Mr. John Walcot, presided over by the Rev. S. B. Odell, at Great George Street, Hull ; Mr. Brown, B.A. In the erening the meeting R. Maden, at Ramsbottom, Lancashire ; was conducted by Mr. W. H. Bond. Mr. and Mr. W. A. Claxton, at Mildenhall, Dennett stated the motives which induced Suffolk. Each of these brethren has comhim to leave a former sphere of great use- menced his ministerial labours with fulness, and to accept the pastoral office very encouraging prospects of success. over the Baptist church at Truro. The - The Rev. D. M. Evans, late of ManRevs. R. Panks, Fifield, Barnet, and chester, has accepted the cordial and Brown addressed the meeting.
unanimous invitation of the church assem. FENNY STRATFORD, BUCKS.- The Rev. bling in Greenfield Chapel, LlanellyC. H. Hosken, late of Crayford, Kent, Thc Rev. W. G. Fifield has resigned having accepted the call of the church in the pastorate of the church at Grampound, this town, services were held on Wednes- and accepted an invitation from that in day, the 8th inst. About 400 persons Branch Road, Blackburn, hoping to enter assembled in the evening, when Mr. upon his labours there on the first Sabbath Hosken gave an account of his labours in in the new year.- Mr. Parkinson, of Horton England, Ireland, Holland, and America. College, having accepted the invitation of the The Rev. E. Adey addressed the pastor, church at Hinckley, intends tocommencehis and offered up the recognition prayer. labours there on the first Sabbath in January. The Rev. G. Forster addressed the church, -The Rev. John H. Hall, of Hay, Breconshire, leaves Hay and enters upon his la- sidiary to his own ministry, and to the bours at Fishponds, near Bristol, at the close welfare of the church. Thus, at the same of the year. - The Rev. W. Jeffery, although time, he was insensibly imbued with the requested by the church at Amershamto con- love of divine things, and attracted to the tinue among them, has decided on accepting church in which his social life was devethe pastorate of the church at Great Torring. loped and moulded. When thirty years ton.- The Rev. T. M. Morris has removed of age, he married Miss E. Smith, a sincere from Romsey, having been unanimously in- Christian and a most gentle and affectionate vited to the pastorate of the Baptist church wife, by whom he had a considerable family, worshipping at Turret Green Chapel, Ips- but who was removed in 1847 to that rest wich.
and joy which she earnestly desired and for which she was well prepared.
On the death of his father he was chosen RECENT DEATH.
to the deacon's office, the duties of which MR. WILLIAM BEDDOME.
he discharged with honour under five sucThe Egyptians embalmed their dead. cessive pastors; the first of whom, Dr. This act betokened their affection and per. Hoby, officiated at his funeral, while the petuated near them the most solemn memo- settlement of the last, Mr. Millard, was rials. Perhaps they cherished a vague hope one of the brightest gleams of satisfaction that the spirit would still linger near its that fell athwart his path as he descended earthly tabernacle, and finally resume it in to the grave. Rarely has any church had the resurrection life. But still it was only a deacon more anxiously devoted to its rehideous corruption, which could never en- putation and usefulness, and very rarely, ter the kingdom of God. For us, the true have pastors had a friend so stedfast and embalming is the goodness which springs so kind. from the grace of God. The memory of His nature was eminently social. His the just is blessed. That which is thus conversation, teeming with anecdote and preserved is alike comely and fragrant, personal allusions, his talents, and his sym: profitable to us now, and linked on to the pathies, all fitted him to enjoy company and destinies of our final existence.
to shine in it. If in any respect this proved William Beddome was born April 13th, a snare, drawing him too much from the 1788. His father, Boswell Beddome, less exciting but not less sacred endear. Esq., of Walworth, was for many years ments of the family, if it distracted or member and deacon of the church assem diminished the retirements of devotion, bling in Maze Pond, Southwark. His or overtasked a constitution otherwise grandfather was the Rev. Benjamin Bed- oppressed with incessant and exhausting dome, of Bourton-on-the-Water, who, duties, it was certainly an equal gratificawhile he lived, was one of the most devoted tion to others and to himself. Many an pastors and effective ministers in the deno- evening circle waiting in dullness and con. mination, and, being dead, yet speaks in straint, has been charmed into freedom and hymns sung in our congregations and in pleasure by his arrival. sermons not unfrequently read in families Few men have been so much occupied and cottage gatherings. The memory of with gratuitous trusts and friendly offices. these relatives was always a source of plea- Half the energy and talent which he thus sure to our departed friend, and doubtless employed, has sufficed to make a fortune an abiding incentive to him that he should for others. Ready to answer every call of not be slothful, but a follower of those necessity and friendship, he spared no lawho inherit the promises.
bour, counted no cost, watched through In his youth, Mr. Beddome attended the night, and exhausted body and mind, with his family the ministry of the late for no other recompense than the luxury Rev. James Dore, and had an unusual of doing good. Cases of extreme difficulty share in his intimacy and friendship. Mr. seemed to have a sort of fascination for Dore was a man of uncommon judgment, bim; and when others broke down in weariintelligence, and taste, and enjoyed many ness or turned away in despair, he was personal and social advantages. At once roused to unwonted eagerness and hope. cheerful and sedate, refined and devout, At once grave and affable, his quiet man; he was the object of much respectful re- ner, unruffled temper, and practical good gard. Mr. Beddome, then in the dawn of sense, called forth the unbounded confilife, was strongly attracted to and deeply dence of many, but involved him in labours impressed by him, for few natures could beyond his strength. be more susceptible than his of the laudari Through a long life of commercial purlaudato. Mr. Dore invited him to his suits, not exempt from anxieties and restudy, communicated to him freely his verses, he was enabled to exemplify the thoughts and purposes, and employed him integrity and uprightness of the Christian. as a young Timothy in many matters sub- Sensitively alive to the importance of this
as affecting the honour of the Saviour, he path, and generally conciliated the goodexerted all his influence with the church will of all. If, like most active persons, he to introduce and maintain resolutions re- sometimes left (behind the marks of a too quiring all cases of insolvency to be made resolute will, it must be remembered that, the subjects of investigation and discipline. at certain seasons, less resoluteness must
He was an untiring friend of the London have failed to secure the welfare of the Baptist Fund. For many years he was a church. There are many now moving on fundee, and latterly one of its treasurers ; in their pilgrim path, who, contemplating and in various ways considerably contri- his removal, are prompted to cry, “My buted to its resources while he watched Father, my Father, the chariots of Israel over their appropriation. This gave him a and the horsemen thereof.” But his work larger acquaintance with, and interest in, was done. He had just passed the limits the poorer ministers and churches through of three-score years and ten. Under the the country. Of Stepney College he was wasting of exertion and the attacks of disan ardent advocate, and always vindicated case, his fine constitution gave way. His its most liberal support.
sufferings were very severe, and his enjoyHe had an unusual gift in prayer. A ment of religion not so triumphant as he fine voice, a ready utterance, and a touch desired. But he knew the living Saviour, of the antique in phraseology, no doubt and trusted to none beside. With an excontributed to the effect; but the real pressive smile he alluded to the dying recharm consisted in simple views of gospel mark of a recently departed friend <“This truth, an apposite and copious use of Scrip- valley of the shadow of death is not dark ture language, and the free play of the feel- to me. It is a light and bright valley," as ings of a heart which seemed always fresh if his experience were of a different kind. and full, though he had just emerged But he added—“The truth and stability of from the distractions of business, or was God's promises depend not on our own surrounded by the excitements of social personal enjoyment. The foundation stands enjoyment, and which the numerous and sure.” Thus le passed away from the toil diversified trials of his life had contributed and sorrow of earth to the repose and gladboth to enlarge and refine.
ness of heaven, and has left behind another In the church he was evidently at home. I memento to "gird up the loins of our mind, His character, and latterly his years, gave and be sober and hope to the end.” weight to his counsels. Prudent and affectionate, he rarely ventured on any perilous
PUBLIC PAINS TO NERVOUS at hand, I have frequently been asked to PREACHERS.
preach on various occasions to churches at To the Editor of the Baptist Magazine. nations, Sunday school sermons, lectures to
some distance from home. Missions, ordiNovember 17th, 1858. raise funds for British schools, to me. DEAR SIR,-I am naturally of a bashful chanics' institutes and young men's Chrisdisposition (wbich has occasioned me tian associations (who generally, by the several losses in Jile), and this disposi. way, make a point of carefully stating in tion has been increased by somewhat re- their letter of invitation, that “they are cluse--and if my bashfulness will allow extremely sorry that, from the low state of me to say 80)---studious habits. I passed their funds, they cannot offer any remunemy four years at one of our colleges in ration to the lecturer, beyond travelling training for the ministry, and have more expenses”); once, too, I was honoured by than onco gone through that delightful an invitation to preach at the opening of process which our denomination aptly a new chapel, and with a mild satisfaction designatos as "preaching on probation.” saw a few days afterwards, that the authoOne good certainly has accrued to me rities on the spot had, in the report they from that process, namely, that I have had forwarded to the Baptist Magazine, ever since entered with a peculiar relish on kindly designated my discourse as “ approthe perusal of those two chapters in Bishop priate to the occasion.” Butler's
Analogy, in which he treats of "a My object in occupying your space, dear state of probation as implying trial, diffi- sir, is to draw attention to the question of culties, and danger," and "as intended for the remuneration of ministers, and to the moral discipline
and improvement." mode of presenting it, in connection with Now I have never been extensively popu- such services. With regard to mechanics' lar as a preacher, yet for want of a better institutes and other associations of the kind, I have long ago made it a rule, since I re- have we to pay you?" I of course blush, gard lecturing of this kind as an inferior feel nervous, and generally stammer out my by-work to the ministry, not to lecture out bare railway fare or other expenses ; and of my own town, without fair remuneration sometimes to my subsequent dismay find I for my work. As to “probation," I have have forgotten cab-fare or other miscellano immediate prospect of going upon that neous items. Now, I submit that the above again, and would only say, for the guidance is not a fair nor a delicate mode of doing of my younger brethren, that when the the business. Secretaries of Athenæums, question of payment comes up at the close &c., act in general both more kindly and of this probationary term, boldly to let the generously in paying their lecturers, and authorities know if they evidence igno- spare their feelings as much as possible. It rance on the point--what they consider to is plain that if any one who has to pay a be an adequate recompense for their time, minister for preaching, wants to know his and pains, and services, not setting the expenses, he can generally soon learn what figure too low, especially if the church be they are by a reference to Bradshaw. rich, and acting on the frugal maxim of Would it not be well (if only expenses are " laying by something against a rainy intended to be paid) for the party who pays day." Unsuccessful candidates for the them to calculate what they are likely to be, pulpit ought to be the most liberally and and without remark quietly give them to the delicately remunerated of all.
recipient ? But I hold that expenses in The point I more particularly refer to, how most cases are not a fair remuneration. ever, is the following; and many brethren Suppose I pay ten shillings in travelling who, like myself, feel their courage abate with expenses, does that bare amount repaid to years will sympathise with me. The post me fairly cover the wear and tear of nerves, brings a humble and earnest request, signed, brain, and speech, and of clothes, both in perhaps, by the minister and personal and out of the pulpit, the risks of travelfriends, begging me to do them the great ling, the time taken from one's own family kindness of preaching on some one of the and church, the influence which that time numerous anniversary occasions in which detracts from one's own circle of friends the age is so prolific. I consent, and give a and pursuits—time spent too in advancing Sabbath, part of Saturday, and sometimes the interests of another and distant ministhe whole of Monday. My brother minis- ter and church? A lawyer will have his ter on Sunday supplies for me. I enjoy two guineas a day and expenses for every the relief of a change, though when it comes journey, however trifling the business; and too often, or in mid-winter, it is not always is a minister's time worth nothing at all either agreeable or profitable; for on one to himself or to his people? I think that occasion, going thirty miles on the top of a a church should considerately and approcoach to preach Sunday-school sermons on priately (abstaining from all questions) a wet day, I took such a cold as to lay me pay for services of the kind referred to, the by from preaching for a month afterwards, expenses and something over, according to which involved a doctor's bill of several a kind and wise judgment. It might not be pounds, which, of course, I had to pay my- unadvisable for brethren to let it be known self; and had it not been for the kindness they did, as a rule, charge something for of a disengaged ministerial brother who such services beyond their bare expenses, as took my place, should have had to pay for I believe that one great reason why the supplies in addition. Of all this the distant more popular of our ministers are teased church, in whose service these disagreeables with numerous applications for attendance were incurred, remained in happy ignorance. at all kinds of anniversaries, is that they Suppose, however, I get on the Saturday to generously give their services too cheaply. my destination, dry, and warm, and safe ; These remarks, of course, do not apply to much hospitality abounds, congregations services rendered to really poor churches are good and smiling, and all goes on com- and their ministers. fortably till the Sunday evening. Then
I remain, dear sir, there comes up to me, in a vestry, perhaps
Yours truly, half full of people, generally " the chief ruler of the synagogue," a grave and grey.
“Meo sum pauper in ære." haired deacon, often the natural kindness P.S. I suppose that my brethren, like mye of the face frosted with a north-east aspect, self, are in the habit of receiving many letters as with a hard, business-like, don't-ask-too- needing answers, from people they do not much sort of voice, he puts the solemn ques- know, on matters in which they have no tion amidst profound silence, “Sir, what are personal interest. I have found it serviceyour expenses ?" or, “What are we in- able, when a stamp is not enclosed, to post debted to you for your services?” or “What my reply unpaid. Verb. sap. sat.