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hereby exhorted to be united as one time in this sanctuary. Old recollecman. The choir-gallery and vestry tions sprang up at a time like this in under it were not part of the original abundance, sometimes painful and chapel, but were added as the want of sometimes pleasant. They remembered more room became felt.
many friends and relatives who once The Sunday-school, numbering over assembled here who had long since 240 scholars, is held in the area of the passed away to heaven. There were chapel, and the space is quite insuffi. other recollections of a more cheering cient for such a number. A site near kind. One could not help thinking to has been purchased for a new what a wondrous power that sanctuary chapel, which is to be built from the had been in the neighbourhood, what designs of Messrs. Thomas Horsfield a divine and holy influence had spread and Son, of Manchester. The building from it. It was impossible to tell the will be in two stories, and the space good done through their forefathers will be occupied with a chapel, school, erecting that old structure. There and several vestries, the last urgently was doubtless a tone of morality, if needed. There will be comfortable not of religion, which would not have room in the chapel, which will be on prevailed but for that place of worthe upper floor, for over three hundred ship;
; nay, they might look through worshippers, but at a pinch (at the the country, he was almost tempted to anniversaries, for instance) four hun- say they might go round the world, dred people will be able to get accom- and find individuals who had benefited modation.
by the instruction in that SundaySome details have already been school. The Midgley people had not given as to cost, and it should be men- only established this place of worship, tioned that the trustees have a nice but the interest of the Wesleyans at little sum in hand, which warrants Luddenden Dean was a good deal inthem in proceeding with the much- debted to Midgley, and their friends needed work.
į at Boulderclough also owed much of The tea party on Saturday was re- their spiritual blessing to the good markably successful. There were 265
people of Midgley. Looking to the persons at tea, which large attendance future, he trusted that, when the new entailed no light work on the ladies, structure was reared, it would be the for, through the space being so small, means of doing a great amount of there were as many as six sittings good in the neighbourhood. down. The ladies, however, gave their Mr. Alderman Midgley, of Halifax, services most cheerfully. All the pro- expressed his pleasure at being at the visions were kindly given, and the old place once more before it was collection after tea realised the goodly | pulled down, and was glad to find they sum of £21 5s. 4d. for the new chapel. had made so much progress that they It was chiefly during tea and before were able to commence operations at The meeting that the old scholars re- once. He could not imagine them newed their acquaintance with each coming together on such an occasion other and exchanged cordial greetings. without thinking of old friends whose The chair was occupied by Mr. John faces they would never see again, nor Naylor, of Ovenden, an old scholar. without reflecting whether, looking
The Chairman said it afforded him back upon the past, they had been very great pleasure indeed to meet
trying to do good. Though the old with so many old and esteemed friends. people would be reviewing the past, a He thought it a wise and proper thing large number of young people were to give to old scholars, teachers, and present, and what were they going to friends an opportunity of taking a du? Were they going to spend their social cup of tea together for the last time in teaching Christianity and tryinfluence upon
ing to do good, or were they going to who had provided the tea, and to those waste their lives, to turn gamblers, who had come from a distance to help and to spend their time on ale benches? them, was then passed. He counselled them to lead good and Mr. Thomas Greenwood, an old useful lives, reminding them that scholar, who spoke to the resolution, freely they had received, and freely said it was about twenty years since they must give. He was glad they he left Midgley, and he was very were going to double the accommoda- thankful for the influences he took tion in their chapel, and he hoped it with him from this chapel. He was a would be a blessing to them and the transfer from Midgley to Salem, and neighbourhood.
influence he received at Midgley had The Rev. H. T. Marshall said that exerted a beneficial and restraining though they were about to demolish
him through life. the old building, they were not going
The Rev. H. T. Marshall said the to destroy its good influence. The new effort had been in contemplation streams of influence had gone out a considerable time, and the friends thence, one might almost say, to the had between £300 and £400 in the ends of the earth. It was impossible building society towards it. They had to number the men of influence, reared about £400 in hand, and some £200 in perhaps, in humble circumstances promises. Plans for a new chapel there, who had gone to fill important were obtained a few years ago, but stations in the commercial, political, they were of too expensive a characand religious world. He paid a tribute ter, and trade just then falling off in to the grand old men who had worked the neighbourhood, nothing more was in connection with that and other dope. The new site had been obtained places. He wished they more faith- for £140, and the chapel was expected fully preserved their Church records to cost about £1,000, the plans being with these old names upon them, so of a less expensive character than that they might be remembered on those obtained before. such occasions. Let them, with their On Sunday three services were held wider education, larger resources, and in the chapel. many opportunities about which their
In the morning an address was forefathers knew nothing, determine given to a numerous gathering of with the new place to have a fresh children, by the Rev. G. Coates, consecration to God, and to be not one appropriate hymns being sung. whit behind their fathers, but to do as In the afternoon Mr. W. Holdsgood work for God as ever was done worth; of Halifax, preached, the in the past.
sermon taking mostly the form of a Mr. Jonas Seed, of Halifax, next reminiscence of his long connection gave a hearty address, urging his with Midgley Chapel and its people ; hearers, especially the young, to do and he referred to many worthies who their best for Midgley, remembering formerly belonged to the place, but that theirs was the only place of wor- who had long since gone to their rest. ship in the village, and to make it The sacrament of the Lord's Supper their religious home. He asked them was administered after the service. to concentrate their forces on the In the evening the Rev. G. Coates Sunday-school, and to make that a preached the last sermon in the old centre of interest, as so much depended chapel, taking for his text “ Arise, let upon it in the right training of the us go hence.” In the course of his young
discourse, the preacher remarked upon The Rev. George Coates having said the peculiar solemnity which attached a few hearty words, a vote of thanks to the term “last;" and while that to the speakers, to the choir, to those was the last sermon that would be preached there, it might also be the this is not a very large sum, but when last some of them would ever hear. wetake into consideration the condition As they joined in the service, their of the neighbourhood, and the number minds were stirred by recollections of of friends who have had to seek emthe past. The place itself had an ployment elsewhere, we can but conattraction for them-its associations clude that hard work has had to be rewere hallowed; and to many of them sorted to, such work as would, in more the memory of relatives or friends who favourable times, have insured a much were worshipping there endeared the larger return. Their efforts have been place to them. There were others who fairly seconded by friends, and £154 had not benefited by the ministration, promised, and an interesting way of to whom, having steeled their hearts assisting the object has been devised against all that was true and noble in by friends beyond the Atlantic. We Christianity, the chapel would be any. often hear, in connection with a new thing but a happy reminder of bygone building, “Won't you buy a brick ?” days. In conclusion, the preacher and this is the means adopted by a pointed out how there was change in number of Newtonians who left this all earthly associations, and he ap- country for America some time ago, pealed to the congregation that, as to assist in raising a new chapel. It they were about to arise and go hence appears that Mr. John Simister, an to a newer temple, so they might also energetic member of the congregation, rise in their aims after usefulness, had a number of small cards struck purity, godliness, and heaven. The off, with “A brick” printed on; he collections for the day amounted to forwarded some to friends in America, £13 16s. 11d., and will be given to and mentioned that a new chapel for the building fund of the new chapel. Newton was in contemplation. This
The old building has been de- was sufficient; the nationalised Amer. molished, and the new chapel is now icans took the thing in hand, and in course of erection.
began selling bricks of Newton Chapel at a dollar each, and by this means a
considerable sum, it is expected, will NEWTON, HURST CIRCUIT. be realised. We give this simply to
show the interest taken in the work. THE PROPOSED NEW CHAPEL.
The enterprise inaugurated on Thurs
day, March 22, was calculated to The present chapel was erected in realise £200, and though this seems a 1815, and though it might at that large sum for people not in the best of time be sufficient for the require- circumstances, the close of the sale ments of the locality, it has long saw the prediction fulfilled, and, no been felt to be incommodious. Some doubt, when all the promises have fifteen or sixteen years ago
been made good, the estimate will be bazaar was held in connection with exceeded, and the indefatigable officials the place, and as a result the debt will have in their hands something was cleared off. Since then a new like £620. This much accomplished, structure has been contemplated, they will not be able to rest on their though no public effort bas hitherto oars, as the estimate for the new struc. been made on its behalf. That there ture is £1,000, and the difference behas been a general feeling on the sub- tween the amount realised and that ject is evident when we find that the required is such as will necessitate good people, prior to asking others for much strenuous exertion to wipe away. assistance, had worked in a quiet way They have nothing to be daunted at, and realised about £100, exclusive of however; the adage says, “ The more £167 raised by social teas, &c. True, we do the more we are able to do,"
BAZAAR AT HYDE.
and we think that by a continuance of was the oldest place of worship in the the diligence and perseverance which village, and had, therefore, considerhave hitherto characterised the efforts able claim upon it, and also upon the of these Newton people, the words of surrounding neighbourhood. Good the adage will be proved, and the service had been done in the school; task, which has been a source of much generations of scholars, during the difficulty for a long time, accomplished. last sixtyor seventy years, had
The opening ceremony commenced passed through its classes, and shortly after the time fixed, and had received much good ; many were amongst the goodly number of ladies now living much happier lives on and gentlemen present we noticed the earth, whilst others had passed Revs. J. W. Walls, T. J. MacCartney, to the presence of God. Mr. Gibson H. Watts, C. Finch, J. Watkin, J.K. stated that, besides the £321 raised Smith, Hyde ; J. Gibson, Hurst; towards the fund by various means, T. D. Crothers, Stalybridge ; T. the members had scraped together Rider, Ashton; J. Medicraft (chair- £100, which showed them to be in man of the district), Manchester ; Mr. earnest, and, he thought, deserving of J. H. Burton (architect of the new assistance. After observing that a chapel) and Mrs. Burton, Ashton; plot of land had been selected, and Mrs. T. Beeley, Dukinfield ; Mrs. that negotiations concerning such Wm. Brooke, Mrs. J. K. Smith, Mrs. were pending, he called upon the H. Oldfield, Mr. Brownson, Mr. pastor of George-street chapel to inGeorge Brownson, jun., Councillor J. troduce Mr. Green. Mycock, Councillor Broadbent, and The Rev. J. W. Walls said he had others.
great pleasure in complying with the The Rev. J. Gibson presided, and order of the chairman, although he after devotional exercises, remarked thought that the gentleman he had to that he desired, in the name of
introduce was well known to all of the committee, to give a very hearty them. He might tell them that welcome to the friends who were Councillor Green had always been present to help them in that enter- ready and willing to help them; and prise. They were also very much when he and Mr. Bedford waited on pleased to have a large number of the him, he consented to serve them. Mr. Dissenting ministers of the town and Green not only supported Georgeneighbourhood with them. While street, but also a number of other they each took their independent places in the town, and they were stand on religion in external matters, much very pleased to see him amongst yet, on Christian grounds, they felt them, and it afforded him great they were thoroughly connexional ; pleasure to introduce him to the and he trusted that such a catholic company. spirit would continue. He assured Councillor Green, who was heartily them that they had come to help a received, said the most praiseworthy very worthy people, a people who had thing of all in connection with the done a great deal to help themselves efforts of toe Newton people to secure before asking others. The object of a new chapel was that they had helped the work was well known, and anyone themselves. He was sure that they who had been in the old chapel would must be men and women of strong say that they required a new one. The mind and determined will to ever enterprise had been on the tapis for think of building a chapel at Newton. some time, but on various accounts The trade of the village had been dehad been postponed-through the loss pressed for a long time, and if it conof trade and the removal of people tinued they would be led to wonder. from the neighbourhɔod. The chapel who they were going to put in the
the bazaar open.
chapel when it was erected. Nearly and try to help in the good work, and all the premises round about the place they might rest assured that when were empty, and he thought they they rendered a helping hand to those might have as much land as they who helped themselves, they were ir:liked. Referring to the name of the deed doing good. He then declared Connexion, he said he considered it a wrong one, inasmuch as it was not Mr. Gibson having announced that new, though not as old as the Baptists. Councillor Green had given them a The Connexion had been in existence substantial donation, for about eighty-six years, having been The Rev. T. Rider proposed a vote formed in 1797, Mr. Kilham preaching of thanks to the donor, and, in doing the first sermon on the 7th of May at so, said the Connexion was indebted Leeds, in what was, prior to that time, to Mr. Green for the assistance he had the Ebenezer Baptist Chapel. The rendered them in many ways. They Connexion grew greatly, but when could not but be refreshed by the pleasMr. Kilham seceded, he took away ant appearance of the room that morn. with him 5,000 people, but long after- ing, and he thought it augured well for wards Mr. Barker took with him the success of the enterprise, which 5,000, and thus put them on a level was for a very good and beneficial again. They had at the present time purpose. Alluding to what Councillor in the Connexion 512 chapels, with Green had said with reference to the 33,143 members, and 465 schools, with Connexion, Mr. Rider said it was some80,495 scholars, which showed that times with difficulty that people were they had not been idle during the last led to understand why their society eighty-six years. And when they took was called New Connexion, as it had into consideration what had been done been established eighty-six years. The by the Wesleyans, Independents, Primi. reason, was, however, simple enough ; tives, and various other denominations they adopted the name to distinguish of the land, it was wonderful how the themselves from the original society. people had found money to carry out They claimed, as New Connexion such a gigantic work, which was, they people, that they started on ecclesiwould all agree, very praiseworthy, astical lines of great freedom, and had and by means of which much good to a considerable degree popularised must be done to the world at large. some new liberal ideas in reference Such prodigious results had been to Church polity ; but, after all, their brought about by the energy and principal work was the salvation of determination of the people, and he souls and the glorification of their considered that the Newton friends Master. showed themselves possessed of good The Rev. J. K. Smith seconded and strong nerves in undertaking that the proposition, and the Rev. J. work at the present time. He must Medicraft supported it. He expressed say, however, that they were pushed a conviction that they would be called on by good friends, for he had been New Connexionists if they lived a informed that some Newton people who thousand years, and might they live went to America about twenty years to see that day. It was very pleasant ago were sending much assistance in to him to meet the people of Hyde a peculiar manner-viz., by selling and Newton together, with whom he small cards with the words “a brick" had very pleasant associations, and printed on, at a dollar each, and the respecting whom he had very pleasant proceeds they intended to devote to- memories. He was very desirous that wards the building of a chapel at the cause should prosper, and conNewton. From the friends in America sidered it a healthy sign when old he hoped they would take an example, places failed with age that new ones