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ed, shall be allowed an appeal to the next annual conference, provided that he signify to the said district conference, his determination to appeal ; in which case the said president shall lay the minutes of the trial above mentioned before the said annual conference, at which the local preacher, deacon, or elder, so appealing, may appear : and the said annual conference shall judge and finally determine from the minutes of the said trial, so laid before them.

5. A licensed local preacher shall be eligible to the office of a deacon, after he has preached for four years from the time he received a regular license, and has obtained a testimonial from the district conference to which he belongs, after proper examination, signed by the president, and countersigned by the secretary, and his character has passed in examination before, and he has obtained the approbation of the annual conference.

6. A local deacon shall be eligible to the office of an elder, after he has preached four years from the time he was or dained a deacon, and has obtained a recommendation from the district conference of which he is a member, certifying

his qualifications in doctrine, discipline, talents and usefulness, and the necessity of his official services as an elder in the circuit where he resides ; signed by the president and countersigned by the secretary. He shall, if he cannot attend, send to the annual conference such recommendation, and a note certifying his belief in the doctrine and discipline of our church :-the whole being examined by the annual conference, and if approved he may be ordained ; provided, nevertheless, no slave holder shall be eligible to the office of an elder or deacon, where the laws will admit of emancipation, and permit the liberated slave to enjoy freedom.

7. Every local elder, deacon and preacher shall have his name recorded on the journal of the Quarterly meeting conference of which he is a member. And every local preacher shall have his name enrolled on a class paper, and meet in class, if the distance of his place of

residence from any class be not too 10

great ; or, in neglect thereof, the district conference, if they judge it proper, may deprive him of his ministerial office.

Whenever a local preacher shall re

more from one circuit to another, he shall procure from the presiding elder of the district, or the preacher having the charge of the circuit, a certificate of his official standing in the church at the time of his removal, without which he shall not be received as a local preacher in other places.

No preacher among us shall distil or retail spirituous liquors, without forfeiting his official standing.


Of Baptism. 1. Let every adult person, and the parents of every child to be baptized, have the choice either of immersion, sprinkling, or pouring.

2. We will on no account whatever receive a present for administering baptism, or for burying the dead.


Of the Lord's Supper. Quest. Are there any directions to be given concerning the administration of of the Lord's Supper ?

Answ. 1. Let those who have scru. ples concerning the receiving of it kneel.

ng, be permitted to receive it either tanding or sitting.

2. Let no person that is not a member of our church be admitted to the comnunion, without examinating, and some token given by an elder or deacon.

3. No person shall be admitted to the Lord's Supper among us, who is guilty of any practice for which we would exclude a member of our church.


Of Public Worship. Quest. What directions shall be giv. en for the establishment of uniformity in public worship amongst us, on the Lord's day?

Answ. 1. Let the morning service consist of singing, prayer, the reading of a chapter out of the Old Testament, and another out of the New, and preaching.

2, Let the afternoon service consist of singing, prayer, the reading of one or two chapters out of the bible, and preaching.

3. Let the evening service consist of singing, prayer and preaching. ti

4. But on the days of administering

the Lord's Supper the two chapters in the morning service, may be omitted.

5. Let the society be met, whereever it is practicable, on the sabbathday.


Of the Spirit and Truth of Singing.

Quest. How shall we guard against formality in singing ?

Answ. 1. By choosing such hymns as are proper for the congregation.

2. By not singing too much at once ; seldom more than five or six verses.

3. By suiting the tune to the words.

4. By often stopping short, and asking the people, “ Now! do you know what you said last ? Did you speak no more

felt ?" 5. Do not suffer the people to sing too slow.

This naturally tends to formality, and is brought in by those who have either very strong or very weak voices.

6. In ever; large society let them learn to sing; and let them always learn our tunes first,

7. Let the women constantly sing their parts alone. Let no man sing with them unless he understands the notes,

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