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ble success, in my Mission-work during building will be devoted to day and the year. I have had the joy of seeing Sunday-school purposes. The opening. many saved, by grace through faith, who services, conducted by the Revs, Joha are now walking worthy of their Christian Bedford, Charles Prest, R. Felvus, Joseph profession; whilst others have been built Hargreaves, and the ministers of the Cir. up in love and in obedience. Last Sep. cuit, awakened considerable interest in the tember there were twenty-eight church- neighbourhood. No debt will remain on members connected with the Mission; the premises. The seats are being let to there are now fifty-three, with eighteen on an encouraging extent, and some remarktrial. Several who have been converted able changes in the habits of the people among us have joined regular Circuit have already taken place. Our churchclasses, and some have gone to other members have increased lately from twenty churches. The new Home Mission chapel to sisty, and among these are men who will be opened in October, and I believe have given, and who will now more fally that a prosperous future is before us. give, valuable aid to this necessary Mis
sion-work. 5. CARDIFF.- From the Rev. W. Andrews.-May, 1868.- This Mission 7. LIVERPOOL, (Pitt-street).- Fron has improved during the year, and the the Journal of the Rev. Joseph Diron.congregations and church-members have June, 1868.- We have been favoured with increased in number. The debt on the great success in our Mission-work during Mission-chapel, which twelve months ago he past quarter. The members of our was £600, has been reduced to £200. A church have manifested great love and new field of Mission-labour has been unity, as also self-sacrificiog efforts to recently entered at Grange, a village near promote the cause of God. Reviving inCardiff, where there is a population of sis Muences have led to a more regular athundred, almost destitute of religious tendance at the various opportunities for worship. We have obtained a room worship and spiritual improvement. This which will accommodate about ninety has been felt beyond the church itself, persons; a congregation has been gathered; and we rejoice in witnessing a goodly a class of church-members formed; and a number of persons converted to God. Sunday-school commenced, with sixty Seldom has a Sabbath passe) without our children in attendance.
seeing some immediate and direct results
of our labours. Many of the elder 6. SHEFFIELD. (Norfolk-street.)-En. scholars in our Sunday-school have been couraged by the success attendiog bronght to a saving knowledge of the earnest Home-Missionary labour, in past truth. Two new classes have been formed years, at Attercliffe, and, more recently, at especially for these young people; and it Elesmere-road, at which latter place good is delightful to hear the clear and simple school-buildings have been erected, in testimony which they give to the power which there are day-schools containing and blessedness of godliness. We have five hundred children, and where a com- had some striking instances of conversion modious and handsome chapel is now being among the sailors; for Pitt-street chapel built, a further effort has this year been made is, to a good extent, used as a Missionby the friends and supporters of this good chapel for seamen. Among others, a mate work. In the neighbourhood of Princes. of a vessel was passing the chapel a few street, on the road to Attercliffe, and near Sunday cvenings ago, when he was into the large works of Sir Johu Brown, duced, by the request of one of our friends, there is a district, in which there are (some of whom stand in the street with seven thousand inhabitants, with little or tracts, for this laudable purpose,) to atno provision for public worship. It has tend our service. Thoroughly awakened, been ascertained, by house-to-house visita- and deeply convinced of sin, he attended tion, that but one person in twenty of this all our services and class-meetings for a large number attend either church or chapel. week, iu great distress, and obtained peace A room, both small and inconvenient, has with God. He then desired to know been for some time used for preaching. more of the truth, got rid of his books of Now a good school-chapel has been erected light reading, and procured Wesley's Serin an eligible situation, which will seat mons, and other volumes of a similar kind, four hundred persons. There is a lofty for perusal on his voyages; desiring abore room, under the chapel, well ventilated all things to be brought nearer to God, and lighted. It is intended to erect a and to be useful to his fellow-men. He large place of worship in this neighbour was enrolled a member of our church, and hood, in due time; when the present requested his quarterly tickets to be kept for
him till he returns from the voyage on effect. Our visits to the sick and dying which he has just entered. He and other have been much blessed; and we are full seamen who have been brought to the en- of hope. joyment of religion here, are followed by the devout and earnest prayers of our
10. MANCHESTER. (Cheetham-Hill.) people. [This Mission is, for the future,
From the Rev. John Martin. May, 1868. to be carried on principally for the benefit
-[This Mission District comprises of seamen.]
Rooden-lane, Bladeley, Crumpsall, and
Halfacre, the population of the whole 8. LLANDUDNO.-From the Rev. E. Lightwood.-May, 1868.--During the
being about eight thousand.]—Rooden
lane, the centre of the Mission, has had the last summer there was a large attendance
principal part of Mr. Mosscrop's labours. of visiters at the Llandudno chapel, who
Though drunkenness, Sabbath-breaking, evidently appreciated the provision which had been made for their accommodation.
and sin in various forms, prevail to a
lamentable extent, yet there are signs of The regular congregations, although at
improvement. The Missionary, who present small, have steadily improved from
regularly visits the people from house to the time of the opening of the chapel, and
house, is treated with uniform respect and there is encouraging prospect of yet sur
kindness. His out-door services on the weekther increase. In the interval of the
day cvenings have been attended by scores, regular seasons, we are also seldom without
who were never before found in a place of some visiters in the congregation; and
worship. The congregation in the chapel among them are sometimes found members
has improved, the number of sittings let of other Christian churches, who speak in has gradually increased, and a Branch grateful terms of the benefit they derive
Missionary Society has been formed. The from our services. The week-evening at.
prospects are hopeful. tendance has presented a very gratifying
Halfacre, a small village, with a populaimprovement, and the thoughtful and
tion of about four hundred and fifty, had, devont spirit of the congregations gene
previous to our visiting it, no place of rally indicates a degree of religious earnest
worship. A few months since Sabbathness which gives promise of yet more
evening preaching was commenced, in a decided and satisfactory spiritual results.
cottage taken for the purpose, which is now Efforts have been made to qnicken the
crowded by children and adults. A Sundaysympathy of our people on behalf of the spread of the Gospel both at home and
school has been opened, having an average abroad. Collectors have been appointed
attendance of nearly thirty. Already a for our Foreign Missious, and we have
great change is visible in the manner in
which the people spend their Sabbaths. succeeded in obtaining monthly and quarterly subscriptions from most of the
We hope for better things. members of Society, and from several persons in the congregation. A Juvenile 11. NOSSLEY.— From the Rev. T. T. Home and Foreign Mission Association Dilks.-- May, 1818.-The chief matter of has also been formed.
interest in the Mossley Home- Mission
this year, is the completion of the excellent 9. MANCHESIER. (Rooden-lane).- new chapel and school, which afford ample From the Journal of the Rev. E. Moss. and comfortable accommodation for the crop.--August, 1868 — The moral tune of congregation. The opening-services, comthis village is improved, and less intem- menced by the late venerable Dr. Hannah, perance is observable among the people. were hallowed by the Divine blessing; and At certain periods "clog-races” are held the liberal offerings of the people amounted here, when the uproar and dissipation are to three hundred pounds. The congregamost distressiog. This evil is principally tion, composed chiefly of the working supported by those who come from a dis- class, has since then gradually increased ; tance, rather than by the inhabitants. and we offer devout thanksgiving for Most of the residents here have been con God's signal blessing upon the Mission, nected with our Sunday-schools. We from its commencement to its close. The have firm hold upon many, unaccompanied work at Mossley is now merged in the however by present apparent spiritual general work of the Circuit. Our friends results. We have recently built a new cha are encouraged to hope, that the same kind pel and schools in the main street, and our of Connexional aid may be afforded to other Mission is in a prosperous condition. The parts of the Circuit with the same blessed school is in a satisfactory state. We have results. held several open-air services with good
12. DONCASTER.–From Rev. Joseph with encouraging snccess. The congregaFloyd.-May 12th, 1868.-Our Home. tions at the chapels have steadily increased. Missionary minister has been employed in A large new day and Sunday school has preaching and visiting from house to been erected. The day-school was opened house. Besides preaching in the two at the beginning of this year. A trained Mission chapels at Balby and Carr-Mills, and certificated master has been secured, he has held cottage-services in six places, and already we have upwards of two hun. and paid about two thousand visits since dred scholars. We have no doubt that this the Conference. He is also preparing school will prove a great blessing to the popu. the way for the erection of a large chapel lation, and a means of enlargement and in New-Doncaster, in the heart of the prosperity to our cause here in future years. railway "plant" population, at a cost of At the Mission-room, between which five thousand pounds. Methodism has for and the chapel the labours of the Hometwenty years been weakened for want of Missionary are divided, the congregations chapel-accommodation. Numerous families are good, particularly on Sunday evenings, have been unable to obtain pews in and several persons during the year have Priory-place; and the population, arising been converted to God. The Sunday. from the “plant," so far as we are con- school continues to prosper, and three cerned, has been neglected. But the Society classes have been formed. reproach is now to be rolled away; and Besides the Mission-work carried on at the object we have in view will be attained. Jarrow, at Hebburn New-Town, about Good fruit has also been yielded in the a mile from Jarrow, where an enconversion of sinners.
tirely new population has recently
sprung up, a new school-chapel has been 13. BARNSLEY. (Worsborough-Dale.) completed and opened during the past From the Rev. John Roberts.-May, 1868. year, chiefly through the enterprising zeal - The population of the District in which and perseverance of Mr. Toyne. With the Home-Missionary minister is located the aid of a small building-grant from the numbers several thousands, of whom by Chapel Committee, this will be entirely far the larger part are living in the utter free from debt. An encouraging congreneglect of the ordinances of religion. gation has been gathered, and a Sunday. Among these his work has been prosecuted school has been commenced. The dar. with faithfulness during the year. In school was opened, with a trained master addition to a regular system of visitation, from Westminster, at the beginning of the and the holding of several public services year. It has succeeded beyond all our weekly, he has established a class for expectations, having already upwards of young men which promises to be of great one hundred and twenty scholars. and permanent use. At present, however, the work of the Mission is chiefly prepara 15. CARLISLE.- From the Journal of tory. Steps are being taken for the erec- the Rev. J. F. Reynolds.—May 30th, 1868. tion of a new place of worship, which will -Our week-evening services are well be more conveniently situated for the bulk attended, and are seasons of great spiritual of the population. In the meau while, the protit. The condition of many of the poor foundations of an important work are being here is wretched in the extreme. There is laid, and an impression is being made, par. a large Roman Catholic population in this ticularly upon the young men of the place, locality; and I invariably find that tiir from which much may be expected. presence and example tends to the debase
ment of those with whom they associate. 14. JARROW.-From the Rev. William June 25th.- We held the first HomeBond.-May, 1868.—The Home-Mission Missionary meeting, at our Mission chapel, at Jarrow, in the midst of a dense popula this evening, the Mayor in the chair. The tion and abounding ungodliness, furnishes attendance, addresses, and spirit, were all a most important sphere of Missionary good ; and a respectable collection was work. During the past year Mr. Morgan obtained from our poor people assembled. has laboured with great diligence and per- We have now seventy-six church-members severance, and God has crowned his efforts at this station.
BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES. · Mks. SARAH Averx RUSHTON died, Wesleyan-Methodist more than forts October 19th, 1867, at Cheltenham, years, and a class-leader for about thirty. aged seventy-five years. She had been a Her piety was simple and practical. She bad great love and reverence for the Word showed great natural insight into characof God; and not only “searched the ter. During the last few years of her Scriptures” to know the path of duty, life she suffered great physical weakness, and the way of salvation by Jesus Christ, and was unable to meet a large class ; and but made the Bible her counsellor in as the members were removed, one by every want and difficulty of life. Many one, by distance or death, she did not atinstances can be remembered in which she tempt to fill their places; but the few was guided, in very intricate cases, by who remained were greatly attached to prayerful study of the Word of God. On their revered leader. If any were desacramental occasions she was never sa- tained from the weekly meeting, she used tisfied without receiving her "portion," to say to them, “You must come and wbich she looked for, and not in vain, meet me some other time, for I must from her loving Saviour. These seasons know how your souls prosper.” She was of holy fellowship with God in Christ especially successful with the timid and were gratefully remembered during the retiring, who, like Nicodemus, at first ensuing month; and in them she fre. came in private, but were led eventually quently obtained warning or encour to join the little flock, and testify what agement, which could not be fully un God had done for their souls. derstood or appreciated till the circum The last year of Mrs. Rushtou's life was stances of the future showed their appli. spent in the retirement of the sick chamcability to her need. Mrs. Rushton ber, in which she realized the comfort of was remarkable for her child-like, that religion which had been her guide simple faith, which led her to expect the through life. She often enjoyed rich exact fulfilment of God's promises. She seasons of communion with God; and her never had any difficulty in worldly affairs, face would be radiant with holy joy, nor any other trouble, however small, but when, on the return of her family from she “ took it to the Lord, and with Him public worship, she would say, “ You she left it." She would not leave the have been to the stream, but I have been throue of grace till she had fully disbur- to the fountain ;” or, "You have been to dened her heart of its care; and then, she the temple, but the God of the temple has used to say, “It is in the Lord's hands; been with me:” so fully did our Heavenly I have nothing more to do with it; I am Father compensate His afflicted child for not going to take it out of His hands the loss of the public means of grace. again." This confidence resulted in con- The last entries in her diary are quotastant peace. She realized the truth of tions from the Scriptures, with a line of the prophet's assurance : “ Thou wilt keep personal application. Psalm. xci. ): him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed Tv • The secret place :' His favour, let me on Thee: because he trusteth in Thee.” dwell there. All is yours, and ye are
While living in Birmingham Mrs. Christ's. What can I want more ? " Rushton had, at one time, the charge of “Peace I leave with you ; My peace I three classes. One was on Tuesday give unto you.' This I daily prove ; morning, which she found it extremely therefore let not my heart be troubled, difficult to attend; but, through much but lean on my Beloved.” “Christ in prayer, forethought, and sacrifice, she was you the hope of glory.' Blessed word of never absent. Another was a Catechumen comfort to me.” class for the young, in which she not only She had no fear of death; for though sought to lead inquirers to a personal she felt it to be a solemu thing to die, yet closure with the Saviour, but laid the she felt assured that her Saviour, accordfoundation of intelligent piety, by dili. ing to His promise, would be with her in gently instructivg them in the authenti the dark valley. When a young person city of the Scriptures and the evidences in health expressed a fear of death, she of Christianity. She tried to lead her said, “God will not give you dying youthsnl charge to an earnest study of grace to live with; you do not need those Scriptures which she loved so much; dying grace for the daily business of life. and by her simple and natural expositions, Seek grace to live every hour to God, and gave them an interest in the Holy Volume leave the unknown future to Him who never to be lost. It is believed that will never leave nor forsake you." every member of this interesting class As her weakness increased, she oftcn was converted, and joined the Church on quoted the verse, “My flesh and my heart earth, and a few have entered the Church faileth: but God is the strength of my above. As a class-leader, Mrs. Rushton heart, and my portion for ever.” She was very faithful, as well as wigning and frequently repeated a verse learned in her affectionate; her remarks were always early days, simple, and often pithy and pointed, and
" A little longer and we know
Happy entrance will be given ;
And earth exchanged for heaven;" and, when scarcely able to articulate, would express her hope of heaven in the few significant words, “ A little longer.” During the last day of her life she was al. most too weak to speak, but feebly uttered, “Into Thy hands 1 commend my spirit ;" “ Come Lord Jesus :" and she soon after sweetly fell asleep in Jesus, and realized an abundant entrance into His everlasting kingdom and glory.
Mary HOOLE, one of the sisters of Dr. Hoole, died at Cheetham-Hill, Manchester, on Monday, March 16th, 1868, in the sixty-piath year of her age.
In her childhood her disposition was confiding and affectionate; and, as she was the oldest of five sisters, she had many opportunities for the exercise of the tender care and kindness in which she never failed.
Converted to God in early youth, she maintained an exemplary consistency to the close of life. For many years she was engaged in teaching, an occupation in which she found much pleasure, and in which she won the affection of her pumeroas pupils, while she secured the respect and confidence of their parents.
After a long course of useful and happy toil, a gently increasing feebleness of body gave notice of dissolution, and the patient sufferer became sepsible of her approaching end. This solemn intimation found her ready. Her confidence in the Divine mercy was unshaken. She rested on the all-sufficient atonement of Christ, and rejoiced in His prevailing intercession on her behals. Her prayers were prayers of faith; her heart was full of love; and her mouth was filled with praise.
Often, during her illness, she would ask to have played to her some favourite tune, and would much enjoy the singing ; though she would say that she herself had lost the power to sing, and should not be able to sing any more until she got to heaven. She desired that her brother might be informed that her vicws and feelings in reference to the Divine Saviour and Ilis work, and her prospects of heaven, were exactly such as he would wish them to be. Her conversation was the comfort of her
sisters in their corrowful anticipation of losing her. When greatly distressed by a sense of entire helplessness, she would remind them that Jehovah was her Almighty Friend. The hymn beginning,
" Jesu, Thy boundless love to me," was called her hymn. On the day she died, it was read to her at her request; and, naving had the last verse repeated, she said, "I want to pray that verse;" and again and again she said, “In that in. portant hour," with great emphasis. She then requested that her deceased sister Jane's favourite hymn might be read to her, referring to the verse repeated by her when she was dying,
“ Father, Son, and Holy Ghost,
For good remember me !
For more than life on Thee :
Till like burnish'd gold I shine,
To see the Face Divine." Frequently, during her last hours, she would raise her hands and exclaim, “Praise the Lord !” “ Bless the Lord!"
About an hour before she died, ber beloved friend, Mrs. Martin, the wife of the Rev. John Martin, paid her a visit. She said to her, “ Miss Hoole, you are in the valley.” Mary said, " I suppose 50, but it is not like it," going on to say, “Jesus, Thy boundless love to me, No thought can reach, DO tongue
declare," &c. Her last smile indicated her pleasure at seeing Mrs. Martin. Wher through weakness she could now no longer remember the order of the words of the hymn of which she was so fond, she had them roki or repeated to her by her sisters.
The attention of kind friends was a great source of comfort to her during her weeks of illness; and it pleased God to take her happy spirit to Himself while the Rer. John Martin was knecling at ber bed-side, engaged in prayer. “To depart and to be with Christ," which is far better than all earthly blessings, was her cartrst desire ; and her desire was fulfilled moder circumstances the most appropriate and consoling. To God alone be the praise!
FEBRUARY 4th, 1868.- At Southampton, aged seventy-four years, Mr. Martin Weeks. When so venteen years of age he decided for the Lord, and united himself to the Independent Church. In
the year 1837 he joined the Wesleyan Methodists, and spent amongst them the last thirty-one venrs of his life. For more than twenty years filled the office of chapel-keeper, and, by