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OUR CHRISTMAS HYMN.
"There's one far-off divine event To which the whole creation moves."
WE'LL sing our Christmas song again
Creation groaneth still in pain
Old thrones are based on dungeons grey;
Yet will we sing our Christmas hymn,
Hark! from the leafless lilac spray
Till strife and sin can chill His love
Or puny man His heart dismay,
Till something change His firm kind will
We'll sing of succoured human need,
Till peace to nature's heart go down,
E. H. JACKSON.
Brief Notices of New Books.
BREVIATES: OR, SHORT TEXTS AND THEIR
It rivets the attention on one point, and for ever afterwards associates it in the mind with impressive, inspiring, and comforting thoughts. This is an admirable
Sunday Book" for Christians generally, and would be found suggestive of much useful material to the Christian minister.
SAVING FAITH. By James Morison, D.D.
work of high merit. The false and mis-
God's universal love to man shown in the gospel of His Son. We wish Dr. Morison would put a few of the appropriate sections of this work together as a small and cheap tract, to be given to those who are seeking the Lord. This might be done by printing pages 14 to 44, 63 to 94, 115 to 121, inclusive in each case. We are sure it would be very useful.
PAUL'S INVENTORY OF THE CHRISTIAN'S POSSESSIONS. By J. H. Wood, Pailton. Leicester: Winks & Son.
THIS sermon by our friend Mr. Wood is published by request. It is a glowing description of the Christian's wealth, based on the words of Paul, "All things are yours." We have read the discourse with much pleasure. It is fitted to produce gladness and joy in the heart of the disciple of Christ. Mr. Wood wishes us to say that the sermon was printed for private circulation in the district in which he labours, but he will be happy to send from his reserved copies, twelve post free for thirteen stamps, to any friend that may desire to circulate them.
HINTS AND HELPS FOR TEACHERS AND PARENTS. By J. Green. Fifth Thousand. London: Hamilton, Adams, & Co.
MR. GREEN has visited more than five hundred Sunday schools belonging to all denominations, observed their excellences and defects, heard from the lips of teachers their complaints, their difficulties, and their necessities; and in this volume he undertakes the task of describing the faults of Sunday schools, and suggesting remedies for them. It is a valuable book. It is written by an earnest practical man who is so intent upon his work that he is not by any means afraid
MIDLAND BAPTIST UNION. THE first meetings of this new organization were held in Nottingham, Nov. 14, and 15. The devotional service was conducted in Broad Street chapel, when the Rev. T. Stevenson presided, and brethren W. R. Stevenson, T. Chappell, of Boston, W. Bown, Foot, sen., and S. Cox, offered prayer. The attendance was good, and it was generally felt to be a pleasant and profitable meeting.
On Tuesday morning the friends met in George Street chapel (Rev. W. Woods). Rev. Dr. Underwood read appropriate por
tions of Scripture and prayed, after which the Chairman elect, the Rev. H. Crassweller, of Derby, delivered a very thoughtful and striking address on "Christian Union." On the motion of Rev. S. Cox, seconded by Rev. E. H. Jackson, of Ripley, a cordial vote of thanks was passed to Mr. Crassweller; after which the Rev. H. M. Foot, of Derby Road chapel, Nottingham, read a paper on "Christians outside the Church." He began by referring to the undoubted fact that there are members of Christ who are not members of His professing church, and then proceeded to
point out some of the causes of this state of things. The paper was felt to be of so useful a character that later in the day a unanimous request was preferred that it might be printed in a cheap form for circulation among our churches. An interesting discussion took place in which a number of the brethren, both ministers and others, joined.
At 3 p.m., a report was read by Rev. W. R. Stevenson, detailing the circumstances which had led to the present series of meetings; a number of laws were agreed to as the basis of the Union; Mr. J. S. Wells, of Daybrook, was chosen as Treasurer, and the Rev. W. Woods as Secretary. Derby was fixed on as the next place of meeting; the Rev. H. M. Foot was selected as President for the coming year, and Rev. S. Cox as preacher for next year's evening service. Seven brethren were also chosen to act as a Committee in conjunction with the officers of the Union.
A resolution was passed inviting the Leicestershire Baptist Association to join the Union; and the General Baptist church at Walsall, represented on this occasion by its pastor, the Rev. W. Lees, was at once received.
It was agreed to recommend to the favourable notice of the churches the Freeman newspaper at its reduced price; and a strong wish being expressed by several brethren that the newly-formed Union should undertake some work of evangelization, the matter was referred to the earnest and serious attention of the Committee.
At half-past five the business session closed. Tea had been provided in the Derby Road school-room; and at half-past seven there was a public service in Mansfield Road chapel, when the Rev. T. Goadby preached a carefully prepared and interesting sermon from 1 Cor. xii. 4—7.
The attendance at all the meetings was good; the weather without was characteristic of November, but the spirit within was hearty and genial, and the universal feeling seemed to be that a beginning had been made which augured well for the future of the Union.
The next LANCASHIRE AND YORKSHIRE CONFERENCE will be held in Wellington Road chapel, Todmorden, on Wednesday, Dec. 28. Morning service at eleven o'clock. Preacher, the Rev. I. Preston, of Halifax.
JAMES MADEN, Secretary.
The LINCOLNSHIRE CONFERENCE Was held at Spalding, Nov. 10. A large number of representatives were present.
In the morning brother Cantrill read the Scriptures and prayed, and brother Chapman preached from Ezekiel xxxiv. 29.
Since the last meeting thirty-one baptized, forty-five received, three restored, and twelve candidates.
An application having been made for admission into this Conference by friends at Holbeach who had withdrawn from the church at Fleet, and become a union church, it was resolved, "That this Conference cannot consistently receive the church at Holbeach."
The cordial thanks of the Conference were presented to the gentlemen who had served as a committee to endeavour to promote harmonious action between the friends at Fleet and Holbeach.
Case for the Association, to be considered at next meeting." That it seems indispensable to the efficient discharge of the duties of the Association that more time, say on Friday forenoon, be devoted to the business of the Connexion."
A Home Missionary meeting was held in the evening, when addresses were delivered by brethren J. C. Jones, Staddon, Jolly, Barrass, &c.
The next Conference is to be held at March on the first Thursday in June, 1871, and brother Bott, of Sutterton, is to be the preacher. WILLIAM ORTON, Sec.
SPALDING COMMON-New Chapel.-On Oct. 30, the opening services of this new General Baptist chapel were held. Two sermons were preached by the Rev. J. C. Jones, M.A. The chapel was crowded both times, and many were unable to gain admission. On the Monday following there was a public tea. All the trays were provided gratuitously. The public meeting was presided over by E. P. Maples, Esq. Mr. J. T. Alton, the Hon. Sec., read over the statement of accounts, which showed the chapel was free from debt. The Rev. J. C. Jones, M.A., Messrs. Sharman, Godsmark, and Limmer, addressed the meeting. The collections and proceeds of the tea amounted to £12 14s. 4 d., which will go towards the furniture of the chapel. The cost of chapel and land is £245. It will accommodate over two hundred people.
FLECKNEY.-The chapel here having been closed four Sabbaths for repairs, &c., was reopened, Oct. 30. Mr. W. D. Smith, of Leicester, preached on the 31st. More than sixty friends sat down to tea, and the Rev. J. C. Pike preached in the evening. The entire expense incurred was over £26, and the subscriptions, &c., amounted to £9 15s. 1d. The church here having declined considerably within the last twenty
years, has now ceased to exist as a distinct church, and has united as a branch with the church in Friar Lane, Leicester. It is hoped that through the divine blessing on our united efforts the work of the Lord will revive in our midst.
NORTHALLERTON.-The chapel anniversary was held, Oct. 9, 1870. Rev. W. Gray, of Birchcliffe, preached. Next day we had a tea meeting. 263 sat down. Addresses were given at the public meeting which followed by Revs. W. Gray, W. Best, B.A., W. Grant, H. R. Masham, &c. In July last a harmonium was purchased and placed in the chapel; and Rev. W. Gray made that the subject of an address which was so interesting that he was requested to forward it to our Magazine.
NANTWICH.-The anniversary sermons were preached to excellent congregations in the Town Hall by the Rev. E. K. Everett, on Sunday, Nov. 6.
SPALDING.-Nov. 13. Preacher, Rev. J. H. Atkinson. Collections, £11 2s. 10d. Public tea and meeting on the 14th. Addresses by Revs. J. C. Jones, M.A., J. H. Atkinson, J. Bevan, Messrs. Godsmark, Sharman, and Moore.
AUDLEM. On Sunday, Nov. 20, the opening services in connection with the new school and lecture room took place, when two sermons were preached to crowded congregations by the Rev. G. Needham, of Burnley, who also delivered a lecture on Monday, 21st, upon "Mary Queen of Scots."
J. J. GOADBY.-On Wednesday, Nov. 16, a recognition service was held at Windmill Street, Gravesend, on the acceptance of the pastorate by Rev. J. Jackson Goadby, of Leicester. A. Whibley (in the absence of Rev. Johnson Barker, LL.B., of New College chapel) presided. Rev. A. Sturge, of Dartford, offered prayer; and addresses were given by Revs. W. Frith, Bexley Heath; J. M. Camp, Eynsford; J. Jackson Goadby, W. Guest, Gravesend; A. Sturge, and G. W. Shepherd.
PRAED STREET CHAPEL BAZAAR.-It is intended, as the advertisement on the cover of this Magazine states, to hold a Bazaar, at the beginning of next year, towards the funds of the new chapel at Westbourne Park. More than a generation has passed since the number of General Baptist churches was increased in London. Every year our denomination
suffers considerably, and our Societies and Institutions also, through not having more churches in London to receive those members of our faith and order who come up from the country. Will not our friends help, then, in this effort to establish another centre of Christian influence? In June last we raised somewhat over £420 towards the sum we then solicited. We hope to get some six or seven hundred pounds by our next anniversary. This Bazaar is part of our plan. Some friends have kindly promised aid. Will they and others send their articles as soon as they can, but not later than the 23rd of Dec.
CARRINGTON.-The annual sermons on behalf of our Benevolent Society were preached, Nov. 13, by the Rev. J. Felstead and Mr. W. Start. The report shewed receipts for the year, £17 15s. 6d.; distributed amongst the sick poor, without regard to sect, £17 4s. 11d.; balance in treasurer's hand, 10s. 7d.; total number on the books, 51; visits paid to the same, 510; deaths, 8; none without a ray of hope; and some who, before visited by the society, were strangers to the blood of Jesus Christ which cleanses from all sin, passed away assured of acceptance with God through faith in His Son. thirty have been partially or fully restored to health, some of whom now regularly worship with us, and the remainder are still under our care. Collections, £2 3s. 6d. An interesting feature in the days proceedings being an addition of 5s. to this sum, in the form of a donation, from the parish clergyman, Rev. J. G. Wright, M.A., attesting at once the catholicity and generosity of the donor, and the high estimation in which the society is held.
OSMASTON ROAD LOCAL PREACHERS' AssoCIATION (Derby), held its third annual meeting, Oct. 18. Rev. T. Goadby, B.A., in the chair. The report was received, and officers appointed, and then a discussion took place on "the best method of making the weekly meetings agreeable and instructive." J. SMITH, Sec.
WEST VALE.-The second examination having taken place at the day school by Her Majesty's inspector, the report shows a decided improvement on last year in the teaching and the per centage of scholars passing. The amount of the grant this year is £86 4s. 2d.
REV. B. HACKETT will close his ministry at Macclesfield shortly. His address is Bridge Street, Sutton, Macclesfield.
ASHBY-DE-LA-ZOUCH.-Nov. 16, five, by
COVENTRY.-Aug. 3, three; Nov. 6, ten, by H. Cross.
LAWTON.-James Lawton, brother of the Rev. J. Lawton, Berhampstead, was born July, 1830, at Buckton Castle, near Staly. bridge, and died at Bottoms, near the same place, October 7, 1870. At the close of his life he might well have used the words of Jeremiah, "I am the man that hath seen affliction." From early youth he was frequently a sufferer. This possibly restrained him from entering into those frivolities and excesses to which many young persons devote their youth and vigour. The training also which he received from his watchful and anxious mother was calculated to induce a thoughtful and steady course of life; so that at an early age he became serious. No very striking incidents marked his conversion to God. The spiritual change was gradual and quiet in its development. At about eighteen years of age he began to attend the ministry of the Rev. J. Sutcliffe, then pastor of the General Baptist church at Stalybridge. The word was made a blessing to him. He sought and found the way of peace, and became attached to the place and people. His Christian earnest
ness now became visible; for although suffering from lameness and living a distance of two miles from the chapel, his attendance was marked in its regularity, not only at public worship, but at the experience meetings, to the great gratification of the pastor. His spirituality grew by these means, and in the early part of the year 1850, he was baptized and received into the fellowship of the church, where he endeavoured to be useful by helping the Sunday school and the choir. In 1852 he removed to Wymeswold to take charge of a British school there. His conduct here was so exemplary that his pastor wrote to a friend, "Would to God we had many like him." Circumstances led to the giving up of this school, when he returned to his native place; but after a while returned to Leicestershire, and took charge of the British school at Coalville. Here he was active in various ways, to the utmost limit of his strength, in promoting the cause of Christ. His health was not sufficient for the school, which he had to resign, but he was so interested in the work of the Lord, that he