"The Rev. P. T. Gilton, the superintendent minister of the circuit, took the chair, and on the platform were the Revs. H. O. Crofts, D.D., J. Stacey (of Sheffield), D. Round (of Brighouse), and Messrs. Edwin Lumby, George Brierley, John Ramsden, G. B. Davies, and John Holt.

"The proceedings were commenced by singing the 198th hymn, after which the Rev. D. Round offered up prayer. Webb's duet, " Unto thee, O God!" with chorus, was then given in an effective manner.

"The Chairman then brieflyaddressed the meeting, and expressed the pleasurable emotion with which he met them on the auspicious occasion, and congratulated the members and friends on the happy completion of the extensive improvements which had been made, which, as we have already informed our readers, have made this sanctuary one of the most beautiful in the town and neighbourhood. He also alluded with pleasure to the generous manner in which the friends had come forward, especially the young persons; the poor also had done well, and some of the friends had contributed most handsomely. He also rendered a high meed of praise to the general committee for their uniform efficiency, and to Messrs. Lumby and Holt in particular, for the sound taste which they had displayed and the unremitting exertions made during the alterations. The chairman then called upon Mr. Lumby, the secretary, to read the report.

"Mr. Lumby detailed the circumstances which had ultimately led to the extensive alterations. The report also stated the total cost of the improvements to be about £850, of which £500 had been promised and partially paid, and the collections at the opening services, with the proceeds of the tea meeting, had realized a sum of £181, leaving a debt of £170. To the architect, the contractors, and workmen engaged, all credit was given, and the conduct of all had been highly satisfactory. Allusion was also made to the noble contribution of £50 made by the Messrs. Crossley, whose works of benevolence everywhere abound."

The Rev. D. Round, one of the ministers of the circuit, was then called upon, and made some practical remarks upon the duties of the members and the responsibilities devolving upon them.

Mr. George Brierley then spoke, in a humourous manner, and alluded to

the striking changes which had taken place since the opening of the chapel, twenty-five years ago.

During Mr. Stacey's address, the Rev. £. Mellor, M.A., entered the chapel, and took his seat on the platform, being warmly greeted.

Dr. Crofts,the superintendent minister of the north circuit, then addressed the meeting. He called upon the friends to put forth their efforts in the cause of Christ, and expressed a hope that abundant blessing might rest upon their labours.

The Rev. E. Mellor, M.A., also addressed the meeting for a short time, and expressed his belief that the Church is become too much at ease; he also believed that the time was not far distant when a revival would break out in England, as wonderful in its effects as the one in the north of Ireland.

Mr. John Ramsden then moved, and Mr. Lumby seconded, a vote of thanks to the ladies and to the choir.

A vote of thanks to the chairman was moved by Mr. Holt, and seconded by Mr. Stacey.

The proceedings of the evening were diversified by the singing of anthems and sacred pieces, and the whole were brought to a close by singing the " Hallelujah Chorus" by the whole of the choir, accompanied by the organ, and it was given with a most thrilling effect. The greatest credit is due to the choir for the able manner in which they acquitted themselves.

Dr. Crofts having pronounced the benediction, the meeting was brought to a close, the proceedings having proved highly satisfactory.

LINDLEY CHAPEL,

HUDDBKSFIELD CIBCU1T.

On Sunday and Monday, Oct. 9 th and 10th, a very successful effort was made by the church and congregation to complete the liquidation of the debt on the chapel, school-room, and burialground, amounting to £868. Three sermons were preached on the SaBbath, by the Revs. P. J. Wright, J. Wilson, and Mr. A. Pilling, to large congregations. On the Monday evening, a tea, elegant in arrangement, profuse in supply, and gratuitously provided by the ladies, gave great pleasure to nearly 500 visitors and friends, who sat down on the occasion. After tea, a public meeting was held in the chapel, Mr. W. Sykes, sen., in the chair. The crowded meeting was addressed by Mr. T. Ellam, treasurer to the estate, who gave a brief report of the debt and means of liquidation, and closed by burning promissory notes to the amount of several hnndred pounds. The meeting was subsequently addressed by the Kevs. S. Jackson, P. J. 'Wright, J. Wilson, J. Ogden, and Messrs. A. Pilling and A. Lockwood. These powerful addresses, sparkling with thought, and glowing with love to Christ and the souls of men, kept the meeting in a high state of excitement, which found vent in loud and frequent bursts of joy.

The proceeds of the collections and the teameetingamounted to £51,which, added to the following list of subscriptions, were found sufficient to pay off the debt, and leave a small balance in hand :—Ladies' Sewing Meeting, £50; Sunday School Teachers, £,50; Messrs. W. Sy'kes. jun., £50; E. W.J. Waterhonse, £50; D. Binns, £25; E. G. Svkes, Moscaw, £20; J. Sjkes, £10; F. Ellam, £10; J. Binns, £10; A. Hirst, £10; A. Pilling, Bolton, £10; .T. Walker, £10; Mrs. Fawcett, £5; Messrs. W. Hall, £5; J. Crosland, £5; H. Mallison, £5; Firm of Sykcs and Dyson, £5; J. N. Sykes, £5; J. Pilling, £3; M. Hirst, £2; W. Dyson, £2; Hnh. Kolroyd, £2; Kezh. Woodhouse, £1; Hettr. E. Dyson. £1; G. Beaumont, £l ; J. Haigh, £1; S. Armitage, £1; B. Svkcs, £1; J. Hepworth, £1; A. Boothroyd, £1 j S. Dean, £1 ; G. Shaw, £1 ; A. Crosland, £1 ; A Friend, 10s.; W.Rhodes, 10s.; Joseph Shaw, 10s. 6d.; E. Bottom, 10s. 6d.; E. Hepworth, 10s. ; T. Shaw, 10s. 6d.; W. Hepworth, Cs.; G. Robinson, 5s.; Chapel Committee, £150 (not yet received); and other large sums from previous tea meetings, subscriptions, and other sources.

As most of the people in the village feel an interest in this place of worship, either because the remains of beloved relatives are deposited in the commodious burial-ground, or aro connected with the, congregation or the schools, there was great excitement. The approaches to the chapel presented quite a holiday appearance, and the meeting was one of the largest and happiest ever held in Lindley. Now free from a burden of debt, the church is praying for the gift of the Holy Spirit, so that we may be instrumental in bringing many sons and daughters to glory. J. W.

DUDLEY SCHOOLS. Tiiese spacious and magnificent schools are now complete and opened. They were just rising above the foundations at Conference, bnt, after five months' incessant toil and attention, they are finished, the head-stone thereof being brought on "with shouting, crying Grace, grace unto it!" Our chapel committee's report of 1859 shows a projected elevation of Dudley schools, but the specimen presented does not do justice to the building erected since that draft was taken. The lower part of the building was right enough, but the upper part, when developed, was not satisfactory, and had to be altered. Forty feet of dead-level brickwork, stretching from one pediment to the other, presented an awkward appearance. Then, again, the apex of the roof, cut oft" about six feet from the front, was found to rise about nine feet higher than the parapet by which it should have been concealed. To remedy those defects a centre pediment has been constructed, corresponding with the outer ones, but of a much higher elevation. This has taken away the monotony of the original design, and given a symmetry and beauty to the frontage which it could not have otherwise possessed. And not only so, but, in carrying the roof through from one gable to the other, it has increased the strength and compactness of the entire building. These necessary alterations suggested the erection of a gallery, spanning the vestibule and running about seven feet into the body of the hall. The gallery thus erected will accommodate ahout 80 persons, and may be used either as an orchestra, or for reserved scats on public occasions.

Deprived of New Mill Hill School in July, by an arrangement previous to Conference, and Stafford Street school being so dark and inconvenient, we all looked forward to the accommodation promised on Rose Hill with feelings bordering on impatience. At length the day dawned, and that long Iooked-for hour arrived, when we could assemble within those hallowed walls. On Sunday, Nov. Cth, 1859, these spacious schools were opened, and set apart for sacred purposes. The first service was a prayer meeting, which commenced at 7 o'clock. The. morning was unfavourable, and the rain fell in torrents. "Perhaps it is to try our faith,' said Mrs. H. to her estimable husband, and off they started to the house of D

prayer. A similar impression stole over many other minds, and was followed by similar conduct. The people were resolved to attend the dedicatory service, and the rain stopped them not. They came up cheerfully and promptly, and the large class room—equal in size to many a comfortable chapel—was full to overflowing.

Mr. Baggaly, superintenden t of the circuit, opened the service with the 307th Hymn, which was sung with effect by all present. The lastverse,and specially the last two lines of that verse, touched a tender chord in many a pious breast. And they sung, and sung again—

"May it before the world appear
That crowds were born for glory here."

Going down on their knees, ere the last line was finished, the loud Amen was heard from every part of the room. Amen said the preacher—Amen said Sunday-school teacher—Amen said many a father and mother in our Israel —yea, " and all the people said," with deep and hallowed feeling, "Amen and Amen." The influence was irresistible, and they sang again, on their knees—

"May it before the world appear
That crowds were bom for glory here."

Some of our oldest and most devoted friends declare that to have been the best and most powerful prayer meeting they had ever attended. But, however that may be, we all found it good to be there. God was with us, and those special manifestations of his presence and favour were gratefully received as "a token for good."

At nine o'clock, the scholars and teachers assembled in the large school, surrounded by members of the church and congregation. Ourvenerable friend, Mr. William Shedden, who has been a Sunday-school teacher upwards of sixty years, conducted the service, and gave an opening address. At half-past ten they repaired to the chapel. The Rev. Wm. Mills, of Liverpool, who had been induced by the speciality of the case to undertake this day's services, preached, in the morning, from Prov. x. 1, '' A wise son maketh a glad father, but a foolish son is the heaviness of his mother;" and in the evening, on "Mary's choice." The collection at the first service was £28, and at the second £24 5s. 5d. We need only say of those discourses that they were most instructive and impressive, and have left an impression which will be long remembered with pleasure. On Wednes

day, November 9th, the Rev. W. Cooke preached; after which £14 was collected. On the following Sabbath we were favoured with the assistance of our benevolent friend, Joseph Love, Esq., of Durham, who preached a feeling and encouraging sermon in the morning •, after which the munificent sum of £44 2s. 6d. was collected. In the evening, at six o'clock, the Rev. Wro. Baggaly, chairman of the district, preached the concluding sermon. The discourse on "the power of prayer," was delivered with great effect, and the audience was more than once deeply affected, even to tears. In making an appeal previous to the collection, Mr. Baggaly said he felt himself placed under somewhat unfavourable circumstances, so many excellent men having preceded him on the occasion. They were strangers, and be rejoiced in their success. But he was at home— their own preacher, in his own pulpit, and as he was there simply to gather up the fragments which remained, that nothing might be lost, he hoped the collection would bring something to the building fund, which would be worthy of such a congregation as he now saw before him. The appeal was not in vain, forthat evening£40 12s. 3d. were added to the amount previously collected, and making a total of £151 0s. 3d.; which more than doubles the sum originally estimated for the opening services.

Early next morning the ladies were busily engaged preparing for the bazaar. This being the second bazaar held for the same purpose within the space of about fifteen short months, no very great things could be expected; but by dint of application, and a spirit of generosity which did the parties great credit, the stalls were well furnished with a large variety of useful and ornamental articles. When properly arranged, and dedicated by prayer, at 11 o'clock the bazaar opened. The first thing sold was an article sent by our generous and unvarying friend, Mrs. Barlow, of Birmingham. Mr. and Mrs. Love honoured us with their presence and generous support. This was their first visit to Dudley. They came at great personal sacrifice at such an inclement season of the year, and their stay was but short. At a more favourable season we hope to see them again, when the remembrance of the past will ensure them a most hearty reception at their next visit to Dudley.

Serving at the stalls, we observed, on the left, Mrs. and Miss Millward, with Mrs. and Mrs. J. Houston ; Mrs. Hanney and Miss Jackson; Mrs. Horton and her sister-in-law, and Mrs. and the Hisses Hay ward. On the opposite side we recognised Mrs. and Miss Hill; Mrs. and Miss Worley ; the Mrs. Shedden and Mrs. Baggaly, vigorously and usefully employed. At the top of the room, our generous and devoted friend, Mrs. Lester, was busy at a large refreshment stall, which she had richly and amply furnished at her own cost. It realized £30, every fraction of which was generously given to the bazaar fund. Mrs. Lester was assisted in her department by her estimable mother, Mrs. Lloyd, and our kind-hearted friends, Mrs. Wright and Miss Lee. Miss Lester and Miss Wright were not less attentive than their seniors to the "wants" of the company, but their preference, especially on the first day, was for the Post-oppicb. There they did business with effect. The sales, with a few articles subsequently disposed of, and £5 from Mrs. Lloyd's knitting, realized £200—a result which far surpassed oar highest and most sanguine expectations.

On Tuesday, December 13th, this great effort was brought to a close by a spirited and well-conducted concert, for which we are indebted to the gratuitous services of Mr. Mainwaring. Anxious to assist us, he eagaged the valuable services of Mrs. Sunderland, of her Majesty's private concerts ; and also Mr. Skefding, Mr. George Mainwaring, Mr. Wilkinson, and Mr. Troman, the accompanyist—a fine combination of talent. The attendance was large and respectable, and at times it was impossible to restrain the joyous feelings of which all were partakers. Mrs. Sunderland paid a high compliment to the acoustic powers of the room by declaring emphatically that she had never sung in a place better adapted than it was for the voice. That was a great deal to say, coming, as it did, from one who had so often tried the capabilities of Buckingham Palace, and many of the largest halls ill the kingdom. About £30 was realized by the concert, making a grand total of £3S1 at the opening of these noble schools.

To the ladies in the congregation, and also to the building committee, much praise is due, for their zealous and untiring exertions. To the una

nimity of feeling and devotion manifested by the respective parties, we attribute, in a high degree, the very satisfactory issue of this great undertaking. They strove together, and their labours are now crowned with success. During the erection the most perfect understanding has always subsisted between the committee and the architect, to whom we are indebted for his polite and unceasing attention. And the same may be said of the builder— our beloved Brother Millward—who could not have manifested a deeper interest in the work had he been constructing a mansion for himself. But where all have acted such a noble part it is a delicate thing to particularise. We feel it so in this instance, and yet it would be unpardonable not to mention our worthy friend, Mr. Hill, the Treasurer, and Messrs. Hanney and C. Shedden, the Secretaries; and specially Mr. Wm. Hewett, whose services hare been invaluable. A former notice gave a list of contributors, but in that the name of our generous friend, Mr. Millward, was omitted, no doubt unintentionally. He has, however, evinced his love to our Sabbath Schools by contributing £20; and since the opening services our esteemed friends, Messrs. F. Wright and Sons, placed £20 in Mr. Baggaly's hands for the same purpose. Contributions of £5 each have been also received from the Hon. F. G. Calthorpe and H. Foley, Esq., M.P. ,- and a vigorous canvass of the town in the month of July brought out many other friends, who not only wished us well, but who gave substantial proof of their attachment to Sabbath Schools. So far as the building is concerned, our work is done, and Wesley Chapel has now obtained what it long required—a fold for its lambs. Thousands will, no doubt, flock into its bosom, and here may the Great Shepherd and Bishop of Souls ever abide in the midst of them until the great purposes of Divine mercy are accomplished, and they are removed to those richer pastures which unceasingly flourish in a holier and happier clime.

Dudley, December 17, 1859.

MISSIONARY BEE HIVE. My Dkae Sib,—The columns of the Magazine for May, 1859, contain a note announcing the establishment of a "Missionary Bee Hive" in Hull. I have much pleasure in having to communieate the complete success of the movement, and as it may serve as an inducement to other and larger schools to pursue a similar course, will give a brief sketch of the commencement and mode of procedure. In connection with our Sykes-street Sunday School there is a class of girls numbering about thirty, who meet every Tuesday evening for spiritual instruction. Being anxious for the success of our missions, and wishful to aid, their teacher suggested that on every third Tuesday they should meet to sew, and the money earned by their labour be devoted to the support of the mission to China. This suggestion was much approved by the girls, and on the 28th November, 1858, the first meeting was held. Steady industry was now the order of the day, the teachers guiding and assisting the scholars in their work, many an hour being industriously spent by both in preparation for the next meeting. The fruits of their labour gradually accumulated,until it was deemed advisable to hold a bazaar in order to dispose of the stock on hand. Accordingly, on the 4th and 5th of October, the schoolroom was neatly decorated, and the various articles temptingly and tastefully arranged for sale. The patronage of friends had been previously invited, both from the pulpit and by circular, and was freely and generously accorded, for on the accounts being balanced, it was found that the sum of £12 5s. 2d. had been realized—a large sum for little folks, for none of the girls are more than fifteen years of age. The success of the first year's effort has given au impetus to the work, and all are now engaged with greater zeal than ever.

In addition to being a pecuniary success, I can also state from observation that the being a member of the "Bee Hive" has caused some of the girls to think more about, and to pray for, the success of our missions. It has also enlisted the sympathies of their parents, as many little presents have attested. The management of the affairs of this little society has been the subject of much anxiety and care to those who have undertaken it, and to them much praise is due.

They will not lose their reward.
Yours sincerely

Hull. R.

CHAPEL AT KIRBY STATION. Kikby station, near Pickering, contains a scattered population, who were

wholly destitute of religious instruction prior to the visits of our inestimable local preachers, and they directed their attention to this place only during last summer. The waiting-room at the railway station, being unoccupied, was kindly placed at their service, and here they continued to preach every Sabbath till the end of August. In the meantime I also paid a few visits, formed a small society, and commenced a Sunday school. Things seemed to be going on very favourably, when we were suddenly deprived of the waitingroom, and had to take refuge in a neighbouring cottage. This unexpected change led several friends to make offers of assistance towards the erection of a chapel. Application was made to Mr. Hardwick, farmer, who kindly gave us a suitable piece of ground on which to build; and our generous brother, W. Rickaby, Esq., promised .{.'."i towards the erection. Thus encouraged, we commenced operations. A canvass for contributions was vigorously prosecuted, and, when the list reached over £30, builders were requested to send in estimates of the cost of erection; accordingly, the work was let, and the chapel commenced forthwith. The opening services commenced on December 8th, 1859, when my esteemed colleague and superintendent of the circuit, the Rev. T. D. Crothers, preached in the afternoon. Afterwards the friends repaired to the waiting-room, where tea was provided, and about eighty partook of the good things set before them. At six we returned to the chapel, and, after singing and prayer, Mr. W. Ellis, of York, was called to the.chair.

Mr. Ellis evidently participated very largely in the joy which such an interesting occasion produced, and he had given tangible proof of his interest in the chapel, for he had slated it free of charge, which was a contribution to the amount of about £10. After expressing his great pleasure at being present, and at the spirit, liberality, taste, and expedition displayed in the erection of such a beautiful little sanctuary, he called upon the Rev. J. White, who gave a financial statement of the chapel, and made suitable mention of the donor of the land—of the farmers, who had gratuitously carted the building materials—of the ladies, who had given the pulpit cushion, Bible, and hymn-book—and of others who had rendered valuable aid in

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