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temperate and appropriate language, may meet with more favour. The subject is alike interesting and important, and we commend it to the thoughtful and devout consideration of those among us who, by a wise discernment of the signs of the times, are qualified to be our counsellors and guides.EDITOR.]
NEW SCHOOL, SMALLTHORNE, BURSLEM DISTRICT. The September number of the Magazine contained an account of the laying of the memorial stones of a new chapel and school at Smallthorne, in this Circuit. The school, which forms the basement story of the building, was opened on Sunday last, December 6th. Excellent sermons were preached morning and evening, by the Rev. J. Ogden, of Macclesfield. In the afternoon an interesting children's service was held. A dialogue composed for the occasion was recited, several appropriate hymns were sung by the scholars and the choir, and an address was delivered by the Rev. L. Saxton. The weather during the day was exceedingly unpropitious, but the attendance was good, and the collections amounted to the sum of £35. The school-room is light and airy, looks well, and is very comfortable. It will accommodate from 400 to 500 children. The chapel is intended to be opened in February. The building, when finished, will present a good appearance, and will do credit to the village. The Smallthorne friends, considering their number, are doing noble things, and deserve encouragement.
HALIFAX SOUTH CIRCUIT. KINGCROSS.—The friends have decided on the erection of a new chapel and school, and to this end have lately secured an eligible plot of land in Lombard Street, on the Thorn Tree Estate, not far from Queen's Road, and a little back from Kingcross Street, which is the highway. The site is not far from the present chapel, but in a much more advantageous position. Probably, friends will at present satisfy themselves with building a gond school (with vestries), which is very much needed; the assembly room of the school would answer for a preaching-room, and would be much more suitable than the present chapel. A general meeting of the congregation was held on the evening of the 15th December, and after tea the Rev. C. D. Ward presided. He explained what had been done as to the purchase of land, &c., and that it was thought advisable at once to proceed with a subscription list, to form a trust body, and as early as possible to have a school built. He stated that Mr. Crossley, M.P., had voluntarily interested himself in the movement, and would give them valuable help in many ways. Some remarks were made by Mr. John Hartley, who promised a subscription for himself and partner of £100. Mr. J. Clegg said the teachers and scholars were very hearty in the movement, and £100 might be expected from the classes. In the course of the evening, Mr. A. Ramsden shortly addressed the meeting, and, on the motion of Mr. Turner, an executive committee was appointed. The subscriptions promised before the meeting broke up, exceeded £300—viz. : Messrs. Hartley and Sugden, £100; Scholars in the classes, £100; Mr. J. Clegg, £50 ; Mr. A. Ramsden, £20; Rev. C. D. Ward, £4 48.; Mr. John Butterfield, £10; Mr. J. T. Hall, £5; Mr. Geo. Kibson, £5; Mrs. R. Willey, £5 58.; Mr. Jno. Turner, £5 58.; Miss Eastwood, £3. There is every prospect that the project will be commenced forth with.
MISSIONS.—The mission services in the Halifax South Circuit have been successful, and the services and meetings well attended and profitable. The deputation for Hanover (Halifax), Elland, and Brighouse were the Revs. Rider and Story, and for the other parts of the circuit, the Rev. E. Alty.
The receipts were
as follows: Hanover, £59 6s. 9d. ; Brighouse, £23 5s. 3d.; Elland, £16 178. 4d. ; Kingcross, £14 18s. 1d. ; Soyland, £6 10s. 9d. ; Boulderclough, £3 14s. 8d; Lightazles, £2 4s. 9d.; Bailiffe. Bridge, £4 4s. ; total £131 15. 7d. These sums are mostly in advance of previous years, and the contributions of two of the Juvenile Societies have yet to come in.
REDUCTION OF DEBT ON STEPNEY CHAPEL, HULL CIRCUIT TOWARDS the furtherance of the above object a bazaar was held in the Public Rooms, Jarrat Street, Hull, on Tuesday, November 10, 1874, and two following days. Stepney Chapel was built about six years ago, at a cost of about £2700, of which amount
there remained as a debt on the premises at the last anniversary of its opening the sum of £1600. This was stated at the public tea-meeting on that occasion by the respected treasurer, Mr. Stather, who, at the same time full of confidence and hope, proposed that an effort should be made to reduce the debt to £1000. As one means of effecting this desirable object, he suggested that a bazaar should be got up and held in the course of the year, towards which the other parts of the circuit should be requested to lend their efforts. This it was calculated would yield one-half of the required sum; and then a supplementary sale of goods in the ensuing spring, together with subscriptions, might' produce the other. The friends generally entered heartily into the scheme, and the ladies very cheerfully rendered their most peedful and valuable services. The result of their industry and application was seen on the morning of the day for opening the bazaar, in the quantity and value of the articles which occupied the respective stalls.
On the occasion of the opening ceremony there was a larger gathering of the friends than had been witnessed on any previous similar occasion. After a brief preliminary service, conducted by the ministers of the circuit, the bazaar was formally opened by C. H. Wilson, Esq., M.P. for Hull, whose kind patronage and services were cheerfully accorded and much appreciated. The selling part of the business then proceeded with satisfactory results, the amount of sales for the first day being £157. The total amounts realised at the respective stall were as follows: £ 8. d.
£ 8. d. Stepney Stallg.
Bethel Stalls. No. 1. Mrs. Stather and
No. 6. Mrs. Runton, Miss Skinner
86 16 0 Mrs. Smith, Mrs. J. J. No. 2. Mrs. Carlton, Mrs.
Runton and Mrs. T. J. Martin, and Mrs.
77 0 0 Lusby
42 7 8 No. 7. Mrs. Oliver, Mrs. No. 3. 'Mrs. T. Colley,
Newsam, Mrs. Mawer, Mrs. Penny, and Miss
Mrs. Bielby, Mrs. Elwick
14 5 10 Kempling, and Mrs. No. 4. Miss Cölley and
James Robinson 62 12 6 Miss Temperton 16 15 8 Mr. Mawer's Exhibition 1 1 8 No.5. Confectionery and
Osborne Street Stall. Refreshment Stalls.
No. 8. Mrs. James, Mrs. Mrs. G. Newbert, Mrs.
Kirby, Mrs. Wilson, Poppleton, Miss Mar
and Mrs. Wallace 11 2 7 shall, Mrs. Hague, and
2 5 11 Mrs. Mail
37 18 1 Proceeds of Sewing Meeting 3 0 0
Total £365 5 11
The goods remaining on hand, together with additional contributions of articles, will it is hoped, yield by a sale at Stepney an additional sum fo
£100. The success of the effort so far has been very satisfactory and cheering to the friends, and they are still looking for the prospering blessing of God upon their endeavours. And it is hoped that, above all, we shall be visited with those showers of spiritual blessings which are needed for the highest kind of prosperity, the true success of the Church, and the great end of all means.
Joon MARTIN, Secretary.
Wemoirs and Recent Deaths.
MRS. SARAH HEPPER,
SARAH HEPPER, the daughter of Joshua and Sarah Ann Pollard, was born at Bradford, January 2, 1846. By her parents she was received and regarded as a New Year's Gift from Heaven, and reminiscences of her from infancy are fraught with deep interest. During childhood she gave little trouble and caused her parents no undue anxiety, but on all occasions reverently and cheerfully complied with their commands. Though no remarkable incident occurred, yet many little acts of kindness revealed traits of character, which, under the fostering influences of a Christian home, increased in strength and loveliness year by year. She was possessed of much buoyancy of spirit, and of a thoroughly affectionate disposition; these, united with an anxious concern regarding her spiritual welfare and personal consecration to God, gave a charm to her character but rarely possessed, and were the means of attaching her to a large circle of friends. “At the age of fourteen she was placed under the care of the late Rev. Thomas Allin, who, associated with his daughter, conducted a school at the village of Altrincham, a few miles distant from Manchester. A beloved friend of her parents, the Rev. J. Addyman, at that time was stationed in the Manchester South Circuit, and, through the pious counsels and salutary influence of these servants of Christ, she advanced steadily in the acquirement of both secular and spiritual knowledge. By Mr. Allin she was led to attend the class-meeting, and there received part of her education for heaven. After remaining at school one year she returned home, and when about fifteen years of age, her heart, which, like Lydia’s, had been gently opening, received, without a storm, the dear Saviour by faith, and she had peace and joy through believing. She attended our Ebenezer Chapel, at Bradford, of which her father was one of the founders, and Ebenezer became then doubly precious. It was the church of her choice and her spiritual home.
Her song was, “ Here my best friends, my kindred dwell;
Here God my Saviour reigns.” For a short time she then met in the class conducted by Mrs. Eltoft, and was much benefited by her earnest prayers and excellent advice. For many years afterwards she attended the preachers' evening class, and it was then, ten years ago, the writer first made her acquaintance. Her decided amiability and pleasing manner won his regard, and she became a friend of the family. Death has now interrupted the pleasant intercourse, but only for a season, as they cherish the hope it will be renewed and for ever perpetuated admidst the glories and felicities of our heavenly home. By the advice of the Revs. T. Guttridge, G. Grundy, 0. D. Ward, and A. R. Pearson, who have successively been her leaders, she was instructed in the oracles of God, and exhorted to hold fast the beginning of her confidence steadfast unto the end. Her growth in piety soon became apparent,
by her love for the means of grace, her aim after a higher Christian life, and her intense desire to be useful. Our late sister loved the classmeeting, and yet the relating of her experience was not one of her least trials. Nevertheless, for the Saviour's sake, she carried this cross, and the occasions when she failed to testify of God's goodness were of rare occurrence. She invariably spoke with deep feeling, sometimes in tears ; and the prayer of the Psalmist often passed her lips, “Create in me a clean beart o God, and renew a right spirit within me.” She had a clear perception of Christ's great mediatorial work, and believed in His willingness and ability to save to the uttermost. She likewise had exalted views of the Majesty of God, and of that law which is holy and just and good. Being of a nervous temperament, and highly conscientious, she felt reproved for the slightest breach in its observance, and occasionally lost her confidence, and became the subject of doubts and fears. Often when thus assailed has she retired to wrestle alone with God, the dark clouds have been dispelled, and from those communings has she returned in a happy frame, and with a bright countenance. Our Heavenly Father has rewarded her approaches to the throne, and has imparted the "peace which passeth understanding." The beautiful lines of Montgomery would then accurately describe her condition,
" Anon the clouds depart,
The winds and waters cease ;
Expands the bow of peace.” In one of her letters she says, “I want to trust always. I am sure Christ loves me, and I want to be of use to Him." Here her strength and weakness are both disclosed, and from these few words a fair estimate may be formed of her Christian character. At home she exemplified the beauties of our holy religion by striving to make all happy. It is often quaintly and also truthfully observed that: "you must live with people to know them.” One of her brothers, several years her senior, and who had attentively watched her way of life, writes thus : "She was always ready to sacrifice self for the good of others ; and I do honestly believe from being a child she would have suffered martyrdom rather than have told a lie, or even departed in the least degree from the truth. When any of her brothers were in trouble she would shield them by her love, but never at the cost of the truth. These signs of a well-principled mind as she grew up caused her to be loved by all the family. I cannot call to mind any occasion when she has shown a quarrelsome or enviable disposition. Her good nature was excessive, and I am quite sure her piety was genuine. In every respect she was a pattern of what a loving sister should be, and time will make us feel ber loss much more keenly. We do not yet know fully what we have lost. I always had a high opinion of her moral courage, and felt sure she would face death calmly, as her faith in the future was always so strong.” Our late sister was blessed with the gift of song, and Psalmody was eminently one of her delights. She was much attached to our hymns, and to some of the popular religious songs. Many a meeting has been enlivened by her hearty singing. Charles Wesley's hymn, beginning
“Jesus lover of my soul,” was one of her especial favourites, and the pathos with which she has sung on several occasions
"I was wandering and weary
When the Saviour came unto me,” has been frequently the subject of remark. The words she appeared to feel in all their force, as though they had been written only to describe her own experience. On many Sabbath evenings, after the services of the sanctuary have been concluded, she has spent some happy hours at the homes of friends in the service of sacred song. On those occasions (as all who have been privileged to meet her will testify) she has shown a willingness to
serve in singing for Jesus much beyond her strength. To those hallowed hours memory now reverts with pleasure, and the effects of the sacred influences then enjoyed will never pass away,
At an early period she became connected with the Sunday-school, and for many years was an efficient teacher. She never trifled with this important work, but was anxious for the spiritual welfare of her class. As the Sabbath returned it found her cheerful, trusting that God would bless her efforts. She carefully prepared her lessons, and her scholars appreciated and loved her for her pious labours, and some are to-day witnesses that the good seed sown is already bearing fruit. With the infants she was a great favourite. For them she ever had a kind word and a smile. She worked agreeably and disinterestedly with her co-labourers, and in the singing department wrought good service. On April 21, 1869, she was united in marriage to Mr. T. E. Hepper, one of our local preachers, and he regards the past five years as the happiest of his life. Two years ago she was compelled, through domestic duties, to resign her post in the Sunday, school. She loved the school to such a degree that this step was taken with great reluctance and deep regret. At the same time she was willing that her husband, who was the superintendent, should employ time which might properly have been devoted to her in the good work, saying “Go, because you can be useful at Ebenezer.” When the work did not make the progress expected, and he appeared discouraged, she was always ready with a cheering word, and urged him to persevere. The path of duty is frequently the path of difficulty, and occasionally is beset with danger, but when entered with Christian fortitude and perseverance, noble traits of character are developed which otherwise would have remained dormant. Our sister Hepper worked assiduously (at first alone, and afterwards with her husband) in the distribution of tracts, in one of the districts in Manchester Road. There she found a sphere of labour in which her soul delighted; her visits were anticipated with pleasure, and she acquired a con. siderable influence over the people. In eight years she has made thousands of visits, and often with one hand relieved the pressing necessities of the poor, while with the other she has presented the message of mercy. She made it a point to invite the children to the school, and the people to the bouse of God. One incident connected with those labours is worth a record, There lived at one home an old man and his wife. The wife was pious, but do impression could be made upon the husband. Death came, and the wife was taken to her rest. After that event, by her loving perseverance she won the old man, we believe, to trust in Christ, and he has since gone to the grave. As a mother she was anxious to train her boy for Christ, and in the formation of his habits took great pains in small matters. We may reasonably hope that by a continuance of such training, he will, as he grows in years, grow “in favour both with God and man." She had no desire to travel for the purpose of seeing great or ancient cities, and the glories and beauties of other lands. When absent for a week or two during the summer season at some neighbouring watering place, her letters were full of anxiety regarding her spiritual life, and she esteemed it a high privilege if she could meet and converse with some pious friend. When the term of absence had expired she was ever glad to return to home, and friends, and “dear Ebenezer." Her regular practice when she went away, was to take her Bible and text book, and a friend writing from Leeds, says: “During her stay with us I observed her reading her Bible, which she had brought from Bradford, before retiring to rest. This incident pleased me at the time, and with pleasure I now mention it.”. As a friend she was sympathetic, warm-hearted, and sincere. She was lively, ready to converse, and prepared almost at any moment to run on an errand of mercy. Mr. Green, of Sheffield, writes : “I retain a vivid recollection of the happy free. dom and loving-kindness she exhibited during my stay at her house some time ago.” At the funeral of one of the teachers many years since, while