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WESLEYAN METHODISM IN THE CARDIFF AND SWANSEA DISTRICT. The annual session of the Wesleyan Methodist synod in the above district has just been held at Newport. The late Rev P. Neville Andrews, Swansea, chairman of the district, presided. Rev W. H. Clogg was elected secretary, and the Rev H. Graham Payn, Barry, assistant secretary. All the ministers of the district were present except Revs J. B. Blanch and J. A. Jones, supernumeraries, to whom dispensations were granted. During the transaction of the financial business nearly all the lay members were present, amongst them being Mr John Lowdon, J.P., and Mr James J. Moon. Barry. Questions relating to the character and work of the ministers were satisfactorily answered. One minister had died during the year, the Rev E. Bowman. He entered the ministry in 1867, and for some time rendered efficient service but had to retire from active work through ill- health. After much suffering he passed peacefully away. The net increase of members in the district is 269, after making up the losses by removal and ieath, with 860 on trial. There is also an increase of 74 junior members. A very interesting con- versation on the work of God followed the reading of these figures. In many of the circuits gracious revivals have been witnessed, including Neath and Sower, where remarkable conversions have taken place. At Taibach, in the former circuit, the jhapel was open every night for eleven weeks in succession. Intense interest was awakened, in iome cases whole families were saved, and some of the roughest characters changed. The district svangelist, Mr Raymond Preston, has had a very successful year. He has visited many of the circuits in the district, and his efforts have been í specially blessed in such centres of population is Pontypridd, Rhondda, Brynmawr, and Ttedegar. At the first-named place the enthusiasm was so great that the chapel was over-crowded night after night. Special accommodation was provided by the erection of a tent all round the chapel, enabling the people to hear the evangelist's voice through the open windows of the building. Mr Preston is re-visiting Pontypridd for three weeks. On Sunday, June 24, he will commence a mission a.t the Wesleyan Chapel, Barry. Much good is anticipated from the visit of this God-honoured evangelist. In connection with the aggressive work of this district, a Bible Carriage has been rm the move for one year, and during this time has rendered valuable aid to evangelistic work by the sale of Bibles, hymn-books (in English and Welsh), ind pure literature generally. The colporteurs in charge have conducted open-air and other services [n the towns and villages where they have halted. [t was reported that in several circuits, to assist local preachers, more especially juniors, in their work, a great deal is done by homiletical classes, meetings for the reading and discussion of ap- propriate papers, loan of books, and pastoral advice M to study and preaching. The Rev J. D. Stevens presented the report of the examinations and reading of young ministers on probation, and it was considered eminently satisfactory in each case. Five of the probationers have secured a place in the honours' list. The Revs T. N. Ritson, G. W. Kettleborough, R. Whitehead, A. E. Butler, and S. Whitaker were unanimously recommended for ordination. Two candidates for the ministry were passed on to the July committee-Mr T. Stevinson, of Pontypridd, and Mr O. I. Letcher, of Swansea. It was resolved to send suggestions to conference In reference to the transfer members, with a view bo prevent the enormous leakage resulting from members changing their residence; also to seek bhe modification of clause xi. of the deed poll in order to leave the conference free to exercise its iiscretion as to the term of the appointment of ministers, and to retain a seat in the quarterly meetings for ex-circuit stewards three years after leaving office. A large and influential committee was appointed to consider the demand for aa im- mediate special aggressive movement among the rapidly-growing population of the western valleys ind other parts of Monmouthshire and South Wales.

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