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WELSH FREE CHURCH CONVENTION.

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WELSH FREE CHURCH CONVENTION. The convention for the Free Church Councils in Wales has just been held in Llandrindod. On Monday evening last Mr. Edward Jenkins (Gwalia), president of the Central Wales Federation, gave a reception to the delegates, who turned up in large numbers from all parts of the Principality. The Rev. Dr. Horton, president of the National Council, in replying to the addresses of welcome, said that he was much struck with the reverence of the repre- sentatives of the Urban Council. They all believed in the revival when they found it had touched those who administered their secular affairs. They had come there to enter into communion with God by entering into com- munion with one another, and the reception had already helped in this direction. A great deal of the blessing of the Convention would depend on opening their hearts to one another. He hoped a great deal of light would be shed on many questions, and that they would make progress in spiritual knowledge, but their coming together was not so much to gain knowledge as spiritual grace and power. They looked for the gracious spirit now abroad in Wales to be with them in their convention, and they hoped that it would flow gently over the lowlands of England and reach those places where subse- quent conventions were to be held. Let them listen to the Supreme Voice, and allow their hearts to rest on the Supreme Majesty of His Presence. A programme of sacred music was rendered by the United Choir, led by the Rev. Stephen George, and Mr. Thomas's Prize Choir. On Tuesday the proceedings opened with a sunrise prayer meeting, which was permeated with the spirit of the revival. The subject of the morning convention was confession of sin. Dr. Horton delivered an impressive and search- ing address urging the duty of confession on ministers and churches. The sin of the Church was its forgetfulness of the world. The Church was impatient with the subject of missions, and yet this was the question which was nearest and dearest to the heart of Christ. Until the Church was brought to her knees in penitence on account of her forgetfulness of the world, there would be no great movement in England. They should also confess the sins of England-its godlessness, -pleasure-seeking, love of money, drinking, betting, and paltry vices which the very heathen hardly indulged in. Dr. Townsend, an ex-president of the National Council, and others spoke, the meeting being a very serious one throughout. Tribute to Welsh Nonconformity. The afternoon ramble terminated with a meet- ing for prayer and praise on the hill top. The subject for the Conference after tea was Free Church Council work. Dr. Horton said that Welsh Nonconformity was the genuine article, and it was stimulating to the English to get into close contact with it. Therefore they were anxious to draw the Welsh councils nearer to the National Council. Mr. Law spoke of the progress of the movement at home and abroad, and urged the claims of the Young Free Church- men's Auxiliary and the Girls' Guild on the Welsh Councils. Speaking on the Welsh revolt, Mr. Law urged the importance of spade work, and assured Wales that England would give every bit of help it could. Wales must also help itself. They must not leave it to Mr. Lloyd-George, but every man and woman must do their part. In conclusion Mr. Law announced that the National Council were prepared to appoint a missioner for Wales who could speak both languages, if it would be of service to the nation. The offer was accepted by resolution with enthusiasm. Merionethshire. A discussion followed with regard to the Welsh revolt. The Rev. Gwynoro Davies, Bar- mouth, spoke on the position in Merioneth. He explained that arrangements were being made for the withdrawal of Nonconformist children from Church schools. In one case 30 children out of 32 would be withdrawn—and altogether they expected to close 16 Church schools in a few weeks—13 would still be left open, but the number of scholars would be small. England ought to help liberally with funds, as they in Wales would not have been in these fetters if the Nonconformists of England had been true. To be quite straight, they had to thank their friends in England for the Coercion Act as well as for the Education Act, and it was only simple justice that England should help handsomely. Alderman Morgan, Llandrindod, said that Wales was prepared to do more than spade work. They were prepared to make personal sacrifices. A resolution pledging the councils to do everything possible to support the campaign fund now being raised in Merionethshire was enthusiastically carried. In the evening sermons were preached by the Rev. J. E. Roberts, Manchester, in English, and by the Rev. C. Davies, Cardiff, in Welsh. There were crowded congregations. Mr. Roberts took the place of the Rev. Thomas Phillips, of Bloomsbury, who was unable to attend to preach the official sermon on account of the death of his son.

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