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a Nonconformist when he went out not knowing whither he went; Daniel and the three Hebrew children were Nonconformists, John the Baptist was a Nonconformist, Luther was a Nonconformist, and others who had lived in later times. He had known the Baptist cause at Penarth from its first institution, and was glad it had beccme necessary to extend its borders. 'He hoped the same peace which had pre- vailed hitherto would continue. He was glad they had such a fine afternooi for tbeir service, but he was never troubled about the weather when God's work was being carried out. If it was fine, it was a recognition of Nature smiling upon them, and if it was wet, well it was ohly in accordance with their denominational views to like plenty of water. He wished the Church every blessing and increased prosperity. A large number of girls and boys now marched on to the platform and deposited, in bags, the amounts which had been collected by them during the preced- ing fortnight; this amounted to about .£30. Dr Edwards proposed a vote of thanks to Miss Jones for her kindness in laying the stone. It is, he said, a red-letter day in the history of the Church. I am glad to learn that the old Tabernacle bad grown too small, and I am glad that the members have faith enough tojgo in for a new and larger building. My dear old friend, your pastor, I had the joy of receiv- ing into college at Haverfordwest, and it was my sorrow to dismiss him to come to this Church, but here he has been ever s- ce, like a fixed star, which has shone with peculiar lustre. (Applause). He has also grown in the affections of all who have known him. I am pleased to move a vote of thanks to Miss < Jones for her beautiful and natcy speech. We re- I joiced also to hear her father, and when we heard him we thought of his dear old father, William Jones, who, though he has departed, yet speaketh. The spirit of grace has been handed down from father to son and from mother to daughter. The proposition was seconded by Mr Geo. Telford, who referred briefly to the early history of the Church, and was supported by the Rev. T, W. Medhurst. An invitation was giren to any present to place their contributions on the stone, and then the proceed- ings terminated with prayer by the Rev. W. Ross (Glasgow). Tea was subsequently partaken of in Andrews' large hall, the tables being presided over by Mrs Davies, Mrs Llewellyn, Mrs Evans, Mrs Kempthorne, Mrs Guy, Mrs Lace, Mrs Gethin Lewis, Mrs Speed, Mrs Prosser, Mrs Price, Mrs Pickford, Mrs Hurley, Mrs Emlyn Jones, and Mrs Owen. A large number of friends sat down, including all Mr D. G. Price's employees, those on the building bsing invited by the committee- After tea a public meeting was held, presided over by F. H. Jothan, Esq., C.C., who was supported on the platform by Revs I 0 Stalberg, T Pandy John, Professor Davies, Mr Telford, Mr D G Price, Mr R Brice, &c. Mr Price read the iloth Psalm, after which Mr iBrice offered prayer. Mr Jotham, in his opening address, said it be very gratifying to those who hold Baptist v in Penarth 4- 1.:10'" this extension had bee. desirable. 1" l'pmerber at one time when I was canvassing for subscriptions a lady told me she would be content to worship m a barn. That may be right in theory, but even as we like to make our homes bright and attractive, so we ought to make God's house attractive likewise- (Applause). We have not a wealthy landlord to give a sire worth £ 3,000, and also a subscription of another Y,3,000, so that we have to work together and do our best. Nothing suc- ceeds like success, and I hope in a few years the new Tabernacle will not be large enough, and I also hope that what has now been undertaken will prove a great blessing- Rev. W- G. Davies said: I am pleased, to think that on past occasions we have met together under the same roof, and to-night we are here the three branches of the same cause. The Church was es- tablished 27 years ago, so that we have passed our majority and are now getting on into middle life. (Laughter). God's blessing has rested upon us, and our meeting here to night is a proof of the divine favour. When I came to Penatth there was a large number of names on the Church book, but when they were sifted there were only about 60 in good starr- ing. Now, however, our Chuich numbers, over 250 members. I remember hearing- the attendance in the Sunday School reported as being 70, but now we have over 370 on the book. Then, a few years ago a dozen of our members left to assist in forming Stanwell-road Church, and we all rejo;ce in the work that has been done there. You go to Barry, and you will find there at least 100 who were formerly con- nected with the Tabernacle, For the past two years the scliool has not been large enough to hold the scholars. The new chapel will seat from 900 to 1,000 and underneath will be a scbooliooiii to seat 460 ad- ditional scholar?, besides 11 or i il) class-rooms and various offices. Our people will not attempt to prose- latise or beco ne sheep stealers, but I think if every I Church in Penarth were to enlarge their borders there would be many then not provided for. We purpose ¡. spending £ 3,000. Our people are doing their best, and by next October will have subscribed £ 850 to- wards the expenses, which is, I think, under rather ¡ than over the estimate. It is generally said that we ¡ have to ttike2,5 per cent- off promises, but in our casoj _m_- we have been able to add a good sum. At our after- noon service we collected X56 10s 91!d. One feature of the afternoon's work was what the children did. They plac3d on the stone something like 930, which they have collected during the past fortnight. Rev T. Pandy John said, I represent a section of that 100 to which Mr Davies made reference, and I am almost inclined to feel that I am a co-pastor with Mr Davies, and that we are worshipping only in a mission room. But we are looking forward to a time when we shall be able to invite the people of Penarth to the laying of the Memorial Store at Barry Dock. I am pleased to be at this meeting because of the great prosperity of God's cause at Penarth, and for the souls being saved. From Barry Dock comes the message God bless you in your work. I am nearly a stranger in this district, but I have people who are wall acquainted with this cause, and we rejoice be- cause of your success. I little thought when Mr Davies and I were boys together, and in the same school, that we should ever be associated in this grand work. I am here to praise God for all the success which has attended the labours of your pastor in Penai th. We are glad to hear of the success of the labours of all God's people of all denominations, but we are heartily glad to bear of the success at tending our own denomination- God is prospering our work, and we have the sympathy of all denominations, for which we praise Him. It speaks well for the good feeling which exists between the various bodies repre- serted on the platform. We stand firm to our distinctive principles, but above all we stand firm to the cause of Christ, and desire the extention of His kingdom. I believe God is with you here, and he will find the necessary money; Rev. I. O. Stalberg said I feel this is a sort of home- coming—a re-union. That I have come to see my mother-in-law. It must be that, because Stanwell Road is your daughter, and I am married to the daughter. But I should like to say a word of en- couragement and congratulation. I believe God has led the Church up to this. If a Church is not aggres- sive it will soon cease to exist. I believe this for- ward movement in connection with the Baptist Churches of Penarth is the right thing. A Church must have "go" in it if she is going to be of good. Steam is wanted, and if there is a lack of steam there will be a drag in the whee!. We don't want this, but to move On smoothly. If the hearts of the people are true to God he will prosper them. What is wanted is Will-ability, Do-ability, and Stick-ability. The weakest man sticking to his trask, will be crowned with success. If there is a lack of union the work will be hindered. Unity is strength, and if the whole Church is at work, we shall receive the blessing. There is water enough in the Niagara to ex- tinguish Vesuvius, but if separated it will bs no more than the gentle dropping of rain. Professor Davies: I am glad to find that the denomination here is in such a healthy and flourishing state- and whilst we are glad to hear of the success of her daughters, we are also glad she is renewing her youth, and is pulsating with renewed vigour, and that it has become necessary to extend her borders I am glad that there is a spirit of aggressive work in midst' A boy was ones in soiiuo: -1131 lono-or in summer than in winter, and he replied because heat expands and cold contracts. Show me a cold church, and I will show you a decay- ing church, but where there is love for souls and for Christ, there is a progressive Church. I am not a bicyclist, but I have been told that a man on a bicycle must either goon or come to the so it is with a church, and I am glad to find there is sufficient enterprise in your midst to go on. Faith is necessary to the carrying on of any great work for God. You are going in for a chapel which will cost a liitle money, and the next thing is to pay for it. I hope +be spirit of generosity will be tound in your midst. Everyone should feel it his duty to do some- thing, and I hope in the future you will have the presence of the Master with you. The glory of the ancient temple was the presence of God. It is in vain that we build grand churches if we have iiit- the in- dwelling of the Holy Spirit. After a vote oi thanks to the speakers, the chair- man, the friends of other denominations for their sympathy, and to all who had assisted to make the day's work so successful, the proceedings terminated with singing and prayer. The singing during the afternoon and evening was led by Mr T. Emlyn-Jones. The money received during the day amounted to £ 70. A bottle was placed in the Memorial Stone contain- ing the following:—A photograph of the old chapel; a view of the new building as published in the Chronicle to-day a copy of the 11 History of the Tabernacle Baptist Church," recently published the Penarth Chronicle for ftlay 18th, 1895; the South Wales Daily Neivs for May 21st, 1895 a copy of the printed appeal to the public for funds for the new chapel; a list of the names of the pastor and deacons the names of architects and contractor sixpenny and threepenny pieces dated 1894, and a farthing issued in 1834, The wax with which the bottle was sealed hears the impress of the words "God is true." The work of filling the bottle was undertaken by Mr D. G. Price and Mr Cornwell. I 1