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WWW—— aw Tabernacle JBaptist Chapel. THE OPENING CEREMONIES DESCRIPTION OF THE BUILDING. The New Tabernacle Baptisl Chapel just opened in Plassey Street, is about the finest building in Penartb. It stands upon the site of the old building which was erect;d in 1870, and which provided accommodation for about 450 persons, after the addition of the gdlery. The present structure pro- vides for ,000- he ides several smaller rooms. The old Schoolroom was not pulled down, but has been divided ff into a number of classrooms. On the grou) d floor is the young people's room, and which is aif-o us. rl fee iflie ordinary week-evening services. Pa t'broiiyh This raid along a passage, there is th infants'da-s room. rrlus has bepn fitted with a gallery-which vii accommodate about 120 children. The e has also h< n p-ovided here all that is required to make the wcrk of the teacher eay-tlackboard, less n sheets, text cards, large print hymn sheets, harmonium. &c. Passing on we come to two more cl R. rooms. which are about to he furnished by the scbo\H' of the respective classes. These rooms are pro vded with folding doors, so that the two might at any time be made into one. From the passage leading to these room* access to the large schoolroom is pro- Aided. At this end of the schoolroom there is a very Jarsr- 1 oom fit( d and furnished for one of the Bible clashes At the other end is fotand the kitchen which is fitted with a range with high pi-essyre boiler, large furnace for tea meetings, the stove of the heating appara us, &c. Bótwe-e'l the young people's room and the inf. nt's room is a flight of stairs leading to the upper class rrrm?. p s'or's vestry, lavatory and w.c., aa 1 also to the orchestra of the chapel. The chapel is d< s gn d in ilu- Italian renaissance style of archi- tecture. The d e ingsare of Box ground stone, with. the inteimed ate spaces of Newbridge paving cuts At the lack of the Chupel is the orchestra, which will accommodate 70 singets, and is separsted from ihe Chapel by a bold arch 23 feet in diameter. The ceiling to ihiq orchestra is dome-shaped. Placed at the back of the orchestra is a large organ of handsome design. In front of the rostrvm is a raised platform in which is placed the baptistry. The baptistry is built of white glazed tiles, and fitted with white mar- ble steps, and also with hot and cold water. The entrance lobby of the building is entered by three sets of doors, and on each side is a cloak-room. The stairs to galleries are entered from this lobby, and partitioned off by baize doors. There are two sets of doors from this lobby into the Chapel. The Chapel floor is approached from tie pavement level by a flight of steps on Emich side of the building, and in the fiont of the building are three large windows wrrch are giazed by leaded lights, designed especially to'suit the style of the building. The rostrum is capable of accommodating 12 persons, and is raised two feet six inches above the floor level. The galleries are supported by cast iron columns, with ornamental c i-st caps. Above the galleries is a cleres- tory, which is supocrted by ten moulded arches rest- ing on cast iron columns, with ornamental caps. The pulpit is of very handsome design and is the work of Mr John Price. It is made of pitch pine and teak. In the centre are four pillars moulded with dentils on the top. Retween the pillars are three arched panels, with fretwork in the centre one. The hand rails on either side are with arched balusters, and at both ends are newels on which stand hand- some gas brackets. The communion table is the work and gift of Messrs J. & W. Price. This is also of pitch pine and teak to match the pulpit. It. is made with moulded panel work in the Roman style. As stated last week the handsome iron front of the gallery, together with the hand wrought gas brackets, heating apparatus, furnace, range, &c., were supplied by Mr T. Emlyn Jones. The decorating, glazing and painting was splendidly carried out by Messrs Love and John, who also supplied the ornamental windows. The chairs on the rostrum were presented by Ali Howell, of Cardiff; the clock was given by Mr S. G. Lewis (Pen rth), and the gates and railings on the outside of the building were manufactued by Mr Allen, blacksmith, Penarth. and reflects the greatest credit upon him. The (r^an curtains, of red rep were given by Mrs Guy; the Bibie by Mis Em!) II Jones; lie hymn-book by Mrs D. G. Price; th. cushion on Biole rest, by Mrs Lace; and a new communion service by Mr D II Edmunds. The cost of the building,, (not including the organ) has bt en jfc^000. Mr D. G. Price was th- con'factor.and the architects Messrs Joaes and Thornley (Cardiff). Prior to the opening, which took place on Wednesday, there wis a series of meetings for prayer. These commented on Sunday, the 9th inst., and were held wihout intermission. On Wednesday morning, a; 7 o'clock, there was a prayer meeting in the Lsciure Hall, when nearly one hundred petsous assembled, including several from >ther churches in the town. At 11 o'clock a meeting ior prayer was held in the chapel, when a short) address was given by the pastor; Rev W. G. Dayies. At 3 o'clock in the afternoou the real opening service took place. The choir, which has been re-organised, occupied the orchestra, and there was a large congregation, including, from Ca'diff. Revs A. Tilley, Z. H. Lewis, T. T. Jones, C. Griffiths, 1. Will'ams. Students of Baptist College, and the new minister of Pearl StTeet from Barry Dock, Rev T. Pandy John from Cadoxton. Rev S. Robins from Bany, Per H. J. Horn; from Penarth, Revs I. (). Stalherg, J. M. Saunders, M.A., J. Gwilym Jones, W G. Williams, T. Wheat ley. and W. R. Maltby. Prior to the commencement of the service, Mr Davis of Liverpool* gave a short organ recital. The sermon was preached by thb Rev J. Moffat Logan of Bristol, who took for his text Geneses vii. 1G, 17.' The preacher dealt with the origin of sin as exemplified in the fall, and pointed to the way by which all humanity might be redeemed. At this service the choir rendered the anthem "Great and marvellous." A public tea followed in the schoolroom, when about 500 '-at down. The tables were tastefully decorated with choice plants and flowers, there bei g some magnificent specimens of chrysanthemums. The following ladies presided at the tea tables Mrs Davies, Mrs Guy, Mrs D. G. Price, Mrs Llewellyn, Mrs Evans, Mrs Lace, Mrs T. Emlyn Jones. Mrs Cornwell, Mrs Speed. Mrs Gethin Lewis, Mrs Hurley, Mrs Saunders. Mrs Williams, Mrs Pickford, Mrs Rumsey, Mrs Ford, Mrs Warner, Mrs Prosser, Mrs Owen, Misses Jones and Powell. A large number of young ladies also rendered valuable service- In the en t ting up room were Mrs Eastman, Mrs Kemp- thome. Mrs Richards, Mrs Guppy, Mrs TidbaJl, and Mrs Youd. In the evening the chapel was crammed in every corner, chairs being placed through the aisles, and wherever possible. The Rev D. J. Hiley, (Bristol) preached, his text being from Ecclesiastes vii., 14:— "God hath set the one over against the other." He remarked that there was a consecutive vein of thought running through this strange book of Ecclesiastes. Sometimes that appeared to be broken, but it again flowed on to the conclusion, "Fear God and keep His commandments," which was the whole duty of man. He emphasised the workings of Providence, the main idea being that every loss was covered by a gain and every gain by a loss, as for instance in the latter case, if a man gained riches he ran the infinite peril of great temptations. And on the other hand the losses were compensated for in other ways. The choir rendered the anthem. "I will sing of Thy power," the tenor solo being taken by Mr W. D. Cornwell. After the service many friends took the opportunity of walking through the various rooms, and all ex- 9 pressed themselves pleased with the new building. We understand the collections for the day amounted to £ 110, in addition to the tea the whole of which will be profit. On Sunday, (to-morrow) the Rev Dr. Booth, of London, Secretary of the Baptist Union, will preach morning and evening. In the afternoon there will be a special service for the young, the speaker being the Rev 1. O. Stalberg. Prior to the service, from 2.301 to 3.0 there will be an organ recital by Mr Sidney Fifoot, On Wednesday next, the Rev James Owen, of Swansea, will preach.

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