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11\£ligious ELIM MYNYDP CYNPFIG.—On the 9th and 10th instant, ser- vices were held in connexion with the opening of the above z, Ind,ependent chapel, when the following ministers took part in the proceedingsRees,, Carmgl; Mathews, L.NQath;, Da.vies,. -+-" student, Llanelly Evans, Neath; Davies,Penvai, Baptist; Rees, Siloa; Re.;s Llanelly; Powell, Cymmar; Watkins, Maesteg; Morgans, Llwyni; Brown, Bisca, Baotist; Owens, Brynymenyn; and Williams, Bridgend. The- chapel stands about midway between Pyle and Cefncribwr. in a thriving and. populous locality, and is under the pastorate of the Rev. 1: Thomas, Cefncribwr. Similar services were announced by Mr. Mathews, Neath, to be held at Britton -Ferry, September 6th and 7th, to commence at two o'clock the cbiy. HOLYWFLL. -011 Sunday the 13th-instant, being the last Sunday of the Rev. Ellis Hughes's ministrations-in Holywell, very large congregations assembled at the several chapels which have been for a considerable number of years under his pasto- ral care. The reverend gentleman delivered very affecting, and edifying discourses on his departure. He leaves amidst the Z, deep regret of the churches, who have, been so greatly bene- fitted by his services and the ministers of the county deplore the loss of a brother so highly esteemed and so eminently useful. They earnestly pray that his future labours may-be abundantly blessed with success it andjother places. SWANSEA SUNDAY SCHOOL UNION,-—On -Friday evening the 11th instant, the monthly meeting of this union was held at the Countess of .Huntingdon s chapel, the Rev 'T. Dodd, minister, in the chair. The lecture" for the evening was to have been delivered by Alr. Colston, who on the previous Monday requested the Secretary, Mr. Bland, to procure a sub- stitute, because a discussion followed the delivery of the lec- ture. The chairman then said that Mr. G. P. Evans had kindly consented to read a short prayer on the subject. Mr. Evans having read a paper on "Motives to induce the Chris- tian Church to increased zeal and devotedn'ess in the cause of Sunday schools," a discussion ensued, which was kept up by Messrs. Bland, Roper, Hall, and Ace. Th inks having been tendered to Mr. Evans for his kindness in havin,, filled up the gap the meeting separated at nine o'clock. BAPTIST MISSIONARY SOCIETY, 1J:UDG;D.-A public meet- ing in connexion with the above soeioty was held on Wednes- day evening the 16th instant, at the Lancasterian schoolroom, Biidgencl. The audience was both numerous and respectable, consisting of persons connected with the various denomina- tions OJ. the town. All present seemed to be animated with the spirit of concord and love, so that it could be said, "See how these Christians love and assist one another." The chair was taken by Mr. Thonias Lewis, and the following gentlemen addressed the meeting .—Rev. J. Meyer, Rev. R. Brown, Rev, D. D. Williams, Dr. Edwards, Rev. Benjamin Evans. Rev. J. J. Davies (the deputation), Mr. Price, and the Rev. R. Davies.. The addresses were relevant, earnest, and telling. Mr. J. P.- Jones congratulated the audience on the continued interest felt by them in the cause of missions, and announced their inten- tion as a Church to establish a juvenile society of collectors in aid of the objects of the parent society. The collections and subscriptions amounted to upwards of £ 12. The thanks'ofthe meeting were given to the chairman and the deputation, after which a hymn was sung by the whole assembly and the meeting separated greatly pleased with what they had heard. BANGOH.—Ihe Independent church at Bethel chapel in this city held their annual meeting on the 13th instant. Sermons were preached by the following ministers Tlevcls. Samuel, Bethesda; Thomas, Beaumaris Roberts, Nazareth,; Griffiths, Capelliely, Stephens, Dvvygyfylchi Owens, Ncwiii Grif- fiths, Bethel; and Morris, of Rhos. The Rev. John Davies, of Albany chapel, London, was also present, and assisted in the devotional part of the services. SWANSEA AUXILIARY TO THE BAPTIST MISSION.—On Sun- day and Monday last, the services in aid of the funds of this society were held at the Baptist chapels in this town. Sab- bath day sermons were preached by the Rev. J. J. Davies Bootle, and R. Roff, Cambridge, at Mount-pleasant and York- street chapels. On Monday evening, at seven o'clock, the public meeting was held at Mount-pleasant chapel, Mr. Stroud, banker, m the chair. Addresses were delivered by the above- named ministers, Dr. Elton, and others connected with the town. The congregations at the several services were large, and the collections liberal. We understand that although no syste- matic effort by way of missionary boxes, collecting cards, and the like has been made this year, in consequence of the extra- ordinary efforts made during the year to liquidate the debt on these chapels, still the various collections and new subscrip- tions will raise the aggregate receipts from £ 7 to £8 above last year's total amount. A strange and unexpected occurrence, took place at the close of the meeting. The chairman in his introductory speech took a view of other institutions besides the immediate object of the meeting.. Amongst those were the Swansea Grammar School, and the intended Normal College. The Rev. D. Davies, when proposing a vote of thanks to the chairman, called upon him and others who were now preparing the draft of the principles of the institution, not to bind future generations to their own views, but rather to let the principles of the institution be an open question—so that should it be a failure on the voluntary principle, which he prayed might never be, aid may be obtained from some other source. He begged to remind them that it was wrong on their part to pledge the volun- tary principle beyond its ligitimate limits—to remember that calls were so numerous upon our Welsh churches, and that the parties who subscribed were not those of Bristol and Cambridge, who could put down their hundreds or thousands, but rather those who' had only their copper or their shilling to spare, He said that he should not have trespassed on their time, but for the remarks of the, respected chairman, more especially as his views would appear in another form. The secretary, Rev. D. Evans, after replying to some remarks of Mr. Davies respecting inattention to the working of the auxiliary in Swansea, stated, in reply to his obser- vations respecting the Normal College, that that was not the place nor the proper season for discussion. MYNYDD NEWYDD COAL WORKS, NEAR SWANSEA.—Three years ago, the colliers at these works commenced holding a prayer meeting every Monday morning under ground, which they have regularly kept until now. At the close of the first year, and likewise the second, they invited a few ministers to preach to them; and their third anniversary was held on Friday last, the 1.8th inst. The workmen had prepared a convenient stage for the occasion. At 10 o'clock, Mr. Jones, of Morriston (Methodist), commenced the service by prayer, and the following ministers addressed the numerous assembly:—E. Williams, of Tai Bach (Methodist) J. Roberts, from North Wales (Baptist) T. Elias (Methodist); and D. Rees, of Llanelly (Independent). In the afternoon, the weather having become very boisterous, it was deemed proper to resort to two sheds by the works, and keep a prayer meeting in each. Several ministers engaged in prayer, and the respective congregations were addressed by the Revs. D. Davies, Bethesda, Swansea, and D. Rees, Llanelly. There is great praise due to the workmen, and their respected agent, Mr. Daniel, as well as his kind family, for this glorious movement. Go forward in your labour of love, knowing that you do a good work. What a bright three years in your history Cursing and swearing are expelled from the place by the spirit of prayer. May the agents and their men in all works go and do likewise.— Comrnnnlca{ed. Two English gentlemen, "sons of the prophets," in connexion with the British Association, it is presumed, having visited the Mynydd Newydd Coal Works, each on his respective day, after going through different places under ground with some of ..the men, were at last brought to a kind of an open space where the colliers held their prayer meetings, were asked by one of the men. what did they think of their chapel? "Chapel!" replied the formalists, who is your clergyman, and how do you pray here P" The honest Welshman replied, We are all clergymen here, and we pray from our hearts, and not from books. The learned men were amazingly surprised at this, and could not comprehend such a mystery and the simple-hearted colliers were equally sur- prised to find such great men so deficieut in their information re- speeting the reality of religion. What does that Establishment that has its eight millions a-year for teaching religion to the peo- pie, but cause them to adliere to certain forms, and leave them destitute of the vitality of that religion. "Having the form of godliness," writes an eminent author, "but denying the power theueof in the blackest shade that the pencil of inspiration has given to the portrait of a wicked character."—From a Carre1- spondent.




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