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OPENING OF THE NEW ENGLISH PRESBYTERIAN CHUKCH, PRESTATYN. SPEECH BY MR. H. D. McLAREN. On Friday the handsome new church built for the English Presbyterians at Prestatyn was opened by Mr. H. D. Mc'Laren, son of Sir Charles Mc'Laren, Bart., M.P. The brilliant weather drew together a fairly large number of residents and visitors, all of whom ex- pressed admiration at the artistic appearance of the church. Mr. Thomas Jones, the architect and builder, modestly accepted the numerous con- gratulations showered upon him during the afternoon The opening ceremony proper was short and simple A verse from the hymn, Praise God, from Whom all b essings flow," was rendered, and then Mr McLaren was presented with a key by Mrs Davies, wife of the Rev. J. L Davies, pastor of the church Placing the key in the lock, Mr. McLaren said: I thank the donors for the key, with which I proceed to open the door, and declare this building open for public worship. Mrs. Davies then entered the building, followed by Mr. McLaren and the rest of the spectators. A public meeting was afterwards held, under the presidency of Mr. Peter Roberts, J P., St. Asaph. Among those present were Dr. Townshend, the Revs. Francis Jones, Abergele; J L. Davies (pastor of the new church), T. H. Williams Griffiths, Connah's Ouay: Verrier Jones, Rhyl; Mr. and Mrs. J. B. Linnell, Mr. Goronwy Jones, Mr. and Mrs. J. D. Parry, Mr Treborth Jones, Cambridge University; Mr. J. E. L. Jones, Mr Cunnah, Mr. Thomas Ellis, Mr. t'arry Williams, Mr. W. J Williams. Mr W. H Harrop, Mrs. Pattinson. Miss Butterworth, Man- chester; Mrs. Edwards, Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Jones After the singing of a hymn, the Rev. Francis Jones (Abergele) read a portion of the eighth chapter of the 1st Book of Kings. The Chairman said it was very gratifying to all friends af true religion to see such a beautiful little church as that. The cause of Christianity would never suffer so long as there were devoted adherents who worked zealously and earnestly to build np churches consecrated to God's worship They all hoped the new church would prosper, and that an excellent example of Christian activity would be emu- lated throughout the whole district. He was pleased to see so many ftiends present. He hoped they would have a pleasant meeting (hear, hear ) Mr. H. D. McLaren was accorded a hearty greet- ing. He said his first duty was to thank them for the houour they had conferred upon him in asking him to perform the opening ceremony, a ceremony of very great importance, not only in the history of the sect, but also in the hist.ry of Prestatyn (hear, bear ) It was a source of peculiar gratification to him, be- cause he regarded the construction of the church as a sign of activity in a body for which all must have the greatest respect and admiration. Their congregation like all other Nonconformist congregations, was in the position of having no endowments to fall back upon. On the other hand, they were not ruled by a pastor who was chosen independently of them, and thev were not subject to dignitaries, in whose ap- pointment they had no voice. Those circumstances brought with them privileges and a duty. The pri- velege, be might say the inestimable privelege, of being able to rule the affairs of their own church, was a great one, and carried with it certain responsi- bilities. An established church was more or less inde- pendent of the congregation. The Church of Eng- land, as a church, would subsist, even though the zeal of its congregation might not be all that was desired But if the zeal of the Nonconformist con- gregation waxed and waned, so also would the church itself wax and wane. Therefore, the responsibility resting upon the congregation, and more especsally upon the minister, whose duty it was to do everything in his power to promote the well are of his church and his flock, was not a light one. It could be said that in the past, their congregations had proved them- selves worthy of those responsibilities. The way in which Presbyterians and Nonconformist Churches had flourished in this country was proof positive of the energy shown by each member of each congre- gation in furthering the cause of their church. He regarded the opening of this place of worship, as a further sign of that same zeal and activity, and which, further, were signs of self-reliance and independent thought, hich a congregation such as that, could not help learning from the duties they were called upon to pertorm in connection with the church itself. The virtues of self-reliance and independent thought had materially assisted in a proper performance of those duties, and because of that in the forefront of every movement in the line of progress, there were Nonconformists, and, not the least among them Presbyterians. If they bad any wish to distinguish between Nonconformists, the Presbyterians could rightfully claim to have accomplished the most valu- able work. They had always been ready to improve and bring themselves to a level with new thought, yet, at the same time, they had never gone to ex- tremes, Visitors in Wales, and especially those in the country districts, had often remarked that the ap- pearance of churches and chapels was not a very strong point. They could, however, forgive this in some cases, because it was common knowledge that the building of a church or chapel, even of the most primitive description, often taxed the rescources of a congregation to the uttermost. It was often thought, little short of marvellous to see in Wales, how the very poorest of the poor saciificed a good deal in order to build themselves a little church or chapel. In such cases one could hardly countenance any ornate display of things not absolutely essential yet it was gratiiying to find, when they came to a more prosperous and larger town, such as Prestatyn, that the congregation determined to build not only an edifice with the barest essentials, but a place of worship that was a credit to the town and district (applause ) They could speak of the future of that church in no uncertain tones, and as the population grew, so would its influence grow and expand. Per- haps, it was not saying too much to predict the neces- sity of even a larger place of worship than that. He would, therefore, not hope that the building, pretty as it was would be fore vet- permanent. In conclu- sion, Mr. McLaren hoped the Rev. Lewys Davies wou d be long spared to preside over his congregation (applause-) The Rev Mr Griffiths (Connah's Quay) in the course of a lengthy speech, congratulated his Prestatyn friends upon the beautiful little church which had sprung up, and hoped that the work to be acoomplished therein would be blessed by God. Mr Treborth Jones (Cambridge University) and formerly of Chester, said he was glad to add his tribute to the many tributes that had been paid to the ernestness and the enterprise of their Prestatyn friends, and to express the hope that the great expectations and prayers m respect to its future would be answered. (Hear, hear.) He thought a 11 good many lessons were to be learnt from dedication services such as those They spoke of the need of self-devotion, and if they offered themselves more fully and entirely to God and His service, those services would not have been held in vain. (Applause.) Mr Goronwy Jones said their minister desired him to say, in case his absence might be misconstrued, bow extremely sorry he was that he could not be present. In some places in Wales, when an English cause was started, considerable ill-feeling was felt by the Welsh element, but he could assure them that so for as the Welsh cause in Prestatyn was concerned, no such feelings ever existed. (Applause.) It was, of course, a great loss for the top chapel to lose those friends who had thrown in their lot and entered so heartily in the new work before them. Still. he could honestly repeat that no ill-feeling existed between them, but that they heartily sympathised with their English friends, and would do all they could to assist them. He hoped those feelings would be reciprocated, and that they would work together for one common object. (Applause.) The. Rev Verrier Jones (RhyI) offered neighbourly congratulations to his Prestatyn friends upon the opening of such a beautiful p'acc of worship. There were many forms of Christian faith and belief. Sev- eral of those forms were doubtless represented there that afternoon, but there was only one source of spiritual power. No denomination, no form of belief had ever prospered which had not made the Son of God their beacon light. Let Christ be manifested in the preaching, and in the lives and conversation of the people who worshipped there. They complained a great deal in these days of scanty congregations Perhaps that was too frequently the case, but if Christ was more manifest in out lives, and if His personality was magnified, complaints about thin congregations would soon cease The R.ev Francis Jones (Abergele) and Mr Jenkins (Denbigh) also spoke. I The Rev. Dr Townshend, president of the New 1 Connexion Conference, spoke at some length. He congratulated the architect and builder (Mr Thomas [ Jones) upon the beautiful effects af his labours. He congratulated Mr McLaran upon being privileged to open such a pretty place of worship, and referred to the honour that had fallen upon Sir Charles by iavour of the King In regard to the Coronation honours, he should like to express his delight at the very im- partial and judicious manner in which they had been distributed. They had not been given to one class in the State, and in recognising the prominent men in politics and literature, he thought the King had shown considerable tact and judgment. He was glad that one great honour had come to Prestatyn, and was proud that Sir Charles McLaren was the squire in that neighbourhood He trusted that his son, Mr Duncan McLaren, would more and more devote his time to public work, for which he was well qualified by birth and education, and that his future would be a bright and useful one in regard to Wales and Eng- land. (Applause.) He was always glad to hear of the erection of a new Presbyterian church, either in England or Wales, because he knew it would become the eentre of a noble and religious activity. He him- self was a Presbyterian His denomination differed in name from Presbyteriamsm, but their forms and methods of church government were verv similar. They called their meetings the General Assembly. The Methodist New Connexion called it a conference, district and quarterly meetings, but in almost tvery other respect they carried on their church government precisely on the same lines. In his own de- nomination they bad considered whether it would not be advisable to alter their name. They called them- selves the Methodist New Connexion, and yet they were nearly roo years old. He loved Presbyterianism and hoped it would grow more and more, even in Wales itself, because he was speaking then as something of anoutsiderin regard to denominationalism in Wales. He was glad that the denomination was growing in England; he rejoiced in its prosperity. Many of his dearest friends were Presbyters, and many of their leading ministers in Wales were closely identified to him at the present time. He found them men of great scholarly attainments, of earnest religious spirit, and stalwart in maintaining the principles of their creed. He hoped that such men would be connected with that church, and then its future would be assured. People once said that they did not want him or his church in Prestatyn. Let them be done with that sort of feeling once and for all. He had come there, and they had come there, and they had all come to stay. Therefore, he wished them all prosperity, and hoped, as the place grew larger and larger, that the churches would be the means of elevating the whole neighbourhood with Christian truths and principles. Let them watch carefully Oyer the morals of their town, and take care that it was the home of a large population of the best kind. Let all the churches work harmoniously together upon common ground and for the attain- ment of common objects They all held special views of their own. One of the speakers had referred to John Calvin. Certainly, a nobler man never breathed nor did a greater work (applause). He congratulated the Rev. Lewys Davies upon being the pastor of that beautiful church, and sincerely trusted that he woul i stimulate his congregation into living a higher and nobler life. (Applauee.) I On the motion of the Rev. Llewys Davies, seconded by Mr Marshall, votes of thanks were accorded to the Chairman for presiding, aud to Mr. H. D. Mac Laren for opening the church. After the service, the visitors were entertained to tea in the schoolroom, the following ladies dispensing hospitality: Mrs. Llewys Davies, Mrs. J. D. Parry, Mrs. Marshall. Mrs. Thomas Tones, Mrs. Duncan and Miss Humphreys. OPENING THE NEW ORGaN. At six o'clock the new organ was opened bv Mr G. A. Tessimond, of Liverpool. There was a fair audience, who greatly appreciated the following programme: Coronation March (Meyerbeer). Andan. tino (Rosamunde) (Schubert), Pastorale in G (Salome). Andante in F (H. Smart), 4th Sonata (Mendelssohn). The vocalist was Madame Georgina Hughes, whose exquisite contralto voice was heard to great effect in the following selections Entreat me not to leave Thee," "O Rest in the Lord," and "The Promise of the King." During the interval, the Chairman (Mr. J. B. Linnell, J.P ), alluded to the fact that that church was the first one to introduce a proper organ into Prestatyn (applause) He heartily congratulated the congregation upon being privileged to worship in such a beautiful edifice (hear, hear). SPECIFICATION OF THE ORGAN. Ihe following is a copy of the specification of the organ: — Two manuals, CC to C-56 notes. GREAT ORGAN. I-Open Diapason (metal) .8 feet 2-Dulciana (metal) 8 feet 3-Sub-Diapason and Clarabella (wood) 8 feet 4-Principal (metal) feet SWELL ORGAN. 5—Gamba (wood and metal) .8 feet 9—Lieblich Gedact (wood) S feet 7-Gemshom (metal) 4 teet 8—Oboe (metal) g feet PEDAL ORGAN. 6 —Bourdon (wood) 16 feet COUPLERS. Swell to Great, Swell to Pedals. Two composi- tions to Great Organ. At seven o'clock a special service was held, the dedicatory sermon being preached by the Rev. J Reid Howatt, of London. There was a large con- gregation. The collections realised £ 25. RHFDDLAX CALVXNISTIC METHODIST CHURCH.—These last few Sundays. English services have been held at the above place, and have been very well attended by both our Welsh and English friends, to the latter of which it is felt to be a great boon. Last Sunday the pulpit was occupied by Proffesor Edwin Williams, MA, of Trevecca, who gave a most stirring and soul inspiring sermon from the 2nd chapter ot St. Paul's Epistle to Titus, and the loth verse, the service throughont being greatly appreciated. Our C.M. friends deserve our best congratulations for the Christian spirit they have shown, in supplying this long felt want of an English service for the benefit of those English Nonconformist strangers, that are within our gates. There is nothing more certain than, that this is a movement in a right direction, and one in which others as well as myself have warmly advocated for many years It will I believe be fraught with good in the future, and redound to the credit of Nonconformity and now the matter has been taken up so warmly, and likely to be permanent, at least during the summer months, I see no reason why this movement conld not be extended to at least an occasional English service during the winter months, and likewise to establish an English class in the Sunday School. Wishing every success to the movement.—J.J.T.K. THE SCHOOLS —The Diocesan Inspector's report has come to hand and is as follows: Mixed School- "This school has greatly improved as regards the religious instiuction. The Senior Division was excellent. The Lower Division did well, considering the time Miss Webb has had charge of it. Next year I hope to find this school one of the best in the Diocese Infant's School—" The little ones passed a very fair examination in religious knowledge." THE CORONATION SERVICE.—The Vicar, last Sunday announced that the service in connection with the Coronation of King Edward VII will take place next Sunday at 11 a.m., when the special prayers, hymns and anthems will be used. CHURCH SUNDAY SCHOOL TREAT.—The annual treat to the scholars attending the Church Sunday School will be held to day Saturday at the Boys' school at 3 p,m. DYSERTH. More people have visited Dyserth this week than for many years past. Brakes and all kinds of vehicles have conveyed thousands of holiday-makers to see the famous water falls and the hills THE PARISH CHURCH.-Special thanks- giving services will be held on Sunday next for the restoration of His Maj sty the King, and coronation During the last three Sundays the pulpit in the afternoons has been occupied by the Rev. C. A. Griffin, curate of Chesterton, who has preached sermons in English to appreciative congregations. COKONATIOX —We understand that there will be no public celebrations on Coronation day at Dyserth. as every item of the programme* has previously been carried out. DEATH.-The death took place on Thursday (last week) of Mr. Thomas Evans, watchman, Rhyd, at the age of 46, and his remains were inte rred at Dyserth Churchyard on Sunday, August 3rd. -lio:1- The Bishop of St Aaoph is gazetted honorary chaplaih to the Denbighshire (Hussars) Imper- ial Yeomanry.








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