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I CHURCH CONGRESS.

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CHURCH CONGRESS. THE CIVIC RECEPTION. The Congress proper was opened on Tuesday morning, and Leicester folk Were alive to the fact that this was to be a great week for their city. The early Kiorning threatened to be wet and cold, hut presently the sun broke through the clouds, and by the time the members of Church Congress assembled at the Town Hall for the civic reception, we ^ere assured of a. fine d.av. The Mayor, Alderman W. J. Lovell, tn welcoming the Congress to Leicester, Inferred to some of the. historic associa- tiops of the city and neighbourhood. The Bishop of Peterborough, in Chunking the Mayor, said this was the f *.lrst Church Congress to be able to salute j. Bicester as a city, and the Congress offered its warm congratulations on attaining to that honour. Few towns lad a truer claim to it. If a city meant a. Bishop, then Leicester was entitled to that description no less than 1,300 years ago. If then the Bishop preceded the £ ty, now the city had preceded the ?oishop, and he hoped that before long Bishop would be forthcoming. The -^ayor deserved the heartfelt gratitude °* the Congress for the way in which, at a time of difficulty, he expressed his Yeadiness to welcome the Congress. Free Churchmen aad Unity. T The Rev. E. Elliot, Secretary of the Bicester Free Church Council, extended Welcome on behalf of that body to the Church Congress. They all felt how I crIhcalwas the hour. The ravages that I ^ar had made could not be easily 1 Life was turbulent and, I the industrial and econo- | 2ilc situation was never more grave. ley Vvrgre convinced that the only spirit deal with these difficulties was the JPmt of Christ. They trusted that from Church Congress some word would go forth that would have a great effect |1 the life of the -whole nation. They ftad seen what community of thought aud action achieved for a national cause, and in. relation to moral and political questions and in the union of the lurches the report of the Committee I1 aith. and Order had already pointed e way. The last thing to be desired land action achieved for a national cause, t and in, relation to moral and political questions and in the union of the lurches the report of the Committee I1 aith. and Order had already pointed e way. The last thing to be desired t'i that any of them should surrender ?^eir convictions or sacrifice their prin- Clples, but they could at least bury their Prejudices. A local joint committee on question of union had been sitting a consideraMe time, and one of the striking demonstrations of com- munity ever witnessed in the Midlands the srreat Missionary Convention ?j.e*d in. Leicester two years ago. p?! c^sterx had ever been a strong Free j, UT'r'h centre, but they. wexe'projid of j e English Church and thrilled by her anes and cathedrals, her divines and Preachers, and her workers. n Mr. G. C. Turner, of the Free Church tuncil, joined in the welcome, and said fro Eliot's words represented the opinion not only of the Council but of •^??y faithful Free Churchmaxi in their f'.st- The problems they were up Against to-da.y were, apart from Christ, aj'gely insoluble, but the things impos- 9 to man were possible to God. John Wesley said, You have nothing to do ufc to save souls. If they did that e,V would have a real true and vital Union. l

IKINGSWAY, HALL. #j

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