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CHURCH EXTENSION. ENLARGEMENT OF TRINITY CHURCH. The success which has attended the labours of the ministers and laity responsible for the conduct of services at Trinity Church, in this town, has been a surprise to all acquainted with local church affairs. It is only about nine months since the nave of Trinity was opened, and then it was the general opinion that no further effort at extension would be required for some years to come. Indeed, some, who are not conspicuous for the favour with which they look upon the old mother Church, prophesied, with, much eon- fidence, that the congregation would be composed of but few people, and that the building would soon be proved of no use whatever, from a religious point of view. Events, however, have shown that the advice of Artemus Ward is still very excellent, namely, not to prophesy until after the event, as the doleful prognostications of these people have, in this case, proved the very reverse of correct. From the first day that Trinity has been opened for divine worship until the present moment; it has proved far too small to meet the convenience of the congregation, and Sunday after Sunday the people have flocked thither, sometimes in such numbers that many have had to leave the doors, being unable to get sitting accom- modation. For the first few weeks it was thought that this state of things would not continue—that when the long winter evenings set in the congregation would fall off, and then the attendance could be taken at its true value but in this respect, again, the surprise was complete, for in all weathers the attendance varied but slightly in numbers, and now that the summer is upon us again the congregations are inconveniently large. Finding that the accom- modation at Trinity was far too small to meet the requirements of the neighbourhood even in winter, the Rev Prebendary Williams, vicar, Rev D. W. Jen- kins, curate, Dr. J. M. Jones, D. C. C. John Lloyd (churchwardens), and members of the congregation met together to consider what steps should be taken, and it was at once decided to proceed with the build- ing of the church by adding the two transepts and a part of the tower. This means d. fresh responsibility of about J63,OOO, and for a congregation drawn for the most part from the middle and poorer classes it is a serious undertaking, and one which will bear heavily upon them for some time to come but the circumstances were of really such a pressing nature as to brook no undue delay, because already in a church which was only intended to accommodate about 340 people there is a congregation of between three and four hundred worshipping. Much of the success of Trinity is to be attributed, without doubt, to the bright, cheerful service introduced, the excel- lent singing led by an efficient choir under the con- ductorship of Mr Richard James, and the urbane, genial and friendly manner in which both vicar and curate mix with the people of all grades. Also, there is not a member in the congregation but who is made to feel, in some way or other, that he has a personal interest in the welfare of Trinity, and it is really astonishing that in so short a period a new congrega- tion should become so welded and united together. Another gratifying feature in connection with Trinity Church is its Sunday school, which, in the course of a few months, has exceeded three hundred in number; the school-room permissible to them at the National Schools became too cramped, and the vicar and teachers had to seek refuge for a number of the scholars at the Board Schools, for which an annual rent is now paid. It is but right that all these facts should be made known to the public, because they show that the proceedings which we report below were not the result of a desire for an ostentatious display upon the part of the vicar, curate, and con- gregation of Trinity; but that stern necessity has entailed upon them the responsibility of a great work, in which they seek the assistance of all who have the spread of Christianity at heart, and particu- larly of those who desire the success of the Estab- lished Church in Wales. At a meeting of the build- ing committee held last week, Messrs J. & D. Evans, of Aberystwyth and Llanddewi-brefi, builders, who are well-known throughout this and neighbouring counties, secured the contract for £ 2,475 but with extras and architect's charges, little short of £ 3,00u will be required, and to meet this sum about Xl,000 may now be relied upon. Both vicar and people are, however, very confident that the circumstances of the case are so peculiar as to recommend it to the favourable consideration of numerous friends, and with a strong and long pull together they anticipate but little difficulty in obtaining the full amount. The church, when completed, will be one of the most handsome modern structures in the diocese, and will be an ornament to the town. It is situated at the front of Buarth Mawr, and has undoubtedly met a need which was not supposed to have existed until the opening in August last. Many of the working classes who formerly seldom, if ever, entered a place of worship, are now to be found amongst the most regular attendants, while others who were Church- people in name only are now also taking an active interest. The building committee were, we think, very happy and fortunate in the selection of Jubilee day for the laying of the foundation stone of the transepts and tower, and they were also fortunate in obtaining the consent of the Countess of Lisburne, who is always ready to aid religious and philanthropic works in this town, to lay the stone. On Tuesday morning a jubilee service was held in the Church, when the Rev Prebendary Williams, vicar, and the Rev D. W. Jenkins, curate, officiated. There was a large attendance, and the form of service used was that specially appointed to be used in all churches on this august occasion. Also special hymns were suag, the ohoir entering the church sing- ing "God save the Queen." The Vicar preached from Leviticus xxv. 9. "Then shaltthou cause the trumpet of the Jubilee to sound." The preacher said:— This day has been solemnly set apart as a day of thanksgiving to Almighty God for sparing the life of our gracious Queen to reign over us for the long space of fifty years. It is an event which must be rare in the history of any country. During the last thousand years there have been before but three kings in this country who have seen the jubilee day of their rule. Henry III, a prince noted for his piety and devotion and his regular attendance on public worship, reigned for the long period of fifty six years. Edward III. was king for more than fifty years. His reign was one of the longest and the most glorious that occurs in the annals of this great country. He was a man noted for his affable and obliging behaviour, his munificence and generosity. He also, by his valour, gained the affections of his people, and by the prudence and vigour of his administration, England enjoyed a longer interval of domestic peace and tranquility than she had been blest with in any former period, or than she experi- enced for many years after. The next king who was ■par«d to see the jubilee day of his accession to the throne was George III. This king ruled for the very long period of sixty years. He was a sovereign who enjoyed the affectionate lojaltj of the English nation. If his example could not make all men uni- formly moral, it did all that could be done by the practice of the humblest domestic virtues, the most unaffected piety, and the most exemplary regularity. His conduct as a husband, a father, and a master secured the respect of all who beheld him nearly, and was approved by the moral feelings of the whole nation. He was most anxious for the welfare of his subjects, and benevolently expressed his wish that every poor child in his dominions might be able to read his Bible-and have a Bible to read." But of all the kings and queens who have sat on the throne of Edward the Confessor there has been no king or queen who has so completely won the affections of her people as the present occupant of the throne. In ^11 her joys and sorrows the people of this country have joyed and sorrowed with her, and the reason for ithis loyal and affectionate devotion is not far too seek, for does not she take her full share and interest in all the trials, troubles, and afflictions that may befal any of her subjects ? Whatever calamity may overtake the miner in the pit, the sailor on the ocean, or the soldier on the field of battle, the Queen in her tender solicitude is ever ready with her. gracious messages to console and comfort the sorrow- ing relatives and friends. In her domestic and Private life she is a pattern to all her subjects: and her Court is one of the most pure in all the kingdoms of the world. We have then, my friends, many reasons for rejoicing and for thankfulness as a nation to-day. God has blessed us for the last fifty years with a thoroughly wise and gentle ruler. Our beloved Queen is always ready to listen to the. wishes of her people, and to let the voice of the majority prevail. The machine of State works evenly and smoothly in this country, without any of the commotions and disturbances that we read of in foreign lands. When the will of the nation has been constitutionally ex- pressed, the in-coming ministers enter office and the out-going ministers quietly and gently leave the management of affairs to those who have the confi- dence of the nation. This is a great national blessing, for which we must thank Almighty God. We have a flree country, and we have a free government, and we have a constitutional Sovereign, who carries out all the improvements in the State that her subjects may demand. When we look back during the last fifty years,, and compare the state of the country then with, what it is now, how marvellous has been the pro- gress. What advances have been made in the- arts and sciences. What improvement in the condition of the people. I remember some few years ago meeting an intelligent American, who had left this country and had lived in America for forty years. On his return, After that long interval, he said that he could scarcely believe that it was the same eountry. "The hills and the valleys, it is true," he said, are t/he same as when I left my native land, but everything else is completely altered the wood and thatched cottages and farm-houses have all disapppeared, and in their place there are neat and elegant buildings. The food of the people is different, their clothing has improved, their intelligence has been developed. Their churches and chapels have been restored; or rebuilt. Hospitals, homes for the sick and needy, and asylums for the destitute have been multiplied' and the Bible is in the hands of every child. This was the impression made on the mind of a map who had not observed the gradual progress that had been going on, but had come back after a lapse of forty years. But think, my friends, what advances have been made during the present reign in the arts and sciences, how knowledge has increased, how education has spread. How marvellous have been the dis- coveries and application of scientific knowledge. The traveller is now, carried by steam-power at a rapid rate, both by land and sea, regardless of wind and weather. Cities and towns are lighted up with electricity, so that the inhabitants thereof can walk through the streets at midnight as; if it were the middle of the day. Intelligence is flashed by means of the electric telegraph from one end of the world to the other in a moment of time. These are some of the wonders of Her Majesty's reign. No less mar- vellous, however, than the expansion of knowledge has been the expansion of the vast dominions which owe allegiance to our Queen. The teeming millions of India, and our vast and varied colonies in all parts of the globe, to-day rejoice with us in doing honour to the Sovereign under whose sway they have so wonderfully expanded and prospered. I need not tell you how incumbent it is upon us to-day to acknowledge these improvements in ous country, and to thank the Giver of all good things for the blessings which he has showered upon us as a nation. But it is not sufficient to acknowledge these blessings in words. We must show that our thank- fulness is real by deed as well as by words. You have here an opportunity to-day of showing your gratitude to Almighty God by helping this church to his honour and giory. God has given you a wise and good ruler for fifty years. Will you not show your thankfulness by making some offering to His honour in return? Lip-service and mouth.hononr are of no avail, unless the heart joins in the work. Let us, therefore, to-day thank our God in word and in deed for all the mercies which he has bestowed on us as a nation during the last fifty years. It is by Him that kings reign and princes. decree justice. He ruleth the hearts of kings. The proceedings proper in conmeotion with the lay- ing of the foundation stone commenced at three o'clock, when the clergy, members of the building committee, choristers, and members of the congrega- tion, together with a large number of friends from the other two churches and public. generally, met at the Town Hall. Invitations had been sent to the various public bodies and friendly societies to join in the procession; the local contingent of the Salvation Army and the members of the Loyal Lodge of Alfreds, were present, as well as many members of the St. Padarn lodge, who during the morning had marched through the town. A party from Court Old Castle, Ancient Order of Foresters, also attended with their large and handsome banner. All the church choirs of the town, together with that of Llaubadarn, were nnited for the occasion, and they rendered very excellent service. The procession was formed and marshalled by D.C.C. John Lloyd, and Sergeant- major Holmes, assisted by the staff of the 5th brigade, Royal Artillery, who very kindly placed their services at the disposal of the committee. The following was the order of procession:— Policemen. Salvation Army and Banner. Loyal Lodge of Alfreds. Members of the Congregation. Building Committee. Choirs-Trinity, St. Michael's, St. Mary's, and Llan- badarn. Clergy- Prebendary Williams, J. Pugh, R.D., Llanbadarn; T. R. Morioe, Lridge-street J. T. Griffiths, Llanilar J. M. Griffiths, Llanfihangel Gen,ou'rglyn William Evans, Llangorwen A. Williams, Elereh W. Evans, St. Michael's T. Thomas, Talybont; M. Morgan, Penrhyncoch: T. Parry, Llanbadarn J. Thomas, Rhostie W. Williams, Llanafan ;D. L. Davies, St. Mary's, and D. W. Jenkins, Trinity. Church,wardene-Dr J. H. Jones and D.C.C. Joha L Llofd. The weather Was wi.tt may be described as "Queen's weather"-the Bun shining in her full splendour, with a warm freeze, which was in)-t pleasant. In the front wa. ib large banuer, and also each choir was headed with ft beautifully worked banner, which, together with fciie surpliced clergy and choirs, the rosetted building committee, and the brilliant summer costumes of the Lwiies, had a decidedly pleasing effect, which was again added to as the route was being covered by the many coloured flags which were suspended from the windows, The procession was witnessed by hundreds, -if not thousands, of people. The choirs were under the leadership of Mr Richard James, Bridge-street, and when they led off the processional hymn, Onward Christian soldiers," it was heartily taken up all along the line. Some idea of the length of the procession will be arrived at when we state that :t reached from the Town Hall to the Terrace-road end of Portland- street, up which they traversed, theu through Terrace-road, and iuto North-parade. On reaching Northgate-street, the processionists were confronted by a string of flags spanning the roadway from the Coopers' Arms to the Penglais lodge, and on the centre flag was a very nicely-worked motto, "Success to Trinity Chnrch." A bannerette was also suspended from one of the windows of the Coopers' Arms, on which was inscribed, "Prosperity to the Welsh Church." Flags, Ac., were hung from all the cottage windows in Pound-place,through which the proc, ssion had to pass, Skinner-st., &c., and the kindliest feeling was displayed. On reaching the Church the party were met by the Countess of Lisburne, who had already been received by Mrs Williams (wife of the vicar). Buarth Mawr proved a splendid place from which to witness the interesting proceedings, and it was crowded with spectators, while as many as possibly could crowded within and around the rail- ings which separate the Church property from the road adjoining. After the numerous concourse of people had composed themselves in a manner as ne r:y approaching order as possible, the Rev D. W. i Jenkins intoned the versicles (Mr Lovell presiding at the harmonium), commencing "Our help is in the Lord," to which the people answered, "Who hath made heaven and earth," &c.; and then f salm 87, Her foundations are upon the holy hills," was chanted. The Rev J. Pugh read the lesson, Ephesians ii., 19-22, after which the Rev D. W. Jenkins again intoned the service, which was fol- lowed by the congregation repeating the Lord's prayer. The Rev Prebendary Williams read the prayers, the whole congregation afterwards singing the hymn, The Church's one foundation." After this the Countess of Lisburne stepped forward, and the trowel was handed to her ladyship by Mr Georee Jones, architect. The Countess always desires that no unnecessary expenditure should be incurred in procuring an elaborate trowel when she is invited to do work of this kind, and on this occasion a sub- stantial implement was- secared, only adorned with a small silver shield on the handle, on which was in- scribed, Holy Trinity Church. Used by the Countess of Lisburne, Jubilee Day, 1887." Her ladyship then proceeded to' lay the stone in a thoroughly practical manner,a.nd afterwards declared it laid, by using the following words, In the faith of Jesus Christ we place this foundation stone in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost," the whole congregation joining in the grand Amen." The hymn, 0 Lord of hosts, whose glory fills," having been rane-, the united choirs gave a beautiful rendering to the "Hallelujah Chorus," which was listened to with deep attention. The Rev Prebendary Williams read two collects, and God save the Queen" was* sung, Miss Pryce giving a superb rendering to the solo. This concluded the proceedings in connection with the foundation laying, and they certainly were most successful throughout. A collection was made, which amounted to XIG9s 4ld. At the mording service X5 <!s Id was collected, and the total realised, including the collecting cards, was nearly X120. In the evening a Jubilee concert was held in the Assembly Rooms, Great Darkgate-street, the pro- ceeds of which were devotedi to the building fund. A considerable number of tickets had been disposed of. but owing, no doubt, to the extremely fine weather, the attendance was not so large as was anticipated. The fronts seats were iairy well filled, but the back part of the hall was but thinly populated. A most excellent programme of sacred and secular music had been providsd, two of the ladies Miss Howell-Thomas and Miss Beatrice Hancocke—coming from Carmarthen to take part, while Miss Pryce, Miss Nellie Owen, Miss Alice Lewis, Miss L. Lloyd, Mr Maldwyn Evans, and Professor Brough, are so well known to Aberystwyth audiences as to need no commendation from us. The Rev Prebendary Williams presided, and introduced the various performers. The choir, under the leadership of Mr Richard James, gave a most correct and faithful rendering of the anthem, 0 Lord, our Governor," and Miss Nellie Owen followed with the solo by Topliff, Remember now thy Creator," in which she displayed no small amouat of ability, and the rendering was decidedly creditable. Mr Maldwyn Evans proved in excellent voice, and in the solo from Handel's works Sound an Alarm," he so completely mastered the intricacies of a most difficult piece as to elicit a well-deserved encore. Miss Robinson sang very prettily "Othou that tellest;" and Miss M. EPryce gave Gounod's solo, There is a green hill far away," for which she was warmly applauded. Sullivan's beautiful and ecstatic so, The Lost Chord," was sung by Miss Howell Thomas she has a finer rich, pure contralto voice, and she delighted hM" audience with her exquisite rendering of this wry beautiful piece of music. We are confident that Miss Thomas vill be welcomed by audiences in this town henceforth. An instrumental solo on the violin—a melody from Molique-was played by Professor Brough. The instrumentation was most creditable, and was received with warm applause.. The choir sang the authem by Elvey, "Praise the Lord," in which all the parts were well sustained, and the harmony was good, so that it was very. pleasing. The first part was brought to a conclusion by the singing of the National Anthem as arranged by Sir Michael Costa. Miss Pryce sang the solo in her J usual eloquent style, and the choir followed in the chorus the audience, upstanding, also joined in the chorus, the effect being most telling. In the second part, the cboir again opened with the favourite Welsh air (as arranged by Barnby) Men of Har- lesta," which was followed by Miss Alice Lewis giving Hope Temple's song, "When we meet." in which she met with a round of applause. Mr H. J. Rhys sang very effectively The Midshipmite." He has a pure tenor voice, which would repay for a careful training. Miss L. Lloyd (D.C.C. John Lloyd's little daughter) who is so general a favourite, sang How is that?" in so quaint and pleasing manner as to leave no doubt that she would be re-called; indeed, this is always inevitable with Miss Lloyd, ahd so it proved on this occasion. The duet Howell and Blodwen," brought Miss Pryce and Mr Maldwyn Evans to the front. and they gave a charming rendering, which met with a very hearty reception. Miss Aneley, a professor at Girton College, Cambridge, gave a very nice render- ing of the song sands of Dee," and Miss Howell- Thomas again delighted her hearers by her charming and pathetic rendering of the beautiful song Love's sweet song;" she met with an undeniable encore, and she kindly complied. Mr H. J. Rhys was as jolly as The four jolly smiths," of whom he sang, and his spirited rendering was highly appreciated. Miss Pryce sang Millard's song, "Waiting," most effectively, and was warmly applauded. Professor Brough gave an instrumental solo, which was fol- lowed by Miss Nellie Owen singing The way of the world," and Mr Maldwyn Evans sang Close to the threshold," the choir afterwards giving the part song, England's glory." It was now past ten o'clock, and the audience evidently wished to get afway to see the illuminations in different parts of the town. The accompanists were Miss Beatrice Han- cocke, Mr Lovell, Miss May Lloyd, Miss Aneley, Miss Ellis, Llanbadarn-road, and Professor Brough.








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