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The New Pastor of Water-street Chapel, Carmarthen. INDUCTION OF THE 11EV M. H. JONES. The recognition services of the Rev M. H. .Joiic-s pastor-elect, v.'«-re held at Water- troet C.M. Chapel, 011 Thursday, the 23rd ult. At 2.30 p.m., there was a very good attend ance representative of all denominations. Amongst tÜ8 ministers present were: Rev E. Davies( Priory street). Rev G. Bedford Roberts (Welsh Weslcyan), Rev W. W. Lewis (Zion), Rev B. F. Richards, Rev A. F. Mills (English Baptist), Rev T. Da.vies (Treorky), Rev D. J. Tnrmas (English Con- gregational), Rev E. U. Thomas (Tabernacle), Rev Professor D. E. Jones (Union street). The meeting was conducted by Mr Wm. Joseph. The Rev E. Davies opened the meet- ing with prayer, and read the: first, chapter of the Book of Joshua, which was felt by all to be very appropriate to the occasion. Mr W. Joseph then explained that the )bject of the meeting was to extend a wel- come and recognition to the Rev M. H. Jones as their pastor. They trusted that the blesving of God would follow his work, and chat he would be of great service to the Church and neighbourhood. Mr John Harris mentioned that several letters had been received from, ministers and others regretting their inability to be pre- sent. He tnen gave a history of the facts leading up to the call which had been exten- ded to the rev. gentleman. The Rev M. H. Jones, in a short address, responded with regard to his acceptance of the call. Rev T. Davies (Treorky) on behalf of the Glamorganshire Monthly Meeting presented he Rev M. H. Jones to the church at Water street. In the course, of his remarks, Mr Davies said: Now I have come to present Mr Jones to you on behalf of the monthly meeting; but I am not going to thank you for taking him. We don't expect any thanks from you, but I must say you have had a very good man—one of our best young men. I must praise you for .le wisdom of your choice, but as I say I am not going to thank you. The monthly meeting of Glamorgan- shire had a very high opinion of Mr Jones; ind he, did some excellent work in the dis- trict where he lived and if he had stayed there a, little, longer he would have accom- plished a great deal in the, Aberdare district. You have received him very kindly; con- tinue to be t,-iid to him. Remember he is lot a sack of wool; he is not soft; he possesses great strength. Be kind to him, end you will have the best. of his services; I believe there is in him great zeal and the possibility of great work. I have no doubt you expect a lot from him do not expect more than he can accomplish. Give him time. I believe that those, who expect much in too short a. time as a result do not receive anything. And do not expect more from the servant uiian from the Master. Do not ex- pect too much from Mr Jones lest. you offend lis Master, the Lord Jesus Christ. His Master is very great—greater than the Church at Water street. I can tell you this chat you will never have the best, of Mr T cnes if you offend his Master. I wish him aid the church every happiness and pros- perity. I hope. and trust Mr Jones will live many years in harmony amongst you, and hat the blessing of God wall be upon him and the church. Mr Will am Evans on behalf of the church it Abercynon and the district, of Aberdare, ■aid that he could apply to them the parable vhich Nathan applied to David for taking Mr Jones away from them. Mr Jones was a ;re-a,t worker. The church at, Water street iad obtained a great prize; left them value J. His plans with regard to thei future of ■he Sunday School in the Aberdare district .vere good plans and the church at Water- treat would do well to follow his ideas closely. There was no doubt of the fact that ie was one of the best Sunday School organisers we have had for many years. Moreover, he was a thorough gentleman— they could give him that character at Aber- cynon after two and a half year's experience. What beautified him most of all was his love I if Jesus Christ. He lived in intimate com- munion with Jesus; and that was the chief ■haracteristic of a, servant of God. That undoubtedly accounted for the brilliancy of his ministry. The church a,t Abercynon wished him success in his new sphere but Water street had better take care, if they lid not, like him he could come back to Aber- cynon at once. Let them hold his arms up. A letter was read from the, Rev J. J. Thomas, Talgarth, a fellow student of the rev. gentleman, giving his testimony to Mr Jones' character. The Rev T. Franois Gors- einon, who had also- been a fellow student at Trefecea, delivered an iapprcriative address. Mr Jcnkin Howell and Mr Enoch Davies it t e nded on beha lf of the church at Treher- oert, where Mr Jones was brought up.—Mr Enoch Davies said that he had known 'Morgan Hugh Jones" very well for 23 years. He had always found him the best and the truest of friends. He could never call him anything but Morgan Hugh Jones. The character of Morgan Hugh Jones was as bright, as the sun, and as pure as the morn- ing dew. It gets ipfur-er and brighter as hEI goes1 on. The speaker had known him as a worker, he had known him as a Christian gentleman. They would have to feel that in Carmarthen; sometimes perhaps they would find it, too strong. The speaker believed that they would never have cause to speak a cross word to the minister; but that, on the con- trary they would all come to love him. He, hoped that Mr Jones' coming would be a blessing not only to the church at Water street but, to every deiiornination in town. If Mr Jones stayed with them, he would certainly make his mark with regard to the Sunday School. He was, an expert he was unrivalled as a Sunday Sohol organiser. He spent much of his time alone with God, and if the Church would pray with hiim, he would make his mark in the) town. There was pienty of scope for work in Carmarthen, without interfering with any other denomina tion; there, were many outside all the churches. If they gave him the support necessary, he would be thei means of bring- ing many souls to their Saviour. The speaker wished him every success. ¡ Mr Thomas Thomas, Disgwylfa, on behalf I of the Carmarthenshire, monthly meeting extended congratulations to thel church and to Mr Jones in this happy union. For the bene- fit of any present, who did not know what the moilM.uy meeting was, he. would explain that it was the denominational County Council. Tho denominational affairs within the county were managed by this meeting of deacons and ministers. At the monthly meeting eight, years a-go a, very great, gap was made by the death of the Rev J. Wyndha.m Lewis. They rejoiced that that, gap had been filled up by a gentleman of the standing and posi- tron of Mr Morgan Hugh Jones. He con- I gvavitiated them for several reasons. It had reached their ears that, Mr Jones was full of enthusiasm and zeal with regard to Sunday School—"As Y.-c, have hea-rd already, the Sunday School of our denominations! are not wort they used to be. I have seen it, in I othrr counties. We hail with joy your advent -r among.it us to try and improvel this state of thing". I hope the Lord will bless your efforts with regard to the, Sunday School hc i in ater ,st-rex?t and in, the1 town of Carmar;thoii—-not only ki the town, but the county of Carmarthen. I hope you will devote your best attention to this; I should like, to congratulate you on behalf of the church with which I am connected—our English Church in Carmarthen. We rejoice with you in Water street on this happy union We hope that thei pastor wialive many years imong you with joy to himself, usefulness to he church, and blessing to the; town. Rev Evan Phillips, Newcastle Emlyn also rtended good wishes on behalf of the monthly meeting. Rev W. W. Lewis (Zion) referred to Mr Jones as a. temperance worker; and stated that the Rev Maurice Griffiths, the other delegate from the monthly meeting, was unable to be. present as he had gone to attend the wedding of Mr H. Jones Davies in Merionethshire. Rev A. Fuller Mills extended a welcome 111 behalf of the English Free Churches. The I Free Church Council of Carmarthen, repre- sented twelve churches. He was glad to hear :he warm words which had been spoken with regard to Mr Jones. He had always thought that meetings of this kind ought to be held twelve months lafter the minister had taken "barge of a church. He did not see why there diould not be an induction meeting every twelve monthhs. It would give those who I were warm to-day an opportunity to cool down, and those who were- cool to-day an )p;i:ortumty to warm up. They hoped thai Mr Jones' career here would be according to che hopes and wishes which had been ex- orcised by the representatives of the church, md by his many friends who had comei from various localities.—"There is no doubt that it LS o r, is a great change, for him. Those of you who have always lived in Carmarthenshire, can hardly realise the, fervour and enthusiasm to be found in Glamorganshire. They are not afraid of expressing their approval of the -entimerits uttered there. So far as I know here is no hwyl to be heard in Carmarthen "xeept in politics the hwyl is dying out. J remember once I preached in this chapel. I was- sorry afterwards. I have, been sorry ever unce. I had not preached in Welsh for lo vears; but being asked by Mr Harris and Mr lohn Lewis I had the audacity to come here right or nine yeasr ago and preach a Welsh sermon. I don't know whether you under- stood it or not. I am very certain that I die not. I am not sure whether it, was Welsh or not. It made me think of a, Welsh Baptist minister who was induced to preach a sermon in a church at Bristol. When he was finished ,i, went into the: vestry; he asked his wife what she. thought of his English sermon. Well the deacons were sure that it was not English, and his wife was surei that it was lot Welsh. I can only hope that Mr Jones will find in Carmarthen a sphere of useful- ness. There is ple.nty of room for work in town. There is need of a revival, I have spoken of the Free Church Council. I have h acknowledge that it is not a very living institution. We want more life in it. We want more practical work done by it; it might, become a great forces in the, town for protesting against scores of evils by which we are beset, and which if left alone will destroy the morality of thei town and church life as a whole or the other. There is room or Mr Jones to step in"—Mr Mills went on o say that he hoped they would love Mr foncs as they had that day. It had been -aid that there were five stages in a minister's areer 1 he was loved intensely, 2 flattered. criticised, 4 scandalised, 5 testimonialised. festimoniah were frequently a notice to quit T —like tying a, tin kettle to a dog's tail 311( ending him out to the street. Let them love their minister; let them cult,ivate, love rom day to day, so that. the tenour of hi" ife would be as happy and as long as-and 'onger tlwll-that of the, Rev J. Wyndham Lewis. He (Mr Mills) had known the late Rev J. Wyndham Lewis for three years; he iad found Mr Lewis always ready with his sympathy and friendship on the occasion ol qy little differencel or trouble, in connection with any of his brethren in the ministry.— On behalf of the Council I givei him a hearty greeting to the town of Carmarthen.' Rev Professor Jones welcomed the minister in behalf of the Welsh Free Churches. He had known the late pastor and a dearer friend or one of a more, genial disposition nobody could have in the world. When the Rev J. W. Lewis died, the church at Water street suffered a great loss, and so did the town generally, because Mr Lewis was not narrow in his ideas. He was broad minded and largef hearted. He (Professor Jones) hoped Mr Jones would be a true successor to the Rev J. Wyndham Lewis. He hoped that Mr Jones would havei every success in his sphere, that his union. with the church would be a happy one, would raise, up saints, and bring many souls to, the Lord Jesus Christ. He hoped that the Lord wuold give him strength to keep the character which he had hitherto borne:. After all, good example was the most powerful agency in this world. Good a ndeloquent preaching was all very well; but without good character the preacher could do nothing. The statistics of the churches showed an increase; but it was to be doubted whether there was an increase of orot nerly love, and of true Christianity spread I amongst the members of tlio Churches. He hoped that. that was not so, othewise all our preaching and all our services would be use- less. Let them cultivate the spirit, of Chris- tian life, which was infectious. He welcomed Mr Jones on behalf of the Welsh churches. and particularly on behalf of Union street. He hoped they would soon hear Mr Jones in Union street; he would prefer that, to the people coming down, to Water street to hear him. The late1 pastor had been very un- denominational in that respect. Whenever i young minister cmel to town, the Rev J. Wyndham Lewis would arrange a pulpit change to show the good feeling that existed at Carmarthen amongst the ministers. Rev E. U. Thomas closed the meeting with prayer. A t,ea, was held at the schoolroom in the afternoon. The tables were taken as follows -1, Mrs Jones, Lammas street, and Miss Jones; 2, Mrs Lewis, Penllwyn Park; and Mrs James, Lammas street; 3, Mrs Thomas Thomas, Myrtlei Villa, and Mrs Thomas, Lammas- street; 4, Mrs Oliver Jones and Mrs Tom Lloyd; 5, Mrs Davies, Emporium and Mrs Treharne; 6, Mrs Williams, Water- street1, and Mrs Phillips, Glaiino,n,t tlCirrace; 7, Mrs Thomas, Morley street, and Mrs Davies, Catherine street. At, thei service in the! evening the chapel was crowded. The Rev T. Davies, Treorky, delivered the charge to the' minister; and the Rev Evan Phillips, Newcastle Emlyn to the church.


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Carmarthen Board of GnaiJians.