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Congregationalists' Conference at Hirwain On Thursday last a conference and publio meeting were held at the Mount Pleasant' English Congregational Church, under the! ausipces of the South Wales English Congre- gational Union. The Rev. Edward Morgan, eatb (the chairman of the Union for next jea), and the Rev. 3. T. Rhys (secretary of the' JBfst Glamorgan English Congregational Associa-j tiqn) were present on behalf fo the Union. The conference was helQ'in the afternoon, at the; Vestry. The Rev, E- Morgan informed those; present that he and Mr. Rhys had been appointed to attend the conference to receive reports from the church officers as to renewing grants, etc.j received from the Union. The secretary, Mr. I W. D. Davies, issued the reports, which gave' a short account of the Church's history since the chapel was opened in the year 1866, which was done through the efforts of Messrs. W. Williams, J.P., the late D. E. Williams, Sim Picton and others, who took steps to provide for the holding of services in t h English lan- guage. The Church had been aided for the past 30 years to the extent of £[.74. The total contirbutions towards the building and renova- tion fund up to the end of 1909 was £1 ,347 6s. 8d.' Considerable amounts had also been collected towards Foreign and Home Missions, while the church members were doing their best to eon. tribute regularly. The numerical condition and the financial condition also were of a more than usually distressing character, owing to dispersion and loss of members, and showed a decrease. Mr. J. M. Jones, the ch-ufch treasurer, I and the Rev. W. J. Rowlands (pastor) also gave evidence. IIA public meeting was held in the chapel in the evening, under the presidency of the Rev. W. J.' Rowlands. The Rev. E. Morgan delivered an address. The Rev. J. T. Rhys also spoke favourably of the report given at the conferenoo by the secretary, which he said would help them to claim the required grant. He appealed to the church members not to be too anxious to get an increase in the church, but to leave the results to God, and trust to His will. A hearty vote of thanks was passed to the speakers, on the motion of Mr. J. M. Jones, seconded by Mr. D. Edmunds, who said that the two rev; gentlemen had brought much stimulus with them. The meeting was very well attended.