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NEW CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH AND LECTURE HALL, RR YL. LAYING THE MEMORIAL STONES. LUNCHEON AND PUBLIC MEETING AT THE TOWN HALL. Wednesday last will be a memorable and a red- letter (hy in the history of English Congregational- ism in Rhyl, and even in North Wales. On that day were laid the memorial stones of the new Congrega- tional Chinch aud Lccture Hall in Water street, of which the Itev.D.Burford Hooke is pastor. The cir- cumstances which rendered necessary the erection of a new sanctuary are we believe known to most of our readers. The trustees were compelled, in July last, much against their wil1, to close the old build- ings from considerations of health and safety. The sanitary state of the schoolooom was found, by a mere accident, to be in a very bad state, and the roof was discovered to be dangerous. The trustees had intended to make some slight altera- tions in the Sf liooiroom, and it was wdnle making an examination of the building with that object in view that the state of the draius underneath was discovered. This discovery at once changed the > whole aspect of affairs, and the friends worshipping there were brought face to face with the necessity uf erecting a new church entirely. The task was an e-aoimous one for a church and congregation, which is net very numerous, and has not many rich among its members. However, led on by their energetic and indefatigable pastor, the Rev. D. Burford Hooke, whoso coming to Rhyl seems an act of Pro- vidence,it was entered upon heartily and in full trust in God and confidence in the sympathy and co- operation of the Christian public of all sections. The new church will accommodate abcut 600 wor- shippers, and the lecture hall about 400. The total outlay, including furnishing, is estimated at £3500. All the meetings forming part of the programme of Wednesday's proceedings were eminently success- ful. DESCRIPTION OF THE NEW|BUILDINOS. The following is a description of the new build. ings:—The now buildings as shewn by the dressings consist of a church to seat upwards of 600 p^ooaisi and a lecture hall to accommodate 100, arranged so as to be thrown open to the church when required. The front elevation (Water street) shows a square gabled tower with octagonal spirelet eighty feet high, flanked on the north by the lecture hall, which abuts the offices of Mr W. R. Williams, solicitor, and on the south by the church, whose side front faces the Market square and Town Hall. The style of the building is Early English. The walls externalJy will be faced with limestone par. points from the Graig Quarry, Denbigh, relieved with freestone dressings from the quarry of Messrs. Williams and Davies, Gwespyr. The front of the church has a large three light and two single light traceried windows of stone ovsr the deeply- recessed entrance porch, and triplet louvre ventilator under the apex of the gable. The side elevation shows the semi-octagonal retiring room, with pin- nacled rcof. The gable transept for the choir, with neat wheel window, and the intermediate space divided into three bays of 12l feet, are each divided by bold buttresses, with coupled lancet windows between. The porch opens into a wide vestibule leading into the body of the church, which may be described as a simple nave, with transept for organ and choir in end gallery, and opposite it an apsidal recess for communion, rostrum, platform, and access to pastor's vestry, &c. The extreme internal dimensions of the church are 73 feet long by 30 feet wide, by 37 feet to the top of arched ceiling, and about 46 feet to the ridge, the intervening space being left for ventilating pur- poses. The roof is to be of open hammer-beam construction, the truses to spring from moulded stone corbels, the ceiling boarded and divided into panels by the chamfered purlins and moulded ribs. The lecture hall has two entrances, is of equal length with the church, and 26 feet 6 inches wide. A classroom and gallery over the same is arranged so as to be separated by moveable partition from the hall. To further break the long surface of side walls, and as far as possible to check the undne vibration of sound, brick pillars having simple stone caps are arranged, from which will spring the semi-circular arched ribs and roof timbers carrying the callared ceiling. The tower is noticeable for its bold deeply-recessed doorway the bold moulds of the arch are carried down the jambs and termin* ate on splayed weathering basej, instead of the usual columns, &c. Swing doors lead into the church vestibule ou the right, while those on the left open direct in the lecture hall. In the tower is the staircase, and this, therefore, has to afford means of access and exit to both church and lecture hall and galleries, as well as to the young men's parlour and library, which occupy the upper story. In addition to the usual accommodation for the kitchen, fireproof heating chamber, &c., being provided, a somewhat novel but very useful adjunct in the form of a retiring room, furnished with the usual conveniences, is arranged, easily acccliiiJle from the entrance, vestibule. &c. The walls of the church and lccture room wiil be surrounded with a wood dado, and this, together with all visible woodwork, is to be varnished pitchpine. All the windows are to be glazed with tinted cathedral rough plate glass, in lead lights. The a rchitoct is Mr Owen Edwards, of Rhyl, under whose superin- tendence, the works are to be carried out by Messrs Foulkes and Son, contractors, also of Rhyl, for the mm of £27;)0, but this amount is exclusive of heating and ventilating apparatus, gasfittings, bounury railings, gates, &c. It is hoped that the building will te completed by the end of July. SERMON BY THE REV. E. HERBER EVANS, OF CARNARVON. On Tuesday evening the above-named 'popular Welsh minister preached in English to a very large congregation in the town hall. The audience com- prised some of the most prominent members of all the religious bodies in the town, and included the Rev. T. Richardson, M.A.. the highly respected Vicar of Hhyl. The Rev. W. Foster, B.A., Eng- lish Wesleyan Minister, Rhyl, conducted the deyo- tional exercises at tbe beginning of the service. Evans selected as his text Nehemiah xii. 43 "Also that day they offered great sacrifices, and rejoiced for God had made them rejoice with great joy; the wives also and the children rejoiced so that the joy of Jerusalem was heard even afar off." After a most touching and instructive introduction, founded on the great work of Nehemiah in connec- tion with the rebuilding of the wall around Jeru salem, the opposition which he had encountered and overcome, the preacher, iu eloquent and pathetic language, intermingled here and there with strokes of cutting sarcasm and characteristic humour, dwelt upon the following four points:—(1) That great work for God brings great joy from God. (2) That great work for God impli and requires great sac- rifices, (3) That a religion of gleat sacrifices and great rejoicing commends itself to all the members of a man's household. (4) That great religious sacrifice and rejoicing makes itself known even afar off. The sermon was eloquent in delivery, and particularly applicable to the occasion; and was listened to with profound attention. After the ser- mon a collection was taken towards the building funds. PL-BLIG LUNCHEON AT THE TOWN HALL. At half past one a public luncheon was given at the town hall. The catering was done by Mr W. S. Ashby, of Belvoir Hotel, in a manner which re- flected the greatest credit upon him, both as re- gards the quality of the viands and the arrange- ment of tho tables. The following was the menu provided :— IIoP"t Turliovs, To,* Game Pics. Itonst Beef. GfLlaU tine of Vial. Ruast t'liickeiis, EaJIlF. J,¡¡lbteL" Wakds Pigeun lJios. I'sesst-d Beef. Yeal and HajjI Ph", Cauliflower. Poll\tur. Brussei Sl,WIÜ,<. SWEiili JelJh;. Creatll. s Blanc Mangos, Custards; Pastry. Ciioesj C'eli-iT. James Taylor, Esq., Sandhills, presided and amongst those present were :—The Right Hon. Lord R. Grosvenor, M.P. Mr John Roberts, M.P. J. L. Muspratf, Esq., Flint; Henry Taylor, Ecill, Town Clerk of FI ut; T. Min.-liull, Esq J P., Oswe&:ry Capt. Wynne Jones, Olinda, and Mrs Jones teL J). Burford Hooke, and Mrs Hooke S. Perks, E.-q., and Mrs Perks John Ormiston, Esq., Bodonweu William Davies, Esq. county corom-r, and Misses Danes; Mrs Aaron Francis; Miss Evaus, Pre»wylfa; Mrs Roberts, Kegeut House; lln, 1'. R. Williams; Mrs and Miss Hewett, West Parade; Revs E.Lloyd Jones and Mrs Jones T. Nicholson, Denbigh W. Foster. B. Joun Williams, EL*y Villa Ishno.ei E%ans, Evaii Lloyd W. Evaus IVote and Miss FovU J. J. Williams and Mrs Williams Thomas iioghes, Rhyl D. B. Evans, Mold T. H. Williams. Buck- ley; Owen Thomas, M.A., Holywctt D. J3. Hughes, Connah's Quay; E. T. Davies, Abergele Thomas Lloyd, Colwya Bay; Dr. Tliyioaa and Dr. J. :i, '00:'>