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SAINT MARY'S CHURCH, DENBIGH. TO THE EDITOR OF THE GUARDIAN. SIR,—In reference to your notice of the pointed allusions" made by the ven. archdeacon on the collec- tions in S. Mary's Church, Denbigh, will you permit a few words. Whilst all good Churchmen will sympathise with the rector in the inadequacy of the church collections, and will agree in the main with him in his method of making the wants of the Church known, there yet remains some little latitude of opinion as to .how funds for church expenses may be more readily forthcoming. S. David's Church, being a pew-rent church, is pre- sumably self-supporting; that is, that the expenses of this church are not included in. the general church expenses of the parish. Thus the congregations have to provide voluntarily for the expenses of the services in S. Mary's Church and Whitchurch; and S. Mary's Sunday morning congregation is mainiy looked to for these fuuds. At these services about three collections for church expenses are made to one for the sick and poor; and though this latter collection is always a much larger one than a single collection for expenses, more money is contributed to the expenses than to the charitable object. Individually the disproportion in the amount of alms contributed to each object is felt; and, doubtless, the fact that the smaller recipient (the sick and poor), and more worthy object has the fewer collections has an influence upon the amount of the contributions. It will be interesting to notice the effect that the sub- stitution of plates for the collecting bags will have upon the amount of the collections. Crediting the congre- gation with conscientiousness, would it not have been sufficient, by more constant appeals, and by practical and analytical allusions to the collections, to have trusted to the better feeling of the too-srsall contribu- tions, rather than to have put the obstacle of publicity in the way of the contributions of the less wealthy in the congregations. If the gross amount of the collec- tions is increased, it is to be hoped that it may not be to the diminution in the number of coins (especially coppers) collected. If every congregation was collected from there would be an increase in the amount col- lected and those attending services who do not attend the Sunday morning English service would have opportunities of contributing given them. A further suggestion is that every collection should be propor- tional between special objects and church expenses, and church expenses and the parochial charities. As instance, the collection on the first Sunday in the month might be devoted three-fourths to the sick and poor, and one-fourth to the church expenses; and on the other Sundays, three-fourths to church expenses and one-fourth to charity. In this way would the element of charity be maintained through every col- lection. and act. as an inducement to enhance contri- butions. A little thought will show that the expenses fund would not suffer, but rather might be increased by the proportion of the special collection.—I am, sir, yours, &c., PARISHIONEB. Denbigh, August, 1878.

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