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_._. BAPTISTS JUBILEE. ---------.--


BAPTISTS JUBILEE. T I D,3 D INTERESTING STATISTICS. REVIVAL RE-ACTION. "THE CHURCH AND THE MASSES. The celebrations of the jubilee of the Gla- morgan and Carmarthen English Baptist As- sociftTir, commenced at Bridgend on Tues- day.. Bridgend was selected for these meet- ings because it was at Bridgend 50 years ago that the Association was inaugurated. When the Association was started 50 years ago it consisted of twelve churches. Now there are 105 churches in the Association, with a total membership of 18.736. There are 110 Sunday schools with 2,049 teachers and 2(),34y scholars, and U village stations and 10(3 local preachers. Out of the quarter of a million raised in the centenary year £ 2.000 was granted to the Association, and this has been lent in various amounts to the weaker churches, who repay the capital end interest in instalments. This year special effort is being made to raise £ 1.000 to aug- ment that fund. The president of the Asso- ciation is the Rev. W. M. Jones. Treorchy. and the vice-president Mr. Herbert L. Mor- gan, Mumbles. The secretary is the Rev. Joliti Williams. Cardiff. The' Rev. Thomas Davies (Hope) acted as chairman of the local Reception Committee, and Mr. J. Haydn Jones as secretary. I I TUESDAY S MEETINGS. The first of the series of meetings com- menced by the transaction of the Coun- cil business of the Association in the morning, and the first session of the annual I meetings was held in the afternoon, under the chairmanship of the retiring president, the Rev. W. Morgan Jones. Treorchy. In tlie Swansea district secretary's report ap- peared the following paragraph: — "There has been a strong feeling in the Swansea dis- 1 trict for some time past that the association covers too large an area to perform the work that it otherwise would accomplish if it were divided. This matter has been thoroughly discussed at our district meetings and in com- mittee. and it has been decided that a notice of motion to tin-it effect be given at the an- nual meetings at Bridgend." The Secretary of the Association (Rev. John Williams) said a similar motion was put forward some years ago by The Cardiff district, but the Associa- tion would not hear of it then, but perhaps now that the Association had attained its jubilee it might have changed its mind. But. I at any rate, the Association would have twelve months to think the matter over. The Cardiff District Secretary reported that they had passed a resolution that ar- rangements be made for holding an evangelis- tic mission in the Cardiff district in the autumn, and recommending the holding of similar missions in all the other districts. MEMBERSHIP DWINDLING. The Rev. John Williams, secretary, presen- ted the summary of statistics for the year 1909-10. The aggregate membership was 18.2(52. compared with 18.730 in the previous year. One of the churches had not returned its membership, but it returned 3! the previ- ous. and counting in this figure th, decrease on the aggregate membership was 443. and on the returns from the churches stMiarately the net decrease this year was 310. The bap- tisms reported were 726, an increase of 135. The exclusions and erasures were 1.223. an average of over 11 per church. The report. said the Secretary, was not so gloomy as ap- peared on the face of it. The increase was more and the net decrease was less than in the previous year. The figures revealed the same source of weakness—the churches did not take with sufficient seriousness their duty towards the young peonle. (Hear, hear.* The President sni(i li(- was grieved to think that they were numerically Jess than twelve months ago. The report given was a very gloomy one. REVIVAL R ivAC'TIO.V. The Rev. David Dvvies. Penarth. said hf very much regretted the gloomy view which appeared to be taken of this reduction. The increase during the revival was abnormal. If they compared the strength of their de- nomination with what it was in 1872 tliev would be filled with gratitude. The revival was of a kind which would admit of re-action more than most revivals. He had a high re- gard for the revit al, hut it had m,H'e emotion in it and less teaching and preaching than the revival of 1859. Mr. F. A. Phillips, ex-president, pointed out that the membership to-day is 18,060 as compared with 15.613 six years ago and 10.068 twenty years ago. Alderman T..1. Hughes said that there were a number of churches that appeared to he neglecting their (Tilt v towards the young jx'ople. He moved that the secretary be asked to communicate with each district sec-retary asking for a list of churches in the I district which were without young people s I meetings and Bands of Hope, in order that there might be a ^efinite plan adopted to bring pressure to bear on thosechurches that I neglected the young people. This motion was carried unanimnu.dy. Mr. Ferrier, Maesteg, said*the minds of the young were nowadays taken up with worldliness in the shaoe of skating rinks and football. OFFICERS ELECTED. The Rev. W. Reynolds, Pontyeymmer. was elected vice-president of the association, as Mr. Herbert L..Morgan became president of the association at the close of the meetings. Mr. Joseph Lace and the Rev. John Wil- liams were re-elected representatives to the Baptist Union Council, and the incoming 11 president (Mr. Herbert L. Morgan) and the vice-president (Rev. W. Reynolds) to the Baptist Union Assembly. The Hevs. A. F. Mills. E. E. Probert. E. V. Tidman. and Mr. J. W- Jones, J.P., .wore re-elected the Welsh College representatives. The Rev. John Wil- liams. Grangetown, was re-elected secretary, and Mr. R. G. Roberts, Swansea, treasurer. The treasurer stated that £ 43 lS. lid. had been received on account of the jubilee fund of £ 1,000. Several speakers expressed re- gret that the fund was not being better snp- ported. and. on tlie motion of Alderman J. Hughes, it was resolved that Mr. H. L. Morgan, Mr. F. A. Phillips, and the Rev. W. Reynolds should act with the president as a deputation to visit the churches To sc.-ure better support. The church was crowded on Tuesday even- ing. when interesting addresses were given by Sir G. W. Macalpine. J.P., president of tiic Baptist Union, and w- F. Winks, Cardiff, whose witticisms caused much laugh- j ter. I WEDNESDAY'S MEETINGS. THE FEDERATION OF CHURCHES. The meetings were continued at Hope Church, Bridgend, on Wednesday, Mr. Her- bert L. Morgan presiding. Sir G. W. Mac- alpine, president of the Baptist Union, was present, and a keen discussion took place upon the revised scheme for the federation of the churches in membership w ith the Baptist Union in order to secure increased efFciencv aud co-operation by facilitating ministerial settlements and changes, and also by the for- mation of a sustentation fund. '1 he secre- tary (Rev. John Williams )read a letter from Rev. J. H. Shakespeare, Of the Baptist Union, stating that the scheme should he accepted or rejected as a whole, although this did not mean that amendments as to minor details could not be put forward for consideration. Mr. William Davies. Mountain Ash, moved that the association express their approval of the revised scheme, and their intention to take pan in raising the proposed ustentatio 1 fund. Principal Edwards. D.D.. seconded. The time had come for denominational tinity. it not for the unitv of all the Christian churches. The average, salary of 250 minis- ters whose salaries had been investigated by a friend of his was only £77 a year. The Hey. D. J. Hughes, Pontypridd, said it was true the scheme had been modified, but the modification was simply for the purpose of strategy, and the aim of the scheme really was what it was before. He opposed the scheme because he held it established the rule of the minority in the churches--one-third of the members- of ativ church would be in a posi- tion to dismiss the past nr. Rev. David Davies, Penarth. maintained, that the scheme was unworkable. It was an attempt at centralisation, and would de prive the associations :11d the churches t: t; 1" inde*;end«nce. Sir .G-'nrg-o Macalpino-said lie did not t!JiJ:1. too criticisms passed upon this scheme bad I been altogether fair. It had been assumed that the alterations were a piece of strategy on the part of those at the head of affairs, \yi:o ultimately meant to have something dil- fcrent. The position, however, was that those who had been thus criticised had de- s'red when thev set out to have something quite different to the present scheme, but it had been modified in deference to the wishes of the churches, and they certainly ought to admit the bona fides of the men who had drawn up the scheme. After further discussion. Principal Ed- wards said it was clear the churches had not yet considered the matter and given author- I ity to their delegates to vote, and he would be quite willing to withdraw the motion which he had seconded, so that the churches might fully consider the scheme. Rev. David Davies then moved that the scheme be ref. rred to the district meetings. This resolution was carried. THE CHrnCH AND THE MASSES. Rev. W. Morgan Jones, Treorky. the re- tiring president, delivered his presidential address, taking as his subject, The Church and the Masses." He said there was an ap- palling neglect of public worship since the re- viva] of 1904-5. Many were not only indiff- erent but hostile to the churches. The masses, rightly or wrongly, were dissatisfied with what the churches were doing. The Church must pay serious attention to social problems and what was her duty regard- ing them. The Gospel had implanted in the. breast of the workers the passion for social justice. It had freed the workman from slavery and made him a free worker, and it 1Hd tought him that the worker had a right to a share of tii-, wealth which his toil had created. The Church had to deal not only with his welfare here and now. The burn- ing questions of to-day were the people's poverty, the people's extravagance, and the people's inheritance. A vote of thanks was accorded the presi- dent for his address. The Secretary (Rev. John Williams) repor- ted that at a meeting of the Loan Fund Com- mittee Mr. J. T. Parry had been elected chair- man, Mr. IL G. Roberts treasurer, and the Rev. John Williafns secretary. The Rev. James Owen. Swansea, who was for some years secretary, read a paper at the afternoon session on "The History of the Glamorgan- shire and Carmarthenshire Association for the Past Fifty Years." Mr. Owen said the As- sociation was formed at Bridgend on July 7th, 18(30. A resolution was passed thank- ing the Rev. James Owen for his paper, and giving directions that it be printed and cir- culated among the churches. Mr. Owen was 1 also congratulated upon the attainment of his own jubilee as a minister. A resolution was ca cried congratulating the Welsh Parliamentary party on the stand they are taking w ith regard to Welsh Disestablish- ment. A resolution was passed calling at- tention to the necessity of instituting a tem- perance campaign with renewed vigour, and that steps should be takpn to secure the ex- tension of the Sunday Closing Act to Mon- mouthshire. Dr. Edwards moved --a resolution calling the attention of the Christian public to the fact that the pressure of work upon scholars in the secondary schools was becoming so great that little time was available for spiri- tual and religions instruction. At the close of the afternoon session the delegates were the guests of Alderman and Mrs. T. J. Hughes at a garden party at Elms- held. Splendid arrangements had been made by the host and hostess for the comfort and enjoyment of the visitors, bowls and other pastimes being provided and heartily in- dulged in. The Rev. J. M. Gwynne Owen, Llanelly. preached in the evening at Hope Church. YESTERDAY S MEETINGS. A devotional conference commenced yester- day's proceedings, the President (Rev. W. M. Jones. Treorky). occupying the chair. The subject was Holiness, the need of the Age." It was introduced by the Rev. W. I). Nicholas. Treharris. who read an able paper. D iscussion followed, amongst those taking part being the Rev. J. Hughes. Cardiff: Rev. T. Davies. Pentre Rev. F. J. Durston. Pont- ypridd: Mr. Thos. Yorath. Swansea. After lunch at the Institute, the afternoon was devoted to a conference on Home and Foreign M issions." The vice-president, Mr. j Herbert L. Morgan, occupied the chair, and Mr. F. A. Phillips (ex-president». Merthyr. spoke upon the subject of Home Missions. Alderman T. J. Hughes. Rev. E. B. Tidman. and others took part. A further address was delivered by the Rev J. H. Bovd. of Ire- land. on l>ehaif of Irish Baptist Home Mis- sions, and a resolution was passed commend- ing the decision of the Baptist Missionary So- ¡ cietv to raise its permanent income bv A successful young people's rally was held in the evening. Alderman T. J. Hughes ably presiding. The speakers included the Rev. Thomas Davit's. Bridgend. The members of the Council for the Bridg- end District are Revs. W. Reynolds. C. P. Thomas. H. R. Byatt, M essrs. Jesse Hurley. George Ferrier. and Alderman T. J. Hughes. Admirable arrangements had "been made by the following. who formed the local commit- tee: President. Rev. Thomas Davies: hon. sec.. Mr. J. Haydn Jones: hon. treasurer. Mr. Vincent A. Piercy: hospitality subcom- mittee, Alderman T. J. Hughes. Mrs. T. J. Hughes, Mr. L. O. Lloyd. Mr. V. A. Piercy, Mrs. A. J.. John. Mrs. Cule. and Miss Cole: catering sub-committee. Air. D. H. Lloyd. Mrs. D. H. Lloyd. Mrs. Thomas Davies. Mi-s. L. O. Lloyd. Mrs. Wallington, Mr. Arthur Williams: general purposes sub-committee, Messrs. Thomas Edwards. E. Rich. Jonah Chappell, John Davis, W. H. Hockmgs. W. G. Cole. A. J. John, Harry Lewis, W. Pal- mer. W. C. Edwards, and J. Loosmore. The Rev. Thomas Davies, pastor of Hope Church, gives an interesting sketch of Bridg- end Churches and their old associations in the Jubilee Handbook Souvenir, which was pub- lished sneeiallv for the occasion. He says: From- a religious point of view, the town is vow liberallv provided for Our Anglican friends arc well represent)^ by two strong churches, viz.. St. Illtyd's, Newcastle (Rev. D. Phillips. B.A which rejoices in memories of Archdeacon Blosse, and one of whose Vicars-the Rev. J. P. Hughes—is now Bishop of Liandaif: and St. Mary's Church. Nolton (Rev. E. S. Roberts, M.A.). a church which has enjoyed the-Rectorship of the Rev. John Harding, father of the gifted but un- fortunate \dvocate-General. Sir John Dornev Harding, of Alabama fame, and also that of Archdeacon Edmondes. who still resides in the town. Nonconformity has its roots well grounded, and practically every denomination is repre- sented in both Welsh and English languages by large and commodious chapels. Calvinistie Methodism was early planted in the town. Howe] Harris starting the first cause. Sie'ncyn Penhydd (Rev. Jenkin Thomas) and the Rev. David Jones. Vicar oi Liangan. rendering valuable help. The growth of the connexion in our midst may be traced by some of the old meeting places of Yr Hen Gorph" in Nolton-street. Her- mon. the present home, was erected in 18GO. and along the street are two other blocks of buildings which have served as former homes, i.e.. the B.W.T.A. Rooms, and the lesser block at the side, now turned into two shops. Among the ministers who have made- their mark on the town and Principality were the Rev. Edward Matthews (Ma tthews o Wenny) for Ii] years a minist»r of the Word of God, and later the Revs. John James and William John. The English Presbyterian Church in Nolton-street (Rev. W. J. Thomas, president of local Free Church Council) springs from this Welsh ancestrv, and was sartea in 1878. Wesleyan Methodism (Rev. E. R. Gibhcns) has a fine block of buildings on the site of the old chapel in North-street, on the Tondu road. Here a succession of godly ministers and laymen have served the church and town. und among them the name of Price (Philip, Robert, and William') was » household word, and still remains a fragrant memory. The Welsh Independents have been for 60 years represented by the Taberncle in Adare- street, but the old Tabernacle which stands behind it speaks of a much earlier natal day. In the graveyard (entrance Elder-street) is the tomb of the Rev. William Jones (died 1847), the famous minister of the churc-h. and compiler of the Theological Dictionary of the Bible. The Rev. OsnlI' Owen, until recently the pastor, served the church for urwards of 20 years. English Congregationalism took its rise with the advent of the saintlv and scholarly P. v. -1. P. Joi.e-s. in an iron building e that stood within a stone's throw of the pre- sent handsome chapel, the result of Mr. Jones's labours and crated in 1883. The church, which is now in the charge of the Rev. W. Evans. li" has been ablv served by the Revs. Gwilym Jones and Harold Wil- liams. whoso labours have left their mark on lhe town. The Unita; i; j. or Old Meeting House '.Lev. D. G. Ke >, ), was origin- -V- '1 i'rniist causes luuiisned m tnc v ..• -its mo as itev. "inuel Jones, Ji.A., Rector i^iangvnwvd, or the 2.000 ejected rch.iner^ in 1662 Among the early pastors was ihe Rev. Ree» Pnce father of Dr. Richard Price, the cele- bra ted philosopher, an d the Iriend of Benja- mm Franklin. In the graveyard mav "j>e .f! *on-° Mr. "Walter CofFn. one of the earliest pioneers of the South Wales coal trade, and tlw* finn M.P. for Cardiff. As Baptists ire rejoice in an ancpstrv that reaches back tu the closing davs of thp 17th century, but there was a Baptist Church in the district before the Restoration of Charles 11.. for IT is believed that the church at LLan- haiian. with the churches at liston, near SIA-arisea, and Oichozi formed the first Welsh Baptist Association. Penyfai, the mother church of Old Ruhamah, Newcastle-hill, and Zion. Laloqtoh. dates back beyond 1706 when the first chapel was built. Old Piiiiumah- erected 1806, enlarged 1828-still stands, though not at present put to use. It was the of the memorable ministration of the Rev. John James, a name indelibly writ- ten on the Welsh Baptist life of the district. The present commodious premises of the Runamah Church were erected at consider- able cost in 1890. and by the devotion and sacrifice of the members, is to-day free of debt. It was in 1850 that the English cause that m-elcon. f-S the Association at it" jubilee meetings was l»egun. jiTix" very quickly Hope English Baptist Church xecanje established in the spiritual life of the (sown.