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proposal of removing them in mass from the
house of God? After all, and we do not SEPARATE SERVICES FOR CHILDREN. speak in ignorance of facts, there is a large In the last number of the Evangelical body of children, both in the families of our Magazine, there is a paper, written by the friends and in our Sunday-schools, deeply editor, which we recommend earnestly to the interested in the services of the sanctuary, attention of all who are disposed to hearken and affording ample proof that they love the to the advice of Mrs. Davids, and others, pastor, that they listen with deep attention " that the practice of taking children to
to his discourses, and that they wi uld republic worship may be entirely abandoned by gard it as nothing short of a calamity, were all parents and in all schools.” It may be the plans now in agitation carried into effect. remembered by some of our readers that when We believe sincerely that this class of children the Prize Essay on Sunday Schools by Mrs. may be almost indefinitely increased, if paDavids was first published, we did not unite in rents, and Sunday-school teachers, and pasthose expressions of approbation with which tors, will combine to discharge their duty it was honoured by most of our contem- towards them. As far as our observation has poraries. We then thought, after a careful extended, the evil complained of so bitterly, perusal of the work that some of the opinions and for the removal of which we are to run advocated by that lady were exceedingly mis- such tremendous risks, is but of very partial chievous; and we are glad to find that one of operation. Very few children belonging to them is now taken in hand by Dr. Morison, the regular families in our places of Worship, and repudiated earnestly and effectively. For misconduct themselves in the way complained the sake of those of our readers who have of ; while the great majority of them are not opportunity to read the whole article, we exemplary in their behaviour, and afford will extract three or four paragraphs.
pleasing indications of attention to the word,
and tender regard to the pastor. And as it **What habits,' asks our intelligent and re- respects any well-conducted Sunday-school, spected friend, Mrs. Davids, are really formed the instances of bad behaviour in the house by this practice ?'—that is, the practice of of God are, we thoroughly believe, the exceptaking little or ignorant children to the public tion and not the rule. We well know that services of the sanctuary?' Mrs. D.'s reply is some schools are most disorderly in the as follows : ‘The babits of sleeping, of inat- Christian sanctuary; but in such cases the tention, and listlessness, of day-dreaming and remedy wanted is not to be sought in the vain thoughts, and of dislike and aversion to removal of the children from all the hallowed the sabbath and the sanctuary !' Now we associations of our Christian pastrocy and are bold to say that all these phenomena are assemblies; but in a vastly improved mode of to be seen, in full perfection, in many adult conducting the exercises and discipline of the hearers of the gospel. What preacher has Sunday-school. Here, in our humble judgnot been afflicted with the sight of them ? ment, lies the great and crying evil, the And what careful observer of facts has not impression of which may be suffered to die beheld the sleeping, inattentive, listless, day- away by the adaptation of the plans now dreaming, vain-thought stage, issuing in con- under discussion, without the evil itself being tempt of the sabbath, and neglect of the in the slightest degree remedied. In wellsanctuary? Yet who ever has ventured to conducted schools, where there are pious propose that such adult hearers should be teachers, and a wise and energetic superinencouraged to withdraw from the public mi tendent, instances of bad behaviour, or exnistry of the word, because the habits they treme listlessness in the house of God, are are yielding to are so injurious in their ten- but rare, and are largely confined to a few deney? The advice we should rather tender mischievous children, who ought to be prewould be that ministers should adopt a more vented from mingling with their fellowe, tousing style of preaching, that they should unless they can be reduced to order and be less dry and consecutive in their modes of propriety. instruction, and that they should, by every "We fear that other more malign causes possible ingenuity, endeavour to fix the wan- than the fact of having frequented a place of dering thoughts of careless listeners. worship in early years, must be assigned for
" Doubtless there is a certain number of the wandering thoughts, distracted attention, children now attendant upon the sanctuary, and incapacity of attending to preachers con:belonging to our schools and to the families plained of by pious people. We should be of members and heaters, who are all that relieved of many painful impressions, if we Mrs. D. describes them to be ; but is the could trace them to so innocent a source. remedy pot rather to be sought in the in- We should fear that the cares of life, that a creased conscientiousness and assiduity of worldly spirit, that a feeble and indistinct parents and Sunday-school teachers, and in sense of religious obligation, that neglect of the better adapted services of the Christian mental culture and studious habit, and that pulpit to the capacities and wants of little Satanic temptations had far more to do with children, than in the alarming and hazardous the causes of such complaints than the olu
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fashioned habit of bringing children to the weekly observation of the church and conhouse of God, hitherto regarded as a virtue, gregation, and what may be the disastrous reand not as an offence, Instead of reaching sults ! the conclusion of our respected friend, that “ Let Sunday-school teachers put forth their the process of bringing children, when very full energies in perfecting the sabbath-school young, to the house of God, would tend to system. They have ample field here, without make them listless and inattentive hearers in stepping out of their legitimate province. after life, we should, from a careful observa- Let them not seek to deprive the pastor of tion of the state of fact, be compelled to yield the place which he has hitherto occupied. to the very opposite impression. We have had Let not the great link between him and the opportunities of watching the mental develop- Sunday-school be severed. His influence has ments of two distinct classes of adult hearers, - hitherto been exerted for good, and he will the one class trained to an early and constant only discharge his duty to the Christian church attendance upon our ordinary sabbath services, by resisting the innovation proposed. -the other having scarcely entered the house “Our own course is decided. We shall of God in early life ; both classes, it may be, keep our firm hold of the Sunday-school, and have become equally earnest and devout, but shall do our best, in the future as in the past, in intelligent hearing, powers of reflective to perpetuate and increase the interest which ness, and wakefulness to the minute lessons young people feel in our ministrations.” of Christian truth, the former class has been immeasurably superior to the latter. The These remarks will not be understood to only exception to this rule that we have met imply objections to occasional separate serwith has been where there has been great vices for children, which may be, if disoriginal power, or superior intellectual culo creetly conducted, highly advantageous ; but ture. With all the drawbacks arising from objections to the withdrawal of children from human infirmity, and bad teaching at home, the usual public worship of the sabbath. we should greatly prefer an audience composed of individuals who from childhood had attended the Christian sanctuary, under a
LONDON MISSIONARY SOCIETY. faithful ministry, to one made up of persons who, in their early years had not frequented A public valedictory service was held on the stated and evangelical ministry of the Monday evening, November 20th, at the Poulword. Indeed we do not believe that good try chapel, on occasion of the departure of preaching is a listless or uninteresting thing the Rev. J. J. Freeman, one of the secreeven to very young children, as is constantly taries of the London Missionary Society, as being proved by every devoted pastor, in the a deputation to South Africa. The objects impressions produced by his ministry on the of his mission were thus sketched in an adminds and hearts of the beloved children of dress delivered by the Rev. Dr, Leifchild on his friends. We could point to many such the occasion. cases, of children from seven to ten years of “ It is not a tour of pleasure and relaxaage, who are deeply thoughtful hearers of the tion that you have to make. The demands word, and who are able to carry home the upon your time and energies, both of mind general outline and illustrations of most dis- and body, will be incessant. You will have courses to which they listen.
to make yourself acquainted with the cha“Our doctrinal theory is, that the Sunday- racters and labours of the missionaries and school is an appendage of the church, and teachers in different countries, and in different that its attendance on the pastor's instructions parts of the same country ; to investigate is the visible symbol of that relationship. Let facts, to balance evidence. You may have it be withdrawn from his ministry, and from to ascertain the state of missionary instituits present association with the adult portion tions, and to consider whether it may not be of our assemblies, and what palpable link of desirable to substitute, for a general superinconnexion between it and the church will re- tendence, district and financial committees in main ? The Sunday-school institute will then correspondence with the parent society, and become an isolated thing, looking, indeed, to to collect such a body of information upon the church for pecuniary support, but for little these and kindred subjects from all sources, else. We hear teachers constantly pleading, as shall enable the directors in this country and not without reason, that there ought to be to be, in a manner, present with their agents a larger amount of sympathy between the in those distant lands, so as to give them the church and the school. Will the removal of most suitable counsels and directions. Where the school from the public services of the misunderstandings may have arisen, what sanctuary augment or diminish this sympathy? occasion will there be, on your part, for the We apprehend it will most sensibly impair it. exercise of patience, forbearance, impartiality, The school is now a palpable fact, which can calm, deliberate judgment, to mediate so as not be overlooked,-a pleasing spectacle, upon to forfeit the esteem of none, and to obtain which the wise and the good look with an acknowledgment from all of the justice prayerful delight. But remove it from the and propriety of your decisions. This is no
slight and easy task; and, with all your tact | Prince Albert, requesting him to preside and experience, you will not be able to per- at the meeting for the announcement of form it without special assistance from above. the adjudicators and the distribution of I cannot forget the manner in which you dis- prizes, offered to working men, for essays charged your delicate embassy to the West, written by them on the temporal advantages and I advert to it to encourage the pleasing of the sabbath to the labouring classes, of hope that in your present enterprise you will which there were 1,045 competitors, the folnot be less successful. One object, I learn, lowing answer has been received through Lord of your mission will be to reduce as much as Ashley by the adjudicators :- His royal possible the expenditure of the society, by highness Prince Albert has desired me to exurging upon the congregations abroad, and press his regret that he is unable to comply especially those which are made up, in great with the request of the memorialists, and part
, of European residents, the duty of sus. take the chair at the distribution of the prize taining their own churches, and of helping essays on the sabbath. His royal highness, forward the great missionary cause. It has however, feels a very deep sympathy with been a great gratification to my mind that the the striking and meritorious efforts of the directors have authorised you to assure Dr. working classes, and he concludes his letter Philip of their sympathy with him in the by saying, "I think that now that more infirmities brought upon him by the services prizes are being collected for the hitherto of the society, and of their readiness to con- unsuccessful candidates, I can best contribute tribute the necessary funds for his support towards the object by giving ten of the addiand comfort whether he return to this his own tional five pound prizes, and asking you to native country or spend the remnant of his be kind enough to present them to the sucdays where he now is. I am glad that the cessful authors in my name.' The Pearl of directors have not, for fear of a splenetic | Days has interested and pleased both the outcry against the lavish expenditure of the queen and myself extremely.'”— (Signed) society, indulged here a niggardly parsimony. ASHLEY. There are Christians who have been benefited temporally and spiritually by the labours of TH POLICY OF POPE PIUS IX. God's servants, who, in strange contrast to
The policy of the fugitive pontiff is, and the conduct of men of the world towards has been, truly pontifical. It is proper that those who have toiled for them, would cast whoever occupies the Roman see should them off in old age, and forsake them“ speak lies in hypocrisy," and this Mastai when their strength faileth. I trust such Ferretti has done from the beginning. After will never find a justification for their con- his accession, yielding to the necessity of the duct in that of the directors of the London situation, he made a feint of encouraging poMissionary Society. An opportunity, it may litical reform, relaxed the severity of governbe, will be given for being again near to that ment, a severity no longer practicable, gave island which was the early scene of your an amnesty from which formidable criminals, labours. You may find some remembrances and especially all priests, were carefully ex. of your labours there, and of those of your cluded, and, at a very cheap cost, purchased former colleagues. You will seize the occa- the credit of being humane and liberal. A sion, if afforded, of promoting the re-opening spark, gleaming in so dark a place, did look of European intercourse with that island,
very brilliant at first. A few trifling police and renewing the work, retarded but not de- improvements threw the Italians into raptures, stroyed, for the evangelization of that land. but no one thought of demanding that the Such a prospect, after what you have suffered Roman inquisition should be abolished, and in the disappointment of your former hopes, its dungeons emptied. will cheer no heart like your own.
The politics of Italy, in themselves conin times of public embarrassment, and it sidered, are of little importance to us. The behoves all institutions to economise their
new emperor of Austria may settle his quarrel means and expenditure to the utmost of as he can with the new goveroments of the their power, as this society is doing ; but peninsula, while we Englishmen may be coneven that may be overruled for good. It tent in the assurance that the King of nations may lead them to turn their attention more will overrule all things well, but we cannot, earnestly than ever to the raising up of native in conscience, refrain from pointing out the teachers among the heathen, and the putting policy of the bishop of Rome as contemptibly of the congregations formed there upon their dishonest. No sentimental sympathy with own resources."
the frighted priest restrains us from exhibiting
his double-dealing as an exact type of the PRINCE ALBERT.
church which still owns him as her head, and
listens to his voice, according to the Spanish We find the following article in the Chris- Heraldo, as to the voice of the living God, tian Times :
whose infallibility, horribile dictu, has been * In answer to a memorial forwarded confiscated by Roman demagogues.— The through Lord Ashley to his royal highness Christian Times.
PRIVATIONS OF MINISTERS' FAMILIES.
EDITORIAL POSTSCRIPT. To the Editor of the Baptist Magazine.
The fact that some ministers are blessed The Secretary of the Young Men's Miswith ample competency is no reason for sionary Association, in aid of the Baptist overlooking the circumstances of others, to Missionary Society, requests us to say that whom or to whose families the Saviour might the lecture of the Rev. J. Aldis, on the Consay, as he did to the church in Smyrna, “I nexion of Idolatry with Architecture, which know thy works, and tribulation, and poverty; was to have been delivered in the evening of but thou art rich."
Wednesday, January 17th, is, in consequence In the Baptist Magazine for January, of the meeting of the London Association on 1848, reference was made to the possibility that evening, postponed to Wednesday, Jaof lessening the privations of ministers' nuary 24th. widows, by a plan suggested in that communication; and the writer, being only a narrator A mistake occurs in our Supplement in of what others have done, may, without any reference to the address of a member of seintention of giving a report of proceedings, veral committees, George Stevenson, Esq., state that ten experiments have now proved which it is desirable to rectify. His present the utility and acceptableness of the plan, residence is at Blackheath, Kent. So that there is scope for bidding God-speed to those who, with limited means, have supplied appropriate articles of clothing to the
The secession of the Hon. and Rev, Baptist wives, widows, or other female relatives of Wriothesley Noel from the Established ministers, while there is good ground for say- Church, which was anticipated in our last, ing to others," Go and do likewise."
has now taken place. On the first Lord's The writer could, if it were needed, give day in December, he took leave of his conextracts from letter after letter to show that gregation in St. John's Chapel, Bedford Row, a kindness thought but little of in the quarter in the presence of crowds who had been at from which it emanated, has been welcomed tracted by the circumstances. A principal as if it had been the communication of an reason, though not the only reason, we beangel from heaven.
lieve, for Mr. Noel's withdrawal from the One female whose case was made known church to which he belonged, is derived from by a home missionary, mentions both her his perception of the unscriptural character surprise and delight in a sentence which she and baneful tendency of the union of that concludes thus, " nothing of the kind having church with the state: on this subject he has ever taken place before in this county that been engaged for some time in preparing a ever I heard of.” She then adds, “Could volume which is now ready. Mr. Noel, as you have heard the remarks of my little girl, many of our readers are aware, is a man of who is eleven years of age, you would have acknowledged talent, thoroughly evangelical, been amused. How did the lady know you and an influential speaker both in the pulpit wanted that ? and then, How did she know and on the platform. He is a brother of the that would do for me?" &c.
Earl of Gainsborough, and has been for some Two females also, both wives of ministers time one of her majesty's chaplains. He is in one of our large northern counties, write now in the fiftieth year of his age; and his conjointly, and say, “We cannot reward the connexions and abilities would probably have society for their kindness, but believe that secured him ere now a seat upon the bench they will be recompensed at the resurrection of bishops, had not his ecclesiastical advanceof the just.”
ment been impeded by his conscientious libeThe writer need not mention that when a rality of opinion. The sacrifice which he has box is furnished, various items, besides cloth- made is very great. May be be guided and ing, suggest themselves to the thoughtful ;
prospered in his future course by that gracious and, in some of the letters, where the appro- Master whom it is obviously' his desire to priation of the particulars is specified, one is
honour ! reminded of days of privation informer times when Providence wore somewhat of A new edition of Mr. Hinton's Memoir of the aspect of a miraculous dispensation. Mr. Knibb, whose portrait adorns our present
J. FREEMAN. number, is in the press. It is revised, but Maryland Point, Stratford, Essex, not abridged, though its price will be reduced Dec. 11, 1848.
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