The New Zealand Evangelist
Re-Opening of Places of Worship
Re-Opening of Places of Worship.
The congregations that lost their places of worship, have been exerting themselves with praiseworthy activity in reviving the materials out of the rubbish, and constructing either permanent or temporary buildings in which to worship God. The Primitive Methodists saved the most of the materials of their chapel, and by dint of great activity in two short weeks they had another Chapel erected, not quite so large as their former one, but equally neat, more substantial, and when opened, with as little debt upon their shoulders as when the other was thrown down. The Wesleyan Methodist Chapel was a much more extensive ruin, and more difficult to manage; but with their characteristic energy the congrega-page 142tion set to work, and in three weeks they had their large school house rebuilt, and fitted up for a place of worship to accommodate them till they have time and opportunity to erect a permanent building. The Independent congregation have obtained the use of one of the New Zealand Company's buildings as a school room, and at present meet for public worship in the house of Mr. Matthews, Lambton Quay. As their Chapel stood in an inconvenient locality, they purpose to erect their next place of worship in some more central part of the town. The new Episcopal Church in the Hutt was opened on Sabbath the 5th. It is an elegant and commodious building. Church accommodation is being rapidly provided for all denominations. Most happily all the religious rivalry in this settlement is a rivalry of doing good, of providing the means of religious instruction; rarely has there been as much religious activity and as little religious animosity and contention in any community. Spirit of love and peace continue to breathe into our souls the spirit of brotherly love! The Churches continue to be well attended, and although the spring-tide of excitement occasioned by the earthquake has abated, we hope that the salutary religious impressions will be permanent in many cases, and that our goodness will not resemble Ephraim's and prove like the morning cloud and early dew, or the seed that has been sown like that which fell among the thorns.