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The Spike: or, Victoria College Review, 1939

Evangelical Union

Evangelical Union

The year has seen the witness of the Evangelical Union maintained and strengthened.

Since the inception of this Union in 1933 membership has been steadily growing and this year has meant the largest numbers yet. New members were welcomed at a reunion supper held early in the first term.

During the term Friday evening meetings have been held when visiting speakers have given a very interesting series of addresses on the doctrinal basis of the Evangelical Union. These meetings have been continued during the second term when Rev. J. A. Clifford, M.Sc., one of our advisory councillors, presented us with a series of masterly addresses on 'Why the Cross." The term's Friday evening meetings were concluded by several missionary addresses, the speakers including Mr. George Stanley, Mr. H. S. Hare and Dr. J. A. Loan (Otago).

The prayer life of the Evangelical Union, the strength of which has always marked the progress of the Church, has been earnestly maintained. Regular meetings just prior to 5 p.m. lectures have proved the source of blessing and progress.

Two Sunday teas were held, one in the first term, the visitor being Dr. Pleasaunce Cart (London), on furlough from the Zenana Mission of India. A second term's tea was addressed by Mr. F. B. Stephens, M.A., B.Com., who presented a challenging and inspiring address on the Christian's social responsibility.

The annual house party was held early in June in pleasant little Shelly Bay, Seatoun. Rev. W. A. Orange, B.A., gave some marvellous addresses on the second Epistle to Timothy. The epistle written to a young man concerning the signs of the last days.

The annual Inter-Varsity Conference of Evangelical Unions held at Dunedin this year was represented by ten delegates from Victoria and Training College. Evangelical Union Conferences have been held since 1936, when Wellington invited the other Evangelical Unions and—all being well next year, Victoria will receive another Inter-Varsity Conference of Evangelical Unions.