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The New Zealand Evangelist



On Sunday, October 22nd, the spacious and substantial Wesleyan Methodist Chapel lately erected there, was opened for Divine Service. In the forenoon the Rev. Mr. Laury, General Superintendent of Wesleyan Missions in New Zealand, conducted the preparatory services of prayer and praise, and the Rev. J. Watkin of Wellington, preached with his usual eloquence and power, from Mark 16. 15. 16.: “Go ye into all the world and preach the Gospel to every creature,” &c. The collection after the service amounted to £30. In the evening, the Rev. J. Wallis, of Wangaroa, on the West Coast, near Kawhia, occupied the pulpit. His text was from Psalm 48. 13,: “Consider her palaces.”—The pecuniary result of the day was £52, while a previous Tea Meeting, held with reference to the Chapel, swelled the amount to upwards of £150. On the 23rd, the accounts of the Chapel were submitted to a Meeting of friends, when it appeared that there had been raised from all sources, the noble sum of one thousand pounds!! There would not be more than three hundred pounds of debt on the Building, and God willing, that would be paid within two years from the time of opening, so that the Wesleyans of Auckland have now a large and elegant Chapel, a commodious School House, Vestry and other accommodations for the orderly celebration of Divine Service, and Education of Children, and nearly free from incumbrance. We rejoice greatly in the prosperity of the Metropolitan Settlement, and by God's grace, will try to follow so good an example, as to Church and Chapel accommodation, though we fear it will be “non passibus æquis.” Our letters from thence make no mention whatever of earthquakes; so we happily conclude that the disasters have been more local than were at first imagined.