The New Zealand Evangelist
Wesleyan Missionary Society
Wesleyan Missionary Society.
The Anniversary of this Society was held on Monday, April 30th, of the present year, The chair was occupied by Sir Edward North Buxton, Bart., son of the celebrated philanthropist of that name. One of the preachers of sermons before the Society was the Rev. Norman Macleod, A.M., of the Establshed Church of page 167 Scotland. The text was Matt. xi. 28, “Come unto me all ye that labour, &c.,” and it is said, “Most deeply as the Society has been indebted, under God, on former similar occasions, to the distinguished eloquence and ability of various eminent Ministers connected with other Scottish churches, who have kindly attended it anniversaries, never have the members present derived more personal edification, or been more powerfully taught the transcendent worth and excellence of the Saviour and His great Salvation, than on this happy and interesting occasion.”
The Hall was crowded as usual, at the public meating, which was commenced with the usual devotional exercises. The chairman made an interesting speech, and the meeting was addressed, among others, by Messrs. Heald and Westhead, two Wesleyan Members of Parliament. The Report embraced the widely extended field of operations occupied by this society, and had to report progress, except in the case of finance. Debt had again accrued, to the amount of £13,358 16s. 1d. Retrencchment was talked of; the position of the Society difficult; to advance impossible; to retreat painful.
The number of Missionary Ministers was 393; other paid agents, as Catechists, Day School Teachers, &c., 743. Full and accredited Church Members, 100,231; on trial for Church Membership, 5,066; Scholars in Schools, 74,318; and eight printing establishments. Nineteen persons had been sent forth during the year, four for this Colony, two ministers and their wives. Seven Missionaries had died during the year. This information is placed before the Wesleyans and their friends in New Zealand, to stimulate them in their liberalities towards the missions of this part of the Universal Church.