The New Zealand Evangelist
General Religious Intelligence — Primitive Methodist Connexion.—
General Religious Intelligence.
Primitive Methodist Connexion.—
The Thirtieth Annual Conference of this section of the Christian Church commenced its sittings in Flag Lane Chapel, Sunderland, on Wednesday, June 6th, 1849. The Connexion is reported to be in a very prosperous state financially and numerically. The statistics are 95,557 members, 513 travelling preachers, 8,921 local preachers, 5,679 class leaders, 1,511 connexional chapels, 3,346 rented chapels, &c., 1,194 Sunday schools, 94,876 scholars, and 18,169 gratuitous teachers.
The increase for the present year is reported to be 6,166 members, 235 local preachers, 157 class leaders, 38 connexional chapels, 58 Sunday schools, 7603 scholars, and 1,700 gratuitons teachers.
Great harmony and unity have characterised the sittings of this Conference. On Sabbath, June 10th, a Camp Meeting was held near to the Railway Station, Monkwearmouth. The morning was showery and cold, but the attendance was good; the afternoon was fine, many thousands were present their attention was serious and respectful, and the services powerful. In the evening lovefeasts were held in Flag Lane, Monkwearmouth, and Hopper Street page 244 Chapels, and many souls were converted to God. At the fraternal request of the Wesleyan, New Connexion, and the Association Methodists, their pulpits were supplied by Ministers attending Conference, and the congregations were unusually large. Missionary Meetings in Flag Lane, Monkwearmouth, Hopper Street, and other chapels in the vicinity, and great interest was evinced in the missionary cause by overflowing audiences. On Friday Evening a Temperance meeting was held by the members of Conference in Flag Lane Chapel. Preaching Services have been held each morning at five o'clock, besides Evening Services in the open air, and great grace rested on the congregations. Much kindness has been shown to the Delegates by the friends who have entertained them, and the good likely to result from the friendly feeling evinced by the different sections towards the Connexion will, no doubt, be great in promoting the general intexests of religion.