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The New Zealand Evangelist

Opening of the New Wesleyan Chapel., Manners Street.—

Opening of the New Wesleyan Chapel., Manners Street.—

It is well known that by the page 319 disastrons visitation of the earthquakes, of October 1848, the Chapel formerly occupied by the Wesleyan Methodists, was completely destroyed. Various circumstances which need not be detailed, conspired to prevent its re-erection, and it was not before the 10th and 11th of February, 1850, that the new and beautiful building was duly opened for the purposes of public worship.

On the occasion of its consecration to the worship of God Almighty, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, the following religious services were held. On the Lord's day morning, at 7 o'clock, a meeting for prayer was held, and the place “Sanctified by the word of God and prayer.” In the forenoon at 11 o'clock, the first public service was held, and conducted by the Rev. J. Watkin; the congregation was good the feeling of gratitude in many breasts intense; the sermon was upon 2 Cor. ii. chap. 14–16 v. In the afternoon at 3 o'clock, the Rev. John Aldred conducted public worship, and preached from the Saviour's words recorded John, vii. chap. 37, 38 v. In the evening the Rev. J. Inglis, of the Reformed Presbyterian Church, occupied the pulpit and preached to a large congregation, from 2 Cor. iv. chap. 5 v. On the following morning Mr. Woodward, Independent Minister, officiated. In the evening a public meeting was held and well attended; the pecuniary proceeds of the two days amounted to the sum of £51 2s. 1 1/2d. The receipts from all sources are above £700; the expenditure hitherto slightly exceeds that sum; there are some subscriptions to be collected, and there are outstanding claims which will augment that sum considerably. There are several things still wanted to make the Chapel complete, and which will be procured as fast as means will allow. Those actively engaged in promoting the erection say “Ebenezer,” Hitherto the Lord hath helped us. Praise the Lord. Pray for the prosperity of Jerusalem; they shall prosper that love thee.