The Spike: or, Victoria College Review, October 1909
[review of the activities of the Christian Union]
"And I, if I be lifted up from the earth,
Will draw all men unto Me."
During the months since our last report, the regular work of the Christian Union has gone on without interruption. In spite of approaching examinations, the second term has seen little falling-off in attendance, either at general meetings, or in the Bible-study and the Mission-study classes. We are glad to note this, and take it as a sign that there in growing up among members more of that enthusiasm, upon which the furtherance of the Union's work so much depends.
Towards the end of the first term, we were visited by Miss Holden, travelling Secretary for women of the Australasian Students' Christian Union. She attended Women's Bible-study circles and committee meetings. She spoke at a general meeting of the Union, asking for women graduates to take up work in the Y. W. C. A.'s. of Australia and New Zealand.
Miss England's class has been continued throughout the term. The course of lectures on Job has been finished and a short course on Proverbs begun. We wish again to thank Miss England for so kindly devoting her time to helping the Union.
The Rev. W. Mawson, of Canton Village Mission, who is touring the College on behalf of the Student Volunteer Movement, was with us near the end of August. Besides addressing an ordinary general meeting, he spoke before thirty-three members at a special meeting of the Union, on Tuesday, 31st August, upon the "Student Volunteer Movement." On Sunday morning, the 29th, he preached in St. John's Church, and in the afternoon addressed a crowded meeting of men in the Y. M. C. A. buildings, upon the subject "China's Young Men." Mr. Mawson spoke with earnestness and conviction, and his work will surely bear fruit.
With the approaching end of the session, we wish to remind members of the Union of the forthcoming summer page 55 Conference. The choice of position has fallen on Marton, and the Conference will be held from 29th December to January 4th. The Order-paper contains the names of some eminent speakers. Several visitors are expected from Sydney and we hear that Melbourne 'Varsity is sending four delegates. The camp fee is 22/6. The position of Marton no doubts ensures a large contingent from Victoria College. We would urge members of the Union to think of the Marton Conference, when making arrangements for the New Year's holidays.