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PEACE THANKSGIVING FUND. Religious Instruction in Schools.
The General Assembly of the Presby- terian Church of Victoria resumed its sit tings at the Aseembly Hall yeiterday morn
Mr. W. Gray moved the deliverance in connection with the report of the thanks- giving fund committee. The reporit stated that although the fund Mas far blioit of *hnt Mas origmallj aimed it, the total «mount prommed v. is £00 070 and tlio nmount paid Mas £73 069 Hie object» cs
let out Mero -
(1) To proildc means for tie cffccthc r li
gious instruction of bihohrs in Mate Biliooh to be carried out In co oimatloii with the State authorities and other chun his (2) » liberal proilsion ol school tnlicn.il» and Theological Hall scholarships an I bur»anes (J) lo pro xide a large ixtenMon of the church kinder starten and bundar behool sist m (i) To free The Presbj terian recon lar» sil ools from exlBt
inj, debts and to erect a neu Votch College nt Glenferrie (5) To establish ad litional second ory schools where de mci ad»leal le (6) To pro» Ide hostils for high school students in loun
try tovrns '
Mr Gray paid a high tribute to the worl done b\ the Rev 1 J Crookston, the organiser of tin fund m ho hid left the thurchea he iisited in a better position financial]} than before bj teaching tlicni the dutj of gning
Mr J Kelso seconded the motion He laid that Presbyterians thought tliej More generous griers but they wore not so f;eneioiiB as the> thought "Many min gai o argo sums and then li\cd on tho reputa tion for j cars 1 he amoi nt aimed at was £250,000 bht tliej had fallen short of that amount
Mr L K AlcXab s-ud the fund had failed in many of its objectives. They had failed to establish new schools or to pay off the debt on existing ones.
The Rev. R. W. Macaulay said that many opportunities had been lost to achieve one of the main objectives of the fund, the establishment of secondary schools, through lack of the money required. Would it not be better to use the fund for the other purpose, and leave the establishment of new schools to special appeals?
Mr A L Pi\de did not think that
the} could do that Ihe asscmblj. had , decided that ¡scotch College should receive 1 £10 000 out ot tin. fund nnd thej could
not reduce the sum to XU 000, as piopoBcd in the rcpoit
Mr Graj said that when the fund Mas launched, and it Mas undcistood thut £250,000 would be raised it vas agreed to five £10,000 to Scotch College, winch Mas then in dire straits But tue financial position of Scotch College Mas different now, and ho considered that in view of tho changed position the amount should be
limited to £0 000
Mt A L Prjdo moved, as an amend- ment, that the clause relating to Scotch College b» omitted
After further discussion it wos decided to postpone the consideration of tho report and to send, it back to the committee for redrafting
Presbyterian Ladles' Colleqo
Sir John Macfnrland in moung the adop tion of the lepoit concerning the Presbj
terian Lidies' College said that it Mas a I cultured Chiistiun school The activities
of the college all converged to the up building of elm actor m Inch educationists agreed Mas the main obiectnc The> owed much to the pnncipal Mr W Graj, and Mr6 Graj 1 here Mas only one blot-the debt of £10 000 on the college Further advance Mas hampctcd by the debt Tho i ouncil recommended the rcappointmcnt of the pnncipal m)io had been in his post for 15 j ears, for a further period of fi\o
Mr A L Pryde spoke of the success of the college under Mi Giaj and seconded the motion, m Inch Mas agreed to
Dr S Sim th in doiling w lth tbo ap pendiic of the Education Board's report on religious instruction in State schoolB, Bald that out of 25 000 schools of all kinds tinder tlie 1 ducition department 1000 Mere not rcceiwng religious instruction There were 162 schools within 10 miles of the General Post office and religious instruction was gi\en ptncticallj in ill of them but there were not suflicient teacheis In the coun tr> districts the schools not receiving re lunous instructions «ere cluefh the smaller tcliools in remote plaies Ihe churches iveie conti ibuting to the coït-the Church of longland £245 the Presbyterian Church £185, the Methodist Chinch £105, the
Baptist Church £35, the Congregational Church £S5, th- Church of Christ £T5 and the ¡salvation Arui) £¿0 Ho thought that the churches vrcrc dong what thev could
inanciallv, and other Bourccs must be looked to foi further help in order to go out aftci the 1000 schools where no iii «ruction was fciven In some of the Behool» the) hud cm oiled 100 per cent of tho rrotestant children The) hod in ever) case the co operation ot the head teachers In all the high schools of the State lehgious instruction was given Xhe lessons pre pared were a credit and an honour to thoao who had drawn them up He did not know an) work more important and preis mg than that of bringing ovci) ho) mid girl in their schools under religious nistruc
On the motion of Di bmjth seconded bj Mr 1 laser the appendix was adopted
Air \\ Griv, in moimi, the idoplion of the report of the education boird, saul that the Bible mu«t be ni ide i primnn snbjccl in their Church schools The Church must make i special couti ibntion to the char ictet ot the nation tluoilgh its own schools, anil the schools of the Slnte Thej should all cndcivoui to establish km dergarton and picpoiutorv pinsh schools in connection with their chut clio«, without trenching on the activities of the Mate 'Iho Berwick Girls School had tal cn a new lease of life with the assistance of two business men while Clarendon College and the I mtonn Girls School w ere doing c,oe>d work Hverv school had to stnuglo at the beginning, but thej should go ahead with the establishment of Church schools
The Rev Dr Borland seconded the motion He referred to the great effort at Geelonç to establish a girls college at Bell
Post Hill Mr A russell should be thanked for his rcpoit on the work in Church schoolB lie emphasised the need for at tractive and useful text books for religious instruction, such ns ' Tho Children s
Hie report wbb adopted
During the afternoon the members of the assembly were taken in char a bancs to MBit three of the philanthropic institutions of the Church-the Girls' Home nt elstern wick, the Children's Home, Kildonan, at North Melbourne, and the Sisterhood Home, nt Noith Fitzroj Tho home at Llsteinwick is for joung girls, who have through lack of parental contiol, or en vironment, got out of control There are about 40 girls in the home, w ho are trained m domestic work, English, singing, elocu lion, and needlework Ninety five per cent of them make good Miss Monson is in charge The building was originullj the Caulfield Grammar ¡school, nud is well adapted for its present purpose
Kildonan is a home for neglected chil dren There ure now 40 inmates who ringo from two to 14 vcars of age The present building was erected IB j cars ago, but the institution ho» been, in existence for moro than 40 j cars There is a kmdeigarten and an infant school in charge of a State school teacher, who is a trained p«vchologist.
iho sisterhood at North 1 itiirov is a home for unmarried motheis and their babies It was established by the Rev
D A Cameron, first ot Warrnambool 22 j cal s ago, and latci in the present building More than 1,000 girls have passed through the home Miss K h fetor is the
deaconess m charge
About 200 members of the assembly took part in the visitation.
The Presbyterian Assembly last evening decided to continue the evangelistic cam- paign. The following new evangelists were
The Revs. J. C. Jamieson, F. Tamagno, F.
Butchers, H. C. Hadley, A. W. Landells, E. Ashly Swan, B. Buntine, F. H. L. Paton, J. E. Nicholls, F. C. Vickerman. J. G. Scarfe, J.Meers, W. D. Anderson, C Neville , J. B. Rentoul, T. W.
Maguire, C. Harland, R. F. Cameron, S. Blair, F. L. Heriot, J. K. Robertson W. J. Youngson, J. A Moscript, A. D. Brodie Peter Forster.
The following also agreed to give another term as evangelists-The Kev» James Legge V V, Smith, IJ D Munro K Forster D Dahli Alei Yule V
The Rev H D Fearon said that ho be- hoved that this campaign would have greater nnd more abiding results than the
GipBj Smith mission
The Rev V Hardie thesecieluiv of the campaign said that the Btorj of the firBt mission would thrill the whole church
The evangelistic volunteers were then called to the front of the hall and weie solemnl) dedicated to then vvoik by tho
Rev J A Crockett
The Rev Dr Wilkie dehv ered the charge to the evangelists thus set apart One of the things that should encourage them, he said, was the fact thal God had ndfnd) written on the hearts of men the moral law Another was the fact that the Bible w-as God's word and should be preached without doubt or diflicult]
The Revs J Grnv and C Moville do
scribed the results of the last mission in places in m Inch the} had worked
Social Services Committee
The Ret I) A Cameron moved the re- ception of the social services committees leport He said that in Maj 1024 the asscmblj appro», ed of the purchase for £50 000 of the Scotih College building and land at tast Melbourne if the monej could be raised hi the committee actinç, m lili the Pnsbj terian hospital committee the Babies Home and Girls Hostel com mutee Ali 1 Jvelso was appointed lion orar) sécrétai j and Mr G 1 Pilcher honoiai) ticasurcr \t the beguinini, of 102'i a sum of £12 350 from the mono) sun scribed fi i the retention of the old Scotch College site was paid over to the social services committee and the first half of the pul chase niouc) Mas paid to the bcotch Colleic council A fuither sum of £5,000 had been paid to the council up to ile cember ¿1 1025 actuil subscriptions amounting to £35 000 liad been recen ed
and promises ot a further sum of £4 000« had been received The Bnbics' Home com mittee and the Girls Hostel committee re quired £2 000 and £3 000 rcspoctncl) for preliminar) and working expenses The social «civices committee dinned n dircc tion as to whether it should make an elfoit to laiso the whole £50 000
It Mas decided to complete the raising of the £50.000 for the purchase of the old Scotch C)llct,e
ihe Rev 1) \ Camelon said it MBB im possible for linn to be director of homo missions and lo fulfil other offices and to take on the appeal for the monev required for the social services of the church
The Rev X 1 ostcr suggested that Mr Cameron should be appointed dueetor of social sert ices and i elicv ed of other duties
Appreciation was expressed of the ser vices of the Moderator General (the Right Rev J \ Crookston) as organiser
The Rev D \ Cameron mov ed the adop don of the report on the Kilman) Park Home for Bo) s He said that the fduca lion department had M\cn the services of a full time teacher There were 40 boj », and it Mas not an eas) task to manage them ph)sicall) and morell) The boys vvero trained for farm Mork or taught trades according to their aptitudes
Craig Memorial Hostel
The Rev 1) A Cameron said that the Ciaig Memorial Hostel when ready would fulfil a real need and Mould offer a bcauti ful home in healthful Burroundings foi
The nssembl) Mill resume its sitting at 10 o eloc! this morning