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FOR OXFORD AND ITS VICINITY
IN AID OF THE
CHURCH MISSIONARY SOCIETY.
(INSTITUTED Dec. 2, 1825.)
PRINTED BY S. AND E. BAXTER.
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The Lord Bishop of Guiana
The Lord Bishop of Colombo
The Bishop of the United Church of
England and Ireland in Jerusalem The Earl of Cavan
The Lord Bishop of Cape Town The Earl of Ducie
The Lord Bishop of Melbourne
The Lord Bishop Smith
The Lord Bishop of Goulburn
The Lord Bishop of Rupert's Land
The Lord Bishop Anderson
The Lord Bishop of Nova Scotia
The Lord Bishop of Sydney
The Lord Bishop of the Mauritius
Sir Thomas Dyke Acland, Bart.
Rev. Richard Lynch Cotton, D.D.
Provost of Worcester Coll. Oxford
Right Hon. Thomas Erskine
Dean of Ripon
Sir H. Hill,Knt. one of H.M.Justices
Dean of Cork
D.D. Dean of St. Patrick's, Dublin
of Wadham College, Oxford
OXFORD AND ITS VICINITY.
Subscriptions and Donations are received by the TREASURERS.
OF THE CHURCH MISSIONARY ASSOCIATION FOR
OXFORD AND ITS VICINITY.
I. This Association shall be denominated “The Church Missionary Association for Oxford and its vicinity."
II. The Members of this Association shall consist of all who are constituted such by the Regulations of the Parent Society; viz.
“ Annual Subscribers of One Guinea and upwards, and, if Clergymen, Half a Guinea, with Collectors of Fifty-two Shillings and upwards per annum, shall be Members during the continuance of such Subscriptions or Collections. Benefactions of Ten Guineas or upwards, Clergymen making Congregational Collections to the amount of Twenty Guineas, and Executors paying to the amount of Fifty Pounds, shall be Members for life.
" Annual Subscribers of Five Guineas shall be Governors during the continuance of such Subscription; and Benefactors of Fifty Pounds and upwards shall be Governors for life.
“ Members and Governors of Associations who contribute the above sums shall be considered as Members and Governors of the Parent Society.”
III. The business of the Association shall be conducted by a Committee chosen from among the Members; a Treasurer; and Secretaries: all being Members of the Established Church.
IV. All Clergymen who are Members of this Association shall be entitled to attend and vote at the Meetings of the Committee.
V. The Committee shall meet Quarterly, and at such other times as the Secretaries, or any three of the Committee, shall appoint. Three Members, of whom one at the least shall be a Secretary, shall be competent to act. Previous notice of the Meetings of the Committee sball be given by the Secretaries.
VI. The Committee shall communicate to the Members of the Association an Annual Statement of their proceedings, in the month of February; at which time also the Committee and Secretaries for the ensuing year shall be appointed.
VII. The Secretaries shall provide all the Members of the Association with the Annual Reports of the Parent Society; and all Collectors of one Shilling and upwards per week, with a Copy of each monthly number of the “ Church Missionary Record.”
If the reports of our Missionaries contain nothing of a very striking character during the past year, it must not on that account be supposed that the great work in which they are engaged has not been making progress. But this progress has been more internal than external; more in the consolidation of existing Missions, and raising Native Churches to a due estimate of their responsibilities and duties, than in the extension of the Mission Field. Indeed the short interval of a year affords little scope for remarkable changes. In the Apostolic age, the Gospel, aided by a Pentecostal effusion of the Holy Spirit and miraculous powers, made a rapid and sudden advance; and possibly it may be the future privilege of the Church to witness a similar extraordinary expansion of her boundaries : meanwhile we seem left to ordinary means and ordinary expectations; and no one who recollects the obstacles to be overcome, and the inadequacy of the human resources placed at our disposal, will be surprised to learn that, after many years of patient toil, we have done little more than plant a few centres of religious light, in the midst of the vast expanse of surrounding darkness. Yet, if these burn brightly and continuously, who can tell what the ultimate result will be ?
The urch Missionary Society supports, at the present time, 148 Stations in various parts of the world. The number of European labourers is the same as last year, viz. 201; while that of Ordained Native Ministers has risen to 79. Of European Catechists there are 24, and of Native Teachers 2,112. The Communicants in connexion with the Society