Minutes of Northchurch Baptist Church
Part 3     1898 - 1900

[These Minutes are taken from the third Minute Book]                  

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[It had long been agreed that the old buildings in Bell Lane were no longer fit for purpose.  The congregation has identified and is buying a plot of land on the High Street for a new chapel.  They are still relying on Studentsfrom Regents Park College to be Superintendent Pastors]

 

1898 Minutes Recorded at meeting at Baptist Chapel (Church meetings)
 
The annual Meeting was held on Monday January 3rd the members partaking of a tea before business was commenced.
 
There were present Mr W H Pratt Superintendent Pastor,
Br Sherman, King, Fenn, W Baldwin, Fenemore, Dealey, Smith.
Sisters Sherman, Pocock, E Baldwin, King, Johnson, E Sear, Fenemore, Nash, Ayres, Dealey, Carvill.
 
After singing reading and Prayer The Secretary read over the minutes of the past meeting when it was agreed after some addition that the minutes as read be accepted as correct carried
Mr Pratt read over Treasurers account which were accepted as correct carried
The Secretary read over Table money a/c which was accepted as correct.
Br Fenn proposed Sister Fenemore seconded that Br Dealey and Smith be appointed scrutineers with the Pastor to count Ballot Papers for the election of officers for the present year carried
While the counting of votes was going on Br Baldwin proposed Br Fenn seconded that the 1.1.0 [1 guinea] be sent as usual to the widows and orphans of Missionaries belonging to the Baptist Society carried
The result of the Ballot Papers were as follows for Deacons. King 24 Sherman 22 Fenn 21 Baldwin 21 Sear 3 Delderfield 2 J Baldwin 1. The deacons elected were King, Sherman, Fenn, W Baldwin.
For Secretary King 21, W Baldwin 1.
For Treasurer Sear 15 votes, W Baldwin 6 King 4
For Sexton Sear 18 votes.
Chapel Keeper Carvill 23 votes.
 
The following promised to distribute Tracts from house to house
Sisters Fenemore Nash Johnson Ayres Carvill
Br Fenn
 
Mr Pratt moved that the admission to Mr Shipway’s Lecture on John Hocking now on Wednesday Jan 12th be 6d for reserved seats, 2d for adults and 1d per children with their parents. Br Sherman seconded carried
 
Mr Pratt proposed Sister Fenemore seconded that Mr and Mrs Maybank be struck off the roll of church Members carried. The case of  Miss Sandeman stands adjourned.
 
Br Baldwin proposed Br Sherman seconded that Messrs Pratt and King draw up and have circular printed with a view of clearing the repair debt fund.  Br Baldwin and E Sear were appointed as collectors.
 
                                                 Wm H Pratt
                                                             Apr 5th 1898
 

1898 Church Meeting March 7th
Present Mr W H Pratt Superintendent Pastor,
Br Sherman, Fenn, W Baldwin, Geary, Fenemore.
Sisters King, Nash, Baldwin, S Fenemore, Johnson, Reading, Ayres.
 
The Meeting opened with Prayer after which a long discussion was carried on as to ways and means of clearing off the Building repairs debt and finally the remaining sum was promised by those present.
 
Mr Pratt proposed Br Baldwin seconded that a Sale of work be held in the Autumn of this year carried unanimously.
Mr Pratt proposed that Mr Gandie be asked to conduct a Mission in connection with the church in October. After full consideration this was seconded by Br Fenemore and carried.
 
Mr Pratt said he was very glad to bring forward the name of Rose Davison for Church Membership, he had every confidence in her fitness to join with us in fellowship.  The Church appointed Br Sherman and King to visit the applicant and to report at the next Meeting.
 
A few hopeful words by Mr Pratt exhorting the members to show their real love to each other, to seek to have their hearts knit together by the love of Christ followed by Prayer brought the meeting to a close.
 
 
                                                      Wm H Pratt
                                                             Apr 5th 1898
 

1898 Quarterly Church Meeting April 5th
Present Mr W H Pratt Superintendent Pastor, Br Sherman, King, W Baldwin, Fenn, Geary, Fenemore.
Sisters Nash, S Baldwin, Johnson, Carvill, Fenemore.
 
After Prayer the Secretary read over the minutes of the past meeting carried
Mr Pratt read over Treasurers a/c for the past Quarter carried
Br King read over Table money a/c carried
Br Sherman and King brought in a satisfactory report of Rose Davison considering her to be a proper person for Baptism and Church Member which was endorsed by a unanimous vote by the Church.
 
The Secretary read over a letter which had been recd from the Baptist Free Church Council asking us to have a Collection at an early date for the Coal and Clothing Club.  Mr Pratt proposed Br Sherman seconded that we have a collection at an early date carried unanimously.
 
It was considered advisable to appoint a Treasurer and Secretary for the Proper working of the Tract Society in connection with the church.
Mr Pratt proposed Br Fenn seconded that M A Ayres be Treasurer carried
Mr Pratt proposed that Br King be Secretary Br Sherman seconded carried
Br Geary volunteered to distribute Tracts in Bell Lane.
 
In reference to the coming Sale of Work in the Autumn the following were elected on the Committee with power to add to their number.
Mrs Rutland, S and E Baldwin, Fenemore, Johnson, King, Carvill, Reading,
E Sherman, Ayres, E Sear, W Baldwin, Mr W H Pratt, W D King Secretary.
 
 
                                                      Wm H Pratt
                                                             May 2nd 1898
 

1898 A Sale Committee was held on Easter Monday April 11th preceded by a tea.
There were present Br Sherman, King and W Baldwin
Sisters S and E Baldwin, E Sear, Carvill, M Reading, Ayres, Johnson, Fenemore.
After singing and Prayer Br Sherman Baldwin and King said a few words as to present situation of chapel work, what was required to be done, namely
Platform          Seating              Porch
 
It was decided that a Clothing stall should be provided the Misses Baldwin to preside Mrs King helping as able.
Fruit stall to be presided over by E Sear, E Sherman
Miscellaneous Stall presided over by Miss Ayres
Vegetable stall by C Geary
Refreshment Stall Johnson, Carvill Fenemore Nash
Br Baldwin was appointed Treasurer
Miss Reading proposed Mrs Johnson seconded that a Committee Meeting Tea be held once a month 1st Monday in each month when practicable at 7 oclock, carried unanimously.
The Collectors for May S Baldwin and Reading
Collectors for June E Baldwin, E Sear
  “              “   July Ayres, E Sherman
  “               “   August Johnson, Fenemore
  “               “   September Carvill, Nash
Br King advanced 10/- to Treasurer.
It was a very happy gathering and a nice tone prevailed throughout
 
                                                  Confirmed
                                                           Wm H Pratt
                                                                        2/5/98
 

1898 Monday May 2nd A Committee Tea Meeting of Members of Sale was held
 after which a business conference was proceded with there were present
Mr W H Pratt Superintendent Pastor
Br Sherman, King, Baldwin, Geary.
Sisters S Baldwin, Nash, Johnson, Fenemore, Carvill, Rutland, Ayres, E Baldwin, E Sherman.
The matters under consideration were Circulars, Programmes.
 

Church Meeting Sunday June 12th.
This meeting was called to consider what steps should be taken in reference to a letter from Mr Pratt stating that his time of Superintending has expired and that it was necessary to vote for a new superintendent or to vote for Mr Pratt that he continue for another year.  There were present Br Sherman, King, Fenn, W Baldwin, Fenemore, Geary, Dealey.
Sisters Pocock, S & E Baldwin, Nash, King, Fenemore, E Sherman, Ayres, Johnson, Burnham, Warren, W Reading, M Reading, Carvill, E Sear.
Br Baldwin King and Fenn spoke of the good work Mr Pratt had done during the past year and hoped Mr Pratt would see his way clear to remain another year.
Br Baldwin proposed Br Geary seconded That we as a church ask Mr Pratt to continue his superintendancy for another year. carried unanimously.
 

Sale Committee Meeting June 27th.
Present Mr W H Pratt Superintendant
Br King.  Sisters King, Reading, S Baldwin, Fenemore, Johnson, Carvill.
Mr Pratt said he hoped every member was doing their best to make the coming Sale a success.  Friends should be asked to assist. It was thought the Sale should be held in about 3 months time.
 
                                                   Wm H Pratt
                                                           July 25th 1898

1898

On Wednesday July 13th Rose Davison was baptised by Mr W H Pratt and on Sunday July 24th was received into Church Fellowship.

Quarterly Church Meeting July 25th
Present Mr W H Pratt Superintendent
Br Sherman, King, W Baldwin, Fenemore, Dealey, Geary
Sisters King, Nash, S Baldwin, M Reading, Rutland, Johnson, Fenemore, Carvill,
After singing and Prayer the Secretary read over the minutes of the past meeting which were past as correct.  The Secretary read over Table money a/c for the quarter ending June 24/98 which were agreed to.
Mr Pratt read over Treasurers a/c for the quarter ending June 24th which were accepted as correct.
Mr Pratt proposed Br Sherman seconded that a letter of sympathy and condolence be sent from this church to Mrs Bush and family through the loss of Mr Bush carried unanimously.
Mr Pratt said he hoped all the members of the Sale Committee were doing their best and getting all things ready.
 
Harvest Thanksgiving Oct 2nd and 3rd
Br Baldwin proposed Sister Carvill seconded that Mr Pratt be the preacher on Sunday
Oct 2nd carried.
Br Baldwin proposed Br Sherman seconded that a Public Tea and Meeting be held on Oct 3rd and that Mr A H Marnham and Mr Blackburn be asked to preside whichever can   also to invite as speakers Revd Wright Robinson of Marlowes Chapel Hempstead and Revd C H Hughes Berkhamsted carried.
Br King proposed Miss Reading [seconded] that the sum of two pounds be taken from the £5 kindly given by Mr A Mead to pay off the debt due to the Treasurer and for the amount owing for Tracts the remaining £3 to go toward the building fund carried
Br King was elected delegate to the Autumn Baptist Meetings to be held at Nottingham from Sep 26th to Sep 29th.
Mr Pratt proposed Mr Baldwin seconded that the members of this church deem it advisable to erect a new chapel in consequence of the present building being ill adapted to meet the requirement of the village.
Miss Reading proposed Mrs Johnson seconded that a building committee consisting of Messrs King, Sherman, Baldwin, Fenn, Geary, Fenemore and the Superintendent Pastor be appointed for the purpose of raising the necessary funds for the above.
Mr Baldwin was elected Treasurer of the new Church Building fund.
 
                                          Signed
                                                      Wm H Pratt
                                                               Dec 6/98
 

1898 Special Church Meeting Sep 15th
Present Mr W H Pratt Superintendent Pastor. 
Br Sherman, King, W Baldwin, Fenn, Fenemore.
Sisters King, Johnson, S & E Baldwin, Ayres, M Reading.
 
After singing reading and Prayer the secretary read over the minutes of the past meeting which were accepted as correct.
Br King proposed Mr Pratt seconded that sister S Baldwin & M A Ayres provide the Tea on Oct 3rd carried
It was decided that at the forth coming Anniversary Nov 6th and 7th that on Sunday Nov 6th that Mr Flatt of Boxmoor be asked to Preach and this preacher failing, to ask Mr Pearce of Tring.  Mr Gange would preach in the afternoon Monday Nov 7th at 3.30.  A Public Tea at 5 and Public Meeting at 7 oclock.  The following gentlemen be asked to come for chairman if necessary,  Messrs Anby, Marnham, Kingham and the following speakers for evening meeting, Messrs Stuart, Clarke with Mr Pratt Superintendent.  
Br King proposed Mr Pratt seconded that Br Fenn supervised the stall for vegetables & fruit if any carried
Tract Society Mr Pratt said the lot of tracts were almost gone and only ¾ in hand. 8/- was required to get another grant of 1.1.0 worth several suggestions made but none carried.
 
Mr Pratt brought the name of Alice Halsey as a candidate for Baptism and church Membership and proposed that Br W Baldwin and Br Fenn be the visitors to her and bring a report at the next Church Meeting carried
Br King proposed Mr Pratt seconded that sisters S Baldwin & Ayres get up the Public Tea on Monday Oct 3rd carried
 
It was decided if arrangements could be carried out to hold Mr Gandi’s Mission from Oct 30th to Nov 3rd.
 

On Sunday Oct 2nd Mr W H Pratt superintendent preached Special Services on the Harvest morning & evening and Revd L C Hughes gave an address in the afternoon. 
 

On Monday Oct 3rd a Public Tea was held at which a good number were present.  A Public Meeting was held at 6.30 which was presided over by Mr J Blackburn of Bushey.  Speeches were made by the Revd C M Hardy of St Albans and Revd Wright Robinson of Marlowes and the Superintendent Pastor, the nett proceeds go towards New Chapel building fund.
 

On Sunday Nov 6th Mr W H Pratt Superintendent Pastor preached special Chapel Anniversary sermons and on Monday Nov 7th the Revd E G Gange of Regents Park Chapel London preached a special sermon in the afternoon at which there was a large attendance.  A Public Tea was held and a Public Meeting in the evening presided over by J Marnham Esq JP of Boxmoor, Revd E G Gange, Rev J Stuart, Rev F C Hughes,  Revd Tuckwell, Mr Sayers and Mr Hutchinson all spoke in hopeful tones as regarding the work.  Mr W H Pratt read a very satisfactory report of the various society’s concerned with the Chapel. The proceeds go towards the New Chapel Building fund.
 
                                    Signed
                                                Wm H Pratt
                                                        Dec 5 1898
 

1898 Church Meeting Dec 5th
Present Mr W H Pratt superintendent Pastor
Br Sherman, King, Fenn, W Baldwin, Dealey, Geary
Sisters King, S & E Baldwin, E Sear, Burnham, Carvill, Johnson, Ayres, Nash, Fenemore, E Sherman, Davison. [first meeting]
After singing and Prayer the Secretary read over the minutes of the past Meeting.
Br Sherman proposed Br Fenn seconded that the minutes as read be accepted as correct carried
Br King read over table Money a/c.  Br Baldwin proposed Br Geary seconded the same as correct carried
Mr Pratt read over Treasurer a/c. Br Sherman proposed sister Carvill seconded the same as correct carried
Br Baldwin read over statement of New Chapel Building fund.
Br Baldwin and Br Fenn brought in a very satisfactory report of their visit to Alice Halsey and both thought she was a decided Christian and strongly recommended her to the Church as a proper person for Baptism and Church Member.  Mr Pratt confirmed what had been said was most satisfactory.  The Church unanimously voted for Alice Halsey reception into our midst.
Mr Pratt proposed Br Fenn seconded that Br King and Sherman be appointed visitors to see Mrs Carter and bring in a report as to her fitness of becoming a Church Member with us carried
Mr Pratt proposed sister Carvill seconded that Br W Baldwin and Fenn be appointed visitors to see Mrs Purton bring in a report as to her fitness of becoming a Church Member with us carried
Mr Pratt spoke of the neglect in not visiting people who are ill and said he proposed bringing forward a scheme on the matter in a short time.
Mr Pratt proposed revising the list of Church Members at the Annual Church [Meeting]  Br King in the meantime ascertaining the desires of absent members as to their will on the matter.
Mr Pratt said he proposed at the Annual Church Meeting to bring forward some new rules for the Church’s consideration.
Mr Pratt proposed, Br Sherman seconded that a hearty vote of thanks be given to our deacon Br W Baldwin for composing Harvest thanksgiving hymns and for paying for the same carried
Mr Pratt proposed Br W Baldwin seconded that a Midnight service be held on new year’s eve from 11 to 12 carried
Mr Pratt proposed Br W Baldwin seconded That an Adult Total Abstinent Society be formed and that it be called the Northchurch Baptist Total Abstinence Adult Society.
Mr Pratt proposed sister Carvill seconded that a Public Tea entertainment and light refreshments and service of song be held on Boxing day Tuesday Dec 27th the arrangements as to what shall be provided to be left in the hands of Br W Baldwin, sisters S Baldwin and Ayres.
Annual Church Meeting Jan 2nd 1899
Mr Pratt proposed Br  Baldwin seconded that if it can be arranged a Mission be held lasting 8 days in Feb 1899 and that the Secretary write for Mr and Mrs Silvester.
Mr Pratt proposed Sister Nash seconded That a sale of work be held the first Monday in March 1899 carried
 
                                                      Mr W H Pratt
                                                           Jan 2nd 1899
 

1899 Jan 2nd Annual Church Meeting
A tea was provided at which there [was] a good attendance after which a hymn was sung and Prayer offered by Mr Pratt. 
The following members were present beside the Superintendent Pastor
Br Sherman, King, Fenn, Delderfield, Dealey, Geary, Fenemore, Sear, W Baldwin
Sisters King, Carvill, S Baldwin, Johnson, Ayres, Nash, Warren, M Redding, Davison, Fenemore.
The Secretary read over the minutes of the past meeting which were accepted.
The Secretary read over a letter from Mr Hardy with respect to Mr Silvester’s Mission.  Mr Pratt proposed W Baldwin seconded That a Committee of the Officers of the Church with power to add should finally arrange the matter carried
 
Br King and Sherman brought in a report of their interview with Mrs Carter as to her fitness of joining our church and recommended that she be accepted.  Mr Pratt proposed M A Ayres seconded That Mrs Carter be accepted as a member of our Church and to be Baptised as soon as Doctor gives permission or she feels able carried
Br Fenn brought in a very satisfactory report of his visit to Mrs Purton and had no doubt she was a genuine Christian woman and should be received into our Church.  Mr Pratt spoke as to her fitness.
Mr Pratt proposed Br Fenemore seconded That Mrs Purton be received into our Church carried
Mr Pratt said Mrs George Pocock was willing and anxious to have her transfer from the Baptist Church Berkhamsted to our Church.  Mr Pratt proposed Br Geary seconded That the Secretary write for her transfer carried
Br Sear read over Treasurers a/c for the past Quarter which was accepted.
Br King read over Table Money a/c for the past Quarter which was accepted.
Mr Pratt spoke hopefully of the Mothers’ meeting and Tract Society.
Mr Pratt moved Br Geary seconded that the secretary write Mrs Ward thanking her for donating £1.0.0.towards New Chapel Building Fund carried
Mr Pratt proposed Br Delderfield seconded That Miss Davison be appointed Collector to wait on those who were willing to give weekly to the Building Fund carried
 
Br Baldwin proposed Br Fenn seconded That Messrs Pratt, Dealey & Geary be appointed scrutineers to count and report on the Ballot Papers for Election of Officers carried
The result of Ballot papers were as follows
For Deacons Br Fenn 27 votes Br W Baldwin 27 votes Br King 25 votes Br Sherman 25 votes Br Delderfield 2 votes Mr Crawley 1 vote
For Secretary King 24 votes
For Treasurer Sear 13 votes W Baldwin 10 votes King 2 votes
For Sexton Sear 24 votes Dealey 4 votes
For Chapel Keeper Carvill 27  C Sear 1
 
Revision List of Church Members
Mr Pratt proposed Br Baldwin seconded That the Secretary write to absent Members with regarding to their names being on our present list of Church Members carried
Mr Pratt said there was only 3/6 in hand on a/c of Tract Society 7/6 was needed for another grant of £1.1.0 nothing was done further with the matter.
Mr Pratt said he would have a proposal to make with regard to visiting at the next Church Meeting.
 
                                                      Mr W H Pratt
                                                           Jan 8 1899
 

Jan 8th Church Meeting Sunday evening
Present Br Sherman, W Baldwin, Fenn, J Baldwin, Geary, Smith, Fenemore, King
Sisters S & E Baldwin, King, Warren, E Sear, Johnson, Fenemore, Carvill, Burnham, Ayres, Nash.
Br King read over letter received from Mr Silvester and after a long discussion as to ways and means of entertaining Mr Silvester Br Sherman proposed Sister Carvill seconded That our Brother Baldwin be asked to provide accommodation and to be paid for same carried
Br Fenn proposed sister Carvill seconded That Sister E Baldwin be appointed collector to receive any contributions the members of the Church might be disposed to give towards defraying the expenses incurred by Mr Silvester’s visit carried unanimously
The Secretary was desired to write inviting Mr Silvester to hold a mission from Feb 19th to 26th inclusive.
 

Jan 12th
Sent letter asking for transfer of Mrs G Pocock from Berkhamsted Church to ours.

1899

Jan 22nd   Special Church Meeting Sunday evening
Present Br Sherman, King, J Baldwin, W Baldwin, Fenn, Smith, Geary, Delderfield, Fenemore
Sisters Nash, Warren, King, Johnson, Warren, S & E Baldwin, E Sear, Burnham, Fenemore, Carvill, E Sherman, Reading, M Redding, Rutland, Davison.

 

The Secretary read over a letter received from John Marnham Esq stating he would give the Church a new chapel.   All the members were surprised and astonished and post a unanimous vote of thanks for the great gift.

Br Fenemore proposed Br Delderfield [seconded] That we as a Church unanimously accept with much gratitude the spontaneous gift of John Marnham Esq J.P. in giving us a new Chapel in High Street Northchurch and our united Prayer we express in the language of Moses
The Lord bless thee and keep thee the Lord make his face to shine upon thee and be gracious unto thee the Lord lift up his countenance upon thee and give thee peace.
On behalf of the Baptist Church, Bell Lane Northchurch.
 
                                                      Mr W H Pratt
                                                           Mch 6 1899
 

Mr and Mrs Silvester held Mission services from Feb 19th to March 2nd there was a fair attendance and it is believed much good was and will be accomplished by their visit.
Mr Saunders and Revd F C Hughes rendered efficient help and the Church is much indebted to their brother W Baldwin for his services at organ and other help etc.
 

On Sunday evening Feb 5th Mrs Carter, Mrs Purton, Miss Alice Halsey were baptised and received into Church Fellowship by our Pastor Superintendent
 

A Church Tea Meeting was held on Monday March 6th after which a Church Meeting was held presided over by Mr Pratt Superintendent Pastor.
The Meeting was opened with Prayer.
On behalf of the members the Student Pastor presented a handsome Tea Service to
Mr & Mrs King.  In doing so Mr Pratt referred in grateful terms to Mr & Mrs King kindness in entertaining the Student and supplies.  Messrs Sherman, Fenn and W Baldwin endorsed these effusions of gratitude.
 
An application was received from the Church at Childs Hill for the transfer of Mrs Mothersole. This was sanctioned and Mr Pratt expressed the regret of the Church at losing Mrs Mothersole and also the hope that she would find a real spiritual home with the Church at Childs Hill.
 
The transfer of Mrs G Pocock was received from the Church at Berkhamsted.
Mr Pratt proposed that Messrs Sherman and Baldwin be appointed visitors to see Mr & Mrs Barlow and to report at the next Church Meeting this was seconded and carried
The student Pastor referred to the details of the proposed new building saying that he hoped the foundation stone would be laid at the end of April or early in May.
With much hopefulness the Student Pastor referred to the future work of the Church urging the members to put forth all their strength in work and Prayer especially to make an earnest endeavour to attend all the services.
 
Meeting closed with Prayer
 
                                                      Mr W H Pratt
                                                           Mch 19 1899
 

Church Meeting Sunday evening March 19th
Present Br Sherman, Fenn, King, W Baldwin, Delderfield.
Sister Johnson Warren, Nash, King, Ayres, S Baldwin, Rutland, M Redding, E Sherman, M Reading, Burnham, Carter [first meeting], Halsey [first meeting], Carvill.
Br King read letters from Secretary of Baptist Union asking for names of delegate from our Church to the Spring Meeting in London.
Br Fenn proposed Br Delderfieldseconded that Br King be appointed delegate.
Br King proposed Br Sherman moved an amendment that Br Baldwin be the delegate
13 voted for the amendment and 2 for the original Motion consequently Br Baldwin was selected.
Br King read letter asking for our Church Contribution of 5/- towards Baptist Union funds.  Br Baldwin proposed Br Sherman seconded that our Secretary forward the amount. carried.
 

Monday March 20th sent Mrs Mothersole’s transfer to the Child Hill Chapel.
 

April 2nd Mrs George Pocock received into our Church fellowship.
 
                                                Wm H Pratt
                                                         Sept 7 1899
 

April 4th Quarterly Church Meeting was preceded by a Members Tea after which Meeting was opened by hymn and Prayer.
Present Mr W HPratt superintendent Pastor
Br Sherman, King, W Baldwin, Fenn, Geary, Fenemore, Delderfield
Sisters Burnham, King, S & E Baldwin, Nash, Johnson, Ayres, Reading, Fenemore, Dealey, E Sherman, Mrs M Pocock, Warren, Carvill, Purton [first meeting], Carter.
 
The Secretary read over minutes of the past meeting which were accepted.
The Secretary read over Table money a/c which was accepted as correct.
Mr Pratt read over Treasurers a/c which was accepted as correct.
Br W Baldwin brought in a very satisfactory account of his visit to Mr Barlow and he had no doubt but that he was a Christian man and should be received into our Membership.
Mr Pratt proposed Br Fenemore seconded that Mr Barlow be received into our Church carried
Br W Baldwin gave a similar statement with regard to MrsBarlow.
Mr Pratt proposed Br Fenn seconded that Mrs Barlow be received into our Church carried
 
Mr Pratt proposed Br Geary seconded that our Secretary write for the transfer of Miss Witman from Enfield Chapel to our Church as Miss Whitman was likely to remain at home for some time carried
The sum of 9/9 Printers charges in connection with Mr Silvesters mission was collected and the amount paid.
The Tract fund needed subscribers.
Br King had paid out of his own pocket 5/- subscription to Baptist Union funds
  (refunded Oct 2/99)
 

1899 Special Church Meeting after Sunday Morning Service June 4th
Present Mr W H Pratt Superintendent Pastor
Br Sherman, King, J & W Baldwin, Geary, Fenn.
Sisters Warren, S & E Baldwin, Redding, Fenemore, Ayres, Burnham, Carter, Purton, E Sear, Johnson.
This meeting was called to hear a letter read of the transfer of Miss Whitman from the Church at Enfield to us.  Mr Pratt proposed Br Geary seconded that Miss Whitman be received into our Church carried
At the Ordinance of the Lord’s supper Miss Whitman was given the right hand of Fellowship and received into our Church Fellowship.
 
On Wednesday July 12th Mr and Mrs Barlow were baptized by Mr W H Pratt superintendent Pastor.
 
                                                   Wm H Pratt
                                                         Sept 13/99
 

1899 Quarterly Church Meeting Sep 12th
Present Mr W H Pratt Superintendent
Br Sherman, King, Fenn, W Baldwin, Fenemore Barlow [first meeting]
Sisters King, Rutland, Whitman [first meeting], Nash, S Baldwin, M Reading, Ayres, Burnham, Johnson, Fenemore, Mrs M and G Pocock [first meeting], Carvill, Carter, Perton.
After singing and Prayer Mr and Mrs Barlow were received into Church fellowship with us.
Br King read over Minutes of the past meeting accepted as correct.
Br King read over Table Money a/c accepted as correct
Mr Pratt read over Treasurers a/c but they were not accepted as satisfactory  and were to be amended for the next meeting.
Mr Pratt proposed that the Harvest Thanksgiving be held on Sunday Sep24th and that Mr Walker of Chesham be asked to exchange Pulpits and he failing Mr Johns be asked to Preach.  Br Baldwin seconded carried
The services to be continued on Monday with a Tea at 5.30 and a Public Meeting at 7 to be presided over by Mr W H Pratt and the following speakers be asked to come:
Mr Sutcliff Primitive Mr Tuckwell Congregational Ministers with W Johns.
The Tea to be supervised by sisters S Baldwin, M Reading and A Ayres with any helpers they may desire. 
 
Tract Society. Br King resigned from being secretary.
Br Baldwin proposed that a meeting be called with a view to prepare some rules for the carrying on of the society.  Mr Pratt seconded carried
 
It was decided that the next Quarterly Church Meeting be held on Monday Oct 2nd
 
                                               Wm H Pratt
                                                         Oct 299
 

Harvest Thanksgiving Services were held on Sunday Sep 24th. when special sermons were preached by Mr Soddy B..  a student of Regents Park College.  A Public meeting was held on Mon Sep 25th preceded by a Public Tea.  Mr W H Pratt presided at Public Meeting.
 
                                         Signed
                                             Wm H Pratt
                                                     Oct 1 1899
 

1899 Quarterly Church Meeting Oct 2nd
Present Mr W H Pratt superintendent Pastor.
Br Sherman, King, Fenn, Sear, W Baldwin, Geary, Fenemore, Dealey, Smith, Barlow.
Sisters Johnson, Fenemore, King, S & E Baldwin, M Reading, Carvill, Rutland, Perton,  Carter, Ayres, E Sear, Halsey, Burnham, Nash, Barlow.
After singing and Prayer the Secretary read over the minutes of the past Meeting which were accepted
Br King read over the Table Money a/c which was accepted.
The treasurer read over accounts for the last two Quarters which were accepted.
Tract Society
Mr Pratt proposed Br Baldwin seconded that the following rules be adopted for carrying on the Society

Tract Society Rules
 
1 That the Society be called the Northchurch Baptist Tract Society
 
2 That anyone is eligible for Membership on payment of a yearly subscription of 6d
 
3 The Committee consist of a President the pastor of the church for the time being. Treasurer and Secretary to be elected annually by the Church together with all distributors.
 
4 The work of the society to distribute tracts throughout the village week by week and in any other way possible to seek to extend the kingdom of our Lord Jesus Christ.
 
5 The distributors must in all cases be members of the Church.
 
6 Should any distributor at any time wish to his or her tracts by deputy the deputy must be a member of the Church.


 

(( Tracts required per week
Fenn 17.  Johnson 11.  S Baldwin 9.
Fenemore 17.  Ayres 6.  Barlow 14.
Davison 27.  Carvill 20.  Geary 12.
 
Altogether 133 ))
 
Chapel Anniversary
Br Baldwin proposed Br Fenn seconded that it be held on Sunday and Monday Nov 5th and 6th and that Mr Pratt be the preacher on Sunday carried
Mr Pratt proposed that Mr Walker of Chesham be asked to Preach a sermon on Monday afternoon at 3 and he failing Mr John be asked.  Br Baldwin seconded carried
A Public Tea at 5 oclock to be left in the hands of Sisters Baldwin, Reading, Ayres, Carvill, King with further assistance if required.
Public Meeting at 6 30
Mr Pratt proposed Br Baldwin seconded that Mr Michael Watford be the Chairman and that Messrs Sutcliff and Hughes be asked to speak carried
25 Bills to be printed announcing meeting.
Mr Pratt gave an account of the work which had been done by the Regents Park College Preaching Society during the past 5 years and now thought it would be best for us after New Chapel was opened to obtain a resident Minister as the object of the Preaching Society was not contemplated to go on for ever but to lead the churches up to a point so that a Minister could be supported by the Church.
The Deacons made the following resolution for the Church to consider and vote upon.
That Mr Pratt be asked to continue the Superintendentship of the Church until New Chapel is opened. 
The vote was taken by ballot and the result was unanimous 25 votes for the resolution ((none against))
 
  [26 Members were listed as present at the start of the meeting + Mr Pratt]
Mr Pratt said the secretary would have to send to the secretary of the Preaching Society and we should know the result in due course.
                   
                                                    Signed
                                                          WM H Pratt
                                                                 Jan 1st 1900
 

1899 Sunday Evening Oct 8th
Church Meeting after evening service
Present :
Br Sherman, King, Fenemore, J W Baldwin, Fenn, Barlow, Smith, Delderfield, Dealy, Geary.
Sisters King, S and E Baldwin, Pocock, Budgeon, Nash, Ayres, C Sear, Perton, Carvill, Fenemore, Johnson, Barlow, Warren, Carter, E Sear, M Reading.
 
This meeting was held to discuss upon Mr John Marnham’s accident etc
Br Fenn Proposed Br Barlow seconded that the secretary of the Church write a letter of Christian sympathy to Mr Marnham carried unanimously 
The secretary wrote and sent a letter accordingly.


 

Oct 8th           To John Marnham Esq J.P.
 
Dear Sir
                On behalf of our church worshipping God assembled this evening was requested to write you and your family a line or two expressing our deep Christian sympathy in your serious accident last week and our united Prayer that God may raise you up again and preserve your noble life to do the masters will for many years to come and then at last to give you an abundant entrance into the brighter world above.
                           Yours obediently
                                   W D King
                                             Hon Secy  

 

1900 Annual Church Meeting January 1st
Mr W H Pratt Student Pastor presided
The following were present
Br Sherman, J and W Baldwin, Fenn, Fenemore, Geary, Delderfield, Dealey, Sear, Barlow.
Sisters Ayres, S & E Baldwin, Nash, Fenemore, Carvill, Johnson, Perton, Pocock, Reading, E Sear.
The meeting was preceded by a Tea was opened by singing and Prayer.
In the unavoidable absence of the Secretary through illness Br W Baldwin read over the minutes of previous meetings these were passed as correct.
Br W Baldwin also read over Table Money a/c which was accepted as correct
The treasurer read overthe Quarter’s a/cs these were also passed as correct.
Br Fenn proposed Br W Baldwin seconded that Br Dealy and C Geary together with the Student Pastor be appointed scrutineers for the election of Officers for the year 1900 carried unanimously
 The votes were counted and the results were as follows.
Deacons. Br Sherman 32, Br Fenn31, Br W Baldwin 30, Br King 23 These were declared elected.  Br Delderfield received 4 votes, J Baldwin 3, Br Sear 1.
For Secretary King 31 elected, Sherman 1
For Treasurer Br Sear 26, King 3, W Baldwin 1.
For Sexton Br Sear 29 elected.
For Chapel Keeper Sister Carvill 28, Perton 4, Fenemore 1.
Those who were present of the elected accepted their various offices.
Mr W H Pratt proposed Br Geary seconded that the offerings at the Lord’s table on Jan 7th be given to the widows and orphans fund of the Baptist Union. carried
The Student Pastor after referring to the future of our work and the need for increased earnestness spoke of our Motto for 1900 urging all members to surrender themselves absolutely to Jesus Christ that He might work mightily through them to the salvation of perishing souls.
There was a spirit of hopefulness throughout all the meeting and a very happy and successful gathering was concluded with Prayer.
 
                                      Signed
                                        Wm H Pratt
                                            26 Mch 1900
 

Feb 22ndSpecial Church Meeting
Present Br Sear, King, W Baldwin, Fenn, Barlow, Fenemore
Sisters King, Mrs M &G Pocock, Ayres, S & E Baldwin, E Sear, Fenemore, Johnson, Barlow, Carvill, Perton.
After singing and Prayer the secretary read a letter from Mr W H Pratt respecting the past and future work of our Church.  A long discussion was held respecting ways and means towards having the resident Pastor.
Br W Baldwin proposed Br Fenn seconded that we as a church raise £40.00 per annum toward the support of a Minister. Carried unanimously
It was decided that Revd A Brown be the Preacher for afternoon at the opening of Chapel and he failing Rev J B Myers Gange.
It was agreed a meal .. should be provided the charges for first sitting 1/-,
2nd sitting 10,    6d  sch.
 
                           Signed
                                    W H Pratt
                                               Mch 26 1900
 

March 4th  Special Church Meeting Sunday evening
Present Br King, J & W Baldwin, Fenn, Geary, Fenemore, Smith, Dealey, Delderfield, Barlow.
Sisters Ayres, S & E Baldwin, Burnham, Carvill, Fenemore, Johnson, King, M Reading, Rutland, E Sear.
The Secretary read a letter received from Revd C M Hardy with respect of calling a Public Meeting to discuss ways and means of contributing to the 20th Century Fund.
Br Fenn proposed that Revd C M Hardy be invited to come and explain the matter more fully on Tuesday or Thursday week.
Br Barlow seconded carried unanimously.
 

March 12th Our late sister Mrs Nash was interred in Chapel yard.  Mr W H Pratt was the minister.
She was a very devoted and loyal member of our Church and will be greatly missed.
 
[Lucy Jane Nash aged 47 b 18 Nov 1832 d 7 Mar 1900is interred in the burial ground. She was the daughter of James and Phebe Baldwin]
 

Special Church Meeting Monday evening March 19th
Present King, W Baldwin, Fenn, Dealey, Fenemore, Geary
Sisters King, Mrs M Pocock, Carvill, Perton, A & E Baldwin, Burnham, Johnson, Fenemore, Ayres
After singing and Prayer the secretary read letter from Mr Pratt for us as a Church to consider the date given for opening new chapel to make all necessary arrangements for a successful opening for carrying on the work of the Lord in the new Church.

Br Baldwin proposed sister Carvill seconded That the new chapel be opened upon the day given by Mr Pratt namely Thursday May 3rd [1900] carried unanimously
Br King proposed Br Fenemore seconded That our Br Baldwin be empowered to purchase door mats linoleum etc as may be required for furnishing etc
Chair carpet rods for stairs to rostrum
Mrs Pocock promised to pay for table cloths.
Mrs King promised to buy some Communion Cloth for table.
It was considered very important by the Church that some member who could be depended upon should have the management of letting seats.  Br Geary volunteered and his offer was unanimously acceptedBr Fenemore proposed Br Fenn seconded.
It was suggested that Br Geary and Barlow be sidesmen.
Mrs King undertook to have vestry and other rooms cleaned.
Sisters Carvill, Perton, Burnham, Johnson, Fenemore agreed to clean chapel etc
In the event of Mr Gange being unable to come Sister Carvill proposed sister Johnson seconded that Professor Gould be invited to Preach the afternoon sermon carried
It was arranged that the afternoon sermon be at 3.30 Tea at 5 and the fee for Tea all round be 6d carried
The following were appointed to make all necessary arrangements and provide the Tea Sisters King, S & E Baldwin, Ayres, M Reading, E Sear and others if necessary.
 
It was considered very desirable that the Superintendent should be in the new chapel to superintend the seating behaviour of the scholars.
 
                                                 Signed
                                                       Wm H Pratt
                                                               Mch 26 1900
 

1900 Special Church Meeting March 26th
Present Mr W H Pratt
Br Sherman, King, Fenn, W Baldwin, Dealey, Geary, Barlow, Smith, Sear
Sisters King, Johnson, Fenemore, Ayres, E Sear, M Reading, S & E Baldwin, Mrs M & G Pocock, Carvill, Perton, Warren.
After singing and Prayer Mr W H Pratt read over the minutes of the past Meeting for the secretary who was suffering from a bad throat.  The minutes were accepted as correct.
Mr Pratt read over the Table Money a/c which was accepted as correct.
Mr Pratt read over the Treasurers a/c which was accepted as correct.
 
Mr Pratt announced that Mr Marnham would provide all that was necessary for furnishing, schoolroom, chapel etc and would provide a Free Tea on the opening day of New Chapel and that there would be no collections that day.
Mr Pratt thought it would be a good thing for us as a church to have a Prayer Meeting at the new Chapel on Wednesday evening May 2nd.
Mr Pratt proposed that the Public Meeting be at 6.30 and not 7 oclock Br Geary seconded carried
It was decided that Messrs Hughes, Stuart, Hardy and the Deacons be the speakers at the Public Meeting, Mr Marnham presiding.
 
                                     Signed
                                          Wm H Pratt
                                               July 3 1900
 

Special Church Meeting Sunday evening April 22nd
Present Br Sherman, King, Fenn, J & W Baldwin, Geary, Fenemore, Smith, Dealey, Barlow
Sisters King, S & E Baldwin, Fenemore, Burnham, Carvill, Perton, Ayres, E Sear, M Reading, Johnson, Barlow, Warren.
The Secretary read over a letter rec’d from Mr Pratt for the Church to decide whether or not a weeks Mission should be held from May 6th to May 13th inclusive [immediately after opening of New Chapel]
Br Fenn, W Baldwin spoke of the need of the Mission but unless the members were earnest and attended themselves and did all they could to make it a success it would not be worth holding it. Br Sherman and King added a few words.
Br Fenemore proposed Br Geary seconded That the Missionary Mr Hutchins be asked to come and hold a weeks Mission carried unanimously
Br W Baldwin moved Br Sherman seconded That the secretary write and ask Mr Honour to hand over the keys of the new Chapel to Mr Kings custody.
 
                                          Signed
                                          Wm H Pratt
                                               July 3 1900
                                          

Church Meeting Sunday evening April 29th
Present Br Sherman, King, W Baldwin, Fenn, Dealey, Sear, Barlow, Fenemore, Smith, Geary.
Sisters King, S & E Baldwin, M Reading, Johnson, Ayres, Warren, Perton, Carvill, E Sear, Barlow, Mrs M Pocock, Burnham.
The secretary said the Meeting was called to confirm the steps taking last Church Meeting with regard to the forthcoming Mission and announcing the same by small hand bills.
Br W Baldwin proposed Br Barlow seconded that a sufficient number of hand bills be printed for circulation it was decided The Church should bear the expense of the Mission.
 

On Wednesday May 2nd a Special Prayer Meeting was held in the new schoolroom a large number were present and an earnest spirit was exhibitedMr W H Pratt gave an opening address
                                  
                                         Signed
                                                    Wm H Pratt    July 3 1900
 


 

New Baptist Chapel 1900                                                        Picture courtesy of The Northchurch Society

New Baptist Chapel 1900                                                        Picture courtesy of The Northchurch Society

May 3rd 1900
Opening of New Baptist Chapel High St Northchurch the sole gift of John Marnham Esq J.P. Boxmoor Herts.
The opening of the new place of worship took place on Thursday the 3rd day of May. A sermon was to have been presented by the Revd Archibald Brown of West Norwood but he was laid aside by a fierce attack of Neuralgia and could not come, the Revd J Stuart kindly took his place and delivered a powerful sermon.  The text being Isaiah 49th and 2nd verse
And he hath made my mouth like a sharp sword, in the shadow of his hand hath he hid me and made me a polished shaft; in his quiver hath he hid me.
A free tea was provided for about 200 persons by Mr John Marnham and a Public Meeting was held in the evening at which Mr Marnham took the chair the chapel was full to overflowing.  The following took part in the Public Meeting. Professor Gould of Regents Park College London, Revd James Stuart of Watford, Revd C M Hardy St Albans, Mr W H Pratt Superintendant Pastor and Br Fenn Deacon these were present on the rostrum Revd F C Hughes Berkhamsted, Revd F Spufford Bushey, Revd F J Flatt Boxmoor, Revd Wright Robinson Marlowes, Revd C Pearce Tring.
Mr Huckvale Tring Architect
Messrs J Honour and Sons Builders Tring
Thursday was an auspicious day for the Baptists of Northchurch and will ever be remembered with much joy.
 
                                       Signed
                                                    Wm H Pratt    July 3 1900

[Joseph Hobbs was Minister at Berkhamsted Baptist Church.  He died, aged 75, in September 1840, his last illness apparently having been brought on by sitting in wet clothes whilst attending the opening of the new place of worship in Northchurch.  This suggests it was raining on the Opening Day In May.]
  

May 6 1900
On Sunday May 6th a weeks Mission of Evangelistic services were begun the Missionary being Pastor Hutchins of Hanworth Middlesex there were good numbers present and some professed conversion.  Collections were taken on Sunday May 6th and 13th amounting to £2.7.3Mr Hutchins expenses were 2.8.3printing of bills 2s 6d   Entertained Free of Costs.
 
                                        Signed
                                                    Wm H Pratt    July 3 1900
 

Quarterly Church Meeting July 3rd
Present Mr W H Pratt , Br Sherman, Fenn, King, Geary, Sear, Dealey, Fenemore.
Sisters Pocock, King, Mrs G Pocock, Carvill, Perton, S Baldwin, M Reading, Ayres, Burnham, Johnson, Fenemore
The meeting was opened with hymns and Prayer.
The secretary read over Minutes of the past meetings which were accepted.
The secretary read over Table money a/c which were accepted.
The treasurer read over a/c which were accepted.
Mr Pratt proposed That a letter be sent from the Church to Mr Stuart thanking him for coming at a moments notice to take the place of Revd A Brown on the opening of the new Church and for the excellent sermon delivered and for all past services.
Br Sherman seconded carried
The Revd A Brown promises to come at some future time to fulfil his proffered engagement.
Mr Pratt mentioned that new Trust deeds and Trusts would be required, he has seen a solicitor on the matter.
The position of Chapel Keeper would have to be considered in the near future and required someone to be appointed to look after heating apparatus.
Mr Pratt read letter from Revd Hardy saying Herts Union of Baptist Churches would grant towards our church £20 the first year, £15 the 2nd year and £10 the 3rd year.
Mr Pratt read a letter in which he declined to accept the Pastorate of this Church.
Mr Pratt mentioned the name of Revd W Dorey of Gt Missenden who was coming to preach with a view on Sundays July 22nd and 29th.  Mr Pratt said Mr Dorey was highly recommended to Mr Marnham, Mr Stuart and others and he did hope the v
ote for Mr Dorey would be unanimous or he most likely would not come

[ This last clause was struck out : "and Mr Marnham might withhold some support towards us as a church."]
 
Mr Pratt suggested that the clocks should be removed from the old chapel into new.
Mr Pratt said a new organ would be required soon as could get one.
 
                                                 Signed
                                                  Wm H Pratt
                                                         July 3   Aug 1st 1900
 

Church Meeting July 17th
Present Mr W H Pratt
Br King, Dealey.
Sisters King, S Baldwin, Johnson, Fenemore, Pocock, Warren, Perton
Mr Pratt proposed Br Dealey seconded That the Baptist Building Fund of London with whom is deposited the box containing the Title Trust deeds of the property belonging to this Church be required to deliver to Mr W H Pratt Student pastor the box to whose receipt shall be a sufficient discharge.
 
                                                   Signed
                                                  Wm H Pratt
                                                         Aug 13 1900