Victorian London - Religion - Missions and Missionaries - Church Army

CHURCH ARMY.-A working. man's Church Mission to working- men, founded in 1882, directed by .a committee acting under the Council, amongst whom are the Archbishops and Bishops. There are upwards of 800 trained workers, men and women, constantly at work throughout the Metropolis and the provinces. A sum of 250,000 is required annually. The Evangelistic Department (Sec., Mr. Davey) selects and trains working-men and working-women for spiritual work among the masses. There are sixty-nine mission and col-portage vans working all the year round in different dioceses. Church societies and parishes are furnished with trained evangelists and mission nurses. Suitable candidates are trained free. Evangelists' Training Home, 59 Bryanston-st, W.; Publication Department, 14, Edgware-rd; Mission Sisters' Training Home, 61, Bryanston-st, W.; Printing Works, Oxford; Training Home Mission Hall, Cumberland Mews, W.; Church Army West End Church, Upper Berkeley-st, W. The Social Department (Hon. Sec., Mr. Colin F. Campbell) tries to raise the hopeless outcasts of society by labour, rescue and lodging homes, of which there are nearly 120 in London and the provinces; by the Farm Colony at Hempstead, Essex, and by emigration. Head-quarters, 55, Bryanston-st, London, W.; Hon. Chief Sec., Prebendary Carlile; Hon. Treasurers, W. F. Hamilton, Esq., K.C., and Lord Cheylesmore. About 400,000 cases of men, women and boys are dealt with in a year; over 58 per cent, of all received in Labour Homes turn out well. There are Boys' Homes, Girls' Homes, First Offenders' Homes and Inebriate Homes. The Society is certified and registered by the Home Office as a Discharged Prisoners' Aid Society for the convict prisons. The Houseless Poor Society (founded in 1819) is now carried on by the Church Army, which also conducts "The King's Labour Tents" and "The Queen's Labour Depots." To the average London citizen this work is largely known by the services at St. Mary at Hill, Eastcheap, E.C., which the rector, the Rev. Prebendary Carlile, adapts to the requirements of the unemployed and poor people (at 9 am, and 6.30 p.m. on Sundays).

Charles Dickens Jr. et al, Dickens Dictionary of London, c.1908 edition
(no date; based on internal evidence)