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Places of Worship.—The following information
has been kindly furnished by the respective ministers, the “terms of
membership” being oven in their own words:
COLLEGE CHAPEL, Stepney-green.—Terms of membership: “Annual subscription of not less than 5s., and a good life.” Free seats. Classes, Sunday-school, and weekly evening lectures.
ESSEX-STREET CHAPEL, Essex-street, Strand.— Terms of membership: “Seat renting only. No profession of religious opinions is required. The habit of attendance, as the occupant of a seat, constitutes membership, and confers the right of voting on all questions of congregational interest.” Seat rents, 400 at £1 6s. the sitting. The whole of the gallery (under the present ministry), containing about 200 sittings, is free. Morning service only, at 11.15, except during the winter months, when special series of discourses are given in the evening. The Liturgy of the Church of England, curtailed and slightly modified, is used.
FREE CHRISTIAN CHURCH, Clarence-road, Kentish Town.— Terms of membership: “All seat-holders are members, and no doctrinal test whatever can be imposed, either on membership or on participation in the communion service” Seat rents from £1 1s. a year.
LITTLE PORTLAND-STREET CHAPEL.— Terms of membership: None. Seat rents from £1 1s. to £2 2s. per annum.
LONDON DOMESTIC MISSION CHAPEL (Founded 1836), Spicer-street, Brick-lane, Spitalfields.— Maintained chiefly by Unitarians, not for proselytism, but simply for the moral and religious elevation of the poor, and the working classes generally. There are no terms of membership, and no seat rents. In addition to the Sunday evening service, the mission maintains Sunday, day and evening schools and classes, a popular library, savings’ bank, clothing and coal club, convalescent rooms ; and the missionary, in accordance with the general name of the society, visits the homes of the people connected with the institution, and is provided with a poor purse for the relief of proved cases of necessity.
STAMFORD-STREET CHAPEL, Stamford-street, Southwark, SE. Terms of membership: “Payment of 5s. per annum and entry in register.” Seat rents 5s. per annum and upwards. This congregation is one of the old Nonconformist, once styled “English Presbyterians.” It was originally ministered to by clergymen rejected by the “Act of Uniformity, 1662” Like most other Churches not compelled to use a creed, it came gradually to the Unitarian phase of Christianity. The chapel in which they formerly met, in Prince’s-street, Westminster, being required for Government buildings, the present one was built in 1823. The façade has been praised as a pure specimen of the Greek Doric.
THE MALL CHURCH, The Mall, High-street, Notting Hill, W.— Terms of membership: “A small yearly subscription. No confession of any creed required either of the minister or the congregation.” Supported by seat rents (amount not stated), annual subscriptions, and half-yearly collections.
Charles Dickens (Jr.), Dickens's Dictionary of London, 1879