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        The anniversary services connected with the Wesleyan Church, Fisher Street, in this city, were held on Sunday, when sermons were preached by the Rev. W. J. TWEDDLE, of Manchester.  On each occasion there was a large congregation to hear the rev gentleman, who, as our readers are aware, is a native of Carlisle.  The annual soiree was held in the schoolroom on Monday evening.  Subsequently, a public meeting was held in the chapel, which was well filled.  The Rev. Geo. ALTON, superintendent of the circuit, presided; he was surrounded by the Rev. W. J. TWEDDLE,  the Rev. R. AMYS,  the Rev. H. ECKERSLEY,  Mr. Isaac JAMES, and others.  After devotional exercises, the Chairman briefly addressed the meeting, congratulating the congregation on the success which had attended the work during the past year.  They had better congregations in the different churches in the circuit than hitherto, and a considerable accession of members had characterised their labours.  This was not mentioned in a spirit of rivalry or emulation; they were the friend of all and the enemies of none. (Applause.) -- Mr. Isaac JAMES, in the course of a short speech, referred to the progress made during the 56 years he had now been connected with the church,mentioning the names of Dr. MACALLUM,  Dr. BEAUMONT,  Dr. NEWTON,  and Dr. PUNSHON, and lastly, the Rev. W. J. TWEDDLE, as having assisted them in building up their church in this city, when they as a congregation were not in such comfortable circumstances as by God's grace they found themselves at present.  He urged unity of action in all their work in the future. -- The Re. W. J. TWEDDLE, who was received with loud applause, next delivered an eloquent address on the duty of the members of the church.  After congratulating the ministers and congregation on the success of the past, he trusted that as a prosperous society they were making aggressions upon the outside population, striving to remove the apathy, indifference, and ignorance in its varied forms by which they were surrounded.  Never was there a time when there was greater need for Methodist institutions and for earnest eloquent preaching of the gospel of Christ than the present, to meet the two diverging waves of thought -- the growth of later years -- the one moving towards Rationalism and the other towards Romanism.  No system was better adapted for the requirements of the masses of our population than Methodism.  Speaking of the Methodist Church and its work, he said he was glad that laymen were to be admitted to the Conferences, and thus be allowed to take an active part in its management and affairs.  There was great necessity for increased zeal in the church.  Lately there had been a wonderful revival of religious life in Manchester, and he rejoiced that the different churches worked together to endeavour to bring the people within the influence of the Gospel.  He had read an article in Good Words on the subject of steel, by Mr. Scott RUSSELL, in which the writer pointer of civilisation and Christianity.  Mr. RUSSELL said the two chief requisites for a locomotive were "grip" and "go."  These might be said to be the requisites of a Christian.  Some people were always croaking over the degeneracy of the present day, compared with the past, and leaving one church and joining another for the smallest reason.  These people wanted "grip."  Candour, sincerity, and firmness were required in those who held religious beliefs; he would have them "hold fast that which is good."  Then they also wanted energy and perseverance.  Some people talked as if the masses could be converted at once.  The real road to the masses was to get at the units; and let the influence be spread as far as possible, bringing one by one to Christ.  Churches were much the same as human organisations, depending more on the men who work on its behalf than on any intrinsic  merit possessed by the institution itself; their success would depend mainly on the zeal, energy, patriotism, and Christian enterprise of those who had the work to do.  He concluded by hoping that the future would be productive of much success in the church and in the circuit. -- Other addresses were given, the usual votes of thanks were awarded, and the meeting was closed by the Chairman pronouncing the benediction.