ORIGIN, PROGRESS, AND WORKS OF CHARITY
REV. C. F. LOWDER, M.A.
Vicar of S. Peter's, London Docks
WATERLOO PLACE, LONDON
Oxford and Cambridge
TO MY LOVING AND TRUE FELLOW-WORKERS, CLERGY, SISTERS
TO MY FAITHFUL PEOPLE OF S. PETER'S, AND TO THE STEDFAST FRIENDS AND BENEFACTORS OF S. George's Mission, BY WHOSE PRAYERS AND ALMS OUR WORKS HAVE HITHERTO
UNDER GOD BEEN SUSTAINED.
THIS ACCOUNT OF Twenty-One Years of abundant Blessing amid many Trials, IS THANKFULLY DEDICATED BY THE WRITER.
Chapter I. The Foundation and First Days of the Mission.
Chapter II. S. George's-in-the-East.
Chapter III. Principles of Mission Work. Mr. Liddon's Sermon. Confraternities. Guilds.
Chapter IV. Open-air Preaching. The Way of the Cross. Special Missions. New Year's Eve. Funerals.
Chapter V. The Clergy House.
Chapter VI. The Sisterhood of the Holy Cross.
Chapter VII. The Children. The Schools. Children's Services. Catechising.
Chapter VIII. S. Stephen's Home and Industrial School.
Chapter IX. The House of Mercy.
Chapter X. The Riots in S. George's Church. The Working Men's Club.
Chapter XI. S. Peter's Church: Commencement and Consecration.
Chapter XII. S. Peter's Church: Its History during the Last Ten Years. Ceremonial.
Chapter XIII. S. Agatha's Mission.
Chapter XIV. Finances. Needs. Clergy House.
Appendix I. The Cholera of 1866.
Appendix II. Mr. King's Letter.
Appendix III. Confession and Absolution.
Appendix IV. S. Katharine's Hospital.
AS more than ten years have elapsed since the account of the first Ten Years in S. George's Mission was written, the writer has been often asked to give some account of the second Ten Years.
After a delay, occasioned partly by the difficulty felt in writing of a work in which he was too nearly interested, and partly by the pressure of the work itself, he has now completed his task, and commends it to the indulgence of the many friends of the Mission, and of all interested in the growth and welfare of the Church.
He had the choice of describing simply the work of the last Ten Years, or of combining what had been already told with the later history. He has preferred the latter, wishing to make this a complete (as it will probably be his last) account of Mission work.
[vi] None can feel more deeply than himself the many imperfections and shortcomings of his own share in this work; but this makes him more anxious to acknowledge the goodness of GOD in blessing this Mission, and the love and devotion of his fellow-workers, to whom that measure of success which has attended our common labours is greatly due.
It is hoped that this history will prove to the generous friends who have helped to maintain S. George's Mission through these eventful years, that their confidence in the principles on which it was founded has not been misplaced, and that they may themselves be encouraged, as well as encourage others, to carry on the work of its completion. And if the blessing which has attended the stedfast exhibition of the principles of the Church of England, in a small sphere in this great metropolis, may encourage other labourers, as well as those faithful souls who are sorely tried in these eventful days by the difficulties which beset the Church, then neither will the work itself have been in vain, nor the time spent in relating its history. To GOD be all the glory.