No accident would befal them !

Mr Crossley then delivered a brief address to the assembled crowd at the laying of the foundation stone.

           

 

He thanked them sincerely for the memento they had given him of that interesting event, which had brought him to Newcastle. He had no doubt that to some present, the ceremony which had just been performed was unmeaning and uninteresting. It would certainly be unmeaning to apply such a ceremony to private dwellings, or to buildings to be erected for inferior purposes than those to which that church would be devoted. It was to be set apart for the worship of Almighty God, and it was to be hoped that many, very many, would from time to time listen to the Word of God, to be proclaimed within its walls. It was to be hoped that many sinners would be converted and many saints edified, and that great good by its erection would result to the town and neighbourhood. (Hear! Hear!)

Taking that view of the ceremony, it was full of meaning and interest. Mr Crossley said he must just add a few words for the sake of the workmen who were present. He would like them to enter into the spirit of their work, and while engaged in it to bear in mind the purpose to which the edifice was to be applied. He trusted that it would not be the case-as too often happened - that the name of God would ever be once taken in vain, by any one of the workman, and he also trusted that their lives would be protected, and that 'no accident of any kind would befal them. He hoped that the workmen would excercise care in the construction of their scaffolding, and not be indifferent to the safety of themselves and others; and that the topstone would be laid with shouting and congratulation. (Hear! Hear!) He had felt much pleased at receiving the invitation of the committee to perform that ceremonial, he was also much pleased to see that so noble a sum had been subscribed towards the building fund, and he trusted that by the time of its completion other sums would be there forthcoming, in order that the church might be opened free of all incumbrance, for he thought that of all places it was most objectionable to have a debt upon a place of worship (Applause.)

 

Postcard showing King Street ahead with the Church on the right