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Che ^onthlg Cibings: A REPERTORY OF CHRISTIAN THOUGHT & A RECORD OF CHRISTIAN WORK AMONG THE CALYINISTIC METHODISTS or PRESBYTERIANS of WALES. Vol. V. No. 11.] NOVEMBER, 1889. [Price One Penny. DELIVERED AT THE ABERYSTWYTH CONFERENCE, THE TRAINING OF THE YOUNG. The Chairman (the Rev. W. Powell, Pembroke) remarked that Scripture said, " Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it." That was the injunction of the wisest of kings. " Bring up a child in the nurture and admonition of the Lord," was the exhortation of the most eminent of the Apostles. Children were always interesting and attractive; but especially were they important, because they had a future. Well might parents ask what would be the future of their children—would it be a future of faith or of unbelief, of morality or immorality, of godliness or ungodliness. Aberystwyth would realize either in joy or sadness the future of the children now residing therein. The character of the future would depend much, under God's blessing, upon the training and the nurture which children obtained in their several families, and by their teachers. Among the six things which Mark Pattison said threatened ruin and desolation to the present state of Christendom, was carelessness and infatuation of parents and magistrates with respect to the education of youth, and the consequent corruption of the rising generation. God Himself commanded that the special object in training children should have respect especially to their moral and religious character; not excluding, of course, the intellectual. Parents should bring their children up to purity, to righteousness, and at last to heaven. The neglect of such training resulted in youth going down into immorality, ungodliness, and infidelity. Let children be trained in the nurture and admonition of the Lord, and then there would be an ascending?—a bringing up and a training, not only for this life, but for the life which is to come. Mr. E. J. Baillie, F.L.S. (Chester), said that training with him seemed to be more than the idea of education. It was a process rather than an en¬ dowment, and seemed to concern the gift of works rather than the grace of words. Training enabled one to make the best of opportunities, to cultivate the talents, to take that which was best out of the incidents of daily experienoe, and weave it into the warp and woof of life and character. Training did not change genera, but took away all that growth which made too much demand upon vigour and vitality—that which, in the green field, was but green leaf and ^barren stalk. It would not only train the tree, so to speak, into better shape