The names of the persons that first joyned themselves in the Covanant aforesaid as a Church of Christ,
JOHN MYLES, Elder,
The catholic spirit of Mr. Myles soon drew to the new settlement on New Meadow Neck many families who held to Baptist opinions, as well as some of other church relations friendly to their interests. The opposition which their principles had awakened, had brought the little company into public notice, and their character had won for them the respect and confidence of their neighbors.
The Rehoboth church had come to regard Mr. Myles and his followers with more kindly feelings, and, in 1666, after the death of the Reverend Mr. Newman, it was voted by the town that Mr. Myles be invited to “preach, namely: once in a fortnight on the week day, and once on the Sabbath day.” And in August of the same year the town voted “that Mr. Myles shall still continue to lecture on the week day, and further on the Sabbath, if he be thereunto legally called.”
This interchange of pulpit relations indicates a cordial sentiment between the two parishes, which is in striking contrast to the hostility manifested to the new church but three years before, when they were warned out of the town, and suggests the probable fact that animosities had been conquered by good will, and that sober judgment had taken the place of passionate bigotry.
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CHURCH SERVICES IN PURITAN TIMES.
The Elders’ Advice in Matrimonial Matters.
From the Baptist Church records copied from the Welsh, which were brought from Swansea, Wales, by the Reverend John Myles, we quote, as follows:—
“The Sabbath meeting shall begin at 8 A.M., and on the fourth day of the weeke begins at nine of the Clock."...
“That one brother extemporize in Welsh for an hour, and after the said Welsh brother there shall be a publick sermon to the world, after this breaking bread."...
“That such brethren or sisters as shall any way hereafter intend to change their calling or condition of life by marriage or otherwise, do propose their cases to the elders or ablest brethren of the church, to have council from before they make any engagements, and in all difficult cases, and before all marriages, the churches council be taken therein.”