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St. Andrews Episcopal Church

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"Alumnus," ia the Living Churcli, speakes of the Episcopal church of this cily as follows: Having been a student at Ann Arbor for six years, I am naturaily interested in the plan of the diocese I of Michigan to aid the local parish in securing a prominent preacher for its pulpit. Il is my belief though, that but few more students will be attracted to Sb. Andrews tban before, as the last rector commanded as muoh of the esteem of the college boys as any clergyman could lesire. Th reason who so very, very fsw I of the fifteen hundred students are attracted to the chnroh there, is beeanse they are not made to feel at home af ter they pret there. The pews are rented. the only distinchve ones for students being two or three near the outer door, labeled "For Medical Students," "For Law Students," "For Liter iry Students," etc. As though the young men liked to be bunched togetherin this way! Of course, ïf a student happens to be well acqumnted with some pew holder he is made ervrae wclcome, but all such students can be counted on one's fingers The reason why the students do not rent pews, iiidividually, is that there are none to berented to speak of; and seoondly the boys cannot afford the expense, as a rule. Most of the students are unfamilar with the church services, aad are atraoted to the Unitarian mission - supoi ted by Boston - or the capaoious lethodist meeting house. Each of these laceí can count a standing attendance f three hundred students; the church, ny last year i here, had twelve. What is vanted is au inviting mission chapel, pressiy tor students, located on the vacant lot right opposite umversity hall, managed by several unmarried priests who can give tlieir whole time to looking up students and visiting them in their rooms; a cliapel where services could be beid daily, just when lectures ín the colleges were over, and on Sunday with plenty of grnnd musicin the service, furnished by the students themselves. Such a mission, rightly managed, would soon become, I am sure, a most important chureh enterpriae, and largely self supporting. It is the best field for chureh work west of the Alleghanies. I hope something of the kind will be ventured ensoon, for I fear nothing else will do.


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