A 6th way of church communion is, in case of need to minister
reliefe and succour, one unto another, either of able members
to furnish them wth officers, or of outward support to the
necessityes of poorer churches, as did the churches of the
gentiles contribute liberally to the poore Saints at Jerusalem.
When a company of beleevers purpose to gather into church=
fellowship, it is requisite for their safer proceeding, and the
maintayning of the communion of churches, that they signifye
their intent to the neighbor churches, walking according
to the order of the Gospell, and desyre their presence and
help, and right hand of fellowshippe, wch they ought readily to
give unto them, when there is no just cause of excepting
agt their pceedings.
Besides these severall ways of communicacion there is also
a way of propagacion of churches. When a church shall
grow too numerous, so as all the congregacion can not heare
the voice of their ministers, ‘tis a way and fit season to pro=
pagate one church out of another, by sending for the such of
their members as are willing to remoove, and to excuse
some such officers to them, as may enter wth them into church=
state amongst themselves. As Bees when the hyve is too
full issue forth by swarmes, and are gathered into other hyves,
so the churches of cht may do the same upon the like necessity,
and therein hold forth to them the right hand of fellowshippe,
both in their gathering into a church, and in the ordinacion
of their officers.
¶ Chapt. 16. of Synods.
Synods orderly assembled & rightly pceeding according to
the patterne Act.15. We acknowledge as the ordinance of
cht; and though not absolutely necessary to the being, yet
many tymes though the iniquity of men & perversenesse of
tymes necessary to the welbeing of churches, for the establishmt