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The SUNDAY SCHOOL TEACHER'S ASSISTANT in the ror
of Religious INSTRUCTION, to which is added un Account of a SUNDAY SCHOOL LIBRARY ON a plan entirely new.
IT appears from the advertisement to this little work, that the former part was published at Edinburgh, in the year 1800, but has been for some time out of print. We observe that the Essay on the qualifications of Teachers, is the same as inserted in the Plan for the establishment and regulation of Sunday Schools published by the Vuion, which is now also out of print. The instructions for teachers in this Essay are so important, that we rejoice to see them again re-published, in a cheap and neat torm. The inculcation of religious sentiments should be our great and constant endeavour; we cannot do better than adopt the plans resulting from the experience of our northern fellow labourers, who have raised their country so high in the scale of moral elevation, by combining with early education the sanctifying influences of religious instruction.
The Account of the Sunday School Library we recommend to our readers. A circulating library will be found of very great importance in Sunday Schools: having communicated the capacity of reading, it is highly desirable that we should render it subservient to moral and mental improvement. The appetite is excited, and it is necessary that we should supply it with wholesonte and nourishing food. An ability to read may be perverted, by being employed on pernicious publications; the best method of preventing this evil is, by the diffusion of judicions and instructive books. Thus will the poor be led to substitute mental employment for sensual gratification, while one of the best plans iş adopted for the improvement of the intellect, the amelioration of the heart, and the salvation of the soul.
Report of the East London Auxiliary Sunday School Union.
THE first Quarterly Meeting of this Union was held at the Rev. George Evans's Chapel, on Tuesday Evening, September 6th, 1814. The Devotions were commenced with singing the Hymn, “ How serious is the Charye,” and the Rev. Mr. Williams engaged in Prayer.
The following REPORT was then read by one of the Secretaries.-
It now becomes the pleasing task of your Committee to report the progress and present state of this Auxiliary Union. During the short period that has elapsed since the formation of this society many very interesting facts have come to our knowledge, which afford additional testimony to the extensive usefulness of Sunday Schools. We cannot therefore forbear pausing for a moment to state their great importance, and even their superiority over most of the benevolent institutions of our highly favoured Island,
It is a singular fact, that since the reformation, much Teater exertions have been made to stem the torrent of iniquity, and snatch the devoted victim from the effects of rooted crime, than to nip the dreadful evil in its bud. More has been done to rescue those who are perishing in all the misery attendant on a life of sin, wretchedness, and despair, than to imbue the infant mind with salutary principles, and direct the youthful wanderer to the paths of holiness. But which may be considered the more useful employment-to keep the bank of a river in repair, or to be engaged in attempting to repair the breach when the torrent is inundating the surrounding country ?
-Which person renders the most essential serviceHe, who by timely notice of danger, warns the unsuspecting mariner, and thus preserves his vessel from shipwreck, or he who coldly looks on, sees the danger approaching, and yet gires no alarm, till the vessel dashes itself to pieces, when he risks his life to save the drowning crew?
Let it then be our delightful task to win the infant mind, to unfold to the simple and warm-hearted youth, the glories and the loveliness of our blessed Redeeiner; and while we are endeavouring to assist those who are ready to perish, may we become the humble instrunients by which the children of the poor shall be brought to devote themselves to God in their youth, and thus be saved from the shocking effects of dissipated and vicious habits early and easily contracted. That instead of going dowa to the grave at a premature old age the sad victims of ignorance, vice, disease, and despair, we may have the inexpressible pleasure of seeing them trained up, under the blessing of God, to the love and practice of true religion, and to exemplary activity in the service of our Redeemer.
Engaged in such a cause, we cannot wonder if Satan attempts, by every means, to hinder our usefulness and paralize our efforts, or to draw us aside from the path of duty. In order to resist his temptations, and surmount the obstacles thrown in our way it is indispensably requisite that we should “ pray without ceasing,”—that we may be aware of Satan's devices, and that our hearts may be encouraged in making still greater attempts to accomplish the overthrow of his kingdom.
There is every
Your Committee take as their motto, part of the creed of that indefatigable promoter of Sunday Schools, the Rev. Mr. Charles, of Bala, viz.“ Never to give up their design.” They presume this will meet your decided approbation, and that they shall have the benefit of your prayers for the success of their labours.
The friends of this society will doubtless learn, with pleasure, that through the activity of our Wesleyan brethren, a new Sunday School has been opened at Low Layton, under the patronage of this Union, at the trifling sum of nine shillings, from its funds, for the purchase of books; there are already twenty-six children; and two teachers have eugaged in it, besides those who went first from London. prospect of this School going on well.
It has given your committee no small degree of pleasure to hear of the increasing activity of the teachers belonging to many Schools in the district. A noble spirit of justifiable emulation begins to appear. New plans have been adopted for the preservation of order, which greatly assists the teachers in the discharge of their duty. And your committee warmly recommend the truly systematic plan acted upon in the largest School in this district--that of “ Friars Mount," a School which furnishes a pattern well worthy of the imitation of all Sunday Schools.
Your committee annex a statement of the Schools forming this Union, in which there were 7769 children at Midsummer last, and there is every reason to hope that this number is increasing, and will, by united exertions, in a few years, be more than doubled. And that the teachers having put their hands to the plough, will all be induced to increase their efforts while there are any children to be found who are destitute of instruction. There have been several Adult Schools recently formed, the particulars of which cannot yet be reported.
The funds of this Society at the present time amount to about £55, which will not be, by any means adequate to carry into effect the present intentions of your committee; but it is hoped that there are many friends of this Union who will favour the District Secretaries with their subscriptions of 48. per annum and upwards, so that your committee may not be obliged to abandon any of its designs of opening new Schools for want of pecuniary support.
By means of this Union the state of the district is known for the first time, a proper spirit of emulation has been excited, by which it is believed every School will be enlarged and very materially benetited; different sub-committees are Dow active in obtaining information and secking places to open new Schools where they are most wanted.
Books also for the use of Schools have been published and sold at prime cost; so that spelling books may now be had by all the Schools connected with this Union, at 45. 6d. per hundred, and Dr. Watts's Divine Songs, together with Dr. Doddridge's Principles in one book, at 1s. 4d. per dozen.
During the past quarter your committee have held their regular meetings, at which the true spirit of union evidently prevailed, and the various members of the committee have been actively employed in thoroughly investigating the state of the district, the result of such investigation warrants us to say that the want of Sunday Schools is still very great.
The populous neighbourhoods of St. Catherine's, East Smithfield, Shadwell Market, Limehouse, Stepney, and Globe Fields, are nearly in a barren state, and many other parts are but little cultivated.
There remains much to be done, and it is hoped that our meeting this evening will communicate new energy to our exertions, while it will cause us to glorify him who has bought us with a price, whose we are, and whom we serve.
Being assured that we shall be made to rejoice in our labours, while we go forth bearing precious seed, and with ferrent supplications to the Father of Spirits we cease not to exclaim: * Let thy work appear uuto thy servants and thy glory unto their children;" and " Let the beauty of the Lord our God be upon us, and establish thou the work of our hands upon us; yea the work of our hands establish thou it.”
Schools forming the East London Auriliary Sunday School
Union Year 1814.
Male Female Boys Girls
15.... 12.... 70..ri 80 Jewry Street, Aldgate
13.... .... 42
37 Instructive Institution, Swan Street. 5.... j.... 30. ... 30 Goodman's Fields ·
8.... 3.... 59.... 80 Devonshire Square, Bishopsgate •
35 Second District. Artillery Street, Spital Fields ....
5.... 30.... 3+ Raven Row, Do.
• 251....239 White Row, Do...
. 130 Mile End New Town
17 ... 21....329....354
Third District. Friars Mount, Shoreditch... 30.... 28....442....419 Middlesex, Hackney Road
7•..• 7.... 89.... 82 Gibraltar, Bethual Green... 6.. 5....130.... 80 Hope Street, Spital Fields.
12.... 7....108....131 Fourth District. St. George's, Wellclose Square.... 15.... 7...
....150.... 150 Sion Chapel
7.... 9.... 16+. ... 221 Church Lane
12.... 10.... 40.
50 Mulberry Gardens, Pell Street.... 16..... 17....112.... 145
Fifth District. New Road
15.... 10.... 60 75 Ebenezer, Ratcliff Highway...... 8.... 20....220....926 Old Gravel Lane, Shadwell. 10.... 16 30.... 66 Anchor and Hope, Wapping 1.... 2.... 15.... 50 Mr. Shiffler's, Commercial Road.. 2.... 3.... 46.... 56
Sixth District. Methodist, Poplar..
12.... 7....121....160 Union, Do.
6.... 3.... 27.... 20 Cotton Street, Do...
6.... 6.... 60..., 70 Mill Wall, Do.
43.... 20 Seventh District. Rose Lane, Ratcliff.
4.... 6.... 50.... 70 Eighth District. Darling Place, Mile End
15.... 15.... 80.... 90 Poor Childs, Bethnal Green
5. ... S.... 45... 35 Rev. Mr. Kello's, Ditto
3.... ..*, 70) Globe Fields
8.... ..: 45.... 44 Ninth District. Mare Street, Hackney...
1.... 6.... 30.... 30 Dove Row, Do.
4. ... 5.... 73.... 58 Shore Place, Do.
6.... 5....109....123 Thomas's Square, Do..
2.... 2.... 70.... 60 Well Street, Do...
6.... 40.... 40 Haggerston...
O.... 4.... 73.... 55 Tenth District. Bow
2.... 20....210.... 70 West Ham
2.... 4. ... 60..., 40 East l'am..
18. 2... 40.... 50 Plaistow, Rev. Mr. Lacy's.. 6.... 3.... 30.... 25 Do. Methodist
6.... l.... 20. ... 27 Eleventh District. Woodford ....
3.... 3. ... 21.... 27 Woodford Bridge.
10. 20 Barking Side....
20 Chigwell Row
6.... 6.... 40.. 60