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culty of obtaining a place for the purpose, and the disregard manifested by the inhabitants to such an institution, every attempt had hitherto proved unsuccessful. The clairman (John Dyer, Esq.) informed the meeting, that a Scliool for adults had been opened at Deptford by members of the Committee, that about sixteen had been admitted, but at present only twelve actually received instruction, owing probably to some of them having left their homes to profit by the employment which the harvest affords.
It was likewise stated, that a School had been opened on the Woolwich Road, by the Greenwich Union Society, (established to promote village preaching, and Sunday Schools) and another at Dartmouth Row Chapel, Blackheath, by the Rev. John Shepherd, A. B. the former containing about thirty children, the latter forty. A variety of interesting information was communia cated by the chairman, and the meeting was closed with a very appropriate address by the Rev. J. W. Percy.
We feel considerable pleasure in acquainting you, that at à cemmittee of the Union, held last Friday evening, a sub-committee was chosen for the purpose of opening Adult Schools at Woolwich, for each sex. There is every reason to anticipate much success fronı their operations, which will commence without delay. Indeed, we cannot refuse ourselves the honest gratification of bearing witness that our Woolwich brethren are all life and activity in the distinguished service of instructing the ignorant. And is it not a distinguished service? It is the service of the King of Kings- of Him, at whose name every knee shall bow -- 0f lin, who always has, and ever will, bring off those engaged in it more than conquerors. It is a distinguished service !-and it is a profitable service. - It is the service of Him who can reward liberally, for “from Him all good proceeds,” and who will reward liberally, for he has declared, it any man serve me, him will my Father honor." -- But we request your pardon for thus trespassing upon your attention, and are,
Very respectfully, Grernrich.
T. W. KERSITAW,7
Secretaries. Sept. 13, 1814.
W. CHAMBERS, S
WARRINGTON SUNDAY SCHOOL Union.
Wurrington, August 25th, 1814, IT is with peculiar pleasure I embrace the opportunity of informing you that we have established a Sunday School Union in this trun, which I hope will prove of the greatest utility, and tend 10 promote the good of the rising generation, by the united efforts of those who are engaged in so laudable an employment,
but am sorry to remark, that little at present has been done since its first formation, but I flatter myself, that ere long we shall wit. ness its beneficial effects beginning to dawn. At a meeting of the committee, held July 1st, it was resolved that a copy of the rules of this union should be transmitted to the editor of the Sunday School Repository.
Annexed is a statement of the number of children, teachers, &c. contained in the respective Schools belonging to the Union, delivered by the superintendant of each School.
428 ... 33
180 •••• 26 Salem School .....
30 St. John's School
I now proceed to give you a brief outline of our annual meeting, which was held on Thursday the 9th day of June, which afforded a very pleasing sight, and have no doubt) was very gratifying to great numbers. The children belonging to the respective Schools, as above stated, all concentrated together at about two o'clock in the afternoon in the market-place of this town, where they all joined in singing a hymn, and then marched in Tegular procession to St. John's Chapel
, and a sermon was preached on the occasion by the Rev. Mr. Garrett, minister at Bank-street Chapel, to a numerous audience; his discourse being principally addressed to the children of the several Schools, and their parents, who were present, to embrace the opportunity. I hope a divine blessing will accompany our efforts, in adopting such measures as shall tend to the prosperity of the Union, and redound to the glory of God.
STROUD SUNDAY SCHOOL UNION.
Stroud, June 18th, 1814. I INFORMED you some weeks ago that a Sunday School Union had been established in this town, and intimated my intention of sending you more particular information when our society should have become fully establisbed. The union comprehends at present 14 scbools, above 200 teachers, and 1500 children;
and we hope to have considerable additions made to our numai bers before long, for we are not yet completely organised.
I write now chiefly to con municate to you a brief account of our proceedings on Whit-monday last, on which day a complete muster was had of the Schools connected with the union, and of some other neighbouring Schools wliich are not yet united with
On the morning of that day nearly 2500 Sunday School children were collected together in the parish church of this town, when a very impressive discourse was addressed to then by the Rev. Mr. Williams. As many of the children had come from a considerable distance, it was thought requisite to provide for their refreshment previously to their returning home; a cold dinner was accordingly given them in a field adjoining the town. The children were seated on the grass in parallel ranks, and occupied a considerable portion of an extensive piece of ground. When all had taken the places allotted for them, a signal was given by sound of trumpet, and the children having risen up, sang a verse imploring the blessing of God upon their food. In the same way thanks were returned after dinner. The scene both in the church and in the field was indescribably pleasing and impressive. The eye and the ear were delighted, and the benevolent niind was furnished with ample matter for cheering anticipations of good, which both in this world and in the world to come, may be expected to arise from such extensive and combined exertions to impart knowledge and communicate happiness.
After singing, the benediction was pronounced, and the children were conducted to their respective places of abode.
In the evening the teachers of Sunday Schools, to the number of 300 or more, assembled at the methodist chapel in this town, and were addressed by the Rev. Mr. Rees of Rodborough, in an appropriate and energetic discourse.
The services of the day will never be forgotten by those who witnessed them. The novelty of the thing attracted thousands of persons to Stroud; and it is hoped that this festival has excited a lively interest in favour of Sunday Schools in the minds of some who had previously been indifferent to such institutions. The friends of Suyday Schools were almost overpowered with joy at the gratifying spectacle which they beheld, and felt increased ardour to work while it is called to-day in a vineyard which promises to yield them such ample reward.
I am, dear Sir,
PRINTED BY 1, TEAPE, TOWER-ILILL, LONDON.
Hints on the ESTABLISHMENT and REGULATION of
SUNDAY SCHOOLS. IT is most desirable, especially in large and populous towns, that societies should be instituted, and committees formed, for the support and management of the Schools; not only on account of the expense, which becomes light by being divided among many, but, because more good in various ways may be expected to result from combined exertions than from individual efforts. The institution will also obtain greater publicity, and many who would otherwise have regarded it with indifference, will feel a peculiar interest in its welfare when personally engaged in contributing to its support. In commencing a new Sunday School it has been found necessary, where there are no other means of acquainting the poor in the neighbourhood with the proposed institution, to circulate a hand-bill on the subject.*
At the first admission of each child, it is highly expedient to enjoin the attendance of at least one of the parents : this will afford the superintendent or teacher, an opportunity of pointing out to them the importance of sending their children regularly and in good time, and also of giving them any suit
* A form similar to the following may be adopted :
Education free of Expence, On Sunday the of a Sunday School will be opened at
Parents desirous of placing their children in the School must attend at in the morning, at - o'clock in the afternoon, or — in the eveniog of any Sabbath day.
N.B. The children must come thoroughly clean, VOL. II.
able advice* The age of admission is in most schools restricted to six years : in some to seven. Without a regulation of this sort a school is liable to be converted into a nursery; as parents will frequently send their youngest children, while the elder to whom instruction is of most importance, are detained at home to assist in the family. To guard against this, it is a practice in some schools not to admit the younger without the elder.
It has been found very useful to give the parents, on admitting their children, the rules of the school, requesting that they may be placed in a conspicuous situation in their houses. The following rules are recommended for adoption:
1. The hours of attendance are in the morning, in the afternoon, and — in the evening. As it is a rule that the school should be opened and concluded with prayer, it is necessary that the children should all be present in the school in good time.
2. Any children being absent at either of the above times, unless by the reasonable desire of their parents, (of which notice must be given), or by permission of their teachers, will be liable to reproof; and if absent three successive Sundays, without a satisfactory cause, will subject themselves to be dismissed the school.
3. Those boys and girls able to read the Testament, who attend regularly and behave well, will, as a reward, have the privilege, of learning writing and arithmetic in the week.
4. Every child who does not come to school clean and decent, or is found guilty of lying, swearing, stealing, fighting, or otherwise misbehaving, must be expelled, if after repeated reproof there is no reforination.
5. No book belonging to the institution shall be taken away from the School on any pretence whatever.
6. It is earnestly recommended to the parents or friends of the children to set them proper examples, and to urge them to attend to their own improvement; thus to second the wishes and exertions of the teachers, who cannot hope for much success in their voluntary labours, if the children behold at home an indifference to their welfare, or an example contrary to the instructions given at school.
7. Once or twice in a year the parents or friends of the children in this School will be requested to meet the teachers, of which due notice will be given.
* No. 59, of the publications of the Religious Tract Society, entitled " An address Parents of Children who attend Sunday Schools,” might be an acceptable and useful present on these occasions.