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THE NORMAL CLASS. idol-worship, but that it was common South West District, West London amongst English children, and even
amongst Sunday school scholars. SeAUXILIARY SUNDAY School Union.
veral instances were given. CoveroUSOn Friday, March 25th, 1859, this class NESS. Gold was a beautiful idol, but brought its sixth session to a close. The though worshipped and sought after evening was devoted to the considera- greedily, it was of no use when help was tion of " Sunday School Addresses;" | most needed. An illustration was given. two addresses being delivered on one A steamer, with a large quantity of topic, intended to show different me- Californian gold on board, was wrecked. thods in which the same subject might All were in the utmost danger. The be treated.
gold, which many of the passengers had After the usual devotional exercises, risked so much to obtain, was strewod the President called upon Mr. C. Beard over the sofas in the cabin, on the floor, to give the first address, the text se- and on the deck ; none cared for it; lected being–1 John V., 21., “Little none would burden themselves with it, children, keep yourselves from idols." but it was cast aside as useless.
Mr. Beard commenced by stating that AMBITION, was next instanced. The having to speak about idols it was ne- foolish and wicked-attempts of Alexcessary to find out what an idol was, ander to attain universal dominion, and and proceeded to instance Juggernaut, the career of Napoleon, being adduced the idols in the Missionary Museums, as illustrations; and the sad close of the the deities of the Greeks and Romans, life of each was adverted to as proof of and the image-worship of the Church of the vanity of the idol they served. Rome, showing how all this was in op
FINE DRESS, was then spoken of as position to the command of God (Exodus an idol very common among children. XX)—that it excites his anger, and will The temptations to pride, dishonesty, bring down his judgments. The ex- &c., to which it is likely to lead, were ample of the Jews was adduced--their pointed out, and commented upon. tendency to idolatry, and the punish
In conclusion, the scholars were exments that came upon them in conse- horted to love God aright-with all the quence. The prevalence of idolatry at heart; this would leave no room for the present day was spoken of, and the idols to occupy the place that belonged duty of helping to do away with it to God. The speaker concluded by enforcod.
suggesting as a prayer, the hymn, The speaker then referred to the
“ The dearest idol I have known,
Whate'er that idol be, apostle John, and his letter to the
Ilelp me to tear it from thy throne, Christians, containing the precept which And worship only Thee." formed the subject of the address: to The president then called upon Mr the city of Ephesus, where for a long II. Barker, to give the second address, time he lived ; to its splendid temple, (he according to arrangement not layand the great goddess Diana ; to St. ing heard the first.) le remarked that Paul's visit, and to the uproar made by it appeared a strange subject upon Demetrius and his fellow-craftsmen on which to speak to English children; behalf of their deity.
they pity the idolaters when they hear After dwelling for some time on the of their cruelty and ignorance, yet it topics thus presented, allusion was next was necessary to think whether we made to the fact that it was not neces- were not in danger of becoming, in a sary to go to India or China to find sense, worshippers of idols.
The heathen have some notion of a was shown by reference to the fact that God, and try to some extent to serve the sheep and the silk-worm had worn him. We, know his will. Those who our clothes before we could get them. best know, and do it, find it no hard Contrasted with this, was the ornament service; those who do it not, are most of a meek and quiet spirit, and the robe troubled and unhappy. We must see of righteousness. PLEASURE, was next that we give Him our most faithful ser- alluded to, and its insufficiency to give vice. We cannot have two masters; happiness was shown. AMBITION—the we cannot serve God and mammon. desire of excelling others—of getting to We are naturally inclined to love some- the top of the class, even by unfair thing--something to which we can look means--of being thought the swiftest, up; God has given this power that it the boldest, &c. may be given back to Him. Man na- As closing remarks, the love of God turally prefers this life, and what seems was set forth as the chief thing to be pleasant and desirable-choosing earth sought after. The service of Satan was rather than heaven; but we do wrong shown to be a "hard service," and all if we thus give to earth that which were urged to " set their affections on should be given to God.
things above." Reference was then made to various At the close of the addresses, the things that usurp the place of God : members expressed their opinions upon that there was pride in heaven once, them, and the subject in general. even among the angels of God, and how One, deprecated set, formal, theoloit caused their downfall; that Alex-gical discourses, and recommended the ander, after all his conquests, found free use of illustrations, and of adaptaonly sorrow and disappointment from tion to the capacities of the children, his ambition and love of dominion; that suggesting that the teacher should reWolsey, notwithstanding the greatness call the memory of his own childhood, he had won, closed his days in trouble and speak as a child to children. Anand affliction ; that the desire of fame other pointed out the similarity of the sustains the spirit of the soldier; that addresses in many points, in the illusthe love of money is a form of idolatry, trations and practical lessons, especially as shown in the case of the man who instancing the references to
“ Alexworks even seven days in every week to ander,” to “ambition,” and to “fine get wealth ; that the statesman labours dress;" by both speakers recommending for the triumph of his party, or to secure also the use of questions, energy and a statue for himself.
liveliness of style and manner, and All, indeed, have their idols; but the condemning written addresses as a genesubject refers to "little children.” They ral rule. may say they are not guilty of these The use of the verse of a hymn, at things, yet we see the beginnings now. the close of the first address, was much
Is the Bible most read ? Is the Sab- approved of. The length of addresses bath more prized than a holiday? Is was adverted to by another speaker, Christ best loved, or do you please self ? and some were instanced as occupying Do you live to Him now, that you may only four minutes, whilst others extended live with Him for ever? If not, you do to 55 minutes—the short ones being not love God most.
usually the best. A few things likely to prove idols The failure of many addresses was children were then pointed out. Fins attributed by the next speaker, to an CLOTHES——the danger of being proud of attempt on the part of teachers to do them. This idol often keeps God out of too much: brevity, point, and earnestthe heart. The folly of this idolatry ness were insisted on as special requisites, and an instance was narrated of an indi. was 550. The average attendance has vidual who had given an address, dis- been mornings 384; afternoons 487. tinguished by these characteristics, to The morning separate service for those the scholars of a ragged-school. At the too young to join intelligently in the close, one boy whispered pretty audibly, service of the sanctuary, had been held “That's a very decent preach; that old every Sunday; and also a distinct one chap can come again.” An opinion in for the infants only, in another room. which his companions appeared fully to all the children however, except the concur.
infants, had the option of attending the The President summed up the remarks service at the church, or other places of made, drawing especial attention to one worship with their parents. or two points, and in conclusion, urged Sunday cvoning services.--During the upon the meeting the desirableness of year, this branch of the school operations endeavoring during the vacation to which is carried on without any expense make the class more widely known, so except that of gas, had continued to that on recommencing operations, in draw together a large number of chilthe autumn, a larger number might dren and their parents. receive the benefits of the course of The total number present during the instruction provided; the general adop- year, was 15,667, or an average of tion of the plan originated in the Normal 301 for each Sunday. As far as could Class, rendering it very important that be ascertained — with very few excepit should be sustained in perfect efli- tions thesc persons had been drawn ciency.
not from other congregations, but from T: J. C. the large body of the inhabitants who
had hitherto disregarded the claims of
the Sabbath. KENTISH TOWN
A prayer meeting had been held after CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH
cach service, which had an average
attendance of 80. SUNDAY SCHOOL.
During the summer months open air The Annual Meeting of this Institu- services had been held in a field close tion, was held on the evening of Good by-one at half past 5, and another at Friday.
half-past 8. About 250 persons took tea together, The teachers had had much to encouafter which the large room (formerly the rage them in connexion with this chapel), was thrown open to the public, service, and did time permit, several and was speedily filled to overflowing interesting facts could be stated. by the friends of the school, among Some of the regular attendants had whom were a large number of the subscribed together to purchase a very parents of the children.
handsome pulpit bible, which they had Mr. Fleming, the pastor of the church, presented to the school, accompanied and president of the school, presided, by a letter expressing the deepest gratiand having offered prayer, and addressed tude for the pleasure and profit derived a few words to the meeting, called upon from the service. A leather label in the the secretary to read the report:—a few cover, contained the following inscripextracts from which may prove interest- tion :ing and useful
“ Presented to the Teachers of the SunThere were at the close of the year day School, by the Parents, Children, 1858, 704 children on the books, under and others attending the Evening Serthe instruction of 64 teachers. The vice." largest number present at any one time The Missionary subscriptions of the
school had been £18, 18s. 5d., which of the children their parents and friends together with £8. 188. 6d. from the availed themselves of the opportunity. Evening Service Society, made a total of The charges were so arranged as to pay £57. 175. 1d. contributed for this purpose all expenses, and leave a small sum to during the year. A portion of this go to the school funds. amount is devoted to the support of 8 Christmas Entertainments.-A series Hindoo girls, and one young man of of meetings designed for the instruction caste, in the Madras missionary schools. and amusement of the children, were
The Library contains 700 volumes, and held during the Christmas and New4,409 issues had been made by the Year's weeks. librarians during the year.
They consisted of lectures by Messrs The Magazine committee completed its Baron and A. Shrimpton; a tea and third year of existence in June last. treat for the Infants only, and on the During the year, the following magazines fourth night a musical entertainment had been disposed of by the committee. followed by the distribution of 200 books 158 Sunday at Home.
from two large illuminated Christmas 193 Leisure Hour.
trees, to 130 children recommended by 24 Sunday School Teachers' Treasury.
their teachers, and 70 parents of those 47 Sunday School Union Magazine. 61 Christian Miscellany.
who had attended most regularly 26 Ragged School Union Magazine. through the year. The expenses of 16 Christian Treasury.
these meetings were met, and a small ditto Witness,
surplus, secured by a small charge made 10 British Messenger.
for admission. 156 Mothers' Friend. 242 Bible Class Magazine.
Lectures to the children had been 789 British Workman.
delivered at intervals of a fortnight. 1,224 Childs' Compar.ion.
Those who had been punctual every time 46 Children's Paper.
during the previous month, were ad99 Christians' Id. Magazine. 24 Tract Magazine.
mitted free ; and a small charge made 291 Teachers' Offering.
to those not so entitled. 19 Day Star.
On Christmas day about 120 teachers 27 Friendly Visitor.
and friends met to breakfast, and after13 Sabbath School Messenger.
wards held a Conference upon the 691 Band of Ilope Review. 563 Dew Drop
following subjects :-—"Recent instances 92 Juvenile Missionary Magazine.
of usefulness, and causes of failure." 565 Child's Own Magazine.
A Situation Register had been opened 76 Gospel Trumpet.
during the year upon which the names 100 Miscellaneous.
and other particulars of those boys and 5,587 Total.
girls requiring situations are entered ; Total for 34 years 17,418.
the book being kept for inspection in a The Band of Hope continued its central position in the neighbourhood. meetings fortnightly during the winter The Provident Investment Society, commonths, the average attendance being menced in September, had progressed about 120. There are now about 200 satisfactorily, there having been 121 members ; 80 having been added during depositors, who had invested £53., in the present year, and go over the lessons | remembered as among the very best a second time.
the Society. The Summer Excursion to Hampton- The Mimpriss System of graduated Court passed off successfully, and gave simultaneous instruction, was brought such universal satisfaction, that the to a close at the end of the year; but teachers have arranged to repeat the had been so far approved by the trip this year.
teachers that they resolved to recomA special train was engaged, and 995 mence the course at the beginning of
ever delivered in that room. Teachers' prayer-meetings had been In every respect the meeting was of held every Saturday evening, and after the most animated and interesting chathe evening service on the last Sunday racter. in each month. · Enquirers' classes, consisting of those who are believed to be in earnest about personal salvation, are held at frequent CLERKENWELL PAROCHIAL intervals, and are met by teachers well
SUNDAY SCHOOLS. qualified to instruct them more fully in Divine things. The teachers have good
The fifty-second annual meeting and reason to believe that many in these examination of the children of these classes have in reality given their hearts schools took place on Monday, April to the Saviour: and will soon come for
30th, ward and openly profess His name.
The Chair was taken by the Rev. S. The Boy's devotional or Young Chris- A. HERBERT, and subsequently by the tian's Class meets for prayer every Sun- Rev. R. Maguire. day afternoon after school, and on one
There were present, among other evening in the week. One of the friends, Mr. Sturgeon and Mrs. Mafundamental rules of this class, is, that guire, Superintendent; Mr. W. H. only such boys as give sufficient proof
Groser, (representing the Sunday of a change of heart, or at any rate an
School Union); Mr. Power, (repreearnest desire to become Christians, senting the Sunday School Institute); shall be members of it. All belonging Mr. Davis, of the Religious Tract Soto it are expected to engage in some acts ciety ; Mr. Groser, sen.; and the variof usefulness, as tract distributing,
ous members of the Committee. speaking privately to their compan
The Rev. Mr. HERBERT conducted ions, &c.
the examination of the children. Prayer-meetings of the children, origi- The annual report was read, from nated at their spontaneous request, which we gathered that the schools are are held every Sunday ; boys and girls progressing most satisfactorily. The separately, before school in the morning, number of teachers on the books is, and at the close of the evening service. male teachers, 15; female teachers, 21.
Tract Societies.—Both boys and girls The number of children is larger than have been in active operation. Above heretofore, and the respective returns 18,000 tracts having been distributed stand thus-boys 220 (average attenduring the year-nearly all of which dance, 130); girls, 216 (average attendhave been purchased by the children ance, upwards of 100.) The writing themselves.
classes are held on Tuesday and FriThe report having been read, the day evenings. A library of useful and following gentlemen delivered short, but instructive books is open one evening most interesting and useful addresses, in the week. A service, under the viz.: Rev. J. H. Wilson, of Aberdeen, sanction of the Incumbent, adapted for Rev. T. Thoresby, of Spa Fields, Rev. children, with a suitable address, is held F. Tucker, of Camden Road, and every Sunday evening. This is not Messrs. Shirley, and Bailey.
confined to the children of the school; It is quite impossible in the limits of parents are also invited. A course of this notice, to give anything like a fair instructive and interesting lectures idea of the most excellent speeches of have been given by the teachers on these gentlemen, which will long be week evenings.