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Addresses were delivered by Messrs. | long remembered. The meeting was Groser, W. H. Groser, Power, and opened with prayer, and after some reDavis ; after which the distribution of marks by the chairman, Mr. W. Munday, rewards took place.
the superintendent, read a short report, The Rev. R. Maguire then addressed which urged the universal adoption of the children.
Sunday schools in workhouses. Mr. G. Appropriate hymns were sung by the White, of the Abbey Street Schools, exchildren at intervals during the inter- amined the children in Scripture knowesting proceedings, which were closed ledge, who readily, cheerfully, and acwith prayer.- Clerkenwell News. curately answered the questions put to
them. The recitations were delivered with good effect, and the singing, which
consisted of “Jubilate," "Holy Lord." COMMERCIAL ROAD CHAPEL (Sanctus) "Come unto me,” and “JeruSUNDAY SCHOOL ANNIVERSARY. salem,” (anthems) and "Now unto Him,"
was executed in a style which reflects On Wednesday, 23rd March, the an
great credit upon Mr. R. Prestage, the nual meeting was held, when about 230
teacher. During the evening, speeches friends took tea, after which a public
were delivered by the Rev. D. Katterns, meeting was held. In the absence of Mr. Paxton, and Messrs. Gamman, A. S. Ayrton, Esq., M.P., who was en
Baxter, Williams, and Homer. Mr. gaged to preside, the Rev. G. W. Pegg, Brain attended as a deputation from the (the minister of the place,) took the Sunday School Union. The tenor cf chair.
the Lord Mayor's speech was union and The meeting was addressed by the love, which was eloquently described as Revds. J. H. Hinton, J. Kennedy, Dr. the great and only means for the reHewlett, Philip Dickerson, Wm. Wood- formation of the world. Mr. Homer house, and Mr. Hartley, as a deputation referred in an able manner to the esfrom the East London Auxiliary Sunday tablishment of the Hackney Workhouse School Union.
Sunday School, and its present prosA note, since received from Mr. Ayr
Votes of thanks were ton, states that through a mistake he
passed to the chairman, &c.; and after was unable to be present, although he the meeting, the children were regaled was “particularly anxious” to attend.
with cake and milk. Many of the On the previous Sunday, Sermons
guardians were present, and took great were preached by the Rev. Clement interest in the proceedings. Dukes, of Dalston, and Rev.-P. W.
We can but hope that the influence of Guinness, of Cheshunt College.
this meeting will permeate the length and breadth of the land, and bring speedily about that result for which
those who are engaged in this work BETHNAL GREEN WORKHOUSE
constantly and earnestly pray. SUNDAY SCHOOL. On Tuesday evening, March 22nd, the annual meeting of this institution
PUTNEY. was held in the chapel, which was, as usual, filled in every part.
The Lord INDEPENDENT SUNDAY SCHOOL.- The Mayor presided, who, though to some annual sermons connected with the extent indisposed, was very cheerful, above school, were preached on the and his speech, which was full of good 13th of March ; in the morning by the judgment and sound argument, will be Rev. T. Davies, and in the evening by
the Rev. J. B. Talbot, of London ; on and by Messrs. Wright of Hull; the Tuesday following, the annual meet- Groser, of London ; Allison, of Leeds ; ing was held, when a large company W. Corke, J. Tuley, and W. Salter. sat down to an excellent tea. The Rev. J. M. Soule, of Battersea, presided at the public meeting; and the report was
NEWCASTLE-UPON-TYNE. read by Mr. James, the superintendent. Appropriate addresses were delivered This Union has remitted a second conby the Rev. F. F. Thomas, of Toot- tribution to the London Union of nearly ing; Davison, of Wandsworth ; Davies, £33, collected chiefly among the children of Putney; and also by Messrs. King of the several schools in town and and Harrison, of Putney, and Mr. Sin- country, towards the liquidation of the clair from Londoo. The account, as remaining debt on the JUBILEE ME: read by the superintendent, was very MORIAL HALL. The friends in the North cheering; the school was on the in- duly appreciated the valuable and percrease; three of the teachers had been severing labours of the Parent Society, received in church fellowship; and the and have much pleasure in thus pracfunds were in a very satisfactory state. tically expressing their sympathy and
grateful sense thereof.
SUNDAY SCHOOL FESTIVAL AT HALIFAX.—The annual conference of
NIOBART TOWN. teachers was held in Trinity Road Chapel, on April 22nd. At the morning meet- Being a constant reader of your Maing Mr. J. H. Philbrick presided. Mr. gazine, and observing frequently the Wright, of Hull, read a paper on “The notices of Sunday school anniversaries Past, the Present, and the Future of that occur in various localities in EngSunday schools;" and Mr. Allison, of land, I thought that it would not be Leeds, read a paper on · Auxiliary uninteresting to give you some account Agencies to Sunday Schools.” In the of the Christmas anniversary of the Sunafternoon, Mr. Councillor Sugden pre. day schools in Hobart Town, Tasmania. sided. Mr. Groser, Corresponding Secre. The anniversary was held on Monday, tary of the London Sunday School 27th December, 1858. It is usually Union, read a paper on “ Teachers' held the day following Christmas. The Training Classes.” These papers were children assembled about eleven o'clock severally discussed, and at the close of in their respective schools, in various the Conference, the delegates had tea parts of the city, and proceeded to the in the Sion school room.
Wesleyan chapel. The children were The annual meeting of this Union seated by twelve o'clock. They comwas held in Sion Chapel, April 22nd. menced by singing one of the hymns F. Crossley, Esq., presided. The re- selected for the occasion. Prayer was port stated that 48 schools were in offered; the second hymn sung. The union, containing 2,050 teachers, and Rev. J. G. Mackintosh then addressed 12,200 scholars ; that 166 scholars them for a short time. The children had joined churches during the year; listened very attentively.
It was a and that 73 visits had been made to pleasing siglit to see so many gathered schools by the visiting committee. together. It would be happiness, indeed, Addresses were delivered by the chair- if all of them loved the Saviour. They man; the Revs. T. M. Newnes, G. then sang the concluding hymn. About Hoyle, 'T. D. Matthias, and J. C. Gray; (1,400 Sunday school children were pre
sent. The chapel was full in every part. connected with Sunday schools. One of The children and teachers left the chapel the speakers (a stranger to the place), in the following order Wesleyan remarked that the impressions he first schools, 4; Independents, 4; Presbyte- received on visiting Hobart Town would rians, 2; Free Church of Scotland, 2; long be remembered by him, for it was Free Wesleyans, 1; Ragged schools, 2. on the day of the anniversary. He was Each school was headed by its banner very much pleased with the behaviour or flag, with the name of the school, or of the children, and the orderly manner other device, upon it. The streets the people and children amused themthrough which the procession passed selves in the park. Before the meeting were lined with spectators, many of them separated, it was resolved to have quarparents of the children. On arriving at terly united teachers' tea meetings. the Queen's park, the schools separated; some went among the trees, others to
Poetry. the open ground, where they amused themselves by playing at different
DISCOURAGED, BECAUSE OF THE WAY. games,-cricket, swinging, skipping,
On weary, murmuring soul! &c., &c. Cake, buns, milk, lemonade, Yearning in spirit for the Lord's release, fruit, &c., were provided for them. After Impatient for thy pilgrimage to cease, amusing themselves between two and While yet far from the goal ! three hours, the schools returned to
This strengthening word of cheer
A sunbeam,gladdening Earth's lone desert waste their several places of Worship, where
“He who believes on me shall not make haste," the children were supplied with tea, Falls on thy listening ear. cake, and buns. About five o'clock the Earth's laborers may repine, children returned home, many of them when tardy nightfall lengthens out the day: tired with their day's holiday. At six Their weary eyes may chide the long delay-
But, oh, my soul, not thine ! o'clock the teachers and friends sat down
They may despond; but thou, to tea, many of them fatigued with their The servant, nay, the child of God, the heir day's work (for it is now about the mid- of glory everlasting-shouldst thou wear dle of summer). After tea, persons are
Such gloom upon thy brow? called upon to speak, when some topic
Thy wistful glances trace
The nearer path to hearen which some have trod, connected with Sunday schools is dis- The path baptized by their tears and blood, cussed. Between the speeches some Who ran the martyr's race. pieces are sung. The meeting was con- What ! Couldst thou, fearless, drink cluded about nine o'clock, and thus ends That cup of mortal agony and woe! one of the happy days which children 'Neath the dread terror of the severing blow,
Would flesh nor spirit shrink ? and teachers spend together upon earth.
Presumptaous, sinful thought! Formerly, in connection with the an- E'en now thou faintest, when thy eager lips niversary, the teachers took breakfast Find sorrow in joy's cup. One hour's eclipse
Of light to thee is fraught together on Christmas morning, which
With horror and dismay! was very well attended at first. It was
And couldst thou walk serone through Death's found that many persons went out of dark vale? town on that day, and it was thought Would not thy footstep falter, and thy spirit fail, desirable by the teachers to have a tea
Without one gladdening ray ?
Nay, leave to God, Allwise, meeting in the month of January in lien
The ordering of the path. Be thine alone of it. The meeting was held on 3rd The earnest care, to walk as he hath shown, February, 1859, in the Independent With heaven-directed eyes. school room,
Brisbane-street, when The promise standeth sure ! teachers from the various Protestant de- Secst not the glorious crown hung at the goal ?
In patient strength possess thy soul ; nominations were present. Several mi
Firm to the end endure ! nisters and friends spoke upon subjects
"REDEEMING THE TIME.”
AN ADDRESS TO CHILDREN.
DURING the dark days of the winter we were longing for the bright days of spring, and made some very good resolutions to improve our time more, when the light peeped in at our chamberwindow earlier, and the evenings were a little longer! Well, the time has come, the leaves are upon the trees, the blossoms sparkle upon the branches—all nature is cheerful ! “ For, lo, the winter is past, the rain is over and gone; the flowers appear on the earth ; the time of the singing of birds is come, and the voice of the turtle is heard in our land.” We did not know that we should have these sunny days! Many dwell in the dark grave who hoped to see them too. Serious thought! the past has been ours ! the future may not be! Yesterday and to-day we have had—to-morrow we may not have.
But, however many bright years may be in store for you, forget not this little motto of life,—“ Redeeming the time."
That we may fully understand this, let us try and make plain the meaning of this word redeem, because it is used in different senses.
One meaning is to re-purchase-to buy back again. You know that poor Uncle Tom had to be sold, and came into the hands of the cruel Legree, who treated him so brutally that he died. Master George went to buy him back-to redeem him. It was too late. His young master was obliged to return without him; he told Aunt Chloe that he would have given all his fortune to have brought him back, but he had gone to a better country. Lost time is like a dead Uncle Tom, no money can redeem it.
Another meaning of the word is to save. It is in this sense that Jesus Christ redeems us. “He came to seek and to save that which was lost.” He bought us with a price—but a price more valuable than any amount of money-with his life. But this is not the meaning of the word with regard to time. If once lost we cannot bring it back again. Suppose any of you had lost a valuable diamond. You might offer a large reward, and the diamond might be restored to you. But let any one who has lost only a minute of time offer a reward to any one who can return it! No matter how many bills he may have printed about it, no matter how large the amount he may be willing to give for it he-cannot redeem it. It is said that a queen exclaimed, when dying, “Millions of money for one inch of time !" It was of no use. A million of millions would not have bought it !
"Lost time is never found again." Improving is a word that might be used instead of the word
“ redeeming." If our time has been lost by any means, we can only redeem it by improving what remains. This is the only way in which time may be said to be redeemed or regained. Think of the value of time! It is made up of very small parts. When you look upon the beautiful sea, spreading so far in the distance, do you call to mind that the vast ocean is composed of drops ? It is just so with time. From the creation of the world to the present time-all those long ages have been made up of small moments. We talk of a second very carelessly, yet our life is made up of these little particles of time. Oh then! “ Gather up the fragments, that nothing be lost.” The young may forget the value of time ;-it is in youth that we are most likely to forget the lesson which St. Paul would have us learn. And yet this is the very best season in which to redeem it. When the sower goes forth to cast his seed into the ground, he would go early in the morning, when the dew is on the grass, and the sun is shining brilliantly above his head. He would not lose his morning. And shall we ? No! "in the morning sow thy secd," and in the autumn time will be seen the flowers and the fruit. And when we speak of the value of time we might just as well speak of the value of life--for time is life!
" The bell strikes one. We take no note of time,
Can time be lost ? Yes! its use may. If unimproved it has been lost by us; we are none the better for having had it. If a child should spend it in evil it would be doubly lost. Those who use their time in doing what is bad, may be said to lose it, if they do not improve it. A man who commits murder certainly makes a bad use of his hand; but he who never uses his hand might almost as well have none to use. One makes a bad use, the other none. Just so with time. It is lost in either case. Time is lost by Wickedness and Idleness. These are like two thieves,--they rob us of a very rich treasure. It is of no use our crying Stop thief! none can catch time when it has gone past us! Still there is one way