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The St. Bride's Sunday-schools, London. ALTHOUGH an efficient Sunday-school, rooms, and apartments for the mistres ; conducted by Christian teachers of va- of the day-school, in the rear. rious denominations had been carried We are informed that at the time on for many years in St. Bride's parish, when the new school-room was opened, it was not until the year 1833, that a that although there were frequently school was opened in connection with 230 scholars present, the old-established the Established Church. The effort, school, alluded to above, had their however, proved so successful that in average attendance of scholars. We the years 1835, 1836, and 1837, three understand that many pleasing inadditional rooms were engaged for the stances of succes have occurred, that accommodation of the scholars. several of those who were once teachers
The disadvantages of having the are now clergymen; that others are children separated soon became appa- superintendents of Sunday-schools; that rent, but the crowded state of the many of the scholars from the senior neighbourhood presented an almost in- classes are actively engaged as teachers superable barrier to the erection of a in St. Bride's, and in other Day and commodious school-room.
This diffi- Sunday-schools. The St. Bride's Sunculty having been overcome, the build- day-schools have long enjoyed the suing represented in our engraving was perintendentship of Mr. R. N. Collins, commenced, and opened in January, author of “ The Teacher's Companion,” 1841. The cost of the erection was a book which has received the almost little short of 40001., but nearly one- unqualified approbation of all sections fourth part of this sum was expended of the public press—Nonconformist and in the purchase of the ground alone. Episcopalian—who all agree in awardThe room is used for a day-school dur- ing it a foremost place in our standard ing the week, and there are committee- practical Sabbath-school literature.
THIRD SUNDAY-SCHOOL TEACHERS' CONFERENCE.
(Condensed from the Leeds Mercury.) On Friday, the 21st of April, the Third EDWARD BAINES, Jun., Esq., a Sunday-school Teachers' Conference for pressed his concurrence in the view Yorkshire and Lancashire was held in and admiration of the spirit, of ti Queen-street chapel, Leeds.
paper just read; and offered some ral There were present delegates from able statistical information. numerous schools in Leeds, Bradford, Mr. JOSEPH KERSHAW, of Leed Halifax, Huddersfield, Wakefield, Barns-made some remarks, and was followe ley, Sheffield, Hull, York, Dewsbury, by Otley, Burley, Howden, Beverley, Man- JAMES GALL, Esq., of Edinburg chester, Salford, Rochdale, Liverpool, who expressed his conviction that St Stockport, Stalybridge, Bury, Black-day-schools are producing a burn, Preston, and many smaller places, deeper effect than many people seem to the number of 250, besides the Sun- to think. day-school Union Committees of Lon- Mr. Wm. Day, of Beverly, refer don, Manchester, Salford, Rochdale, &c. to the importance of visiting
The denominations represented at dren, the Conference were - Episcopalian, Mr. CHAS. SWALLOW, of Manchest Independent, Baptist, Wesleyan, Wes- stated, that twenty years ago, duri leyan Association, New Connexion, any time of public excitement or Primitive Methodist, Methodist, Lady the Sunday-school youth were the Huntingdon’s, and United Presby- to join, from curiosity; now, at a me terian.
ing of the Chartists last week in On the platform we noticed G. W. centre of Manchester, and near one Harrison, Esq., Wakefield; Rev. T. the largest Sunday-schools in M Scales, Edw. Baines, jun., Esq., Henry chester, it was found, that notwi Rawson, Esq., Mr. J. Kershaw, Leeds ; standing the meeting, the attendan James Gall, Esq., Edinburgh; Rev. J., at the school was quite up to Peters, R. Needham, Esq., and James average with the usual attendance, Miller, Esq., Manchester ; F. Cuthbert- numbers being-in the morning, son, Esq., and Charles Reed, Esq., boys, 1086 girls; in the afternoon, London ; I. O. Jones, Esq., and Mr. J. boys, 1201 girls. Baxter, Liverpool; and J. P. Clapham, After singing a hymn, Esq., of Burley Grange, &c., &c.
The CHAIRMAN called for the na The interesting proceedings were paper, which was read by preceded by a prayer-meeting on Thurs- Mr. E. HEBBLETHWAITE, of She day evening, in Ebenezer school-room, field,-subject, “ The best Method conducted by the Rev. Mr. Woodhouse. conducting a Sabbath-school, as
spects the mode of Teaching, conveyi MORNING SITTING.
Religious Truth, and maintaining Order The Rev. THOMAS SCALES moved, and Attention.” It was a thoroughly seconded by J. P. CLAPHAM, G. W. practical, clear, and judicious paper, HARRISON, Esq., of Wakefield, was evincing considerable experience, and requested to preside.
a full acquaintance with the internal The CHAIRMAN, after a few remarks, details of a well-conducted Sandaythen called upon
school; such as that of the Wicker, Mr. JOHN CHARLES JONES, of Man- Sheffield, undoubtedly is. chester, to read a paper on “The in- Mr. J. BAXTER, of the Liverpool fluence of Sunday-schools upon the Sunday-school Teachers' Institute, had Moral, Social, and Religious interests long been seeking for some plan of reof the Community.” The paper took taining elder scholars in connection a comprehensive view of the Sunday- with our schools and places of worship. school institution in this country. He was happy to say that he had now
oceeded. He was in the habit of pray; not a form of words, but real eeting his elder scholars during the prayer. ek for the purpose of mutual instruc- The Rev. R. BREWER, of Leeds, then n. He was now engaged in meeting read a valuable paper on “Sundayhteen or twenty youths for the study school Teachers' and Senior Scholars' history; and he also had them fre- Institutes." antly occupied in the writing of Mr. WM. HICKES regarded an instiays, which generally did them much tute of this kind as a good means for dit.
retaining a hold upon our senior HARLES REED, Esq., of London, scholars, and leading them to become pressed approval of the various plans, useful and efficient teachers. which had been suggested in the Mr. ROMNEY, of Manchester, did not ker just read. He referred forcibly think there was the necessity for those the irregularity of attendance on the institutions which many persons imatof teachers, called alternate teach- gine, nor did he think they could be
He found that in some schools sustained. me were quarterly, monthly, and Mr. NEEDHAM, of Manchester, renightly teachers. He then ex- plied, that no great expense need be ined a most valuable plan of Sun- incurred by these institutions, and ad-school visitation, during the period vocated their establishment. ibsence, and referred to the import- The Conference adjourned for dinner, of abandoning the injudicious at one o'clock. ctice of taking the infant children the regular services of our chapels.
AFTE ON SITTING. longed to see a provision made by About two o'clock the Conference reting children's chapels. He also assembled. The Rev. J. PETERS, of erred to the injustice and inefficiency Manchester, was requested to take the the reward-system promotion. chair. 2. CUTHBERTSON, Esq., of London, The CHAIRMAN expressed his gratilowed up preceding speakers on the fication at being present at the Conportance of educating elder scholars; ference, and his sense of the importance s should not only be taught what to of Sunday-schools to the welfare of the teh, but how to teach. One part of community. He was much impressed select class duties should be those on looking round upon the mass of a kind of Normal class.
sanctified intelligence which appeared Mr. BIRD, of Manchester, thought engaged in this work. at the mode of conveying religious Mr. MAKINSON, of Manchester, in reaths had not yet received that atten- suming the discussion, remarked, that in which its merits demanded. He the want of superintendence of the en asked, Where are our children in children during the week was a great le evening ? It is important that evil, and that the institute supplied a mething should be done to draw means of meeting them. lese young people, in the evening, Mr. I. O. JONES, of Liverpool, conader some good influence.
sidered that these institutes would be MET. JAMES GALL approved highly advantageous both to the teachers and the suggestion
in the paper, “Fol- the scholars,—to teachers, in assisting # nature,” especially
in one respect : them in the study and explanation of here is a great difference between com- the Scriptures, and their duties genesitting truth and committing words to rally; to the scholars, in providing Jemory. In teaching God's word we them with suitable reading. hould take care to instil the principles
Mr. JENNINGS, of Halifax, and Mr. Divine truth, whether we use the Dick, of Bradford, offered some obserExact words or no. There was another vations, and moint. Our Lord taught his disciples
Mr. WIMPENNY, of Holmfirth, repray. Every teacher should adopt marked that Sunday-school Institutes ome mode of teaching his pupils to might be successful in large towns, but remarkable contemporaneous events of profane history; and understand whatever is peculiar in the manners, customs, and opinions brought to view in the narrative. The classes should each have a leader, or monitor, and should proceed as much as possible on the plan of mutual in struction, and should never leave a subject till they think they under stand it.
IT IS SO VERY DISCOURAGING. How seldom can we visit a Sunday-school without hearing from som of the teachers such words as these : “ It is so very discouraging.” No I would ask such, whether they have well considered those words, an if they speak from the sincere feelings of their hearts? One general con plaint is, the boys are so unruly, and so lazy, that it really is “ labor in vain!” Tell me, How do you know it is labour in vain? Perba you have not seen one particle of good resulting from all your effort up to the present time; but who can tell what will be the issue of nes Sunday's teaching? What bounds or limits shall we place to God almighty power? We should ever keep in mind that we are but instr ments; it is not in us to convert the soul of a human being: but he often has God chosen the weakest of such, as the channel for his gut designs? But dare we presume to say, “ No good has been done." S pose you have fastened one text of Scripture on a boy's mind, and then leaves the school, and you see no more of him, are you dissatisfie because you do not see the reward of your labour? Perhaps you ces from your toils. Imagine yourself on your dying bed—a friend come in and asks you, “Do you remember such and such an one ?” yes !” you say. Suppose they could relate to you, that a text which learned at the Sunday-school was, by the blessing of God, made useft to him in after years, what would be your first feeling-one of gratitud or of self-reproach? Should we not be likely to hear such words these : “Had I but known this some years back, I would not hav ceased; but now it is too late!” Do such think that God loves the the more because their labour has had a reward? God looks at the motive which actuates the conduct, not the results; it is our duty të work unceasingly in faith, with the glory of God as our aim,
Perhaps another may say, “I have one or two very interesting boys in my class, but as to the others it is most discouraging; for really they seem to think least of the Bible than any thing else they possess Did it ever occur to such that these demanded more of their time and love than the others. For what reasods were Sunday-schools established, and for whom? How disgusting is that sentimental way of talking about the children being so good” and “respectful,” that it is quite a pleasure to teach them! Is not the soul of a Sabbath-breaker as precious in the sight of God, as the soul of one of these “respectful ones? But there is a much stronger reason-from how much sin will you keep society by reclaiming one of these “discouraging ones?”
Think of uniting your efforts with God and the Redeemer in so grand a work as this! and whilst you see the glory of God revealed in
such an one, will you not desire to keep self back, lest the view of saving istory: E love should be obstructed. Does this seem the time with uplifted eyes od and inward satisfaction to exclaim, “I am the means?” Sunday-school hare! teachers must have but two points in view-God, and the soul to be the pi saved !
N. A. N.
R. W -, writing on agriculture, observes, that the successful advancement
the rural art depends on two circumstances: the one, its improvement by
scovery or invention; the other, a more extensive practice of such improveout heas lents, when fully demonstrated. The former is effected by the contrivance of rv disera sore perfect machines and implements of husbandry, which facilitate the prodered the ress of labour; the introduction of new articles of profitable culture, and the rts? Che lost advantageous method of treating those which have already been culti
The latter, namely, the practice, relates Dat it reaated, though in a defective manner.
ot only to future improvements, but likewise to those which, though generally nown, have been either wholly neglected, or adopted only in particular places.
It may not be irrelevant to apply the above remarks to the subject of Sundayit be the hool teaching. Although this useful mode of teaching has in thousands of all me plistances been successful in the great object in view—the conversion of the that he is jul-it may be said to be labouring under a twofold disadvantage. ' That of human bexcellent plans being as yet but half digested; while such as are “generally chared nown and approved,” have been adopted only in particular places.
bas bee If the soil of our earth is capable of yielding an increase greater than has Em, are neacher expect that the hearts of their precious charge would, under better cul
ire be found to produce a more abundant harvest than they have ever venired to hope for. Where are greater returns to be met with than the thirty, sty, and hundred-fold of the Gospel seed !
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LETTER OF A CATECHUMEN TO HER MINISTER. k, I PO LEV. AND DEAR SIR, -I hope that you prehensive views of those doctrines of
rill excuse the liberty that I have which before I understood so little. I aken in thus addressing you; but hav- have also become more extensively acng received much benefit from your quainted with the history, biography, labours, I feel it my duty to acknow- geography, and chronology of the Bible. ledge it, hoping that it will yield you
May more abundant success some little encouragement amidst the attend your ministry, and many huncouragi nany formidable trials and difficulties dreds be the crown of your rejoicing in
the day of the Lord ! and may we at ng ex with which you have had to contend.
last meet, ar-schaPrevious to your coming amongst us,
my views of Divine truth were very “Where seraphs gather immortality, circumscribed and limited. I had very
On life's fair tree, fast by the throne indistinct ideas of the leading doctrines
of God!” bbath of our holy religion; but by the blessing
I remain, se "res of God on your labours in the public
Yours truly in Christ Jesus, Tuch sa' ministry of the word, and also in connection with the catechumen classes, I
May 10, 1848. the he have obtained clearer and more com
rentals ful," iba