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A note was received from Mrs. Lefevre, stating her son's absence last Sunday to have been occasioned by illness.
Mrs. Idle applied for the re-admission of her son John, who had been dismissed for non-attendance :-ordered to attend at the west meeting of the committee.
Mr. and Mrs. Benevolus (subscribers to this institution) with a friend visited the School, and expressed the pleasure they felt on seeing the order and regularity which prevailed throughout the classes.
Mr. Timewell concluded the School as usual.
The children were ordered to attend next Sunday morning half an hour earlier than usual, on account of the sermon to be preached for the benefit of this School.
On SCRIPTURAL CATECHIZING.
Letter to the Editor. Sır, IT may be necessary to make some apology for offering to your notice the imperfect performances of children; but should the perusal of the enclosed paper be the means of inducing those entrusted with the instruction of youth, to be more diligent in the exercise of their important trust, and more attentive to impress upon the children's minds the meaning of what they read, my object in presenting it to the public will be fully answered. It is not sufficient that the teachers exercise the children in reading mechanically; the greatest pains should be taken to teach them to understand what they read. This is best done by a plain, simple explanation of words, and then their meaning in context. My mind was deeply impressed with the importance of this truth when I first attended the Sunday School at Hinde-street, by observing that the children, as soon as they had read one or more chapters, had recourse to a spelling- book to learn to spell and explain words no way connected with their other exercise, and many of the words quite uninteresting to them. I immediately saw the evil, had recourse to spelling words in the lesson read, and after exercising them to guess the meaning, explained the words in as simple and familiar a mamer as I could. The good effect was soon apparent, and I was both pleased and surprised at many of the children's answers. On contining my labours to the writing School, I found that by attending to the management of time, I could still devote ten or fifteen minutes to useful in
struction. I regularly explained the principal part of the hymn which was sung at opening the School, and then from time to time, as opportunity offered, explained the catechism and prayers which the children must learn to repeat, before they are adınitted to writing.
After spending some time on these exercises, I became anxious to ascertain what profit the children had derived from instructions which they had listened to, with the greatest attention. As the Lord's Prayer is a most important composition, and in daily use, I thought that simple questions proposed in writing, to which the children were to return written answers, would give me an opportunity of knowing how far I had attained my object of teaching them to think and arrange their ideas and expressions on a subject proposed. I beg to observe that I have not altered any word or arrangement of words; I have merely corrected some mis-spellings, and inserted the punctuation: every expression remains just as it came to me. L. A. is not in the School, but the daughter of a friend to whom I had explained the prayer, and given some religious instruction. It will be seen that she has had the use of a dictionary, The only liberty which I have taken is, of omitting some answers which were not appropriate. Several answers given do not accurately correspond with the questions proposed; though they afford proof of the childrens good sense. After I had arranged the answers as they now appear, each girl wrote them into a copy book, for future reference and use. I will not, at present, enter into further detail; but should this specimen of catechising be favourably received, I will venture to trouble you further, on subjects connected with the instruction of the rising generation,
I am, Sir, yours, &c.
An Explanation of the Lord's Prayer by Question and Answer.
The answers given by the female children of Hinde-street Sunday School, wlio are taught writing on two evenings in the week; their ages from ten to sixteen years.
Question 1st. Why is it called the Lord's Prayer ?
Answer.-B. aged 13. Because it came from our Lord's own lips, when teaching his disciples to pray. S-.111. Because the Lord Jesus Christ made this Prayer.
T-. 14. Because it came from our Lord only, when teaching his disciples to pray.
CM 12. Because Jesus Christ taught us in the 11th chapter of Luke.
L. A-- 13. Because Jesus Christ made it.
F-15. Because Jesus Christ made it, to teach us how we ought to pray,
R- -:14. Because Christ himself made it, teaching us it as a set form of prayer, and how we ought to pray.
Ca- 13. s. 16. N ..17. Because our Lord Jesus Christ made this prayer.
D—. 13. Because he gave it to his disciples.
Ans. B---. Applying to God, to grant us his inercy, and 10 bestow us his blessings.
S- I consider it my duty, as God has commanded us to pray.
T- The breathing of the soul to God in prayer.
F. I understand that it teaches us to pray for all things, necessary for soul and body.
N- Prayer is the ease of the mind, and the joy of the heart.
Ques. 3d. Why do you say our, and not my Father, when you
Ans. B-Because he is the Father of all, especially the righteous among men.
T- Because we are desired to pray for all men.
every body else, as well as for ourselves
F. Because God is the Father of all, and all good Christians ought to pray for one another. B
N. Because he is the Father of all mankind, and we are taught to pray for our brethren, that is for all mankind, and not for ourselves alone.
Da-. 16. Because he is Lord over all.
T- Because God wade us, and he has a right to our best services.
pray alone ?
C. Because he has created us.
Cam.& N-. Because he is able and willing to give us all things we ask him for.
S— Because he is merciful to all.
D— Because he commanded us, when we pray, to say, our
Ques 5th. Why do you say, Who art in heaven?
— Because it teaches us to lift up our hearts to God, as often as we go to pray.
- Same. CM. &N Because heaven is the place where he most shews forth his majesty and glory.
D. Because God is in heaven, and ruleth over all the kingdoms of the heathen.
L.A. 2d. Because the world is full of evil, and as the Lord our Father is full of glory, his glory is more particularly in heaven.
Ques. 6th. Is God in heaven only, and no where else?
Ans. B- He is omnipresent every where, and in every place.
S. God is every where, only not visible to us.
- lle is every where present.
Ques. 7!h. Give Scripture proof for calling God Father.
Ans. T. Matth. vi. 3. For your Father knoweth what things ve have need of, before ye ask him.
- John xx. 17. I ascend unto my Father, and your Father, and to my God and your God.
Ephes. iv. 6. One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all.
If we had room we should have felt pleasure in adding the whole of the questions and answers. Many of the answers are very intelligent, and shew considerable acquaintance with the word of God. For the benefit of teachers who wish to
• We just hint to our correspondent that N--. has borrowed occasionally from the assembly's catechism.' See answers to 18th and 20th questions, and elsen here,
adopt the same plan, we amex the queries, and if their children give equally pertinent replies to those which E. D. has șent us, the experiment will be found not only beneficial to the children in exercising their understandings, but will be a satisfactory proof that their instinctions have not been in vain.
Ques. sth. What do you mean by hallowing God's name? 9th. What kingdom do you pray may come ? 10th. Why is it called a kingdom? 11th. Whiat do you understand by God's will ? 12th. Where can you learn what God's will is ? 13th. Have you power to do God's will, or have you any promise of assistance in the Scriptures?
14th. What do you understand by bread ?
19th. Where is there an account in scripture of a person's trespasses or debts being forgiven?
20th. What do you understand by temptations ?
Letter to the Editor on Sunday School Unions, DEAR SIR, I AM a constant reader of your valuable publication, and sincerely hope it will be productive of the most important ben nefits, particularly in stimulating to the formation of Sunday School Unions, which appear to open an extensive field of usefulness, and to have been blessed by the Supreme Disposer of all events in a most remarkable manner,
Whilst I admit the propriety of Unions of all sects and denominations without exception, to carry into effect many purposes of a charitable and philanthropic nature; yet it seems to me a matter of considerable doubt, whether Sunday School Unions skould be composed of sects diametrically opposite to each other, and who cannot possibly act in concert, cousistently with their respective professions, in impressing on the minds of children rhe pure, scriptural
, and essential truilis of Christianity,