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two sermons were preached in the Wesleyan chapel, in behalf of the Sunday-school, by the Rev. C. Howe. A tea-meeting was held on Monday, when Mr. J. Clark, of the Society of Friends, presided, and the whole proceedings
GLASTONBURY.-On Easter Sunday, excited a lively interest.
The Sunday-School Union.
THE usual monthly meeting of the Parent Committee was occupied prinipally in nominating the various subommittees for the coming year.
notice at the monthly meeting, was an application from the Weigh House schools, to be admitted into the Union, which was most cheerfully acceeded to. Great advantages have, and we doubt not will continue to result from joining the Union, while the supposed interference with self-management and entire independency of action, is altogether chimerical.
The only business of importance as a resolution which will be transpitted to the four auxiliaries, requestng them to raise 100l. each to liquidate he deficiency of the last year, that the ommittee may not be under the unleasant necessity of withholding grants schools during the forthcoming year. We have no doubt whatever about hese sums being raised. On former ccasions the auxiliaries have nobly one their duty, and they will do so
The next Conference will take place on Friday evening, June 23rd. The subject for discussion is to be, "Is there any scriptural authority for employing as teachers, those who have not made a public profession of faith in Christ ?" The topic is one of great interest at the present time, and it is to be hoped that it will excite corresponding attention.
of this discussion -ED. S. S. MAG.]
But we should suggest, that hile the Auxiliaries are thus called pon to make a special effort, the Parent Committee should itself take the initia--[We hope to be able to give an outline five, and make such an appeal to their riends as will show not only that they want money, but that they cannot do without immediate help. The Sundaychool is the hope and pledge of every religious and philanthropic effort; and while the wondrous organizations, supported by the men and women it trains, move on in all their mighty, affluent, and national importance, it must not be that the Sunday-school shall be neglected. The appeal should go forth through the length and breadth of the land, and by visitation and public meetings, if necessary, or in some special way; contributions must be obtained every town, and especially in those where Unions exist.
The Report for 1847, gives the following interesting statistics: 3083 scholars; 1344 attendance in the morning, 1913 afternoon: 302 teachers; 192 attendance in the morning, 249 in the afternoon : 226 church-members. The schools will hold 3150.
EAST LONDON AUXILIARY. THE annual meeting was held this year in the Eastern Institution: George Thompson, Esq, M.P., presided ;-124 schools, 2572 teachers, 25,055 scholars were reported. The formation of teachers' mutual improvement classes, and the establishment of separate services for the young, were strenuously advocated. Messrs. Watson and Gover attended, as a deputation from the
NORTH LONDON AUXILIARY.
[THE following lines will have an additional interest to our readers, from the fact of their being the production of a young female servant, one of the com petitors for the "Prize Essays on the Sabbath." As these were to be writte by "working men," her essay was ineligible, but we understand it will shortly be published as a little volume. Honour to the perseverance that pursue knowledge under such disadvantages, and greater honour to the humility that can be content so serve God in so humble a condition !]
RECOLLECTIONS OF CHILDHOOD.
YE'RE gone, ye hours of childish glee,
When all around was bright and fair;
How sweetly bloom'd the daisies then,
And cowslips scatter'd o'er each brae!
Nor tired the live-long summer day.
Oh! still methinks 'twere sweet to roam
Through those loved fields, and walks, and braes;
The St. Bride's Sunday-schools, London.
LTHOUGH an efficient Sunday-school, rooms, and apartments for the mistress nducted by Christian teachers of va- of the day-school, in the rear. ous denominations had been carried for many years in St. Bride's parish, was not until the year 1833, that a hool was opened in connection with e Established Church. The effort, wever, proved so successful that in e years 1835, 1836, and 1837, three dditional rooms were engaged for the
ccommodation of the scholars. several of those who were once teachers The disadvantages of having the are now clergymen; that others are hildren separated soon became appa- superintendents of Sunday-schools; that ent, but the crowded state of the many of the scholars from the senior eighbourhood presented an almost in- classes are actively engaged as teachers uperable barrier to the erection of a in St. Bride's, and in other Day and ommodious school-room. This diffi- Sunday-schools. The St. Bride's Sunalty having been overcome, the build-day-schools have long enjoyed the sung represented in our engraving was perintendentship of Mr. R. N. Collins, ommenced, and opened in January, author of "The Teacher's Companion," (841. The cost of the erection was ittle short of 40007., 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 award
a book which has received the almost
The room is used for a day-school during it a foremost place in our standard ing the week, and there are committee- practical Sabbath-school literature.
We are informed that at the time
when the new school-room was opened, that although there were frequently 230 scholars present, the old-established school, alluded to above, had their average attendance of scholars. We understand that many pleasing instances of succes have occurred, that
THIRD SUNDAY-SCHOOL TEACHERS' CONFERENCE. (Condensed from the Leeds Mercury.)
On Friday, the 21st of April, the Third
There were present delegates from numerous schools in Leeds, Bradford, Halifax, Huddersfield, Wakefield, Barnsley, Sheffield, Hull, York, Dewsbury, Otley, Burley, Howden, Beverley, Manchester, Salford, Rochdale, Liverpool, Stockport, Stalybridge, Bury, Blackburn, Preston, and many smaller places, to the number of 250, besides the Sunday-school Union Committees of London, Manchester, Salford, Rochdale, &c.
The denominations represented at the Conference were- Episcopalian, Independent, Baptist, Wesleyan, Wesleyan Association, New Connexion, Primitive Methodist, Methodist, Lady Huntingdon's, and United Presbyterian.
On the platform we noticed G. W. Harrison, Esq., Wakefield; Rev. T. Scales, Edw. Baines, jun., Esq., Henry Rawson, Esq., Mr. J. Kershaw, Leeds; James Gall, Esq., Edinburgh; Rev. J. Peters, R. Needham, Esq., and James Miller, Esq., Manchester; F. Cuthbertson, Esq., and Charles Reed, Esq., London; I. O. Jones, Esq., and Mr. J. Baxter, Liverpool; and J. P. Clapham, Esq., of Burley Grange, &c., &c.
The interesting proceedings were preceded by a prayer-meeting on Thursday evening, in Ebenezer school-room, conducted by the Rev. Mr. Woodhouse.
The Rev. THOMAS SCALES moved, seconded by J. P. CLAPHAM, G. W. HARRISON, Esq., of Wakefield, was requested to preside.
The CHAIRMAN, after a few remarks, then called upon
Mr. JOHN CHARLES JONES, of Manchester, to read a paper on "The influence of Sunday-schools upon the Moral, Social, and Religious interests of the Community." The paper took a comprehensive view of the Sundayschool institution in this country.
EDWARD BAINES, Jun., Esq., pressed his concurrence in the view and admiration of the spirit, of paper just read; and offered some val able statistical information.
Mr. JOSEPH KERSHAW, of Leed made some remarks, and was follow by
JAMES GALL, Esq., of Edinburg who expressed his conviction that S day-schools are producing a ma deeper effect than many people seem to think.
Mr. WM. DAY, of Beverly, refer to the importance of visiting c dren.
Mr. CHAS. SWALLOW, of Manchest stated, that twenty years ago, duri any time of public excitement or n the Sunday-school youth were the to join, from curiosity; now, at a me ing of the Chartists last week in centre of Manchester, and near one the largest Sunday-schools in Ma chester, it was found, that notwit standing the meeting, the attendan at the school was quite up to average with the usual attendance, numbers being-in the morning, boys, 1086 girls; in the afternoon, boys, 1201 girls.
After singing a hymn,
The CHAIRMAN called for the ne paper, which was read by
Mr. E. HEBBLETHWAITE, of She field,-subject, "The best Method conducting a Sabbath-school, as spects the mode of Teaching, conveyi Religious Truth, and maintaining Ord and Attention." It was a thoroughly practical, clear, and judicious pape evincing considerable experience, a full acquaintance with the internal details of a well-conducted Sunday school; such as that of the Wicker Sheffield, undoubtedly is.
Mr. J. BAXTER, of the Liverpool Sunday-school Teachers' Institute, ha long been seeking for some plan of re taining elder scholars in connection with our schools and places of worship. He was happy to say that he had now,
cceeded. He was in the habit of eeting his elder scholars during the eek for the purpose of mutual instrucn. He was now engaged in meeting hteen or twenty youths for the study history; and he also had them freently occupied in the writing of ays, which generally did them much dit.
pray; not a form of words, but real prayer.
The Rev. R. BREWER, of Leeds, then read a valuable paper on "Sundayschool Teachers' and Senior Scholars' Institutes."
Mr. WM. HICKES regarded an institute of this kind as a good means for retaining a hold upon our senior scholars, and leading them to become useful and efficient teachers.
CHARLES REED, Esq., of London, pressed approval of the various plans, which had been suggested in the er just read. He referred forcibly the irregularity of attendance on the tof teachers, called alternate teach-gine, nor did he think they could be He found that in some schools sustained.
Mr. ROMNEY, of Manchester, did not think there was the necessity for those institutions which many persons ima
xact words or no.
There was another
oint. Our Lord taught his disciples pray. Every teacher should adopt ome mode of teaching his pupils to
The Conference adjourned for dinner, at one o'clock.
re 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. bsence, and referred to the import* of abandoning the injudicious etice of taking the infant children the regular services of our chapels. longed to see a provision made by ing children's chapels. He also erred to the injustice and inefficiency the reward-system promotion. F. CUTHBERTSON, Esq., of London, lowed up preceding speakers on the portance of educating elder scholars; y should not only be taught what to eh, but how to teach. One part of select class duties should be those a kind of Normal class. Mr. BIRD, of Manchester, thought at the mode of conveying religious Mr. MAKINSON, of Manchester, in reaths had not yet received that atten-suming the discussion, remarked, that the want of superintendence of the children during the week was a great evil, and that the institute supplied a means of meeting them.
The CHAIRMAN expressed his gratification at being present at the Conference, and his sense of the importance of Sunday-schools to the welfare of the community. He was much impressed on looking round upon the mass of sanctified intelligence which appeared engaged in this work.
Mr. I. O. JONES, of Liverpool, considered that these institutes would be
n which its merits demanded. He en asked, Where are our children in le evening? It is important that mething should be done to draw lese young people, in the evening, ader some good influence. Mr. JAMES GALL approved highly f the suggestion in the paper, "FolW nature," especially in one respect: ere is a great difference between comitting truth and committing words to emory. In teaching God's word we hould take care to instil the principles Divine truth, whether we use the
advantageous both to the teachers and the scholars,-to teachers, in assisting them in the study and explanation of the Scriptures, and their duties generally; to the scholars, in providing them with suitable reading.
About two o'clock the Conference reassembled. The Rev. J. PETERS, of Manchester, was requested to take the
Mr. JENNINGS, of Halifax, and Mr. DICK, of Bradford, offered some obser
Mr. WIMPENNY, of Holmfirth, remarked that Sunday-school Institutes might be successful in large towns, but