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The business of the evening commenced with singing, after which the Rev. R. H. Shepherd prayed.
The chairman stated the nature and object of the institution about to be formed.
Rev. R. H. Shepherd moved the formation, and stated the necessity of union, as being the fountain from whence all the streams of strength flow.
Mr. Niven seconded the resolution.
Mr. Coombs moved the rules, and pointed out the particular claims of Sunday Schools on public attention.
Mr. Mogenie seconded the resolution.
Rev. J. Day moved, that Joseph Butterworth, jun. Esq. be invited to accept the office of treasurer to this society, and stated the good effects which had already evinced themselves in the Southwark union, as excitements to exertion in this part of the metropolis.
Mr. Wild seconded the resolution.
Mr. R. Jones moved, that Messrs. J. Warr and W. Ireland be secretaries, and stated the necessity of great efforts, as from a late survey of the district, it was ascertained there were 30,000 children at that time without instruction.
Rev. Mr. Skene seconded the Resolution, and dwelt on the utility of Sunday Schools, and the necessity of union.
Mr. Collins moved the thanks of the meeting to the Rev. M. Jarmain and the managers, for the use of the chapel, and pointed out many benefits resulting from similar institutions; also strongly recommended brotherly love amongst the teachers.
Mr. Brooks seconded the resolution.
Mr. Coombs moved the thanks of the meeting to the chairman. Mr. Thompson seconded the resolution,
The Chairman acknowledged the vote of thanks, and stated some instances of the beneficial effects of Sunday Schools, as incentives to fresh ardour and increased activity.
The Hymn," Attracted by love's sacred force", was sung, and the meeting was closed with prayer, by the Rev. Mr. Uppadine.
QUARTERLY REPORT of the WEST KENT SUNDAY SCHOOL UNION,
DEAR SIR, WE have the pleasure to transmit an account of the second Quarterly Meeting of the West Kent Sunday School Union, which was held at Salem Chapel, Woolwich, on Friday evening the 26th alt. The meeting having been opened in the usual manner, one of the secretaries stated, that the Schools belonging to the Union were in a prosperous state, and upon the whole rather on the increase; and also that repeated efforts had been made by the compittee to open a Sunday School at Charlton, but from the diffi
culty of obtaining a place for the purpose, and the disregard manifested by the inhabitants to such an institution, every attempt had hitherto proved unsuccessful. The chairman (John Dyer, Esq.) informed the meeting, that a School for adults had been opened at Deptford by members of the Committee, that about sixteen had been admitted, but at present only twelve actually received instruction, owing probably to some of them having left their homes to profit by the employment which the harvest affords. It was likewise stated, that a School had been opened on the Woolwich Road, by the Greenwich Union Society, (established to promote village preaching, and Sunday Schools) and another at Dartmouth Row Chapel, Blackheath, by the Rev. John Shepherd, A. B. the former containing about thirty children, the latter forty. A variety of interesting information was communi cated by the chairman, and the meeting was closed with a very appropriate address by the Rev. J. W. Percy.
We feel considerable pleasure in acquainting you, that at à committee of the Union, held last Friday evening, a sub-committee was chosen for the purpose of opening Adult Schools at Woolwich, for each sex. There is every reason to anticipate much success from their operations, which will commence without delay. Indeed, we cannot refuse ourselves the honest gratification of bearing witness that our Woolwich brethren are all life and activity in the distinguished service of instructing the ignorant. And is it not a distinguished service? It is the service of the King of Kings-of Him, at whose name every knee shall bow--of Him, who always has, and ever will, bring off those engaged in it more than conquerors. It is a distinguished service!—and it is a profitable service. - It is the service of Him who can reward liberally, for "from Him all good proceeds," and who will reward liberally, for he has declared, if any man serve me, him will my Father honor."--But we request your pardon for thus trespassing upon your attention, and are,
IT is with peculiar pleasure I embrace the opportunity of informing you that we have established a Sunday School Union in this town, which I hope will prove of the greatest utility, and tend to promote the good of the rising generation, by the united efforts of those who are engaged in so laudable an employment,
but am sorry to remark, that little at present has been done since its first formation, but I flatter myself, that ere long we shall witness its beneficial effects beginning to dawn. At a meeting of the committee, held July 1st, it was resolved that a copy of the rules of this union should be transmitted to the editor of the Sunday School Repository.
Annexed is a statement of the number of children, teachers, &c. contained in the respective Schools belonging to the Union, delivered by the superintendant of each School.
I now proceed to give you a brief outline of our annual meeting, which was held on Thursday the 9th day of June, which afforded a very pleasing sight, and (have no doubt) was very gratifying to great numbers. The children belonging to the respective Schools, as above stated, all concentrated together at about two o'clock in the afternoon in the market-place of this town, where they all joined in singing a hymn, and then marched in regular procession to St. John's Chapel, and a sermon was preached on the occasion by the Rev. Mr. Garrett, minister at Bank-street Chapel, to a numerous audience; his discourse being principally addressed to the children of the several Schools, and their parents, who were present, to embrace the opportunity. I hope a divine blessing will accompany our efforts, in adopting such measures as shall tend to the prosperity of the Union, and redound to the glory of God.
STROUD SUNDAY SCHOOL UNION.
Stroud, June 18th, 1814.
I INFORMED you some weeks ago that a Sunday School Union had been established in this town, and intimated my intention of sending you more particular information when our society should have become fully established. The union comprehends at present 14 schools, above 200 teachers, and 1500 children;
and we hope to have considerable additions made to our num bers before long, for we are not yet completely organised.
I write now chiefly to communicate to you a brief account of our proceedings on Whit-monday last, on which day a complete muster was had of the Schools connected with the union, and of some other neighbouring Schools which are not yet united with us. On the morning of that day nearly 2500 Sunday School children were collected together in the parish church of this town, when a very impressive discourse was addressed to them by the Rev. Mr. Williams. As many of the children had come from a considerable distance, it was thought requisite to provide for their refreshment previously to their returning home; a cold dinner was accordingly given them in a field adjoining the town. The children were seated on the grass in parallel ranks, and occupied a considerable portion of an extensive piece of ground. When all had taken the places allotted for them, a signal was given by sound of trumpet, and the children having risen up, sang a verse imploring the blessing of God upon their food. În the same way thanks were returned after dinner. The scene both in the church and in the field was indescribably pleasing and impressive. The eye and the ear were delighted, and the benevolent mind was furnished with ample matter for cheering anticipations of good, which both in this world and in the world to come, may be expected to arise from such extensive and combined exertions to impart knowledge and communicate happiness. After singing, the benediction was pronounced, and the children were conducted to their respective places of abode.
In the evening the teachers of Sunday Schools, to the number of 300 or more, assembled at the methodist chapel in this town, and were addressed by the Rev. Mr. Rees of Rodborough, in an appropriate and energetic discourse.
The services of the day will never be forgotten by those who witnessed them. The novelty of the thing attracted thousands of persons to Stroud; and it is hoped that this festival has excited a lively interest in favour of Sunday Schools in the minds of some who had previously been indifferent to such institutions. The friends of Sunday Schools were almost overpowered with joy at the gratifying spectacle which they beheld, and felt increased ardour to work while it is called to-day in a vineyard which promises to yield them such ample reward. I am, dear Sir,
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HINTS on the ESTABLISHMENT and REGULATION of SUNDAY SCHOOLS.
IT is most desirable, especially in large and populous towns, that societies should be instituted, and committees formed, for the support and management of the Schools; not only on account of the expense, which becomes light by being divided among many, but, because more good in various ways may be expected to result from combined exertions than from individual efforts. The institution will also obtain greater publicity, and many who would otherwise have regarded it with indifference, will feel a peculiar interest in its welfare when personally engaged in contributing to its support. In commencing a new Sunday School it has been found necessary, where there are no other means of acquainting the poor in the neighbourhood with the proposed institution, to circulate a hand-bill on the subject.*
At the first admission of each child, it is highly expedient to enjoin the attendance of at least one of the parents: this will afford the superintendent or teacher, an opportunity of pointing out to them the importance of sending their children regularly and in good time, and also of giving them any suit
A form similar to the following may be adopted:
On Sunday the
Education free of Expence.
a Sunday School will be opened at
Parents desirous of placing their children in the School must attend at o'clock in the afternoon, or —
in the morning, at any Sabbath day.
in the evening of
N.B. The children must come thoroughly clean,