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toil, as shall encourage them to continue in well doing, stimulate them to use greater diligence, and cause them to repose more implicit faith in his promises and in his power. Though the whole region seemed' a thirsty wilderness to Hagar, there was a spring of water at her side, seen only by the eye of God: though Elijah Thought himself left alone on the earth from the slaughter of the righteous, the Lord had preserved to himself seven thousand in Israel, who had not bowed the knee to Baal. The day of judg. ment alone will discover all the effects of Sunday School instruction.

Several young persons belonging to Queen Street have gone to their everlasting lione, during the past year. Elizabeth Snowden was admitted to the School in 1807, became a teacher in 1810, and died in March 1814. Her illness, she believed, was caused by excessive grief and consternation, at the death of her brother, who burst a blood vessel, and expired almost instantaneously. Shio sell repeatedly into faințing fits, when the repiembrance canę upon her, of his unexpected summons to the bar of eternal justice. But she had space for repentance given her; slie availed herself of it, found mercy, and died with :1 hope full of immor'tality,

Emma E**** went to the Park School, in connection with Queen Street establishment. One morning baring read for her lesson the Memoirs of a little Girl, who died happily, on les return home she said to her mother, “ I wish I may die like that good child."

ller wish rose to heaven as a prayer, and it was granted. On the 15th of August being at school, and saying her catechism, when she came to the word “ Christ,"—she broke into lears, and could proceed no further. ller teacher had sonțe sweet conversation with her afterwarıls, when she declared it was all her desire to love Christ and to follow hins. The next day shc was taken ill. In the midst of anguish and weakness, being asked whether she should like to get better and go to Miss Blytlie's School ? she answered, “No; I must go to heaven,"_"Can you trust Jesus for all?" — Yes can.”_" And you are not afraid to cie.” " No."- When her senses failed her, in delirium she re. Jented brokep sentences of prayer, and ļines of her favourite hymns She died at the

age Sarah Parkin, of Queen Street School, died in October last. The visitor from the School being about to pray with her, at her own request, asked ber, " shall I pray that you may grow well again ? " No, said she, leave that entirely to the Lord." _"Shall I pray that he may cause your pains to cease?'

, -She replied with great emotion, " I would rather go to heaven, and be with Jesus for ever."-At this School, (Queen Street, there is a little fund, supported by teachers and friends, to enable the visitors to afford small temporary relief, in extreme cases, to the families of sick children whom they'attend.

A friend of the Union, lately conversipg with a teacher of one

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of the Schools, urged the necessity of those persons being themselves in the way to heaven, who undertook to direct others in it. The youth ingenuously declared :-" Three years ago I was unacquainted with that way, bụt being led to offer myself as a teacher in our Sunday School, it pleased God to becoine my teacher there, and now I experience the blessing of instructing poor children in the things that will do their souls good." This circumstance being repeated the same evening, by the person aforementioned, to the superintendent of a Sunday School, the latter, with equal candour replicd: “ when I gave my services at first as a teacher, I had little knowledge of God, and uo love for him, or his ways. One Sunday while I was reproving a bart boy, my conscience smote me, and told me that I was in the practice of the very sin of which he had been guilty. It pleased God to fo.low up this conviction, with such repentance and change of heart, that I hope to praise him through eternity for it." The committee record these examples for the assurance of those, who feel a difficulty in admitting persons of sober life and conversation as teachers in Sunday Schools, unless, from the first they give decisive evidence, that they are " passed from death unto life.”

li is very delightful to the advocates of the Union, to behold the same fruits of the spirit, produced in various nurseries of the Lord, under the culture of different denominations of his people. Among the children, belonging to the school, under the care of the New Methodist Congregation, at Scotland Street, two are known to have finished their course, in the past year, who according to their little strength, having kept the faith, and fought the good fight, laid hold of eternal life in the agony of death. One of these, Hannah Carter, was left an orphan, at the age of two years, with her grand parents, who were very low in the world, and very ignorant of divine things. Under these disadvantages she grew up, till in her twelfth year she was sent to Sycamore Street School. Here she soon learned to read the Bible; but it was not till she was visited with a lingering disease, of eighteen months continuance, that she learned to love it truly, by experiencing the comforts of the gospel in her tribulation. Her edifying conversation, and lovely simplicity, in testifying the blessedness which she enjoyed from this source, so softened the heart of her aged grandfather, that he became earnestly de sirous of sharing the same portion, which in life and in death enriched her poverty, and lightened her burthen. He now meets regularly in fellowship with the people of God. Her remains were sung to the grave, at her express desire, by some of her cornpanions. One oi these shortly followed her both to the dust and to glory. Ann Bamforth fell sick, the week after Hannah Carter's interment. In her last hours she found not only peace, but joy in believing, and appeared to depart, with the flight of au angel, to heaven.

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privilege it is occasionally to deliver a little discourse to the girls,
observes that he found it difficult to gain their attention to any
thing that he said, till he had gained their affections by kind be-
haviour. Now when he stands up, he feels as if he were in a
little paradise among them, so quiet and devout they appear,
till their hearts are melted, and their eyes overflow, while he
dwells on the love, or describes the sufferings of Christ: some-
times the emotion has been so great, that speaker and hearers
have been affeeted together, and only sighs have been heard,
This awakening among the children, as it may truly be called,
has so inuch engaged the sympathy of the superintendent and this
ļeacher, that they have taken occasion to converse individually
with them, and are convinced that on the hearts of several of the
girls, a good work is begun, which will be perfected in eternity,
Some of these little ones have been engaged in extemporary
prayer, and soine have suffered persecution from their worldly
connections for righteousness sake. In the same school there is
a Bible Association, and the poor children have subscribed twenty
oue sbillings and sixpence halfpenny to the Missionary Society.
Among the adult scholars there is one seventy years of
is very desirous to learn to read.

From the Nether Chapel School the committee have received a gratifying account of the general inprovement of the scholars, Among these bas been established a circulating tract library. The child of a very dissolute parent, in miserable attire, was lately sent to this School. Some compassionate ladies supplied her with comfortable clothing; and not only her subsequent conduct and proficiency in learning have rewarded them for their kindRess, but deep impressions of religious truth on her mind give them delightful hopes that she “ is a plant of the heavenly Father's plauting" " in the little spot enclosed by grace” which they cultivate. A frequenter of the Nether Chapel bad, some time ago, an accidental conversation with a person of profane and intidel principles. The latter has since sent his boy to the Sunday School, and he himself regularly attends divine worship.

The report from Lee Croft Chapel of the progress of the Sunday School there is equally encouraging. The Bible Association among the children is well supported. Two subscribers, belonging -10 one family, having paid their pennies for a short time, the mother came', and intreated, as a particular. favour, that when the joint contributions were large enough to purchase one Bible, she might lave one, as they had nothing of the kind in the house, and the eldest of the children had frequently been distressed, even to tears, on account of the want. A Bible was imunediately furnished, and there is reason to believe that it is daily used in a family, which knew neither the possession nor the value of such a treasure before.

At Garden Street Chapel School the chikiren came forward vuluutarily, to subscribe their mites towards the Missionary fund. By the way, we may remark, that next to the narratives of Scripture itself, there is nothing that catches the attention, and touches the hearts of children so quickly, nor indeed engages their sympathy so permanently, as accounts of the heathen in their darkness and misery, visited by the light and consolation of the gospel. When the Juvenile Missionary Society was established in Sheffield, these poor Sunday Scholars transferred their contribrtions to it; and since then they have begun a Bible Association among themselves. There is now a School for adults in connection with this Chapel, and ten persons are taught to read the word of God, on Tuesday evenings, at the Rev. Mr. Docker's House.

The Sunday School at Roscoe Place was established at the commencement of that extensive manufactory, for the purpose of teaching the apprentices belonging to the concern, the best knowledge- the knowledge of God and of themselves, on the Sabbath. In February 1812 the plan was enlarged, and now not only the children of workmen, but others up to mature age, are received and instructed. Good has been done, and experienced, by the benevolent patrons and teachers of this institution.

The Methodist Suuday School in Attercliffe excites peculiar interest, when we consider that it was begun in 1806, by the zeal of that man of God, the late Rev. Peter Haslam, who though te had received the rudiments of very humble learning in a Sunday School, by diligent self-improvement, under the divine blessing, became a preacher of righteousness, pre-eminently adorne: with gifts and graces, that rendered him highly acceptable and peculiarly useful in his station. His early removal will long be lamented by those, in every place, who had the happiness to sit under his ministry. This School has undergone many vicissitudes, but at this time it is in a promising, and comparatively flourishing condition.

The Sunday School at Zion Chapel, in Attercliffe, was founded by some generous-minded persons, who are grieved to see the Lord's day, in many respects, so dreadfully profaned as to be the day of the week most notorious for disorder and wickedness. The christian purpose for which this asylum for poor children, froin the contagion of evil example, was opened, has been in a great measure answered. Many neglected beings have been reclaimed, and more, in all probability, preserved, from the evil that surrounded them, and that was in them; and it is believed, on good evidence, that some of these, under the gracious induence of the spirit of truth, are growing up" as the sons and daughters of the Lord Almighty." - The Methodist Sunday School at Darnal, though it was only opened in October 1812, has been the means of great grace to inany families in the neighbourhood. Before that time the Sabbaths were spent in idleness or dissipation by the generality of is habitants. Many of these are now constant hearers, and some of them faithful keepers of the word of God. This, in various in. stances, has been bronght about by the active ministry of the children of the Sunday School, who returning home with their little hearts burning within them, after hearing the Scriptures opened to their simple understandings, becaine the first evangelists to their own families; telling their fathers and mothers, and relatives, what great things the Lord had douc for their souls, and inriting them to come and taste, and see how good He is. Within this short period nearly thirty persons have joined the Methodist Society; a larger number attend Mr. Richards' ministry, at Zion Chapel, in Attercliffe; and the great, the glorious work is but begun! The Lord prosperit abundantly, to his own glory!

The committee of the Sheffield Sunday School Union have now presented a summary of the principal documents supplied by Schools in this connection. Arguments are more convincing than declamation, and facts are more conclusive than arguments. The committee having been thus amply supplied with the most "quick and powerful" of these three weapons, in defence of that cause which it is their glory to advocate, will not weaken the effect produced by these plaiu narratives by making one comment upon them. But in the language of the Apostle, we say to our Brethren of this Union : “ If there be any consolation in Christ, if any comfort of love, if any fellowship of the spirit, if any bowels and mercies:-be ye like-minded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind.-

And "may the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Ghost be with you all. Amen,


SOME friends, alive to the best interests of the rising generation, whom, an afflictive dispensation had directed to Tunbridge Wells early in the last summer, after inspecting the various Sunday Schools in the neighbourhoods, observed with regret that there was no union of plan and little concern for each others prosperity; the spirit of the Corinthians, “I am of Paul and I am of Apollos," was too apparent to allow them to say, “Grace be with all them that love our Lord Jesus Christ in sincerity.” After mature consideration, and remembering the subject in their retired moments, it was determined, to endeavour to substitute union of operation for diversity of plan-- zealous solicitude, for indifference to the prosperity of others and the sincerity of the christian, for a mere empty name.

Several meetings of the most active friends of each denomina tion took place, at the close of which they had cause fo thankfulness to him “who disposeth men to be of one mind, realizing what had long been unfelt, “how good and how pleasan

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