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the present year, and go over the lessons remembered as among the very best ever delivered in that room. & second time.
Teachers' prayer-meetings had been held every Saturday evening, and after the evening service on the last Sunday in each month.
Enquirers' classes, consisting of those who are believed to be in earnest about personal salvation, are held at frequent intervals, and are met by teachers well qualified to instruct them more fully in Divine things. The teachers have good reason to believe that many in these classes have in reality given their hearts to the Saviour: and will soon come forward and openly profess His name.
In every respect the meeting was of the most animated and interesting character.
The Chair was taken by the Rev. S. A. HERBERT, and subsequently by the Rev. R. MAGuire.
The Boy's devotional or Young Christian's Class meets for prayer every SunThere were present, among other day afternoon after school, and on one One of the friends, Mr. Sturgeon and Mrs. Maevening in the week. fundamental rules of this class, is, that guire, Superintendent; Mr. only such boys as give sufficient proof Groser, (representing the School Union); Mr. Power, (repreof a change of heart, or at any rate an earnest desire to become Christians, senting the Sunday School Institute); shall be members of it. All belonging Mr. Davis, of the Religious Tract Soto it are expected to engage in some acts ciety; Mr. Groser, sen.; and the various members of the Committee. of usefulness, as tract distributing, speaking privately to their companions, &c.
Prayer-meetings of the children, originated at their spontaneous request, are held every Sunday; boys and girls separately, before school in the morning, and at the close of the evening service. Tract Societies. Both boys and girls have been in active operation. Above 18,000 tracts having been distributed during the year-nearly all of which have been purchased by the children themselves.
The report having been read, the following gentlemen delivered short, but most interesting and useful addresses, viz.: Rev. J. H. Wilson, of Aberdeen, Rev. T. Thoresby, of Spa Fields, Rev. F. Tucker, of Camden Road, and Messrs. Shirley, and Bailey.
The Rev. Mr. HERBERT conducted the examination of the children.
The annual report was read, from which we gathered that the schools are The progressing most satisfactorily. number of teachers on the books ismale teachers, 15; female teachers, 21. The number of children is larger than heretofore, and the respective returns stand thus-boys 220 (average attendance, 130); girls, 216 (average attendance, upwards of 100.) The writing classes are held on Tuesday and Friday evenings. A library of useful and instructive books is open one evening in the week. A service, under the sanction of the Incumbent, adapted for children, with a suitable address, is held every Sunday evening. This is not confined to the children of the school; parents are also invited. A course of instructive and interesting lectures
It is quite impossible in the limits of this notice, to give anything like a fair idea of the most excellent speeches of have been given by the teachers on these gentlemen, which will long be week evenings.
Appropriate hymns were sung by the children at intervals during the interesting proceedings, which were closed with prayer. Clerkenwell News.
Addresses were delivered by Messrs. | long remembered. The meeting was Groser, W. H. Groser, Power, and opened with prayer, and after some reDavis; after which the distribution of marks by the chairman, Mr. W. Munday, rewards took place. the superintendent, read a short report, The Rev. R. Maguire then addressed | which urged the universal adoption of the children. Sunday schools in workhouses. Mr. G. White, of the Abbey Street Schools, examined the children in Scripture knowledge, who readily, cheerfully, and accurately answered the questions put to them. The recitations were delivered with good effect, and the singing, which consisted of "Jubilate," "Holy Lord." (Sanctus) "Come unto me," and "Jerusalem," (anthems) and "Now unto Him,” was executed in a style which reflects teacher. During the evening, speeches great credit upon Mr. R. Prestage, the Mr. Paxton, and Messrs. Gamman, were delivered by the Rev. D. Katterns, Brain attended as a deputation from the Baxter, Williams, and Homer. Sunday School Union.
COMMERCIAL ROAD CHAPEL
SUNDAY SCHOOL ANNIVERSARY.
On Wednesday, 23rd March, the annual meeting was held, when about 230 friends took tea, after which a public meeting was held. In the absence of A. S. Ayrton, Esq., M.P., who was engaged to preside, the Rev. G. W. Pegg, (the minister of the place,) took the
The tenor of
The meeting was addressed by the love, which was eloquently described as the Lord Mayor's speech was union and Revds. J. H. Hinton, J. Kennedy, Dr. the great and only means for the reHewlett, Philip Dickerson, Wm. Wood-formation of the world. house, and Mr. Hartley, as a deputation referred in an able manner to the esfrom the East London Auxiliary Sunday tablishment of the Hackney Workhouse Sunday School, and its present prosperous state. Votes of thanks were the meeting, the children were regaled passed to the chairman, &c.; and after with cake and milk. Many of the interest in the proceedings. guardians were present, and took great
A note, since received from Mr. Ayrton, states that through a mistake he was unable to be present, although he was "particularly anxious" to attend.
On the previous Sunday, sermons were preached by the Rev. Clement Dukes, of Dalston, and Rev.-P. W. Guinness, of Cheshunt College.
BETHNAL GREEN WORKHOUSE
Ox Tuesday evening, March 22nd, the annual meeting of this institution was held in the chapel, which was, as usual, filled in every part. The Lord Mayor presided, who, though to some extent indisposed, was very cheerful, and his speech, which was full of good judgment and sound argument, will be
We can but hope that the influence of this meeting will permeate the length and breadth of the land, and bring speedily about that result for which those who are engaged in this work constantly and earnestly pray.
INDEPENDENT SUNDAY SCHOOL.-The annual sermons connected with the above school, were preached on the 13th of March; in the morning by the Rev. T. Davies, and in the evening by
the Rev. J. B. Talbot, of London; on and by Messrs. Wright of Hull; the Tuesday following, the annual meet- Groser, of London; Allison, of Leeds; ing was held, when a large company W. Corke, J. Tuley, and W. Salter. sat down to an excellent tea. The Rev. J. M. Soule, of Battersea, presided at the public meeting; and the report was read by Mr. James, the superintendent. Appropriate addresses were delivered
This Union has remitted a second con
by the Rev. F. F. Thomas, of Toot-tribution to the London Union of nearly ing; Davison, of Wandsworth; Davies, £33, collected chiefly among the children of Putney; and also by Messrs. King of the several schools in town and and Harrison, of Putney, and Mr. Sinclair from London. The account, as read by the superintendent, was very cheering; the school was on the increase; three of the teachers had been received in church fellowship; and the funds were in a very satisfactory state.
country, towards the liquidation of the remaining debt on the JUBILEE ME MORIAL HALL. The friends in the North duly appreciated the valuable and persevering labours of the Parent Society, and have much pleasure in thus practically expressing their sympathy and grateful sense thereof.
SUNDAY SCHOOL FESTIVAL AT
HALIFAX. THE annual conference of teachers was held in Trinity Road Chapel, on April 22nd. At the morning meet- BEING a constant reader of your Maing Mr. J. H. Philbrick presided. Mr. gazine, and observing frequently the Wright, of Hull, read a paper on "The notices of Sunday school anniversaries Past, the Present, and the Future of that occur in various localities in EngSunday schools;" and Mr. Allison, of land, I thought that it would not be Leeds, read a paper on "Auxiliary uninteresting to give you some account Agencies to Sunday Schools." In the of the Christmas anniversary of the Sunafternoon, Mr. Councillor Sugden pre-day schools in Hobart Town, Tasmania. sided. Mr. Groser, Corresponding Secre. The anniversary was held on Monday, tary of the London Sunday School 27th December, 1858. It is usually Union, read a paper on "Teachers' held the day following Christmas. The Training Classes." These papers were children assembled about eleven o'clock severally discussed, and at the close of in their respective schools, in various the Conference, the delegates had tea parts of the city, and proceeded to the in the Sion school room. Wesleyan chapel. The children were The annual meeting of this Union seated by twelve o'clock. They comwas held in Sion Chapel, April 22nd. menced by singing one of the hymns F. Crossley, Esq., presided. The re-selected for the occasion. Prayer was port stated that 48 schools were in offered; the second hymn sung. The union, containing 2,050 teachers, and Rev. J. G. Mackintosh then addressed 12,200 scholars; that 166 scholars them for a short time. The children had joined churches during the year; listened very attentively. It was a and that 73 visits had been made to pleasing sight to see so many gathered schools by the visiting committee. together. It would be happiness, indeed, Addresses were delivered by the chair- if all of them loved the Saviour. They man; the Revs. T. M. Newnes, G. then sang the concluding hymn. About Hoyle, T. D. Matthias, and J. C. Gray; [1,400 Sunday school children were pre
the speakers (a stranger to the place), remarked that the impressions he first received on visiting Hobart Town would long be remembered by him, for it was on the day of the anniversary. He was very much pleased with the behaviour of the children, and the orderly manner the people and children amused themselves in the park. Before the meeting separated, it was resolved to have quarterly united teachers' tea meetings.
DISCOURAGED, BECAUSE OF THE WAY.
While yet far from the goal!
This strengthening word of cheer-
sent. The chapel was full in every part. connected with Sunday schools. One of The children and teachers left the chapel in the following order :-Wesleyan schools, 4; Independents, 4; Presbyterians, 2; Free Church of Scotland, 2; Free Wesleyans, 1; Ragged schools, 2. Each school was headed by its banner or flag, with the name of the school, or other device, upon it. The streets through which the procession passed were lined with spectators, many of them parents of the children. On arriving at the Queen's park, the schools separated; some went among the trees, others to the open ground, where they amused themselves by playing at different games, cricket, swinging, skipping, &c., &c. Cake, buns, milk, lemonade, fruit, &c., were provided for them. After amusing themselves between two and three hours, the schools returned to their several places of worship, where the children were supplied with tea, cake, and buns. About five o'clock the children returned home, many of them tired with their day's holiday. At six o'clock the teachers and friends sat down to tea, many of them fatigued with their day's work (for it is now about the middle of summer). After tea, persons are called upon to speak, when some topic connected with Sunday schools is discussed. Between the speeches some pieces are sung. The meeting was concluded about nine o'clock, and thus ends one of the happy days which children and teachers spend together upon earth. Formerly, in connection with the anniversary, the teachers took breakfast together on Christmas morning, which was very well attended at first. It was found that many persons went out of town on that day, and it was thought desirable by the teachers to have a tea meeting in the month of January in lieu of it. The meeting was held on 3rd February, 1859, in the Independent school room, Brisbane-street, when teachers from the various Protestant denominations were present. Several ministers and friends spoke upon subjects
Earth's laborers may repine,
Such gloom upon thy brow?
Thy wistful glances trace
Who ran the martyr's race.
What! Couldst thou, fearless, drink
And couldst thou walk serone through Death's
With horror and dismay !
Would not thy footstep falter, and thy spirit fail,
Nay, leave to God, Allwise,
The earnest care, to walk as he hath shown,
With heaven-directed eyes.
"REDEEMING THE TIME."
AN ADDRESS TO CHILDREN.
DURING the dark days of the winter we were longing for the bright days of spring, and made, some very good resolutions to improve our time more, when the light peeped in at our chamberwindow earlier, and the evenings were a little longer! Well, the time has come, the leaves are upon the trees, the blossoms sparkle upon the branches-all nature is cheerful! "For, lo, the winter is past, the rain is over and gone; the flowers appear on the earth; the time of the singing of birds is come, and the voice of the turtle is heard in our land." We did not know that we should have these sunny days! Many dwell in the dark grave who hoped to see them. Serious thought! the past has been ours! the future may not be! Yesterday and to-day we have had-to-morrow we may not have. But, however many bright years may be in store for you, forget not this little motto of life,-" Redeeming the time."
That we may fully understand this, let us try and make plain the meaning of this word redeem, because it is used in different senses. One meaning is to re-purchase-to buy back again. You know that poor Uncle Tom had to be sold, and came into the hands of the cruel Legree, who treated him so brutally that he died. Master George went to buy him back-to redeem him. It was too late. His young master was obliged to return without him; he told Aunt Chloe that he would have given all his fortune to have brought him back, but he had gone to a better country. Lost time is like a dead. Uncle Tom,—no money can redeem it.
It is in this sense that
Another meaning of the word is to save. Jesus Christ redeems us. "He came to seek and to save that which was lost." He bought us with a price-but a price more valuable than any amount of money-with his life. But this is not the meaning of the word with regard to time. If once lost we cannot bring it back again. Suppose any of you had lost a valuable diamond. You might offer a large reward, and the diamond might be restored to you. But let any one who has lost only a minute of time offer a reward to any one who can return it! No matter how many bills he may have printed about it-no matter how large the amount he may be willing to give for it he cannot redeem it. It is said that a queen exclaimed, when dying, "Millions of money for one inch of time!" It was of no use. A million of millions would not have bought it!
"Lost time is never found again."
Improving is a word that might be used instead of the word