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THE NORMAL CLASS. SOUTH WEST DISTRICT, WEST LONDON AUXILIARY SUNDAY SCHOOL UNION. On Friday, March 25th, 1859, this class brought its sixth session to a close. The evening was devoted to the consideration of "Sunday School Addresses;" two addresses being delivered on one topic, intended to show different methods in which the same subject might be treated.

After the usual devotional exercises, the President called upon Mr. C. Beard to give the first address, the text selected being-1 John v., 21., "Little children, keep yourselves from idols."

Mr. Beard commenced by stating that having to speak about idols it was necessary to find out what an idol was, and proceeded to instance Juggernaut, the idols in the Missionary Museums, the deities of the Greeks and Romans, and the image-worship of the Church of Rome, showing how all this was in opposition to the command of God (Exodus xx)-that it excites his anger, and will bring down his judgments. The example of the Jews was adduced-their tendency to idolatry, and the punishments that came upon them in consequence. The prevalence of idolatry at the present day was spoken of, and the duty of helping to do away with it enforced.

idol-worship, but that it was common amongst English children, and even amongst Sunday school scholars. Several instances were given. COVETOUSNESS. Gold was a beautiful idol, but though worshipped and sought after greedily, it was of no use when help was most needed. An illustration was given. A steamer, with a large quantity of Californian gold on board, was wrecked. All were in the utmost danger. The gold, which many of the passengers had risked so much to obtain, was strewed over the sofas in the cabin, on the floor, and on the deck; none cared for it; none would burden themselves with it, but it was cast aside as useless.

The speaker then referred to the apostle John, and his letter to the Christians, containing the precept which formed the subject of the address: to the city of Ephesus, where for a long time he lived; to its splendid temple, and the great goddess Diana; to St. Paul's visit, and to the uproar made by Demetrius and his fellow-craftsmen on behalf of their deity.

After dwelling for some time on the topics thus presented, allusion was next made to the fact that it was not necessary to go to India or China to find

AMBITION, was next instanced. The foolish and wicked-attempts of Alexander to attain universal dominion, and the career of Napoleon, being adduced as illustrations; and the sad close of the life of each was adverted to as proof of the vanity of the idol they served.

FINE DRESS, was then spoken of as an idol very common among children. The temptations to pride, dishonesty, &c., to which it is likely to lead, were pointed out, and commented upon.

In conclusion, the scholars were exhorted to love God aright-with all the heart; this would leave no room for idols to occupy the place that belonged The speaker concluded by to God. suggesting as a prayer, the hymn, "The dearest idol I have known, Whate'er that idol be,

Help me to tear it from thy throne,
And worship only Thee."

The president then called upon Mr II. Barker, to give the second address, (he according to arrangement not having heard the first.) He remarked that it appeared a strange subject upon which to speak to English children; they pity the idolaters when they hear of their cruelty and ignorance, yet it was necessary to think whether we were not in danger of becoming, in a sense, worshippers of idols.


The heathen have some notion of a God, and try to some extent to serve him. We, know his will. Those who best know, and do it, find it no hard service; those who do it not, are most troubled and unhappy. We must see that we give Him our most faithful service. We cannot have two masters; we cannot serve God and mammon. We are naturally inclined to love something-something to which we can look up; God has given this power that it may be given back to Him. Man naturally prefers this life, and what seems pleasant and desirable-choosing earth rather than heaven; but we do wrong if we thus give to earth that which should be given to God.

was shown by reference to the fact that the sheep and the silk-worm had worn our clothes before we could get them. Contrasted with this, was the ornament of a meek and quiet spirit, and the robe of righteousness. PLEASURE, was next alluded to, and its insufficiency to give happiness was shown. AMBITION-the desire of excelling others—of getting to the top of the class, even by unfair means-of being thought the swiftest, the boldest, &c.

As closing remarks, the love of God was set forth as the chief thing to be sought after. The service of Satan was shown to be a "hard service," and all were urged to "set their affections on things above."

At the close of the addresses, the members expressed their opinions upon them, and the subject in general.


Reference was then made to various things that usurp the place of God: that there was pride in heaven once, even among the angels of God, and how One, deprecated set, formal, theoloit caused their downfall; that Alex-gical discourses, and recommended the ander, after all his conquests, found free use of illustrations, and of adaptaonly sorrow and disappointment from tion to the capacities of the children, his ambition and love of dominion; that suggesting that the teacher should reWolsey, notwithstanding the greatness call the memory of his own childhood, he had won, closed his days in trouble and speak as a child to children. and affliction; that the desire of fame other pointed out the similarity of the sustains the spirit of the soldier; that addresses in many points, in the illusthe love of money is a form of idolatry, trations and practical lessons, especially as shown in the case of the man who instancing the references to "Alexworks even seven days in every week to ander," to " ambition," and to "fine get wealth; that the statesman labours dress;" by both speakers recommending for the triumph of his party, or to secure also the use of questions, energy and a statue for himself. liveliness of style and manner, and condemning written addresses as a general rule.

All, indeed, have their idols; but the subject refers to "little children." They may say they are not guilty of these things, yet we see the beginnings now.

The use of the verse of a hymn, at the close of the first address, was much approved of. The length of addresses was adverted to by another speaker, and some were instanced as occupying only four minutes, whilst others extended to 55 minutes-the short ones being usually the best.

The failure of many addresses was attributed by the next speaker, to an attempt on the part of teachers to do too much: brevity, point, and earnestthe heart. The folly of this idolatry ness were insisted on as special requisites,

Is the Bible most read? Is the Sabbath more prized than a holiday? Is Christ best loved, or do you please self? Do you live to Him now, that you may live with Him for ever? If not, you do not love God most.

A few things likely to prove idols to children were then pointed out. FINE CLOTHES-the danger of being proud of them. This idol often keeps God out of

and an instance was narrated of an individual who had given an address, distinguished by these characteristics, to the scholars of a ragged-school. At the close, one boy whispered pretty audibly, "That's a very decent preach; that old chap can come again." An opinion in which his companions appeared fully to


The President summed up the remarks made, drawing especial attention to one or two points, and in conclusion, urged upon the meeting the desirableness of endeavoring during the vacation to make the class more widely known, so that on recommencing operations, in the autumn, a larger number might receive the benefits of the course of instruction provided; the general adoption of the plan originated in the Normal Class, rendering it very important that it should be sustained in perfect efficiency.

was 550. The average attendance has been mornings 384; afternoons 487.

The morning separate service for those too young to join intelligently in the service of the sanctuary, had been held every Sunday; and also a distinct one for the infants only, in another room. All the children however, except the infants, had the option of attending the service at the church, or other places of worship with their parents.

Sunday evening services.-During the year, this branch of the school operations which is carried on without any expense except that of gas, had continued to draw together a large number of children and their parents.

The total number present during the year, was 15,667, or an average of 301 for each Sunday. As far as could be ascertained-with very few exceptions these persons had been drawn not from other congregations, but from T. J. C. the large body of the inhabitants who had hitherto disregarded the claims of the Sabbath.


THE Annual Meeting of this Institution, was held on the evening of Good Friday.

About 250 persons took tea together, after which the large room (formerly the chapel), was thrown open to the public, and was speedily filled to overflowing by the friends of the school, among whom were a large number of the parents of the children.

Mr. FLEMING, the pastor of the church, and president of the school, presided, and having offered prayer, and addressed a few words to the meeting, called upon the secretary to read the report:-a few extracts from which may prove interesting and useful

There were at the close of the year 1858, 704 children on the books, under the instruction of 64 teachers. The largest number present at any one time

A prayer meeting had been held after cach service, which had an average attendance of 80.

During the summer months open air services had been held in a field close by-one at half past 5, and another at half-past 8.

The teachers had had much to encourage them in connexion with this service, and did time permit, several interesting facts could be stated.

Some of the regular attendants had subscribed together to purchase a very handsome pulpit bible, which they had presented to the school, accompanied by a letter expressing the deepest gratitude for the pleasure and profit derived from the service. A leather label in the cover, contained the following inscription :

"Presented to the Teachers of the Sun-
day School, by the Parents, Children,
and others attending the Evening Ser-

The Missionary subscriptions of the
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school had been £18, 18s. 5d., which together with £8. 18s. 6d. from the Evening Service Society, made a total of £57. 17s. 1d. contributed for this purpose during the year. A portion of this amount is devoted to the support of 8 Hindoo girls, and one young man of caste, in the Madras missionary schools.

The Library contains 700 volumes, and 4,409 issues had been made by the librarians during the year.

The Magazine committee completed its third year of existence in June last. During the year, the following magazines had been disposed of by the committee. 158 Sunday at Home.

193 Leisure Hour.

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5,587 Total.

Total for 3 years 17,418. The Band of Hope continued its meetings fortnightly during the winter months, the average attendance being about 120. There are now about 200 members; 80 having been added during the year.

The Summer Excursion to HamptonCourt passed off successfully, and gave such universal satisfaction, that the teachers have arranged to repeat the trip this year.

of the children their parents and friends availed themselves of the opportunity. The charges were so arranged as to pay all expenses, and leave a small sum to go to the school funds.

Christmas Entertainments.-A series of meetings designed for the instruction and amusement of the children, were held during the Christmas and NewYear's weeks.

They consisted of lectures by Messrs Baron and A. Shrimpton; a tea and treat for the Infants only, and on the fourth night a musical entertainment followed by the distribution of 200 books from two large illuminated Christmas trees, to 130 children recommended by their teachers, and 70 parents of those who had attended most regularly through the year. The expenses of these meetings were met, and a small surplus, secured by a small charge made for admission.

Lectures to the children had been delivered at intervals of a fortnight. Those who had been punctual every time during the previous month, were admitted free; and a small charge made to those not so entitled.

On Christmas day about 120 teachers and friends met to breakfast, and afterwards held a Conference upon the following subjects:-" Recent instances of usefulness, and causes of failure."

A Situation Register had been opened during the year upon which the names and other particulars of those boys and girls requiring situations are entered; the book being kept for inspection in a central position in the neighbourhood.

The Provident Investment Society, commenced in September, had progressed satisfactorily, there having been 121 depositors, who had invested £53., in the Society.

The Mimpriss System of graduated simultaneous instruction, was brought to a close at the end of the year; but had been so far approved by the teachers that they resolved to recomA special train was engaged, and 995 mence the course at the beginning of

the present year, and go over the lessons | remembered as among the very best ever delivered in that room. a 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.

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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 evening in the week. One of the friends, Mr. Sturgeon and Mrs. Mafundamental rules of this class, is, that guire, Superintendent; Mr. W. H. 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.

It is quite impossible in the limits of this notice, to give anything like a fair idea of the most excellent specches of these gentlemen, which will long be

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 have been given by the teachers on week evenings.

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