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CITY OF LONDON.
WELSH CUSTOMS IN CONNEXION WEIGH-HOUSE SUNDAY SCHOOL. - For
WITH SUNDAY SCHOOLS. years the Sunday school (at present
It has been a common practice in the numbering 380 scholars) attached to the Principality of Wales, during the greater Weigh House Chapel, (Rev. Thos. Bin- part of the last half century, for a numney's), has been one of the most ber of schools to assemble together in flourishing Sunday schools within the some convenient chapel, for the purpose City. Many have gone forth from it of reciting certain portions of scripture well prepared to engage in the battle and catechetical exercises prepared for of life, from having learnt while young the occasion, and singing choice pieces to take “ truth for their creed, and God of sacred music, got up by the choirs of for their guide.” Many of its late teach- the respective chapels and schools. ers are actively laboring as missionaries, Four of these schools are accustomed to “ Where Afric's sunny mountains,
meet at the Baptist chapel in this town, Roll down their golden sands."
and in one of the country chapels every While others are occupying pulpits in Whit-Monday; others assemble this our island home. For the last few Christmas, and we have found these years its superintendent has been Mr. J. gatheringsvery beneficial in stimulating EBENEZER SAUNDERS, one of the members the children, strengthening the hands of the Court of Common Council for the of the teachers, and exciting public atWard of Coleman Street. But we be- tention to the Sunday school. lieve no form of usefulness has given him
The rehearsals at these meetings are so much pleasure as that in which he not confined to children ; but persons of has been engaged for many years, viz., all ages, from the child of seven years Sunday schools. In consequence of now of age to the patriarch of seventy, all residing at Black leath, he has lately unite in these interesting exercises. resigned his office, and recently the Last Christmas morning being very teachers and senior scholars, at the close wet, the rain falling fast, the schools of the afternoon school, assembled to from the country did not arrive in the take tea and wish him farewell, present- town quite as early as usual; but soon ing him at the same time with a richly after ten o'clock they made their appearbound copy of Kitto's Pictorial Bible, in ance. Although by that time the rain 4 vols., accompanied by a beautifully abated a little, many of those that framed and ornamentally written testi- attended had been thoroughly drenched monial, signed on behalf of the teachers during the morning. yet they appeared and senior classes, by W. Rogers, secre- quite cheerful and happy in once more tary; A. Whiteman, teacher of the meeting each other.
Three of the schools were catechised girls' senior class; E. R. Cook, teacher of the boys' senior class. The girls of by their respective ministers, repeated the second Bible class also presented many portions of scripture, and sang him with an engraving elegantly framed various select pieces during the morning (by Lloyd Brothers), illustrating the meeting; and, although the service various scenes in Bunyan's “ Pilgrim's lasted nearly four hours, yet the assemProgress,” designed by the
Rev. D. bly exhibited no sign of being weary White, and drawn by Billings, with an and fatigued, but the most lively interest inscription in gold stating the object of was sustained to the close ; and all, as the gift . - English Journal of Education. far as we could judge, left the sanctuary
rejoicing, and thanking God for what they had seen and heard.
As it was now between two and three produced upon the congregation can o'clock in the afternoon, and the evening scarcely be described. But the chief meeting fixed at half-past five, we had piece of the evening was a debate not much time to enjoy the good cheer between the compulsory system and the so essential to the happiness of some voluntary principle in religion, supposed Christmas parties. While the young to be carried on between Lady Drusilla children and females from the country, and Dorcas. The importance of the and those who had their cattle to attend subject, the fairness of the discussion, to, returned to their respective homes, and the ability of the young females those of us who reside in the town, with who represented the parties, all united other friends remaining from the country in rivetting the attention of the audience. who resolved to stay till the evening Although one recital followed another meeting, hastened to take some refresh. in an unbroken succession for more than ment. At half-past five we were again three hours, with the exception of one in the chapel, and, although it is a large short anthem sung by the choir, while and commodious building capable of we were re-arranging the parties on the seating more than 900 persons, it was platform, there was no flagging and soon filled and densely crowded in every the greatest decorum was maintained ; part, so much so that even a standing and so far as we were able to ascertain, no place in the aisles could scarcely be person connected with this gathering obtained. The recitations in this meet- was guilty of inebriety, or of any other ing were confined to our own school, the conduct tending to mar the pleasure of members of which recited thirty-two the day.-(British Baptist Reporter.) select pieces in prose and verse. Several of them were of considerable length, and were repeated with accuracy. But
SHEFFIELD. those which excited the greatest interest PARK SCHOOLS. These schools, in were the productions composed in the connexion with Wesleyan Methodism, form of a dialogue, in which more than have been in operation forty-five years. one person sustained a part; such as the Among its early promoters, but five or dialogue between the eye and the ear, sis persons now live. But the fruit of in which each claimed the superiority their labor remains. Ministers of the as being of the greatest use to man, while Gospel, missionaries, local preachers, a third checked their vaunting speeches, and class-leaders are still laboring in reminding them that their services were the I ord's vineyard, who were taught mutual, and they ought to rejoice in in these schools the story of the Cross. each other's prosperity. Also a debate At present there are 71 teachers, who between Michael the archangel and supply alternately; and there are 257 Satan, in which the latter was reminded boys and 274 girls on the books. Of of his past sins and future doom. Ano- this number 207 are between the ages ther very interesting piece, and recited of six and nine ; 147 between nine and with great effect, was a dispute between twelve; 85 between twelve and thir. the Christian and the Jew, in which the teen ; 80 between thirteen and fifteen ; latter was supposed to have been van- and 12 between fifteen and twenty quished by the Christian's proving from years of age. Of these, 183 are in at. the Old Testament predictions that tendance at a day-school ; 2 have never Jesus of Nazareth was the Messiah ; attended any day-school; 82 have atand when the two young men represent- tended a day school five years ; 20 are ing these characters sang together, at attending select classes ; and 72 are in the close, a well known Welsh hymn of service or apprenticeship. praise to Jesus as the Messiah, the effect
high and cheerful expectancy, and thou
sands of little feet tripped along to join BUNDAY SCHOOL UNION.
the great congregation. Onward and Is fulfilment of their ordinary duties, onward still they urge their way to the the committee have visited, by Deputa- place of meeting, undeterred by the tion, most of the town and country frowning aspect of the weather. Ever sehools. These visits afford excellent and anon they beguile the way. by opportunities for the interchange of rehearsing the sweet and holy, songs fraternal sentiments. Where defects that are to be sung by the noble chorus. are observed, remedies are deferentially Nine o'clock arrives. Behold the stirsuggested, and in all cases the recom- ring sight! There are the 32,000 chilmendations offered by Deputations are dren and teachers of Leeds. There are very cordially received.
the real peace preservers of their counThe committee rejoice that a Sunday try, who wield a power far more potent School Union has been formed at the and exercise an influence far more neighbouring town of Dewsbury, and enduring than tens of thousands of they hope it will prove to be the centre bristling bayonets. Listen to the first of much vigorous and healthy action. tune; would that its immortal composer Six of the schools recently in connection could have heard it ! It was meet that with the Leeds Union have withdrawn the first strains should be an ascription from us, in order to join the neighbour of praise to the King of Kingsing Association, viz. :
“O worship the King all glorious above, Dewsbury, Ebenezer.
O gratefully sing His power and His love,". Do. Springfield.
and now listen to the children's mel. Heckmondwike, Lower.
“God of mercy, throned on high,
Listen from Thy lofty seat;
Hear, 0 hear our feeble cry; Knottingley Independent school has Guide, O guide, our wandering feet.", also ceased to be associated with us. and then Richmond, sweet Richmond,
The Sunday school singing class, which transports us to the “realms of established last year by this committee the blest,” and makes us long for (and taught by Mr. T. K. LONGBOTTOM,
" Angels' wings, on the Tonic Sol-Fa method), continues
Those sweeter songs to try.” its weekly meetings for instruction, in And now the Queen enters between the the model Infant school-room, Park galleries, greeted by acclamations loud, Lane. The friends connected with its long and thrilling. Slowly the promanagement would be glad to see a cession moves, and, midway, in obedience larger number of teachers and scholars to a royal mandate, it stops. availing themselves of the advantages SAVE THE QUEEN” is borne up to heaven thus offered.
on thrice ten thousand voices, and the The Committee cannot conclude their Sovereign who lives in the hearts of her Report without some record of an event people, retires amid the heart-inspiring which will ever form an interesting cheers of the interesting assemblage. feature in Sunday school reminiscences Fellow Teachers. Glean encourage
- they allude to the Royal Visit to ment from the past. Cherish hope for Leeds. Other chroniclers have recorded the future. Determine to know nothing their civic honours, our pleasing duty is among men save Christ and him crucito recall the pleasure and gratification fied ! Let your communion be with the afforded to the " little ones.”
Father, and with his son Jesus Christ! Thousands of little hearts beat with From the retirement of your closets
breathe forth the prayer, “Thy kingdom The Band of Hope continues to procome.” You have a spiritual telegraph, gress, and now numbers 197 children. use it; and though your cable should be The Library which was added to the submerged in the surges of sorrow, the school last year contains 178 volumes ; message of entreaty shall “ascend to the books are eagerly sought after by your Advocate and Mediator, and the the scholars, and the committee trust answer shall flash back from the eternal under God's blessing they will prove throne, “Be it according to thy faith.” useful to them. More library books,
bibles, and forms, are likely to be reStatistics of the Leeds Union.
quired during the present year, and Town Sunday schools in Con
these the committee trust they will be nection
enabled to provide. Country schools
JOHN PYER, President, Teachers in all..........
J. S. CUDLIP, Secretary. Teachers members of Churches... 1583 Average attendance of Teachers.. 1662 SCHOLARS.
STREET SUNDAY SCHOOL, Infant classes
BLACKFRIARS.—The annual social tea General school, total
12457 and public meeting, was held on TuesAverage attendance
10453 day, March 1st, in the chapel, W. H. Become teachers
320 Watson, Esq., presided. The Revs, W. LIBRARY
... (vols.) 25250 Barker, President of the school, T. J. WILLIAM ALLISON.
Cole, of Beckenham, R. Robinson, of JAMES LINFOOT. Secs.
York-road, J. H. Wilson, of Aberdeen ; ROBERT SLADE.
Messrs. W. West, and W. M. Murphy The chair was occupied by Mr. Foreinan. of Western College, Plymouth. The An interesting report was presented by congregations were large, in the evening Mr. Worley, the Secretary, and anima- especially. The collections were liberal ted addresses were delivered by the -amounting to upwards of £23. The Chairman and Messrs. Wyard, Milner, choir and children sung pieces suitable Meeres, Caunt, Bland, and Jos. Maitland, to the occasion. Professor Charlton who became a teacher fifty-seven years delivered two masterly discourses. The ago, when the school was under the text in the morning was from Jeremiah superintendence of the late William ix. 23, 24; and in the evening, Romans Brodie Gurney, Esq., Treasurer of the i. 16. Professor Charlton is regarded Sunday School Union.
of Surrey Chapel, also addressed the DEVONPORT.
meeting. The teachers and friends in WYCLIFFE CHAPEL SUNDAY SCHOOL, connection with this school are endeaMORICE Town.-DURING the past year voring to awaken Christian sympathy, many children have removed from the and obtain funds for the erection of a neighbourhood, but their places in the new school, the present building being school have been more than filled up by too small for so populated a neighbornew scholars, so that there are on the hood. This was urged upon the meeting books about 250 ; under the care of 7 by two or three speakers, who had male and 12 female teachers.
experienced the inconvenience after The Infant class is taught in a separate paying a visit to the school. There room, and contains 40 of the above num- was a good attendance on the occasion. ber. The committee whilst occupied last year in revising the classes, in order to fill up vacancies, were gratified and
WALWORTH. encouraged by observing the amount of EAST-STREET SUNDAY SCHOOL.The scriptural knowledge possessed by many spacious new room adjoining the chapel of the junior scholars.
was lately filled by a numerous company A Bible class of boys and another of of teachers and friends, who met to girls are regularly taught in rooms celebrate the sixty-sixth anniversary of separate from the general school. Ar- the Sunday school, which was the first rangements are also being made for the that was originated in the parish of St. formation of a class of young men and Mary, Newington, and in which the another of young women, to be con- honored and beloved Mr. William ducted by our respected President. Brodie Gurney taught for many years. tea and spend the evening with the teachers. Nearly ninety of both classes
as one of the first men in the Independent denomination, both as to ability
and learning, and at the same time one CLECKHEATON.
of the clearest and most richly evanOx March 8th, the large and com- gelical preachers we have ever heard. modious schools and class-rooms con- On Monday evening the annual tea. nected with the new Congregational meeting was held in the school-room chapel, Providence-place, were opened and adjoining vestry. Both rooms were by a tea party and public meeting, filled-nearly 400 persons sat down to when upwards of 800 persons partook of tea. After tea the chapel was opened tea. The meeting was subsequently for a public meeting, the Rev. James held in the Old Chapel, when George Kernaham, the Minister, occupied the Anderton, Esq., J.P., was called to the chair. Interesting addresses were dechair. On the platform were the Rev. livered by the Rev. T. Roberts, ProT. Scales, Gomersal ; Rev. J. Bewglass, fessor Charlton, Dr. Brown (CheltenLL.D., Silcoates; Rev. J. S. Eastmead, ham), J. Nicholas (Methodist New Wakefield; Rev. J. J. Waite, Hereford ; Connection), W. Collings (Baptist), and Rev. R. Cuthbertson ; Thomas Burnley, J. Williams (Independent), Rodborough. Esq., Gomersal; C. Goldthorp, Esq., W. We are gratified to hear that the Sunday Anderton, Esq., Mr. E. Mitchell, Mr. schools and various institutions conThomas Hirst, Mr. S. Bedford, &c. In nected with the chapel are in a most opening the proceedings, the Chairman flourishing condition.— Gloucester Jourread a very interesting account of the nal. origin and establishment of the Independent Sunday Schools at Cleckheaton, in 1805, written by the late Mrs.
NORTHAMPTONSHIRE. Dearnaly, one of the founders, who took WORTHY OF IMITATION.-An interesta deep interest in its welfare and pros- ing meeting was held on the 3rd March, perity up to the time of her death in in connexion with the Baptist Sunday 1855.–The Rev. T. Scales, Mr. Thomas School, in the village of Ringstead, near Hirst, Thomas Burnley, Esq., the Rev. Higham Ferrers. The mothers of the Dr. Bewglass, and other friends, ad- scholars assembled by invitation to take dressed the meeting.
sat down to tea; afterwards, in addition GLOUCESTER.
to devotional exercises, earnest and SOUTHGATE-STREET.—On Sunday last affectionate addresses were given by the annual sermons on behalf of the several of the teachers, and at the usual Independent Sunday schools connected hour of the week-night service the paswith this chapel were preached by the tor preached from the words of Jesus Rey. J. M. Charlton, M, A., President recorded in Mark xiv, 8-“She hath