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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.
SOUTHWARK. In select classes
1354 CHURCH STREET SUNDAY SCHOOL, Infant classes
1749 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
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
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.
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 evanOn March 8th, the large and com-gelical preachers we have ever heard. modious schools and class-rooms con- On Monday evening the annual teanected 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 (Chelten. LL.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 couThomas 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, earnost 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 SOUTHAMPTON. the fourth year of his pastorate.
done what she could.” A similar gath-tendent, Mr. Crook, Addresses were ering has been held annually for several delivered by Mr. Hitchin, on years past, and it has increased in Influence of Sunday schools upon the numbers and interest every year.
The World ;" Mr. Dean, “ Influence of Sunentire cost of the meetings is borne by day schools upon the Church ;” Mr. the senior superintendent, Mr. William- Waters, “ Duty and Responsibility of son, who, in the eighty-second year of Parents ;" Mr. J. Cooper, “ Duty and his age, is as regular and earnest in his Responsibility of Teachers ;” Mr. Carattendance, and as liberal in his support penter, “ Prayer;" the Rev. B. H. Kluht, of the school, as when he took the "The Work of the Holy Spirit ; and superintendence of it, at its commence- Mr. Smith, “Success of Sunday school ment, thirty-four years ago.
Instruction.” The meeting was rend
ered additionally interesting through SOMERSETSHIRE.
the presentation of “ Bagster's ComTAUNTON.- About 14 years ago, soon
mentary, wholly Biblical," to Mr. after the erection of the Independent
Willoughby, the late superintendent Chapel in North -street, Taunton, a
UXBRIDGE. considerable amount of accommodation was provided for the Sunday school, The second anniversary of the Sunday including a lecture and assembly room and day schools in connection with the for the boys' school, 51 feet by 25 feet, Baptist Church, was held on Monday, spacious girls' and infant school-rooms March 14, J. D. Lowden, Esq., in the were built, together with eight separate chair. The report, which was read by Bible class -rooms, large enough to the Rev. G. Rouse Lowden, F.R.G.S., accommodate from 12 to 25 persons each. was highly encouraging. The Rev. R. Yet even these have now been found too W. Guinness delivered a touching and strait for the multitude of young people affecting address to parents; the Rev. and children who congregate together on Mr. Griffith, of Hayes, confined his the Sabbath for instruction, and it was remarks to that well-known passage in recently resolved to build two more Scripture :
Let us not be weary in large school-rooms, and to provide eight well-doing;" the Rev. J. Gibson adadditional class-rooms. A tea meeting dressed the teachers earnestly and was held on the 7th March, and nearly affectionately. Addresses were also all the money (about £600.) provided to delivered by the pastor, and Messrs. carry out the work. This zealous act Stransome, Bettridge, and George. of a united people took place just at the period when their beloved pastor, the Rev. Archibald McMillan, entered on
SUNDAY-SCHOOL TEACHERS' Union. A very interesting social meeting in
connection with this union was held at GRAVESEND.
the Above Bar chapel school-rooms on PERRY-STREET. — The friends of the Tuesday evening, March 1st. It may Sunday school held their annual tea be necessary to premise, for the informameeting in the school-room at the above tion of any of our readers who may not place on Tuesday, March 8. John be acquainted with the details of this Cooper, Esq,, presided. Prayers were movement, that the union was originoffered by Messrs. Pink, Munns, Elkin, ated last autumn, through a suggestion and by the chairman. The report, emanating, we believe, from the respected which was very satisfactory, was read incumbent of Trinity church, and that by the secretary and present superin- by degrees it has widened its boundaries,
mutil it now includes among its adherents and referred in impressive terms to the the teachers and officers of the following time when all party differences will be Sunday-schools :-Church of England : buried in the grave, and when, at the Trinity and Christchurch, Northam ; sound of the trump, the dust of the dead Congregational: Above Bar, Victoria in Christ will be raised first, without Rooms, Broad-street, Kingsland, Belvi- distinction of sect or respect of persons. dere chapel, Northam, and Portswood; The president then called upon Mr. A. Wesleyan: East-street and Bevois valley; Hillier, of the Victoria Rooms CongreBaptist: Portland and East-street; Pri- gational school, to open a discussion on mitive Methodist: St. Mary-street; Bi- the best means of retaining the elder ble Christian, Canal-walk; and the scholars in the Sunday-schools, which he school conducted in the Ragged School did in a brief but able manner, advocatbuildings. The purpose of the associa- ing the establishment of senior classes, tion is to afford to Sunday-school teachers to be presided over by intelligent and of all denominations the opportunity of well-qualified teachers. Mr. Coleman, frequent intercourse for mutual edifica- of the Ragged Sunday-school, followed tion, social prayer, and the discussion of with some remarks, insisting strongly topics relating to the work in which they on the importance of a personal acquaintare engaged. The meeting on Tuesday ance on the part of the teachers with was an aggregate gathering of the that religion which it is their mission to entire union, and at half-past 7 o'clock explain to their youthful charge. Mr. a large body of teachers of both sexes, Gamblen, of the East-street Baptist numbering upwards of two hundred, and school, also joined in the discussion, comprising representatives from all the making some valuable suggestions gathvarious schools above enumerated, sat ered from his own experience, as to the down to an excellent tea, provided for most efficient methods of imparting them in the spacious school-rooms con- Sabbath-school instruction; after which, nected with the Above Bar chapel. at the solicitation of the meeting, The Revs. Messrs. A. B. Burton and Mr. Thomas Marshall entered at some Goodee, the incumbent and curate of length into details connected with the Trinity church, and the Rev. G. Gregg, management of the senior classes, urgminister of Belvidere chapel, Northam, ing it as indispensable to their efficiency were present, and took a lively interest that there should be, on the part of the in the proceedings. After an hour spent superintendents, a careful avoidance of in social converse, and in disposing of an undue spirit of routine in the admin. the good things provided, the tables were istration of school discipline, so far as removed, and a meeting for discussion these classes are concerned ; and on the was held. Mr. Morris, the master of part of teachers having charge of such the Ragged Schools, and president of the classes, a method of instruction divested union, commenced the proceedings with of everything unreal and conventional. an excellent and impressive address, in Mr. Tiller, of Portland Baptist school, which he described the principle on and Mr. Saunders, the superintendent of which the association was formed as an Itchen congregational school, having attempt at a spiritual union between added a few remarks, the proceedings teachers of all denominations, without were brought to a close by singing the any design to interfere in the internal doxology, and the benediction promanagement of the respective schools. nonnoed by the Rev. Mr. Burton; after He insisted very forcibly on the duty of which the meeting separated, with the all laborers in Christ's vineyard to seek evident impression on all present, that a by mutual encouragement and co-opera- more delightful and profitable evening tion to strengthen each other's efforts, has rarely been enjoyed.
FLOURISHING BIBLE CLASSES. singing the following hymn, and
prayer :JOHN-STREET CHAPEL (Hon. And Rev. B. W. Noel's) YOUNG Men's BIBLE
THE CHRISTIANS' FAREWELL. Class SOCIAL MEETING.-On Monday Adieu, adieu, dear friends, adieu, evening, 7th March, about sixty of the
Still in God's ways delight;
So grace and peace shall be with you members of the above class (which
Good night, dear friends, good night. mainly consists of those who had joined
And when Christ's banners are unfurlod, it after having been in the boys' school)
A signal for our flight, met their indefatigable teacher (Mr.
We each will say to this vain world, Roberts) and other friends interested in
Good night, good night, good night, the welfare of the class, at the class
But when we reach the realms above,
And never say, good night.
WOODBRIDGE-SUFFOLK. having been sung, Mr. Roberts rose, and related briefly the history of the For some time past, the Wesleyan, class. He said it was gratifying and Beaumont Independent, and Quay Inencouraging to him to find, in glancing dependent teachers, have had a monthly at his class, that, during the twenty-one meeting for united prayer, held in rotayears of his connection with it, 150 had tion at the three chapels. They have evidenced decision of character, out of also had an annual united teachers' tea which number 121 had professed faith meeting for several years. This year n Christ, in his own appointed way, by the Union added a new feature to its openly joining his people. There had doings. On Wednesday, March 17th, sprung up, from among the members, a tea was provided for the parents of various institutions as—"The Sunday the scholars of the three schools, in the and Ragged School Benevolent Society,” lecture hall. The number present, instarted by a youth sixteen years of age; cluding the teachers exceeded three
" Association for the Diffusion of hundred. After tea, the chair was Total Abstinence Information," and, taken by F. ALEXANDER, Esq., a mem“ The Calthorpe Institute,” numbering ber of the Society of Friends, and treaabout 200 members, providing lectures surer of the British schools. The chair. and classes, which has proved a valuable man delivered an address in verse, which source of recreative improvement. The made one think that Bernard Barton attendance at the Bible class varied, but the poet, who resided on the premises through many providential removals, the occupied by the chairman, had not yet numbers now average 74. Mr. Waldrack, quite forsaken them. Prayer having the Secretary, said 18 had joined Chris- been offered by the Rev. J. Calvert, tian churches during 1858, and were en- missionary from Fiji, the chairman gaged in various ways in promoting the called upon the Rev. J. Rhodes and cause of Christ. A committee had been others to address the meeting. formed to watch over the best interests The Rev. J. Rhodes spoke very earof the members. They were about to nestly and convincingly, respecting the establish a monthly magazine distribu- supreme importance of parental indlution for the best Christian magazines to ence being employed to secure the be circulated. Mr. Wallis, Mr. Sands, moral rectitude and eternal welfare of and Mr. Terry, spoke on various impor- children. tant topics. The meeting closed by Mr. BANNISTER pointed out various