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with the readers to enlarge on the miscellaneous ideas sug. gested.
Let all your instructions have some reference to religious improvement.—Labour to improve the understanding, more than to load the memory:-Weekly scriptural subjects, asking questions, and encouraging the children also to ask them, requiring an account of the sermons and addresses heard, and the books read, are much calculated to improve the understanding.–Constantly and privately enforce the necessity of prayer.-Make every service interesting to youthful minds, Be short in your prayers and addresses; where weariness begins, devotion ends.-Visit the parents and children at home, induce them to love and respect you as their best friends.-. Gain a knowledge of the conduct and chosen companions of your pupils when they are not under your care.-Speak as occasion admits to each child individually; many opportunities occur for general exhortation, but these are not so apt to be applied by the hearers to themselves. See that all
See that all your behaviour is such as you would wish your pupils to imitate. Labour, teach, pray, as those who must give an account before the judgment-seat of Christ. Yours is an important workupon you the prosperity of the School entirely dependsTherefore, “ Beloved brethren, be ye steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord."
APPENDIX No. 6.
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Suspen ded for one The above is a list of all the Children who are privileged to receive books from the Library. The account is for a quarter. The No. corresponds with the number in the list and on the book :--Thomas Adams bad N° 8 on the 7th July, he kept it a fortnight (no entry being made the 14th) and then returned it, which is signified by the tick over No. 8.-He had No.71 on the 21st July, kept it a fortnight, and brought it to be re entered the 4th August.-.No. 63 he returned in a week, and to the end of the quarter took the regular fortnight. William Bell was suspended from the library for one month, on the 4th of August. John Cook kept No. 26 for a month, this is accounted for by his indisposition. David Diligent read many of his books in a week, and kept none longer than a fortnight. Isaac Ely was suspended for one quarter.
The size and shape of this book is a demy folio, bound lengthways. It is designed as a lasting document of the efforts
It will be observed, that the specimen of the Register liere given, notices but five distinctions; the first and second, or card classes, being cousolidated. This may be done or not, at the option of the managers, and if the account is still considered as too laborious, it may be further shortened, by consolidating the spelling-book classes.
In order to explain the above table, the following are the abbreviations used, which are just given as a specimen: a Attendance,
$ Spelling b Behaviour.
t Text and Sermon. c Catechism. A further mark w Weekly subject.
or figure will designate what w Stands for a ticket or mark Catechism
of approbation. d Divine Songs.
Means that a ticket is to be h Hymns.
forfeited, or is a mark of P Prayers.
disapprobation. 1 Reading.
This book is made of a convenient size for the pocket. The lines are ruled on both sides, and two open pages will in general be found sufficient for one month, and in several classes inuch
Two or three of the first pages in this book are appropriated for the names and r idences of the children and parents; this is very convenient when visiting them. When tickets are given, an account of the number due to each child may be kept in this book.
ANNUAL REPORT OF THE
SUNDAY SCHOOL UNION. AS year after year rolls round, and as the return of each anniversary arrives, your Committee desire to feel incroasingly sensible of the importance of the work in which they are engaged, and of the necessity of augmented exertion, and extended zeal. In the pursuits of commerce, the termination of each year is considered delightful as it approximates the period of withdrawment from the busy concerns of life, but in the engagements of benevolence the success of past years is only an incentive to renewed activity, and the more labour is bestowed, the more labour is required. While the philanthropist and the Christian rejoice that so many fields have been cultivated, and are now adorned with plants of the Lord's right-hand planting, they cannot help beholding with sorrow the desert wildernesses, the barren heaths, and the gloomy wastes, which disfigure so large a portion of the landscape. “There remaineth yet very much land to be possessed;” numerous are the places still destitute of Sunday Schools, and all the friends of these institutions are called to labour more and more abundantly.
Your Committee will now proceed to present a concise statement of the operations of the Sunday School Union during the past year, and of the successful exertions of the auxiliary and country Unions.
At the quarterly meetings during the past year, which have been much more numerously attended than in former years, the following questions have been discussed: What system of rewards is best adapted for Sunday Schools? What means are most adapted to promote the spiritual welfare of children who have left Sunday Schools? and, By what means can bad behaviour and iuattention to improvement be most effectually counteracted in Sunday Scholars? By these friendly discussions much useful information has been elicited, and the experience and observations of various individuals have been collected together for mutual and general benefit. United prayers and praise have tended to animate every heart, and have led the instructors of the young to praise God for all their success, and to rely on his divine blessing to render their labours effectual. In many instances teachers who had been discouraged under their difficulties and disappointments, when attending these meetings have felt their minds invigorated, and like Paul when his brethren met him at Apii forum and The three taverns, have thanked God and took courage.
Your Committee have during the past year published a third