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of these things was, under God, the effects of the instruction which she bad received by attending at the Sunday School.
She continued getting worse till the second week in October, 1814, when, to all appearance, she died in the comfortable hope of being accepted of God, through Jesus Christ. Aged about sixteen vears, leaving us anotlier evidence that our labour is not in vain in the Lord.”
In connexion with our Sunday School, we have a quarterly prayer meeting among the teachers ; for the purpose of imploring the divine blessing on our labours, and for adopting any improvement that may be suggested. For the purpose of rendering these meetings the inore interesting, we have adopted the plan of proposing for discussion, some subject connected with the interest of Sunday Schools. Those subjects, when discussed, are neither classical nor of superlative elegance. Their principle beauty and most prominent feature is “ Christian sincerity.” If the insertion of such is consistent with your proposed plan of publication, I know not, but that in the course of next quarter, we shall trouble you with one or two of them.
Wishing the Divine blessing to attend your valuable work, we semain yours in the strictest bonds of Gospel friendship and love,
JAMES SAYER. $
West Kent SUNDAY School Union,
DEAR SIR, AGGREGATE meetings of persons engaged in the same pursuits have a tendency to arouse every feeling and excite every energy of the mind. If this be adınitted as a general principle, it will apply more particularly to meetings of Sunday School Teachers. The teacher is animated when he beholds numbers assembled together actuated by the same principle—the love of God; and having in view one common object-the welfare of Immortal beings: he is satisfied that considerable success must Teward the united efforts of such a numerous body, and as in associations for benevolent purposes (unlike commercial or other partnerships) each individual has a claim to the pleasure that results from the contemplation of the whole of the good effected ; he feels a strong inducement to contribute all in his power to a fund so highly advantageous.
Perhaps it must be allowed that part of the feeling excited on these occasions proves merely å transitory glow; yet surely much
of it will be permanently fixed in the breast--the judgement must approve it-it will influence the association of ideas-- it will form the habit, and long continue to be productive of conspicuous benefits. These thoughts very naturally arise on presenting a report of our last quarterly meeting, for we feel persuaded that there was not a teacher present on the occasion whose heart did not hurn within him," or who went away without resolving to be more zealous in his work for the future. The very appropriate remarks of the chairman who so kindly favored us with his presence, and the cheering information he gave concerning the success of the good cause, will leave an impression upon the minds of the teachers not soon to be effaced.
We are, &c.
T. W. KERSHAW, 10th March, 1815.
The fourth Quarterly Meeting of the West Kent Sunday School Union was held at the Rev. Mr. Culver's Chapel, High-Street, Woolwich, on Friday evening the 17th ult.
It was commenced with singing a hymn, reading a portion of Scripture, and prayer.
Mr. W. F. Lloyd being called to the chair, addressed the meeting, and gave a general statement of the history of Sunday Schools, the importance of Sunday School Unions, and the success which has attended these societies.
The secretaries then read the reports from the several Sunday Schools belonging to the Union, and the following one from the Greenwich Adult School;
Since the last meeting of this Society, the superintendents of the Adult School at Greenwich have taken measures to give all possible publicity to its establishment, and they have now the pleasure to report that it consists of forty-four males, and five females, all of whom manitest considerable anxiety to be enabled to read, and twenty who a short time since scarcely knew the letters of the alphabet, can now read with tolerable fluency the New Testament, with which they have supplied themselves, and it is no small gratification to add, that of the male scholars, seventeen or eighteen are Catholics: several are also now learning to write, and the progress they have made at once shews the desire they manifest to receive instruction, and the great encouragement tlie superiuiendents of this and other Schools of a similar description have to persevere in the important work in which they are engaged.
The School for Females has been only recently established, and was undertaken in consequence of a master chimney-sweeper having, when the establishment of the Adult School was publicly made known, iminediately offered himself for instruction, and expressed a strong desire that his wife also might be taught to read. Of the small puniber of which it consists, one is a negro woman. lately arrived from Jamaica, and there is good reason to believe,
that when it is more extensively known, a further number of scholars will be obtained.
A teacher stated, that on the previous evening having recog. nized one of the adults, whom he thonght a Catholic, at Greenwich-Road Chapel, after the service was concluded, he went to him, and by way of introduction asked him if he was in the habit of attending-he replied that he had been only two or three times. The teacher then asked him if he was an Irishman-he replied "yes;" and a Catholic ? this question seemed to embarrass him, but after a little hesitation he said, “yes, I am." He then asked him if he purposed to continue attending with evident pleasure in his countenace, and all the emphasis peculiar to his countryman, he replied, “O yes, I do;" and expressed himself as having derived considerable satisfaction from the attendance be had already given.
A report was read from the Woolwich Adult Schools. The number of males has increased to twenty; that of the females is nearly the same as quoted in the last report.
Amongst a variety of gratifying matter contained in the reports of the Sunday Schools, the following appears the most interesting:
At Salem Chapel School the female department has experienced a considerable revival. Some of the senior girls, from their uniforin good conduct, have been entrusted with the care of sınall classes, over which they preside with great propriety. A library has been formed for the use of those children who, for their good behaviour, merit the privilege that it affords, and has already produced very beneficial results.
A female scholar, lately belonging to the Rev. Mr. Culver's, has departed this life, after a short illness, during which she gave satisfactory evidence that the exchange of worlds would be for her eternal'advantage.
An instance was mentioned in the report from Providence Chapel, of a boy who being disinissed the School for repeated misconduct, became sensible of his folly, and at his earnest entreaty, seconded by that of his friends, he was re-admitted; he has since proved one of the stcadiest boys in the School, and renders himself particularly useful in the instruction of the junior classes.
One of the secretaries lamented that he had to notice a want of regard to the interests of the Schools at Erith and Woolwich Cominon.
The report from New Cross stated, that the ladies who so benevolentiy employ their time there, had not suffered their attendance in any instance to be interrupted by the severity of the weather, although they have to walk a distance of nearly two miles. The chairman proposed them as a pattern to those teachers whose duty it is to attend at Erith and Woolwich Common, observing that it ladies walk two miles, gentlemen ought to walk six.
It was stated that the school at Brockley had been discontinued, in consequence of the number of children being diminished by removals, but that most of those who remained had been prevailed upon to attend at Lewishain, wliere they enjoy the advantage of Divine worship.
It was also stated that a new School had been recently opened for boys only, in Brewhouse-lane, Greenwich. On the first sabbath thirteen attended, at present there are twenty six. .
The Rev. Messrs. Percy and Culver suitably addressed the meeting, and it was closed with a hymn and prayer.
ANTIGUA SUNDAY School Society. ON the 29th of May, 1813, a Society was formed in Antigua, terming themselves, “ A Society for the support and encourage. ment of Sunday Schools in Antigua :" governed by a president, and a committee of eight persons. The number of schools in Jan. 1813, were four, and of scholars seves hundred ; and notwithstanding the great inconvenience caused by a want of proper school-rooms, their improvement gave pleasure to all who at. tended the examinations which took place at Christmas. By a subsequent letter, dated in May last, it appears that they have heard of the sum of £200 having been raised in England, with a view to the erection of school-rooms, and the inaintenance of the schools ; and though this sum is still far from being adequate to the wants of the poor benighted population of this Island, yet it has greatly served to encourage the exertions of those benevolent individuals who were devoting their time and labour to this object; an object worthy of the charitable consideration of all classes of Christians.
The deficiency of SUNDAY Schools in the Is 1. E of TUANET.
Sir, IN a late visit to the Isle of Thanet, I was deeply affected to find all the villages destitute of Sunday Schools: I need not add that the sad effects arising from the want of instruction were visible; and while beholding them, I could not help ardently wishing for the formation of a Sunday School Union. I knew no way so likely of accomplishing this desirable end, as informing you, Sir, of these lamentable facis. I hope you will pardon the freedom I have taken; I am sure you will, when you reflect on the feelings that must be excited in conversing with children who are ignorant, and finding them desirous of instruction, and yet uuable to attain it. I likewise feel confident, that if it is in your power to do any thing to promote the best interests of these poor villagers, you will not suffer them to perish for lack of knowledge.Wishing that abundant success may attend all your plans for the promotion of the Redeemer's kingdom,
Commencing, January 1815.
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