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the present year, and go over the lessons remembered as among the very best & second time.
ever delivered in that room. Teachers' prayer-meetings had been In every respect the meeting was of held every Saturday evening, and after the most animated and interesting chathe evening service on the last Sunday racter. in each month.
Enquirers' classes, consisting of those who are believed to be in earnest about personal salvation, are held at frequent CLERKENWELL PAROCHIAL intervals, and are met by teachers well
SUNDAY SCHOOLS. qualified to instruct them more fully in Divine things. The teachers have good
The fifty-second annual meeting and reason to believe that many in these examination of the children of these classes have in reality given their hearts schools took place on Monday, April to the Saviour: and will soon come for- 30th. ward and openly profess His
The Chair was taken by the Rev. S. The Boy's devotional or Young Chris A. HERBERT, and subsequently by the tian's Class meets for prayer every Sun- Rev. R. MaguiRE. day afternoon after school, and on one
There were present, among other 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 Sunday of a change of heart, or at any rate an School Union); Mr. Power, (repreearnest 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 variof usefulness,' as tract distributing,
ous members of the Committee. speaking privately to their compan
The Rev. Mr. HERBERT conducted ions, &c.
the examination of the children. Prayer meetings of the children, origi- The annual report was read, from nated at their spontaneous request,
which we gathered that the schools are are held every Sunday ; boys and girls progressing most satisfactorily. The separately, before school in the morning, number of teachers on the books isand at the close of the evening service. male teachers, 15; female teachers, 21.
Tract Societies.—Both boys and girls The number of children is larger than have been in active operation. Above heretofore, and the respective returns 18,000 tracts having been distributed stand thus-boys 220 (average attenduring the year-nearly all of which dance, 130); girls, 216 (average attendhave been purchased by the children ance, upwards of 100.) The writing themselves.
classes are held on Tuesday and FriThe report having been read, the day evenings. A library of useful and following gentlemen delivered short, but instructive books is open one evening most interesting and useful addresses, in the week. A service, under the viz.: Rev. J. H. Wilson, of Aberdeen, sanction of the Incumbent, adapted for Rev. T. Thoresby, of Spa Fields, Rev. children, with a suitable address, is held F. Tucker, of Camden ad, and every Sunday evening. This is not Messrs. Shirley, and Bailey.
confined to the children of the school; It is quite impossible in the limits of parents are also invited. A course of this notice, to give anything like a fair instructive and interesting lectures idea of the most excellent speeches of have been given by the teachers on these gentlemen, which will long be week evenings.
Addresses were delivered by Messrs. I long remembered. The meeting was Groser, W. H. Groser, Power, and opened with prayer, and after some reDavis ; after which the distribution of marks by the chairman, Mr. W. Munday, rewards took place.
the superintendent, read a short report, The Rev. R. Maguire then addressed which urged the universal adoption of the children.
Sunday schools in workhouses. Mr. G. Appropriate hymns were sung by the White, of the Abbey Street Schools, exchildren at intervals during the inter- amined the children in Scripture knows esting proceedings, which were closed ledge, who readily, cheerfully, and acwith prayer. - Clerkenwell News. curately answered the questions put to
them. The recitations were delivered with good effect, and the singing, which
consisted of “Jubilate," "Holy Lord," COMMERCIAL ROAD CHAPEL (Sanctus) "Come unto me," and "JeruSUNDAY SCHOOL ANNIVERSARY. salem," (anthems) and "Now unto Him,"
was executed in a style which reflects On Wednesday, 23rd March, the an
great credit upon Mr. R. Prestage, the nual meeting was held, when about 230
teacher. During the evening, speeches friends took tea, after which a public
were delivered by the Rev. D. Katterns, meeting was held. In the absence of Mr. Paxton, and Messrs. Gamman, A. S. Ayrton, Esq., M.P., who was en
Baxter, Williams, and Homer. Mr. gaged to preside, the Rev. G. W. Pegg, Brain attended as a deputation from the (the minister of the place,) took the Sunday School Union. The tenor of chair.
the Lord Mayor's speech was union and The meeting was addressed by the love, which was eloquently described as Revds. J. H. Hinton, J. Kennedy, Dr. the great and only means for the reHewlett, Philip Dickerson, Wm. Wood- formation of the world. Mr. Homer house, and Mr. Hartley, as a deputation referred in an able manner to the esfrom the East London Auxiliary Sunday tablishment of the Hackney Workhouse School Union.
Sunday School, and its present prosA note, since received from Mr. Ayr
Votes of thanks were ton, states that through a mistake he passed to the chairman, &c.; and after was unable to be present, although he the meeting, the children were regaled was “particularly anxious” to attend.
with cake and milk. Many of the On the previous, Sunday, sermons
guardians were present, and took great were preached by the Rev. Clement interest in the proceedings. Dukes, of Dalston, and Rev.-P. W.
We can but hope that the influence of Guinness, of Cheshunt College.
this meeting will permeate the length and breadth of the land, and bring speedily about that result for which
those who are engaged in this work BETHNAL GREEN WORKHOUSE
constantly and earnestly pray. SUNDAY SCHOOL. On Tuesday evening, March 22nd, the annual meeting of this institution
PUTNEY. was held in the chapel, which was, as usual, filled in every part.
The Lord INDEPENDENT SUNDAY SCHOOL.- The Mayor presided, who, though to some annual sermons connected with the extent indisposed, was very cheerful, above school, were preached on the and his speech, which was full of good 13th of March ; in the morning by the judgment and sound argument, will be Rev. T. Davies, and in the evening by
the Rev. J. B. Talbot, of London ; on and by Messrs. Wright of Hull; the Tuesday following, the annual meet- Groser, of London ; Allison, of Leeds ; ing was held, when a large company W. Corke, J. Tuley, and W. Salter. sat down to an excellent tea. The Rev. J. M. Soule, of Battersea, presided at the public meeting ; and the report was
NEWCASTLE-UPON-TYNE. read by Mr. James, the superintendent. Appropriate addresses were delivered This Union has remitted a second conby the Rev. F. F. Thomas, of Toot- tribution to the London Union of nearly ing; Davison, of Wandsworth; Davies, £33, collected chiefly among the children of Putney; and also by Messrs. King of the several schools in town and and Harrison, of Putney, and Mr. Sin- country, towards the liquidation of the clair from Londoa. The account, as remaining debt on the JUBILEE ME: read by the superintendent, was very MORIAL Hall. The friends in the North cheering; the school was on the in- duly appreciated the valuable and percrease; three of the teachers had been severing labours of the Parent Society, received in church fellowship ; and the and have much pleasure in thus pracfunds were in a very satisfactory state. tically expressing their sympathy and
grateful sense thereof.
SUNDAY SCHOOL FESTIVAL AT HALIFAX.—The annual conference of
HOBART TOWN. teachers was held in Trinity Road Chapel, on April 22nd. At the morning meet- Being a constant reader of your Maing Mr. J. H. Philbrick presided. Mr. gazine, and observing frequently the Wright, of Hull, read a paper on “The notices of Sunday school anniversaries Past, the Present, and the Future of that occur in various localities in EngSunday schools;" and Mr. Allison, of land, I thought that it would not be Leeds, read a paper on Auxiliary uninteresting to give you some account Agencies to Sunday Schools.” In the of the Christmas anniversary of the Sunafternoon, Mr. Councillor Sugden pre- day schools in Hobart Town, Tasmania. sided. Mr. Groser, Corresponding Secre. The anniversary was held on Monday, tary of the London Sunday School 27th December, 1858. It is usually Union, read a paper on “ Teachers' held the day following Christmas. The Training Classes.” These papers were children assembled about eleven o'clock severally discussed, and at the close of in their respective schools, in various the Conference, the delegates had tea parts of the city, and proceeded to the in the Sion school room.
Wesleyan chapel. The children were The annual meeting of this Union seated by twelve o'clock. They comwas held in Sion Chapel, April 22nd. menced by singing one of the hymns F. Crossley, Esq., presided. The re- selected for the occasion. Prayer was port stated that 48 schools were in offered; the second hymn sung. The union, containing 2,050 teachers, and Rev. J. G. Mackintosh then addressed 12,200 scholars; that 166 scholars them for a short time. The children had joined churches during the year; listened very attentively.
It was a and that 73 visits had been made to pleasing sight to see so many gathered schools by the visiting committee. together. It would be happiness, indeed, Addresses were delivered by the chair- if all of them loved the Saviour. They man; the Revs. T. M. Newnes, G. then sang the concluding hymn. About Hoyle, 'T. D. Matthias, and J. C. Gray ;|1,400 Sunday school children were present. The chapel was full in every part. connected with Sunday schools. One of The children and teachers left the chapel the speakers (a stranger to the place), in the following order :--Wesleyan remarked that the impressions he first schools, 4; Independents, 4; Presbyte- received on visiting Hobart Town would rians, 2; Free Church of Scotland, 2; long be remembered by him, for it was Free Wesleyans, 1; Ragged schools, 2. on the day of the anniversary. He was Each school was headed by its banner very much pleased with the behaviour or flag, with the name of the school, or of the children, and the orderly manner other device, upon it. The streets the people and children amused themthrough which the procession passed selves in the park. Before the meeting were lined with spectators, many of them separated, it was resolved to have quarparents of the children. On arriving at terly united teachers' tea meetings. the Queen's park, the schools separated; some went among the trees, others to
Poetry. the open ground, where they amused themselves by playing at different DISCOURAGED, BECAUSE OF THE WAY. games,-cricket, swinging, skipping,
Ou weary, murmuring soul ! &c., &c. Cake, buns, milk, lemonade, Yearning in spirit for the Lord's release, fruit, &c., were provided for them. After Impatient for thy pilgrimage to cease, amusing themselves between two and While yet far from the goal ! three hours, the schools returned to
This strengthening word of cheertheir several places of Worship, where “He who believes on me shall not make haste,"
A sunbeam,gladdening Earth's lone desert waste the children were supplied with tea, Falls on thy listening ear. cake, and buns. About five o'clock the Earth's laborers may repine, children returned home, many of them when tardy nightfall lengthens out the day: tired with their day's holiday. At six Their weary eyes may chide the long delay
But, oh, my soul, not thine ! o'clock the teachers and friends sat down
They may despond; but thou, to tea, many of them fatigued with their The servant, nay, the child of God, the heir day's work (for it is now about the mid- of glory everlasting-shouldst thou wear dle of summer). After tea, persons are
Such gloom upon thy brow?
Thy wistful glances trace called upon to speak, when some topic
The nearer path to heaven which some have trod, connected with Sunday schools is dis- The path baptized by their tears and blood, cussed. Between the speeches some Who ran the martyr's race. pieces are sung. The meeting was con- What ! Couldst thou, fearless, drink cluded about nine o'clock, and thus ends That cup of mortal agony and woe!
'Neath the dread terror of the severing blow, one of the happy days which children
Would flesh nor spirit shrink ? and teachers spend together upon
Presumptaous, sinful thought! Formerly, in connection with the an- E'en now thou faintest, when thy cager lips niversary, the teachers took breakfast Find sorrow in joy's cup. One hour's eclipse
Of light to thee is fraught together on Christmas morning, which
With horror and dismay ! was very well attended at first. It was and couldst thou walk serone through Death's found that many persons went out of dark vale ? town on that day, and it was thought would not thy footstep falter, and thy spirit fail, desirable by the teachers to have a tea
Without one gladdening ray ?
Nay, leave to God, Allwise, meeting in the month of January in lieu
The ordering of the path. Be thine alone of it. The meeting was held on 3rd The earnest care, to walk as he hath shown, February, 1859, in the Independent With heaven-directed eyes. school room,
Brisbane-street, when The promise standeth sure ! teachers from the various Protestant de- Seest not the glorious crown hung at the goal ?
Fear not! In patient strength possess thy soul ; nominations were present. Several mi
Firm to the end endnre ! nisters and friends spoke upon subjects
“REDEEMINE THE TIME."
AN ADDRESS TO CHILDREN.
DURING the dark days of the winter we were longing for the bright days of spring, and made some very good resolutions to improve our time more, when the light peeped in at our chamberwindow earlier, and the evenings were a little longer! Well, the time has come, the leaves are upon the trees, the blossoms sparkle upon the branches—all nature is cheerful! “For, lo, the winter is past, the rain is over and gone; the flowers appear on the earth ; the time of the singing of birds is come, and the voice of the turtle is heard in our land.” We did not know that we should have these sunny days! Many dwell in the dark grave who hoped to see them too. Serious thought! the past has been ours ! the future may not be! Yesterday and to-day we have had-to-morrow we may not have.
But, however many bright years may be in store for you, forget not this little motto of life,—" Redeeming the time."
That we may fully understand this, let us try and make plain the meaning of this word redeem, because it is used in different senses.
One meaning is to re-purchase-to buy back again. You know that
poor Uncle Tom had to be sold, and came into the hands of the cruel Legree, who treated him so brutally that he died. Master George went to buy him back-to redeem him. It was too late. His young master was obliged to return without him; he told Aunt Chloe that he would have given all his fortune to have brought him back, but he had gone to a better country. Lost time is like a dead Uncle Tom, -no money can redeem it.
Another meaning of the word is to save. It is in this sense that Jesus Christ redeems us. “He came to seek and to save that which was lost." He bought us with a price--but a price more valuable than any amount of money-with his life. But this is not the meaning of the word with regard to time. If once lost we cannot bring it back again. Suppose any of you had lost a valuable diamond. You might offer a large reward, and the diamond might be restored to you. But let any one who has lost only a minute of time offer a reward to any one who can return it! No matter how many bills he may have printed about it-no matter how large the amount he may be willing to give for it he cannot redeem it. It is said that a queen exclaimed, when dying, “Millions of money for one inch of time !" It was of no use. A million of millions would not have bought it !
"Lost time is never found again." Improving is a word that might be used instead of the word