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In order to explain the above table, the following are the abbreviations used, which are just given as a specimen:
a Attendance, b Behaviour.
e Catechism. A further mark or figure will designate what Catechism
d Divine Songs.
This book is made of a convenient size for the pocket. The hues are ruled on both sides, and two open pages will in general be found sufficient for one month, and in several classes much
Two or three of the first pages in thi* book are appropriated for the names and r ideiic - of the children and parents; this is very convenient when visiting them. When tickets are given, an t of the number due to each child may be kept in this book. ANNUAL REPORT OFTHE
SUNDAY SCHOOL UNION.
AS year after year rolls round, and as the return of each anniversary arrives, your Committee desire to feel increasingly 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 ail 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 inattention to improvement be most effectually counteracted in Sunday Scholars? 15y 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 breiliren met him a( Apii forum and The three taverns, have thanked God and took courage.
Your Committee have during the past year published a third
part of their spelling-book, containing only spelling. This work will be found very serviceable in the bible and testament classes. A new edition of Hints for the Establishment and Hegulatiou of Sunday Schools is nearly ready for publication; it will contain much useful information, founded on experience.
The secretaries have kindly consented to become depositaries of the publications of the Sunday School Union, for the supply of .Auxiliary and Country Unions, without any expence for igencies or commission. The secretaries of those Unions that may wish to purchase the publications of this society at the cost prices, are requested to send their money with their orders Id the secretaries of the parent society.
\our Committee had hoped that the return of peace and th* renewal of intercourse with the continent, would have ifforded the means of introducing Sunday Schools; though iheir hopes have not been fully realized, they have the pleasure to report that a beginning has been made in Fiance, One Sunday .School, containing sixty children, has been formed atLuneri.Y, and another at Negrepelisse; it is also expected that one will be established at Montauban. It has been the decided opnuoo of those French ministers who have been consulted, that Sunday Schools are much adapted to the situation of France,and are calculated for eminent usefulness. Your Committee hare voted «£i0. and some copies of their-publications for tie purpose of translation, to assist this great object. Their tnnts hare been entrusted to the care of the Rev. Francis Martin, and they hope soon to receive a favourable account of his exertions in establishing Suuday Schools, as his mind is deeply impressed with their great importance. Ygur. Committee had drawn up an address on the subject of Sunday Schools, with a view to have it circulated in France, but recent events htre for the present suspended this design, yet your Committee cannot help hoping that the short year in which peace has been possessed, will be an important era in the religious history of France. The present ruler of that country has recently issued ■i edict iu favour of education, and wc may be assured that if the great body of the people are taught to read, and furnished «ith the sacred Scriptures, the foundations of popeiy and scepticism will be soon undermined.
A letter recently received from the Rev. Thadcleus Osgood ♦ipresxs a strong hope that he shall shortly be able to establish »evtral Sunday Schools iu Canada. •
iour Committee noticed iu their last Report the formation of the Souihwark and East London Auxiliary Suuday School Liuous, they have now the pleasure to state that the West
London and the Central and North London Auxiliary Sunday School Unions have been since established. These Auxiliaries have been eminently useful in their different local situations; they have examined the state of the poor relative to education, and have found that, even in the metropolis and its vicinity, thousands are perishing for lack of knowledge. They arenov endeavouring to establish Sunday Schools in those situation which require them, ana in many instances their exertions hav been already crowned with success, and several new Sund: Schools have been formed. The beneficial influence of the societies will be evinced by the following extracts from lh< Reports,
Extract from the First Report of the Sobthwari Auxiliary Sunday School Union.
WHILE we have realized a blessing from this institution in "meeting*, and said with the disciples, " It is good for us t< here," has our union been without other benefits! have we gone to labour in our several Schools with greater zeal and vity? and have not our hearts been animated with a hope to prosperity of the cause, beyond our immediate sphere! Yes nave not only desiredjit, but put our hands to the work', an Report of this evening will piove the happy result of our i endeavours. An additional School of 13y children has hcei blisbed in Southwark, by means of this Auxiliary Union. School will stand among its first fruits, and be a witness foi all who may not feel the necessity of such an institution have formed.
In reporting the progress of this institution during tl year, the Committee will briefly relate the success that tended the specific objects of this Union.
Respecting the first object, viz. to facilitate the means munication between the Schools in our district ami tlu Society, ami to render it every assistance in our power,—t mittee have the pleasure to state, that by dividing our Ui districts, and appointing a secretary to each, they are en convey with ease any information to the several Schools from the parent institution. Your Committee need onlj to the Teacher's Magazine for January, to manifest the. success in furnishing a Report of the State of the Schoo ing to this Auxiliary Union.
Ever considering the Institution as an Auxiliary, an> to attend to any recommendation from the Parent So Committee, upon receiving a resolution from them, stati was desirable for each Auxiliary to remit some part of t annually as a bond of union, took the subject into cons and voted to them the sum of X'5. feeling confident, tl the Auxiliary need assistance for any object jrreater than the magnitude of its funds, the Parent Society would be ever ready to assist it. In this confidence they are much strengthened in theready grant of £5. bs. which the Parent Society voted towards the new School in Kent-street, upon an application made through this Auxiliary.
Id the endeavour to promote another object of this Union, viz. by niutaal communication to stimulate and encourage each other n the work,—the Committee have met with much encouragement. In ascertaining the state of our Schools, the committee requested the number of children on the books, and the number attending to be returned. By this means the number of absentees were known, which they conceived a better standard to judge of the real state of a School than by its numbers.—They recommend in •ae of their quarterly reports twelve to fifteen children absent in one hundred as a desirable standard, entertaining no doubt, but men Schools as had reported thirty absent in one hundred, would fefl a desire to imitate the example of those that had reported oah twelve.
To render the quarterly meetings interesting, the Committee ttoaested from each School a written report of its vise and profrtss, several of which have been read duriug the year, comprising a pti! deal of interesting matter, manifesting in many instances the watchful hand of a kind Providence over the welfare of many Schools.
Another object of this Auxiliary, and one of the most importut, viz. to increase old and open new Schools in our district, his also occupied the attention of the Committee. For want of a sufficient fund at our commencement, a great part of it being occupied in the establishment of a depository, we were unable to oadertaie any thing towards this object. Upon an application, however, for assistance from the Southwark Sunday School Society oa ihe.behalf of a new School in Kent-street, which was designed to increase the number from 200 to 500 children, the committee applied for assistance to the Parent Institution, who readily voted the sun of £5. 5s. towards it. The collections at our quarterly Beetings enabled the committee to vote a further sum of three 'guineas to so desirable an object, viz. the increase of old Schools.
Bat the Committee hasten to report a circumstance that must afford this meeting peculiar pleasure, viz, the opening of a new* Sunday School under the immediate patronage of this Auxiliary Union. Having ascertained a desirable spot neafr the King's Beach, a sub-committee was appointed to inquire whether any circumstances in the neighbouibood favoured the opening of a new School. The report was of so very encouraging a nature, that the Committee felt no hesitation in voting the sum of £5. 5*. to •so desirable a purpose. The sum voted may appear small, but *h*n the meeting is acquainted with the circumstances that at'