Page images

traded the opening of this School, they will join with the Conv nnttee in admiring (he hand of Providence in the event.

In the neighbourhood which met the eye of the Committee wss a place of worship; the Committee waited upon the minister, wul found him not only willing to open a School in the meeting, but to render it personal assistance. It appeared an attempt to establish a School had once been made in the same place, but it failed tor want ot teachers and sufficient time to teach the children. Tli« minister offering the period allotted for the afternoon service, ii addition to the hours between worship, and an active person behij found to undertake its superinteudency, the Committee deoAc upon its being opened. The minister and superintendent wei round the neighbourhood a few days previous, and found neatl I'io children, not attending any Sunday School. On Sunday, t! :26th of February, 79 were admitted; on the third Sunday 1 were on the books, and they are now increased to 13<).

From the reports it appears, that there are 5275 children, a 419 teachers iu the 35 Schools composing this Auxiliary Union

Extract from the First Annual Report of the E. London Auxiliary Sunday School Union.

WHILE Sunday Schools are so highly important, every plan culated to increase their number, and to improve the meVW conveying instruction, demands our serious attention. An what can we look with so good a hope of succeeding in the at mrnt of these objects as to a cordial Union of Sunday S ■Teachers; who by meeting together, can encourage each in their work, and without interfering in the management oi respective schools, benefit them by their consultations, ai resolving to adopt new plans and make important improve' These may be easily communicated to the fullest extent, by of the intercourse which is now established, and which d exist until this society was formed,

• The exertions which have been made to extend the circ of the Scriptures, have been attended with events moresw tliiiu any recorded in the annals of all preceding ages, is the Lord's doing, and it is marvellous in our eyes." 1 means which were employed to produce these almost mi events, wete the Union and'Co-opernffon of Christians pi various seutiments, but agreeing in the great end of prom1 glory of God. And, we trust, the period is at hand when sack, the Greenlandcr, the North American Indian, the the Hindoo, and the people of every clime, will read v rentiul joy, the wonders of redeeming love.

Union is delightful to the christian, and our Union ^ peured to those who studied it beautiful in theory, found most useful in practic, and has excited an intcr< must produce beneficial effects.

At ow Quarterly Meetings, hundreds of our fellow-labourers have assembled, to promote the welfare of Sunday Schools. Uniting is prayer for the divine benediction on our labours, and rejoicing (o bear the good that has been done in the schools around us, it has stimulated many to greater exertions.

A compassionate regard for the welfare of poor children, was not confined to those already receiving instruction. Under a view of the importance of the object, our hearts were enlarged, and embraced the multitudes of children wandering about the streets and fields oo the sabbath day. The state of this district was well known; and many parts had been pointed out as being totally neglected. The inquiry immediately was, what can be done to open schools in those places? Our Union furnished both the plan and the means. Sub-Committees were appointed; and neighbourhoods were explored, in which they were received as the " Messengers of Peace." Additional assistance has been afforded, and schools have risen into existence at an expence so small, as to excite the surprise and admiration of those connected with us.

Individuals may form ideas, and think of plans like those already B'intioned: but it is only by the Union of these individuals that w»ch ideas and such plans can be rendered productive of all the F»d tbey are calculated to promote. Let those who have not jet united with us, come forward and lend us their aid: aud we shall then acquire such additional strength as may warrant us to hopt that, in a few years, there will not be a child found growing up io ignorance.

Hiring mentioned the good results which may be expected from f Mm, we shall now adduce a detail of facts which may, in some degree, confirm what has been already stated.

immediately after the formation of this Auxiliary Union, your Committee proceeded to adopt those resolutions which they considered best adapted to secure effectual co-operation. These reflations, in connexion with the constitution of the society, have been printed and circulated, in order that the nature aud ebjects of this Union might be fully known.

Your Committee then diriued the general district of this Union into eleven parts, and appointed a District Secretary to each of these divisions, by which means the communications have been rendered easy and expeditious.

After this "preparatory business was settled, your Committee prosecuted their undertaking, in attempting to accomplish the ■ana design of this society, by opening new Sunday Schools: and it is with great pleasure they inform their friends that those places • tica in the last report were stated as being destitute, have, nnce that time, engaged their attention, and most of Uiem have become the scene of the labours of Sunday School Teachers. So that Sir I\cw Sunday Schools have been established under the patronage of this Auxiliary Union, during the year which is now elapjed.

The first of these schools is at Ijiylm, in which there aft 4 teachers and 5.9 children. This school was opeiBcd in AngnSt last, by the exertions of our Wesleyan brethren, who were fortashed with books by your Committee. ••

The second school is at Stoke Newiitgton, where 40 chilrlrei lave- been collected, and a supply of books and teachers t'umi-lu< "by your Committee. After this school was established, it hein; discovered that it was not within the prescribed limits of thi Society: it was consequently, offered to the committee of tb Central and North London Auxiliary Union; and accepted I that committee, who have, since that time, carried it on by a ditional supplies of books and teachers.

The third school is in Ocean street, Stepney, which was est? lished last September, and is attended by 12 teachers, and 2 children. To this school a liberal supply of bibles, tie&tame ■and spelling books has been granted b;.- your Committee.

The/ow/A of these schools is at the Rev. Dr. Smith's Cba Gravel Pits, lluckney. This school contains 12 teachers, and children; but did not need any assistance.

The fifth school is in that deplorable part of London called Catherine's, m the neighbourhood Of which, it has been discov 'by the friends who have visited the poor families, that the c ren were perishing Tor lack of knowledge. This school •pened in January last, and already contains 7 teachers 16'9 children, the greater part of whom, when they first to be instructed, could not read at all. Forms and books teen provided for this school by your Committee.

The sixth school is in that populous place called SA Market, and contains 20 teachers and 51 children, whicl great a number as the present school-room will aecomn

At the formation of this school, the minister of the < "who was cordial in promoting the design, declared at the ingheld there, that *'Humanly speaking, but for Sunday S he should not have been the pastor of'that congregation.

The number of'children in these six new schools, amo 6l9 The number of teachers is 55, the chief part of had not been engaged in this employment before. *

Who is not glad to see these attempts to contract the aries of Satan's territories! Who does not rejoice to see made on that baneful ignorance which facilitates the acc meat of the malignant designs of the Prince of Darknes; who is not transported with joy, when these attempts mad mortals, are crowned with success by Him who is omnipo

By the reports received from the Schools it appc there are now 815 teachers and 8989 children 'in the 5 which form this Auxiliary Union, being 1220 children teachers more than we reported in September last.

Your Committee have it in contemplation to open Books in four different places within the limits of this L the iwertion of the names of such children as can be recommended as seriously disposed and well behaved, in order that situations may be obtained for them in pious and regular families. So that any serious persons who want servants, may, by looking over the register books, be able to suit themselves without delay.

In one of the schools connected with this Auxiliary Uuion, our kind female friends have established a Working- School on the week days, in which they teach the girls to make up clothes for themselves out of old clothes which may be given them. 'Die good resulting from an establishment of this nature, will .be seea in the new proofs it gives the children of the regard of their Us he.s, and in the oppoituniti.s afforded the latter, of reviving tktoe instructions which may have been previously given on the sabbath: so that work and instruction will in these cases be benefkiaiiy Mended together; and the children will acquire habits of industry, and the useful art of turning a discarded garment to a P««i account. Ore is also taken that the work is performed! nil* neatness; and efforts ate made to induce the children to vie erkn etch other in cleanliness and becoming simplicity, rati er thaa in gaiety and finery. As this part of instruction must lull exclusively to the share of the Jemafe teachers, perhaps more of tfartt »Uo are favoured with the happy opportunity, will profit 'by this communication, and adopt the same plan.

Your Committee, in closing their report, feel satisfied that the ficls already stated, furnish sufficient evidence of the great iroportanet both of Sunday Schools, aud of Sutiday School Unions. Teev are, however, aware that Union must consist in something ■ore tfiaa the name. The feelings must be deeply interested, aed the whole soul must be animated. We must cultivate kind aad sympathetic passions in an eminent degree; and, in all our depoitment, we must shew that the wisdom of the serpent is blended with lite barmlcssness df the dove. We should remember Hie (acred maxim, "He that is slow to anger is better than the mighty, and he that ruleth his spirit than he thattaketh a city." Nor should we forget that the incarnate Son of God has declared: 'Whosoever eialletb himself, shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself, shall be exalted."—We are going as fast as time can carry us into the world of spirits, and soon the solemn seal *ill be affixed to the productions of our pen—when our hands will lose their accustomed dexterity—and when our tonguea will cease to express the dictates of our minds

Let it therefore be our £hief desire to possess a meek and quiet spirit. It is CkristLm Ijove which will survive the dissolution that awaits us, aud t he tremendous concussion of nature at the ■st day. Let it, then, be our aim to exercise this noble affeo* boa in all our mutual intercourse, and to manifest it in a particular manner when instructing the children. We shall thus exhibit ooequivocal proof that we belong to the happy number composed •/ all nations, kindreds and tongues, who shall eventually form the Grand Union of " One fold under one Shtpheid."

Extract from the Report of the West London
Auxiliary Sunday School Union.

THE friends of religion and the rising generation at the west of London, having for some time past deplored the little union subsisting between the Sunday Schools, arid more particularly amongst the teachers, in that part of the metropolis, were verj desirous that something should be done towards uniting th ni Upon representing, their wishes to the Sunday School Union, the were recommended to follow the noble example of their friends a the east of London, and in Southwark, by endeavouring to fun a West London Auxiliary Sunday School Union. In coiiscquem of the above recommendation, a meeting of teachers and tl friends of Sunday Schools was held at Oxendon Chape\, \\v market, on Wednesday the 7th September last, when it was ui nimously resolved that a society be formed, and that it be <lci minated the West London Auxiliary Sunday School Union, in of the Parent Society. Officers having been chosen, &c. Committee will proceed to state the manner in which they V been engaged.—

The objects of the Society are those of the Parent Institvri

The Committee's attention was first directed to supplying Schools wVi books at a very low rate, which they have been bled to do in consequence of the Parent Society having alii them to purchase their publications at the cost prices; their object was the revival of some old Schools within thevt AVs the first of which is situated in Peter-street, Sohe, whicl diminished to a very small number of children, but tlirou« exertions of the Committee has been increased to upwards < children, the principal part of whom are very constant in attendance. The Committee have been enabled, throw; means of a Sub-Committee, to collect upwards of sixty pot dren from the Seven Dials, and get them entered in Cro\v\ School, which had not completed its numbers. They ha considerably enlarged the numbers of Richmond-street Scl the same means, so that the teachers of that School ha sufficient employ. .

The Committee have granted books' for the use of the < in the Westminster Itinerant Schools at Tyburn and Edgw; to the.Oxford-street Union Sunday School, all of whi< been thankfully received.

The Committee have voted the sum of five pounds to th institution since the formation of the society.

The Committee have the pleasure of reporting the oj four now Schools since the formation of the society. Tl which was opened by their Wesleyan friends in January is situated in the Horseferry-road, Westminster, cout-ai about 300 children, and 41) teachers. The second is School, and was opened in February at Graftou-atrec

« PreviousContinue »