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Glasgow Sabbath School Union. —The monthly meeting of the Union was held in the Christian Institute, on Monday, 9th November—Mr. John Ingram, one of the vice-presiilents,occupied thcchair. Mr.Thomas Gray, convener, reported that replies had been received from the District Unions, and that they were almost unanimous in approving of the proposal that the General Union should formulate a uniform scheme of scholars' examinations, which could be adopted, and the details carried out, by the various district and affiiliated Unions, or by individual Sabbath school societies in country towns. After full consideration, the committee recommended that the matter should be proceeded with, and that an examination on the Glasgow Sabbath School Union scheme of lessons for the months of November and December of this year, and January and February, 1886, should take place on Tuesday, 9th March, 1886. The directors having cordially adopted the report, it was remitted to the committee to com
municate the result to the District Unions, and to get the necessary arrangements for the examination carried out. A deputation was appointed to attend a meeting of teachers and superintendents, to be held at Motherwell on the 23rd inst., with the view of forming a Sabbath School Union for that town. It was reported that an illustrated appeal, on behalf of the East Park Cottage Homes for Infirm Children and the Glasgow Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children, the collection for which would be made on 6th December, was being prepared, and that copies for distribution among the scholars would be issued immediately to all the societies of the Union. Keports were read from the North-Eastern, Middle, Southern, Partick and Hillhead, and Pollokshaws and Thornliebank Unions.
Middle District Sabbath School Union. —This Union met on Thursday, 15th October—Mr. John Morison, president, in the chair. The meeting considered a remit from the General Union relative to the boundaries of the Union; the suggestion of their committee was agreed to. Several of the delegates to the Convention held at Dumbarton gave some interesting reports regarding the proceedings; they had profited much by their attendance, and expressed the great pleasure they had at being present. After the usual business had been gone through, the president introduced the subject for conference,—viz., the "Preparation of Lessons," which was taken part in by all present. It is the intention of the Union to have a short conference at each of the meetings during the winter months, immediately after the despatch of business,—the subject for next meeting would be "Music in our Sabbath Schools." POLLOKSHAWS AND THORNLIEBANK
Union.—The directors of this Union met on 19 th October, when a letter from Mr. Charles S. Inglis, Edinburgh, was read, stating that he
Public Meetings, and District Boundaries' Committees. Arrangements were made for the Teachers' Preparatory Meetings. A letter from the General Union was read respecting scholars' examinations. The directors approved of the scheme, and in the event of the General Union taking up the matter, would do all in their power to recommend it to the various societies and schools connected with the Union. The delegates to the Sabbath School Convention gave most interesting reports of the various meetings; and while all agreed in praising the generous hospitality of the friends in Dumbarton, some of the delegates thought it would be a decided improvement if, at future conventions, a "Time Programme" was used. Complaints were made that some of the gentlemen who read papers, and especially oneor two of the chairmen, greatly exceeded their time, and left either no time at all, or a very limited
would be in our neighbourhood some period for conference. This did not time in November, and would be , apply to all the chairmen or speakers, happy if he could do anything tolas some were models; but it was promote the interests of the Union. | thought if the time allowed for This kind remembrance of an old : chairman's address, devotional exerpromise was much appreciated, and cises, praise, papers, and conference, it was unanimously agreed that Mr. j was distinctly printed on each proInglis should be asked to give an gramme, the evil complained of could address at the quarterly meeting of be easily remedied. Sixty copies of
the Union, to be held on 16thNovem ber, or such date as might be found most suitable. The Committee on Teachers' Training Classes reported progress, and it was expected that the class would commence about the middle of November. The circular regarding a uniform scheme of scholars' examinations was again considered, and the principle received the unanimous approval of the directors, the delegates present agreeing to bring the matter under the notice of the various societies.
North-eastern Districtsabbath School Union. —This Union met on Monday, 19th October—Mr. A. A. Haddin, C.E., presiding. Reports were given in by the Visitation,
the Report of the Convention were subscribed for. Delegates to the General Union also briefly reported. —The first meeting of the Training Class was held on Thursday, 5th November, when Robert Paterson, Esq., head-master of John Street public school, gave the "Model Lesson" in presence of a large number of teachers, the hall being crowded.
Partick And Hillhead Sabbath School Union.—The annual social meeting of this Union was held in Newton Place U. P. Church schoolroom, on Monday evening, 26th October, at which there was a good attendance. Addresses were delivered by the president, Mr. Bisset, Rev. Henry Anderson, Rev. James Sharpley, Bailie Bertram, and others. The chairman intimated that it had been arranged to hold a series of conferences during the wintermonths, each meeting to be held in a different place—the first to be held in Dowanhill U. P. Church Hall in November next. Office-bearers for ensuing year:—president, William Bisset; vice - president, Samuel Menzies; treasurer, Henry Stewart; secretary, Charles D. Bertram.
SOUTH-EASTERN SABBATH SCHOOL
Union.—On Tuesday, 27th October, the Rev. Robert Blair, M.A., of Cambuslang, delivered the fourth of the series of lectures now being given under the auspices of this Union, in the Great Hamilton Street Congregational Church. Mr. Peter B. Bryce presided on the occasion. The subject of lecture was "Glimpses of Reformation Worthies — Bernard Gilpin." In the course of the lecture Mr. Blair introduced his audience to one of the most remarkable men of the Reformation, for although Bernard Gilpin has as yet not been, in any sense, renowned by the historians of the Reformation, there could be no doubt, from the particulars of his life and doctrine, as described by Mr. Blair, the influence of Gilpin in furthering the Reformation was very considerable. Mr. Blair took occasion to encourage the teachers present to be faithful in using their influence for good, and not to imagine that their work was without results although their own name might never come to be famous in history. A vote of thanks was cordially given to Mr. Blair by the large audience.—On Tuesday, 10th November, the Rev. Professor Lindsay delivered the fifth and concluding lecture of the series in the same church to a large audience. Mr. George Hunter presided. Br. Lindsay had chosen for his subject "The Home of Thomas a Keinpis;" and those who had the privilege of being present will not soon forget the graphic sketch set
before them of this remarkable man, whose writings have been translated into more languages than "The Pilgrim's Progress," and nearly as many as the Bible itself. The thanks of the meeting was awarded to Dr. Lindsay for his interesting lecture.
Govan District Sabbath School Union.—A very agreeable social meeting of the teachers of this Union took place in the hall of Ibrox U. P. Church, on Thursday, 29th October. After tea the chair was taken by Mr. D. Fullarton, of Hill's Trust School, president of the Union, who in a short speech explained the object of the meeting, and also took the opportunity of intimating that a series of model lesson classes would be held during the winter in Govan and Plantation, and asking the teachers to support them. He then called upon Mr. R. Kilgour, who introduced the subject of Sabbath school treats, and in a clear paper travelled over the different rewards and treats given to Sabbath scholars, and pointed out some evils and dangers to be guarded against in connection with each. The subject was further opened up by Messrs. A. Graham, P. White, M. Paterson, J. Wyllie, R. Morgan, and J. Walker, with a little variety as to detail, all agreeing, abstractly and practically, in valuing treats when kept in their right place. After an interval for a service of fruit and general conversation, the second subject—viz., "Visitation "—was introduced by Mr. D. Dreghorn; and he, in a brief speech, gave expression to valuable ideas about the benefits which arose to teachers, scholars, and scholars' homes, by kindly and intelligent visitation. Remarks on the subject, very largely drawn from experience, were made by Messrs. J. Wyllie, R. Morgan, J, Bell, R. Kilgour, D. Fullarton; while Mr. Graham read a practical and thoughtful paper contributed by a lady teacher. After a vote of thanks to the managers of Ibrox U. P. Church for the use of their excellent hall, and a similar compliment to the chairman, the meeting broke up.
Southern District Sabbath School Union.—This Union met on Monday, 2nd November—33 representatives present—Mr. B. B. Smith, president of the Union, in the chair. Mr. Thomson, of Barrhead, was introduced to the meeting, and was cordially welcomed by the chairman, and at his request received information as to Sabbath school societies in country towns being affiliated to the Union. A letter I was read from Camphill U. P. Church I Sabbath School Society, intimating! that Dale Street Sabbath School (formerly associated with Wellington Street U. P. Church) had been admitted to the membership of their society, and stating that Messrs. James Aitken and John D. Sinclair had been appointed delegates to this Union. The secretary intimated that the Model Lesson Class would be resumed on Saturday afternoon, the 7th November, at five o'clock, in the hall of Hutchesontown U. P. Church, Hospital Street, and that it would continue to meet weekly till the 5 th December, when it will meet in the hall of Govanhill U. P. Church, Daisy Street, till further notice. The secretary also reported that the United Prayer Meeting had been held on Sabbath evening, the 20th September, in the hall of Victoria Free Church. It had been well attended, considering the inclemency of the weather. Several delegates reported as to the National Convention held at Dumbarton; and a suggestion was thrown out, that at the next Convention it would be well if some new speakers could be got to take part in the discussions, so as to give freshness and vigour to these annual meetings, as it appeared from the reports that frequently the same speakers turned up at these Conventions, who monopolized much of the time. It was agreed to subscribe for 50 copies of the
Convention report. Beports were also given of business done at last meeting of General Union. The chairman, in the absence of Mr. J. Patterson, vicepresident, read a paper on "How best to conduct our Sabbath school entertainments, including social meetings in winter and excursions in summer." At the outset Mr. Patterson laid down as the first great principle in social entertainments, that they must harmonize, both in letter and spirit, with the aim of the body providing them. What would be suitable for an entertainment among friends at our private houses, may not be suitable for a reunion of a Bible class. In all arrangements for Sabbath school entertainments we should keep in mind what is the real aim of our work,—viz., the conversion of our scholars; and we ought not to provide any entertainment which would have a tendency to weaken our influence over them on the Sabbath. A long and lively discussion ensued, which was taken part in by most of those present; and at the close the meeting decided to recommend all societies connected with the Union to hold their social meetings in the end of December, or the month of January, in order to counteract the practice of scholars going from one school to another in order to get to the soiree.
North-Western District Union. —This Union met on Tuesday, 10th November,— present, 34 directors. The scheme of scholars' examinations annually conducted by this Union was completed so far; but it was agreed to leave it to the General Union to carry out the details. In one of the societies of this Union it was reported, that instead of the teachers holding the usual preparatory meeting, the minister had adopted the plan of taking up the Sabbath school lesson for consideration at the congregational weekly prayer meeting, with such good results that the plan is heartily recommended to every society where this want is felt.
Stofcs an tty l&wum'n Tftstum Stjpm for 1885.
[These Notes are intended to aid Teachers in their studies at home, and not to be used in the school while teaching.]
Lesson 154.—December 13.
The Importunate Widow.—Lute xviii. 1-8.
The Importunate Widow, (1-8.)—Go over the story, noticing particularly the character of the judge: he feared not God, nor regarded man. Observe the connection here. We find it so still. He who fears not God will have no regard for man. The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom. He who has not this, has never learned the A B C of wisdom. The suppliant, a widow— a poor widow. Notice both words—a widow, with no strong breadwinner to stand up for her; a poor widow, with no influence which she could bring to bear on the judge. What a picture of weakness! yet she was strong; and we shall see how. But first notice her request. She wanted justice done; her enemy had wronged her, and she wished to be avenged. The judge refuses for awhile, but afterwards yields, and the point is here. What makes him yield? Not that he feared God; not that he regarded man; not that he valued justice; but simply the importunity of the widow. She would not leave him alone; she would give him no rest; she would, as we say, keep at him, until he avenged her of her adversary. Now, here was her strength: though a poor widow, she had power, and prevailed. Note the design of the parable. This is given in verse 1, so that we have no difficulty. Men ought always to pray; as the Apostle says, "Pray without ceasing," (1 Thes. v. 17.) In the application, which is given in ver. 6-8, we must notice, that the likelihood that God will hear the cry of distress, is immeasurably increased when we remember how different He is from the judge in the parable. We must separate from our conceptions of Him everything unworthy—everything unjust. And then, if the widow's importunate cry, her constant coming, prevailed with one so wicked, what may not we expect if we continue instant in prayer to one who is altogether good, who has pity for the poor and needy,—pities them as a father his children? This conception enhances the beauty of the lesson taught. The widow is the Church, and each member of it. The adversary is the devil, the world, and the flesh. These are strong, and strive to keep us in bondage. We have no might against these powerful enemies. Yes, we have a weapon which will crush all their power; we have a throne of grace, to which, if we betake ourselves constantly, we shall find that we shall have strength to overcome, for
"Satan trembles when he sees
Memory Exercise—'Shorter Catechism 50.—Psalm cxlv. 15-18.
Subject to be proved—We should be Earnest in Prayer.
Golden Text—"Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock,
and it shall be opened unto you."—Matthew vii. 7.
Notes.—The duty and the promise three times repeated. A threefold cord is not easily broken. The duty—ask, seek, knock. There is a rise in the earnestness.—Ask, and if that does not succeed, seek; but don't be discouraged even should that fail, there is still a third more earnest way—knock. The whole means—take no denial. Like Jacob, say, "I will not let thee go unless thou bless me." The promise—it shall be done. Absolute certainty—not it may be given, but it shall be. No earnest seeker was ever sent empty away. Illustrations—the woman of Canaan—blind Bartimeus, &c.