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recommending humility, early and regular attendance, and diligence in the business of the School.
A superintendent stated that children should not be considered as mere machines; they all possessed lively feelings, and each of them had en individual character. It was of the greatest importance that a teacher should be intimately acquainted with the character of each of his pupils, that he might know how to adopt those plans which were best suited to the cases of each individual. Shame and a deprivation of rewards had often been found serviceable. He thought earnest affectionate private expostulation to be one of the best means o counteracting inattention and bad behaviour-this will often produce the desired effect, when sterner measures would only irritate and harden. It was of great importance not only to attend to the behaviour of the children in school, but likewise during the week, and by all means to secure the constant co-operation of their parents and friends. Every thing in a Sunday School should have an encouraging and interesting appearance. Let teachers strew the path with flowers and lead their children on in wisdom's ways. By the use of these means many children, who once were inattentive and bad in their behaviour, will become ornaments to the School and comforts to their teachers,
A teacher said, that conciliatory measures would be always found best. The ill-conduct of the children commonly arose from the faults of the teacher. There were some who were only half-teachers. He thought that by exercising great care in the admission of teachers, many evils would be avoided and much benefit arise.
A friend said that many bad effects arose from lateness in the attendance of teachers, as it encouraged the children to imitate their examples. The children should be kept constantly employed; it could not be expected that they would behave well if they had nothing to do.
A teacher thought that constant attention should be paid to impress on the mind of the pupils the idea, that their benefit was the great object which induced their instructors to give up so many conforts and privileges. In speaking to Sunday School children, one of the best ways to overcome their inattention was, to relate some interesting anecdote. It was not only necessary that scholars should love their teachers they should also respect them. When children were repeatedly bd in their behaviour and inattentive to their own improvement, as a last expedient, it might be necessary to expel them. He recollected the case of a very bad boy, who was placed on the form and publicly addressed
by the superintendent, and informed that his conduct had been getting so much worse and worse, that he must be expe led from the School. As the superintendent was speaking to the boy, he felt his heart so overpowered, that he cried out, "Let us pray for this poor boy." They all arose, and he prayed for him. The boy's heart was softened by this solemn exercise, and he earnestly begged his mother, on the next Sabbath, to persuade the superintendent to re-admit him. He afterwards behaved very well, and was made a monitor. The whole of the school time should be sacred to the benefit of the children, or it is mis-employed. Each child was a talent committed to the teacher, for which he will have to give an account; and by every means in his power he should endeavour
T'allure to brighter worlds and shew the way."
We should be lengthening this paper too much for our limits, to state all that was said on this interesting question, we shall therefore compress it into a small compass, and leave our readers to enlarge on these hints: Beware of partiality to particular children. Let no Teacher leave his class before the school closes; if this is intended, the children's lessons are hurried over to afford time. Let suitable regulations be adopted for the government of the school; and let them be always acted upon in a regular and systematic plan. Order, method, and discipline are indispensable. Frequently visit the parents and friends of the children, and procure their co-operation. Never suffer any child to be idle or only half employed; if they are not profitably engaged, we may be sure they will talk and play, and create confusion in the school.
INQUIRY as to the best PLAN of constructing BUILDINGS for SUNDAY SCHOOLS.
YOU eminently deserve the thanks of the friends and patrons of Sunday Schools, for undertaking a work which is so well calculated to communicate instruction, and inspire withi perseverance and exertion the teachers and conductors of those excellent institutions as your valuable Repository is. In your excellent work the wisdom of many years experience is collected together. We have from time to time the valuable remarks of our fathers in the blessed work, to enlighten our inexperience: we read of the success of welldirected efforts in all parts of the nation, and feel a portion
of the same ardour, and are gratified with the same blessed results. Nay, we not only profit ourselves, but generations yet unborn will turn over its interesting pages with pleasure and delight. Had it not been for your Repository we should not at this time perhaps have formed a union, so excellent in its design, and so beneficial in its effects. I can adopt the language of a contemporary, and say, Our union has made sunday schools more popular in Warrington, for they are much better attended, both by teachers and children, than they were before; and as one of our rules is attended to invariably, not to receive a scholar from any other school in the union, without a written permission from the school left, that desire for change, so frequently witnessed in both pa rents and children, is counteracted; and thus, unless an adequate reason be assigned, they are prevented from rambling from school to school, to the perplexity of teachers, and the serious injury of the children Our union has existed little
more than one year, and the increase in the school (the Methodist) I have the honour to labour in, is nearly one hundred; and, I am happy to say, our other brethren in the union alike feel its beneficial effects. How much more àmiable, affectionately to unite in what should ever be considered as one grand cause, the moral and religious instruction of the rising generation, than to act upon the principle of opposition and party spirit, and endeavour basely to entice each others children.
At present I have seen but little in the Repository on the best mode of constructing a sunday school: as sunday schools are increasing almost daily, I think much benefit would be derived by the public if some of your intelligent correspondents would favour us with their views on this important subject. The plan of building and of fitting up sunday schools, in many parts of the nation, is no doubt brought to a degree of perfection, and I could wish to profit by the experience of others. At no very distant period we intend to erect a new one: the plan we have at present in view is to build one twenty yards long, by eight wide, supposing that proportion best calculated for the purposes of a sunday school. That plan is the most desirable, by which the greatest number of children may be accommodated in the same quantity of square yards, with the greatest personal comfort to both teachers and children. Trusting that these obseryations will meet with the notice of some of your corres pondents, I am, &c.
Shrewsbury, 8th April, 1815.
Snoc Do the following Address, delivered at the last Quarterly Meeting of the Teachers and Friends of the Shrewsbury General Sunday School, in St. John's Chapel, Shrewsbury, by an Adult Scholar, mest with your approbation, its insertion in the Sunday Schoo! Repository, will probably encourage other Adults, who, while young, hav· not learnt to read and write, and be the happy means of lifting The up the hands of those philanthropic characters engaged in tutoring such. Scholar is 54 years of age, and by profession a Nailor. Sincerely wishing you, and every soul engaged in Sunday Schools, every possible success,
Very respectfully, yours,
An ADULT SCHOLAR'S ADDRESS.
"I HAVE many times wished for an opportunity to express to the Conductors of the Shrewsbury General Sunday School, my grateful thanks for the favours they have been the means of conferring upon me and my family; and when I reflect on the great change that has taken place among us within the last twelve months, I am lost!-1 know not what to say my heart overflows!-when I think that this time last year I was going post haste to the pit of destruction !— neither I, my wife, nor any of my children, could either read or write!-every Sabbath was spent in drunkenness at the ale-house, or in loitering away our time in the fields and lanes around the town. Not content was in going to Hell myself, but I seemed determined to take all with me I could indeed we lived a Hell upon earth; we never attended any place of worship. In the neighbourhood where I and my family live, we heard little beside horrid oaths and curses, and witnessed little else than fighting and quarrelling from day to day, living in all manner of sin and wickedness, we were without hope and without God in the world; miserable as the devil could make us. About last March, as 1 was passing through one of the streets, I met a person who attends this chapel, he told me they were going to have a prayer meeting at their house that night, and desired I would come up at 7 o'clock, I told him I would, I kept my promise and went, and quite approved of what I saw and heard-I thought these people are right and I am wrong. After the meeting was over, the man of the house said they should have preaching there on such a night, and kindly invited me to attend, but when the Bible was read and referred to, then I felt my deficiency, and saw the excelleney of knowing the Scriptures; but, alas! for me, the Bible I knew not it was sealed up, and I could not read it. I attended preaching again, and began to like it; and having expressed the sorrow
I felt at not being able to read, I was told, by attending the Shrewsbury General Sunday School in Cobham, I may be taught both to read and write. At once I resolved to go, and accordingly the next Sunday morning set off with one of my boys; when I got at the bottom of the stairs leading to the school-room, my heart failed me-I cannot go-no, L cannot so expose my ignorance. I again thought, "of the advantages" of learning to read, and went up a few steps-1 had hard struggling within-many, many times the devil so filled me with pride, that I thought I would not go in When I got to the school door, and saw so vast a room, filled with so many scholars, I flinched back, and thought all the children would only laugh at seeing so old a dunce as myself learn ing my letters, and at once determined to go down - but my boy, who was mighty fond of going, taking hold of the skirt of my coat, said "No, Dad, you shall go in." Just then a teacher saw me and kindly invited me, so I went and was placed in the adult department, and soon found great pleasure in learning; the teachers were very kind, and gave me great encouragement; that is now about a year since; I have attended every Sunday, and can now read a chapter in the Bible, and write a little, thank God. As the children of that school attend this chapel with their teachers, I came up with them in procession, and by what I have heard here, and by the lectures in the school, I got to see the evil of sin, and was determined to leave it off. I found very hard strugglings -many, very many fightings have I had with temptations to drunkenness, but, I bless God, by prayer, and secretly reading my Bible, I get power over it, and now feel, whenever tempted to it, grace and strength to resist it at once, and have not the least desire for any thing of the kind—indeed my whole delight is in God. I have not seen the ends of the town I was used to frequent, for three quarters of a year, and never wish to see them again: My neighbours, many of them now come to the school, and to the chapel with me, and the whole place seems reformed. My wife, soon after I was turned, went with me to hear preaching, and now she is more desirous of salvation than myself; we have both joined the Society, meet in class together, and are walking hand in hand in search of a better country, both of us earnestly seeking redemption in the Blood of Christ, the forgiveness of our past sins. My children, though some of them are grown up, have attended the Sunday School; one or two have learnt to read the Testament, and now we are living a heaven upon earth-oh! what a change!-before we were always poor,