CENTENERY OF SUNDAY SCHOOLS.
The Canterbury Sunday School Union has arranged a plan of action for co-oper-ating with the parent Society in England, in holding a “Eaikes Centenary” celebration of the establishment of Sunday Schools. In connection therewith a convention is to be held in Christchurch, and a large number of representatives are to be present thereat. The programme decided upon is as follows : Sunday, June 27, a central prayer meeting at 9 a.m. ; special services in all churches, morning and evening; grand gathering of scholars in the afternoon. Monday, convention of lady teachers at 2 p.m., and tea and conversazione for senior scholars at 5.30. Tuesday, grand convention of representatives from every Sunday School in New Zealand, to discuss matters affecting the woi - k. Wednesday, second session cf convention ; soiree in the evening. Thursday, sacred concert in the evening. Friday, united communion service.
The topics proposed for discussion at the Convention are as follows :—l. The history of Sabbath schools, and their influence on the world. 2 Necessities for making our Sunday school buildings more attractive, and better adapted to the requirements of classes. 3. How best to attach the senior classes to the school. 4. The objects and aims of Sunday school teaching. 5. Distribution of time in Sunday schools. 0. Sabbath school extension among the different classes of society. 7. Preparation of teachers and normal classes. 8. Week evening amusements in connection with our Sabbath schools. 9. Awards: are they advisable, and of what nature should they be i 10. Best means of procuring the necessary Sunday school funds. The Committee of Management have laid dewn a few rules for the guidance of speakers, and appear to have devoted most careful consideration to their important scheme. Representatives will be provided with homes in Christchurch during the celebration, but they will be required to provide their own travelling expenses. Early intimation is desired of intentions to send representatives, in order that all arrangements may be completed not later than June 1.
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