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• SERMONS IN SUPPORT. The movement to build a Central Church Primary School for Wellington and district was inaugurated yetserday by addresses on the subject in all the twenty parishes of Greater Wellington Preaching in St. Paul's Pro-Cathedral from the text Isaiah 41, v. ■ 9, the Eev Bernard R. White (organising secretary) compared the British nation with the three great nations of the past—the .Roman, th« Greek, and the Jew. He reviewed in a masterly way the contribution the three made to the world of their time and to succeeding ages. He indicated how history repeats itself, how the British Empire had brought prosperity and safety to other countries, so that other peoples were glad to enter that great Commonwealth of Nations. Children, the preacher added, are taught the history of the progress and expansion of the Empire, but they are not 'taught about the Supreme Being under Whose providence and will the Empire has expanded. It is the duty (the speaker added) of the present generation of church people to hand on that faith which they have received through the fidelity of their forefathers, and such duty cannot be adequately accomplished without definite spiritual and moral instruction. The proposed new. school would accommodate 400 children, but experience had shown that these schools were soon crowded wherever they were established. It was obvious that the demand for them was real and insistent. The preacher eloquently urged his hearers to support the sceme to the utmost of their ability. The Rev. T. Ficlden Taylor, speaking at the King's Theatre, dealt with "'Religion and Education." He pointed out that education is the "leading out" of a child of its possibilities, and therefore included the education of body, mind', and spirit. He urged that the primal responsibility for the education of the child rested on the parents, and if those parents who voted, in favour of the Bible in schools were really desirous of introducing their children to the Bible they would do so by returning to the good old habit of family prayers. If parents really wished their children to have a religious atmosphere in school they would send them to a Christian school. At the present moment there is a movement on foot to erect a central church primary day school; literature in relation to which would be handed to the congregation as they went out. Those who are sincere in their desire for religious education for their children will support this scheme.

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Evening Post, Evening Post, Volume CXII, Issue 40, 16 August 1926

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CHURCH SCHOOLS Evening Post, Volume CXII, Issue 40, 16 August 1926