OTAGO SUNDAY SCHOOL UN ION.
The first anniversary of the above was celebrated last evening by a social tea and public meeting held at tho Choral Hall. It will doubtless be remembored that on the occasion of the visit to Dunedin of Mr Battley (president of the Auckland Sunday School Union), in March of last year, a meeting of Sunday school teachers and workers was called, and those present addressed by Mr Battley regarding the advisability of a Sunday School Union being formed here. A committee was subsequently appointed to promote the formation of the Union; later on a meeting of the officers and teachers of the various Sunday schools was held, and ultimately the present Union was formed and an inaugural meeting held at the Garrison Hall, the gathering being characterised by the enthusiasm displayed in connection with the carrying out successfully of the work proposed to be undertaken by the Union, which now possesses a large membership, and is in every way in a most satisfactory condition. The tea meeting last evening was attended by nearly 250 persons, while at the public meeting a considerable increase was noticed in the number of persons present. The Hon. T. Dick, one of the society's staunchett supporters at its formation, and at present one of tho vice-presidents, occupied tho chair at the latter fuuetion, and, after reading a letter of apology for nonattendance from the Rev, Dr Stuart, and stating the reasons for the unavoidable absence of the president (Mr J. Reith) and several other gentlemen, made a few remarks regarding tho work done by the Union during the past year, and its intentions in connection with Sunday school work during the ensuing year. He heartily congratulated the members of tho Union on the success which had attended their efforts since its formation, and sincerely hoped that they would be stimulated to Btill greater efforts in the future. The vast amount of good accruing from the endeavors of those whose duty it was to teach in Sunday schools was manifested in various ways, and every encouragemont should be given to those teachers who had devoted considerable time and labor to the tuition of children in evangelistio knowledge. A large number of Sunday schools were at present affiliated to the Union, but there were many such institutions which were non-members, and it was to be hoped that they also would shortly become associated with the society. The success which had attended the various examinations in Scripture and evangelistic knowledge, and in other good work, showed that the society were performing their functions in a commendable manner, and were thoroughly desorying of the encouragement and support which he was sure they would receive.—(Applause.) Mr W. T. Todd, hon. secretary, read the annual report, which detailed the work done by ihe Union during the past year. _ Forty schools were at present connected with the society, comprising 772 teachers and 7,035 scholars; and it was expected that by the end of the present year the majority of the
Sunday schools in Otago would be members. Weekly teachers' preparation meetings and monthly prayer meetings were inaugurated, and both of these had been well supported. The Committee suggested that similar meetings should be conduoted in the suburbs, and trusted that something definite would be done in this connection during the present year. Teachers' conferences were also held during the year, at which subjects of interest to Sunday school teachers had been discussed, and papers on numerous subjects contributed. Arrangements had also been made for the supply of literature to the affiliated schools, and it was hoped that the latter would speedily avail themselves of the privileges grauted them. Negotiations were being carried on regarding the association of the Union with the London institution, but full information as to library grants, etc., was not at present procurable. The examination of scholars in Scripture was a prominent feature in last year's work, and in these examinations some 4G5 scholars, representing twenty-five schools, competed. The results showed that a considerable amount of time and study bad been devoted to tho question by the scholars. The prize fund in connection with the examinations resulted in handsome prizes being awarded } to the successful competitors, which were i distributed by tho Rev. Dr Stuart at a largely-attended meeting held at Knox Gniirch. The universal week of prayer, which is hold simultaneously all over the world, was made the occasion by the Union of having special sermons regarding Sunday school work preached in the City and suburban churches. During the same week the Victorian Sunday School Union held a conference, the local Union sending the Rev. E. Walker and Mr P. Barr as delegates. An endeavor had also been made to introduce the London Union's scheme of the International Bible Reading Society, and 3,ooomembers tickets were procured, of which number 2,200 had been taken up during the year. Regarding the j u venile industrial exhibition, tho Committee reported that although they were fully persuaded that substantial benefits, monetary and otherwise, would accrue to tho associated schools and the Union were an exhibition as mentioned judiciously and energetically arranged, they considered the present time inopportune, on account of the Exhibition Commissioners having decided to connect juvenile industrial courts with tho forthcoming Exhibition. In conclusion, tho Committee announced themselves as being gratified and encouraged at the success of the work of the Union during the first year of its existence, and trusted that as time went on its influence for good in this new land would be felt and appreciated far and near. The Rev. E. Walker moved the adoption of the report, and Mr P. Barr, in seconding, said that, taking into consideration tho size of the two cities, he thought the Sunday School Union here was doing equally as good work as the Sunday School Union of Melbourne. He suggested that the religious portion of the community should endeavor to have a large gathering at Exhibition time, and considered it probable that, if the Union were to send invitations to the other unions throughout the colonies, they might have a gathering and a very successful conference at that time.
The motion for the adoption of the report was then carried. The Rev. D. Borrie delivered an address on 'Teaching and Teachers'; Mr W. H. Ash one on ' The Need for the Bent Possible Teaching '; and the Rev. J. T. Ilintou one on 'Some of the Advantages of Modern Sunday School Teachers,' During the evening Mr Bruntoc's choir rendered sevoral anthems in a very pleasing manner.
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OTAGO SUNDAY SCHOOL UNION., Evening Star, Issue 7926, 6 June 1889
OTAGO SUNDAY SCHOOL UNION. Evening Star, Issue 7926, 6 June 1889
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