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SUNDAY SCHOOL UNION.

The quarterly meeting of the Church of 3 England Sunday School Teachers’ Union r was held in St. Paul’s Schoolroom last evening, when there was a large attendance. Archdeacon Edwards occupied the chair, and the programme opened with praise and prayer. The Right Rev. the Bishop op Dunedin (President of the Union) gave an eloquent k address, entitled ‘ How to use our Oppor--3 tunity.’ Having defined the object of 1 teachers as that of making Christiana of those committed to their care, Dr Nevill ‘ referred to the terrible persecutions which 3 were directed against members of the early 7 church, who died in and for their faith in Christ. Catechists were always regarded as ef great importance in the work of train- ' ing children. They must be trained as 7 members of Christ, who would stand 3 fast in the faith in that church which 3 they held to be the truest exponent of what the early Christian church really was. Teaching must be definite and i clear as set forth in the articles of religion 3 and in the Prayer Book, Other denomina- . tions were most honeycombed with infia delity, which had its rise in Germany. He pointed out that the most evangelical church was the Church of England. When chil- , dren were baptised she treated them as 1 members of God’s family. They were taught—first, obedience to God as their 5 Heavenly Father; secondly, gratitude and love to the Second Person of the Blessed | Trinity, who came from Heaven as their 1 Redeemer; thirdly, the highest possible 1 conception of their privileges as members ? of God’s holy church. The church was God’s instrument to teach the Gospel; it was the training ground for God’s family. Boys and girls should be well grounded in the church catechism, in the history of their church, in the Prayer Book. The three j orders of the ministry had existed from the earliest age of the church. In the Prayer Book the Gospel was displayed to members in such a form that they could hold it fast and give reasons for the hope that was in them. As certain features at the entrance to Solomon’s Temple indicated strength and s beauty, the same virtues should be found in t the youth of the church, who should have t the utmost care and love that their teachers could possibly bestow. The Bishop closed with an eloquent peroration, and was heartily applauded. The Revs. A. R. Fitchett, \V. Ronaldson, and A. G. Yorke took part in the discussion 1 of the address.

Refreshments were supplied by the teachers of St. Paul’s School. One of the ladies volunteered to prepare a paper for the next meeting of the Union. On the motion of Mr Wathen, seconded by Mr STATBAM, a hearty vote of thanks was passed to the president for his address. Dr Neviix briefly acknowledged the compliment. The meeting closed with the benediction, thus ending one of the most successful of meetings. ____________

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SUNDAY SCHOOL UNION., Issue 8020, 24 September 1889

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SUNDAY SCHOOL UNION. Issue 8020, 24 September 1889

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