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[Illustration: JAMES, THOMAS, AND GEORGE.]

THE VILLAGE SUNDAY SCHOOL:

With brief Sketches of THREE OF ITS SCHOLARS.

BY JOHN C. SYMONS.

REVISED BY DANIEL P. KIDDER.

New York:

PUBLISHED BY LANE & SCOTT,

FOR THE SUNDAY SCHOOL UNION OF THE METHODIST EPISCOPAL CHURCH, 200 MULBERRY STREET.

JOSEPH LONGKING, PRINTER. 1850.

PREFACE.

The writer of the following pages makes no pretension to authorship. He is deeply conscious that many defects characterize his production; and he hopes that they will be treated with the consideration which so candid an avowal merits, and which the fact demands.

The narratives are substantially true; but, for obvious reasons, the names of persons and places are changed.

The reason why this little book is sent into the world is, the writer considers the details which it contains of an exceedingly encouraging character, and calculated to support and strengthen the pious teacher in the discharge of his important and sometimes discouraging duties.

The writer has felt the need of encouragement while laboring in the Sabbath school; and he has had that need supplied in no small measure from the consideration of the facts now before his readers. He hopes that the effect which these facts have had upon his mind, will be produced upon the minds of all who may peruse these pages. If such be the case if but one devoted, self denying teacher derive encouragement his end will be more than answered.

With earnest prayer that the great Head of the Church will grant his blessing upon this little work, the writer submits it to his reader.

CONTENTS

CHAPTER

I. THE VILLAGE THE NEW SUNDAY SCHOOL THE SUPERINTENDENT A REVIVAL.

II. THE HISTORY OF JAMES.

III. HISTORY OF THOMAS.

IV. HISTORY OF GEORGE.

V. CONCLUSION BENEFITS OF SUNDAY SCHOOLS.

CHAPTER I.

THE VILLAGE THE NEW SUNDAY SCHOOL THE SUPERINTENDENT A REVIVAL.

M is a small village in the west of England, delightfully situated in a wooded pleasant valley. Through it runs the parish road, which as it leads to the seashore, from whence the farmers of that and the neighboring parishes bring great quantities of sand and seaweed as manure frequently presents, in the summer, a bustling scene. The village is very scattered: on the right of the beautiful streamlet which flows silently down the valley, and runs across the road just in the centre of the village, stands an old mill; which for many a long year has been wont to throw out its murmuring sound, as the water falls over its broad and capacious wheel. On the other side of the stream, and just opposite the old mill, a few yards from the road, stands a neat, commodious, and well built Methodist chapel, which, from the prominence of its situation, and good proportions, has often attracted the eye of the passing stranger.

It was about the period when my narrative commences that the chapel was built. For many years the Methodists had preached in the village, and there had been a small society under the care of an aged patriarch, whose gray hairs and tottering frame bespoke the near approach of the last enemy: soon he came, and suddenly removed that good man to "the palace of angels and God." In consequence of the preaching place being far out of the way, and the place itself an old barn anything but inviting, there had been for many years but little success.

In 18 , two or three zealous brethren from another part of the circuit settled in the vicinity of M , and steps were at once taken to get a favorable site, and to raise subscriptions towards building a chapel as speedily as possible. The neighboring "squire" was waited upon by two of the new members, with whom he was personally acquainted; when, without hesitation, he gave them the spot of ground on which the chapel now stands. The chapel was soon built, and opened for divine worship; and many of the old members, who had witnessed the introduction of Methodism into the village, were constrained to exclaim, "What hath God wrought!"

The village, though small, was surrounded by a populous neighborhood, and many of the friends were anxious for the establishment of a Sabbath school... Continue reading book >>




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