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J Sabbath School Missionary Meeting. The reading of the very interesting and suggestive paper by Professor Henry Drummond, which appeared in the January number of the Sabbath School Magazine, has led to the thought that perhaps a notice of a Monthly Missionary Meeting which has been held for some time in connection with a Sabbath school in Scotland, might not be unwelcome to the readers of this magazine,- especially as several of the plans proposed in the above-mentioned paper have been, to a certain extent, tried in this meeting, and have been attended with very gratifying results.
In the Sabbath school alluded to a Monthly Missionary Magazine had long been circulated amongst the scholars; but the teachers became anxious to do something more to interest the children in the cause of missions. For this purpose several plans were proposed, one being the revival of a missionary meeting which had formerly been held once-aquarter by the superintendent and one or two of the teachers, but which had gradually declined in interest, and had finally been given up altogether.) The chief objection to this plan was, that it could not be carried out without breaking the continuity of the Scheme of Lessons now adopted in the Sabbath school. It was thought that it would be difficult to carry on such a meeting during the week; but at last it was resolved to try what could be done by letting the scholars conduct it, as far as possible, themselves,-just as they often do at Band of Hope meetings,—under the superintendence, of course, of one or more of the teachers.
This meeting has now been carried on successfully for some time, in somewhat the following way :
At the beginning of the season a programme is drawn up of the various weekly meetings to be held during the winter in connection with the Sabbath school,- Missionary Meeting, Band of Hope, &c.,—and a copy of this programme is given to each family in connection with the Sabbath school. For each of the Missionary meetings, which are held once-a-month, a special subject is chosen, such as “India,” or “New Guinea ;” and the children are invited to bring contributions of readings, papers, maps, pictures, or curiosities which can in any way illustrate the subject. At the end of each monthly meeting the children are reminded what mission field is to be visited on the next occasion; and about a week before the time those intending to read or exhibit are requested to give in their names, and to mention what their contributions are to be, so that & programme of the evening's proceedings may be made out. The difficulty then is generally, not how the time is to be filled up, but how all that is proposed to be done can be crowded into one short hour!
Sometimes one of the elder boys or girls will read a short original paper, describing an imaginary journey to the country selected for that evening, with perhaps an account of visits paid to the different missionstations there. Again, another of the elder scholars may bring a map, made specially for the occasion, with all the mission-stations distinctly marked; this, having been mounted and attached to rollers, is afterwards laid aside as an addition to the stock of Sabbath school missionary maps. Then several of the younger children give short readings,—seldom exceeding five minutes in length,-all bearing, as far as possible, upon the subject of the evening. One of the teachers presides, and several others are always present to help in one way or another. The meeting is, of course, opened and closed with prayer; two or three bright missionary hymns are sung,-everything being arranged beforehand; and towards the end—the great attraction of the evening—a collection of curiosities is exhibited.
It has been found that the idea of thus having so much depending upon themselves, helps to excite and keep up the interest of the children; and the attendance at these meetings has been much beyond what was at first anticipated.
It is hoped that these details may not be found tedious, but that they may encourage other Sabbath schools, whether they adopt the same plans or not, to try what they can do in the way of starting a Sabbath School Missionary Meeting.
A SABBATH SCHOOL TEACHER.
Notices of Books.
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Fragments. THE BIBLE: ITS LETTER AND | Jews were occupied with the study SPIRIT. - It is stated that there are of the letter of Scripture to such an in the Bible 3,586,483 letters, 773,693 extent that Paul was obliged to words, 31,373 verses, and 1,189 chap- warn them, saying that “the letter ters. These are interesting facts; killeth, but the spirit giveth life.” but a scholar might have counted Our own schools may not in general over every letter in the Bible and be too much inclined to the study of yet have a very inadequate idea of the letter, but they certainly do fail the spiritual truth contained in it. in investigating the deep spiritual Much which passes for Bible study meaning of the portions of God's word is not worthy of the name. The selected for study.-S. S. World.
NOVEL USE FOR WASTE PAPER. — organ fund by the same means. In The primary department of the Park these days of multiplied newsCongregational Sunday School in papers, they accumulate in all houseChicago, has voted to collect and holds to an extent that worries sell waste paper until one hundred careful housekeepers. An effectual dollars shall be realized for the clearance of the house can be made benefit of the Chicago City Mission. | by selling such old papers as have no In the second Presbyterian Church value for preservation, while, at the in Germantown, more than one hun- same time, a very substantial addition dred dollars have been raised for an may be made to benevolent funds.
Intelligence. GLASGOW SABBATH SCHOOL, conducted by David Ross, Esq., M.A., UNION.—The monthly meeting of B.Sc., Principal of the Established the Union was held in the Christian Normal Training College, Glasgow; Institute, on Monday, 12th Jan.,-- in the same room, on Thursday John Ingram, Esq., occupied the chair. evenings, from 5th February to 12th Reports were read from the Middle, March inclusive, from 8 till 9 pm. Southern, South-Eastern, and North- Those desirous of joining the classes Eastern District Unions; and from are specially requested to attend on the Vale-of-Leven and Dumbarton the opening evenings. It was re. Unions. The Committee on Publi-ported that the efforts which were cations reported that there was a being made by the Joint Evangelistic large increase in the circulation of Committee to promote a scheme of the Union's Scheme of Scripture daily Bible reading amongst the Lessons for 1885; 20,000 over the young in Sabbath schools and Chil. previous year having been already dren's services were proving very issued. There was likewise a con- successful, already nearly 50,000 siderable increase in the circulation membership cards, containing the of The Sabbath School Magazine. list of Scripture portions for 1885, The new Class Roll Card had also had been issued. It was reported been sold very extensively. The that arrangements were being made Committee were gratified to find for the Annual Meeting of the Union, that their efforts to provide lesson to be held in the Christian Institute, helps for teachers were meet on Thursday, 16th April. As the ing, year-by-year, with so much Union's operations for the benefit of acceptance. The Teachers' Examina- Sabbath schools are constantly intion Committee reported, that with creasing, and as there is urgent the view of assisting candidates for need at the present time for the Examination in March, a prepar- funds to carry on the work, the atory class for the study of the directors will be glad to receive subject in branch B- viz.,“ Christian donations from friends interested in Evidences ”_would be commenced the cause. Subscriptions may be on Sabbath evening, 1st February, sent to John S. Kelt, Esq., Hon. at seven o'clock, in No. 7 Room, Treasurer of the Union, 207 Ingram Christian Institute, 70 Bothwell St. Street, Glasgow. The class would be conducted by SOUTHERN DISTRICT UNION.—This Wm. Scobie, Esq., M.A. A class Union met on Monday, the 5th for the study of the subject in January,--Mr. R. B. Smith, Presibranch C-viz., “Principles and dent, in the chair. 21 directors Methods of Teaching”-would be present. Mr. Shannon reported that
the Model Lesson Class had been Rev. F. Ferguson, D.D., in Montrose held during the months of November Street E. V. Church, on Sabbath and December in the Hall of Eglinton evening, 16th November, the subject Street Congregational Church. It being The Inspiration of the Bible, had been much appreciated by all and Sabbath School Teaching." Mr. who attended it. It was decided to James Smith stated that he had resume the class on Saturday, the presided at the Teachers' Prepara24th January, at 5 o'clock, and it tory Meetings during December, and was hoped that a still larger number that they were being carried on of teachers would avail themselves most successfully. Messrs. James of it. The United Prayer Meeting Smith and George M‘Kinlay agreed would be held on Sabbath evening, to act along with Mr. Agnew in the the 25th January, at a-quarter past visitation of schools. 7o'clock, in the Hall of Eglinton Street SOUTH-EASTERN DISTRICT UNION. Congregational Church. Thanks -A conference of the directors was were voted to the deacons of this held on 25th November, 1884, when church for the use of their hall, and reports of the Kirkcaldy Convention also for the use of the church on the were given by Messrs. P. B. Bryce occasion of the annual sermon, which and James Richmond. The usual had been preached by the pastor, bi-monthly business meeting was Rev. James Ross. It was agreed held on 30th December-16 directors that the Annual Public Meeting of present. The School Visitors' Comthe Union be held about the middle mittee reported visits to the schools of March. Office-bearers for 1885-6 in connection with thirteen of the were nominated ; and a very hearty societies which form this Union. vote of thanks was accorded to the The Lectures and Sermons CommitPresident, Mr. R. B. Smith, for his tee reported sermons to teachers many and valuable services on behalf having been delivered by the Rev. of the Union.
Robert Hall, of Dalmarnock U. P. NORTH-EASTERN DISTRICT UNION. Church, and Rev. John Murray, of -The monthly meeting of directors Calton Established Church. The was held in Sydney Place U. P. Public Meetings Committee reported Church Hall, on Monday, 15th that the syllabus for the Teachers' December, 30 being present-Mr. Training Class was now completed Haddin, President, in the chair. to the end of April, and that the Mr. Pearson, convener of Visitation meetings would be held, as usual, on Committee, read report of visitors to Friday evenings, at 8 p.m., in Lanvarious schools—all of a satisfactory dressy Street Hall. nature. Mr. Patmore, convener of CAMBUSLANG U. P. CHURCH SABMusic Committee, reported completed BATH SCHOOL,—AN EXAMPLE:-At arrangements for Musical Festival the annual soiree of this school, in City Hall, on Friday, 19th Decem- held on Monday, 2nd January, it was ber. It was agreed to hold a con- reported that the scholars, 268 in ference on the "Sabbath Question” number, had contributed during the in February; and it was remitted past year, for religious and benevolent to the Public Meetings Committee purposes, the sum of £21 19s. 7 d., to make all arrangements, and secure and that they had collected £10 15.qualified speakers.
in all, £32 Ös. 73d. It was stated MIDDLE DISTRICT UNION.—This that one boy had himself collected Union met on the 9th December-over £4 of that sum. 11 directors being present-John ALEXANDRIA F. C. SABBATH Morison, Esq., president, in the SCHOOL.-On the evening of the 24th chair. It was reported that the Dec., the scholars and teachers of annual sermon had been preached by this school, gave a service of song in