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Details of next Sunday's service at Howe Trinity

          SUNDAY 30th JUNE         
Sunday School Picnic Races 2014
Sunday School Presentations
Tea/Coffee served at end of Service

Church Family Picnic - Haughton Park (Church Hall if adverse weather)
All Welcome
During the Industrial Revolution, most working class children worked all week in mills and factories, with Sunday being their only day off. Christian philanthropists wanted to free these children from a life of illiteracy, so the Sunday school movement began in Britain in the 1780s to help educate poor children and teach them to read and write.
By the mid-19th century, Sunday school attendance was a near universal aspect of childhood. Even parents who did not regularly attend church themselves generally insisted that their children go to Sunday school. Working-class families were grateful for this opportunity to receive an education.
Religious education was, of course, always also a core component. The Bible was the textbook used for learning to read. Likewise, many children learned to write by copying out passages from the Scriptures. A basic catechism was also taught, as were spiritual practices such as prayer and hymn-singing. Inculcating Christian morality and virtues was another goal of the movement.
In both Britain and America, universal, compulsory state education was established by the 1870s. After that, reading and writing were learned on weekdays at school and the Sunday school curriculum was limited to religious education. Nevertheless, many parents continued to believe that regular Sunday school attendance was an essential component of childhood.
Prize days, parades, and picnics were the annual highlights of the Sunday school year and were what the children looked forward to most. The Sunday school picnic became a day out the whole family would enjoy, at the local park or beach, or quite often an away day using buses or trains to further afield attractions.
Helping to spread the Gospels throughout the Howe of Alford



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