Christians celebrate World Sunday School Day 2013
Every year first Sunday of November celebrates as World Sunday School Day. Sunday School is a programme which runs every Sundays after the Mass to train young people into the spirituality by elders in the churches. Now, the Sunday School became the generic name for many different types of Christian education pursued on Sundays by various denominations. It was an idea proposed by Mr. Robert Raikes, founder and father of Sunday school, in the Gloucester Journal on 1780s in England. He published an article regards Sunday school in his own journal which was supported by many priests in the following days.
Development of Sunday School
The Sunday School was giving education to working children on their one day off from the factory. It aimed to teach the youngsters reading, writing and giving knowledge of the Bible. In 1785 it was reported that 250,000 children were attended Sunday School- there were 5000 in Manchester alone. The Sunday School movement was cross-denominational and through subscription built large buildings that could host public lectures as well as classrooms. In the early days, adults would attend the same classes as the infants, as each was instructed in basic reading.
The role of the Sunday Schools changed with the Education Act 1870, in the 1920 the promoted sports and it was common for teams to compete in a Sunday School League. They were social centres hosting amateur dramatics and concert parties. By the 1960s, the term Sunday School could refer to the building and not to any education classes and by the 1970s even largest Sunday School at Stockport had been demolished. From then Sunday School became the generic name for many different types of religious education pursued on Sundays by various denominations.
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