Sunday School Movement
Next Previous Index Tellout Home

Sunday School Movement
Page 138

Founder Robert Raikes

Raikes PictureThe noisy children and the seemingly insignificant event that happened on that Sunday afternoon in 1780 was to become the beginnings of the Sunday School movement and set Robert Raikes mind thinking about the deprivation which existed amongst these poor people and especially the little ones. So began the Sunday school movement and the crusade to eliminate injustice and hardship mainly through the pages of the Gloucester Journal, of which Raikes was the proprietor and editor.

Prison Reform

Raikes also sought the reform of a corrupt prison administration. He preached against the uncontrolled sale of strong drink, particularly of the gin being sold to children on just about every street corner. He instigated a crusade for education which he believed to be an effective means of reform. He started what we call today the "The Sunday School movement."

"Sunday School Movement"
by Ron Meacock © 1982-2018

^Top Page Next Previous