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Gloucester Beginnings

Like many of the great movements of God, it initially did not go that well and after six months Robert Raikes ministry closed down. The reason is that they found it very difficult to keep discipline! Thinks don't change a lot, do they? The Rev John Wesley advertized Sunday schools widely in England, Wales and Scotland and they sprang up almost overnight. Under Wesley, it was seen as a form of Christian education and not just simply a way of keeping the children off the street and of teaching them their letters.

Clean Hands

Initially, Raikes had paid for qualified teachers to lead the Sunday school but this developed into a lay ministry as it was down to this present day. There weren't many rules in those days. One that amused me was that Raikes wrote, "All that I require are clean hands, clean faces and their hair combed. If they have no clean shirt come in what you have on." He frowned on cursing and swearing and encouraged kindness and obedience to parents. This video shows how church schools sprang up all over the World from their beginnings in Gloucester England. This video is 2 minutes and 20 seconds long. A complete overview of all of the Tellout Online training videos can be viewed on YouTube. Video 6 of this series on effective Sunday school page 151 can be found at Video 6.

"Church School Expansion"
by Ron Meacock © 1982-2019

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