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Classes for Children

Animated Question MarksRobert Raikes (1736 - 1811 AD) who was an English philanthropist, Anglican layperson and editor of the Gloucester Journal, started the first Sunday School in the town of Gloucester in South West England in the year 1780. A mark of his success was that twenty years after he died there were one point two million children attending Sunday schools in England alone. At that time, England only had a population of four and a half million, so about a quarter of the total population were attending Sunday schools. This was a remarkable achievement in any estimation. They were taught initially by paid teachers and later by volunteers who sought to be animated question marks to their pupils.✞

Teachers' Gifts

Teacher and ChildrenThough society, culture and a whole gamut of other things have changed in the last two hundred and thirty six years, the Christian gifts required by the Sunday school teacher, the problems and joys that face him or her are essentially still the same today. Then, as now, teachers need to encourage curiosity and be animated question marks themselves for pupils' questioning minds.

"Animated Question Marks"
by Ron Meacock © 1982 - 2017

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