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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - October 4, 1909, Lethbridge, Alberta MtRALLv MONDAY. OCTOJtR Lethbridge Organization In the Province HOW THE SUNDAY SCHOOLS OF ALBERTA ARE ORGANIZED AND WHO RUN IT Organization modern enterprise is the keyword It permeates Hat, Rev. A. C. Farrell and Nott. 3n addition to these the_ following are chairmen and secretaries of com- mittees' that are -arranging for con- ventions where organization will be completed Wetaskiwin. J. F. Ellis and .T. Bradley Luconibe, Rev. Mr. Hobinson and H. Ftution Days- land, our civilization. Some say, with con- siderable reason, that we have gone to excess along that line. The fact remains that little can be accom- plished without it. Modern organiza- tion explains, to a large extent, the present rising status oi Sunday school work. The'Sunday School association of Alberta is a branch of the Interna- tional association, which has been de- scrbed as a triumph of organization and "the greatest religious associa- tion in the Internation- al employs nearly a dozen paid work- ers directly in addition there are over sixty state and. provincial secre- taries in all parts of the continent, The World's Sunday School associa- tion is itself an outgrowth on the Tn- "ternational movement. In Alberta the Provincial associa- tion, has nearly twenty auxiliary or- ganizations. These have 5 IB been known as County associations, j but a movement is now on loot to change the termnology. as .the word A. S. Tod arid Mr. Ms- rgusOR 31iss Harding. Each of the'auxiliary'.associations will have a full staff oi officers and. Genera: H. F, KENNY Secretary of the Alberta sipcHnten'dents of departments. This Sunday School Association, who is thut every Sunday school in conducting the religious census here the province is within reach 'of the or- niztXi work. Through-the various conventions, and institutes that are held, the best in. the Sunday school world- is -at- the disposal of the pioneer school-as well us the metro- politan centre. Most of the business of the Alberta., School .association is 'con 'ducted' through the central commit-> tee. which meets in. Calgary on the first Thursday in- each month. General. Secretary H. F-. Kenny makes a tailed report of each day's wor this committee and so keeps them in, touch with all-that'is going- On. The! members of the committee at present; First Sunday Of November Set Apart For That Purpose ADULT CLASSES TUB CrUfiOI lilt jlflUUL An Important Part Of Son- day School Work There is a popular misconception in j the minds of many who have only a.t superficial knowledge of Sunday school work that this "organization relates itself 'only to children. To however, who have kept in the van oi progress the question, of used o? graded work in Sunday _ schools is no longer debatable one. In the earlier ci lys of th'e Sunday, school movement the effort was large-; Iv on behalf ot tin.- yo anger children. hut, the development ot" the school as an integral pure of cburch RELIGIOUS CENSUS .OF LETHBRIDGE The religious census of Leth- bridge will take place 6n Wed- nesday afternoon next, Oct. 6th. Arrangements have been completed whereby the v can- vassers will .start- out on their work at 2 p.m. jand the work be carried on simultaneously all. over :the city. A meeting for instruction of visitors will be held in the lecture room of Wesley church Association AN HISTORICAL SKETCH, BY H. "F. KENNY, GENERAL SECRE- TARY OF THE ALBERTA. S. S; ASSOCIATION. Like nearly everything else in this province, the history of thhis assoc- on Tuesday evening at eight iation is short and interesting. On o'clock. All the workers are of june, the first ter- to be present. The ritoriai Sunday school convention whole work will be thoroughly if. explained by H. F. Kenny, met in the basement of the First Baptist church in this city. W. da- to The first Sunday in November each sd-ted "rr _ _ -M. -Scott, FI A. Humphries, tion Day" throughout the Sunday Gushing. F. G. Marwood. J. schools of Alberta. This is a prac- Paterson, TS. Scruton, W. .1. tica} outcome Of the sane financial plans "which have been made by the Provincial Sunday School association. The Alberta association has a plan memberships. Each his kind agrees to con- fjg-, -I.-O. Trotter. The central committee reports all its acts to" the provincial board, fair "County" is meaningless to the- Al-j which meets in "Calgary during berta public. A County association is I week and at the provincial conven- of sustaining siimolv where live, convention H. _a him ,hat rr--tet: Mani branches of the Alberta School, association; with the names! associations, these -being H, ST. tolling him has of the president aad secretary-treas- j Stephens', Dr. Goodwin, Dr. dotie_ The from this source urer in. Stephens and Vermilion, Miss P. M combe Vegreville, Dr. Goodwin, and VEss Clements Victoria, Dr. A. E. Archer and A. M. jttunro; Sdmonton. A. Butchart and "W. G. Walford Strathcona. W. J. Scott -and Mr. Bed Deer, Bev. T. Philps and A. E. 'Keast; Boseoud. D. M. Stuart and Dr. TVeart Cal- gary, Dr. A, H. Scott and Jas. Smalley High Biver. Dr. G-. D. Stanley and Miss Jennie' Fulton Macleod, G. A. Barker and Bev. H. H.. Cragcr Pmcher Creek, Bobt. Hen- derson J. D. Higinhoth- am and Walter Jordan; Medicine H. N. I A. Butchart, J. Scott, Bev. C.- H. Brima- lluestis. Manassah Weber, James Smalley, Dr. Stanley G. A. Barker, Walter -Jordan, Bev. R. Henderson, J. W. to pay the secretary's sal- committee hopes to secure from this source to of its 1905. ao. saue e o, a meat is one that is placed at the very i granted in some cases that the pas- 1 At this mettmg Bev. C. H. Ueustis forefront, of, Sunday school work to-! tor is endowed 'with some intuition was appointed provincial fiupenn- enables him to know, without "r tendent of Sunday schools for Alberta Supplies are sold from the office on adult church AUUll, The general officers and superintend- basiSj and it is the in- only be most effectne as they are that they have moved. j Deer, was elected president, and Mr. 'Hence people find that their, Illsey, of the same town, secretary. rats of departments are at the anrinal 'provincial convention. Those now in. office A. C. Farrell, Medi- cine Hat. tention tc expenses. j thi the office thoroughly organized. It. is- not f. church connection has been broken. instruction be imparted and think that -the no in- to the students, out that that in- Then, what of Association day? In- 1 structiQR shouM tecome a part olthe 15fe of student in ex- formation will given to the various Dr. Smalley', High schools regarding the work that the pressimj itself in reiati0n to others, o A. Butchart, Edmonton Jno. association is doing for the scnools Red Deer. Recording- J. ing-, Medicine if arwoo-d. Calgary i jin all the'denominations throughout thorou5llly Plem- t'he" province. It is requested that' is only accomplished by class. The County Association How the Sunday Schools Of! This District Are Organized The Lethbridge and Cardston dis- trict was organized on May and includes the territory extending about 25 miles on the north, the Indian reserve on the west, the in- ternational boundary on the. south, and Taber on the east. At present there are seventeen Sunday schools :.who have reported to the county sec- retary, with a membership of is an increase of about 400 over last year, while the increase in the schools is over 100 per cent, only S schools having been reported previous to this year. The amount contributed for pro- gether with the membership of the school, and the name and 'address of the superintendent: Wesley, Lethbridge, 227, W. Jordan superintendent. Lethbridge, 176, Hig- inbptham superintendent. Westminster, Lethbridge. 120, John Torrance Supt. Baptist, Lethbridge, 43, James Beard, Supt. White's, near Lethbridge, 24, W. 8. Supt. Hu-tstsville, Iron Springs, J. Hunt, Supt. Coaldale, Coaldale, 41; Mr. Schrumn Supt. Lone Star, near Taber, 26, Mrs. C. H. Brunton, Supt. Cardston, Cardston, 12, A.' B. Cure, Supt. Taber, 131, E. Tickery, Supt. Eaymond TJnion, Raymond, 67, Mrs. Saunders, Supt. Warner, 95. Geo. B. Snapp, Supt. an offering- be taken that day for the work, and that, if possible, this offer- ing shall amount to cents per- member of the entire enrollment. The activities of organized classes are manifesting themselves by efforts which reach out far teyond the Suuday school the s frequentlv Olltiy- in them. A religious census alwavs discovers hundreds of people Deer had the next convention, on April 24, 1906, with 56 delegates present. Kev. W. C. Merritt, of Ta- coma, Wash., s member of the inter-. From a purely statistical point- of j national staff, --was the specialist at view, the information can seldom be'j this convention. Supt. Heustis re- regarded as reliable- Some peoplej'ported that he was pleased, with.'the are missed iand occasionally these are outlook throughout the province. -Eev. prominent church members. But the JF. W.. Patterson was elected -presi- large number of new names -that are How will this money be spent? It ino. Districts of our towns and cities, secured fully justify the effort and the fact of an organized effort en the part of the churches to know -who the people are makes an impression for be used 'in paying the necessary features for the de- on the entire community. travelling expenses cf the office- staff velopment '6f .refcter citizenship of no j The main value of the census rests" in attending the meetings that are mean value. There is danger that j in the following- up process. It is held in all parts of the province. It activities of such Masses may j not sufficient to merely gather the will also be used in sending out loom so largely that the- purpose names and addresses of the people. erature on various phases of up-to- which, impels such effort will te lost Every church should organize its date work to the Sunday schools. The sight of. and evidence from such forces and divide up its cards so that balance will be -used in engaging the J passes, church clubs, and brother- j even.- person will be visited promptly. best people -who can be obtained to; hoods would -indicate that if the The census visitors merely gather in- "dent and Miss Wright secretary-treas- urer, 'and the proposition to appoint a field secretary for British Columbia Alberta and Saskatchewan was- very strongly endorsed. The First Baptist church, Calgary, was the scene of the sixth convention July 23, 1907. Stuart Muirhead had been appointed in "the meantime as secretary for the three provinces as ent at. this- meeting also and gaver valuable .assistance. Rev. C. Farrell was elected president and J. E.. Miers, Medicine Hat, secretary; F. Gv'Marwood, Calgary, treasurer.. A central executive was appointed irr Calgary. The Association undertook: to pay one-tliird of the general sec- retary's expenses; his salary was paid by the Ontario- Sunday School asso- ciation as a missionary enterprise. The seventh .convention -met 'in Medicine Hat on Nov. 3, 1909. W. C. Pearce, Chicago, another member of the international staff, assisted ad- mirably in the programme. Rev. A- C. Farrell was re-elected and W. J. Fleming secretary. Pos- sibly a leading feature of this con- vention was the decision that Alberta should undertake to engage a secre- tary of her own. The Ontario asso- ciation considered that it -was -not nec- essary to pay a secretary as. it had been doing. The thanks of the con- vention was tendered in the heartiest manner to that, association for the valuable it had given. The On- tario association can rest assured that this home missionary effort on. their part will bring far-reaching ie- sults. The central committee was instruet- ed to engage .a secretary. It met goon after the convention- Geo. S. who has had long experience in the j.organized work in Manitoba has- proven himself to b% a valuable was appointed chairman of the An invitation "was extended to H. F. Kenny, at that time secretary of the Winnipeg bunday School association, to take charjre r.f the work in this province. Attr.-iet- ed. as so many people- are, by the prospects of Alberta, he immediately accepted. _ May. 1, 1909, brought another nage- in the rapid development of ths as- sociation. Mr. Muirhead, who had done yeoman service in the three provinces for two years and had giv- en the work a good start, took ever the jwork for Saskatchewan only. M r. Kenny- Alberta. Since that time the development of the work has, gone on steadily. 3 he association gives every prospect of being one of the active factors in.- the religious life of this great west. In -fact the growthh has been so rapid that the central committee at its last meeting, decided that it was absolutely necessary to open an "office" and engage an assistant- Miss Iva M. Silvertbn has been secured for this r position, and have been made with the Y. M. C, A. in Calgary whereby the headquar- ters of the" association will be located in the board room of that building. A stock of samples of -various Sun. day school supplies will be kept con- stantly on hand, also various pubbli- cations on all phases of Sunday tour the province, and meet the peo- j adult HMe class movement would ac- ple on. their own ground. Thus it is rompHsh the most for itself and ne- formation and are not supposed advocate their own churches. The an offering purely for missionary part, cessari'y th-rrfore for oth3rs. they church visitors- are a necessity, don't of the work. ust make the study of the scrip- leave the work all on the pastor. History of Sunday School Movement New Dayton, 35, Wm. Diser, Supt. Milk River, 37, Fred Beard, Supt. Six of Milk River, 25, Barrows, Milk River, Supt. Golding S. S., IS miles east of Milk vincial purposes has about doubled of. last year; being the am- ount raised last year, and upwards of this year. The officers of the county associa- tibn are as follows are: President, J.D. Higinbotham. River, 45, James Supt, Vice-President, Rev. W. Reid. j Masinasin. Secretary-Treasurer, Walt-r Jord-j 30 miles east of an_ j Milk 'River, 40. Charlie Culler, Supt., Executive, Rev. A. A. Lytle. G. H. i Warner. Johnston and B. Snyder. district is composed from a Representative to Provincial Board W, Jordan. The following are Sunday schools of the county who'have reported, to- denominational standpoint as follows: Methodist-4, Baptist 1, Presbyterian 4, Evangelical Association 6, and TJnion 2. THEY ENJOYED THE WORK Experience of Census Winnipeg. in The religious census of Winnipeg waa taken-in November, a couple of 'years "ago. Nearly 700 people were visitors on a single afternoon. The 'day proved to'be'snowy'and wet, but the -o-isitors plodded on nfendable "spirit "and determination. They'Vere "on business." 'Each visitor was asked to- answer the question: "How did you erfjoy the and in almost every case the GENESIS AND HISTORY BY REV> G. W. KERBY, B.A., CALGARY In view "of the Sunday School c le- bration in our a few words in the genesis and history of the Sunday school movement as a whole may net be out of place. If we go back to the reformation of the 16th c entury modern, movement. I; -therj. It worked well there and he has passed through several it to the state of Illinois, and sinca then ithen eveiT state in the union. There was first the philanthropic So they called thhe national move- find that -in Germany the reformation "was a; re- vival of learning and "a revolt cf! con- science. This was accomplished with a revival of religion. In- Scotland it first a revival of religion pure and simple, accompan- ied by a revival of, learning, In England it was a political re- volt, accompanied by a liberty of was in Raikes' time. Then there were two sessions held on Sun- j day. Children were taught to read and write. The leaders all paid. The importance of-this work excited the interest of the king and govern- ment of England, -and they joined Raikes in this work. second stage- was the evange- movement. The teachers Taught without pay. They were pious though not always in- tslligent. There was nc uniform study of the bible; The third stage was the convention. conscience, and this "by a little re- This is the period that belongs to this continent. A peculiarity of vival of religion. TrTat is to say, in Germany it be- erican life is the convention. Con- vc-ntions warm and .enthuse the peo- gan in the heart of the people and of the home. In Scotland it began j plfe- There are two "ways -of warming, in the home and with the toiling j however. One is warming en the classes; while in England it began at outside "and the other is warming on answer came in terms as these: "Very "exceedingly "very jetc. i Over record cards were .re- turned duly filled out. Despite the large foreign element in-that city there only about 300 cards in that vast number which were mark- ed "Refused information." The court- esy of the people was almost uniform. 'It is the-old story that work for the Master becomes easy when people start at it. A lotvof people in Leth- bridge will be blessed at they go their rounds on Wednesday, the 6th inst. the top of society. The law -is that the revival that begins at the bottom works its way tip until it takes in all, while the re- vival "that begins at the top never gets down to the bottom. It was not the revival of the 18th century the inside. Conventions warm on under Wesley and Whitfield that it struck bottom in England. "It 'was under the impetus and in- spiration of this movement that John Howard- and Rooert Raikes saw the degradation of the criminal on the one hand, the children of the street on the other. v This was thhe beginning of the and easily cool off. The need is inside -warming: here's the neces- sity for it. Fourth stage the educational. This includes normal and teachers' train- ing. In this stage we have tho xmi- form lessons movement. It was start- ed in Scotland. Dr." 'Vincent, now more than 37 years ago, started it in America. He began it, in the Meth- odist church only. The late B. F. Jacobs consxilted Dr. about widening the movement 'beyond denominations1 to He went back above. He took up his work on May school work. The general public are 1 and, naturally, took a prominent part in the program at this conven- tion. Rev. W. G. Merritt was pres- invited to patronize this room fre- quently, and secure any help which the association is able to give. ment for the States. Canada in the meantime had bean looking on and sent over a deputation to dis- cuss the movement, and suggested that, it be called thhe international movement. So we have it today, a world-wide movement and the great- est movement for the study of the bible, and the making of citizenship] in the "world. j It started with it has now! CARD OF THANKS We wish in this public way to extend our sincere thanks to the management of the Lethbridge Herald for so kind- ly publishing this Sunday School edition. The increasing interest in Sunday School work, manifest everywhere throughout the province, .is nowhere more ap- than 'in the great kindness of the- public press. lengthy or formal calls; he" 5s We trust that this paper will be carefully read and pre- Special to the 000 men, ivomon and children, It is the most real and hopeful union j that has ever come before the church- j es. These 36 years or more of uni-j form study of the bible have brought j out the wonders of the book as never! before. j The importance of the present stage to the Sunday dftvelopment can not be overestimated. vlts aim is first a larger grasp of the test served for reference. attention is directed program of. the coming provin- _ cial convention at Edmonton. 3fct' The. Alberta Sunday Schooi j Association. Per H.F.KENNY, Gen. Sec. district does not cover a. single block or so, and is usually close, to the-visitor's .own home. Thus if each visitor does his little part faithfully the, -large organization works out quite readily. On the given afternoon all the vis- itors turn out and each proceeds as follows Starting'ait some point _in the district the visitor goes to each house. People are recorded where- they sleep. Hence, stores and factor- ies-are not visited at all unless" Uiera are people sleeping on the premises. A -visitor is not expected to out for business. "When he goes to the home he explains his mission briefly fJls o'ut the record card provided for the purpose one card will, suffice for each family -but a separate card must be filled out for each domestic or boarder. The visitor retains the re- cord cards. Before leaving the home the visitor Work Of Religious Census Workers Considerable misunderstanding on this subject" exists in some nuarters. explanation will be most timely. It may -be noted, that the po- leaves a small card, thanking the peo- for the information they to co-operate their that the bible. The teacher cannot teach j Sjtion is not difficult -and in almost what not know.- If he holds !every case where the census has been heairtily -with the church of choice in the city, whatever church may' "be. and. inviting the ranger to service. ___ In this way a" single visitor may make thirty to fifty calls in ,a afternoon, readily. As soon the truth loosely he cannot give it to anyone firmly. Secondly, a bet- the work is finished the record cards taken the visitors have been surprised all to headquarters to find how cordially .they have oeen and the visitor's work is over t-er knowledge of the "boy or girl or j received. man or woman they have 'First "of all, the visitors are pro- in other "words a batter knowledge of j vided with -of -cards, etc.. He receives the thanks of the committee in charge, enjoys the -blessing of and the consciousness of having dooe human nature. Thirdly-, a better land all necessaries to do the work, {sometii Ing to assist the knowledge, of how truth j It requires considerable "organization and the boy Together. When these conditions are established they have the" holy spirit carries -on the work of grace in the.heart. Herein'is the secret of all successful Sunday school "work. to visit every home in a city on a single afternoon, but the individual established the conditions in which visitors do -not need to "bother their churches in coming into contact the unreached, Tlie records taken are carefully taV ulated and all the cards are heads about -that.J Each visitor to the particular church, or given a diagram and a description of tne small district that he or she is I cover; in most cases ;tKis tor for which preference has ex- i pressed, regardless of creed or ination.' ;