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The Lessons for the Afternoon form the International Series,
which are now used simultaneously in America, on the Con-
tinent of Europe, in Great Britain, and the Gulonics.
SUNDAY SCHOOL UNION,
56, OLD BAILEY, E.C.
It is presumed that every teacher will be supplied monthly with the
Notes on the Scripture Lessons, and that he will, by the study of them,
and by regular weekly attendance at the preparation class, make himself
master of the subject, and thus be thoroughly prepared to teach the
lessons for the day.
It should be remembered that, in consequence of the limited space
at command, in some cases a large portion of the lesson selected for the
elder classes is necessarily omitted. The teacher, therefore, may have to
introduce the subject, or supply a connecting link in the middle. When
a short line is inserted, it is to show that either the selection is from
two separate chapters, or the continuity of the reading is broken. This
gives a larger scope in the selection, and with care will make the lesson
more interesting both to the teacher and scholar.
1. The children should be encouraged to commit to memory during the
week the Golden Text and the Lesson Verse.
2. Each scholar being provided with the lesson, the teacher should
announce the appointed subject, and briefly introduce it in a lively and
attractive manner, by the aid of some well-chosen illustration which
shall naturally lead on to the main facts or doctrines of the lesson to be
taught; thus tending to secure for it the interest and attention of the
3. The lesson may then be read by the scholars simultaneously or indi-
vidually, the teacher reading a portion in turn.
4. The teacher having previously divided the lesson into sections ac-
cording to its character and meaning, the first section should be read
again, and, by suitable questioning, explanation, and illustration, its
meaning made plain to the scholars. The other sections should be dealt
with in a similar manner. Examination by questions should follow each
5. In the foregoing exercises the leading practical truth or truths which
the teacher desires to impress on the mind and heart should be constantly
kept in view, and gradually brought out as the lesson is proceeded with.
The close of the teaching will consist of a brief and earnest attempt to
press home the practical application of these truths in the most forcible
and affectionate manner.
If these suggestions be duly considered, and, as far as applicable to each
particular case, be carried out with an earnest spirit, a loving heart, and
in prayerful dependence on the Holy Spirit, teachers will not fail to secure
the blessing of Him who hath said, “My Word shall not return unto
Jan. 3. New Year's Praise......
3. Josiah and the Book of the Law
10. The Sower
10. Jeremiah predicting the Captivity
17. Wheat and Tares
17. The Faithful Rechabites
24. The Unmerciful Servant
24. Captivity of Judah
31. Vineyard Labourers
31. Daniel in Babylon.
Feb. 7. The Good Samaritan
7. The Fiery Furnace
14. The Great Supper
14. The Handwriting on the Wall
21. Lost and Found
21. The Second Temple
28. The Prodigal
28. Nehemiah's Prayer
Mar. 7. The Rich Man and Lazarus
7. Reading the Law
14. Marriage of the King's Son....
14. Esther's Petition...
21. The Ten Virgins
21. Messiah's Message..
28. The Talents.......
28. Review of the Quarter's Lessons
The LIST OF SCRIPTURE LESSONS for the entire year is published at ls.
per 100, and will also be found in the "Sunday School Illustrated Almanack,
price One Penny.
The great work of religious instruction will be materially assisted by
teachers inducing the parents of Sunday scholars to post up in their dwell-
ings, where it may conveniently and continually be seen, a copy of the List
of Lessons or the Sunday School Illustrated Almanack.