The Genesis of Sunday School
It's Sunday morning and you are dragging yourself out of bed. The start of another long week starts tomorrow, but were are you going this morning? Sunday School. Why is named Sunday School? That name just sounds like work, with no good connotations. Many churches are going trying to change this time designated before the large, congregation-wide Worship Service to something like "Bible Study" or at our church "Bible Fellowship". So what is the history?
In 18th century Gloucester, England there was a man named Robert Raikes, owner of the Gloucester Journal. Raikes had a burden for the lower classes. He saw many of the young boys growing up to become criminals and the prisons were full. He blamed their lack of education for the trouble that they found themselves in.
In July 1780 a few of these underprivileged boys came to their first Sunday class. Started on Sunday because the students had to work in the factories all week. They learned to read and write in the classes held before church services. After they learned to read and write they learned all the basics of church teachings. This soon turned into a major movement through England and later spread to other parts of the world.
Later this movement dropped the writing part because of views about what you should and shouldn't do on the Sabbath (even though the Sabbath is Saturday) and it came to look more like what we have in churches today.
Now that you know the story of how Sunday School started, maybe you will be glad that you aren't an underprivileged, overworked kid.
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