Sunday schools that only started in the past year joined dozens of others, some more than a century old, from around England and Wales at the fourth annual ‘National Sunday School Day and Parade’.
A yearly event, sponsored by the Crown Christian Heritage Trust, the parade, was held on 13 May at Beeches Road Baptist Chapel in Rowley Regis, West Midlands. The organisers were encouraged to see more participants than any previous year. More than 470 Sunday school children and workers took part in the service at the chapel.
The service included hymns, a children’s choir, a Scripture reading by young people, and a gospel sermon specifically geared toward children by Pastor Robert Cordle of Harrold and Carlton Baptist Chapel (Bedfordshire).
At the conclusion, the Sunday schools gathered in the chapel car park, where they unfurled their banners and moved out into the high street of Blackheath, Rowley Regis, to begin the march to a nearby local park.
A brass marching band led the way with rousing hymns, such as ‘Onward Christian Soldiers’, as the hundreds of Sunday school supporters sang and enjoyed their time of public witness to the community, showing that Bible-believing Sunday school work is still going forward.
Picnic and sports
The parade concluded at the park, where a picnic lunch was enjoyed with each Sunday school group providing its own food. After this, there was an exciting time of old-fashioned field games traditional to such a day, including an egg and spoon race, a coconut shy and a three-legged race among many others.
An awards ceremony followed the sports event, with bronze, silver and gold medals given out to winning participants. The Lord held the rain off and everyone was away to their respective churches by 3.00pm.
Many who attended commented on the encouragement they received from meeting so many others involved in the vital work of reaching people with the gospel through evangelistic Sunday school.
East Birmingham Baptist Chapel in Tyseley and Breck Road Baptist Church in Liverpool have both started new Sunday schools since last year’s parade and their children were thrilled to carry the new banners.
Those who attended were encouraged to pray for new Sunday school works to begin around the country. Next year’s National Sunday School Day and Parade is scheduled for 12 May 2018, Lord willing.
For more information about this event or other work of the Crown Christian Heritage Trust, please contact Lareina Kiser at [email protected]