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Sunday School – National Day and Parade

July 2018

On 12 May, Beeches Road Baptist Chapel in Blackheath, hosted Crown Christian Heritage Trust’s fifth National Sunday School Day and Parade. This year’s was the largest yet with over 20 Sunday schools represented. Hundreds of children and workers gathered from across England for this day to celebrate the work of the Sunday school.

Many Black Country Sunday schools were present along with churches from London, Birmingham, Oxford, Brighton, Liverpool, Manchester, Cheltenham, Peterborough, Nuneaton and more. Two of the children’s works that joined the parade were started since last year’s Sunday School Day — a reminder that ‘God’s work is always advancing.’

Forecasts for the day showed 90 percent chance of rain and cloud. The children prayed for weeks for fair weather, and God answered them with sunshine and clear skies. It was a great testimony to each of them that the Lord hears and answers their prayers.

The Sunday School Day began with a service at Beeches Road Baptist Chapel. The Victorian chapel was filled to overflowing as children from around the country joined together for a special time of worship. The young people listened wholeheartedly as Dr Clarence Sexton, pastor of the Temple Baptist Church and president of the Crown College, Tennessee, USA, brought the Bible message.

He shared with them the gospel through his testimony. Dr Sexton grew up as many of the Sunday school children — without a Christian father or mother. Yet the Lord sent faithful christian workers to bring him to Sunday school and to share with him the good news of Jesus Christ. He challenged the children to trust Christ and encouraged them that God could do something wonderful with their lives.

After the service, the children and adults marched through Blackheath following a brass band and carrying scores of banners. Each of the children waved their own personal flags and the townspeople lined the streets to enjoy the procession. Sunday school children distributed gospel literature to all the bystanders, several of whom were Muslim families. The march ended at Britannia Park with a large group picnic.

After lunch, the children took part in an old-fashioned sports competition. The good number of new children this year brought the enthusiasm level to a new high. Among the favourites were sack races, egg and spoon races and a coconut shy. The day concluded with an awards ceremony and medals presented to the first, second and third place winners of each sport. 2018’s Scripture Memory challenge was the Ten Commandments. All those who could say all ten of the commandments from memory were also awarded the Scripture Memory medal.

‘This was the most wonderful day’, said several of the participants. We trust this day is an encouragement to the Sunday school children and also to Christians across the country who have a heart to bring children to Jesus. We are looking forward to next year: Saturday, 11 May 2019, God willing, and hope you will make plans to join us!

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