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Sunday school, Indians and whites. Indian Territory (Oklahoma), ca. 1900.
Sunday school, Indians and whites. Indian Territory (Oklahoma), ca. 1900.

"Sunday School" is the generic name for many different types of religious education pursued on Sundays (traditionally, though not exclusively, in the morning) by various Christian denominations. Image File history File links Download high resolution version (1460x1052, 328 KB)Sunday school, Indians and white[s]. Indian Territory [Oklahoma], ca. ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (1460x1052, 328 KB)Sunday school, Indians and white[s]. Indian Territory [Oklahoma], ca. ... Religious education teaches the doctrines of a religion. ... Christianity is a monotheistic[1] religion centered on Jesus of Nazareth, and on his life and teachings as presented in the New Testament. ...


It had its origins in July 1780 in the work of Robert Raikes, editor of the Gloucester Journal, who saw the need to prevent children in the slums descending into crime. By 1831, Sunday School in Great Britain was ministering weekly to 1,250,000 children, approximately 25 percent of the population. A reaction to these schools was the Socialist Sunday Schools movement which began in the United Kingdom in the late 19th century. Robert Raikes (1725-1811) was an English philanthropist. ... Socialist Sunday Schools were set up as an alternative to Christian Sunday Schools in the United Kingdom. ...


Catholics churches and most Protestant churches operate Sunday Schools, though Catholics commonly refer to Sunday School as 'Catechism class'. Sunday Schools, contrary to the name, are virtually never recognized educational institutions; rather than offering formal grades or transcripts, Sunday Schools simply attempt to offer meaningful instruction concerning Christian doctrine and keep little or no record of performance for any given week. Attendance is often tracked as a means of encouraging children to appear regularly (awards are frequently given for reaching attendance milestones). A church building (or simply church) is a building used in Christian worship. ... Protestantism is a general grouping of denominations within Christianity. ... A church building (or simply church) is a building used in Christian worship. ... Doctrine, from Latin doctrina, (compare doctor), means a body of teachings or instructions, taught principles or positions, as the body of teachings in a branch of knowledge or belief system. ...


Sunday School often takes the form of a one hour or longer Bible study which can occur before, during, or after a church service or Mass. While many Sunday Schools are focused on providing instruction for children (especially those occurring during service times), adult Sunday School classes are also popular and widespread. (See RCIA.) For other uses, see Bible (disambiguation). ... In Christianity, a church service is a term used to describe a formalized period of worship, often but not exclusively occurring on Sunday, or Saturday in the case of a church practicing Sabbatarianism. ... Mass is a property of a physical object that quantifies the amount of matter and energy it is equivalent to. ... A male Caucasian toddler child A child (plural: children) is a young human. ... The Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (often abbreviated RCIA) program which is held in the fall for Roman Catholic converts. ...


Sunday School teachers are usually lay people who are selected for their job by a church board or committee, normally because of their advanced experience with the Bible—few teachers receive any formal training in education, though many Sunday School teachers have a background in education as a result of their occupations. Some churches, however, do make Sunday School teachers and catechists attend several courses on religion to ensure that they have a mature enough understanding of the faith to educate others. In religious organizations, the laity comprises all lay persons collectively. ...


It is also not uncommon for Catholic priests or Protestant pastors/church ministers to teach such classes themselves. Roman Catholic priest A priest or priestess is a holy man or woman who takes an officiating role in worship of any religion, with the distinguishing characteristic of offering sacrifices. ... Protestantism is a general grouping of denominations within Christianity. ... A pastor is the head minister or priest of a Christian church. ... For other types of minister, see Minister In Christian churches, a minister is a man or woman who serves a congregation or participates in a role in a parachurch ministry; such persons can minister as a Pastor, Preacher, Bishop, Chaplain, Deacon or Elder. ...


Hebrew schools also usually operate on Sundays. Hebrew school is the Jewish equivalent of Sunday school - an educational regimen separate from secular education, focusing on topics of Jewish history and learning the Hebrew language. ...


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Today many different expressions of Sunday schools exisit. They range from traditional methods of teaching, using small groups, bible based teaching, familir songs etc. to the more Contempary.


Some individuals consider sunday school a form of child abuse, since it exposes children to irrational and dangerous ideas.


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Sunday school - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (420 words)
A reaction to these schools was the Socialist Sunday Schools movement which began in the United Kingdom in the late 19th century.
Sunday Schools, contrary to the name, are virtually never recognized educational institutions; rather than offering formal grades or transcripts, Sunday Schools simply attempt to offer meaningful instruction concerning Christian doctrine and keep little or no record of performance for any given week.
Sunday School teachers are usually lay people who are selected for their job by a church board or committee, normally because of their advanced experience with the Bible—few teachers receive any formal training in education, though many Sunday School teachers have a background in education as a result of their occupations.
Sunday School (6603 words)
Sunday school is a place for children, youth and adults to hear the Bible story and to be reminded of their baptismal identity.
Sunday school is only one of many opportunities for fostering faith that extend from the church to the home and into the community.
Sunday school is not merely an "activity" of the church, but a time for the care and nurture of all learners.
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