REPORTS of the death of the Sunday School have been seriously exaggerated!
On Saturday, May 17, nearly 250 Sunday School children, Christian workers and supporters gathered at Beeches Road Baptist Chapel in Blackheath, Rowley Regis, to hold a Sunday School rally and parade.
Eleven different Sunday Schools were represented from local chapels and from as far away as Cheltenham, Exeter and Brighton.
For the first time in many years, residents of the area heard a marching band play Onward Christian Soldiers as they saw scores of happy Sunday School children marching down their streets with their historic banners from each chapel flowing in the beautiful summer breeze.
The parade travelled from the chapel to High Street, then on to Britannia Park where a picnic was provided, followed by an old fashioned sports day.
The event concluded with an awards ceremony in which the competitors received gold, silver and bronze medals.
The event was sponsored by the Crown Christian Heritage Trust.
This is a charitable trust dedicated to preserving the Christian heritage of Great Britain.
The Trust emphasises restarting Sunday Schools in empty chapels throughout England. Beeches Road Baptist Chapel itself was scheduled for closure a few years ago when a Sunday School was started.
Now there is not only a thriving Sunday School but also a growing church reaching out to the youth in its community.
Local police and council workers present commented on how encouraging it was to see so many young people enjoying themselves.
Make plans to join us for next year's Sunday School rally and parade in Blackheath!
For more information about the Crown Christian Heritage Trust, please email sunday firstname.lastname@example.org
Beeches Road Baptist