Monday, July 14, 2014

First Sunday School Convention

Rev. James F. Price, shared the history of the first Sunday School Convention.  It first appeared in the
Crittenden Press, June 7, 1888. 

One of the first Sunday school mass meetings in Crittenden County was a denominational mass meeting held at Piney Fork Church about 1875.  The schools were represented as classes, and eac class sangy by itself.

The next meeting of this kind was held at Bethel Church in 1879.  It was called a Sunday School Celebration, and it was not denominational.

In the fall of 1880 another meeting was held at Piney Fork Church.  It was a very enthusiastic and full meeting.  The Rev. Crumbaugh, stated the relation in which he sttod to the couty as the representative of the Kentucky Sunday School Union, and the name of the b-annual meetings were changed from Celebration to Convention.

This was the origin of the organization of the Kentucky  Sunday School Union in Crittenden County.

The next convention was held at Chapel Hill in the spring of 1881.  Both of these meetings were largely attended and full of interest.

At the Hurricane Convention the county was divided into four districts and a district superintendent appointed for each.  This redistricting the county was due to the efforts of Uncle Wesley Minner.

At the Sunday School Convention that was held at Piney Fork July 9, 1896, these were some of the activities that were on the program.
  • Song service was lead by George M. Travis
  • Bible reading by W. A. Jacobs
  • Prayer by W. B. Crider
  • Piney Fork sang Fall into Line, followed by Piney Creek, Keep your Lamps Trimmed and Burning, followed by Crayneville, Bells Mines and Greens Chapel Classes
  • The Bible a Standard, given by Rev. H. B. Fox.  The speaker made many good points and opened the way for a good days work.
  • More music by Chapel Hill, Oak Grove and Dunn Springs classes.
  • All districts gave a report on their services
The next convention was appointed for Marion, but for a want of cooperation the convention was not held.

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