On 17 May, a special Sunday School rally was held in the West Midlands at Beeches Road Baptist Chapel in Blackheath. Eleven different Sunday Schools were represented. Many from the local area attended as well as others from around the country - some from as far away as Exeter and Brighton. The main floor of the chapel was filled while others gathered in the gallery with children and Christian workers as the gospel was given and children sang familiar hymns. Nearly 250 people joined together for the day to give thanks to God for the blessings of the evangelistic Sunday School and to encourage one another in this important work. After the service concluded, each group organized together for a parade through the streets of Blackheath. "It’s just like the old days!" a local pastor recalled as he watched the marching band with scores of smiling children pass by his home. Police and council members commented on how encouraging it was to see children come out and were surprised that so many young people were involved in this event. Historic Sunday School banners, some of which had not been displayed since the Second World War, were raised and waving in the beautiful sunny weather. After the parade concluded in a local park, a lovely picnic was provided, followed by a sport competition. Egg and spoon races, foot races, relays and other games were enjoyed and an award ceremony complete with podiums and medals was held before everyone made their way back to their respective homes.
Contributed by: Pastor James Zenker