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Bring Your Bible to Sunday School--Even the Old One

By Mike Watson

I hope we are all familiar with Sunday School. If not, you have missed a very important part of life and learning. My favorite memories are of Sunday School at Old Concord Methodist, with my weekly fellow-pupils Dennis Grant and Steve Stotts, and the many occasional visitors to a small congregation. Elaine Harvey Bennett was our teacher and she was a jewel in the Crown.

There was a time, a century and more ago, when Sunday Schools were organized, lasted for a while, then waned, only to be resurrected at a later date to boom once more. The story that follows was featured in the Glensfork newsletter to the Adair County News, issue of January 5, 1921:

"Glensfork and Jamestown Sunday Schools Contest--The fifth Sunday in October, Rev. Quinn, of Jamestown, challenged the Sunday School at this place for a contest, the prize to be a banner. We accepted the challenge and of course Jamestown thought it would be no trouble to win over as small a place as this, but let me say they found some very hard work to do and worst of all, to no avail. The following shows how the two schools went each Sunday during the contest in attendance and Bibles."

Nov 782-5469-55
Nov 1479-7073-50
Nov 2183-6472-67
Nov 2896-82100-88
Dec 5125-109137-118
Dec 12206-206173-153
Dec 19303-303246-226
Dec 26206-200105-105

"On the 26th, we had a X-mas tree and all the little folks were made happy by the appearance of Santa Claus.

"During the contest one Bible was there, the owner being your scribe, which was 300 years old. It was Rev. G.R. Abrel's Bible, and had been in the family for generations back.

"Also, a song book, the property of Mr. C.A. Walker, this place, which was made by his father, J.A. Walker, in 1827, the words and music being written with homemade ink and a goose quill. This is sure some treasure to have and should be prized very highly.

"We have a fine Sunday school at this place. It is a union Sunday school, and we all work together, so that is the reason we are strong, as Jamestown has already found 'ere this time. To the defeated school we will say,
"Your little banner it is gone,
Yes gone forever more,
But we will kindly ask you to visit it,
And see it again in splendid galore.
The banner which you loved so well,
But still we loved it more,
And so it has come to live at old Glensfork,
Oh, yes forever more. --Brittie Webb, Glensfork, Ky."

--Mike Watson, 26 December 2020

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