Sunday School Union
The firstš Christian Missionaries to enter
Mizoram were sent by the Arthington Mission Society of London. The missionaries
sent were J. H. Lorrain and F.W.Savidge, and they arrived at Aizawl on the 11th
Jan. 1894. During their short stay in Mizoram (four years) they managed to form
the Mizo Alphabet, responsive reading materials and the Mizo dictionary. They
also managed to translate portions of the New Testament viz. Luke, John and The
Acts of the Apostles.
During this period the Welsh Calvinistic
Methodist Church selected Mizoram as their Mission Field. Rev. D. E. Jones then
arrived in Mizoram as the first missionary of the Welsh Calvinistic Methodist
Church on August 31, 1897. Rev. Edwin Rowlands towards the end of 1898 joined
Rev D. E Jones. The two worked together travelling throughout Mizoram preaching
The first Sunday School was started by Rev. D.
E. Jones at Hrianghmun, a small hillock at Mission Veng, Aizawl on 15th February
1898. In the beginning Khasi Christians attended this school on the forenoon of
every Sunday and Mizo Christians attended the same in the afternoon. The school
progressed very quickly and by the end of 1899 there were already 41 students in
this school. A full time Sunday School Secretary was appointed by the Synod in
the year 1927. Mr. Hrawva was the first Secretary. He served for 16 years (1927
Sunday morning service was used for reciting
passages from the Bible, learning A AW B, (the Mizo Alphabet) and also for
learning Christian hymns. The Sunday School made great strides and by the year
1909 more than 20 villages in Mizoram were able to run regular Sunday Schools in
their respective churches.
Setting up a Sunday School
Aims and Objectives of a Sunday School:
To give guidance and help Students to have a right knowledge and faith in
Teaching them the Word of God (Bible)
Teaching them the Christian doctrine.
Teaching them the way to worship God.
Preparing them to be faithful and productive members of the church and
To teach them the duties and obligations of every Christian.
Organizing of Sunday School:
There shall be one Sunday School at every church (congregation). Every
preaching station will also organize a separate Sunday School.
All the different departments, Beginner to Adults Sunday School functions
under one Sunday School.
comprises of all age groups their psychological
framework also varies accordingly. Therefore, departments are opened according
to the graded Sunday school system (age wise distribution) as mentioned below:
Beginner Department - Age 4 & 5
Primary Department - Age 6 – 8
Junior Department - Age 9 – 12
Intermediate Department - Age 12 – 13
Sakramen Department - Age 14
Senior Department - Age 15 – 17
Adult Department - Age 18 and above
These departments have been made to meet the
psychological requirements of the students. Promotion from one department to the
next is done according to the age wise distribution as given in the chart above.
SCHOOL COMMITTEE OF THE LOCAL CHURCH
The Local Church Committee shall set
up a Sunday School Committee. The members of this Committee shall be appointed
The Sunday School Committee will
function under the guidance of the Church Committee.
Committee members of the Pastorate
level Sunday School Committee are ex-officio members of the local church Sunday
The local church Sunday School Committee shall
comprise of the following:
Assistant Superintendent ( the Church can appoint more than one if the
f. Leaders of every Department
The Church Committee members are permanent members of the Sunday School
The Church Committee shall appoint Department
leaders and teachers for the Adult Department every year. The Sunday School
Committee shall appoint Assistant Leaders, Secretaries, and Teachers for all the
PASTORATE LEVEL SUNDAY SCHOOL COMMITTEE
1. Two delegates from each Church shall
be elected as Committee members to the Pastorate Sunday School Committee by the
Pastorate Conference every year.
The following persons shall be
ex-officio members at the Pastorate Sunday School Committee:
The Pastorate Committee shall appoint the district Sunday School
Secretary and Asst. Secretary and they shall hold this office for three years.
The duties of the Pastorate Sunday School Committee are as follows :
Organizing the annual Sunday
Organizing the annual Children’s
Sunday School Conference and Senior Conference
Exploring ways and means of
developing the Sunday School within the Pastorate.
SYNOD SUNDAY SCHOOL COMMITTEE
The Sunday School Department or the Mizo Sunday
School Union (hereinafter known as the MSSU) of the Synod shall function under a
Committee whose members shall comprise of the following:
Synod Secretary (Sr.)
Executive Secretary I/c MSSU
Three persons appointed by the Synod
Two representatives from each Presbytery
Co-opted members may be appointed from any Church not of the Mizo Synod
but affiliated to the MSSU.
This Committee is empowered to set up its
Executive Committee, Examination Board, Text Book Cell, Child Evangelism cell
and Training cell.
The function of the MSSU shall encompass the
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The MSSU shall have its own office within the
Synod Office. The Executive Secretary i/c MSSU shall be Secretary of the MSSU
Committee; the Co-ordinator, MSSU shall be an ex-officio at the MSSU Committee
and he shall help the Executive Secretary i/c MSSU when and where necessary.
Text Book and its Writers:
The MSSU Committee shall select textbooks and
its writers. Writers selected for the Adult textbook shall be finalized after
the Synod Executive Committee gives its approval.
Church Sunday School Committee:
Taking steps to fulfil the aims and objectives of the MSSU and finding
ways of developing the Sunday School.
Sending nominations for Award winners to the MSSU through their
Maintaining a perfect record of those who are eligible for receipt of
prizes and awards.
They are responsible for promoting Child Evangelism.
Pastorate Sunday School Committee:
It is responsible for coordinating the Sunday Schools within its
It organizes the children’s Sunday School and Senior department
It is responsible for forwarding to the MSSU the various award
nominations that the local church puts up for approval.
Pastorate Sunday School
He shall record all the minutes of the Pastorate Sunday School Committee
minutes. The Secretary is also responsible for executing any necessary duties
that is to be undertaken by the Committee.
On a prescribed form, he shall fill up the number of enrolment of
students and also the number of students who are going to appear for
This information shall be reported to the MSSU using the prescribed form.
He shall collect and submit the results of the examinations conducted at
the end of the year to the MSSU. He shall also send names and answer papers of
students who have received honor marks in the examination.
He shall distribute the final results, prizes and certificates that has
been sent to him by the MSSU, to the local churches.
Following the directive of the District Sunday School Committee he shall
send recommendations and nominations for citations and awards in the following
categories to the MSSU:
Award and citation for teachers
who have served non-stop for 25 years
Award and citations for students
who have attended all the Sunday School classes for 10 years.
Any other awards or citations.
He shall visit the local Sunday Schools frequently.
He shall give a report of the Pastorate Sunday School at the Pastorate
The Pastorate Sunday School
He shall assist the Pastorate Sunday School
Secretary and act on his behalf during his absence.
The Sunday School superintendent should be
elected from the local Church Committee member as far as practicable. The whole
Sunday school (Beginner to Adult) at the local level falls under his supervision
Conducting Sunday schools in his local church. Presiding over the local
Sunday school Committee, organizing inter-departmental meets and giving guidance
to the leaders and teachers.
Finding ways of developing the whole structure of the Sunday School.
Visiting the various departments whenever necessary.
Having a clear knowledge of all the situations of each department and
motivate and give them advice accordingly.
Be concerned with the unity of the whole Sunday School and the
Try and fulfill the aims and objectives of the Sunday School.
He shall assist the Superintendent and act on
his behalf during his absence. If the Adult and Children’s department have
separate Superintendents the local Church Committee shall chalk out their duties
Local Church Sunday School
The local church Sunday school Secretary has
many duties and responsibilities in his hands amongst which mention may be made
of the following:
He shall record the minutes of the Sunday School Committee meeting and
shall also be responsible in executing the same.
He shall report the number of examination candidates, number of attendees
and number of nominations for Diploma Certificates to the Pastorate Sunday
He shall keep in record the percentage of attendees in every department,
amount of offering collections and results of the examination.
He shall assist the Secretary and act on his
behalf during his absence.
He shall keep a record of and be in charge of
the textbooks, Flannel Graphs, maps, record books and other teaching aids and
materials belonging to the Sunday School. If the Church has a separate librarian
he/she can take charge of the Sunday School library as well.
Leader here denotes a leader of a particular
department. He/she is responsible for his/her whole department and his /her
duties are as follows:
Leading the Departmental Sunday School.
Leading the lesson preview.
Helping and motivating the teachers to teach their lessons without the
aid of their textbooks.
Finding ways of fulfilling the exercises provided by the textbook.
Creating a healthy atmosphere amongst the teachers.
He/she shall assist the Leader and act on
his/her behalf during his/her absence.
Every Department shall have a separate
secretary. The department secretary shall take up the following
He/she shall be in charge of the attendance register, record books etc.
Recording the amount of offering in the offering record book.
Making necessary announcements.
Help the department leader.
They shall go to the Sunday School earlier than their students and be
able to welcome them.
They should give importance to the subject preview to have a good
preparation to teach fluently.
They should know their students’ name and personality. Be concerned for
their wellbeing, help them when necessary, and also visit them in their homes.
Read other useful Christian literatures other than their textbook.
ORGANISING AND LEADING ADULT SUNDAY
Roll calls for teachers and all the Adult Sunday
School classes shall be conducted regularly. Since the MSSU has started giving
out certificates and awards for good attendance this has become more necessary
now. Every teacher must keep a good record of the attendance of those enrolled
in his/her class so that it can be checked without any difficulty in the years
to come. A teacher must be well prepared not to consume time in taking the
attendance. The Secretaries are also advised not to necessarily take the
attendance of teachers, rather to just mark their names in the teacher’s
attendance register. It is also advisable that teacher give notice in advance if
they are not able to attend the Sunday School or the pre-class training session,
so that provisions can be made to fill up their empty slot.
Apart from preparing for the class individually
there should also be a regular pre-class training session attended by all the
teachers. This is necessary to give equal lectures of the subject. Every teacher
must give importance to this pre-class training session. The Sunday school
secretaries must also attend this session so as to make any necessary
adjustments or arrangements for the next class. For teachers who are to teach in
the classes attending this session is a must.
Adult Sunday School Service
It is in the Sunday School that our Church has
the most number of attendance. Even those who do not attend other church
services regularly make it a point to attend the Sunday School service.
Therefore, the Superintendent must take care in leading the Sunday School
service. Due to the fact that two diverse forms are incorporated in this service
(Worship and school) the Superintendent must be well prepared to lead the
service this way:
Sunday School Class
Collection of offering and offertory prayer
Commencement of classes and discussions
Conclusion, question & answer sessions
Sunday School report
Call to Worship
The book of common worships, Bible verses and
other relevant materials must be used for this purpose. It must not be taken as
a mere reading of the Bible.
Making provisions to minimize
noise and congestion of the Sunday School
Arrangements can be made to organize classes in
the verandah or other convenient places for this purpose.
Giving importance to the
knowledge of God’s word
A teacher must give importance to the word of
God. S/he must give importance in imparting a deeper knowledge of God’s word to
his/her class. Care also must be made to make the class more interesting for
the students. In doing so methods such as reading from the text, sermon or
lecture methods must be replaced by discussion methods or other such methods
that motivates and stimulates the thought process of the students. A teacher
needs to be well prepared to employ such methods.
Changing of teachers
Teachers and pupils all have various characters,
so it is advisable a teacher not teach one particular set of pupils the whole
year through. Rather arrangements must be made to circulate the teachers among
the various pupil groups at regular intervals.
A Child Evangelism program has been set up to
further the children’s knowledge in the word of God. The following programs are
organized for this purpose:
Sunday children’s worship service
(apart from the regular Sunday School)
Worship service for Teenagers
Vacation Bible Study (VBS)
Children’s Christmas Carol Service
Sunday Children’s Worship Service
Apart from the regular Sunday School every
church can organize a separate worship service for the children. This can be
organized on a regular basis every Sunday afternoon. These children shall attend
the church’s afternoon service once every month and if possible they should be
given a chance to present some special programs in these services. The Church’s
Sunday School Committee shall appoint a sub-committee to look after this Sunday
children’s worship service.
The MSSU shall prepare necessary curriculums and
any other necessary materials for these children.
Worship Service for Teenagers
Apart from the Children’s service a separate
service may be conducted for the teenagers. This separate service can attend the
church service once or twice in a month presenting some special numbers at these
times. Teachers/guides for this service will be appointed by the Church’s Sunday
School Committee. Necessary materials such as lesson materials shall be
supplied by the MSSU.
Vacation Bible Study (VBS)
The VBS should be organized during the School
vacation at a time when the children have plenty of spare time. The main aim is
to give spiritual guidance to the children during their spare time. This is a
very important instrument for the development of the regular Sunday School and
also for spiritual nurture. This program should be effectively utilized to
develop the children’s knowledge of Christ and his teachings.
Christian art (drama, skits, one
act play etc.)
The MSSU shall prepare the textbooks and any other necessary materials for the
VBS. The MSSU Committee shall appoint resource persons for this purpose.
Motivation: Badges, caps, prizes etc. should be prepared to
motivate the children.
The Church Sunday School Committee shall appoint teachers for the VBS. As the
VBS functions only for a short period of time it will be good to appoint persons
who are dedicated in this work. Persons who are not actually Sunday School
teachers can also be appointed for the VBS. Persons should be appointed for the
following responsibilities :