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Indefinitely after the school. Every pastor knows the value of individual work and enters with eagerness every open door to It. Before and after the session of the school he will find more of these open doors than in any other two half hours of the week. What is his official relation to the school? He is the pastor of the school, and nothing else and nothing less. If he acts as superintendent or as teacher it is because of the exi gencies of the situation, and only tem porarily. The practical implications of this are many. He is the official head of the school. No one is his superior officer. All others are subordinate to him. lie ought to be known to the school in his official capacity. No wise pastor will lord it over his superintendent or other officers; nev ertheless, in a tactful way they should be made to understand that he is the official head of the school. He will see to it that he so efficiently fills his official place that no one will ever be disposed to question his supremacy. He will be careful so to respect the official dignity and rights of his subor dinate officers that they will be in clined never to disregard his author ity. If he takes and sustains his proper place as the head of the whole Sun day-school organization, he will be the umpire in many a discussion and will be accepted as the proper per son to issue many matters without controversy. Should the pastor be the superin tendent? Not if there is some man or woman, even of inferior ability, to take the place. Should he be the teacher of the men's Bible class, or of some other class? Not if there Is some one else for the position. Even if it be true, as it may easily not be true, that he is the best qualified per son, he should take any one of these positions only as a last resort, under dire necessity, and with the clear un derstanding that it is only as a tem porary expedient. He owes it to the school, to himself, to his available fel low-workers to find and train men and women for these places. Paul in one of his letters says that he relieved i those to whom he wrote of certain duties which they should have per formed, and he asks their forgiveness. Many a pastor who is thus doing a piece of work that some member of his church should be doing ought to stop it and say in all penitence, "For give me this wrong." Should the pastor teach? Yes; practically every Sunday, but only as a substitute teacher. He cannot afford to allow the teaching period to be unused. Ho should not be visiting the classes and thus disturbing them, ex cept under stress of necessity. There is no more profitable employment of the period for him than by serving as substitute teacher in different classes. He will thus win the grati tude of the superintendent by being always willing to substitute. He will also have a chance at almost every class in the course of the year. He will be quick to see what rare and pre cious opportunities this will give him to come into coveted relations with the pupils. It will be group work under the most favoring conditions. Many members of the school ought thus to be led to Christ or helped in their Christian life. The pastor belongs to the whole school and the whole of the school belf ags to him. He should be the best infj/med man with reference to every 'Small. No Interest of the school is g^beneatli his concern or should escape his attention. He should be familiar with its every problem and know its solution, although he may think it beat many times to let some one else solve tbem. He must make it his business to keep the Sunday-school machinery working at its highest effi ciency. He must enlist the energy and support of new workers. He must get the best work out of the old work ers. Everything that goes with the chief place, its responsibility, its op portunity, its skill, its knowledge, its reward, are his, for the pastor occu pies the chief place in the Sunday school. ? Exchange. Auburn, N. Y. Atlanta, Central Cliurch: The Sun day-school of this church held a most interesting and instructive "White Gifts for the King" Christmas service. Supplies of various kind3 were given, some to be sent to a colored mission in the city, and the greater part to be sent to Nacoochee Institute. A gift of money amounting to $522 was made to Thornwell Orphanage. AN ILLUSTRATION. For the Superintendent or a Junior. A boy passed along a city street on a winter's day. He stopped at a shop window and looked at delicious or anges. "I wish," he said, "I had an orange." Then he walked away, wish ing for the orange, but doing nothing to make his wish come true. Another boy came along, saw the oranges, and said, "I wish I had an orange." He went away, too, got a shovel, and went out to hunt a job shovelling snow in order to earn money with which to buy the orange. His wish became a purpose, and he worked might and main to attain it. So, at New Year's, we must not merely wish: we must resolve, purpose, be ready to work for the thing we want. Then our pur poses will come true. ? Exchange. AN OBJECT TAIjK. Take a copy book to the meeting, or a small note book will do. Prepare the first page or two with scrawling writing, poor, ugly. Then on a new leaf write one line neatly. Show the book to the Juniors and ask them to imagine that it is the book of their lives, their thoughts, deeds, and words. Show them the scrawling pages; is not this what our life has been like? Poor, full of failure, anything but neat. Name some common faults; lack of promptness, of obedience, of service, of love. That Is how we have written. Now show the next page with the neat head line. This head line represents a fair promise or pur pose. What shall it be? That we shall obey, be prompt, do our best, and so on. The new year gives us a new chance. It is like a new page. What shall we write In it? ? Exchange. WORLD-WIDE SUNDAY-SCHOOL NEWS. January, 1917. A Week of Evangelism in Cliinn. The first week of the Chinese New Year, February 4 to 11, 1917, has been suggested by the China Continu ation Committee as a special week of evangelism, in which every member of the churches of China may tako part, with a view to reaching all classes of people. Paid workers and teachers will be used only in part, as the idea is to train lay workers to carry the entire evangelistic move ment in the extension of Bible study and evangelism growing out of Bible study to unreached villages in China. In making the above plans the aim has been to make this week the cli max of a whole year's preparation and the beginning of another year's persistent follow-up. The objective is to enlist every church member in some form of direct evangelistic work with out necessarily holding public meet iOfl, Beginning with October 11th, there was held at Chuchow a two-weeks' Conference "Retreat," one 6t a series of Adult Bible Class Conferences which have been held under the au spices of the China Sunday-School Union, and which have been made possible through the gift of Mr. R. A. Doan, an Adult Bible Class leader in this country. This particular confer ence was to lead up to the special week of evangelism, and was intended only for such leaders, Chinese and for eign, as were planning to hold district institutes on their return. The dele gates to these district institutes, in turn, will go back to their several stations to put into practice such methods ?s are practicable for their local work. The aim of this special week of evangelism is the enlisting and train< ing of every church member to take some active part in evangelistic work. First it is necessary to find out the capabilities of each worker. Possi ble leaders of Bible classes will need training. Personal workers will have special classes for them, to help them to learn how to approach people, what to teach and how. Some may be taught to tell Bible stories and others to sing special hymns. A message for the week may be prepared which all the workers can give in their per sonal conversations and in public meetings. A similar plan was carried out in South India during the autumn of 1915. Some of the results of that week of evangelism may Berve as a forecast of the possible results in China: 1. 8,288 men and women engaged in work during that week, and of this number at least 5,000 were laymen and women. 2. 3,800 villages were visited, of which 835 were absolutely new vil lages where no Christians resided; 8,4 00 meetings were held, and it is estimated that over 200,000 men and 100,000 women heard the gospel in these meetings. 3. 6,433 persons are known to have decided for Christ, 1,600 being wo men. Some striking incidents were re ported. "In Madras City alone 300 women went out to work and reached 3,400 Hindu women." "The cam paign has brought a new vision to our church. For the first time the higher classes in the church went and preached the gospel to the poor and depressed." "Every Sunday after noon, immediately after the service, the whole church goes out to preach the gospel." If such results as these were ob tained in India, we may reasonably hope that- the week of evangelism in China will have an equally successful outcome. The question naturally fol lows: If such a plan can be carried out in India and China, why not in our own United States and in other parts of the world? The World's Sun day-School Association has passed this suggestion on to its secretaries in South America, North Africa, the Philippines, Korea and Japan. What better plan could be found for the re building of world ideals than to have the whole world belted with a univer sal week of evangelism? It is not always true that His pres ence is the end of dangers and diffi culties, but the consciousness of His presence does hush the storm. ? Dr. Alexander Maclaren. Our boat is small and His sea large, yet not so large as His love. ? Dr. W. L. Watkinson. Well roars the storm to them who hear A deeper voice across the storm. ? Tennyson. YOUNG PEOPLE'S SOCIETIES seeing good in others. M., Jan. 15. Goodshinea. Matt. 5:13-10. T., Jan. 16. Rejoicing in good. Philemon. W., Jan. 17. Recognizing good. Acta 9:2&-31 . T., Jan. 18. Christ's tolerance. Mark 9:38-41. K.t Jan. 19. Heart free from envy. Num. 11:26-30. 8., Jan. 20. Looking through Love's eyes. 1 Cor. 13:1-6. S? Jan. 21. Topic ? Seeing the Good in Other*. Phil. 2:1-11. What good hat ? we found in other*? H'Aai pleasure is there in hunting for good ? How can we encourage the good tn other* ? Good Shines. (Matt. 5:12-16.) Our Saviour in describing his people calls them the light of the world. We ought to look for the light that is shining in them. The trouble with many people is that they look for the darkness rather than the light. We should open wide our eyes that we may see the light that shines forth from the Christian's life, no matter how dim the light may be. There is always some good to be found in every one. If we will look for the good, and overlook the evil, we will see that there is more good than we had expected, and the tinding of the good will be helpful to us. The man who is always looking out for the faults and sins of others will find that there is very little in life to give him comfort and pleasure. Let the light shine into our hearts and our lives will be brightened. We as Chris tians should remember also that it is our duty to make our light shine. We should be sure that we have re ceived the light from the true source of all light, and then see that our lives are such that the light will not be hidden, but will shine forth for the benefit of others. Our Saviour gives us our light that we may let it shine. If our lives are darkened by sin, the light will not shine there. Rejoicing in Good (Philemon): Paul in writing to his friend Phile mon tells him how he thanks God for the good that he found in him. He means especially his love and, his faith. Paul recognized Philemon aa a child of God who had faith in Christ and he was very thankful for this, and took pleasure in telling Philemon of his thankfulness. He also saw that Philemon had love in his heart to wards God and towards His people. Paul himself shared in this love. Here again Paul expresses his thankfulness and his appreciation. We ought to be very thankful that those with whom we are brought in contact have faith and love towards God and towards men. We ought to give thanks to God for these characteristics of our fellow men; and we ought to show to them our appreciation of their faith and love. Recognizing Good (Acts 9:26-31): When Paul came to Jerusalem some time after his conversion the disciples were afraid of him because of the way in which he had persecuted the Church, but Barnabas did not let his prejudice or fear interfere with his Judgment. He received Paul himself and heard his account of his conver sion, and of his work, and then went to the other disciples and told them about Paul, and through his influ ence, they were induced to welcome him as a fellow disciple. We ought to examine the character of those with whom we are brought in contact, and when we find that they are Christians we ought to give them a glad welcome ourselves, and then do what we can to secure for them a welcome of brotherly love from other Chris tians. In the old days of the Chris tian Church a common saying among the heathen was "How those Chris tians love one another." If the world today could only see that Christians really love one another, it would be worth more than anything else In the building up of God's kingdom in the world.