Church stories

Folk drawing

John Baker of Forge House, born 1904

I started Sunday School when I was about 6 years old. Even in those days the Sunday School was in a bad state of repair. My first teacher was a young lady, a daughter of Col. Barrow who had come to reside in the village. We all liked her very much because she used to read to us, and describe graphically stories from Beatrix Potter. Occasionally we had a Bible story, the one that stands out most vividly in my mind, was David and Goliath, the latter was described as “huge and very very big”.

Sunday School ended at 10.30 a.m. we were then free to go home or wait outside the church for Matins at 11 o'clock, which I usually did.

A few years later, just before I became a choir boy, Sunday School was conducted from a gallery in the church. We sang hymns accompanied by Mrs. Turner with her violin, we then stayed inside until the morning service.

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