Sunday school, also called church school or Christian education, religious education school, generally for children and young people and is usually part of a church or parish. The movement has been important mainly in Protestantism. A Sunday school is an educational institution, usually (but not always) of a Christian character. Other religions, such as Buddhism, Islam and Judaism, have also organized Sunday schools in their temples and mosques, particularly in the West.
This also means that a Sunday school teacher must pay close attention to the gifts and talents of the people they teach and train. In 1833, to unify and advance the work of religious education among young people, the Unitarians founded their Sunday School Association, as a junior member of the British and Foreign Unitary Association, with which they finally established offices in Essex Hall, in central London. The concept of Sunday school in Sweden began in the early and middle of the 19th century, and at first experienced some criticism before becoming widespread, since it was often intertwined with the growth (and, eventually, the legalization) of free churches. By 1835, the Sunday School Society had distributed 91,915 spelling books, 24,232 New Testaments, and 5,360 Bibles.
By 1831, 1,250,000 children in Great Britain, or about 25 percent of the eligible population, were attending Sunday school on a weekly basis. The Mother Church of Boston sponsors an online Sunday school for those who are not close to a Christian Science church. Sunday school teachers are usually lay people who are selected for their role in the church by a designated coordinator, board, or committee. The Christian Science Sunday School is a one-hour weekly session where young people are taught the Bible and the power of prayer.
Always dedicated to charitable work, she began Sunday school soon after her spiritual awakening. In 1874, interested in improving the training of Sunday school teachers for the Uniform Lesson Plan, Miller and Vincent returned to work together to found what is now the Chautauqua Institution, on the shores of Lake Chautauqua, New York. The first organized and documented Sunday school in the United States was not founded in New England, but in Ephrata, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, by an immigrant from Germany, Ludwig Höcker, son of a respected and influential pastor and teacher of the Reformed Church in Westerwald. In Great Britain, an agency called the Religious Tract Society was created, which helped provide literature for Sunday school.
In the United States, the American Sunday School Union (based in Philadelphia) was formed for the publication of literature. Sunday school in the church not only strengthens the faithful, but also the churches, and includes not only preaching, but also teaching and community, since both encourage and strengthen the church and people in the faith. However, some Sunday school teachers have experience in education as a result of their occupations. In England, they studied Sunday schools and the teaching methods of the Methodists, impressed by the number of students and teachers.