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Mick Strong
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1 of 21  Wed 17th Feb 2021 12:10pm  
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As a young one, my elder sister and me were MADE to go to Sunday School by my mum. I first went to St Stephens and then to the Gospel Hall that are both on Charter Avenue near to where we used to live. Anyone else out there have the same treatment?
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belushi
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2 of 21  Wed 17th Feb 2021 12:15pm  
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Yes. I was made to go to Sunday School until I was 12, because that was what my dad was made to do! I went to the Radford Congregational Church. It was also the headquarters of the 9th Coventry Scouts, of which I was a member until I was 18.
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Old Lincolnian
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3 of 21  Wed 17th Feb 2021 12:40pm  
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I also went to Sunday School and my sister (who was twelve years older than me) taught there. I thought it was odd at the time as my family never went to church. I found out the reason later, it was because it was the only way my parents could get any time alone together.
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Helen F
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4 of 21  Wed 17th Feb 2021 12:45pm  
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In my final year of primary school I went to a C of E school but unlike all my class mates I didn't attend Sunday school. To the dismay of my teacher, I was always best at answering the questions about the Bible stories. Finally she asked me how and I answered that there was always a Bible movie on tv during Sunday school and somehow the stories stuck better in cinemascope. Cool
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Mick Strong
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5 of 21  Wed 17th Feb 2021 12:49pm  
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On 17th Feb 2021 12:40pm, Old Lincolnian said: I also went to Sunday School and my sister (who was twelve years older than me) taught there. I thought it was odd at the time as my family never went to church. I found out the reason later, it was because it was the only way my parents could get any time alone together.
Old Lincolnian Now you have said that, I can never remember my parents going to church, so I guess that sis and I were sent for the same reason as you.
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JohnnieWalker
Bonny Hills, Australia
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6 of 21  Wed 17th Feb 2021 7:36pm  
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I was taken to the Sunday School in Macdonald Road, just round the corner from home, when I was five years old. I quickly came to the conclusion that I wasn't interested in Bible stories and hymns, and walked out, never to return! Indoctrination, of any sort, wasn't for me, even at that age!
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Slim
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7 of 21  Thu 18th Feb 2021 12:23am  
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I had a very similar experience to you, JW. My parents were not churchgoers, but my mother had always gone to Sunday School as a girl, she was always telling me, and made me go with a neighbour's little kids, who were slightly younger than I even. It was in the evening, and Sunday evening was always a miserable time for me, what with school looming the following day. We went to Saint John's (or Sinjuns as some pronounced it). From the word go I hated it. Actually, thinking about it, it probably wasn't Sunday School as such, but evening service. I liked music and singing, but the rest washed over my 7 or 8 year old head. I remember the vicar's sermon droning on about perceptive psychology. He might as well have been talking in a foreign language. I'd probably be fascinated by that sermon now. But totally inappropriate for a nipper, and I was only knee-high to a grasshopper's jock strap. My parents would have raised Cain if I'd requested to stop going ("children should be seen and not heard, wait till your father gets home, you'll gerra belt from yer da..."). So I over a period of weeks, I gradually got ready (this consisted of having a bath, doing my hair, then donning Sunday best) a little bit later and later each week, until the other kids' parents got fed up of waiting and stopped taking me. Result! Edited by member, 18th Feb 2021 12:26 am
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Mick Strong
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8 of 21  Thu 18th Feb 2021 9:30am  
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My sister is 3 years older than me, and it was her job to look after me on Sunday mornings at the Gospel Hall. She was actually friends of Sheila Hollingsworth whose dad ran the show. Anyway, I noticed that my sister was missing one Sunday and could not see her anywhere in the hall. On getting outside afterwards, there was my sis. After a brief chat of "don't tell mum & dad", she said she and some others had been playing in Ten Shilling Woods (just over the road from the Gospel Hall), and so that day was my indoctrination into wagging it. I must have attended for at least 2 years as I have 2 bibles that were given for attendance prizes. My mum could never understand why I only ever got a 2nd and 3rd attendance prize. (PS. still got the bibles)
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PhilipInCoventry
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9 of 21  Thu 18th Feb 2021 9:34am  
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Hi all, Most know that I have a well founded faith in God, yet I detested Sunday school for most years. My family church was in Foleshill, but me growing up in Wyken, I was sent to Harefield Rd church Sunday school. Went on my bike, often passing the end of Harefield Rd on nice days in preference to Sunday school. I was grade eight piano at fifteen, so was sought after for providing accompaniment, so that kept me in touch. During my middle years, I doubted the reality of God, hypothesized that faith was some kind of hypnosis, which ticked all of the boxes when it just applied to me, but that didn't explain the events outside of me. Volunteering to play for services didn't make me a believer or "Christian", just as three decades of volunteering with Coventry Mind didn't make me a psychiatrist. I had to make my own mind up. I have. Love reading these experiences of you all.
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Dreamtime
Perth Western Australia
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10 of 21  Thu 18th Feb 2021 9:51am  
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I am going to tread very lightly on his subject because I was educated at St. Joseph's Convent, and no, I am not a catholic. Having said that I was never pressured to change my C of E faith and the nuns I had, and still do have, a great respect for. No matter what ills or spills befell me or loss of a family member my mum always said 'God is good' and that is as far as it went for me. I wonder what she would be saying now during this crisis we are all going through. So far He has been very good to me and I do have moments when I would agree with Him. Take care everyone. Smile
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Mick Strong
Coventry
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11 of 21  Thu 18th Feb 2021 9:52am  
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Hi Philip, great post!! Were your parents church goers? For mine, it was only weddings, christenings and funerals.
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PhilipInCoventry
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12 of 21  Thu 18th Feb 2021 10:11am  
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Hi Mick. I can count on both hands the number of occasions when my dad went to church, but my mum was regular in attendance. She believed in worship, but it could have been more of a ritual. Hi Dreamtime. Thank you for your post. Delicate issues, but we are adult & show respect.
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PhilipInCoventry
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13 of 21  Thu 18th Feb 2021 10:17am  
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Hey Mick, My dad came from a family of publicans. Grandad owned the Queens Hotel in Dumfries, whilst my gran owned the Globe in Dumfries. My mum was the daughter of a Methodist clergy family, so that made them metholated spirits.
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Mick Strong
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14 of 21  Thu 18th Feb 2021 10:21am  
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Great!!!!!!
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Mick Strong
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15 of 21  Thu 18th Feb 2021 10:26am  
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This has got me thinking now. My dad was a Coventry kid from a large family and my mum was from Stoke upon Trent. Didn't really know dad’s parents much, grandad Strong died before I was born and grandma Strong lived with us in the early 50's until she passed away. Spent a lot of time in Stoke, but I can never remember any of my grandparents attending church at all.
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