Christian education is an integral part of Christian ministry. Since the Reformation, the Sunday School movement has played an important role in the area of Christian education. The Sunday School movement began in 1780 in Gloucester, England, during the Industrial Revolution, by the initiative of a journalist Robert Raikes, who is considered the father of the modern Sunday School.
Sunday School has always been an important arm of St.Stephen’s Church. We always had dedicated teachers. The Sunday School came to be well organised by Mrs.Wynne, fully supported by Rev.R.N.Wynne, who served as the priest from 1962-67. During those days, Sunday School classes were held on the steps of the porch, which was later included in the extended part of the church.
In the 1970s and early 80s, classes were held in and around the parsonage. The common assembly was in the parsonage hall. The children were divided into groups and one met in the parsonage hall, another in the erstwhile church balcony, a third in the church cemetery and the fourth on the steps leading to the first floor of the parsonage.
The Sunday School has the following broad objectives:
To teach the Bible in order to introduce children to Christian faith.
To present Jesus Christ as Saviour and Lord.
To enable children to relate Christian faith to life.
To facilitate children to discover the priorities in life.
To prepare children to be responsible members of church and society.
Presently, the Sunday School children and teachers join for the first part of Sunday worship service at 9 a.m. before proceeding for their classes.
St. Stephen's celebrated its centenary on 26th December 1953 with much fanfare. Until then there had been no electric lights or fans. They were installed during this time.