Story: Weekends

Sunday school certificate, 1900

Sunday school certificate, 1900

Mary McKenzie was awarded this certificate in 1900 by the Otago Sunday School Union, recognising her performance in the annual examination. Sunday schools provided serious religious instruction, but also an opportunity for children to meet and socialise. For adults, church attendance was also both a religious and a social event. When going to church or Sunday school people always wore their 'Sunday best' clothes, reflecting the importance of the occasion.

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Reference: Eph-B-RELIGION-C-1900-01

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How to cite this page:

Peter Clayworth, 'Weekends - Origins of the weekend – the Sunday sabbath', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/ephemera/39775/sunday-school-certificate-1900 (accessed 6 December 2021)

Story by Peter Clayworth, published 5 Sep 2013