From its earliest days the Methodist movement saw the value of educating young children for daily living as well as for helping them to read the bible.
Sunday Schools (now often called Junior Church) encourage children to learn more about following Jesus in a supportive environment.
Sunday School attendance and performance was in the past quite heavily promoted and awarded, with both certificates and medals.
Biblical knowledge was enhanced by the option of taking Scripture Exams, which became increasingly challenging as children grew older.
Those who showed aptitude and were keen, were encouraged to help lead Sunday school classes, for which training was also given.