As there was no state education at the time most learning took place either in the Sunday Schools or at home. Griffith John learnt to read and write by studying the Scriptures at Ebenezer chapel.
From childhood John was a serious scholar and he studied with much older children in chapel. When his older sister was received into membership of Ebenezer, John also asked to be allowed to join the fellowship. He was exceptionally admitted to membership at only eight years old.