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A simple shift in thought

I’d been waiting for this trip for years. At my school, we get the special opportunity to go to Costa Rica in eighth grade.

The way I really am

In sixth grade, I got excited about playing football, but didn’t know how I could do it. For much of my childhood, I hadn’t been able to participate in sports, because I was hampered by a physical problem.

‘I am a what?’

Over the summer, I worked as a counselor-in-training at a camp for Christian Scientists. During the first session, it seemed like there was a stomach bug going around—and I was one of the people who got it.

Hair care

I’d asked a friend to trim the split ends from my waist-length hair. She ended up cutting off four inches.

Talk to my friends about Christian Science? Me?

I didn’t expect a trip to Central America to lead to a discussion about religion and spirituality. But that’s what happened during my senior year of high school.

Out of the depths of depression

In middle school, I began to suffer with symptoms of depression, though at the time I didn’t know what was wrong. A gnawing sadness and loneliness characterized my thoughts.

Black and white? Or brothers?

During his first few weeks at college, this writer found himself in a situation he’d never encountered before: having to live with someone who was pretending he didn’t exist because of the color of his skin. Read on to discover how prayer broke through prejudice.

Fearless in the face of danger

In the middle of a frightening situation, one teen found that instead of fear and panic, he could feel the peace of God’s presence—and that turned everything around.

A new way of praying—that heals

A healing of a cold turns into a lesson on how to pray effectively.

Dropping the ‘party persona’

I am not the perfect Christian Science teenager. Maybe there’s no such thing.