It is a sacred privilege to be appointed as a teacher in a Christian Science Sunday school, for the right education of our children in Science is an important factor toward the final establishment on earth of the truth revealed to us through our Leader. It becomes necessary, therefore, for the teacher to have an intelligent preparation in both the letter and the spirit before he can be used to the best advantage for this work. In the Sentinel of Nov. 19, 1904, Mrs. Eddy writes: "It is a joy to know that they who are faithful over foundational trusts such as the Christian education of the dear children,—reap the reward of rightness, rise in the scale of being, and realize at last their Master's promise, 'And they shall all be taught of God.'"

Though the teacher does not wait for class time to bring forth a special inspiration for the day, but carefully does his work each day of the week, parents should understand that the Sunday school in no manner supplants the home training. If the parents are in name Christian Scientists, but do not themselves live up to its rules, their child may not be as ready to listen to the truth as would one from a home where Science was unknown. Long ago Solomon said, "Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it." There is then a sure, all-inclusive, unchangeable way to teach the child, which he will never forsake, and it is our duty to search out this way. When Thomas asked Jesus, "How can we know the way?" Jesus answered, "I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me," and in Science and Health we read, "Jesus was 'the way;' that is, he marked the way for all men" (p. 46). Clearly, then, what Jesus taught respecting the truth underlying our manner of living is the "way" we should teach our children.

The substance of this teaching is stated in the Manual; namely, the Ten Commandments, the Lord's Prayer, and its spiritual interpretation as given in the Christian Science text-book, the sermon on the mount, and questions and answers from the Quarterly Lesson. These directions are explicit, and do not include anything foreign to the Principle and rule of Christian Science. Our time is limited in the Sunday school, and not one moment can be spared from systematic work if our pupils are to gain a clear concept of the truth of being which is to become the operative law for their life-work.

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June 3, 1911

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