THE HOME AND THE SUNDAY SCHOOL

The relation between the home and the school is often pointed out, and many beautiful illustrations come to hand of the mutual service they render to each other. In the county where the writer resides this feature of our social life has become almost proverbial; and yet it has recently been pointed out by a leading Sunday school worker that the real value of the Sunday school to the community has never been fully recorded. "Leave the Sunday school alone," it was said, and "the loss of enterprise would ruin the church."

The Christian influence of the Sunday school has more to do with the social conscience than most people are aware of. The moral fiber and spiritual enthusiasm of the community is generated and quickened in the Sunday school. This is true to such an extent that one can easily point to leading citizens who not only were brought up, so to speak, in the Sunday school, but many of whom today in middle age and later life retain this connection, with honor to themselves and added dignity to their schools, in the offices of teacher, treasurer, secretary, and superintendent. Perhaps there is no other district where anything like the same conditions prevail in this respect as the neighborhood to which the present writer refers. The experiment connected with the working of the a Christian Science Sunday school is, therefore, one that is fraught with far-reaching consequences, being eloquent with hope of that better day when every child trained under such auspices will become a citizen of whom we need never be ashamed. And this, coupled with the saving influence of a Christian Science home, becomes a possibility in the case of every scholar.

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THE SPIRITUAL OUTLOOK
April 6, 1912
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