The Sunday School

One of the most helpful activities in which members of The Mother Church and of branch churches can be engaged is that of teaching in the Sunday school. Obviously it is of greatest importance that the children in our Sunday schools should be taught correctly, wisely, and well; for upon them will devolve the task of carrying forward the Christian Science movement. And they are entitled to the very best mental and spiritual preparation for the great duty and privilege which will be theirs.

Those who are so fortunate as to be teachers and workers in our Sunday school have a wonderful opportunity and a sacred obligation. An editorial writer in a daily newspaper has said, in substance, that the Sunday school is not merely an adjunct of a church, but in his opinion one of the most important of all church activities. Children are coming in large numbers to our Sunday schools, and we should see that they are taught rightly about the way of Life everlasting and are shown how to walk, safely and securely and courageously, in that way.

As the young people in due course must begin to take their part in carrying forward our movement, they will also have to take their places in the world, to face and help to solve the problems of government, and to take their part in the varied activities, based upon right thinking, which will break down national and racial barriers and result, eventually, in the establishment of God's kingdom, the government of Principle, on earth. It is our duty to see that they are well and thoroughly equipped for that wonderful work, and there is no better place for them to find the most essential part of their equipment than in our Sunday schools. Therefore it becomes apparent that the hours devoted to the study of the Lesson-Sermon in the Christian Science Quarterly or to pondering the spiritual meaning of the Commandments, the Lord's Prayer, and Beatitudes, for the purpose of teaching them to the children on Sunday morning, are sacred hours. One can never be too thoroughly prepared for this work. The pupils are entitled to the best we have to give them; and we should never forget that the source of our inspiration, our wisdom, and our ability to teach is the divine Mind.

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A Strong Defense
May 28, 1932

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