Some Points on Procedure

The Manual of The Mother Church by Mary Baker Eddy, under Article XX, makes certain provisions for the Sunday School, and on page 127 sets forth the Order of Exercises for the Sunday School. Inasmuch as the Manual requires that branch churches shall be democratic in their government (see Art. XXIII, Sects. 1 and 10), each branch church or society makes its own rules for carrying out the Manual provisions. For this reason, some details of Sunday School procedure differ in different organizations. The hour for conducting the Sunday School, the number of teachers' meetings to be held annually, the rules for appointing teachers and officers, and some other details vary.

It is to be noted that certain items which are included in the Order of Services for the churches are omitted in the Order of Exercises for the Sunday School. Whereas suitable organ or piano music is to precede and follow the church services whenever possible (see Manual, p. 121), these are not included in the Order of Exercises for the Sunday School. In the Sunday School of The Mother Church teachers are expected to arrive early so that they may greet the pupils as they come in, and until the session opens teachers and pupils are free to talk with one another. Many teachers take advantage of this opportunity to learn of the various activities of the children so that they may be better able to help them make practical daily application of the Sunday School lessons.

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