What May The Lessons Include?

Occasionally a Sunday School teacher may ask himself, "Am I teaching my pupils as our Leader, Mary Baker Eddy, would have them taught?" Perhaps it was a question similar to this that brought forth the following statements in two letters written by members of Mrs. Eddy's secretarial staff, elucidating the By-Law "Subject for Lessons" (Manual of The Mother Church, Art. XX, Sect. 3), which specifies what the pupils should be taught first and what should follow. Below is a reprint of the letters as they appeared in the July 6, 1935, issue of the Christian Science Sentinel. One letter reads in part:

"When our Leader gave the By-Law on 'Subjects for Lessons' in the Sunday school, it was not her intention to limit Sunday school instruction to the routine of memorizing the letter of the designated portions of the Scripture. She meant that the children should be taught the meaning of the Ten Commandments, the Lord's Prayer and its Spiritual Interpretation, and the Beatitudes.

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