Use of Articles from the Periodicals

The question sometimes arises as to what use, if any, may be made in the Sunday School classes of articles appearing in The Christian Science Journal, the Christian Science Sentinel, and the Heralds of Christian Science, particularly those which are of special interest to children and young people. Inasmuch as it is an established practice to take into the classes only the Bible, the textbook, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" by Mary Baker Eddy, and the current Christian Science Quarterly, the periodicals are not used in the classes. But teachers, in presenting the lessons as defined in Section 3 of Article XX of the Manual of The Mother Church by Mrs. Eddy, may helpfully refer to something that they have read in the periodicals or assign articles for home reading.

These articles sometimes contain present-day experiences which serve as practical illustrations in pointing out to the pupils that the law of God operates today in the affairs of men as it did in Bible times. However, inasmuch as Scriptural teaching is a requirement in our Sunday Schools (see Church Manual, Art. XX, Sect. 2), teachers have found it well to use many illustrations from the Bible. If too much time were to be given in the classes to experiences related in the periodicals, pupils would be deprived of many Biblical illustrations. "From beginning to end, the Scriptures are full of accounts of the triumph of Spirit, Mind, over matter," our Leader points out on page 139 of Science and Health. And it is the aim of the Sunday School teacher to have the pupils become familiar with these accounts so that the Bible may be to them a chart of life.

March 17, 1951
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