What About the Absent Pupil?

Not long ago a Sunday School with an enrollment of two hundred and eighty-nine pupils recorded an attendance on a certain Sunday of two hundred and eighty-two. One can readily imagine that the pupils in this Sunday School are gaining a practical understanding of the lessons, and this proves to them that Christian Science is the one pearl of great price and that they cannot afford to be without it.

It has been found that until they learn the value of regular attendance and systematic attention to the lessons pupils sometimes need occasional reminders of their Sunday School privileges. In addition to unnecessary absences, there may be at times permissible reasons for a pupil's not being in Sunday School. But experience has shown that much is to be gained by keeping in touch with absent pupils.

Many Sunday Schools have a plan for communicating with the home when a pupil has been absent for two or three weeks. Usually the teacher is the first one to make this contact, but in those cases where the teacher's efforts have not been effective the superintendent's office usually follows up the work. One church has appointed what might be called a committee of one to do this.

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Testimony of Healing
Christian Science has given me...
February 21, 1953

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