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Sunday School – Nurturing Qualities that Make the World a Better Place

All are welcome in our Christian Science Sunday School in Canberra which is located on the corner of Macquarie and Bligh Streets in Barton and operates from 10.00-11.00 am every Sunday.

 If you are wondering what the benefits of Sunday School are in this secular world read on and hear how this ex-Sunday School student found support and direction in her troubled life through regular attendance at Sunday School.

“When I was a teenager, my mother passed on and my father remarried. Adjusting to this was very difficult for me, and I descended into depression. The problem was not diagnosed, as it rarely was in those days, but I struggled with a great sadness that led to reckless behavior.

Living in a large cosmopolitan city, I found many opportunities to put myself in harm’s way. Nights often found me wandering alone, and it was easy to get lost in the city and meet people who would take advantage of a lonely girl. … More often than I care to recall, I put myself in dangerous situations, basically asking, waiting, for something to happen.

Only recently have I realized, with deep gratitude, how remarkable it is that I never met with violence during those wilderness years or fell victim to any unsavory behavior. Neither was I lured into the common pitfalls of drinking, smoking, or doing drugs. I credit Christian Science for this protection, because during this period I was attending a Christian Science Sunday School.

I loved the concept of God as both Father and Mother, from whom I could never be separated.

Looking back on my first experience of the Sunday School some years earlier, I remember seeing the words in golden letters high on the wall, “God is Love.” These words were simple and immediate, and I could grasp them. Thus, began a growing understanding of God as divine Love and of my own identity as a spiritual idea of Love. The God I was learning about was not wrathful or punishing, but tender and caring.”

With the support of the teachings, and the teachers, at the Christian Science Sunday School the depression left, her reckless behaviour ceased and her grades improved.

The full text of this article by Katherine Ellis, titled Sunday School Saved Me, was first published in the Christian Science Sentinel of 24 April 2017. It is now available here: click here

 

Posted November 12, 2018 by cscanberra in Sunday School

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Answers that fully satisfy and deeply bless   1 comment

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When I was in middle school, I began asking deeper and deeper questions about God. I had been given a Bible, which I revered greatly, but I didn’t really understand it, although I loved the psalms and parts of Isaiah.

Every evening when I was a young child, my mom would recite the Lord’s Prayer and a little poem I later discovered had been written by Mary Baker Eddy called “Mother’s New Year Gift to the Little Children” (see Poems, p. 69). I loved this, but otherwise I was left to seek answers on my own.

During this time, I began playing the violin, and I loved it so much that I went to a summer music camp. At this camp we lived in cabins, and one of my cabin mates became a friend, who one day said something about a religion I knew nothing about. She told me that when she was born, it appeared that she had been stillborn, but her parents had prayed and she had lived. She also shared that she had been healed of eyesight difficulties without medical treatment. She explained that these healings had come about because of the ideas in a book called Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy.

As I sat next to her asking questions about all this, I looked out over the hillside and had a vision I will never forget of the world from a higher perspective—and this perspective gave me an inkling of the allness of God, Spirit. I saw clearly that there were infinite possibilities I had never imagined……

After I went home, I begged my mom to take me to the branch Church of Christ, Scientist, in our town that my friend attended. I started attending Sunday School there, where I spent the hour peppering the teacher with questions.

The answers he shared each week opened my thought to the rock-solid, immediately applicable expanse of God’s love, and this so fully satisfied and deeply blessed me that my demeanor of glumness and depression changed to one of joy and happiness…..

I’m still asking questions, but more and more I just ask God and study Science and Health, other writings by Mrs. Eddy, and of course the Bible, letting them speak the answers to my heart. What a sense of peace these answers bring! They are deep and broad, healing the heart’s great needs.

 

 

Sunday School – to find deep answers that nourish the heart

All are welcome in our Christian Science Sunday School in Canberra which is located on the corner of Macquarie and Bligh Streets in Barton and operates from 10.00-11.00 am every Sunday.

Posted August 17, 2018 by cscanberra in Sunday School

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Sunday School saved me   Leave a comment

Playing Guitar      When I was a teenager, my mother passed on and my father remarried. Adjusting to this was very difficult for me, and I descended into depression. The problem was not diagnosed, as it rarely was in those days, but I struggled with a great sadness that led to reckless behavior.

Living in a large cosmopolitan city, I found many opportunities to put myself in harm’s way. Nights often found me wandering alone, and it was easy to get lost in the city and meet people who would take advantage of a lonely girl. … More often than I care to recall, I put myself in dangerous situations, basically asking, waiting, for something to happen.

Only recently have I realized, with deep gratitude, how remarkable it is that I never met with violence during those wilderness years or fell victim to any unsavory behavior. Neither was I lured into the common pitfalls of drinking, smoking, or doing drugs. I credit Christian Science for this protection, because during this period I was attending a Christian Science Sunday School.

I loved the concept of God as both Father and Mother, from whom I could never be separated.

Looking back on my first experience of the Sunday School some years earlier, I remember seeing the words in golden letters high on the wall, “God is Love.” These words were simple and immediate, and I could grasp them. Thus began a growing understanding of God as divine Love and of my own identity as a spiritual idea of Love. The God I was learning about was not wrathful or punishing, but tender and caring.

And a new understanding of man—of myself and of everyone—as God’s perfect reflection gave me hope. This was not a view of man as a condemned sinner, but as the pure and innocent child of God.

I didn’t grasp much of Science and Health at first, but when I found sentences that spoke to me, I clung to them. For example, …“To those leaning on the sustaining infinite, to-day is big with blessings” (p. vii). However tenuous my grasp of Christian Science seemed at that point, it was an anchor for hope, a possible way out of the disarray and fear I felt.

With continued prayer and growth in Christian Science, the relentless despair gradually lost its grip on me, and my careless behavior stopped as well.

When I think of those wandering years now, I’m reminded of Psalm 139: “Whither shall I go from thy spirit? or whither shall I flee from thy presence? If I ascend up into heaven, thou art there: if I make my bed in hell, behold, thou art there. If I take the wings of the morning, and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea; even there shall thy hand lead me, and thy right hand shall hold me” (verses 7–10).

 

Sunday School – Nurturing Qualities that Make the World a Better Place

All are welcome in our Christian Science Sunday School in Canberra which is located on the corner of Macquarie and Bligh Streets in Barton and operates from 10.00-11.00 am every Sunday.

 

Classes with a Difference   Leave a comment

shutterstock_105508592Children today are growing up in a vastly different world to the one their parents experienced. The fast pace of technological change, the lure of social media, the prevalence of alcohol, the easy availability of drugs and even the sensational reporting of world events all put pressures on our youth. Today more than ever our young people need to have a strong moral compass to help them make wise decisions, and an inner resilience that helps them meet life’s challenges and rise above adversity. Hara Estroff Marano, Editor-at-Large for Psychology Today, wrote in her article “The Art of Resilience”: “At the heart of resilience is a belief in oneself—yet also a belief in something larger than oneself. Resilient people do not let adversity define them. They find resilience by moving towards a goal beyond themselves, transcending pain and grief …” So how do we fortify our children and develop in them an understanding of their innate ability to rise above adversity?

At the Christian Science Sunday School we do just that. In small groups with a teacher, students discuss the qualities that make life work. Lessons are based around the Ten Commandments and the teachings of Jesus including the Lord’s Prayer. Students discuss the issues that come up in their own lives in light of these invaluable moral guides.

Classes for students from pre-school up to age 20 are held every Sunday at 10.00 am. Babies are cared for in the creche. New students are always welcome. The Sunday School is located with the Christian Science Church at the corner of Macquarie and Bligh Streets in Barton.

Children and self-government   Leave a comment

 

shutterstock_85436266“God has endowed man with inalienable rights, among which are self-government, reason, and conscience. Man is properly self-governed only when he is guided rightly and governed by his Maker, divine Truth and Love”

Mary Baker Eddy: Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures

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There is no better way to raise a child than to help the child to think for himself or herself—in other words, to be a truly independent thinker.

And there is no better way to be a truly independent thinker than to be a spiritually minded thinker.

Does this surprise you? Do you think, well, perhaps this applies to teenagers, but does it apply to children, too, whatever their age? Mary Baker Eddy gives this specific advice: “Teach the children early self-government, and teach them nothing that is wrong” (Miscellaneous Writings 1883–1896, p. 240).

Self-government, reason, and conscience are rights that are spiritually based, and they are ours because we are in truth the spiritual sons and daughters of God.

These “inalienable rights” are everyone’s birthright. They stem from the supreme intelligence, from the one parent Mind (see Science and Health,p. 336), and they promote our freedom and support unending progress. In daily life this is beautifully expressed in independent thought and constructive action.

This article by Annette Kreutziger-Herr from the November 14, 2016 issue of the Christian Science Sentinel can be found here.

My Sleepover – Saved!   Leave a comment

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I was around my friend’s house for a sleepover and suddenly felt very sick, so I ran into the bathroom. My friend knocked on the door and asked if she could get me anything. I asked her to get my cellphone. My mum always supported me to pray, whenever I had a difficulty, and encouraged me to talk to the Christian Science practitioner who had prayed for me before. So before calling my mum, I decided to call this practitioner. I knew it wasn’t right that my sleepover be wrecked. I took a stand and decided that this sickness was like a “sneaky snake” trying to make me believe something bad was true about me.

I rang the practitioner and she told me that I was at one with God, and God was my friend. A friend would never hurt me. So God could never let me be hurt. I hung up the phone, and sat there thinking about what she had said. I thought about how I was the “reflection of perfection,” which was something my mum always says.

Lauren is a 12 year old student who attends a Christian Science Sunday School.  Read the full text of her article, My Sleepover – Saved!, where she describes how she calmly handled this incident and was quickly healed.

Classes with a Difference   Leave a comment

shutterstock_75083293Children today are growing up in a vastly different world to the one their parents experienced.  The fast pace of technological change, the lure of social media, the prevalence of alcohol, the easy availability of drugs and even the sensational reporting of world events all put pressures on our youth.

Today more than ever our young people need to have a strong moral compass to help them make wise decisions, and an inner resilience that helps them meet life’s challenges and rise above adversity.

Hara Estroff Marano, Editor-at-Large for Psychology Today, wrote in her article “The Art of Resilience”:

“At the heart of resilience is a belief in oneself—yet also a belief in something larger than oneself.  Resilient people do not let adversity define them.  They find resilience by moving towards a goal beyond themselves, transcending pain and grief …”

So how do we fortify our children and develop in them an understanding of their innate ability to rise above adversity?  At the Christian Science Sunday School we do just that.  In small groups with a teacher, students discuss the qualities that make life work. Lessons are based around the Ten Commandments and the teachings of Jesus including the Lord’s Prayer.  Students discuss the issues that come up in their own lives in light of these invaluable moral guides.

Classes for students from pre-school up to age 20 are held every Sunday at 10.00 am.  Babies are cared for in the creche.  New students are always welcome.

The Sunday School is located with the Christian Science Church at the corner of Macquarie and Bligh Streets in Barton.

 

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