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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.

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.

 

Effective Parenting   Leave a comment

$ dreamstime_1085738In this JSH-Online.com audio podcast, adapted for print, Christian Science practitioner and teacher Sarah Hyatt spoke with Audio Producer Rita Polatin.

Q:  Parents want the best for their children—a good education, proper care, love, happiness—but, as you know, being a parent, oftentimes along the way problems come up that we don’t always know the answer to. So, as a Christian Scientist, how have you approached the role of parent?

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Click here to read Sarah’s answers to questions that confront all parents.  Sarah shares how her spiritual perspective has helped her parent with more confidence and brought harmony to her relationship with her children.

Click here to listen to a podcast of this original interview.

This interview was originally published in the August 2016 Christian Science Journal.

“I’d Like to go to Sunday School …”   Leave a comment

shutterstock_36849880For me the most vital concept of Christian Science is God as Father-Mother.  My love for this idea goes back to my first involvement with the church.

You see, my parents were having serious problems in their marriage, and I was deeply troubled about this.

When I was twelve, one of my friends asked if I could visit for the weekend, which would mean going to a Christian Science Sunday School with her.

On Sunday morning there I was in a class of girls about my age, and the teacher talked the whole time about God as our Father-Mother.  She made it clear that God was the Father and Mother of my mom and dad, just as He was of me.  She explained how this Father-Mother loves all His children, and knows nothing but harmony for them.  Little did she realize what that meant to me.  I came out of that hour all fired up, and I went home and talked to my mother the whole week about this Sunday School.

I wanted to go back, Read more

This article,I’d like to go to Sunday School …” by Jacquelyn Mattson, was originally published in the Christian Science Sentinel.   It is now available on JHS-online.   In it Jacquelyn talks about how the simple truths she learned in Sunday School protected her and with her mother’s acceptance of God as loving Father-Mother, family harmony was restored.

 

The Link Between Spirituality and Happiness in Children   Leave a comment

shutterstock_118635883Spiritual children are happier children, according to a study by Mark Holder, associate professor of psychology at the University of British Columbia. Holder found four things happier children possess: personal meaning, communal meaning, awe for beauty and nature, and a belief in some sort of transcendental power.

“I think a big part of happiness in general is the feeling of personal meaning,” he said. “Spiritual paths are ones that promote personal meaning.” Read more

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This article,  The Link Between Spirituality and Happiness in Children by Patty Machelor, was originally published in the Christian Science Sentinel.  It is now available on JHS-online.

Principles of Spiritual Parenting   Leave a comment

child and mother-happy togetherMimi Doe received her master’s degree in education from Harvard University. She became a television producer and cofounder of a multimedia company dedicated to developing nonviolent, multicultural programming for children. So, when she gave birth to the first of two children ten years ago, she absolutely had to “get things right!” After all, her background and her job demanded that she set a good example as a parent.

She turned to the best-educated mother she knew, her own—Marsha Walch, Ph.D., a psychotherapist who works in private and community health practice in Mississippi. They collaborated across twelve hundred miles to establish some guidelines for parents wishing to encourage and cultivate their children’s innate spirituality, and put those guidelines in a book they co-authored called 10 Principles for Spiritual Parenting: Nurturing Your Child’s Soul (Harper Perennial).

Recently, Ms. Doe participated in an interfaith seminar on “Nurturing Spirituality in Children.”  It was presented by The Boston Parents’ Paper in the Sunday School of The First Church of Christ, Scientist.  Afterward, our News Editor, Kim Shippey, talked with Ms. Doe about her new book and about her own approach to parenting.

“Children are spiritual beings,” observed Ms. Doe. “They naturally have what many of us spend years trying to reclaim. Spirituality is the base from which grow self-esteem, values, morals, and a sense of belonging. It is what gives life direction and meaning. … Read more

This interview with Mimi was originally published in the Christian Science Sentinel under the heading: Principles of Spiritual Parenting.

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