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My Sleepover – Saved!   Leave a comment

P1030965I 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.

 

“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.

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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.

 

Fear Not   1 comment

shutterstock_111653231Fear Not – Readings from the Bible and the textbook of Christian Science, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy.

Thus saith the Lord unto you, Be not afraid nor dismayed by reason of this great multitude; for the battle is not yours, but God’s.

Ye shall not need to fight in this battle: set yourselves, stand ye still, and see the salvation of the Lord with you, (The Bible – II Chronicles 20: 15, 17).

Every Wednesday at 6.00 pm a Testimony Meeting is held at the Christian Science Church in Canberra.  Each meeting begins with readings selected from the two books designated as the Pastor of Christian Science: The Bible and Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy.  A new topic for the readings is selected each week.

At the conclusion of the short readings the congregation is invited to share thoughts on this topic and relate how they have used the principles of Christian Science to solve life’s problems and bring physical healing.

If you are in Canberra on any Wednesday please join us. Everyone is welcome.

This recording represents the readings on the topic:  Fear Not.

Ideas for Teaching Sunday School   Leave a comment

shutterstock_77123365Inspiration About Sunday School

If you are looking for ideas for teaching Sunday School this site, Inspiration About Sunday School, is for you.

Sunday School teachers from around the world share their insights and ideas about teaching students from pre-school through to late teens on chats and forums.shutterstock_140772841

From this page you can access hundreds of articles on JHS-online written about Sunday School.

You will find lessons for all ages, strategies for teaching through questions, and ideas for helping to build a strong moral foundation in children.

Sunday School Class and Healing   Leave a comment

SingingI’m 19 and studying to become a cabinet and furniture maker and am taking a lot of wood shop classes.  I really enjoy this activity, and some days I’m at the shop for eight to ten hours at a time … About ten p.m., I was still working and was starting to get a little tired.  I accidently shot my had with a two-and-a-half-inch nail. …

While I was cleaning the wound, I was also thinking about the Christians Science Sunday School class I had been at earlier that day …

When I got up the next morning, there was hardly a mark on my hand where the nail had been.  I was able to spend the whole day back in the wood shop without any pain and without any limitation on my activities.  I am very grateful for the lessons I’m learning in Sunday School and for Christian Science.

Click the link to read the full text of this article, Sunday School Class and Healing, by Aaron Thorne-Shepard where he explains the spiritual truths he acknowledged that led to his healing.  Aaron is a senior Sunday School student in a Christian Science Sunday School where students can attend up to the age of 20.  In small groups, with a teacher, students are taught the healing principles of Christian Science.

Beginning Sunday School – A Mother Tells of Her Daughter’s Experience   Leave a comment

shutterstock_140803870Never Alone by Gretchen Newby Stock

As a child, I had always loved Sunday School.  Yet when it was time for my daughter to move from the Children’s Room into her first Sunday School class, I was apprehensive.  I thought, “She can barely talk.  How is she going to learn about God?”  I really did not expect her to be able to sit for a whole hour and discuss metaphysical issues! … I thought she needed clever songs and furry Muppets to make learning “fun”.

As I thought about it, I realized that God was more important than anything else she could know, and why should I delay her spiritual and most important education?  I went ahead and enrolled her in Sunday School.

She’s been in Sunday School for a year and a half now, and I am happy, impressed, and comforted by all she has learned.

Click here to read the full text of this article by Gretchen Stock.  In it she gives examples of her daughter, Cassidy’s, learning and shares Cassidy’s comments about why she likes Sunday School.

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