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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.

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.

 

Reliable Parenting Books   Leave a comment

parents read book with sonMy husband and I entered parenthood knowing almost nothing about raising kids, having grown up basically as “only” children. We did read some parenting books, but their theories often seemed less than helpful.  It wasn’t long before we decided the most practical, day-by-day parenting approach for us was prayer.

Even though my husband and I were then members of different faiths, we both naturally gravitated to the Bible as a parenting handbook.  We read the Scriptures together as a family every day, even when our son and daughter were infants, believing that if we gave them a strong moral and spiritual education, everything else would turn out all right.  The Bible says, “Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it” (Proverbs 22:6). …

…But we also learned we couldn’t preach to our kids about turning to God.  We had to “walk the walk,” not just talk about it.  The Christian Science Sunday School taught our children Moses’ Ten Commandments, as well as the Lord’s Prayer and the Sermon on the Mount.  But as parents, we needed to practice those great teachings. And if we didn’t, believe me, our kids noticed!  Read more

This article, Reliable Parenting Books by Mary Trammell, was originally published in the Christian Science Sentinel.   It is now available on JHS-online.  In it Mary talks about how the Bible and the Christian Science textbook, “Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures” by Mary Baker Eddy, provided guidance for them as parents and helped all members of the family develop a strong moral compass and healthier happier lives.

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.

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.

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