What’s taught in Sunday School?
Each Sunday School class is designed to meet the needs of each individual student. Classes are based on the Bible, and, together with teachers, students can gain new insights into it with the help of Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy. Students of all ages are taught the Ten Commandments, the Lord’s Prayer and its spiritual interpretation by Mary Baker Eddy, and the Sermon on the Mount. And, there is a continuing emphasis on the idea that everyone can practice the healing ideas discussed in class.
Can students ask any question they want in class?
Definitely—about anything! One of the most important parts about Sunday School is finding answers together. That’s why both students and teachers ask thought-provoking questions—so that the class can search together for spiritual explanations that are practical and understandable.
What are classes like?
Classes are adapted to each individual student, teacher, and group. Some classes include more emphasis on study; others are more discussion oriented. Some may address specific challenges that students are confronting; others may include videos, music, storytelling, or games. Sample materials are found on this website on the Sunday School resources page.
What happens in Sunday School aside from classes?
Sunday School starts with the Superintendent calling everyone together. Then there’s singing and a chance to focus as a group on the theme of the week’s Bible Lesson. Everyone is invited to read together, pray together silently, and then say the Lord’s Prayer out loud.
Next, students are divided into classes—which may happen in various ways depending on the needs of the students. Class time is spent differently in every class and on every Sunday. Teachers come prepared but are flexible and adjust to the needs of students each week. It’s a time for questions, answers, study, learning, practice, and healing.
When class time is over, everyone gathers together again for another hymn and the "scientific statement of being" from Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy. That’s the end of that week’s Sunday School session, but many teachers and students are in touch with one another during the week.
Where can I find a Sunday School?
Christian Science churches have Sunday Schools. To find a Church of Christ, Scientist, near you, check The Christian Science Journal directory. If there isn't a Sunday School near you, online classes are provided by The Mother Church Sunday School (available in English and Spanish).
Curious what a specific Sunday School is like? Visit The Mother Church Sunday School web pages.
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