Skip to main content Skip to search Skip to header Skip to footer

Sunday School: Lectures or Discussions?

From the August 1968 issue of The Christian Science Journal

"Sunday School here is routine. Nothing like our class at all. If you ask a question, you are instantly squelched! But it's brightening up. Today was my third Sunday here, and a friend and I opened a new topic and finally had a great discussion."

These comments by a vacationing Christian Science Sunday School pupil in a letter to her teacher could well be used by Sunday School teachers everywhere to evaluate their own teaching. No teacher would have deliberately "squelched" a pupil, but unintentionally a teacher may turn his class into a lecture-type presentation. As a result pupils may sit like statues in Sunday School, when they should be encouraged to explore Christian Science and its application to their experiences.

It is not enough to lecture to a Sunday School class; Mrs. Eddy provided for questions and answers. In her By-Law on Sunday School in the Manual of The Mother Church, after describing the first lessons of the children, she writes, "The next lessons consist of such questions and answers as are adapted to a juvenile class, and may be found in the Christian Science Quarterly Lessons, read in Church services."Man, Art. XX, Sect. 3;

Sign up for unlimited access

You've accessed 1 piece of free Journal content


Subscription aid available

 Try free

No card required

More In This Issue / August 1968


Explore Concord—see where it takes you.

Search the Bible and Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures