Have you ever been asked to teach the youngest Sunday School class at your branch Church of Christ, Scientist?
Often, in deciding whether to accept such an appointment, you perhaps categorize your relationship to the children at church in terms of your present personal circumstances. For instance, do you think of yourself as a person out of touch with youngsters and therefore unqualified to do the job?—an "empty nester" with grown children, who has already "served enough time" with little ones?—a young parent surrounded by small children, who at least deserves to delegate their care at church to someone else?
Students of Christian Science must be alert to reject these and other stereotypes, for it is not hard to see that tacit acceptance of them would leave the youngest Sunday School class without a teacher! Instead, by addressing the issue prayerfully and viewing it from a spiritual standpoint, one can gain a deeper understanding of the place and importance of youngsters in church.