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Class instruction—a happy beginning without ending

From the May 1990 issue of The Christian Science Journal

The official name is Primary class instruction. And primary means "first in time or order of development." The development of ideas that begins in Christian Science class instruction never stops. This spiritual unfoldment continues to grow in meaning and practicality. And the relationship with the teacher and others taught by that teacher grows in its value to pupils and to their world.

The lessons in Primary class instruction involve far more than anyone might anticipate. Because they probe such questions as "What is God?" "Is there more than one God or Principle?" "What is intelligence?" "Is there no sin?" These questions are from the chapter for the classroom, "Recapitulation," in Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mrs. Eddy. and twenty other basic life-discovery subjects, the lessons provoke more questions than answers. They demand more than book learning and lead to things never thought before.

While class instruction draws from our deepest being, it turns us outward, not inward. Progress in spiritual attainments enables class-taught Christian Scientists collectively and individually to do more to help their world. A teacher's or a pupil's increased spiritual perception embraces the association of students and heightens the effectiveness of each member.

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