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Getting to know the Church of Christ, Scientist


From the February 1991 issue of The Christian Science Journal

Christian Scientists view "Church" as far more than a static building, a place to rehearse denominational beliefs, or even a group of like-minded people. Rather, Church is regarded as a dynamic force for good in the lives of individuals throughout the world. The true meaning of Church extends far beyond a denominational doctrine. Mary Baker Eddy states in "Historical Sketch" in the Manual of The Mother Church: "The First Church of Christ, Scientist, in Boston, Mass., is designed to be built on the Rock, Christ; even the understanding and demonstration of divine Truth, Life, and Love, healing and saving the world from sin and death; thus to reflect in some degree the Church Universal and Triumphant."

In 1895, Mrs. Eddy spoke of "What we can do for the children" and called upon her followers to form Sunday Schools wherever there was a branch church. Sunday Schools present the opportunity for spiritual exploration, a place where young people can discover their natural closeness to God.

Christian Science Sunday Schools offer young people up to the age of twenty a dependable spiritual foundation geared to strengthening their moral and ethical values. This education is based on the Bible, with specific attention given to the Ten Commandments and the Sermon on the Mount. Emphasis is always placed on giving the student better insights into the practical teachings of the Bible. Students and teachers in the older classes build on this early instruction through questions and answers based on the Bible Lessons outlined in the Christian Science Quarterly.