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A Belfast Treasure

From the December 2009 issue of The Christian Science Journal

Our Sunday School in Belfast may be modest in size, but it's a very happy one.

We have always included the youngest of the children—babies from birth—in their own class in the Sunday School room. The teacher reads, sings, and prays with the children in accordance with the spirit of Mrs. Eddy's spiritual definition of children as "the spiritual thoughts and representatives of Life, Truth, and Love" (Science and Health, p. 582).

Toys and playing are included in the infant class, but the teacher focuses on affirming that every child is the precious and loved child of God, created in His image. There is no sense of separation from the older classes as all classes come together for singing, and for The Lord's Prayer at the opening of Sunday School.