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Church Alive

No Doubt About It, Church Is Alive! 

. . . at least, judging from the numerous inspiring letters and articles the Journal receives every day from individuals all over the world. For example, Puneet Sharma, of India, whose Christian Science Society held one of the many Church Alive Summits inspired by the theme of this year’s Annual Meeting of The Mother Church.  

Turn the page, and you’ll find thought-provoking excerpts from a session at the recent Boston Summit called “Services that Heal: Inspired Reading and Listening,” given by the Readers of The Mother Church. 

Following that are articles—Church in Action—from Puneet and others who are truly witnesses to a revitalized, and yes—alive Church. 

Hymns- 'a lifeline in challenging moments'

From the September 2011 issue of The Christian Science Journal

The students in our Sunday School love to share, especially if it involves a performance. In following the direction in the Church Manual that “the Sabbath School children shall be taught the Scriptures . . .” (p. 62), last year we read the stories of Nehemiah and Joseph and turned them into plays that we performed for the entire church after the Sunday service.

It was amazing how enriching these simple plays were. The Sunday School students beamed at having done good work, the adults cherished the opportunity to witness the progress that the students had been making, and everyone appreciated having a reason to mingle after church and engage with each other.

So when the idea came to me to have the students write their own hymns, I realized that this, too, could be an occasion for the Sunday School and the church to be mutually blessed.

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