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What I’m learning from teaching teens in Sunday School

From the January 2019 issue of The Christian Science Journal

I teach a Sunday School class for teenagers. In the fall of 2017, the class became very challenging. The pupils felt that they knew all the Bible stories and that Christian Science was making no sense to them. In a nutshell, they felt that the only explanation of the world is that it is essentially made of atoms, leaving no room for God, Spirit. 

Not only did it seem that they had no interest in teachings about God and the Bible, but the class became very disruptive. The pupils felt the only reason they attended Sunday School was because their parents made them.

So in preparing for the class each week, I prayed, knowing that it was not my responsibility to convince the children of the truth, as they already are the complete expression of God, Truth, and are naturally receptive to God. This verse from Isaiah was enlightening: “And all thy children shall be taught of the Lord; and great shall be the peace of thy children” (54:13). I also informed the Sunday School superintendent and the other Sunday School teachers of the situation with my students and asked them for their prayerful support. They, in turn, shared spiritual ideas and articles from the Christian Science periodicals with me, which were very helpful. 

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