Learning about Christian Science is an important part of our children’s early years. Whether we are parents or Sunday School teachers, we have a lasting influence on the lives of those we teach. The transcripts by Vicki Jones Cole and Margaret Marshall are written by two life-long Christian Scientists. They understand the challenges both parents and teachers have in trying to reach the young mind exposed to so much worldliness at such an early age. We can’t begin too soon helping the child to find the right path and follow it. These transcripts will provide the ideas that will help you succeed in the spiritual education so vital to a child’s future. Two experienced Christian Scientists are currently writing for those wanting to teach children at home or in Sunday School.
Vicki Jones Cole is a longtime student of Christian Science, who spent many years teaching Sunday School classes in Virginia and California, as well as twice serving in the capacity of Sunday School superintendent. Although presently a homemaker living in Virginia, Vicki worked in a variety of office and administrative positions in Washington, D.C., at The Mother Church in Boston, and in the entertainment industry in Los Angeles.
Taking note of a decline in attendance at Christian Science Sunday Schools she visited, and a lack in some churches of willing or experienced volunteers to teach classes, combined with the closing of churches in certain communities, Vicki saw a potential need for some Christian Science parents to take over the Sunday School education of their children. By then, she had her own two daughters, whom she taught Bible stories at home on a daily basis. However, her efforts to teach the “first lessons” of Christian Science – the Ten Commandments, the Beatitudes, and the Lord’s Prayer – felt hit-or-miss. She wanted to develop some kind of system or method that would help her cover all these lessons in an orderly and thorough manner – something more than just having her children memorize lines. If such a system could help her family, perhaps it could help other parents who needed to teach their children at home. With her many years of experience in teaching Sunday School, a large library of reference books on the Bible and Christian Science that she inherited from her mother, and her collection of articles from the Christian Science periodicals on both Sunday School teaching and the “first lessons,” Vicki decided to take on this project. It was slow-going, until one morning she was inspired to design a special “clip-and-carry” format for the individual daily lessons that proved to be a useful presentation for the audience she had in mind.
Since the publication of the first volume on the Ten Commandments in 2001, this trilogy of books known as First Lessons in Christian Science, has been well-received by both parents and Sunday School teachers. The lessons appeal to both children and adults who are seeking a deeper understanding of the “first lessons.”
Margaret Marshall is a life-long Christian Scientist. Upon graduating from college with a degree in elementary education, she found herself immediately teaching Sunday School. Her experience in Sunday School eventually included all the classes, pre-kindergarten through the college level. As fellow teachers observed the materials that she generated for her classes, requests were made for copies. It was then that the idea for the Resource Notebook was born. A few years later, when a granddaughter appeared, the Let’s Learn About series came into being. Its purpose was to give children an understanding of the Bible stories in the light of Christian Science. Upon completion of the series, she began to search early Christian Science Sentinels that had articles geared to children. These were articles that showed how children used Christian Science in their daily lives. The outcome was The 100 Story Collection. It contains contemporary stories and engaging illustrations that appeal to the interests of today’s children.