Institutional Committee Meeting Notes on: How do I stay Inspired?

Institutional Committee Workers Meeting
at Annual Meeting 2018


Discussion Notes for top 3 questions submitted

Question 1:

How to remain inspired, even when there doesn’t seem to be any
progress, no one is interested in meeting with a chaplain, or prison authorities are
resistant to CS ministry. And we’d love to hear about maintaining relationships
with institutions through our own workers’ turnover!

-Remember chaplain who sat outside prison gate for 1.5 years
-seen administrative resistance healed; reach out to head chaplains at prison; help them
understand that CS is a Christian religion; go in with open hearts; bring periodical article
-sometimes delay gives time to resolve things and open path for Pastor to have impact
-Interfaith chaplain did not want CS in prison; volunteers went every week and sat
outside jail and read Bible Lesson to the jail; volunteers made efforts to maintain good
relations with prison chaplain; got support from inmates; eventually difficult prison
chaplain was replaced; work of CS chaplains acknowledged by prison admin and
inmates
-one branch church has members write to inmates; share metaphysical ideas with them
-“Corresponding Chaplains” in CA; has brought many into institutional work; could
include SS students as well; Telmate system for communicating with inmates


Question 2:

Are there options for more comprehensive training before
volunteering at institutions? So far I have heard of training by the facility one is
serving at, but not much from the church – either The Mother Church or branch
churches. We obviously base our ministry on Christian Science, but additional
information and training from a CS perspective would be helpful as well. Any
advice to “newbies”.
-take interested members into prison as observers first;
-have group and individual training of new volunteers
-assess potential volunteers: accompany new volunteers before they begin work
themselves
-one group wrote detailed handbook for new volunteers;
-mentor over Skype; hold workshops for new volunteers;
-go into prison with love; look for spiritual growth of inmates; listen for God’s guidance;
-remember that Christ has gone in before you; Mind will guide you in what to say; you
are not going in alone;
-don’t get pulled in by argument of fatigue; the good work gives fresh energy
-remember the Pastor speaks to all; with motive to bless, we will be lead to find in the
Pastor what will speak to the situation; Pastor a complete preparation for this work;
everything you will need you will find in our Pastor;

Question 3:

How can we help discharged prisoners find their feet and continue
with Christian Science? Is giving money to them an appropriate step? If money
is appropriate, how to do it in a way that makes it so that provision is not taken
advantage of?
-Be proactive! Let soon-to-be-released inmates know of existence of our churches and
services
-help inmates understand true, spiritual source of supply; same source of employment;
prison rules may forbid giving money to released inmates(?)
-lightinprison.org website has ideas someone said
-let churches in area know ahead if an inmate is about to be released in their community
-big need for released inmates is finding employment; perhaps write recommendation for
them; be wise and cautious in giving money; give for specific purpose; if you wish to give
a loan be discerning

The Leaves Presents: International Christian Science Nursing Days

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This event will be held at:

The Leaves
1230 Spring Valley Road
Richardson, Tx  75080

For more information Go to:http://www.theleaves.org/

 

The Leaves offers a unique haven for Christian Scientists to receive the help that is needed in a physically demanding situation such as bandaging a wound, help with mobility, or overall loving care when one can’t care for themselves. It’s a place where physical demands can be taken care of with loving and prayerful support of the Christian Science nurses and staff, while the Christian Scientist concentrates on prayer for healing.

The Leaves also offers Christian Scientist progressive residential living and opportunities for rest, study, and renewal in a vibrant atmosphere that is supportive of spiritual healing.

View the Annual Meeting of the Mother Church Live at the Reading Room

The New reading room location is the perfect place to watch the Annual Meeting of the First Church Of Christ, Scientists in Boston, MA –  LIVE.

4347 West Northwest Highway Suite 150
Dallas, Tx 75220

12:00 PM

The Annual Meeting, is a time to review the progress of the Christian Science Movement and to share successes around the world in meeting the needs of Mankind.  It is an inspiring event.

This will be the first Annual meeting viewing party to be held in our new space.  We would love for you to come and join us.

DiscoveryBound Compass: Program Orients Teens Toward God

From Questions to Clarity

Unsure about the truth of Christian Science, a teen navigating the Compass program emerges with a clear message: to be a healer.

“Why do bad things happen?”

“If doctors work, why don’t we use them?”

These were the questions Kaitlyn, a lifelong Sunday School student, was asking last summer.  The high school junior had reached a level of total disinterest in Christian Science and didn’t want to go to church any more.

Her mom, who had participated in programs at the A/U Ranches as a child and knew about Discovery Bound (DB), wanted Kaitlyn and her younger sister to experience the CS community as teenagers, so she encouraged them to sign up the the DB Outreach Nation Annual weekend in San Diego, CA over Labor Day.

“The weekend looked like tons of fun – the beach, the aquarium, sea lions, amazing lectures,” Kaitlyn says.  “Little did I know what I would get out of the life-changing experience.”

Although it was her first DB Outreach weekend and she knew only a few people on the trip, Kaitlyn felt instantly welcomed by the group. “You could feel the love and good vibes just radiating from everyone the second you walked in,” she recalls.

The feeling of community bloomed into a full sense of belonging when, during the weekend, she learned about DB’s one-year Compass program for 10th- to 12th-graders.  “The second we got home, I practically ran inside to register,” Kaitly says.  “I truly believe it was God saying ‘Go! Do this! You belong here!’

That weekend, I was the happiest I had been in a long time, she continues, “It was smiles and laughs for 72 straight hours.  It was the first time I had been aware of God’s presence and how He can make you feel – like your’re flying while keeping you so grounded.”

Between San Diego and the second Compass retreat in January in Colorado, Kaitlyn continued to sort through her questions about Christian Science.  She wanted a career helping people, like a therapist, but felt it conflicted with Christian Science.  Her commitment to Compass kept her practicing CS, although she resolved to stop when she turned 18 to study psychology.

As the second retreat approached, Kaitlyn says, “I was absolutely exploding with questions.  I knew they’d be answered but I just didn’t know how.”

The weekend kicked off with a talk by the event’s CS ( Christian Science) practitioner, Kathleen Moyer, and Kaitlyn says, “I was shocked to see that 11 other teenagers had the exact same questions that I did!”  The Q&A went on for more than two hours.  The same thing happened the next night.

Then, the following afternoon, everything changed.  “I got this very apparent angel message that I am meant to be a practitioner,” she says.  She told Kathleen, who shared that, growing up, she loved helping people and, through a series of angel messages and life events, felt clearly led to a career as a CS practitioner. “it just clicked,” Kaitlyn says, “The birds started singing, the rainbow shot across the sky, fish jumped in the pond, and flowers bloomed like it was finally summer after a freezing winter.”

Earlier in the week, we talked about that ‘gut feeling’ and how that is God communicating with you” Kaitlyn continues. “Every time I think about being a practitioner, I get that feeling.  I just know its’s what I’m meant to do.”

 

For the rest of the story go to:   http://adventureunlimited.org/harvest=songs

 

DiscoveryBound: National Annual Weekend: Boston

“Eternal Truth is changing the universe.”
Science & Health, 255

Join us in Boston for this very special, fun and inspiring National Annual Weekend!

Teens will be joining The Mother Church’s biennial College Summit for a day of talks and activities, exploring the sights and sounds of Boston, and having lunch at Longyear Museum. Adults will be touring The Mother Church (TMC) and Mapparium, exploring the city of Boston, and visiting a couple of Mrs. Eddy’s homes with Longyear Museum. Everyone will be staying in the air-conditioned dorms at Boston University and enjoying a Saturday evening cruise in Boston Harbor.

 

This event has two tracks – one for teens and another for adults. We hope to see you there!

Who

  • Teens: 8th-12th grade (Fall 2018 school year) Christian Scientists and your friends of all faiths.
  • Adults: DB Volunteers and adults interested in DB.

Cost

Early Registration
April 2-June 15
Registration
June 16-July 30
Teens $240 $270
Adults $395 $425

 

Registration and travel financial aid is available for teen participants.

Don’t miss out on this great weekend! Click below to check out the weekend’s activities, and sign up today!

https://www.discoverybound.org/programs/outreach/outreach-events/national-annual-events/

See Christiansciencedallas.com for an inspiring article about Discovery Bound.

DiscoveryBound News

National Annual Weekend

Registration Open – Teens and adults join us for an exciting and inspiring trip to Boston, The Mother Church and much more. August 9-12 we’ll explore the city and teens will join a day of TMC’s College Summit!  To Register: https://www.discoverybound.org/programs/outreach/outreach-events/national-annual-events/

 

Registration Launch

Registration for the 2018-2019 Compass group is now open! Teens in 10th-12th grades (NEXT school year) are eligible to join this supportive peer group for a year of fun, enriching retreats and web hangouts.

Register: https://www.discoverybound.org/programs/compass/compass-register/

Teen Spring Weekends

Two choices: Santa Monica or Atlanta! Which city would you like to visit? Registration is now open, so sign up before the event fills up. We look forward to seeing you there!

 

Santa Monica Event Register: https://www.discoverybound.org/event/db-outreach-save-date-teen-spring-weekend-santa-monica-ca/?instance_id=824

Atlanta Event Register: https://www.discoverybound.org/event/db-outreach-save-date-teen-spring-weekend-atlanta-ga/?instance_id=825

20’s and 30’s News: ____________________________________________________________________________________________________

Boston Registration Open

Explore Boston, TMC, Longyear & More!

Join us for an exciting and inspiring trip to Boston and The Mother Church. We will explore Boston, Mrs. Eddy’s houses and more! Learn More

 

Compass Guides Wanted

Supporting + Serving = Satsifying

Help 10th-, 11th- and 12th-graders develop their moral and spiritual compass in this one-year program. Learn More

Alumni Service Trip

More to come…

Stay tuned for more information about the fourth annual NLC Alumni Service Trip to Boston! Learn More

 

Plan a Weekend

We’ll help you fund it!

Want to share a place or activity you love and have an amazing,inspiring weekend with 20 other Christian Scientists and their friends of all faiths? If yes, we’ll help you plan and pay you $500. Contact DB

 

Family and Adult News:

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Jetty Park Family Weekend

Cape Canaveral, FL | April 13-15

Florida DB Chapters are hosting a 2-night/3-day campout w/ optional kayaking among manatees! Join us for any part of the weekend. Learn More

Become an NLC Class Leader

Help teens grow and serve

Learn how to join this dynamic program and support the growth of CS teens during their high school years. Learn More

National Annual Weekend

Boston, MA | Aug 9-12

Registration Open – Explore Boston, The Mother Church, The Longyear Museum & More! Learn More

Want to support DB?

Become a DB Ambassador

Check out what our DB Ambassadors do in their own communities to spread the word about DiscoveryBound. Learn More

 

Santa Monica Teen Spring Weekend

April 27-29

Register now before the event fills up! We’ll spend time hanging at the beach and the Santa Monica Pier. Don’t wait to sign up! Learn More

Atlanta Teen Spring Weekend

April 27-29

Registration is open, so sign up now! We’ll stay at Stone Mountain, do an easy hike with great views, summit skyride, BBQ, evening lasershow and Atlanta! See you there. Learn More

Compass Registration

Now open!

Registration for the 2018-2019 Compass group is open for current 9th- to 11th-graders! Learn More

All Class Retreat 2019

Elsah, IL | January 18-21, 2019

Mark your calendars for the 2019 All Class Retreat – new dates and new location! Learn More

National Annual Weekend

Boston, MA | August 9-12

Registration Now Open – Explore Boston, The Mother Church, The Longyear Museum & More! Learn More

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Discovering your Spirituality…. Experiencing The Kingdom of Heaven Now!

Free Public Talk on Christian Science: Experiencing Heaven Now! by Mary Bothwell

 

 

Free Public Talk on Christian Science

Learn how to recognize the presence of the Kingdom of Heaven! Join Mary Bothwell, a practitioner of Christian Science healing and a member of the Christian Science Board of Lectureship in this free talk.

Sunday April 22  at 2:30 PM

Courtyard by Marriott
7424 S. Broadway
Tyler Tx

( Across from the Carmike 14 Theater)

Welcome to our healing church!