DiscoveryBound’s Compass program is a one-year opportunity for Christian Science teens in high school, focused on spiritual exploration and connection with Christian Science peers.
Do you ever try to listen for God’s voice, but you’re not sure if you’re hearing it? Or do you love Christian Science and wish you could discuss it more with your peers? If so, join Compass!
What to Expect
- Three in-person retreats in different locations around the country
- Hour-long web hangouts once a month
- Monthly themes to explore together
SAMPLEs of Teen-selected Topics
- How to talk about CS
- Body image
- Dealing with drugs & alcohol
- Global issues
- Effective prayer
- Moral and spiritual compass
- Great group of friends
- Two awesome adult Guides ready to support you
- Spiritual toolkit that will help you reach out to God and listen for guidance in return
Should you register?
Compass spans one school year and is for Christian Science youth in 10th–12th grades. The registration period opens mid-March for the following school year and closes mid-August. Participants can reapply to attend multiple years, if desired. It’s a group of teens – like you – working together and exploring more about listening to God’s voice!
Meet the 2020-2021 DB Compass Guides
Hi there! My name is Ben Wallingford, and I’m ecstatic to be a Compass guide for this year. I have previously been a NLC mentor and a camp counselor, and am looking forward to this opportunity for yet another way to spend time exploring Christian Science and having some fun adventures with teens.
I grew up outside of Atlanta, then spent 9 years near Washington, DC, before moving to the St. Louis area last fall. For my day job, I am a Security Engineer for a cybersecurity company called CrowdStrike, where I spend my time in the technical weeds, trying to protect the good guys online. In addition to spending time with friends and family, in my free time I like to find new ways to solve problems through technology, explore the outdoors, or wander along backroads on a motorcycle.
I love how the retreats, monthly group calls, and the overall shared group experience of Compass allow teens to firm up their spiritual foundation, and I am thrilled for the opportunity to play a part in that for the coming year. I look forward to exploring with the group the ways that viewing ourselves, others, and the world through Christian Science helps us navigate the questions and situations that face us every day. I can’t wait to meet the teens and make this another great year for Compass!
Hello! I’m Liz Wallingford, and I currently live in the St. Louis area, where I work from home as a staff editor for The Christian Science Monitor’s CS Perspective column, the French Herald of Christian Science, and The Christian Science Journal and Sentinel. Outside of work, my interests include horses, reading, getting outside (running, hiking, biking, etc.), and spending time with family, friends, and my mini dachshund, Milo.
As a former Christian Science camp counselor, I’ve seen firsthand how meaningful it can be to have conversations, friendships, and adventures with peers who have a shared interest in Christian Science. One of my favorite things about Christian Science is how universal it is — whoever you are, wherever you’re from, whatever your background, whatever challenges you may be facing, Christian Science is relevant and applicable. I’m so excited to support Compass participants this year in discovering that for themselves as they develop friendships, navigate high school, and above all, grow spiritually.
– Mary Baker Eddy
Are you currently a Christian Scientist entering the 8th grade or know someone who is? If so, you are invited to learn more about DiscoveryBound’s National Leadership Council program. If you’re interested in year-round teen, adult and family events, DiscoveryBound Outreach is for you!