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[PYCL: Clothe thought in Spirit, every day, to learn to see this as the reality!]
Possible Younger Class Lessons for The Christian Science Bible Lesson on:

Mortals and Immortals
for Sunday, May 17, 2015

by Kerry Jenkins, CS, House Springs, MO (314) 406-0041

Pycl #1: Bring in one of those pictures where there is an illusion and you don’t at first see what the picture is about. After a minute you do see it, or at least another option, and then that’s all you can see. I’m sorry not to attach anything for this, but I’m sure something will come up on the internet! Use this as an analogy for how the mortal picture seems like the only thing, until the immortal becomes more apparent. Then talk about how we can make that immortal, true picture become more and more visible to us, until the mortal lie disappears. Give an example of healing that illustrates this, or use a healing from the Bible, or one of Mrs. Eddy’s from one of the biographies about her. Discuss the idea that we are not dealing, in fact with two kinds of people—one mortal and the other immortal. Rather, there is only the man that God made, the immortal man, and through clothing our thought in Spirit, every day, we are learning to see this as the reality.

Pycl #2: There is so much in this lesson about clothing, from the Golden Text all the way through to citation B13, even in Science and Health clothing is used regularly throughout as an analogy for how our thought can grow into a more spiritual understanding of our being. I would be tempted, if I were teaching a very young class, to talk about this idea and to bring in some dress-up type clothes and costume jewelry, along with crowns and such for them to “put on” alongside some discussion of what it means to put on spiritual “clothing”. How do we “clothe” our thought in God’s goodness, in immortality? What kinds of thoughts are “immortal”? Using the dress-up stuff for the littler kids you could talk about how one “jewel-like” thought might be shutting out any unkind, mean things that we are tempted to think of a person in our class or family. Then they get to put on an article of clothing or a bracelet, etc. For the older kids it can just work w/out the props.

When I looked at the Golden Text I noticed a fun comparison with citation S21 where she says: “The vesture of Life is Truth”. What is vesture? What does that statement mean to them? How does putting on a better understanding of Life (vigor, joy, satisfaction, freedom, flexibility, agelessness, etc.) lead to Truth (reality, integrity, clarity, understanding , etc.). When we put on clothes, they are what cover us, protect us (in some ways, from sun, wind, cold, rain), lend beauty or usefulness to us. Can we think about having thoughts that do this for us?

Pycl #3: Sometimes the mortal existence can look pretty good to us—especially if we are well fed, loved, cared-for and have good friends. There’s nothing wrong with these things, but Jonah’s story tells us that when we are presented with storms it is a great opportunity to put-off the thoughts that resist moving toward God, that just want to “stay in the mortal”. Immortal thoughts are heavenly ones, much better than matter can ever give us. It’s a bit like citation S2 tells us about “blending” thought with the immortal so that we “…no longer grope in the dark and cling to earth because [we] have not tasted heaven.” If there is something in our thought that opposes God (can you come up with a list?), how can we “put it off”? It’s kind of like taking off lousy clothes and trading them in for really great ones!!

Pycl #4: Tell, or have them tell, the story of Jonah. Do they understand that he was asked to do something and refused? Why did he refuse? What does that storm represent? How does stubbornly following our own course (that we think will make us happy—that opposes God) lead to “stormy” experiences? Can you share an example from your own experience that illustrates this? Does it seem like we sometimes need these “stormy” times to make us turn to God, to the immortal picture? (S13)

Pycl #5: We’ve been talking a bit about clothing. Can you illustrate the idea of sewing new cloth as a patch into old, worn-out fabric? You may have some examples of something really worn-out in your own wardrobe that you could illustrate this with, even with needle and thread. Also you can talk about how new wine is like soda pop in a bottle as it ferments it produces gases that put pressure on the container. If the container is weak (already used before) it may explode! In the same way we don’t try to fit our spiritual understanding of God and man into a material framework. We don’t try to make matter and Spirit “get along” somehow. Instead we work to take our newfound understanding of God that we get every single day, and put it to use, practice it in our lives. This is the step-by-step way that we walk “out” of a mortal sense of being and into the true, immortal sense of ourselves and God’s children.

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