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PCYL: Use our key to fix Adam-think! Show our image is always companioned by our creator!
Possible Younger Class Lesson Ideas for Sunday School from the Christian Science Bible Lesson:

“Adam and Fallen Man”
for Sunday, November 8, 2020

by Kerry Jenkins, CS, of House Springs, MO
kerry.helen.jenkins@gmail.com • 314-406-0041

Pycl #1: Correct the Adam-think of getting stuck in perfectionism & blame gaming for mistake-making. Create some context for this subject by discussing the two creation stories. How are they different? Is anything the same in their accounts the same? Why do the students think there are two accounts? Consider, even with the younger students, does each account give us a complete view of creation? Why or why not? Are there two creations? Did God make two creations, one spiritual and one material?

If there is only one, complete, perfect spiritual creation, how do we confront the lies of material sense? It might work here to look at the story in Section 6 where Paul raises Eutychus from death after he becomes a “fallen from the loft man”. There are a few things to consider here. One is the thought that Paul was not "raising him from death", but was acknowledging the supremacy of God's true spiritual creation that is exempt from accident and death. I also think it is helpful to mention the detail that Paul was only in that town for one night, so he was speaking through the night! Eutychus obviously wanted to hear what Paul was saying or he wouldn't have been there.

Have you ever made a mistake and gotten stuck on thinking about how it is "your fault" and you don't "deserve" such and such…? This is Adam thinking! It says that we are sinners, mistake makers, and that punishment is what we deserve when we fall from human perfection. Paul obviously did not acknowledge any sense of "fault" or mistake on Eutychus' part, but only his spiritual completeness.

You may want to take a short minute to address the definition of "perfect" as meaning whole or complete and not human "perfectionism". There is no such thing as being humanly "perfect"! And this is not something we should strive for, either! If we think of ourselves as living on a material level, we can get very confused about what appear to be our shortcomings, problems, or just any ugliness that we see around us.

Pycl #2: Consider the term to "fall asleep." Have little ones act out this & awaking to reality.
This might be a fun way to address the idea of "fallen" man. Technically, "fallen" refers to the fact that Adam and Eve ate the forbidden fruit and were kicked out of Paradise—fallen from their state of being favored, provided for, etc.

But, I like the idea that when we are sleeping we are not "awake" to reality, we are not alert to the dream state of unreality that we are heading into or engaged in. Dreams are a good analogy for the difference between God's true spiritual creation and the false material counterfeit of creation that sometimes appears to us.

Pycl #3: Bring a cardboard "key of divine Science" to reopen the "gates of Paradise” S31/171
In citation S31 (SH p.171:4) Mary Baker Eddy refers to how we can reopen the "gates of paradise" with the "key of divine Science". Bring a big cardboard key, or send the kids a template to cut out their own, even if it is on paper. Together think about what we need to discern/understand in order to experience that kingdom within, the true creation.

Maybe you could write the qualities or the "spiritual opposites" on these keys. What are some spiritual opposites of materiality? Perhaps we can get some clarity about how much this has to do with our motives and whether we are perceiving the beauty around us that is constantly reflecting Soul/God.

For example, we can experience the kingdom in a great soccer match where our goal is to express grace, sportsmanship, love, energy, strength, endurance, rather than for personal glory, or solely to win. While this may appear to be the same game, motives make all the difference. One player can experience a completely different game from another, depending on their motives for playing. Share together some other examples of how daily life can be a heavenly experience when it is done right!

Pycl #4: Use a mirror to show that as image we must always be companioned by our creator!
As I mention this week in my Metaphysical application ideas on the CedarS website, I have really been enjoying the idea developed in this lesson concerning reflection. In the first Genesis creation man is image/likeness. This brings to mind a mirror and reflection. So, have a mirror handy. Hold it up and show them that it only can reflect what is right in front of it. It cannot reflect a bush by their front door, unless the mirror is right by that bush.

In the same way, our first, spiritual, creation is all about unity with its creator. After all, it is image/likeness. It cannot walk off on its own, but must be companioned by its creator! Wherever we go, we are with God, inseparable from our Maker. This is how we can tell if we are participating in the dream, or Adam version. When we feel joy, peace, freedom, we are reflecting God. When we feel curiosity, interest, enthusiasm, beauty, health, and so on—this is all from God who is one with us in our kingdom within!

Pycl #5: Keep all your descriptions in the genuine (not fake) selfhood category of what is “good and true!” Look together at citation S2/SH 294:25. If our "genuine selfhood is recognizable only in what is good and true", can we describe ourselves or one another without using any terms that don't belong in that category of "good and true"?

With the slightly older classes you may be able to engage them on what they perceive as their "weaknesses". How can we look to this passage to see our completeness? It is okay to have some things that you don't really enjoy [or have “yet come to appreciate.”]

We do not all have to be "great" at everything. But, we should not feel we are lacking or needing to gain something that we were not given as our birthright. This does not mean that we don't work to improve skills. Practicing a sport, or art, is the way we unfold to ourselves the qualities of skill, grace, strength, beauty, and so on. Persistence, for example, is a quality that exemplifies the "good and true"! It goes without saying that our descriptions of ourselves or of others will not include physical characteristics such as eye color, hair, and so on.

Have a great week in Sunday School!

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