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PYCLs–Possible Younger Class Lessons for The Christian Science Bible Lesson on:

“Soul”

for Sunday, February 15, 2015

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

pycl #1: Bring in a magnifying glass and talk about what it means to “magnify” something. We think of this word as “praise” in the Bible, but the fact that a magnifying glass makes things bigger is also a wonderful extension of praise. Think about how God gets “bigger” in our thought when we are grateful to Him and praising Him. Does His “bigness” push everything that’s a lie out of our thought? What things do we want to make “bigger” in our experience? What things would we rather push out by making good so much more magnified? Isn’t it cool to think in terms of “making” good or God so “big” that error gets squeezed out, rather than trying to “get rid” of error? In one circumstance error disappears in the presence of God, in another, we are engaged in a “battle” against error, rather than dwelling on God! Have the kids look at a few interesting items (you can bring ones in that are more interesting to look at) so that they can see the detail in each thing that they never notice with just looking at them. Then you can talk about the detail that knowing God as Soul brings out. What are qualities of Soul that we see through making God a bigger part of our thought.

pycl #2: What are the qualities of Soul? What makes Soul a different synonym from Spirit? For ideas on these qualities look at the story of Ruth. Retell it in your own words or have the kids tell you the story if they know it. What qualities did Ruth express that made her a good figure to look at for this subject? What qualities did Boaz express? What qualities of Soul do we possess? Can you write some of them down? Make a paper chain, each link is labeled “affection”, but the tape or staple holding it together is the “weld” that represents qualities of Soul. Mrs. Eddy refers to this as “The beautiful in character….” S16. You could get some colorful masking tape and a Sharpee pen to mark these “indissoluble” welds that hold affection together. You can even cut the tape pieces in the shape of a heart:-) (I see these colorful tapes at a lot of stores now: Target, Walmart and office supply places, as well as craft stores). If the kids don’t know about welding, you may want to explain that detail before you get into this exercise. Then you can think together about why these qualities keep affection/love for one another linked together and strong. How might these qualities help our friendships? Here are some qualities you can think about and hopefully they will have some great ideas too: purity, kindness, unselfishness, honesty, joy, compassion..etc.

pycl #3: Understanding that we have lots of good in our lives, an abundance of all things that we need, is something that kids care about too. They may have less fear about issues of supply and demand, but they do think about wanting more of what they love to have: kindness, friendship, love, humor, excitement, even things… Section 2 has a nice focus on the ways in which God supplies our needs, giving us prosperity, and “full reward” (B6 and B9). Soul is expressing Himself as each of us (S7), and so we feel satisfied and “recompensed” by expressing Soul-qualities. When we feel we have “enough” or more than that, we feel freer to share and bless mankind, as Ruth and Boaz and Jesus demonstrate in this week’s lesson. We can even think about this in terms of healing sickness. When we are full of Soul and expressing Soul no matter what (remember that Ruth had nothing when she got to Israel. She had no home, no job, no husband.) But this seeming lack didn’t prevent her from expressing the fullness of Soul! Can we do the same when we feel sick, or sad and express those qualities of joy, trust etc.? If we do, we can surely expect to see that abundance in our experience, just as Ruth did. Soul fulfills us!

pycl #4: In section 5 we have another passage about magnifying. Citation B18 mentions magnifying His “law”. Jesus was the best at this. He made the law of Soul visible to man in ways that few have duplicated! But he also gave us the example to follow and Mrs. Eddy explained the rules for these healing laws. Human law said that no one could touch a leper, and that lepers couldn’t mingle with the general population (see section 4). People were very afraid of getting leprosy and these outcasts felt unworthy and dirty. Jesus set all those human laws aside and touched that leper who humbly asked him for healing. Jesus expressed the fearlessness of Soul’s government by reaching out with Love to that man, and this love healed the leper. In the same way, Jesus heals the blind man in section 5. The disciples are asking questions about human law, and Jesus turns away from these explanations—what we would call today, heredity. He declares that “the works of God should be made manifest in him” (B20), that is, the laws of God/Soul, not matter, are the true laws governing man. Mrs. Eddy reiterates this in citation S24 saying: “…nothing inharmonious can enter being…”. This is Soul’s government! Maybe you could come up together with laws of Soul, how do they free us (see section 1). What are some laws of Soul? How do we obey them each day? Are there human laws that seem like they interfere? If so, how do Soul’s laws trump them?

Have a great Sunday!

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