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PYCL– Like Jesus let’s “be about” our “Father’s business” (Luke 2:49) “to heal” brokenness (Luke 4:18) and to share wholeness and love for every member of our family and of God’s. (#1)
Possible Younger Class Lesson ideas for the Christian Science Quarterly Bible Lesson on

“Christ Jesus”
for Sunday, December 24
, 2023

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


PYCL #1: Dwell on and follow this amazing business man — always about our “Father’s business.” (cit. B5/Luke 2:40-52)

It is always fun to dwell on this amazing man.  He can be simply the centerpiece of Sunday School this week in almost any way you want. You could have the little ones dramatize his birth, similarly to the Nativity plays in other churches. You may have to make up some simple animal costumes and angel ones, as well as shepherds and wise men/kings. But I don’t think they need to be elaborate at all. Maybe bring a doll or a bundle of cloth to play the role of baby Jesus.

You can think together about what gifts the Wise men brought and what they represented. What “gifts” do we each bring to the humble iteration of Christ today?  (Responsive Reading/Matthew 2:1-11)

In order to make it meaningful, tell the story together, see how much the little ones know of the story. Talk about how hard it might have been to travel while very close to giving birth.

What about the Wise men, who were they, how did they know about Jesus, where did they come from, how far did they travel (look on a map). (Responsive Reading/Matthew 2:1-11)

Talk about all the people who were aware that he was coming and people in the Bible lesson like Simeon, who was waiting for Jesus to arrive and recognized him when his mom and dad brought the baby Jesus into the temple. (cit. B2/Luke 2:25-33)
What does it tell us that Simeon recognized Jesus as the Messiah when he entered the temple?
How did Simeon know who he was?

Talk about the story of Jesus staying behind in Jerusalem after the feast to visit with the Church elders.  (cit. B5/Luke 2:40-52)
What must it have been like for Mary and Joseph to travel a whole day assuming Jesus was with the large family, then to travel back a whole day, then to look for him for a day…would your mom and dad be worried if that happened to you?
Why did Jesus treat the whole thing so casually?
Should we understand, from learning of this story, that we each have a vital mission and need to “be about our Father’s business” today[Jesus said in Luke 4:18 that God “sent me to heal the brokenhearted…” During this vacation how can you like Jesus help heal any brokenness, or broken relationships, you see? And to “preach  good news…”  or to share wholeness and love for every member of our family and of God’s…] 


PYCL #2:  Give each child a paper star

There is so much light in this lesson.It starts with the star that the Wise men followed. What might that light represent? Older children can understand symbolism, but with the little ones you can explain it.

Give each child a paper star to color yellow, (or bring some in–you can cover card stock with foil and write on it with sharpie markers if you want to be fancy).
Write down the qualities that the Christ expresses on each star for them to bring home. If it turns out pretty you could poke a hole in it and hang it for them, either in the classroom, or they can bring it home for their tree, or their room.
Emphasize the fact that this light is for always, not just for Christmas.
We can always follow that “star” of Christ light!


PYCL #3: Remind them that Jesus told us that if we know the truth, that the truth will set us free. (John 8:32)

Why is the Christ associated with Truth, the synonym for God? Does Christ or Truth belong to one era?

Mary Baker Eddy says in citation S5/54:8-10 “All must sooner or later plant themselves in Christ, the true idea of God.” The “true idea of God” is Christ. In many other places she tells us that man is the idea of God…(for example, on p. 29:30-32 of SH, where man is referred to in this way, only as the idea of Spirit– another name for God.). So, if Christ is the “true idea of God” and man is also the idea of God/Spirit, then knowing the truth about this “sets us free” to demonstrate that sin and disease are powerless because we understand our true origin as God’s offspring!
We see that we have a direct relationship to God as it tells us in Galatians 3:26/cit. B4.


PYCL #4: “You’re blessed when you’re content with just who you are–no more, no less…”  cit. B16/Matthew 5:5 (The Message)

I love to think about the humility of Jesus, the stable in which he was born, the humble nature of being born to a girl of no notoriety, the lack of recognition except by foreigners and shepherds and a handful of others! In Section 3 we have the Beatitude “Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth.” Matthew 5:5. In Eugene Peterson’s Message interpretation of the Bible he gives this version, which is so useful in terms of recognizing that humility must come with a proper sense of self that is neither inflated, nor down trodden.
“You’re blessed when you’re content with just who you are–no more, no less. That’s the moment you find yourselves proud owners of everything that can’t be bought.”

There is no false humility here, but an assessment of our true identity as ideas of Spirit!


PYCL #5: Look at the “recipe” for “true happiness” in citation S25/337:7-10. What is it? Discuss!

So, what does it mean to harmonize with Principle–with divine Love? What does it mean to be “in accord with the Father, in conformity with Christ”? Write up a recipe for each of the students as you come up with what we need to do and think in order to find this true happiness she talks about. Have the children pretend to “mix” the qualities, to “crack an “egg”” of leavened thought into the mixture, the sweetness/sugar of love/generosity/kindness/care, and so on. You can bring in a mixing bowl and wooden spoon for them to pretend with if you want. Come up with a variety of ingredients that could be used to interpret spiritually. There could be a real variety including butter for richness, blueberries, or chocolate chips, whatever they suggest.


Happy Christmas and have a great week in Sunday School!

 

 

 

 

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