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Pycl: Ask God about your unique spiritual identity & decisions you're trying to make!
Possible Younger Class Lesson Ideas for Sunday School from the Christian Science Bible Lesson:

“Soul”
for Sunday, Feb. 14, 2021 (*the afternoon you’re invited to a Zoom video for Middle Schoolers—below*)

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

Pycl #1: Turn away from physique to Spirit to define your identity.
Think about what the synonym Soul means to the students. Do they feel certain about it? I don't think I ever felt very sure about this synonym, just that it usually was associated with creativity, beauty, and happiness. Since then, through reading Mary Baker Eddy's writings more carefully, I've come to see it as being associated with identity. What defines us as man, what defines God's identity? How does Soul help us understand ourselves and God better?

Mary Baker Eddy asks on p. 477 of Science and Health, "What are body and Soul?" And answers her question with this: "Identity is the reflection of Spirit, the reflection in multifarious forms of the living Principle, Love. Soul is the substance, life, and intelligence of man, which is individualized, but not in matter. Soul can never reflect anything inferior to Spirit." And the next paragraph begins: "Man is the expression of Soul." This clearly turns us away from physique to Spirit to define ourselves. But where does that leave us?

Do we find it challenging to describe ourselves when we cannot use any material markers? Maybe this passage will help us prepare for thinking more deeply about Soul as we see how it is defined throughout this lesson. With the younger classes we might not read this passage together, but we would use it in preparation to discuss what makes Soul a special synonym for God that is different from, say, Love, or Truth. If we were to drive to a vacation house that is set in a beautiful location, but we arrive in the dark and cannot see what is around us, we might get up in the morning and open the shades on one side of the house and see majestic mountains. At another window might stretch a lake, yet another, a meadow. The synonyms are a little like that, each one gives us a different view of God; altogether, they give a more complete view of God!

Pycl #2: Work with identity, Soul & mirrors. Find greater freedom, healing, and peace.
Ask the students about reflection. Can a mirror reflect anything that is not in front of that mirror? Maybe check out p. 300:31 to work with the mirror idea. Have the children look in the mirror and make faces at themselves. Then, read, or share in your own words` if it is very young children, this paragraph from Science and Health.

If Soul were "standing" in front of their mirror, would Soul's reflection be anything that was sick, sad, angry, ugly? No! As they saw when they were making faces into their mirrors, the mirror faithfully reflects what is in front of it! Just so, if we are reflections of Soul, we must faithfully act, look, feel, as Soul does. Even when we don't feel that way, we can be sure that as we endeavor to look at ourselves through the lens of Christian Science, or the Science of Christ that Jesus used, we will find greater freedom, healing, and peace.

For children a bit older there is a great passage about mirrors on pp.515-516. At one point it tells us "Call the mirror divine Science, and call man the reflection." I have been really pondering this passage because it is not as simple as the example above where we look in a mirror and it shows us whatever is in front of it. Think about if we had a black eye, for example, we could look in the mirror, and our reflection would have a black eye as well. So, what is this mirror that is "divine Science"? Here she is explaining that there is our mirrored reflection, the one that lifts a weight when we do, and then, we have to compare that man, the "weight lifter" that is standing in front of that mirror, to God, his source, directly. Looking at Principle, man's source, suddenly, the man before the mirror is the reflection and the mirror that best shows us that reflection, that is, most clearly reflects back our identity, is divine Science—not the usual mirror. What then, does divine Science reveal about our nature? What does this lesson on Soul reveal about our nature?

Maybe we can draw a "mirror" labeled divine Science, and list what man looks like in that mirror. Can each student get a few qualities that are truly reflective of Soul? We could add each week to this list. It might be interesting to just really dig into this passage, even though it's not in the lesson. I read it for years without noticing this distinction, maybe others have as well.

Pycl #3: How do we ask God about decisions we're trying to make? How does this look?
The story in Section 3 doesn't hit our Bible lessons very often so this is a great opportunity to read it together. What do the children think of this way of meeting a marriage partner? While it is historically a traditional method that we no longer think is useful, what is still useful about this story as we live our day to day lives? What about the way that Abraham and his servant both prayed and communed with God about making this decision? And Isaac "went out to meditate in the field" in the afternoon the day Rebekah arrived. Should we ask God about decisions that we are trying to make?

Check-out cit. S11, SH p.58:7-12. Mary Baker Eddy gives us three qualities, or ways to approach life that lead "individually and collectively" to "true happiness, strength, and permanence." Aren't these qualities that we want to experience in every walk of life, not just in marriage? So, go through the things that Mary Baker Eddy proclaims to be necessary to experiencing these qualities: "unselfish ambition, noble life-motives, and purity". Together, think about what each of these things means. Why do they lead to collective and individual happiness etc.?

In my CedarS metaphysical this week, I used being a member of a sports team to illustrate how these ideas work for individual and collective happiness. Here is a link if you want to check out that part. https://www.cedarscamps.org/metaphysical/ .

When we ask God about how to proceed during our day what exactly does this mean, how does it look? Maybe practice a minute or so of silence together. Ask questions. Was it hard to listen and be still?
What are we listening for? Are we trying to "hear" something specific?
Or, are we leaving a space for Mind or Soul to fill and guide us, even if it's not in words?
Do we get bored or disinterested if we don't fill the silence? Why?
Do we expect to hear anything?

Pycl #4: Get "directions" or a map to lead in the best way to bless everyone around you & yourself!
The last Pycl leads into the idea of "remembering", which is a big theme in this week's lesson. How do we "remember" God or Soul in our day to day lives? Even the youngest are probably participating in some kind of structured "learning" program, though it may be difficult during this time. When they are at pre-school do they "learn" something new like a game, or color, or cutting with scissors? Do they practice these things? That means we go back to them and get better at them by "remembering" them each time. That is one kind of "remembering". Another kind is when we "remember" to ask God first if we are heading "in the right direction". That can be harder. Think about it like remembering to ask for directions before we head somewhere new! If we forget to ask, we just would wander around and get lost, take a lot of time, struggle, and get frustrated. In the same way, we can think of asking God about each little and big thing we do and briefly listening. Then we will get "directions" that will lead us in the best way to bless everyone around us and ourselves!

[Make a treasure map or] bring a road map (I know, these are totally out of date with Google maps, but they are good for this illustration!) Pick a spot on the map before you give it to them. Tell them to plan a trip to that spot (it should be somewhere they are not familiar with.) They will say they can't do that until they know where they are going. This might make the analogy clearer for them. Then, look at the map together, whether online or in person. Find the place. Design a route. Compare the idea of driving or walking all over the place, in the wrong direction, etc. just trying to find the place by chance, to going directly to the place by the safest, easiest route! How is this like asking God?
Can you share a testimony that illustrates this for them?

Pycl #5: Make some "valentines" for their moms and dads or each other, with spiritual, Soul qualities In light of the love story in Section 3, make some "valentines" for their moms and dads or each other, with spiritual, Soul qualities written on them. [If you are having Zoom Sunday School and know or live near your students’ families, you could call ahead, if you want, to see if they have supplies at home like red paper and a red/pink crayon or marker to do this at home, maybe with some parental help.] If you are in person, you can buy some blank stickers (such as labels), and write Soul qualities on them ahead of time so that the youngest can stick them on a heart themselves if they are not of writing age.

Use some of the ideas that we have talked about in this lesson such as "reflection of beauty", "reflecting obedience", "listening", "purity", "seeing God all around", as well as more common ones like "generous", "kind", "loving", "intelligent", and so on.

Have a great week in Sunday School!

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Who: Current 6th-8th graders. Friends and family members of all ages are welcome!

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