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 [PYCL: Be an angel! Resolve things into thoughts!  Roll out the red carpet for Christ! (4, 5)]
CedarS PYCLs–Possible Younger Class Lessons for The Christian Science Bible Lesson on:

Is the Universe, Including Man, Evolved by Atomic Force?

Sunday, December 21, 2014

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

[Italized brackets added by Warren Huff, PCYL editor & a CedarS director.]

 [PYCL 1]
What is atomic force?  My seven-year-old immediately talked about atomic bombs—great.  So we thought together about what this lesson is getting at.  I wonder if we might want to look at some of the great laws contained in the Bible this week and use them as a basis for this discussion.  Why might the Ten Commandments, for example, help us understand better the kind of spiritual law that undergirds our existence, keeps us safe, well, productive, and so on?  What do these Commandments have to do with the formation and continued development of the universe?  What kind of development do they encourage (see Section 4, citations S19 and S23). Why do they encourage spiritual development?  Similarly you could work in the same way with the Beatitudes.  I imagine the Sunday School students can always use a refresher on these important centerpieces of the Bible.  It's so fascinating to compare atomic force with ideas that include loving God, loving our neighbor, being humble or merciful.  These seem like quiet or gentle actions, how are they powerful and how do they show God's magnificence?  How are these laws different from human laws?  Does God ever change His laws?  Why or why not?  How about human laws?

 [PYCL 2]
I like the idea of continuing on with discussing laws.  What laws were overcome with the conception of John and Jesus?  What did John know about Jesus?  What did Elisabeth recognize when her cousin came to visit?  Why did material laws need to be out of the picture for these two men to come together here?  Did God “set aside” these laws so that they could be born? (S24).  Does God ever “set aside” laws for us, or to benefit us?  What is really happening when we pray?  Are we asking God to do something that doesn't fit with His harmonious and good kingdom?  This point is often misunderstood!

 [PYCL 3]
What is the Holy Ghost?  Do some extra research here and have some fun with recognizing where the Bible refers to the presence of the Holy Ghost.  Obviously here in this lesson we have it in the message Mary received from the angel concerning Jesus' coming.  What about the day of Pentecost?  What made that “the development of eternal Life, Truth, and Love.”?  How can we bear witness to the Holy Ghost in our everyday lives?  Can you share examples from your experience?  Maybe then you can see if they can share any times in their lives where they felt the presence of the Holy Ghost but maybe didn't realize that that was what it was?  Spiritual development is the true counter-fact of material creation or development.  How does it differ?  How can we see this true development more clearly and be able to dismiss any impostor? (S23).  With the littler kids, do they think of ghosts when we say Holy Ghost?  What is the difference?

Thanks to my 7 –year-old, again…) Can anyone feel the presence of this Holy Ghost?  Is it different than the presence of an angel?

 [PYCL 4: Be an angel and train metaphysicians to resolve "things into thoughts"!]
Why did an angel deliver the message to both Elisabeth and to Mary?  Was it the same angel?  What was this angel?  Do we get to “see” angels today?  Why are angels so much a part of the Christmas story… think about the Shepherds in the field on the night of Jesus' birth.  What convinced the Wise men to follow the star, and not to go back to Herod to tell him of Jesus?  What does Mrs. Eddy say are her angels? (S16, 299:7-11)  I love this passage!  Sometimes we have these really precious hopes that are not truly from Spirit.  Maybe they seem elevated, but need to find their roots in spiritual law and not material beauty or loveliness.  Maybe they need to move from a wonderful, human sentiment to deep spiritual love.  I think we can talk with even the little ones about how these desires are “buried” in some “sepulcher”.  What is a sepulcher?  (A tomb or burial place).  Do we find spiritual Life or spiritual ideas in a tomb, or is that where we bury matter?  You can take this to any level really [as one of those “angels… exalted thoughts… pointing upward… to higher ideals and… joys”].  If their fondest hope is a really great Lego set for Christmas—(nothing wrong with Legos!), what could we turn that hope into?  How can we “exalt” that thought?  What kinds of things can we hope for that are really full of Life, Truth and Love?  You could have slips of paper, one side would have a “thing” on it, the other side you can come up together with a “thought” that is represented by that “thing”.  If we take Legos, for example, they might represent integrity, intelligence, creativity, beauty, patience, persistence, etc.  These are very real and tangible ideas that they will understand if you are helping them see what it takes to build with these things.  You will find what “things” are important to your class!  Then, you can tie it back into the subject of this week's lesson by thinking about how the universe of Spirit is a tangible and permanent idea, as is the man that “peoples” it.  [With this activity you will help train yourself and each student (or camper) as an angel metaphysician, a student of “Metaphysics (that) resolves things into thoughts, and exchanges the objects of sense for the ideas of Soul.” (S&H 269:14)]

 [PYCL 5: Help them to be like John, to "roll out the red carpet" for Christ-thoughts!]
John the Baptist had the “job” of preparing people to receive Jesus.  If everything in the Bible is still teaching us today, then how is John part of our experience still?  Can John prepare our thought today to receive Jesus' message of healing?  How?  Can we keep that thought alive in our consciousness that is recognizing and looking for the Christ?  Do we look for evidence of Christ activity each day?  Maybe you can talk about it in terms of the “red carpet”.  Are they familiar with that term?  Explain that when someone important or famous shows up we sometimes (literally or figuratively) roll out the “red carpet” for them.  What does that mean? Can we kind of do that for Christ healing in our thought each day?  You can bring a little roll of red fabric or paper and show them how it might be laid out so that someone could walk on it to get to a door.  Can we do this same kind of thing in our thought each day?  Maybe we can think about that when other thoughts crowd in—do we want to welcome those yucky thoughts in the same way or should we close the door and roll that carpet back up?

Have a great Sunday!

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