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[PYCL: Be fair, forgiving and humble! Remember to pray 3 times a day! (#1, 2)]
Possible Younger Class Lessons for the Christian Science Bible Lesson for


on July 10, 2016

by Kerry Jenkins, CS, House Springs, MO (314) 406-0041

Pycl #1: How do we worship God? How do we show our love for Him? This is sort of the question asked and answered in citation B1. In looking through the Golden Text and Responsive Reading I notice a lot of "bowing" and "kneeling". Do the children know why? What are we doing physically when we bow or kneel? Are we in a position of being "tall and dominant"? You can explain the word "dominant" to them; they will understand the idea of being taller since they are small! Are we telling someone we are more important or being humble when we get on our knees? Are we pausing, or ready to "run" when we are on our knees? These are all things that these kinds of symbols can suggest about what it takes to be humble. Do we have to actually kneel or bow to show our humility? Do we have to be obedient? What do justice, mercy and humility have to do with God's requirements and why does he "require" these things? When we are humble, what happens? Can you share an example? When we think we know something, we don't generally listen for anyone else's thoughts on the matter do we? When should we move forward without listening to God? Doesn't this tie into our theme this summer at CedarS about walking in the way of holiness? When we listen to God, we are acknowledging our true wholeness because we are not cutting out our relationship to our Father-Mother.

Pycl #2: Some of our favorite Bible characters are known to have gotten on their knees three times a day to pray to and praise God. Think of Daniel for example. Why do you think they prayed on their knees three times a day? Can we do this today? What might it do for us? Daniel was known for his innocence (it saved him from the lions remember?) Jesus is known as the Lamb of God, another symbol of innocence. In both their cases they were saved from death by their purity and innocence, and that purity and innocence came from their constant communion with God. If we were to pray three times a day, what would we pray and how? I wonder if the kids would enjoy coming up with how they can remember to pray three times (or more of course!) What if they had a little reminder to help them? You could give them a small stone to put in their pocket, a little ring or something that you each have, including the teacher, to share your mission.

Pycl #3: Make a game (we have done this kind of thing in the past). Make a pathway on the game that has "stepping stones". The path is "the way of holiness" like this summer's camp theme. Have the children come up with a set of cards. On each card is the number of steps you take and a quality, such as "humility". They have to think of some way that they can express more humility and then they proceed however many steps are written on the card. You can, of course, design it any way they come up with. For player tokens you can use something of their design, or change, pebbles, or bring game markers from home. For younger children this game can be "life-sized". The stepping stones can be ones they actually stand on and walk on. The goal, if you will, is best summed up in the 6th section. You can ask them to fill that "goal" in. Maybe it's "health and holiness" (S26), having the Mind that was in Christ Jesus, resting or sitting with him in a full understanding of Principle… (S29, S28). These are all intertwined, but they might find a wording that they like best.

Pycl #4: What is Sacrament? Do they know in what way many Christians celebrate it? Many, every week, more than that, or some once a month. Why do we "celebrate" it in this Bible lesson twice a year? Do the children know what we do in church that is different? Do we really confine this kind of communion to twice a year? Why don't Christian Scientists do the bread and wine thing? (S7) What are we learning that is most important in this particular lesson? (That demonstration, "doing", is the important part of Christianity rather than symbols—but we need not denigrate these symbols either!).

Pycl #5: Why did Jesus heal? Was it just his duty? Motive is an important part of worship. We don't worship or follow something well if we do it because mom or dad told us, because we are afraid not to, because it's just our duty. Jesus healed because he loved people! Citations S8 and S11 help us understand this. The way to love God is the same way we learn to love people. We love those whom we know best. So, like last week's lesson, we want to know God better! Following Jesus' path is a good way to reach that goal.

Pycl #6: It might be cool to bring in some bread (real or pretend), a cup, and a pitcher. This is not to reenact the communion supper that Jesus shared. But with the younger children you could look at citation S12 and use these symbols as visual cues to more clearly remember and understand these symbols as ideas. So you explain that the Eucharist is the combination of the bread, cup, and wine. Label the bread "Truth", the cup "the cross" or "difficult challenges", and the pitcher is labeled "inspiration of Love". How does that inspiration of Love, of God, fill up that "cross or challenge"? What does the bread/Truth do for us (see also citation S15)? Have them come up with their own ideas about how things they face can be helped by thinking of these symbols. Maybe, if it's at camp they could be thinking about specific camp activities.

Hope this gives you some fun things to share on Sunday!

[Warren’s BONUS P.S.: 1. Click and again on Prac Talk: Christie Hanzlik's skit summary of 6 stories in the Sacrament Bible Lesson. After waiting about 30 seconds for it to download, you can listen to a relatively-short skit that summarizes the six stories in this week’s Bible-Lesson! (Sorry we don’t have a video version with costumed disciples and all on stage. So, imagination is helpful!)

2. Simply DO what God requires! Check out the connection between the 1st & last citations (B1 and S29):
Citation B1 from Micah is a classic statement of what God requires of us; [it’s included in our 6th Tenet as “to be merciful, just and pure”. (See citation S29, 497 and the online Download of the evolution of this tenet as documented by the MBE Library)] Here’s how God’s simple requirements are paraphrased in The Message, “But he’s already made it plain how to live, what to do, what GOD is looking for in men and women. It’s quite simple: Do what is fair and just to your neighbor, be compassionate and loyal in your love, And don’t take yourself too seriously—take God seriously.” [B1, Micah 6:6, 8; “solemnly promise” S29, 497—underlining added]

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