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[PYCL: Be “Spiritually Light-Hearted” to “master…your work” (W’s PS below)
Disport” yourself more freely! Remove all "non-humble" rocks from your day! (7)]
Possible Younger Class Lesson ideas for the Christian Science Bible Lesson on

“Mind”
for February 24, 2019

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

Pycl #1: I have had a pretty fruitful time this week thinking about the NRSV's translation of at least the last part of the Golden Text. It is pretty similar to the King James Version (KJV) in that it includes "power and of love". But the last part refers instead to giving us "self-discipline". I really like the direction in which that urges us to head. You might enjoy thinking about that in Sunday School. What does self-discipline have to do with this week's subject of Mind? Mary Baker Eddy tells us that self-government (much like self-discipline I think) is really being governed by God (Mind!). (SH 106:9)

When we are governed by God, where does fear fit in? So much of this lesson is about how Mind keeps man free from fear—but we only feel that freedom when we understand more about how Mind is active in our experience. Think together about how Mind is active and visible in our daily lives. You can bring some examples (many overlap with other synonyms and that's okay.) If you are struggling to come up with ideas you can once again, think about traffic lights. Certainly these are an example of divine Mind in action (also Principle, Love, and so on). The idea for traffic lights in the first place is from Mind, right? The way they help us to express wisdom, safety, efficiency, freedom, when we are following their direction is certainly a good example of Mind in action.

You can also share some healing examples of how you have been guided by Mind. Maybe it's as simple as finding out from Google maps that there is a terrible traffic jam and finding a way home that is quick and efficient! The important thing is that Mind is everywhere, and we can see it everywhere!!

Pycl #2: While we are thinking about Mind governing our thoughts and actions, we could consider citation B3 and the way it asks us to "prepare him an habitation". What does that mean? Do the children know what a "habitat" is? A good habitat has everything that a being needs to thrive, have joy, live vigorously and successfully, even multiply! If we are preparing a "habitation", a living space in our thought, for God what do we need to do to be aware of God's presence? You can think together in terms of what "keeps Mind out." (Nothing truly keeps Mind out, of course, but what obscures Good from our view?) Talk about "closing the door" on thoughts that are not from Mind. There are many that you can list together. Be sure to list a lot more thoughts that are from Mind than ones that aren't!!

So, how about that "habitat" we are creating? When we entertain loving, patient, intelligent thoughts about our friends…do we find Good, intelligent, loving ideas coming into our consciousness? I really do love that Christian Science reveals that there is "thought work" to be done. It does demand that we "put something in" in order to "get something out". It is just not realistic to think that we get anything truly good and rewarding without effort—at least not on a long-term basis! But that doesn't mean that this effort is laborious, boring or unrewarding! Just like practicing for a sport you love, an instrument you play, a language you speak or want to learn—you practice making this habitation and find more and more this good Mind, guiding you, filling you with peace, wisdom, fearlessness! [See W’s PS below about beingdeeply in earnest and at the same time spiritually light-hearted.”]

Design, with the young ones, inside a shoe box or something small, a tiny habitat for a favorite animal. If it's a bunny, for example, you'd put down green paper in the bottom for grass, and a few "bushes" made of little twists of green tissue. Maybe you cut out a blue stream and glue that down in the green "field." They can add whatever they deem necessary, holes in the grass (draw them) for them to hide in/sleep and raise babies in… whatever they think of. Consider bringing in some little toy animals for them to choose to put in the habitat. Are they going to choose wolves/coyotes/cats to keep with their rabbits? Why not? Now, what do they need to do in their thinking to provide the same kind of "home" for Mind to take control in their experience? What might the "wolves/coyotes/cats" that they want to keep out of their Mind habitat? Maybe it's gossip, selfishness, anger….

Pycl #3: "Christian Science reveals God…" (S4). Try stopping there before you finish that sentence! Then put it together with citation B4 and see how Mind has put spiritual laws, guidance, wisdom, love in our minds and in our very hearts. This knowledge and understanding of God as Mind is already within us, and Christian Science reveals this understanding—that God does not make evil of any kind!!

Ask if they know what an exterminator does? Have they ever had one come to their home to kill bugs or mice? What does Mary Baker Eddy say about "The exterminator of error"? (S5) How do we get rid of an infestation of something? Well, with insects you stop making it a good "habitat" for them. Spiders like corners and undisturbed areas. Ideally, if you can keep up with dusting, vacuuming and wiping out the spider's webs, you can keep them to a minimum. (I am not implying that spiders are "evil", just an example to use!)

So how can we "exterminate error"? Is purity of thought one way? Does Mind give us only pure thoughts? If it's a wiggly class have them "dust" some areas of the Sunday School while you talk about how to do this in our thinking.

Pycl #4: Bring in a bouquet of flowers. God/Mind creates man, flowers, etc. with intelligence and beauty. Look at citation B7 together. Did those flowers on the table have to "do something" to like they do, to make them that color, shape? Do we have to "work" to be God's beautiful creation, to provide for ourselves—clothe, feed, etc.? We do these things through reflection of Mind, not effortful/burdened thought!!

Can you share some examples in life that are meaningful to you of how striving to be unburdened has played out for you? What happens when we "yield" thought to anxiety, fear? (S8) Send each child home with a flower to remind them of how Mind has made them complete, whole, needing nothing outside of divine intelligence and Mind's activity to live and thrive!

Pycl #5: On what does "Christian Science Mind-healing" rest? (S22) Break this down. It really rests on an understanding of what the nature or the "essence" (what is "essence"?) of being? Is being in matter? Or, is all true being in Spirit, in Mind? If it is in matter, then the Adam dream explains a lot of that matter. If it is in Spirit, then the intelligence of Mind is directing us safely and surely through life eternal/immortal! What are "Love's essential qualities"? (S22)

Pycl #6: I can't leave this lesson without looking at how Mind overcomes sin. Look together at citation S25. If the children are small, bring in a picture of a male lion. Talk about how they can be seen as fearless, bold, undisturbed… How is this like doing right, having moral courage to do this right, being guided by Mind, even under difficult circumstances? Think about the sign on the wall by the drink station at CedarS in Dawn Lodge: "Do right, fear not". Why is that true? How is that being governed by Mind—self-governed?

Pycl #7: One kind of cool image that might be fun to act out in this lesson is from citation S30. Talk about what Mind's ideas are. Do they sound joyful here? What is humility? When we are humble we aren't carrying a heavy sense of personality, a lot of ego, or need to be "right". That makes us (figuratively) "lighter".

Travelling lighter, we can climb to greater spiritual heights because we aren't carrying heavy burdens of depression, anger, selfishness, and so on—especially as we understand that those are not included in "Mind's ideas"! Try having a little day pack with you and some heavy rocks with these "non-humble" qualities written and taped or tied to them. How does the pack feel when loaded up with these "qualities"? Can we climb a mountain easily with these? Have them take out one rock at a time and tell you how they are replacing it with the kinds of thoughts that help us "run and disport" ourselves! [S30, 514:6] Is it easier to jump around with heavy rocks in our pack, or with none of them? Isn't that how our day feels when we take out those "rock" qualities? [See W’s PS below about beingdeeply in earnest and at the same time spiritually light-hearted.”]

Have a great week in Sunday School!!


Warren’s PS—Cultivate joy to be “master of your work” & “Spiritually Light-Hearted”
“Always insist on being master of your work. God would not give you something to do and fail to give you the wisdom, strength, and grace necessary to accomplish it. He does not demand of us what he does not equip us to do. Then we should go about our work confidently and joyously, grateful for every opportunity to serve God and mankind….

“Get rid of the sense of burden before continuing your work, for heaviness of thought cannot glorify God…
“Seek to find deeper joy in your work. One can be deeply in earnest and at the same time spiritually light-hearted.”
(Education at The Principia, by founder Mary Kimball Morgan, p. 222)
[More about The Principia’s history, Mary Kimball Morgan, and Education at The Principia can be found at
http://www.principiaschool.org/school-history ]

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