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[PYCL: Be watchful about the thoughts you entertain. Practice throwing out thoughts that make you upset. (3) Don’t identify with sad thoughts! Be ready to welcome joy! (4)]
Possible Younger Class Lesson ideas for the Christian Science Bible Lesson on

for August 18, 2019

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

Pycl #1:
Don't forget your hanging mobile of synonyms with Principle at the top! If you haven't started one, you certainly can any time during our "synonym series"! It will be interesting to see how they can balance things as you add them to each side of the mobile. This week, you can start by talking about what Soul means to them. How is it different from Spirit? Some of the qualities that seem attached to Soul also apply to Spirit, but here are some that I especially think belong: identity, color, beauty, joy, peace, light, abundance, and in this week's lesson BLESSING!

There are many more, but these are some ideas with which you can start.

Pycl #2:
List the "benefits" of Soul/God. There are a lot in just the Responsive Reading. "goodness", making "springs"/abundance from "desert" or challenging times, spiritual consciousness, spiritual sense–to perceive, beauty, love, forgiveness, joy. Maybe it would be fun to give each child a "benefits" list in a scroll shape—like from old fashioned days. Notice that citation B1 tells us that God "loads us with benefits"!

Pycl #3:
How can we more consistently feel the joy that Soul is always bestowing on us? What do we have to do to feel it?
What do we have to do when we definitely are not feeling joy?
Is there something we can do to challenge sadness or anger or general grumpiness?
One thing to recognize is that grumpiness or sadness don't want to be challenged, which is why we hang onto them sometimes even though we'd be happier if we were to let them go or challenge them!!

With very young kids you can dress them up as castle guards with one those tall spears that they guard a gate or drawbridge with. Maybe they hold a shield as well. Talk about how they might be vigilant or extra watchful against enemies to their castle. In the same way, even more so, they can be very watchful about the kinds of thoughts they entertain. It is always best to practice throwing out the thoughts that make us upset, we can never be too young to practice this!!

Look also at what happiness is based on in citation S3. Where does this passage say that happiness comes from (is "born of")? Must we demonstrate "Truth and Love" or qualities that spring from God, if we want happiness? How is it unselfish? How do we share it? Maybe liken it to turning on a light in a room. It lights up the whole room, not just the one little spot in it turns on. You could do this for a demonstration if you have a dark room like a closet in your church, or a bathroom with no lights.

Pycl #4:
Look together at citation S5. Why is the first Commandment the first "demand of the Science of Soul"? Talk about the First Commandment. What does it do? How does it contribute to knowing our identity, where our joy comes from, and so on? How do these things lead into the second commandment listed here? This idea of putting Spirit or Soul first and matter second is key to understanding joy, and other qualities of Soul. Practicing this means looking to Soul for how we feel, physically and mentally. This doesn't mean that we have to just "pretend" to be happy.

We can observe that thoughts of sadness, anger, etc. do seem to appear as our thought, but they don't "belong" to us, they aren't "us", just thoughts that are occurring to us! This way we don't get upset by those thoughts, we don't identify with them—in this way it is easier to let them pass and we don't hold onto them as our identity. We are "ready" to welcome joy!

Pycl #5:
I love the stories in this week's lesson about the fish in the nets in Section 3 and the coin in the fish's mouth. Why are these examples of Soul? Changing "things" into "thoughts" is one special way that we can think about this process. Abundance of good, substance, is another. Can we list together some "things" that we can "turn" into thoughts? What was the difference between Peter's fishing trip "all night", and when he went out at Jesus' direction to fish?

Obviously, the coin out of the fish's mouth was an example of the spiritual nature of provision for man. But there is also the implication that law and obedience is involved.
What kind of law?
How do we demonstrate obedience to the laws of Soul?
Is this reflected in our obedience to laws of the land?

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