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Possible Younger Class Lessons for the Christian Science Bible Lesson for

“Ancient and Modern Necromancy, alias Mesmerism and Hypnotism, Denounced ”

on May 29, 2016

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

Pycl #1: Translate the title of this week's lesson to something they all see as the problem. Christie does a good job of this in this week's CedarS Met. You can certainly talk about what these words mean and point out how they used to be a part of life in Bible times and after. Then help them see that though they may be called different things, they are still suggestions that are alive and well today. For example: Look at the story of Nehemiah. If we take this story as a symbol for how we are constructing a good life (in this section it focuses on home), we can certainly take all the temptations that come to Nehemiah in the form of these three men, to tell him why he really can't achieve the goal he has set out. How many things come to our thought to keep us from succeeding at things that we know are right and good? Here are some of the suggestions: "I'm just not good at . " , " I don't feel like it.", "Doing the right thing is boring", "I don't have time", "I will do it sometime later", "It takes too much effort", "I'm afraid"…they can come up with ideas of their own that have prevented them from doing awesome things. Make sure you come up with a lot more things that counteract these suggestions! It can be easy to dwell on the excuses more than the solutions and ways to reject these "three men" and their evil ideas! Make a list of what "wall" you are trying to build as you go through life. How does it sometimes need us to stand guard over it as we might need to make repairs or rebuild it? What are we guarding against? Is it really people? One of my favorite passages in this week's lesson is in citation S8 where Mrs. Eddy refers to Paul's statement about the "personification of evil as "the god of this world", and further defines it as dishonesty and craftiness." How do we "personify" evil? Whenever we give evil or error a face or think of it as a "human", we have given it power. It then seems to have the power to make us angry, resentful, hurt, afraid, dishonest, and so on. Why is that? Because we have given evil an identity, making it more like reality. We are recognizing it as something with life of its own, opposed to God! So let's make sure we don't "personify" evil. [Conditions may not allow for a timely completion of a hope-for script for a play about this for this weekend's Memorial Day Sunday School classes at CedarS, but check back on the website—even early Sunday. (sorry for inadequate prep time).]

Pycl #2: Take a leaf out of CedarS Met this week and bring in a compass. Use the ideas Christie has shared about explaining true North, about any magnetism that can interfere with an accurate reading. You can even demonstrate this with an actual magnet if it's powerful. Most phones have a compass app. if you don't want to go out and buy one, though they aren't very pricey. This can be a very useful tool to teach how we are naturally drawn to good, to God. It is interference that might cause us to choose the wrong path or goal. God points out the way, leads us. Think of the hymn "Feed My Sheep". Share some testimonies about being led by God, the Shepherd. You can even make a course for the kids to follow with their compass, with points where they need to head, and healing ideas along the way—sort of like a short geocaching exercise [or a spiritual-treasure hunt].

Pycl #3: Not to borrow too heavily from others, but Bible scholar Barry Huff—Warren and Gay's son—contributed a wonderful short video to TMC Sunday School blog and it's posted this week. It is about the second Commandment and has some really helpful thoughts, many of which may be new to you and the children. See if you can play it for them and have a fun time talking about how we worship God. Here is a link to that video. I really enjoyed thinking about this Commandment in some fresh ways and it would be great for Sunday School kids. The graphics are good too. You may need to play it more than once, it is quick-paced, but packed with meaningful ideas.

Pycl #4: One thing that is very clear this week is that we need to determine what thoughts or suggestions that come to us are true and good, and what need to be rejected. Mrs. Eddy tells us this is most easily done by determining their "origin" (S10). Sometimes the origins of thoughts are obvious, sometimes they can be sneakier. Remember in the story of Nehemiah that at one point he gets the message that he should go hide in the temple to stay safe from assassination. That might sound like a good idea right? But he was able to discern the truth of the situation and avoid that very attempt on his life. Notice too that the error that kept the man in the "tombs" (B17) from immediately embracing Jesus' healing words was coming in the guise of his own thought. And yet, that man, who wasn't in his right mind at all, even he recognized the origin of Jesus as the "Son of the most high God". So this is not confusing or difficult to discern! Feel free to work here with citation S28 which talks about standing "porter at the door of thought". This is a great image, you can show kids pictures of guards standing by the door, or give them a copy of Sid Bingham’s sketches on take-home cards being given to each of CedarS [almost 80] Sunday School students tomorrow that highlight an idea from each section’s Science and Health citations.. Use your hands to demonstrate a barrier that keeps out error, be creative with similar ideas. Talk with the pupils about how we can keep our thought awake and aware and keep guard so that we don't so easily fall prey to sadness, fear, boredom, mischief and so on.

I hope these few things give you some helpful "thoughts" –even if late—for this Sunday!

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