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[PYCL: Bring an early Halloween theme into play! Go on a treasure hunt in the lesson
for all the ways that God helps us to recognize error as a mask.
Possible Younger Class Lessons for the Christian Science Bible Lesson on

"Are Sind Disease, and Death Real?"
for October 8, 2017

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

Pycl #1: In the Golden Text it says to "Be not afraid of their faces:”
In this case you could bring a sort of early Halloween theme into play. What are the "faces" that error presents to us? Do they tell us that we should be afraid? Sad? Hurt? The children should have some of their own ideas. Aren't these suggestions kind of like Halloween masks? They aren't the real identity of the mask wearer. Neither is sadness, etc. the real us! How then does God "deliver" us from these "faces" of error? Can we go on a treasure hunt in the lesson for all the ways that God helps us to recognize the error as a mask, as nothing, harmless? Even in the Responsive Reading (RR) we have some examples: "He that hath clean hands, and a pure heart; who hath not lifted up his soul unto vanity, nor sworn deceitfully." I had some fun looking this up in other translations, or just talk together about what this means and how they can carry this out.

Pycl #2: In contrast to the "faces" above, there are several places where it mentions God's face (RR, citations B5, B13, and B23). And the Bible tells us that God says that we cannot "see My face and live". But it also tells us that Moses spoke with God "face to face". Discuss what it means if we see someone's face… are they close then, or far away? If we are facing them, and they us, are we then usually communicating? These things are helpful in understanding how God expresses His Love for us. What about the purity from the RR and how about linking this with the Beatitude about being "pure in heart" and "seeing God"? So while there isn't a literal "face" we are looking at when we talk with God, maybe we can think about this idea of "facing" God a little more understandingly.

Pycl #3: Along these same lines of the two Pycls above, we can look at citation S10 where Mrs. Eddy tells us that "…virtue and truth build a strong defense" against evil thoughts. Bring in some blocks or empty shoe boxes to stack. Put qualities of God that we might consider virtuous, having integrity, being true and real on these boxes or blocks. Have them build a wall and discuss how this is the kind of "wall" we build in our thought to keep out evil thoughts. If you wanted you could stray a bit from the stories in the lesson and bring Nehemiah into the picture. He also was good at "keeping out evil" when he wouldn't let those "bad guys" deter him from finishing the wall!

Pycl #4: I enjoyed a new (to me) perspective on the parable of the wheat and tares last week while praying about CedarS Met that I needed to write. It occurred to me that the farmer was undisturbed about the tares, not because he knew that they could be collected and burned at harvest, but rather, because he knew they were truly nothing at all. No evil can "grow" in the kingdom of heaven (which Jesus tells us that this parable is about). The workers were perceiving evil, much the same way we might see sickness, sadness, etc. (Thinking that there is good and evil both…) But as we mature in our understanding of God's all-goodness, the weeds of error disappear, until they burn away completely! You can bring in some pictures of gardens, and some of weedy gardens. Talk about what weeds do, and what "weedy" thoughts do to our lives. What happens to those thoughts when we start to see the good around us more clearly?

Pycl #5: Where did the disease of the woman with the "issue of blood" "go" when she was healed? What did Jesus "do"? Is this like that purity that we were working with that makes us able to see God? Read the story and think about this together. What did the woman see in Jesus that made her reach out to him? You may want to give some background on how this woman was isolated because of this kind of sickness. She would have been left outside of society for all those years, never even touched by another human being. That was the Jewish law then. You can relate this to the children by asking how many hugs they get on any given day? So maybe this woman really needed this healing so that she could understand that God's law would never leave her out—never put her outside of love, tenderness, affection, family and friends.

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