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[PYCL: Choose to do, say, 3 good/unselfish things whenever you feel grumpy or bummed out.]
CedarS PYCLs–Possible Younger Class Lessons for The Christian Science Bible Lesson on:

God the Only Cause and Creator

Sunday, December 7, 2014

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

 [PYCL 1]
Have some fun talking about rejoicing in God’s creation and praising God.  How do we do these things?  Can they come up with a list of things we can do to praise the Creator and to recognize Her all-good creation?  This list will look different according to the experience of your class.  I have been enjoying thinking about how I am praising God each day… what am I doing to praise God and to rejoice in Her creation each moment.  Also it’s worth noting that the Golden Text includes “…rejoice forever in that which I create.” (Italics added, and repeated in citation B7)  In fact, the only way to “rejoice forever” would be in God’s creation, as it is the only lasting and good and real creation!  What kind of behavior praises God?  How do we change our thought in the morning/afternoon/whenever when it doesn’t seem very full of rejoicing?  Do we just “talk ourselves into being happy”?  Can our actions help our thought follow through?  What if we choose to do, say, three good/unselfish things whenever we feel grumpy or bummed out in some way.  Can we maybe come up with a significant list of “actions” that demonstrate a recognition of the beauty of God’s creation?  Then, we have this list in hand and can “set to it” as soon as we are tempted to feel like we are not in the “rejoicing” mood.  Sometimes, when things are tough, part of the resistance that gloomy thoughts put up, is to not even be able to come up with a “counter attack”, so having a list pre-made can really help with what we are putting into action here.

[PYCL 2]
In Section 1 we have the little excerpt from Genesis about how God made light and made everything good.  This goodness and light recur throughout the lesson.  When you talk about the light you will want to address its symbolism as understanding.  If you haven’t already talked about this as a symbol you can introduce the concept of how light makes things literally easier to see, in the same way that understanding is often described as “illumination”.  How many ways does light around us help us understand our surroundings?  Does light help us see the beauty and grace of creation?  Does the light of Mind help us feel God’s love for man?  Does light help us feel God as Father-Mother?  Does God’s light help us see the truth about creation, the goodness?  When things are dark/difficult, are we seeing truly? Or is the darkness in our thought obscuring the lovely perfection of the true creation?  Is the obscurity of darkness real and substantial?  With the littler kids you can do flashlight experiments if you haven’t done this too often already.  Let them shine them on things, you can gather under a dark table cloth that you put over your table in Sunday School, or find a dark room in your church to use as a place to experiment with these ideas.  

 [PYCL 3]How is an idea from God the same as creation?  Where do ideas come from?  How does getting ideas show us that creation is always new, always appearing?  How do we tell when an idea is from the light of Mind?  Is it hard to tell?  Do ideas get old?  What things get old and what things are always coming to us in new ways?  Is man an idea?  If man is idea, an idea of God, can man get old?  Do we maybe need to see man as not made out of matter that needs to be “seen” as young or old, rather as spiritual idea that really is ageless?  This can be put in terms that are easier for younger children.  What makes new things cool? What is the difference between something that is “new” and something that is “young”? 



 [PYCL 4]
What kinds of things does God create?  Retell or read the story in Section 3 about the woman who’d been bent over with some sort of disorder for 18 years.  Did God make her that way?  Did God cause the disease that hurt her, or did He design a universe that includes problems for His creation?  God’s laws are always loving and actively showing love for Her creation! Try coming up with some ideas about what laws are part of God’s creation.  Maybe you could have a number of such laws on small slips of paper and put them in a box or basket for the younger kids.  Each kid can draw a slip of paper out of the container and you read it aloud.  Ask them whether it is one of God’s laws in Her kingdom? Or if it is a false law that we can erase from our life? (Any thoughts on how to do this erasing?)  You could also make a simple board game that you move pieces forward step-by-step as you choose to follow a law of God’s creation, or you find a way that you can show your praise for God’s creation.  Maybe a simple set of dice that shows numbers one through 3 or 4 (write them in on blank dice).  Each roll will show a number and you have to name three laws (if you roll a 3), that support God’s creation (for example, God’s creation is fair.  All Her ideas are given abundant good and blessed beyond what we even see. Check out citation S18).  Or you might choose to pick three new ways to praise God in your daily actions.  Then you can move your game piece forward on the board 3 spaces.


 [PYCL 5]
The last two sections contain some beautiful ideas that relate to making the invisible good of God’s creation more visible in our lives.  We may say, even accept that God’s goodness is all around us and embracing us.  We may talk about how She provides us with food, love, shelter and so on.  But sometimes it really just doesn’t seem like Her goodness is that apparent.  How did Jesus show us the invisible good in the story of the loaves and fishes?  How is this a story of creation (seems obvious to an adult, but could be an interesting conversation with children.  I mean, where on earth did the extra bread and fish come from????  And what does that say for us today?  Does this story mean anything to us today in our lives?)  Then in Section 5 we are asked to really learn to see and rejoice in God’s creation.  That might mean we are learning to see what is really true about our classmates at school.  Learning to discern between a false sense of creation, someone who seems unlikeable maybe, and the true creation that means every idea of God is useful, kind, creative, loving, and so on, so how do we come to see that for each person? We can be sure that we are only seeing God’s creation when we are truly rejoicing in the beauty and holiness of everything around us.  So that leaves us each plenty of room for becoming better each moment at discerning God’s kingdom everywhere.

 Have a great week in Sunday School!

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