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PYCL: Collect qualities in a treasure box!-2 Make a treasure map with distraction detours.-3
CedarS PYCL—Possible Younger Class Lessons for:

"Substance"
The Christian Science Bible Lesson for September 16, 2018

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

Pycl #1: It is good to get a sense of just what substance means to younger students. Maybe even your version of a standard definition, something simple. It comes down to what is real, lasting. So maybe you could then compile a list of what lasts and what eventually goes away. Hopefully, with some thought, you will all come to the conclusion that ideas last, and matter, even really tough matter like rocks, don't actually last forever! So Love is something that lasts, so everything that reflects Love must also last. Can the love that you see expressed around you disappear? How many qualities and ways those qualities are seen, can the class come up with?

Pycl #2: One way to think about these qualities is as "treasure". Why would we think of them as treasure? Look at citation B16 together and ponder what Jesus might have meant by "treasures in heaven". Where would that be? Do you already have a "treasure box" in your class? If not, think about decorating a box, finding one that looks like it might hold something precious, or consider having the children decorate something that could represent your class "treasure box" for the year.

What treasures should you collect in your treasure box? Then you could add either pretend jewels to represent these qualities, or qualities painted on small decorative stones, or even slips of paper—whatever seems best for your class. You can then periodically add to the treasure box, or bring it out in the future to refresh your thought on spiritual treasures and what they are. Of course make sure they understand what kind of treasure "rust and moth doth corrupt". Also think together about the idea that "Where your treasure is, there will your heart be also." What does that mean? How can we work toward having what we love be "treasure" worthy? Isn't it natural that it be so?

Pycl #3: Along with that last thought about treasure and your heart, you can share citation S23 where Mary Baker Eddy points out that we walk in the direction towards which we look. This is another way of saying that what we love and value is where we head and what we save. So a way to illustrate this idea after we talk about it together might be to have them try walking forward while looking over their shoulder (not very far or very fast!). What happens?

If we want to have satisfying happy lives we have to not only look where we are going, but also be heading in the right direction, that is toward spiritual treasure! You could even make a treasure map together. What would be in the place where " X marks the spot"? Might that be the kingdom of heaven? Do we have to work really hard to be "good enough" to get there? On the map you might include a path with different pictures of distractions that a child might find get in their way when they are going through their day in the kingdom heaven.

These "distractions" on your treasure map should be comprised of things that your group might encounter. So maybe they are mood-related like: getting angry with a sibling or friend, telling a lie about something, being sad when someone takes something from you….whatever your age group is faced with. You can draw the pictures on the map… Then consider drawing shortcuts to the treasure that have qualities expressed that help us not get "detoured" by sadness or anger or whatever. If your class has children that can read and write then they can help construct this treasure map.

Pycl #4: Section 6 has a lot about recognizing the substantial "touch" of spirit. How do we know what we are to follow and search for and reach for? Read the story of the woman who was healed by Jesus. Why did she sneak through the crowd and touch his robe? What is the quality that this section is bringing out about women that really looks for and receives the healing Christ?

Is it easier to "touch" and receive healing if you are a girl? No, so what is the spiritually substantial quality that we are learning about in this section that makes these women similar to one another? How can we see that quality in ourselves? How about by "seeking first the kingdom", rather than trying to seek for personal glory, satisfaction, happiness, success, and so on? What does that look like to a child? How do we see spiritual substance? Is it found in anything material at all? Another way to put this is "how do we put Christ first in our day"?

Pycl #5: Check out how the Golden Text tells us what we should be thinking about. You can start with this Pycl if that is better!! Why is thinking on these things helpful? Check out the last verse of the Responsive Reading…is that saying the same thing in other words? Maybe you can talk a bit about what "honest things", "just things", "pure things," etc. are.

If we are "hungering and thirsting" after right/good, then we are probably thinking about these things. What might be a good way this week to remind ourselves to keep "these things" in our thought? Is there something we can do to remind ourselves? Maybe just pick one of these things to focus on this week and they can hopefully share how they were working to keep that thought foremost during their week. Would they find it easier if you gave them something to put in their pocket to remind them? Maybe a smooth little stone or something?

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