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[PYCL: Deepen your understanding of the universality of Christian Science (#1)]
Possible Younger Class Lesson ideas for the Christian Science Bible Lesson on

“Christian Science”
for June 30, 2019

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

Pycl #1: As years go by, I am more and more thrilled by a deepening understanding of the universality of Christian Science. I would want to share that idea with students of any age in an appropriate way. I often use the analogy, however flawed, of the law of gravity, to explain how Christian Science, being the law of Love/Life/Truth, etc. applies to mankind. So, for example, throughout the world, the law of gravity is active, and working. It does not matter if a person "believes" in this law, or understands it, or even if they know it exists. They will still live under its rules. In much the same way, the laws of Love which promote an understanding of our heritage of health, harmony, joy, connection, peace, and so on (you can go through each synonym), are in operation for all mankind, whether we believe in them, study them, know of them, or not.

We are surrounded by Love's law of good, no matter what. Our study of Christian Science will help us to be aware of how these laws are available to us, how they operate, so that we can begin to be aware of them, take advantage of them or acknowledge their activity in the universe of Spirit. And ultimately, by becoming more and more aware of them, we start to see how these laws are already at work and have established harmony for man. (S9) It is important to discover more about these laws because we can feel them in our experience when we are aware of them. Another analogy that I often use is the one that gives us a bank account with a huge sum in it. If we aren't aware of the sum, we go about our business feeling deprived, needy, lacking. It doesn't really matter then that we are actually wealthy because we aren't aware of this fact. But if we know that we have that sum to draw upon we are suddenly able to provide for our needs simply. In the same way, the law of divine and infinite Love is always showering us with joy, peace, health, and all that we need. We can become more aware of that law and how it is providing by knowing more about Christian Science.

Pycl #2: Another theme that I have been enjoying in my study of Christian Science–one I see throughout the Bible, including our Golden Text and Responsive Reading this week, is the joy this Science brings. "…he hath put a new song in my mouth…" "…and everlasting joy shall be upon their head: they shall obtain gladness and joy; and sorrow and sighing shall flee away." I think we forget that this joy accompanies discovery of God, good. Maybe this is one of the things I love most about camp too, the idea that we are having such joyful fun while discovering more about Love/Life! (Think of Ruth Huff's 5th fundamental "We expect to make camping at CedarS fun"). And this should be something we bring to all aspects of life, because camp is only a week or two long for most of us! Maybe we could have a discussion of how our knowledge of God that we've gotten through our study of CS has brought us joy. Do you have specific examples? Could you share them? Can the students think of any? Maybe they can think of how their understanding of CS allowed them to feel a better sense of joy in sportsmanship and competition, for example? List together, all the ways that knowing what we know about God–that CS has helped us see–has helped us find joy.

Pycl #3: You might ask the students what they would say if asked "what is Christian Science?". Emphasize that the point is to share what their understanding of it is and not to try to give a "complete" explanation. What is the essence of CS to them? Even the little ones could try this. Make sure you are ready to share something when all have shared. Then maybe compile a list of the important things that we love or feel are essential to this Science. It would be interesting to find out what the younger kids say!

If it turns into a discussion of "rules" this would be a great time to look at both S5, and S6. You may have to put S6 into your own words. But the idea here is to help bring an understanding that Christian Science is "beyond…human beliefs" and "…above…creeds…". You may want to explain what "creeds" are. If the children are older and they get stuck on answering what CS is, you could give them a few minutes to ponder the question and use the Bible lesson if they want. But the answers really need to be their own and not a quotation of MBE's.

Pycl #4: Christian Science works to lift our thoughts higher than the basic level of things that we see. We learned some of this in last week's lesson. You can illustrate this by sharing Jesus' parable of the leaven in B11 (you can look the whole thing up if you wish). I have certainly shared this idea before, but if you haven't already employed it, consider bringing in the simple ingredients for a small batch of bread. (Do this right at the beginning of class for best impact). All you would need is a bowl with just a cup or so of flour, have the children add warm water and a teaspoon of yeast and stir it together. with a large spoon, or wooden paddle. It should be sticky, not super stiff or dry. You do not have to knead it in order for it to rise. Once it is mixed, cover it up and set it somewhere warm, if possible. Hopefully by the end of class it will have grown considerably and in the meantime you can talk about the properties of yeast and how it not only makes the dough rise, but changes the chemical composition of the bread and makes it into a new mass that we identify as bread when it is baked. How does this relate to Christian Science, the Science of the Christ that Jesus is talking about in his parable? What does it have to do with the stories in this section and MBE's commentary about how the little leaven "leavens the whole lump"? What does this say about the need for us to demonstrate what we know of CS and its laws, every day, in order to continue to advance in our demonstration? We cannot skip over all the little ways that we recognize God, and frankly, why would we want to? Being kind and generous, patient, wise, hardworking–these are all basic demonstrations that are supported by the law of Life. As we practice these qualities we start to see how it is that Jesus was able to walk on the water!

Pycl #5: One thing that I have learned from my study of CS is how to interpret the Bible spiritually, infinitely. (section 1) I love that we can look at stories over and over and glean new ideas from their pages. Revelation might seem a weird chapter to many, but we can look at these verses together and find a few ideas that will resonate with the students. For example: why is the "little book" "open"? What does it symbolize that the book is open? There are some "sea stories" in this week's lesson, MBE tells us that the angel has her ""right foot" or dominant power …upon the sea,–upon elementary, latent error, the source of all error's visible forms". (S21) (B15). Does her sense of the "sea" fit in the story of Jesus walking to the disciples over the waves? How about the story of the woman with the bleeding issue? How can we look at this story spiritually? What was she really reaching for, was it simply physical relief? (Certainly she was desperate!) Try listening together for what God is revealing about these stories. How is our study of CS helping us in this endeavor?

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