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[PYCL: Demonstrate freedom from unreality by knowing yourself as God knows you!]
CedarS PYCLs–Possible Younger Class Lesson for The Christian Science Bible Lesson on:

“UNREALITY

Sunday, October 5, 2014

by Kerry Jenkins, CS, House Springs, MO
kerry.helen.jenkins@gmail.com   (314) 406-0041

[Bracketed italics by Warren Huff, CedarS 1st camper, current director & PYCL editor]

 [PYCL 1]
I think it is always good to ask why we study both “reality” and “unreality” as lesson subjects (other than “Because Mrs. Eddy set it up that way”).  It is helpful to notice that Jesus always addressed both the reality, and so healed people, and the unreality—(in this lesson that might be the criticism leveled at him that he was eating meals with the sinners of society).  Jesus recognized the need to deal with the wrong thinking that was present as well as upholding the truth.

 [PYCL 2]
There is a theme of freedom throughout the lesson.  In the Golden Text (G.T.)  it talks about freeing people from chains.  What are these chains? Make paper chains together—this is especially good to do with the very little. You will need scissors and tape or stapler.  Each link can represent some thought or belief that limits us.  It could be a mood such as anger, sadness, frustration, boredom… or something like not feeling like we understand things easily or do well in school… or simply not feeling well.  What does it take to break these chains?

 [PYCL 3]
To work on an answer to this question check out citation S4.  What does “knowing yourself” have to do with freedom?  Aren't all those limiting thoughts about ourselves things that are suggested to us based on a false/unreal sense of ourselves?  Did God tell us we are grumpy, unintelligent, sick? Check out citation S32, the last citation in this week's lesson. “The admission to one's self that man is God's own likeness sets man free to master the infinite idea.” “Knowing ourselves” keeps popping up in different ways in this lesson.  You could talk about this idea.  Can we learn about our true selves with no limitations that we have accepted over time?  Can each pupil compile a list in Sunday School that gives them a truer picture of themselves?  Aim for specificity.  What did Elisha “know about himself” (and about God) that enabled him to have the “victory” in Section 2?  How did his “knowledge” make that victory even visible?

 [PYCL 4]
This lesson asks some questions about distinguishing between real and unreal.  You could bring in some photos or some examples of optical illusions.  A simple one is to hold a pencil loosely by one end (should be a somewhat long one) between a finger and thumb.  Now gently go up and down so that the pencil flops up and down.  If you practice it just right, the pencil appears to bend.  This is an example of how the material senses can deceive us.  Feel free to bring in a Halloween theme here too, masks and costumes… since we are moving into October.  What makes something “real”?  How can we tell?  Was the army that surrounded Elisha's town “real”?  I would say that you can help here by explaining that the army may certainly have been “real”… the unreal part is that it could have any destructive power over God's man.  We want to develop that “diviner sense” mentioned in citation S9 so that we can see the power of God in our lives.  This would be an awesome time to share a personal example of healing where your understanding of God's presence became more powerful to you than the image of danger—sickness—unhappiness—loneliness… whatever you were struggling with.

 [PYCL 5]
In citation B3 Isaiah tells us that what God wants us to do is to “loose the bands of wickedness, to undo the heavy burdens, and to let the oppressed go free, and that ye break every yoke.”  Any thoughts on what that might entail?  Even the littlest can certainly do this for themselves and others.  Make a list together.  Maybe act out some of the freeing ideas.  Can they share a true thought about God when someone seems to need it in school or at home?  Can they provide an example of self-control, joy, etc. that helps to free others from following a less desirable path?

 [PYCL 6]
Citation S10 talks about a “line of demarcation between the real and unreal…”  Can you imagine together what that might “look” like?  What if there was a literal line on the ground where you walk over it and you end up somewhere totally different, sort of like Narnia, in the Narnia series, if they have read those books.  Notice that spiritual sense is what helps us discern the true and that the true is always the good!

 [PYCL 7]
Can you think together of examples of a line that represents walking into unreality?  For example: how about when you fall asleep?  Maybe when you watch an engrossing movie—walk into a haunted house, for those stuck on a Halloween theme.  We are reminded that we don't have to be extra smart or well-educated or experienced to recognize reality—“…this understanding is not intellectual, is not the result of scholarly attainments”.  What happens if we stand with one foot on one side of the “line” and one on the other?  Citation S30 tells us that we can be confident of the real, explained in Science, because that is the “fact”. We aren't trying to make it the fact, or make it real… God has done that already!

 [PYCL 8]
Set a table at your Sunday School.  Have the kids create place cards that are freedom-themed. These are the thoughts that we invite to our home, our consciousness. Jesus sat at dinner with many people that were considered “sinners” (B11). But he recognized them as they truly were and as they truly wanted to be understood.  We don't invite evil into our consciousness, so we must see man as free from these false identifiers.  How can we do this for ourselves/others (continuing the theme of knowing ourselves).  Citation S20 helps us see the outcome that Jesus saw—sin becomes unreal to everyone. (Sin here, being a false sense of ourselves as limited in some way).

 [PYCL 9]
Citation B14 has the story of Jesus walking across the sea to his disciples and the boat just suddenly being at the shore, without passage of time or the effort of rowing. This is cool for this lesson because, like seeing horses and chariots of fire in the sky in Section 2, this act would normally be considered an example of something that would be “unreal”, and here they are—the reality!  This is the practice of Christian Science, turning aside material sense and material “law”.  Again, some personal examples would help here so that Christian Science doesn't seem impossible, considering the water walking and the flying chariots…

Have a great time in Sunday School this week!

 

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