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[PYCL: Design an abundant banquet of Love BANNER (3) Try whipping cream… (4)]
Possible Younger Class Lesson Ideas for Sunday School from
the Christian Science Quarterly Bible Lesson on:

For August 2, 2020

By Kerry Jenkins, CS, of House Springs, MO • 314-406-0041

Pycl #1: Give the feeling of active Love with a soft blanket, smiles, “laughing eyes”…
There are so many access points to discuss God as Love. You can bring in a big soft blanket and talk together about how Love can wrap you up in a big hug (for the littles). You can talk about ways that each of us feels Love's presence, through hugs and smiles, through having someone read to us, cuddle on the couch with some popcorn and a movie, go for a walk with us. See what ideas come up. How are these expressions of Love helping us see how Love is active in our lives? Can we stop and thank God/Love for these manifestations of how God does Love each of us?

Pycl #2: The more you share and bless with love, the more you feel Love's presence.

The "magic penny" song that we sometimes sing at CedarS, but many learned elsewhere (my mom sang it to me when I was a kid!). Here's a link to a sweet version: in case you want to share it, or learn it to share with the children. I only knew of the first two verses, through how the pennies "roll all over the floor", that's probably enough! At any rate, the idea behind these words is wonderful, that the more you share and bless with love, the more you "have" or feel Love's presence, essentially!

Pycl #3: Design an abundant banquet of Love BANNER that Love has set over you!
In the last section of the lesson, citation B25 from Song of Solomon 2:4 is a beautiful verse that can be connected to the last Science and Health citation, S32, p. 578:16. The first reads: "he brought me to the banqueting house, and his banner over me was love." The second: "Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life; and I will dwell in the house [the consciousness] of [Love] for ever."

Could your class design a banner that represents Love or loving acts? They could do this over zoom, or in person. All they'd need is a piece of paper. Have one of their parents cut it in the shape of a banner, or you show them if they are old enough. They may just end up with hearts, but you can encourage them to think about how they feel Love in their lives and that might invite some other ideas. Maybe hands that are holding each other, maybe there is a big cake that someone made for them in the picture.

As you draw and design the conversation about Love can continue. The connection with the last citation in the lesson has to do with the mention of "house". What might a "banqueting house" be? You can try other translations as well, but I love this image.

Do they know what a "banquet" is? What would Love's "banquet" look like? If "house" is the "consciousness of Love", would a "banqueting house" be the consciousness of the abundant banquet that Love has set out for each of us, with all our favorite treats? You can ask them what these treats are, why do they love them? Can they think about what it means that Love makes not just a "meal", but a banquet for us?!!

Pycl #4: Try whipping cream as an example of enlarging & elevating love that’s not returned. Have a look at Science and Health citation 27, p. 57:18-30. What happens when we are nice to someone, and they aren't nice back? Maybe we have even loved them and been friends for a while, and now they aren't so good to be with any more.

What does Mary Baker Eddy tell us about this kind of love or affection that isn't returned? She says we don't actually lose anything by being loving, no matter what. She says "Love enriches the nature, enlarging, purifying, and elevating it." This may be too silly, but it seems like whipping cream makes a good example of this idea. Cream is "rich" (you need to talk about what that kind of "rich" means), and when you whip it, you are enlarging and elevating it! (And they can eat it too…). Just as we have to whip the air into the cream to get it to be fluffy, so, sometimes we have to keep on loving when it is really hard to do. Then we get to see how we get "lighter" in our own heart and in our feelings!

You can also discuss the second half of this statement about the wintry blasts. Discuss together why she uses that phrase. A strong winter wind might actually uproot a delicate flower, right? What is Mary Baker Eddy talking about here, if she is not talking about flowers? What are "flowers of affection"? Maybe these kinds of friendships are ones that need to be shaken up so that we are basing them on our understanding of God as Love rather than a person? What does "severance" mean? And look how it ends with wings! This helps us rise higher, kind of like the whipped cream!

Pycl #5: How to pass the test of prayer…
Mary Baker Eddy tells us that there is a "test" by which we can check our prayers to see if they are true prayer or not. This is in Science and Health citation 23, p. 9:5. You can keep it simple with the littler ones, or continue through the passage with older children. So, the first question is "do we love our neighbor better because of this asking?"

Our prayers should make us feel more love for our fellow man! Can you think of how this is true for prayers you have had in the past? Can you think of ways this applies to healing that you have experienced? Whenever you are overwhelmed by the sense of there being one Mind, this is an obvious way that we are loving our neighbor better.

Have a great week in Sunday School!

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