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[PYCL: Discover the newness Christian Science reveals. See excuses as the lies they are! (5)]
Possible Younger Class Lessons for the Christian Science Bible Lesson on

“Christian Science”
for the week ending Sunday, December 31, 2017

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

Pycl #1: The idea of newness and discovery is vigorously woven into this lesson. Talk about the role of newness in progress, in hope, in expectation, in joy, energy, invention and so on. Why is newness important? Don't we get awfully lazy, bored, uninterested, uninspired, lacking in curiosity and vigor and joy if everything is always old? Well, sometimes we want things to be the same because it can be comforting. But think of it as goodness being the same, just not the "same goodness"! We don't go to school and learn the same things over and over right? A good routine gives us the comfort of progress and structure, but will also allow revelation and discovery within that routine. Make a list of all the reasons you can think of that newness is important. Why is it important in Christian Science? Can you find reasons embedded in the lesson citations? Think of a healing to share where newness played a central role. (Really, every healing involves newness!)

Pycl #2: If newness is a theme, then what does it mean that "Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and today, and forever" (B3)? Think about sharing the idea of explorers. (We've been studying a lot of explorers this fall in our homeschooling.) Did great explorers actually find something that wasn't already there? Or were they just coming across new land for the first time for them? Does the fact that an entire country that they didn't know about, or know much about, is already whole and existent, make their explorations less "new" or progressive? No! Their discoveries led to a deeper understanding of "new" land, to maps, to communities with laws, to new peoples, to finding new species of plants and animals and so on. In the same way Christian Science teaches us the laws of healing by which Jesus worked. These laws are not new, but Mrs. Eddy's discovery of them and our gradually deeper understanding (personal discovery) of these laws, lead us to better understand the wholeness of them, the effectiveness of them. We can start to "enjoy" these "new lands" and continue our own exploration of them. Have each child draw a pretend map of a "country". Put some water around it. Have them put some "discoveries" marked by stars with a spiritual truth beside each star. These could be placed on a "mountain range", or in a "sea". Look at all the different things that this lesson tells us about Jesus, the Christ, or Christian Science and think of these as discoveries as the children find applicable quotes to use as these new discoveries.

Pycl #3: Consider looking at Christie's met for this week and printing out the section near the start where she culls the passages that define Christ, Christian Science and so on. It is helpful to see these statements as they appear in a group and you could cut them out, gather them on separate, large sheets of paper under each defined term. It is wonderful to see how Mrs. Eddy states things in new/old ways! Why do things get defined in many different versions? Have you ever read something over many times and suddenly seen it in a different light? It happens all the time for me with Bible stories, depending on the Bible lesson they are used in. Isn't that another example of new/old or concurrent newness and completeness?

Pycl #4: In citation B1 the prophet tells us that God has promised that He will make a "way in the wilderness". What is this wilderness? Isn't it the belief of life as material, in matter? If that's the case, how does Christian Science (and Christ Jesus) show us a path through this belief of life in matter? You can illustrate this with a board-game style exercise that you make up together with a path that is winding along and temptations that you can avoid being trapped in by understanding how you are made free and new in understanding your spiritual nature (and God's). Or you could take a large sheet of paper; draw a winding line through it. Talk together about what the twists and bends in the path might represent. Are they maybe, places where we are tempted to detour into doubt or fear when we feel sick? Are they places where things in matter are so great that we find it hard to even think about God and His presence and power? Do we progress quickly when the road is bendy or when it is nice and straight? Think about drag cars—they go the fastest (for short distances!) and they have to have a smooth, straight, and unimpeded path. Another way to illustrate would be with a set of tracks you could build, and bring along a couple of small toy cars. Which one is faster? The straight track? Or the one with a lot of bends?

Pycl #5: I like the idea of thinking (here's one of those "new" thoughts for me—using a familiar Bible passage 🙂 about citation B11—where the author is talking about the book that is delivered to an educated man, and an illiterate man to read—as the same as the excuses we might come up with for not really sticking with prayer and treatment when a problem is difficult for us to heal. These examples strike me as justifications, the chief one in our time being: "I'm just too busy". But there are others, such as being too distracted, too stressed, too unhappy and so on. We can recognize these excuses for the lies that they are. Once we engage in the real joy of discovering our newness that Christian Science reveals, we have more time, more joy, and more health! Bring in a selection of summer clothes if you have a younger class. Have them put on some shorts and t-shirts (just over their clothes). Now act-out or mime going outside on a wintry cold day in these clothes. Shiver and shake. Pretend that you have a task that requires dexterity… maybe tying something or building something. Mime how your hands would be shaking too much to do the job, that sort of thing. Then show them a bunch of warm winter things, maybe just hats, mittens and scarves. Talk about how if we take the time in the wintry weather to put on the right clothes (study a bit of Christian Science truth, or think about it), then when we go outside we can go sledding, tie knots, build whatever, with joy, speed, and effectiveness (we find that there are fewer obstacles to joy, health, harmony, in our days). We find that we are seeing "new views of divine goodness and love." (S25)

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