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[PYCL: Discuss: how to be meeker; how prayer covers all human need. (#6, 2)]
Possible Younger Class Lessons for the Christian Science Bible Lesson for

“Are Sin, Disease, and Death Real?”

on October 9, 2016

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

Pycl #1: I like the idea of starting a discussion with the children about how can the Lord be our "rock", "fortress" and "deliverer"? Of course, with younger ones you'll need to think about how rock and fortress are symbols. Bring in a rock and have them hold it and think about its qualities and properties. Have a picture of a fortress on hand and discuss what its purpose is. Why would the Psalmist think about these particular symbols and what do they have to do with this week's lesson subject? What would they use to build a fortress if they wanted to keep out something bad? Would it be on a hill? Would it be made of wood or iron or stone? How can we make our thought into a fortress? What kinds of ways do we keep out unreal thoughts about sin, disease, or death? (Use other words here if needed.) Can we think of positive ways to defend ourselves? (For example, if you fill your thought up with what is true and good, would that leave room for bad or untrue things?)

Pycl #2: How does the Lord's Prayer tell us that God is not responsible for sin, disease, and death—unreality/mortality? You have harmony (health), ever-presence, all-power, tender care, love, deliverance, and governing with good—all contained in this prayer. How do these qualities combined teach us the facts of the unreality of disease, etc? Logically walk through this: If God is good, all powerful, ever-present—how is evil, lack, etc. possible? Mrs. Eddy tells us that this prayer covers all human need. Why and how? This could be really fun, maybe divide the prayer up and have kids each take a verse or a couple of them to think about an answer to that.

Pycl #3: Finding no pleasure/fun/good, in sin is a tough one. But Mrs. Eddy tells us that it is "one of the most important points in the theology of Christian Science."(S11) See if you can come to an understanding of what sin is so that it is understood that there is a ton of fun to be had in life, more than ever, without sin involved. With younger kids, it can be helpful to think about sin in terms of doing "what we want" even when opposed to what we are asked to do. So, maybe that means sneaking time on a device when we are told not to? Something along those lines… How can integrity and uprightness preserve us? (B7) Can you think of some specific ways? Have some meaningful examples, hopefully from your life, to share. Can they think of any? There are obvious ones like following the speed limit, but it would be cool to dig deeper than that.

Pycl #4: We've been learning what is real and unreal the last couple of weeks, especially. This lesson is expanding on that idea, showing that sin, disease, and death are not the reality that they seem because God is not their source and He is the only source. Section 3 gives you an opportunity to kind of dig into this idea with the story of the healing of the blind man. The disciples and others are looking for a cause for the blindness. Jesus says there is no cause, because unreality doesn't have an origin… it's just unreal and disappears when we realize that. Divine law governs us, not material law. Divine law only allows God-like things to be true. We can change our consciousness and become aware of God's harmony. We aren't taking a blind man and turning his eyes into "working" eyes. We are changing our consciousness so that we become aware of God's goodness, control, harmony. Then the lie disappears. You could liken this, with young children, to turning on a light in the dark. This act doesn't change anything in the room; it just shows us where everything is!

Pycl #5: Read the story of Peter being led out of prison by the angel. I really think it's cool here that what seemed like a "vision" or sort of a dream, to Peter, was what actually freed him. We often think of spiritual things as less tangible, or even less "real" than material things. But here is something that seems dreamlike establishing something very concrete and real—Peter's freedom from chains and imprisonment! Can you come up with "freedom thoughts" and use them to break pretend "chains" that would keep us from being comfortable, happy, productive, helpful, and so on? You could make a bunch of paper chains and have them "break" them with each freedom idea. What was it that Peter knew that helped him find freedom from prison? What kinds of things make us feel like we are chained or in prison?

Pycl #6: There are several places in the lesson that make it clear that meekness is key to accepting God as the only Truth or reality. Why would meekness be an important quality? When we are confident that our material senses are telling us the truth, we are thinking that we are separate from God. We are accepting that we have a mind that knows things (sickness, sadness, etc.) that God does not know. That is certainly not humble and meek of us! Make a list of things we can do to be more meek, to demonstrate our meekness.

Have a great Sunday!

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