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[PYCL: Drink in facts of being from sand, a fountain and divine Mind. (2, 3, 6)]
Possible Younger Class Lessons for the Christian Science Bible Lesson on

Substance
for March 18, 2018

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

Pycl #1: I always feel like we should ask first what the pupils think that "substance" is. No matter how often we discuss it as a spiritual idea that is eternal there will be some, if not all, who will first think of solid material objects like rocks, metal, chairs, etc. as being substance.

Why are spiritual things substantial? What makes them so?
Why would something like God's "thoughts" be substance?
As an example you could bring into play, the story that Jesus uses about the man who built his house on sand versus the one who built on a rock. This is not in the lesson, but it works well with many passages such as citation S13. We have to "forsake" the material view of reality that we carry around if we want to build a solid life of goodness and steady joy and satisfaction.

You can look at citation S12 as well to see that even things that we think of as foundational physical things, such as what the earth is made of, how the planets revolve around the sun, etc. all take a "back seat" to spiritual reality. (Like when Jesus walked on water, right?)


Pycl #2: Bring in some sand. You can use it to illustrate the house built on sand in Pycl #1, but you can also see if the kids can count the grains in a small amount for a few minutes. You could hand them each a magnifying glass too. Then read together the Responsive Reading (R.R.) passage about how God's thoughts toward each one of them are more than all the grains of sand in the world! Can they even imagine all the sand—the whole bottom of the ocean, all the deserts everywhere? It is beyond our comprehension!


Pycl #3: Also in the R.R, there is a passage "Ho, everyone that thirsteth…that which satisfieth not?" What does that mean? Every single person that is looking for substance, for God, is answered by God. There is an infinite fountain of good for them to "drink" from. And we don't even need to have money, stuff, houses, the right country or family, to get goodness from God. There is no "material" substance. There is no need for envy. The infinite, abundance of the substance of Love is available to all.

You might bring the children to a drinking fountain in your church if you have one. Give them each a turn. Did they run out of water for the last student? Can they each come back for more? What about next week? If they all drink from it this week, will there be any left next Sunday? Is the Bible talking about actual water? This would work pretty well for young children, but the analogy isn't perfect because it involves matter, obviously there are drought-ridden places that don't have abundant water. But, as I said, for small children, this would be a helpful tool.


Pycl #4: In this subject it is helpful to consider the idea of "source". I think that's why there are several mentions of God as Principle, which also means "source". The source of all substance is God, or Principle. Citation B1 tells us that God will cause those that love Him to inherit substance and will fill their "treasures". So often, we (maybe not the little ones) think about what we are aiming for—doing well in school, with friends, getting into a good college, career, marriage or other relationships—but here we are told that if we follow God's path, His leading, that's when we will really inherit all good, all substance.

We can focus on God, and let everything else fall into place. This is a little like what Jesus tells us in the Sermon on the Mount when he tells us not to worry about what we are going to eat or wear, or not to worry about tomorrow. But instead, we should think about God, and His kingdom, and everything else is "added" to us. This is what happens when we focus on true substance instead of what matter tells us is important.

Get out your "treasure box" (could be a shoe box that you decorate, whatever works!). What "treasures" are we going to put in it? Discuss spiritual treasures that come from God. These would be qualities that never run out, never end, never get old or useless. You can write them down on slips of paper and put them in the class "treasure box" for future reference. (Things like gratitude, joy, kindness, love, intelligence, patience, and so on). If you want, write them on circles of yellow paper to represent gold coins.


Pycl #5: Speaking of these substantial treasures…can you "see" them? Can you hold them? Can you draw them? The previous Pycl can lead into a discussion of some of the references to things that are seen or unseen as in citations B3, S4, B4 and more. What are treasures that are unseen and how can we make them "visible"? How can we exchange what we think of as substance for what is truly substantial and really see it in our experience.

When we demonstrate the qualities that we put in our treasure box, aren't we making these things "seen"? What happens to selfishness when we demonstrate unselfishness through an act of generosity? Doesn't it just disappear? Can you talk about turning "things" into "thoughts" with this discussion? (S8)


Pycl #6: I like the two step process in citation S21 for seeing what is spiritually substantial.
1. Turn from the lie of false belief to Truth.
2. Gather the facts of being from the divine Mind.

Can you apply this to any circumstances in life that the children can think of?
Do you have an example of how to use this?

Did Peter ask the man at the temple to do this when he told him to look at him and at John, not for matter, money (B23)?
Wasn't he asking him to turn away from the lie of disease, birth defect, to gather facts from Mind? What happened to the man?


Have a substantial Sunday!!

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