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[PYCL: Elevate yourself to the First Family—never the Fallen Family! (2, Daily Lift!)]
Possible Younger Class Lessons for the Christian Science Bible Lesson for

”Adam and Fallen Man”
on October 30, 2016

by Kerry Jenkins, CS, House Springs, MO (314) 406-0041

Pycl #1: Look at the word "upright" and "uprightness". What does it mean to the kids? You can illustrate with something, either a block or anything that comes to hand, or with yourself. Or ask one of them to physically show the difference between "upright" and "fallen". Then, see together if they can find all the references to "upright" in the lesson. There are a number of them. Now try having them bend over or lay down facing the ground. What do they see from there? They can each describe their surroundings. Use the story in Section 4 to illustrate this. This woman couldn't even lift herself up enough to look ahead. Think what her world looked like! Now have them stand "upright" and take turns describing what they see. Is it pretty different? How is it different? Is it easier to get a truer picture of things? Is it easier to get around and see where you are trying to go? Is it easier to make progress in getting somewhere? Think about the symbolism of these ideas together. Why is the story in Genesis two about "fallen" man? What does the author mean by "fallen"?

Pycl #2: Probably, in a lesson with this title, you will want to look at the Adam story. Why do they think that we have two "versions" of creation? Maybe someone felt a need to explain some of the things that material sense was telling him? Why do people have shame? Why disease, hatred, murder (last week's lesson), toil and fear? Perhaps this story was written to explain what material sense struggles to understand from a material standpoint. We really can't understand God/Spirit from a material standpoint, only from spiritual sense. Maybe you can link this Pycl with the one above about what kind of view we get when looking down. You could also link it to the story of Zacchaeus. Remember how he was short and had to climb a tree to even see Jesus pass by? The tree might represent his desire to see above material sense and glimpse something of the spiritual truth that Jesus was sharing. And it worked!! His view of his own job was elevated to something that was to bless others, rather than the "fallen" idea that suggests that good is limited, and man must take from others to gain good.

Pycl #3: I like the thought of looking together at citation S20 where Mrs. Eddy speaks of "…an army of conspirators…” What are conspirators? Why do they conspire here against health, etc.? What kind of an "army" is that? What does our country do when confronted by an army? You could have the normal answers here… but there are several unorthodox examples in the Bible of people responding with prayer and even non-violence to invading armies. The most familiar might be the army of Syria coming to Elisha's village and surrounding it in order to capture Elisha. But there are a number of others. You can discuss the way we must "choke" these evil thoughts. How do we do this? Look at citation S22 for how to see/discern the "spiritual opposite". Maybe make an "opposites" game. Name a challenge and what is the spiritual opposite that chokes that error?

Pycl #4: Bring in some PlayDough and give them each a small chunk. Have them think of something specific that they want to make from the PlayDough. Did it come out just like they thought it would or was it hard to make it just like they wanted? Think about the first Genesis creation where God made perfect creation—ideas. If we have an idea in our thought, isn't it just like we think? Do we have to manipulate it, "pinch it here, twist it there?" Then, look at how "The Lord God" makes the dust man. He "forms" him of dust. Everything is more complicated, less clear and takes such time rather than just coming into being. I also think it's notable that the second version of creation has man made of "pieces", first particles of dust, then a piece of the man (rib) and then egg and sperm or putting Adam and Eve together in some way. There is no wholeness, or completeness here. Think together of how matter presents a more complicated sense of things, rather than a complete, whole or perfect sense of things.

Pycl #5: Do feel free to check out the poem that is included in this week's Met on the CedarS webpage for this Bible Lesson under Section 1. Or,
It is totally child-friendly. Maybe print it out for each to take home.

Pycl #6: Another version of "upright" might be connected to the idea of "rise" and "rising" in citations S17 and S18. You could have the younger ones do this in a very literal way while speaking about what ideas help us to rise above what our senses tell us. Citation B10 can be connected with this exercise because when we are doing right, being "righteous", we see the goodness around us (get that better view) and we truly feel that gratitude which we recognize is from God! It's all about the view this week!

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