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[PYCL: Expect Truth to shine a light on the path to follow! (2) Go on a rock hunt (3)]
Possible Younger Class Lessons for the Christian Science Bible Lesson on

for July 22, 2018

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

Pycl #1: How do "light" and "truth" "lead" us? (Responsive Reading) I like thinking of that! You could bring some flashlights, just to give them a starting point. Share some thoughts about how a flashlight might sort of "lead" us if we were on a path in the dark. Wouldn't we tend to follow wherever the light was pointing? This is a nice metaphor for being able to "see" the right path, for not getting "tripped" up on things/lies. Do share that "light" here is like the intelligence of Mind and the brilliance of Truth helping us to choose the path that will lead to peace, joy, satisfaction, love and so on.

What does truth or Truth do to lead us clearly? Have any of the kids ever been in a situation where dishonesty brought them to a "place" where they felt sad, confused, ashamed and so on? Or maybe they have experienced someone else being dishonest to them and felt similar things. Sadness and its etceteras are a pretty "dark" path. They never lead to God or Truth. Whatever is true and real is from God and is good. It shines like a light! You could even use this as an opportunity to bring into the discussion the idea of the "light on the hill" from the Sermon on the Mount. Also you can share some thoughts on how light and truth make things clear rather than hard to discern.

Just a little aside, also in the Responsive Reading there is the phrase "Why art thou cast down, O my soul? and why art thou disquieted within me?" When we are following a path that is not truth, we usually don't feel a sense of peace… we feel this "disquiet". You can share together some thoughts on that word.

Pycl #2: Sometimes it is tempting to think that Truth can be ignored by some and that we can actually live just fine that way. We can never really know what is happening in someone else's experience, but we can certainly look to our own. There are two references to the "living God" in this lesson. One is in the Golden Text and the other in citation B4. This idea of a "living" God, to me brings to mind a God that is always active and doing good.

A living God that is Truth is always revealing what is true, good, real. We can expect Truth to be shining a light on the path we need to follow. Truth's rules that bring happiness and good are all around us and are not "old" or "dead" or out of date! They are vibrant and joy-bringing. Can you think of ways that Truth is "living" around us? Come up with a list of ways together.

Pycl #3: Go on a rock hunt together and talk about how Truth is like a rock. If you don't teach Sunday School in a place where this will work, you can collect your own or go to a craft store where, believe it or not, they sell netted bags with lovely smooth stones in them. Each child can have a stone to represent all the qualities that Truth has established for man. Make sure they can each repeat the definition of "Rock" in citation S1. (You could bring Sharpee markers or paint to paint this definition on the rocks at Sunday School if you don't mind a little project, or do it ahead).

What are some qualities of rocks (more or less): they are changeless, ageless, solid, strong, foundational… How do these qualities relate to Truth? You can talk about the parable that Jesus shares, of the man that built his house on a rock vs. on sand and see if that helps them. Is Truth reliable? If they are a little older you can check out citation S5 where we are told that if our understanding is built not on the shifting mess of matter but on the reality of Truth, we start to find that we can demonstrate this reality in our experience. (Mary Baker Eddy states it better!)

Pycl #4: If you already have a treasure box in Sunday School you can use it to talk about how Christian Science gives us the key to unlocking the "treasures of Truth" from citation S5. If you don't have a treasure box consider making one or making one together in class. You can bring in a shoe box or something like that. You could even use it to store the stones if you have brought special ones with you to share. What are these "treasures"? Aren't they a sense of reliability, joy, constancy, clarity of thought, peace? Can you come up with more? What would actually "unlock" these qualities for you? Wouldn't the demonstration of these qualities in your experience open these treasures to you? Does Truth keep them "locked" away? Hard to find? Christian Science is the demonstration of these qualities of Truth and that's what makes them alive (remember our "living" God?) in our experience! Feel free to put any representative treasure in the box to share with the kids as they name the qualities of Truth that they think might be "treasures".

Pycl #5: Well, you have to share the story of Solomon and the two mothers. How does Truth become clear in this story? Did Solomon have to make a "decision"? Is this a little like how we can make decisions that are difficult in our lives—with a metaphorical sword? Here, "The idea of Truth: justice" was made clear when the light of Truth was shined on the situation. You can point out that the true mother was recognizable by her true love for the baby and see how this syncs with citation S10: "Man's genuine selfhood is recognizable only in what is good and true."

If you don't have a bunch of crazy little boys in your class you could bring each a "sword of Truth". One thought is to go to a box store where they sell paint and get some paint-stirring sticks for free. These could be used as is (I don't recommend a point), or you can cover them with silver duct tape and fashion a hilt and point from tape if you wish. How does this sword of Truth work? Why would Truth be "sharp"? Does discernment of what is real come with a certain sharp, clear view of God's goodness—an ability to divide the true from the false? How can we sharpen our sword-like thinking so that we are not fooled by false ideas of things—sickness, sadness, anger, hurt, and so on?

Pycl #6: You can continue the idea of discerning the false from the true with Jesus' parable of the kingdom of heaven in citation B13. Feel free to even bring a small net to demonstrate. This could be a bed sheet even and you could simulate casting it out to catch "fish". When we wake up each day we are presented with many thoughts. Some of them might be good, joyful, excited. Maybe some are disappointed, stubborn, etc. Can we do anything about these thoughts? Can we throw out the bad/untrue and keep the good/true? What kind of effort does that take? How do we do this? Sometimes gratitude is a good way to help us hold onto the true. Sometimes we have to even just say "okay" and be "okay" with good even when we are tempted to "keep" the bad. We will find that by even just listening to the Truth in our thinking brings it to life, makes Truth a "living" God in our experience.

Have a great Sunday!

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