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[PYCL: Feel Spirit whenever you do something with joy, unselfishness, grace, energy…(5)]
Possible Younger Class Lessons for the Christian Science Bible Lesson on

“Spirit”
for August 12, 2018

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

Pycl #1: What is God as Spirit? Can you come up together with qualities of Spirit? How are they different and the same as some of the other synonyms? Why do we have this synonym? Can you find a number of places in the Bible or even just in this Bible lesson where God is referred to as "Spirit"? Make sure there is an understanding that the synonyms were not "made up" by Mary Baker Eddy, rather they are deeply rooted in the Bible, either stated overtly as with Love and Spirit, or implied in very clear ways! Each synonym perfectly and fully describes a specific facet of God and is a necessary name for God. What makes Spirit uniquely necessary? (Notice that many of the synonyms do share qualities, for sure, but they each have a certain uniqueness that gives us a deeper sense of God's identity and healing power.) Just answered this, but maybe ask "Why do we have synonyms for God? Why not just call Him God? Are there other "names" for God in the Bible? How about when God tells Moses that He is "I AM"?

Pycl #2: Spirit is another word for breath or wind in the Bible and as such it's interesting to use wind when you are sharing thoughts about Spirit. If there is any breeze outside that would be a neat opportunity to take the kids outside to feel it. Talk about where it came from. Think about whether you "see" wind or just the results or effect of wind? (S29) How is this a great analogy for Spirit? Do we literally see Spirit? In what way then do we see Spirit and the effect of Spirit around us? Can you think of many daily ways in which we see Spirit? Make a list of these ways to keep on the wall in your Sunday School room and add to it each week. Seeing and hearing God in daily life is an important conscious way for us to recognize God's/Spirit's presence and power throughout life!

Pycl #3: If another name for Spirit is breath, how is that a cool analogy for it always being with us, always inside and out? Can we ever escape from breath or breathing? (Other than under water, but ask them to stick with our natural environment). Look at that fantastic Psalm 139 from the Responsive Reading. Put it in modern language and give some healing examples of how that Psalm has proven the presence of Spirit in your life, or in the life of another.

A testimony that used to accompany the article in the cassette version "God's Law of Adjustment", by Adam Dickey, is a beautiful example of how Spirit can be deeply felt and powerfully save. This link should help you find it! https://sentinel.christianscience.com/shared/view/1y3h9x3xzfw?s=e

It is by Roland Allen from the June 2, 1945 edition of the Christian Science Sentinel. You can read it aloud, or, for younger children, you can carefully describe the ship he was working on and the position he found himself in. Draw a diagram of the boat. Tell it more as a story and include how he prayed. Then how he felt so clearly the presence of Spirit. What did he find out that his wife had been doing while he had been at work? What/Who told her that he needed prayerful support?

Pycl #4: This Pycl is linked to the one above. Still building on Psalm 139, take a look at the ideas in this Psalm and think about how they were a healing message for Mr. Allen. Why was it important that he feel that there was a law in operation (one that he remembered hearing about in the article "God's Law of Adjustment") that was applicable in every circumstance? How can that same law help us on a daily basis? Take a look at Hymn 599 in the new hymnal supplement, a lovely rendition of this Psalm. Feel free to see if you can all learn it together. The rhythm is a little tricky so look at it ahead! It is a fun way to memorize a portion of this Psalm for any time when we feel the need to understand that we cannot ever be removed from God's presence. I like to get a sense of the fact that Spirit is tangible and the more avenues we provide for children to feel Spirit's presence, the better!

Pycl #5: Speaking of tangible, citations B10, S11 and S12 are an interesting way to think about Spirit. This maybe is a little too much like the Pycl about the wind, but it brings in that famous passage about how "Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him. But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God." Read this from a translation in modern English for your pupils, or freely translate it on your own to give them a clearer sense of what it is saying.

Ask about things that are absolutely true, but that you cannot see. For example, can you "see" the love you have for your mom and dad? Can you see what God is saying to us? I'm sure you can think of many other ways to illustrate this idea! I think the important "take-home" here is that Spirit is the aspect of God that is often felt as His nudge to feel the goodness of a certain direction that we are taking, and way that we are "being". It is a lot like our individuality in action. When we feel that we want to do something and that thing is a thing of joy, unselfishness, grace, energy, intelligence, and so on, we can be sure that we are feeling Spirit within our consciousness!

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