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[PYCL: Feel victorious, not victimized! Make a mobile of spiritual qualities! (4, 2)]
Possible Younger Class Lessons for the Christian Science Bible Lesson for

”Mortals and Immortals”
on November 13, 2016

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

Pycl #1: Look at the Golden Text together. Have each child draw or trace a circle on a piece of paper. Now have them try to "add" to that circle. They might try to draw a bigger circle, or put decorations on the outside of the circle, but can they "add" to it? Why not? This is a symbol of how God's creation—us!—cannot be "added" to. We can discover more and more about our true selves, but this eternal, spiritual, true selfhood, existed always… it is not being added onto. What does this say about how much we know about our true selves? Can we learn more now? How do we go about doing this? Do we look to matter, or to spiritual sense? Always, always, we have to come back to what spiritual sense is and how we each, at any age, use this sense to determine the truth about man and about creation. (Two citations about spiritual sense that always help me: S&H 209:31-32 and S&H 505:20-21 (and what follows!) These two citations apply to each of us as complete expressions of Mind no matter our supposed "age".

Pycl #2: What about extending the above Pycl and cutting out colorful circles to hang like ornaments from a mobile. On each circle you could write spiritual, infinite qualities that define us, give us spiritual, true, form and beauty. If you wanted to go to the trouble, believe it or not, Christmas displays are already on sale in most craft and box stores. You can buy an inexpensive container of plastic ball-shaped ornaments in a variety of colors to build such a mobile from. Write on them with indelible marker. To hang them, you could find a nicely shaped branch of a tree, hang the ornaments from fishing line or string from balance points on the branch, and the branch from the ceiling (Or just hang them at different heights from a room divider!). Alternatively, if you use a felt board, with smaller children, you could use colored felt circles.

Pycl #3: Thinking that we are mortal, physical people, or some combination of matter and Spirit, is a lot like being stuck in a prison cell. How do the children think this might be so? Do we feel completely unlimited in our activities and thoughts? Do we feel like we can claim our happiness and peace at all times? What does a prison of "being material' look like? Does it have to be a cell in a jail or prison? What about Aeneas in citation B15? Did he feel "free"? How about after Peter healed him? What did he say to Aeneas when he healed him? ("Jesus Christ maketh thee whole…") Remember those circles? How did Peter attain his freedom in literal prison (B16)? How would prayer make that happen? Is it different than the prayer that Peter used to heal Aeneas?

Pycl #4: It is helpful for children to feel that they are powerful, not victims of others more powerful. David and Goliath is such a great story for this. Was David powerless against Goliath? Why or why not? What did David have that gave him confidence, power? Do we have that same thing giving us power and confidence today? Goliath was actually weighed down and limited severely by his heavy armor. He even had to have someone along to help him carry his shield and battle gear. He wasn't going into battle trusting in anything but the might of his body and the protection of a lot of heavy equipment. Sometimes it might feel like we are going into a "battle" under-equipped. We look around us and others might seem like they have a powerful advantage over us. But truly, when we get back to our spiritual sense, we can hear God whispering in our ear, enveloping us in Love, telling us just what is really happening. And then we see, like David, that we have every advantage over the limiting weight of material power. And often we find we don't have to actually "engage" in combat. You know, David didn't even really have to get close to Goliath at all did he!? For Goliath, it really was like "bringing a knife to a gunfight". This is the power we find that we have (within that complete "circle" sense of true identity), when we use our spiritual senses to determine the lay of the battlefield. [As Christie Hanzlik, CS, describes in this fun, animated-video,] David didn't enter a battle where he was disadvantaged; he knew he had every advantage that mattered. He had the understanding of the truth about man and God. We have that too.

Pycl #5: I know this is really just an extension of the last Pycl, but it might be fun to bring in something really heavy for the kids to put on. Bring some tall boots that come above their knees. You could make a weighted vest from simply a piece of fabric with a hole for the child's head. In the front and back you could fold up the hem and either sew or simply tie something quite heavy on each side of the "vest". Have the child hold something very heavy in each hand (probably not a fake sword, since that can lead to a lot of silliness). Just explain that this is a little like what it might have felt like for Goliath. You can have someone be the "shield bearer" and have something heavy and shield-like for them to carry. Then hand a “sling," (can be homemade and just representative) and a few small stones to another student. How does that child feel? Are they burdened? Can they move freely? Do they need extra help to carry the stones? I'm sure you can come up with another way to drive this lesson home; this is just a quick idea.

Pycl #6: Sometimes the idea of being a "mortal" can seem attractive. When we don't really feel like acknowledging that we are spiritual, divine, unlimited. Check out citation S11 and talk about whether they have seen moths flying around a light at night. Do the moths profit from this activity or do they beat themselves to death against the light? (Have they ever observed the dead moths around a light source?) The flame is attractive to them, but it doesn't help them, benefit them in any way. This is kind of like how matter and material things can be when we accept that we are just material beings and don't try to understand more about reality. Matter seems pretty attractive sometimes, but it never likes you back… because it isn't your true, lasting, beautiful identity. You might like to think of our true self, as a self that emits its own light, attracting good, emitting good. You could discuss this sort of illumination in terms of the story in citation B13 about the transfiguration. Where did the light in this story come from? What does this story teach us today about immortality and immortal man?

Have an awesome Sunday.

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