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[PYCL: Find calm & joy in all you do by first accepting God as the source of all ability… (2)]
Possible Younger Class Lessons for the Christian Science Bible Lesson for

“Reality”

on March 27, 2016

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

Pycl #1: What fun that we have this subject to accompany Easter Sunday! Throughout the lesson we find ways that Jesus, from beginning to ascension, revealed the reality of being. He did this through healing, teaching, showing us the way to do the same. The Easter story, especially linked with the ascension, truly shows us that Life is demonstrably eternal. It would be productive to share together some thoughts about reality and Easter, what they have to do with one another. The children may have some interesting thoughts of their own about this. What is the real man that Jesus showed us? What is the real God? How are they different from what people might have thought before?

Pycl #2: I have a 12-year-old son and it made me think about what it would be like to take such a bold step at that age and stay behind to speak seriously with important religious leaders. It is worth asking some of the classes that are of that age bracket. Maybe Jesus felt confident enough because he knew that God was the source of all being and the source of his thoughts, questions, answers. As it says in citation S2: "To grasp the reality and order of being you must begin by reckoning God as the divine Principle [source] of all that really is." How can we today use that kind of knowledge to help us proceed with the same confident desire to understand and learn about all Good? If we pursue every endeavor by first acknowledging God as the source of our understanding, our ability, our strength, and so on, we will find that we can be more certain, more calm, more joyful in everything we do.

Pycl #3: I like the idea of figuring some way to act out or explain the process of building a road. Citation B10 speaks of first going through the "gates". The gates to a city were where people met to make important decisions, to visit… And think of a couple of weeks ago when the widow woman was at the gates of the city looking for a bit of firewood to make her son and herself their last meal. She was met by Elijah, who helped her see the reality of abundance and God's supply of good. I like to think of the gate as symbolizing that point in our thought where we are ready and waiting for God's word to touch our consciousness, a place where we are really desiring that inspiration. Then it tells us to "prepare the way", to "build a highway", to "gather out the stones" and to "lift up a standard". Have your class look at each of these steps and figure out what that means in our thought. If you have some land around your church or some way to improvise you could actually take the children outside and have them clear a path in the brush or something like that. Bring a tool or two. Or bring a cookie tray with edges and some sand and gravel and have them make tiny roads in the sand, moving stones and sticks, etc. out of the way. What does a stone represent in our thinking? How do we "prepare" for a road (literally). And how did God prepare us for Jesus? How did Jesus prepare us to understand the truth about God and man?

Pycl #4: Talk about what a standard is. (from Golden Text and citation B6 among others!) After determining the nature of a standard and thinking about what each of our own standard might be you could have them each build one. You could just bring in some sticks that are tall and fairly straight and some construction paper and a stapler or good tape. On each flag have them design something or use words that represent to them something Christ-like that they want to "lift up" for all to see. How are they going to do that this week? Maybe we can become adept and looking for such standards among us and rallying to them. If we are good and seeing God's reality around us, we may find that we are seeing these standards everywhere!

Pycl #5: Talk about the temple veil. What was its function? It was there to separate the regular man from the holiest of holies where only the high priest could enter once a year. So we can see why that would be something that would literally and symbolically be torn apart by Jesus' crucifixion. Based on Bible references, historians think that the veil at one time was 60 feet tall and 30 feet wide and 4 inches thick! That would be something to tear! Give the kids a thick piece of fabric with no previous tears in it, it would be great if it had a hem in it so it was less easy to rip, after all I imagine the temple veil would not have had raw edges. Have them try to tear it. Talk about how thick, etc. the temple veil was and how it tore top to bottom when Jesus died on the cross. Discuss how that represented the destruction of the so-called barrier between God and man. (You can think too about how tearing from top to bottom might represent God being "above", tearing that humanly-created ritualistic sense of separation from Him.) Do we create barriers between ourselves and God? What about when we think we aren't "good enough" Christian Scientists, or we are too "dumb" to do something, or afraid or whatever they have to add. Aren't these thoughts barriers between us and our Father-Mother? Also interesting is to think about how a veil hides things. In the temple it was supposed to hide the holiest place where God lived from us regular people. A veil on a bride is supposed to hide her… Science and Health defines VEIL in part as "hypocrisy". (S21) What is that? Do we give lip service to loving Jesus and then do things that are not very Christ-like? How is the veil sort of the opposite of the "standard" that we have been talking about this week? Citation S23 points out something to think about today. Are we thinking that the spiritual is the "uncertain and unreal"? It's easy to be fooled into thinking that matter is the substantial and real deal (think of the last two weeks' lessons!). To become more certain about the reality of God what can we do?

Pycl #6: The resurrection really turned reality (as it was known) on its "ear". How is that? Maybe even more, the ascension did this as well! What happened to matter (his body) when Jesus ascended? What does that say about matter and reality? Was Jesus the only one who ascended? [Enoch walked with God and was not… Elijah

Pycl #7: There are a couple of passages in the 6th section that might be fun to ponder together. Jesus is speaking to and of us when he promises that his followers shall cast out devils, speak in tongues, take up serpents, etc.. Do those things mean exactly what they say? Can the children think together, for example, about what serpents represent? Twisted, lying thought (think Genesis 2). Venomous or poisonous words or deeds. How can we "cast" those out of our experience today? If we are very clear about reality being spiritual we are less likely to be fooled into accepting anything poisonous or cruel into our thought as real or powerful. See what you come up with together!

The second thing that might be interesting is from citation B20 and refers to making straight paths so that the lame will not "be turned out of the way". I was thinking that this could be seen in two different ways.
1. The "lame" could be almost literal. If we don't make an effort to make goodness and the Science of the Christ clear and demonstrable, the sick, etc. won't turn to it, won't have the opportunity to experience that Christ-healing (think here of that "standard"!).
2. The "lame" could also be anyone struggling with a too strong sense of life in matter and its attractions. If they feel unloved, judged—they won't follow Christ. So we must make the path clear through a Christly, loving example. Citation S27 also speaks to how we make that path clear.

Have an awesome Sunday!

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