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[PYCL: Gain truth only by understanding the Bible! (#2)]
Possible Younger Class Lessons for the Christian Science Bible Lesson for

“Is the Universe, including Man, Evolved by Atomic Force?”

on June 19, 2016

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

Pycl #1: Check out the Golden Text together emphasizing that "name" means nature or identity in the Bible. So what does this passage say about God knowing us if he knows the stars? You could reduce this, far less poetically, to "you matter to God". Get some facts and figures about the number of stars in the universe… do some comparisons that would mean something to children to give them a sense of the immensity of God's love and care for each of Her children.

Pycl #2: One thing that is emphasized in citation S3 is the importance of a spiritual understanding of the Bible. Mary Baker Eddy says that we can only gain truth through understanding the Scriptures! And she says that it is the spiritual perception of the Scriptures that heals and inspires faith (S3). What about looking at the stories in this lesson, in particular, maybe some of the other verses as well, and working together to understand what they are saying spiritually. One example: In the Responsive Reading there is a reference to Jabez’s prayer to "…enlarge my coast…" What does that mean? Is it literally to have a longer coast line for his country? Does it mean anything specifically to us today? "Enlarge the place of thy tent, and let them stretch forth the curtains of thine habitations". Ask the littler ones what a tent is; show them a picture of the kind of tent that they may have been referring to. Did they know that for a long time, the Jew's church was in a tent as they travelled! A tent is more flexible than a building isn't it? What are these verses telling us we should do? The verse about singing even if you are barren and childless might be another to look at. These are children we are talking to, do they know why a woman in those days might be really, really sad if they had no children? That was almost the only way they were valued as people. Is that true today, do we think a woman is only important if she has children? So with that in mind this verse is telling us something like: you should rejoice in God, even when everything seems awful, because you are valuable and God has created you useful, wonderful, beautiful. (Or something like that!) You could also look at the story of Blind Bartimaeus in citation B7. What does it mean that he threw off his "garment"? Why do they mention that? What if the garment could be viewed symbolically as Bartimaeus leaving behind his limited sense of himself and coming toward the Christ view of man? Have the kids try the action of throwing off a cloak (could be any clothing item you bring in). As they do this, they can say something limiting that they want to leave behind them. You can keep going with this kind of work with other stories. Look at the story of Paul and Silas in Section 5. The foundations of the prison were shaken and prisoners freed. Isn't that a great symbol of the foundations of matter and all its imprisoning limitations are shaken and destroyed, we are set free through a spiritual understanding of God? Keep this as a running theme each week and touch on the spiritual view of a Bible passage or story, one or two a week together!

Pycl #3: You may want to address the subject of the lesson at some point! What does all that mean? Why is it important? Why do we care how we are evolved? What difference does it make? What does it mean on a daily basis for each of us? Can you think about what it means that God made "light" before sun and moon? (See citation S1 also). Have the kids think about all the different meanings of the word "light". Have them look at a cartoon with a light bulb above someone's head when they have an idea. Can you see a reflection in the dark? So…isn't it necessary to have light in order to have a reflection?

Pycl #4: I think it would be great if everyone could get some understanding of citation B4. It is so beautiful to really grasp that each of us has been here, with God, forever. He has been "daily" rejoicing in each of us–before mountains, hills, "fountains", the sea and so on! Citation S4 says that “Divine Science rolls back the clouds of error with the light of Truth, and lifts the curtain on man as never born and as never dying”! This material sense of the world represents the "gradations of human belief…" (S6). You can put this into a child's vocabulary. We enjoy the beauty of the natural world because of the beauty and promise that it represents. We care for our bodies because that is how we see ourselves just now. But as Christian Scientists, we know that this is not the reality of creation and we demonstrate this fact by healing in opposition to these material laws that we "see" around us. The story of Jesus walking on the water in citation B10 is a great example of this!

Pycl #5: It might be interesting to use citation S28 as a basis for a little project. Bring in some Playdough or something similar. Have them make something very simple. Then have them add on to it, and add something on again. Keep this very simple for those who don't have an easy time shaping things. When they are done, talk about how their object was made. How about a bicycle…? It has different component parts right? It doesn't come squirting out of the "bicycle mold" in one piece does it? Now think about man. Did God make us from a tiny molecule, or little pieces? Did He "grow" us from an egg? Now have them look at a time lapse opening of a flower. Talk about "unfoldment" and how a bud contains everything and just opens up. All that is part of that blossom is there and only needs to "unfold" in order to be appreciated. How is that different from the figure that you made out of Playdough? (S28). How is that like the way that God made us? Doesn't the idea of being created from something small and being "grown" or "added on to", imply that we aren't complete from the onset?

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