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[PYCL: Have some fun with (designing a divine house of ideas! (#1)]
Possible Younger Class Lesson ideas for the Christian Science Bible Lesson on

“Is the Universe, Including Man, Evolved by Atomic Force?”
for June 23, 2019

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

Pycl #1: Last week's Golden Text had a reference to dwelling in the house of the Lord, this week's asks "…what house will ye build me?" Maybe we could think about what God's "house" might look like? With the youngest you can bring in a doll house or something similar. Ask them direct questions about if God lives in a house with windows, doors, bedrooms, kitchen, etc. Why or why not? (This gets to the question of who God is, and eventually, who man is and how the universe is formed. All relevant to this week's lesson!)

Once we've established that God probably does not live in a house as we think of them, can we "build" a house for God out of ideas? Can the kids design it? How does God live? Does God/Love/Life/Truth, etc. need infinite space to be expressed? What kind of rest is needed and what would God "rest" on? What then, might a bed represent? Does God need a period of unconsciousness to be restful? How might we develop a better view of the peace that God expresses? What would the "windows" in God's house represent? How about the kitchen? Could that be full of spiritual food for thought, for inspiration, satisfaction, flavor, energy, delight, companionship? You get the idea! Have some fun with this.

Pycl #2: There is much in this lesson about seeing the "invisible". Let's think about what is substance and what is eternal, versus what is material and "temporal". Look at the story in citation B12. What was this parable illustrating? What is it that we are in danger of trying to develop and save and succeed at? If we focus on material things, human happiness (from stuff, friends, activities—rather than the spiritual ideas behind them—usefulness, love, life!), then we are not going to see God around us and our happiness will not last!

Seeing spiritually means we are enjoying the moment we are living in, not looking ahead to "better" times, or even behind to good times! Try it right there in Sunday School. What can each of you appreciate right in this moment that is happening? Maybe it is a pretty room, a breeze or sunshine if you are outside, the love of one of your classmates or a teacher, the idea that is in a Bible story, the hymn you just sang… Can you make this a practice during your week, so that you begin to perceive the "invisible" more and more, and the material fades into the background?

Pycl #3: There is much in this lesson about creation being perfect. This includes man. Look up "perfect" in the Bible and we find "complete, whole". Substitute this meaning in the lesson. For example, in citation S20 Mary Baker Eddy tells us that when we understand how we are whole, this knowledge and understanding helps keep our thought in "new and healthy channels…". We have to make some changes in our thought patterns to get these new channels.

Try pouring some water in a little pile of damp sand in a plastic dish tub. If you pour slowly, the water will follow a channel that it creates. If you pour again, that channel widens. In order to make a new channel, you either have to pour in a different spot, or you have to make that channel impassible by flattening it out and starting fresh. This is like the "new" channels referred to. This aligns with citation S26 which tells us to "Take possession of your body, and govern its feeling and action." In order to do this, we may have to make that fresh channel that will be one that supports a claim to dominion, authority, love, and faith that we know Love has given us. Our wholeness, and our understanding of that wholeness, won't allow us to think in patterns that are destructive, or misleading! We are complete, lovely, magnificent and spiritual!

Pycl #4: A few weeks ago, I suggested an exercise for following a "recipe for beauty". In the class I was teaching we actually followed a recipe for no-bake peanut butter balls while discussing the rules of a recipe, how the ingredients form something edible, hopefully delicious, when combined. I made little "books", just cut strips of paper about 4" tall and folded them accordion style and glued a pretty or interesting picture on the front. This was to be their book full of recipes. They could be recipes for beauty (we discussed the passage in citation S12 this week). It could also have recipes for, say, "athleticism", or "wisdom". You can think together about these ingredients. Each page could be titled with a different recipe and "ingredients". How does this relate to the subject in this week's lesson?

Why the story in citation B8? What was the challenge for Samuel when "choosing" the next king from among Jesse's sons? What does a strong king, good warrior/leader "look" like? What qualities does he/she embody? Talk together about the qualities that king David embodied. Do these qualities have anything to do with matter? We also spent time in that class forming a list of qualities that described ourselves, our identity, not including anything physical (stuff that "disappears/is temporal").

Pycl #5: One of the things mentioned in this lesson in Section 2, is the role of faith, which is a step "beyond" belief. Sometimes we have to proceed with what we have, it might be a sense of faith that we know, even if we don't quite understand something completely… MBE talks about this state of thought in S7. This kind of faith can take us to a level where we become ready to see something in its true state– health, wholeness, and this, in turn, helps us to deepen faith into understanding! She likens faith to a "chrysalis state of human thought". I found out, years ago, when we used to raise caterpillars in terrariums at home throughout the summer, an astonishing fact. The caterpillar does not "transform" into a butterfly. It actually liquifies, and then re-forms into a butterfly. Think of this in the context of the channels I mentioned earlier!!

Talk about forming utterly anew! How is this like creation that is spiritual, rather than formed by "atomic force"? Doesn't it reflect the divine intelligence of Mind? Look at the next sentence after the one about the chrysalis in citation S7 "Until belief becomes faith, and faith becomes spiritual understanding, human thought has little relation to the actual or divine." Isn't that like that "liquified" caterpillar/butterfly? What relation does it bear to the amazing creature that emerges after a period of days inside that case? Can we think of ourselves as entire, intelligently arranged ideas, already "thought", designed, expressed? Not with matter, but by Spirit?

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