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CedarS PYCLs–Possible Younger Class Lessons for:

Ancient and Modern Necromancy, alias Mesmerism and Hypnotism, Denounced
The Christian Science Bible Lesson for June 1, 2014

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

[PYCL 1] 
It is always fun to have the kids tell you about the subject, read the subject, and generally discuss, at least briefly, what it [and ancient and modern darkness are] all about. Why is it important to address the challenges that come to us, that keep us from seeing, feeling and acting on the presence and power of God?  Why do we have to address the error specifically instead of just dwelling on the Truth and Love?  Do they have some good reasons of their own to share?  Does it help us to recognize error for what it is, to keep from being fooled?  Sometimes darkness can seem very persuasive and if we have no reason to doubt its veracity, we can easily be convinced that God is not, after all, all-powerful Love.

[PYCL 2] 
Light and darkness never get “old” with the littler classes and the analogy works consistently with all ages.  You can always get out the flashlights with the littler ones.  Talk about where the dark “goes” when you turn on the light… Can the dark cover up the light if the light is shining?  Can the dark exert “power” over the light?  Then you can work with this idea in terms of how we let our own “light” shine in our day to day, [how and why we “live2give!”]  Do we work to be cheerful and loving to everyone around us even when we don't want to?  Do we make an effort to bless those that we are coming into contact with?  What exactly does it mean to let our “light” shine?  Even the older kids can consider this question and come up with some ideas to share.  See if they can move beyond the “pat” answer.  What does it mean for them at camp?  At school?  At home?  What might seem to come between them and letting that light shine?  Can they identify what suggestions are trying to persuade us to keep the glory of God from radiating out from us?  How are these suggestions related to the subject of this week's lesson.  What is “hypnotic” about them, or “mesmerizing” about them?

[PYCL 3] 
Continuing on with the light and dark theme, I think it is interesting to note that there can't be “just a little darkness” in the light.  There is no evil in good, no good in evil.  There is no evil in God, no mortal mind in Mind.   Can they try to put just a little dark into their flashlight beam?

[PYCL 4] 
Can your thought be a “fortress”?  Talk about what a fortress is.  You can even look at a verse of Hymn 3 which talks about how a “grateful heart” is a fortress.  Why would that be?  Think about this in conjunction with citation S8 which talks about how evil can't just wander around and find a place to settle if we build a strong defense with virtue and truth.  How do these qualities defend us from evil suggestions?

[PYCL 5] 
The imagery of the “house divided” and the “strong man” are always wonderful to think about together.  See if the older ones have their own thoughts on this passage (B11). With the little ones you can put this into your own words. They might get a kick out of thinking about how they can “tie up” mortal mind when it suggests rotten things to think about or do.  How do they “bind” it?  What sorts of chains, handcuffs, rope, do they use?  (Here you can think of ideas that would work as “restraints”).  Of course citation S12 is a big help when discussing these ideas.

[PYCL 6] 
I love citation B14 [about being “troubled on every side, yet not distressed”], especially for using at camp!  It helps to know that troubles and challenges are presented to all of us.  They don't land on our doorstep because God is “testing” us, because we are lousy Christian Scientists, or for any reason at all.  They come “because” we are always working to shed this mortal view of existence and these challenges represent that view that comes to be destroyed by the light of Christ, Truth, by Christian Science.  So we can see that while we may be “troubled on every side… we are not distressed… perplexed but not in despair…. Persecuted, but not forsaken…” and so on.  All of these difficulties are an opportunity to look not at what our senses tell us, but to look to God for the Truth.  So when we are challenged at camp to do something outside our comfort zone, we can find our comfort in the powerful, fearless presence of Life and Love.

[PYCL 7] 
The story of Kaspar Hauser might be interesting to the kids.  Many won't know it or won't have thought about the implications of it.  So you could certainly talk about the message it presents.   How does it apply to our life today?  What do we accept that is parallel to poor Kaspar's situation?  Are the mortal senses dependable?

[PYCL 8] 
You can always sing “This Little Light of Mine” with the little kids, if you know it!  What should we do with that light?  Should we “hide it under a bushel” with shyness?  With selfishness?  With sadness, or anger, or fear?  [With ho-hum sleepy apathy?]  No!!!  What does light sometimes give besides illumination?  Think of what the sun does.  Can our light bring warmth?  The warmth of Love can be felt tangibly as we let our joy, kindness, generosity, energy, unselfishness, and so on shine on all around us.  Maybe the kids can make a list of the kinds of qualities that represent that light that they are shining on all!

Have a great Sunday!     


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