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[PYCL— Help kids understand how to think about their bodies! Share lots of healings!]
CedarS PYCLs–Possible Younger Class Lessons for:

Soul and Body
The Christian Science Bible Lesson for May 25, 2014

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

[PYCL 1] 
Helping kids understand how to think about their bodies will give them a real leg up as they move forward in their understanding of Christian Science.  It can be very confusing to claim that we are not sick, or hurt, when the body screams otherwise.  We want to bridge that gap between what things feel like, and why we can safely and effectively address these feelings through Christian Science prayer and treatment.  Of course, healing, regularly, effectively, fearlessly, will be the biggest part of the equation in helping kids (or anyone) to understand why we can rely on Christian Science to care for our bodies.  So make sure there is a big dose of healing in our classes this week!!

[PYCL 2] 
Have fun with the discussion this week of “temple”.  What is it, what does it represent, what do we “do” there?  How do we “worship” in our “body” or temple?  What does this kind of worship look like?  When you walk into church, do you look at the building and worship that?  Or are you looking to God and trying to understand Her better?  So when we are thinking about our body, maybe we can look to God to understand what the body represents, rather than thinking about our body itself, or some problem with this body.

[PYCL 3] 
The Golden Text (G.T.) talks about the temple being “holy”.  What does that mean?  Can you come up with thoughts and ideas that are holy?  How do we include those in our thoughts about the body?  If we are thinking “I have a … problem with my body”, or “I'm not set up for…” are these thoughts holy?  With the littler kids you could bring a broom and give them the broom to “sweep out” those unholy thoughts about their bodies.  I love looking at the definition of “temple” in citation S4.  Cut it into smaller chunks: our “body” is… “…the idea of Life”, it is “…the idea of substance”, it is “…the idea of intelligence”, it is “…the superstructure of Truth” and “…the shrine of Love”.  Talk about what a superstructure and a shrine is.  These images are powerful and healing.  You can link this discussion to the story in section 5 about Jesus casting the money-changers and other merchants out of the temple.  What do these guys represent?  What can we do today to cast those “things” out of our own “temples”/bodies?  Wasn't Jesus making the temple a holier place of worship by casting out the trappings of materialistic worship?  What do we do that materializes our own worship?  With these younger kids there are some practical points in citations like S24, where we are asked to “Look away from the body into Truth and Love…” and to “Hold thought steadfastly to the enduring, the good, and the true…” Can you think together about what that might specifically look like?

[PYCL 4] 
Is the body different from man?  Are we our bodies?  Can you find answers in the lesson to these questions?  Our body does not “contain” our identity.  Mrs. Eddy doesn't argue that we don't have a body.  She explains that body and Soul are identity, which is, in turn, “reflection of Spirit” (S1).  We have never been a mortal man with Spirit somehow “hiding” inside us.  You can use citation S10 to portray the idea of man being like a “ray of light”.  Man is “…the outcome of God…”  We could be called “God-shine”!  One passage that can help us “place” our bodies in the proper context is citation S11.  This might be something to talk about with slightly older children.  Really dig into this passage and try to grasp some of the ideas and their practical application.  With younger ones you extract the essence and talk more about how our thought can “shape” or “direct” our body because it is governed by Mind, by God's intelligence and not by matter itself…  You will have to think ahead about your age group here.  Talk about “drawing” your body in your thought.  What do you want to draw?  Do you want to “draw” this body healthy, happy, strong, fast, (do these qualities rest in muscles, bones, etc.)?  This is how we “transform” the body, rather than “conform” to the world's view of the body (B13).

[PYCL 5] 
Have they ever thought about the definition of Church (S27) as a source of healing when working out challenges that the body sometimes suggests?  I've found it to be a very helpful source of healing for all kinds of bodily “complaints”.  Do you have a healing to share that springs from this definition?  How could it help us?  Try to stay with the concrete here, and not with the speculative.  Why does her definition of Church deal with healing?  How does it relate to the subject here of Soul and Body?  Look at citation B24: “Christ is the head of the church: and he is the saviour of the body.”  Christ is the active healing power in Christian Science, it is the head of the “Structure of Truth and Love…” and it heals the body!

[PYCL 6] 
We want to see that the body is subject to Truth, that we are not helpless victims of the material suggestions of pain and injury, etc.  Citation S30 gives us the directive that will help us clear the way to seeing the spiritual facts, right where material evidence disagrees with these facts.  Again she uses the term “sweep away” to indicate that these material views and arguments are not substantial.  They yield to the thought and to the higher understanding of Soul.  


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