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[PYCL: Help students REAL-IZE REALITY by using their REAL EYES! (2)]
Possible Younger Class Lessons for the Christian Science Bible Lesson for


on September 25, 2016

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

Pycl #1: A bit like last week, we can learn more together in Sunday School by digging into some of the themes, such as the "word"—rather than by trying to engage in an esoteric discussion of what is "real" and "unreal" around us. Mrs. Eddy tells us that "The dream that matter and error are something must yield to reason and revelation." (Italics added, S13). We can focus on these two methods of deepening our understanding about what is real even here in Sunday School. Think about some ways that we reason through what is real in this week's lesson. You could work with the subject of dreams in Section 3. Have them tell you what dreams are like. (You will be there all day if you get some kids going on silly dreams— so be careful!) Do they seem real to you while you are "in" them? Do all the same "rules" apply in dreams as in waking? (Can you sometimes fly? Do you change things while you are dreaming? Do you sometimes run really fast, or feel like you can't run at all? etc.) How do we know that what we are doing when we are awake is so much more real? How can we test if something is real? Now find some really good examples of healing where evidence disappeared in a way that is obvious to a child. Either tell in your own words or read a testimony or two of healing from a periodical. What happened to the "problem"? Did it "go" somewhere else? If it disappeared, does that say something about its "reality"? I know this one Pycl is getting long, but you can divide it up if that is helpful. Continuing in this vane, in citation S20 Mrs. Eddy tells us that "…Truth destroys only what is untrue." That sounds obvious, but work together with this idea. The Truth about something is the reality, the fact of its being. It cannot make something that is substantial, eternal, divine, disappear. Only what is a lie can be destroyed because it is anchored in matter.

Pycl #2: So we need a new Pycl here, but this is related and a continuation of, the Truth making the lie or error disappear because of its own falsity. Talk about how we heal. We don't begin by looking at the problem, sickness, etc. as a "real" thing that we have to "get rid of" by praying just right! We look at the problem as the lie about God and about us. There are many passages you can work with in this lesson that help in this process. But continuing the theme about the dream you could look at citation S19 for some steps to eradicate the lie that would try to insist in its own existence and reality. Take them through the steps here: "mentally insist that harmony is the fact…" "Realize the presence of health…" "until…." So there is insistence, and realization, and persistence. What do these terms mean to us? What especially is "realization"? What word is hidden within that word? How is this process like waking up from a bad dream? Have they ever had a time when it was hard to shake-off the bad feelings of a nightmare? We can wake up scared, sad, angry… and find that even though we know what we dreamed was only a dream, we are left with feelings that come from thinking of the dream as "real". Yet, usually we can rid ourselves of these feelings as we come fully awake and recognize (realize) that it was truly, only a dream.

Pycl #3: What about this "word" that is sprinkled throughout the lesson this week? What is the "word"? You could bring in a paper copy of the Bible lesson and have them highlight everywhere that the lesson uses the "word". Then look together and see if you get a picture of what it means by looking at the high-lightings. Here are a few things that the word can represent: a seed (something from which food can grow, produce, feed, bless). The word is something that makes creation appear—become visible. The word could be seen as light, revealing reality, healing because of this revelation. The word is Creator, it is also Divine Science (S30). The word is what makes God's power to heal and bless, visible to man. How do we use it to "plant", reveal, and so on?

Pycl #4: What is a publisher? How do we "publish" God's goodness, or His word? There are some ideas in citation B20, but there are other ways as well. Think of how prophets did this, for example, Elijah in citations B7 and B8. Jesus was a great publisher; he did this work every time he healed someone. His "publishing" was usually very public and well-known too! In this lesson he does this in citation B13. Have any of the students in class had a healing published? Do they want to write one up during Sunday School? Do you have something that you've been working on in Sunday School that would be worthy of publication in one of the periodicals? You all could work on this together and you can share what is contained in a good testimony of healing.

Pycl #5: We did talk a bit last week about how to tell the difference between material and spiritual things. This lesson talks about it in terms of discerning what is real and unreal. This is a big part of healing. Do they have some thoughts on how they can prove for themselves that sickness, or whatever problem they select, is unreal? How can they tell? Have some of your own examples for this.

Have an awesome Sunday!

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