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[PYCL—“Help us to” hide failings of family/friends and “to build each other up.” (Hymn 105)]
CedarS PYCLs–Possible Younger Class Lessons for:

The Christian Science Bible Lesson for February 2, 2014

by Kerry Jenkins, CS, House Springs, MO   (314) 406-0041
[with bracketed italics by Warren Huff, CedarS Director]

[PYCL 1— Count how many times love is in the lesson & discuss the kind of love in each section.]
Have the kids look for everywhere it says “love one another” in the lesson and count them. You have to look in the Responsive Reading too, as there are many repetitions of this phrase even though it is not isolated or quoted from the same text every time in the lesson. Why this repetition?  Can they discover the different kinds of love in each section?  Some of them relate directly to citation B4's containing the fifth Commandment about honoring your father and mother.  Others relate to other kinds of family connections and some to the wider sense of loving your “neighbor”, as in the story of Elisha and the Syrian army, or Jesus healing the woman who couldn't stand up straight.  With the smaller kids they might enjoy having you show them how 'Love' and 'love' looks/is spelled, and see where they can find it and circle it, if you have paper copies of the lesson.  Then you can talk about where the word appears and find a story to share that relates to that use of the word, something from that section or anything that seems relevant really!

[PYCL 2—“Help us to” hide failings of family/friends & “build each other up.” Hymn 105]
You can talk about citation B4 since it is in the Commandments and that's always a good place to start.  What do they think this Commandment means?  Does it simply mean that we always do what our parents tell us?  Is it referring to our parents or to God or to a combination?  How should we regard our parents?  I love that section two gives us a weird story to contemplate along with this Commandment.  I'm pretty sure most kids would enjoy thinking about this story.  Nothing wrong with presenting it with a bit of humor.  But then you can talk about how each son approached the uncomfortable position that their father was in.  Should we “expose” our family's/friends problems and laugh at them?  Or should we find ways to sort of look away and “cover up” their shortcomings, help them to improve and not to “look/see” these failings as a part of them?  You can talk about how Noah was clearly a good man, they know his story.  Shouldn't he be supported as a good man and not be looked upon or judged by a mistake that he may have made?  How about times when our mom or dad is short-tempered with us, or impatient or just not as cheerful as we'd like?  Should we get angry and be even more difficult… (hmmm, can you hear the parental voice here?)  This holds true for anyone we come into contact with!  The Sentinel for this week has some lovely information about the way that Ham, Noah's son, is considered to be the father of the Canaanites, who honored many Gods (rather than being faithful to the one God), and that Japheth and Shem were showing the utmost respect for their father by not even looking, as they covered him.  And then you have the story of Abraham looking for a wife for Isaac, his son, not among the Canaanites where he was living, but rather traveling to where his family still dwelt.  In this way he could honor his divine Father, and was honoring his own sense of father by keeping his family together.

[PYCL 3— Make a chain of happiness w/ links of unselfishness & unbreakable qualities.]
That story of Abraham is also a great place to talk about how our relationships within the family are more harmonious, stronger and more loving when they are based on unselfish motives.  This idea of unselfishness is scattered throughout the Bible lesson.  It becomes clear that happiness is dependent on unselfishness.  Why is that?  Can the kids answer that?  You can talk about citation S10, what does something that is welded “indissolubly” look like?  She uses the word 'links' here too.  Can you make a pretend “welded” chain (a paper chain, or you might make it with silver duct tape strips) and label each link with the qualities of character that make our family relationships strong as welded chain?  If love is “breakable” is it really from divine Love?  You could bring each child a short length of chain too and do a similar exercise by attaching a quality to each link with some masking tape that you've written the quality on.  What are some things that try to break these bonds of love?  Why are they only false suggestions?

[PYCL 4—Constantly subordinate the corporeal senses to see Love in action & in the lesson.]
To answer why are they only false suggestions, check out citation S3 and see what it might mean to “subordinate the false testimony of the corporeal senses to the facts of Science”. Talk about the word 'subordinate' and 'corporeal senses'. What happens when we 'subordinate' something? Is this easy to do?  What happens when we find ourselves really angry at our little or big brother or sister?  Try to come up with some authentic examples of how we can do this.  Maybe you can share an example or two from your own experience.  Really, as Christian Scientists, we are constantly subordinating the corporeal senses.  This makes it possible to see Love in action, right where we we're experiencing anger, hurt or rejection.  In keeping with this thought of 'seeing Love', where might we 'see Love' in this lesson? (tons of examples here) How about when Elisha prayed for God to 'open the eyes' of his servant so that his servant could see how God/Love was providing protection and safety to his country and city? (B16) Certainly God opened the eyes of the bent over woman in section 6 so that she could see her upright position as Jesus did. Shem and Japheth's eyes were only open to the good that their father possessed. Pharaoh’s daughter saw the baby Moses and adopted him out of love and against the rules that her father set out (this might be a cool opportunity to talk about how honoring our father and mother might be dependent on whether they are reflecting the Father-Mother God/Love? Though, in a sense, Pharaoh's daughter was honoring a truer sense of her father than even he could see at that time).

[PYCL 5—“Love is reflected in love”… and in your bringing examples of reflection.]
All this 'seeing' includes the light and beauty of reflection and you could do a little translating with the kids of citation B2. Talk about how we can look in a clear lake or pool and see our reflection.  Is this like Mrs. Eddy's translation of the Lord's Prayer where she says: “…Love is reflected in love.”? (S&H p.17). Bring a picture of a great reflection of something in water.

[PYCL 6— Discuss the fearless, unselfish love expressed by all the women around Moses.]
Have fun with the story of Moses in section 4.  Look at the fearless and unselfish love that was expressed by all the women in the story, think of them as “daughters of God”.  How did they honor their mutual Father?  Certainly by saving the baby Moses.  Remember that there were midwives involved who directly disobeyed Pharaoh's command to kill all the baby boys.  Moses' Mother who hid him.  His sister who watched nearby to see what became of her brother, and finally, Pharaoh's daughter who rescued him!  How do the ark and all the things leading up to his rescue illustrate Love’s activity?  Read Mrs. Eddy's definition of ‘Ark’.

Have fun this week!

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