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[PYCL: In each of Jesus’ healings discover how the principle behind it applies to you!]
CedarS PYCLs–Possible Younger Class Lessons for:

“Christ Jesus”
The Christian Science Bible Lesson for September 1, 2013

by Kerry Jenkins, CS, House Springs, MO (314) 406-0041
[bracketed inserts by Warren Huff]

[PYCL 1:   Help pupils think of ways that the principle behind each healing applies to them!]
This week's lesson is a great opportunity to talk about walking in the path that Jesus laid out for us.  What does that mean to us on a daily basis?  This can be for any level of student.  With the youngest you can take a walk as we have done before.  You could just pause every so often and share a healing that Jesus may have done.  You could all sit together in a circle and tell such a story, either from this week's lesson or any other stories that seem engaging.  If they are old enough, give them a turn to share their own Bible knowledge and see if they can tell one of these Bible stories that involve Jesus to the class.  After each story see if they can think of ways that the principle behind each healing (or you might say Principle!), can be used in their life each day.  I shared one idea like that in the CedarS metaphysical this week.  The parable of the Good Samaritan, while not a healing per se, has many deeply healing ideas within it.  One such idea is that the priest and Levite did not want to be “contaminated” by touching the man that was beaten.  You can think together of ways that we might be trying to avoid being “contaminated” when we should be acting with courage and love to help our neighbor.  I suspect that this activity alone, whether with or without an actual walk, could take up the entire class!  You can certainly sprinkle in personal healings that came to you that spring from Jesus' example.

[PYCL 2:  Possible make honey butter to help pupils get good at recognizing the good things around us & better at denying the bad thoughts that come to us!]  In the first section (B1), there is the verse about how the Messiah would eat “butter and honey” so that he would know how to discern and choose the good and refuse the evil. While butter in Biblical days was not what we know as butter today, we could go ahead and use butter and honey and talk about this passage and how it leads us to choose right paths every day. If we are used to thinking good and right thoughts about those we see and pass, we will get good at recognizing these good things around us and better at denying the errors or the bad thoughts that come to us. We will see through any disguises that error might show us! You could talk about this whole idea and then give each young child a small plate or dish with some softened butter and a spoonful of honey. Have the child mix these together and spread it on a cracker or some bread. They can have a delicious understanding of what they are learning. If honey butter is available and real, why would you choose to spread something bitter (you fill it in here, my kids always say yuck to Brussels sprouts, but you can find something else). This goes to the idea that we have control over our own thought, we can choose to reject the thoughts that tell us we are sick or sad or angry, because Jesus taught us that these were not thoughts bestowed on us by God!

[PYCL 3:  Like young Jesus “stay behind” (step back from daily craziness) to listen for what God is telling you to do to fulfill your mission.]  You can talk together of what happened in section 2 when Jesus stayed behind in the temple after his family left town.  Really help them get the picture of what happened.  How do you think his parents felt when they found out a day after they left town that Jesus wasn't with them?  (Make sure they understand that he was traveling with extended family so they would have assumed, as the Bible says, that he was with some other family group.)  Clearly it was Jesus' job to learn as much as he could about God and it was his special mission to stay and discuss these things with elders.  But what is our mission?  What should we be discovering – today – about our own purpose and mission for God?  Can we have our own time each day where we “stay behind”, or step back from daily craziness to listen for what God is telling us?  Do we even have a sense that there is a purpose or mission for each of us?  Our younger daughter had a beautiful healing when she was only about 2 years old when I prayed from the standpoint that she had a divine purpose to fulfill, and just as Jesus couldn't have just up and died when he was 2, so she was an expression of continuous and purposeful Life that could never be cut short.  It may be a revelatory thought to the kids that they each have a divine mission of their own.  You could also discuss this story from the angle of being given wisdom and understanding from God.  That it is Spirit that gives us wisdom and not age or our brain. (S6)

[PYCL 4:  How do grace & good deeds look in your day? Where are more patience & meekness needed?]  The next section builds nicely on this idea of wisdom being spiritually bestowed on us. This next account can be shared and then you can discuss how this same inspiration and courage that Jesus had, to speak in front of the temple full of people about his status, can be ours.  Look at the citations in S&H for inspiration about what we “most need”.  These qualities can be discussed in practical terms, how does grace look in our day?  Where do we need to express more patience?  What is meekness and how do we act in that way?  Good deeds… what might we do today that would qualify?

[PYCL 5: What does “Do right, fear not” mean to the kids, and why does doing the right thing help us be fearless?  Discuss & demonstrate the danger of timid “fence-sitting”.]  The above qualities, how do they help us to act with “boldness” or courage as Jesus did?  Look at section four and have some fun thinking about why Jesus' act of healing the man with the withered hand was “bold”.  Referring back to section 4 of this week’s CedarS Met, look at that beloved phrase of Mrs. Eddy's that hangs in Dawn Lodge at CedarS, “Do right, fear not”.  What does that mean to the kids, and why does doing the right thing help us be fearless?  That's really an intriguing thing to think about! Also in this section I love to think about the idea of taking a half way position.  That is related to the fearless idea of course, but I keep getting an image of “fence sitting”.  What if you were sitting high above the ground straddling a fence?  Could you easily get to one side or another?  Or would you be stranded there, unable to participate in either “world”?  This is what it's like when we are afraid to trust our understanding of God's goodness.  We have to put our feet on the ground, so to speak, or we won't be able to go on any “path” effectively, much less Jesus' path!  Maybe you can go somewhere with this analogy or find a physical way to demonstrate this that would force-ably drive the analogy home!  It's a little like driving a car down the road while pressing hard on the brake, you aren't going to make a lot of progress!

[PYCL 6:  Try spending time on the 6th tenet! Talk of Jesus’ empathy, love, compassion…]
You could certainly spend some time with the 6th tenet (S25).  Talk about what a tenet is and show them where they occur in Mrs. Eddy's writings.  You could have them memorize this particular tenet. Why is it one of only 6 that she gave us?  What does it “borrow” from?  In looking at the final section and section five, why are empathy, love, and compassion so heavily emphasized in Jesus' teachings?  What do we need to do to show that we love and are grateful for what Jesus did for us? (S26 and S27)

Have a wonderful time following the Master this Sunday, and every day!

 

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