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[PYCL: Leave problems out of your storehouse! Be still to hear angels filling it! (#1,2)]
Possible Younger Class Lessons for the Christian Science Bible Lesson for


on July 3, 2016

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

Pycl #1: There are three kinds of "be still" in this lesson. They come from different words. One means "To relax or slacken" (Ps. 46) One is from Job and means "to stand or take a stand" and one is from the story in 1st Kings and means "whisper, calm or silence". How interesting that all these "being still" methods lead to knowing God better. So maybe sometimes we need to slacken our grip on our material efforts to accomplish things, or our material view of things, instead of holding on so tight. Sometimes we need to really stand up to the claims that material sense make. And sometimes we get really quiet so that we can hear the whisper, or even the silence that indicates the Almighty right where we are. This is so interesting to think about. Maybe you could even have some scenarios that might require different responses and have the kids decide. Maybe you could read a few children's testimonies from the periodicals and talk about how that "being still" was used, even though it might not have been explicitly mentioned.

Pycl #2: Several weeks ago we talked about using a church closet of some sort to demonstrate the idea of closing the door, and listening to see if things were quieter. If you haven't tried this then give it a go. Make sure to discuss the fact that closet actually was a rougher translation of "storehouse", the room in the house that was filled with all the needed supplies for the home. So, in fact, when we go into the "closet" it is full of every idea, every grateful thought, every insight that we need. We are not going in "empty handed" hoping God will fill us up! We are going in full of His Love and ideas and listening quietly for more understanding. Think here of Mrs. Eddy's definition of angels and how that might fit into this storehouse. Also you can do something with the door closing idea. The youngest ones can mime that door closing and you can talk about what we are shutting out of our thought. I also love in Cobbey Crisler’s notes that are added in the CedarS met this week, the recommendation that we are not supposed to bring our problems into the closet with us!! No! Leave them outside the door so that the Divine supplies in the storehouse can give us fresh views of life. Try taking that time to pray only for God's thoughts, not for solutions to our own problems! Then, just like that passage, also in this week's lesson where we are told to "take no thought…" we will find that the solutions come, because we are not dwelling on them in that storehouse prayer time. (In other words, just as when we take no thought for the daily mundane things like food, drink, clothing…–we are given those things—so, when we devote our prayer to knowing God, our problems tend to get solved).

Pycl #3: Do you feel like you know someone better when you've been to their house? Sure, you see more of the kinds of things they love, what is important to them and so on. Also, there is the intimacy of having been invited over to their home! Well what about going to God's "house"? Is this a single place? In the R.R it talks about entering "…into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise:" And in section 3 there are a lot of references to his "sanctuary", "temple" and "the house of the Lord". What do the children think His "house" is like? How do we "go" there? When we go to a friend's house we might have to drive somewhere, maybe bike or walk. Do we have to do that to go to God's house? What about going into our "closet"? Do we find ourselves in God's house then? Is that house the closet, or a place in consciousness, where we are still? We can go to God's house anytime and anywhere! How do we "enter in"? Well it tells us right there in the Responsive Reading! With gratitude and praise. With little kids you could have them pretend to knock on someone's door and they will only open that door if they can think of something joyous or something they are grateful for.

Pycl #4: Since we are approaching all those synonym lessons soon it might be fun to ask something along the lines of "why did Mrs. Eddy (and the Bible) give us so many names for God?" What is their purpose? This can lead us into a deeper discussion of these synonyms when we get to them in a couple of weeks! God is Principle (also meaning "source"), so this is like the lesson on "Principle" and we can think of it as starting us off in a deeper knowledge of God as the source. Find some of the places in the Bible where Mrs. Eddy found her synonyms too.

Pycl #5: I think it is fun to look at the story of Elijah and talk about the wind, earthquake and fire as metaphors for error, material sense testimony. We take this for granted having read this story in the Bible lesson for years, but this is fresh to children and a great example of interpreting the Scriptures spiritually. You can certainly look at what Mrs. Eddy says in the citations in that section. Look at all the things she tells us that material sense never does or only does. It is very limited!

Pycl #6: This is kind of another angle of many of the things we've talked about but I was taken by part of citation S14 where she says: "In the quiet sanctuary of earnest longings, we must deny sin and plead God's allness." Why would we need to be in a "quiet sanctuary" to realize or plead God's allness? Isn't it hard to see God's All-presence when we are surrounded by a bunch of distracting material things—activities, demands, fun, or even scary things? You could also use this as an opportunity to bring Martha into the discussion.

Hope this gives you some things to start with, have a great Sunday.

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