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Possible Younger Class Lessons for the Christian Science Bible Lesson for

July 26, 2015 on

“Truth”

by Kerry Jenkins, CS, House Springs, MO
kerry.helen.jenkins@gmail.com (314) 406-0041

Pycl #1: Darkness can’t fight the light
Something Kathy said in her met this week seemed like a cool thing to work with for Sunday School. We have talked about this idea before, but maybe you can discuss the idea that while a light shining into a dark area will naturally make the darkness disappear—there is no darkness that you can “shine” on a light day that will bring darkness or make the light disappear. In the same way, light, which symbolizes truth or Truth/God—is not opposed by error or a lie. There is no big struggle going on here between Truth and error, even though that sometimes seems like the case. With the younger classes you should ask outright whether they can come up with something like a “flashdark” or “darklight”, the opposite of a flashlight? Get them thinking about this idea and maybe they will have a good giggle.

Pycl #2: Bring a balance or create one.
Look together at citation S9 which will give you another way of viewing the Pycl above. With a balance in hand you can talk about “counterpoise” or a counterbalance. Though see-saws are not often found at a playground any more, there may be some kids who are familiar with them and you could use that as an example. Mrs. Eddy tells us that evil is the counterpoise of nothingness. It is just like the math problem where zero times anything is always zero. Why? Because if you have two zeros that is zero, 13 zeros? Still zero! Talk about the “weight” of Truth—the qualities that come from Truth. If error is nothing (kind of like the “darklight” that doesn’t exist) then it can’t weigh against Truth, it has no power—no reality!

Pycl #3: Draw or cut out a sun with rays.
Working from the standpoint that the sun represents God in this analogy, draw or cut a large circle and label it “Truth”. Then on each ray have the kids write the attributes of Truth and have them radiate out from the center. How does the attribute integrity, for example, radiate out from Truth and shed its light and warmth on everyone? Maybe you could share that it makes it so that someone would be reliable and trustworthy. You could give them a task and know that it would be done well. Or it would keep someone from stealing something or even maybe envying and wanting something that didn’t belong to them. Would that bless the world around them? How?

Pycl #4: Light exists without sun
I think it’s important to look at those passages in the first section that point out that there was light before there was sun in the creation story. It is shared in citations B3 and S3. Maybe then ask where did the light come from? How can we be aware of that true kind of light? Can we become more aware through our own demonstration of Truth? Section 3 is all about this. Citations S13, S14 and S15 all embrace the idea that prayer is an active thing. It is made up of our expression of things like patience, meekness, love and good deeds. It is struggling to be and do good with right motives. What does it feel like to sense the “light” of Truth—no sun involved? Can they describe it? Can you give them some examples from your life to "get the juices flowing", as they say?

Pycl #5: What does prayer do?
Now that you’ve thought together about some of the active ideas in Section 3 you can pose this question. It seems like this is a constant source of confusion among us. Are we “making” truth true when we pray? When you ask it like that it seems obvious, but really, what are they praying for when they aren’t feeling well, for example? This section really gets to the root of that in both the Bible and the Science and Health. Looking to God, not at the problem is a great start. Beginning with Truth’s light, understanding, reality, goodness and so on can go a long way toward uprooting our fears and the falsehoods of mortal mind.

Pycl #6: Bring a plumb line—or a string with a weight on the end (anything will do!)
Talk about what a plumb line does and how it contributes to structural integrity when building. Why would straight walls be important. Bring a picture of buildings that are crooked… do they look strong and stable? Why not? Show them how a plumb line works and talk together about what it represents spiritually. If you hold it anywhere can it ever be less that straight up and down if it’s just hanging without interference? Can we measure our thinking that way and come up with strong, truthful, thoughts that have integrity, honesty, purity as their structure? This kind of thinking brings joy to everyone around us (not to mention ourselves!).

There are so many more ideas in this lesson—but these should get you started! Have a great Sunday!

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