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[PYCL: List what Mind can do… Bring a leash to show yielding… “Go deep”…Show easy rolling (1,2,4,5)
Possible Younger Class Lesson Ideas for Sunday School from
the Christian Science Quarterly Bible Lesson on:

for August 23, 2020

by Kerry Jenkins, CS, of House Springs, MO • 314-406-0041

Pycl #1: Make a list of what Mind can do, such as tell us what others think in order to heal or protect.
Think together about what Mind does. It knows, understands, thinks, discerns, sees, leads, governs—and in this lesson we read a lot about how Mind knows and can tell us what others think in order to heal or protect. Make a list of these things so you can refer back to it as you read/tell the stories in this week's lesson.

Look at how Mind speaks in the citation 5 Bible story of Naaman (II Kings 5:1-3, 9, 10, 14). First a little Jewish maid that they took captive tells her master's wife about Elisha, then the wife speaks to her husband. It isn't in this part of the story, but the servants of Naaman also listen and speak to Naaman, encouraging him to make his way into the water. Elisha obviously listened to Mind by choosing this method of healing that required humility of Naaman. You can explain why this was required in this case. (He was a captain of the Syrian army, and would have expected a certain amount of respect. He was asked to bathe in a "dirty" river in Israel as opposed to a nicer one in his own land, and only a servant came out to deliver the message to him, not even the prophet himself!). These are all ways that Mind spoke to different people in the story, and we shouldn't forget Naaman himself, who yielded to this humbling request and obediently followed the directions of Elisha.

In the citation 9 Bible story (in II Kings 6:8-17) Elisha hears Mind's direction and saves the king of Israel a number of times from the Syrian army by discerning and sharing with Israel's king information about where they were planning to attack Israel. When the Syrian army finally tracks down Elisha, the prophet merely helps his servant discern the power and might of God, Mind, surrounding the city where they dwell, right where it seems the enemy is poised to overtake them. This power of Mind defeats the Syrian army in this case, as you can read in the full account. How did Mind show Her presence in this story? Can the students tell you?

Look at the citation 12 and 13 Bible stories (Matt. 16:1-3, Luke 6:6-10). Here we have Jesus pointing out to the Pharisees that understanding God is not like predicting the weather! The purpose of knowing what Mind is telling us, revealing to us, is to heal—which he shows in the story in Matthew when he heals the man with the withered hand. In that case he "…knew their thoughts…" (the Pharisees). What was Mind showing us in this story? What was Mind revealing about Its goodness? How was it shown?

Finally, we have Mind revealing Jesus' place in the Transfiguration. Ask the students what they think about this? How is Mind at work here "revealing", "illuming"? What is Mind saying about Jesus?
What is Mind saying about time/eternity?

Pycl #2: One theme in this week's Bible lesson is to yield to messages from Mind, like a dog on a leash.
Depending on the age of your class you can look at these two passages from Science and Health, S9 and S13, p.162:4-5, 9 and p.84:30-12. In each case it mentions the human mind yielding to the divine Mind. Use some examples of what it means to yield. You can show a yield sign that they may have seen while riding in a car. What does that sign mean? You can bring something that is soft that yields to a touch. And you maybe could explain yielding in terms of a dog on a leash. The dog can yield to the leash and have a great walk, or it can sit down and pull back on the leash and not get the fun adventure of an outing! If you are doing in person Sunday School you could try attaching a leash around a child's waist and have them demonstrate yielding vs. resisting.

How does yielding to the messages we get from Mind help us? How does it help in the Bible stories in this week's lesson? I like the image of this leading with a leash because it expresses the idea of a loving, intelligent law of Mind leading us to just where we need to be to have the best life possible.

You may also enjoy looking at a different translation of Bible citation 2 from Job 22:21. Instead of "Acquaint now thyself with him, and be at peace.", one translation says: "Now yield and submit yourself to him [agree with God and be conformed to His will] and be at peace." (Amplified Bible) In most other translations it mentions the word "yield"! You may have fun working with lines like “I will listen for Thy voice lest my footsteps stray, I will follow…” from Mary Baker Eddy's "Feed my sheep" poem, which the children may know as a favorite hymn.

Pycl #3: Think about harmony and the humility necessary to follow and listen to the voice of Mind.
Of course, Naaman's story is helpful to illustrate this humility, as we mentioned earlier.
The idea that there is only one Mind helps us to be humble and to see harmony as natural.

Check out the definition of Mind in Science & Health citation 1, p.591:16. "The only I, or Us;".
If we agree to this fact, can there be inharmony? If One Mind were all Good, and were governing with all power and goodness, would we lose anything by following humbly, this Mind's direction? If we are all included as expressions of that one Mind, then would there be conflict? This may be too complicated for the youngest ones, but not so much for those a bit older!

Ask what happens if we feel like we know what we should do, or how we should behave, but we don't want to do the thing we know is right or best? In such a case, perhaps the need is for us to sit still, still our ruffled thoughts and desires, and see if we can do that humble yielding. Usually if we take just a few moments we can find that place of humility, it is in the hurry and rush that we charge ahead with our "wants"!

Pycl #4: Talk about how deep a well would’ve been in a desert and the Samaritan woman at the well.
The woman in the Responsive Reading from John chapter 4 asks Jesus some questions about why he is asking her for water when he has nothing with which to "draw" out the water. He has told her that she could get "living water" from him because of who he is. What is "living water"? Do the children think that there might be some significance to the idea that the water is deep in the well?

Maybe we can see this woman as desiring a deeper sense of life and fulfillment? Maybe she is humbly willing and receptive to the message of the Christ even though it is coming from a Jew and she is a Samaritan? What can you find out together about the woman's past that might indicate that her life has been challenging and maybe not as fulfilling as she would like?

This part is not in the Responsive Reading, but Jesus does some more "mind reading" as we have seen in the rest of the lesson demonstrated by both Jesus and Elisha! He tells her about her own past by listening to what Mind is telling him! That's why she says: “Come, see a man, which told me all things that ever I did: is not this the Christ?" Can we look more deeply into the messages from Christ, from Mind, listen more closely for what they are daily leading us to do? This coming week can you keep a journal to see if you notice how you are being led, or spoken to by Mind?

Pycl #5: Just for fun, show how easily a toy car rolls as an illustration of our oneness with Mind.
We could try illustrating our oneness with Mind, as in Science and Health citation 3, p.114:10, by showing over computer, or in person, a toy car that rolls easily. Talk about "resistance". If the car has good wheels, etc. it will not resist your push as you roll it across the table! This is symbolic of how we can "roll" with Mind's urging!

Pycl #6: Don't miss an opportunity to use the First Commandment!
It is partially stated in Science and Health citation 5, p.467:13.
Why are we "the likeness of God" when we turn to no other god than God/Mind?

Pycl #7: Use spiritual sense to see that we are never “outgunned” or lacking any right supply!
For those slightly older, I like the idea of discussing the fact that Elisha's servant saw two very different pictures when he was looking from his home the morning that the Syrian army had surrounded his city. One sight was dependent only on human eyes. The second was a spiritual view of the presence and power of Mind. We have to remember to go to the source, to Principle/Mind for the right information, because it often contradicts what our eyes see! Nonetheless, it is this spiritual sight that is true power.

I love how Mary Baker Eddy says this in Science and Health citation 12, on p.83:25-29: "There is mortal mind-reading and immortal Mind-reading. The latter is a revelation of divine purpose through spiritual understanding, by which man gains the divine Principle and explanation of all things." (italics added).

We gain that divine source and explanation of all things through the revelation of Mind—not through material sense, which will always argue that we are "outgunned", lacking in something—health, happiness, supply of any kind!

Have a great week in Sunday School!

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