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PYCL: Listen with trustful patience for how Mind is directing you. Share examples of trusting in something outside yourself. Practice silence… (2)! Notice Mind all around! (3)]
Possible Younger Class Lesson ideas for the Christian Science Bible Lesson on

“Mind”
for August 25, 2019

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

Pycl #1: Well, it's our last synonym subject. Maybe we could round them up and think through what we have learned about these names for God and why we have seven of them. You can again think together about why Mary Baker Eddy decided not to include Principle as one of the subjects. I'm not sure I know myself, but it's interesting to ponder. The only thought I have about that right now is that "Principle" can be thought of as "source", and so it could be looked at as the source of the other synonyms… We can also complete our mobile if that is something you have been working on. I hope it came out to be pretty, as well as balanced. We may have to move some of the synonyms around so that it does balance after all these weeks!

Pycl #2: How can we listen with trustful patience for how Mind is directing us at any given time? Look at the examples in the Bible lesson of Moses, and of Jesus, even Paul. Have them try to imagine them being in Moses' position there, herding sheep in the desert, and then being asked to do this thing. How would they feel?

Can your students think of a time when they have been asked to do something that seemed impossible? Can you share an example of a time when you had to trust in something outside of yourself to complete a task?

Citation S8 tells us "God is heard when the senses are silent." What does that mean? How can we silence our "senses"? Practice a few minutes of silence, eyes closed. How do we know when we are hearing God/Mind? What do we experience when we hear God's direction (see the Golden Text—peace—and in citation S8—freedom).

What if we accept the fact that we cannot truly think or know anything without Mind's inspiration? Could we wait with confidence and expectancy for whatever we need to come to us? Can the students see that Moses' question "who am I that I should bring forth the children of Israel out of Egypt?" is not different from the thoughts that come to us when we are faced with a difficult challenge. Notice how Moses argues his point with God!

Pycl #3: How does God teach us? Can you take them for a walk outside if the weather permits? Notice things in nature, even if you are in a city location. You may be able to illustrate your point with architecture, the sun, the breeze, even the rain or clouds.

Look at color, detail, structure, shape, variety, beauty of all kinds, perhaps birds, insects, other animals. What are all these things expressing. Have the kids point out what they are seeing and how these things hint at spiritual creation and the Creator—Mind. Why do they teach us of Mind? Aren't they reflecting intelligence? Even the cars in a parking lot or driving on the road nearby could be an indication of Mind's wisdom and order as there are enough spaces in the lot, and the cars drive in their own lanes, passing each other, stopping at traffic signals, etc.

Pycl #4: Try taking the last verse of the Responsive Reading and substituting the seven synonyms for "the Lord" and see what opens up to us. For example: "Commit thy works unto Truth, and thy thoughts shall be established." What does it mean to commit our works to Truth? How might our "works" look on any given day? What does it mean that our "thoughts" will be established? Does this point to the peace that is mentioned in the Golden Text?

Demonstrating mindful, thoughtful, wise, intelligent, inspired, creative actions brings our thoughts into line with Mind? Try each synonym in turn!

Pycl #5: Just as an example of some steps we can take to treat a problem, we can look at citation S16. How do we "calm and instruct mortal mind with immortal Truth."? Can the children come up with some ideas?

Pycl #6: As children themselves, what can they tell us about being "childlike"? What do they think that means? Why does being like a child in our thought help us to understand more advanced spiritual ideas? What gets in the way of this understanding? Can we remain childlike forever? What does being "childlike" have to do with Mind, don't we have to be "grown up" or adult to be smart enough to follow Mind?

Have a great week in Sunday School!!

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