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[PYCL: Live colorfully—with adventure, love, humor, beauty…-1,2 Express Soul fully.-3]
Possible Younger Class Lessons for the Christian Science Bible Lesson on

"Soul"
for August 12, 2017

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

Pycl #1: I'm here at CedarS Camps this week for family camp and just enjoying so much, the array of Soul's divine expression. It is visible and felt in all the activities, in smiles and general joy and curiosity, in healing, creative endeavors, and in all the activities. It is present in the balance and humor in log rolling contests; it is present in the making of new acquaintances that are from different backgrounds and experiences. These are all ways that Soul is expressed as identity, as our identity. Can your class think of ways that they express Soul? One way to describe Soul that was shared in a morning Prac(titioner) Talk here on Tuesday was to think of a world where the only color was gray. It would be difficult to discern one object from the next if we didn't have any colors! Give the kids some black construction paper (or any dark/bright color). Then, hand them black crayons or markers to draw with. (You could do red on red, white on white, etc., but you may want to find out if the colors match enough to be very hard to see before you hand them out to the kids, since the goal here is that it should be difficult to see the drawing). Ask them to draw something. Is their picture as clear as they would like it to be? It is the contrasting colors that give the world flavor. You might say that our identities are like the rainbow of colors that we have. Some colors may be very similar, but you can make an infinite variety of shades of any color.

Then have them think about how our identities are known to God/Soul. We are beloved and expressed in vibrant and varied ways, equally valuable, and never disappearing (difficult to find or see)!

Pycl #2: This lesson is filled with images of Soul being what satisfies us. See if they know what it means to be satisfied. You can start with simply the idea of being satisfied at a meal—having enough to eat so that you don't feel hungry. (How long does that last?) Can they think of things that they thought would satisfy them (make them happy) that ended up not really being that satisfying? Often it is "things" that falsely promise to satisfy, while experiences tend to bring more satisfaction. Why is that? Why would, say, a family trip, perhaps, be more satisfying than a new pair of shoes or a new shirt? Isn't is because, ideally, a trip would have interchanges of adventure, love, humor, beauty—that draw us closer and give us shared experiences that help us to know ourselves—our identity—better? Also, through adventure and travel, we might have opportunities that are new to pray about, and lead us to think more deeply about God. These opportunities surely are more lasting/satisfying than the high we get from a new article of clothing—as fun as that can be! Feel free to share from your own experiences here! The point here is that spiritual things satisfy us more deeply and permanently than material things. That’s because the spiritual/Soul inspired things are eternal, and they are truly substantial.

Pycl #3: Continuing along this trajectory for a moment we can dig into Section 1. You could keep thinking about what satisfies us or makes us truly happy by thinking about citation B4. What if that verse is a not only a statement but also something akin to a command? As in: " my people shall be satisfied [only] with my goodness, saith the Lord." Even though we've touched on the fact that really we can only be truly satisfied with Soul's goodness, it is interesting to think about this idea of fact, and even command, more deeply. What if we were to look at citation S4 and the idea of "adulterated" as meaning that we have, through history, watered down Soul to the point that we think of it as something that is mixed with matter—sort of a spiritual component of our identity that is housed temporarily in matter. This springs, I think, from the deep-seated knowledge that most of us have within us, that we are something more than just a body. But why should we adulterate —with a bunch of matter—what we are: spiritual ideas of Soul? This is what Mrs. Eddy is talking about in this citation when she talks about soul being "…both an evil and a good intelligence, resident in matter." I'm sure there are a multitude of ways that you could illustrate this in Sunday School. You could bring in some juice and add so much water that it doesn't taste like juice any more. Maybe you can think of something more creative—and less messy? There are other concepts here that occur to me as ways that we "adulterate" the meaning of Soul. We can associate childishness with children, aging with experience, injury with athleticism. Aren't these ways that we water down/adulterate our expression of Soul? Speak to the idea that we are not going to bow down to the idea that the Adam and Eve story first sets out: we must know good and evil in order to have a full concept of "reality". This is no reality at all, and certainly not God, or Soul-bestowed reality.

Pycl #4: Citation S11 gives us an opportunity to find ways that "Science reverses the false testimony of the physical senses…" This is how we find out the "facts of being"—find out what is true!! Can you find examples that the children will enjoy? What about the idea that the sun rises and sets? Does it really do this? The senses certainly support that idea, but science proves otherwise. Can you find an example of Scientific healing that reverses what our senses tell us (pretty much all of them)? There are certainly many Bible stories that will support this effort!

Pycl #5: Put the parable of the Good Samaritan in modern terms. You may have to think ahead of time of how to tell it. A parable is meant to teach us something using analogies that make the most sense to us today. This one does not take a whole lot of tweaking, frankly, to get it pretty clear. Maybe one of the students would like to try this. Give each a piece of paper to try writing their own version, if they are old enough. Otherwise, for the younger ones, your own retelling in terms which might include their own landmarks or places can really drive home the point. Why is this story included in this lesson on Soul? You can read through the citations in the Science & Health to get the answers to that one!

Have a great week in Sunday school!

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