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[PYCL: Never say anything offensive! (2) Be a “prisoner” of Life to always feel joyful, energetic, at peace, playful, satisfied! (5)]
Possible Younger Class Lesson ideas for the Christian Science Bible Lesson on

Man
for March 8, 2020

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

Pycl #1: This lesson will help us understand who man is, who we are, and it follows the lesson on Christ Jesus, which clarified for us the ideal, Christ man. One question, depending on the age of your students, might be to ask something like "If we are not physique, or body, what makes you "you"?" Come up with as many details as you can to describe ourselves. Each makes their own list. A few citations to have them look at first might be helpful, any you choose, or here are a few that stand out to me: citations S28-S30, S24, S21-S23,B18 (look at this one in a modern translation, it is helpful!), B19, S15, S3, S4, S5. I don't recommend giving them more than one or two citations to focus on, but you can decide what suits your class.

Pycl #2: Check out citation B15. My favorite translation of this citation (including a short sentence at the beginning of that verse) is from The Amplified Bible. "We offend in many things but if anyone does not offend in speech (never says the wrong things) he is a fully developed character and a perfect man, able to control his whole body and to curb his entire nature." Remember that "perfect" here, means whole or complete. What does this mean to the students? It reminds me a little of the definition of Sheep, included in last week's lesson, about being "inoffensive". It just seems like this could spur some interesting thought and conversation.

How much does what we say, influence who we are? We know that the ultimate goal is to not "think" the wrong thing, but this really shows that not "saying" the wrong thing has great power, especially if our goal is to be a man/woman of "developed character" and to "be able to control his whole body". Why do they think that controlling what we say would lead to these things?

Pycl #3: In that same section we have the verse from the Sermon on the Mount about "taking no thought" for your life/food/clothing, etc. What does this mean to the students? What, exactly, is "added" to us when we obey the counsel to "seek first the kingdom of God"? Make sure to look at what MBE says in citation S18. You can tie this into citation B14 where we find that when we "ascribe greatness" to God, this is our gateway to "success".

All good, all greatness comes from God, not from man. Recognizing this fact will help us build on a limitless and solid foundation or "Rock"! How can we develop an awareness of/be mindful of the "Rock" as our source as we go through our day? Can you make a list together of ways that this is apparent to us now? With the little ones you may want to bring in a largish rock and talk about why citation B14 refers to God as the "Rock". What are the qualities of a rock that would make that a good analogy? (Lasting, unchanging good, firm foundation…).

Pycl #4: It may be fun to think together about how beauty is unconnected to our physical body. Look at Section 6 for some ideas. How can you have "expression, form, outline and color" without physique? Can you come up with ideas? Look at citation S31. What is "cultivation"?

In our corner of the world we are moving toward spring. Talk about cultivation in farming terms. How would we plant flowers, for example? We would turn over the soil (cultivate), prepare it with rake and hoe. We would plant the seed at the right depth, water the right amount, weed, and tend the small plants as they sprout. We might fence them to protect them, pull off pests, maybe fertilize them. These actions are all ways that we have to help along the beauty that comes with flower planting in a garden!

But citation S31 is telling us that man, as God's reflection, needs no "tending", no "cultivation", but is created perfect. You can then pull out the mirror to remind them that a reflection is not something that we have to "fix", it simply reflects what is there. You may want to bring in a picture of scenery reflected in still water as a particular example of beauty reflected. Science and Health p. 515:25 is a really helpful passage when you are discussing mirrors, reflection, Divine Science, and what we should be looking for to have the most accurate view of ourselves. It may need a slightly older audience than the little ones, but nonetheless is very helpful!

Pycl #5: Going back to the Responsive Reading, I've been enjoying thinking about what it means to be the "prisoner of the Lord"? You could talk about being in prison, wearing handcuffs (bring some toy ones if you want). What is it that keeps us prisoner? Maybe it is our belief in and fear of matter? In this case though, Paul tells us that he is a "prisoner of the Lord"! What would that look like? Have the younger ones imagine what that "cell" would look like?

How would you feel if divine Love was keeping you "prisoner"? Would you feel the tender warmth and comfort of Love all the time, never be able to "escape" it? If you were the prisoner of Life maybe you would always feel joyful, energetic, at peace, playful, satisfied! Come up with some ideas and some contrasts to being a prisoner of matter or material sense, or to false beliefs about ourselves.

Have a great Sunday!

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