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[PYCL:  Play the "real & unreal" game! Don’t be bamboozled by error!  See the light!  (Section 3)]
CedarS PYCLs–Possible Younger Class Lessons for:

The Christian Science Bible Lesson for September 29, 2013

by Kerry Jenkins, CS, House Springs, MO
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[PYCL 1:  Show lines drawn around ants or us can’t stop us since we don't live in just 2 dimensions.]
The Bible Lesson commentary in this week's Sentinel mentions a podcast hosted by astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson.  In the podcast he is asked about whether we will travel to other dimensions and his response contains the idea that if this were to be the case, we could never be imprisoned.  Just like if you drew a square around an ant on a piece of paper, he would readily crawl across it because he is not constrained to two dimensions.  I found this idea very inspiring!  I think it would make a really interesting way to look at the subject this week.  If you were to take a piece of paper and draw such a square and ask this question about the ant you could see what their response would be.  Even better, if the weather permits and you can go outside and find a crawling insect to demonstrate this idea, go and experiment outside.  They will quickly notice that the insect has no trouble crawling over the line.  You can then proceed to talk about how this is because the insect lives in more than two dimensions.  You can point out that we stick up from the flat surface; we live in 3 dimensions too.  Even if they don't get that, they will understand, after a visual demonstration, that the ant can't be held back by a line on the paper.  In the same way, we appear to have "lines" drawn all around us that say: "matter is real, the body is matter, you can feel sick or unhappy, etc."  But really we don't live in this dimension.  Reality (the dimension we live in) is harmonious.  In fact reality is the kingdom of heaven that is mentioned so often in the Bible lesson this week.  From here you can go on to share some healing examples where you or someone else demonstrated that they live above, or outside of matter laws.  You can ask them to share any healings of their own as well.

[PYCL 2:  Make sure everything that we think about those around us "fits" in the kingdom of heaven.]
The Golden Text gives us a great statement to memorize.  Talk about what this kingdom is.  Look at what Mrs. Eddy says about the necessity of understanding what "…constitutes the kingdom of heaven in man." (S4)  Can we come up with some things that we think the kingdom is "made" of?  How can an entire kingdom be "within" us?  Bring a picture of a king and a story of a kingdom for the littler ones; see if they understand how a king relates to his kingdom, runs it, keeps it safe, protects its inhabitants, etc.  Who would be the "king" in the kingdom of heaven?  How do we bring the kingdom of heaven into our experience?  Can we make sure that everything that we think about those around us "fits" in the kingdom?  If we see a friend as someone difficult, mean or unlikeable, do those kinds of qualities describe the true nature of that friend?  Do they belong in God's kingdom?  If not, then where do they belong?  Do we want to live there?  In that "place" couldn't we equally be described in a bad way?  Wouldn't we rather always see ourselves as God sees us in His kingdom?

[PYCL 3:  Share how lifting up our eyes is looking above matter, and how God has been your light.]
In the Responsive Reading there is a verse about lifting up our eyes to see around us.  Does that mean literally?  If we lift up our eyes, this is symbolic of looking above matter, isn't it?  We have a grander view if we aren't staring at our feet, so to speak right?  Then it says that neither the sun, nor the moon will give us light, but that God will be the source of all light in this kingdom.  What does that mean? You may have already talked about the symbolism behind light in the Bible, but you can ask them the question and see if they remember.  What does it mean that God is the light for us?  Can they think of examples of this in their experience?  You could start them off with one of your own.  As long as you are talking about symbolism you can look too at citation B2 and ask about what God's throne would be.  Is there a spiritual counterpart to a throne – a place where authority comes from?

[PYCL 4:  Like Elisha in section 2 stay safe as a spiritual seer. Rely on spiritual sense to demonstrate the harmony & presence of the kingdom of heaven.]
There is more of this spiritual light in section 2, which contains the story of Elisha and the Syrian army.  Elisha was receiving "light", understanding, from God and found himself safe in God's kingdom, no matter what violence was foisted on the kingdom of Israel.  Elisha was relying on spiritual sense, spiritual consciousness to give him information about the reality of where he lived.  He was not subject to the laws of "war" and violence.  The warfare that he was waging was a warfare of spiritual sense against material. (S6)  [If you think it would help your pupils better understand this story, you can click on Elisha and the Peaceful End to War , scroll down to it and click again to watch a fun, video re-enactment of this story.]  I love that in citation B7 it says: "The entrance of thy words giveth light; it giveth understanding unto the simple."  Might we view childlike thought as the "simple" thought here referred to?  Maybe the writer intended to imply that even those considered lacking in intelligence are given light, or especially given light since they are not encumbered with a lot of material belief in intellect.  But it could be equally, childlikeness I think.  And linked to this Bible verse is citation S7 where she tells us that it is Spirit that gives us this light.  Can we all be prophets then?  Can even a kid be a prophet?   Are you a "spiritual seer"?  Look at how Mrs. Eddy defines spiritual sense in citation S7.  Yes!  We are all capable of being prophets.  What is the purpose of being a prophet?  Is it to magically tell the future?  Or is it to demonstrate the harmony and presence of the kingdom of heaven?

[PYCL 5:   See the light in section 3!  Don’t be bamboozled by error!  Play the "real & unreal" game.]
"God is light, and in him is no darkness at all." (B13)  This is the essence of section 3.  There is no evil in God–Good.  This is one way we know if we are seeing the kingdom of heaven.  If we are bearing witness to error, then we aren't experiencing God's presence, the kingdom.  If we are diligently replacing suggestions of error about ourselves and others, or circumstances, then we are living in the kingdom and we partake of the harmony therein!  This is sort of the test for us.  The kingdom is really always there, all around, it is the reality, but sometimes we don't notice because we are bamboozled by error.  Let's try to be awake to what is true!  Try having the kids do what they are doing in the cartoon in MyBibleLesson this week in section 3.  Play the "real and unreal" game.  You or one of the students can shout something out and the others can respond with a sign that says either "real" or "unreal". The signs would just be for fun; you certainly can just say something and respond.  Signs might just help them remember the exercise. 

[PYCL 6:  Underline words relating to power to show reality has power & matter laws are "impotent".]
Have the students that can read or even just recognize certain words, underline all the words relating to power in section 5.  For example in citation B18 you can explain that "impotent in his feet" means he had no strength in them.  They would underline "impotent". In citation B19 they'd underline "strength" and "power".   There is a goldmine of such terms in the Science and Health portion of this section.  All these words are emphasizing the fact that reality has power and that matter laws are "impotent" and cannot influence the harmony of life in the kingdom.  This means that this harmony is powerful in our lives right now, not some time in the future.  What does citation S25 say is the quality that gives us divine power?  What is the difference between "unselfed" and unselfish?

[PYCL 7:  Show how the perfection of the kingdom of heaven is possible here and now!]
Our perfection and the perfection of the kingdom of heaven/reality is powerfully illustrated in section 6.  What do you think Mrs. Eddy and Jesus meant by perfection?  Is it possible here and now?  If so, describe what that perfection in our experience consists of.  What is the difference between perfectionism and perfection?  That might be a question for older kids, but keep in mind that many, many little children get easily frustrated by constructing castles from blocks that don't come out "right", or drawing a picture that didn't come out the way that they want.  This is a way to talk about this subject with them.

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