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[PYCL: Practice building safely—with spiritual qualities.]
Possible Younger Class Lessons for the Christian Science Bible Lesson on

"Ancient and Modern Necromancy, alias Mesmerism and Hypnotism Denounced"

For May 28, 2017

by Kerry Jenkins, CS, House Springs, MO (314) 406-0041

Pycl #1: The story of Nehemiah and the wall is obviously central this week. There are a variety of activities and ways that you can address the Bible lesson subject through this story, so start with reading all of it or at least all that is included in the lesson. You may want to tell it in your own words at times. Then talk about what the wall might represent. How does it relate to our subject? What kinds of "walls" should we be building? What should they be "made" of? We have done this before, but you could consider a building project of some kind with either Legos, or boxes. You can label each block with a quality that you come up with that would be a good defense against evil, or perhaps a quality on which you can safely build a good life, such as integrity.

Pycl #2: You could use the First Commandment in tandem with the first section. S1 tells us that it is the "starting-point of Christian Science…". Citation B2 reminds us that God makes all evil into nothing, all the trickiness of people has no effect. That says to me that we don't have to "fight" back in the traditional sense. Nehemiah gives us the example to follow throughout this experience. While he arms the workers, they never engage in actual battle. Rather, they are always ready and always aware ahead of time of just what the "enemy" is planning or doing. Likewise, we remain alert against error of all kinds so that we don't necessarily have to actually get drawn into a physical battle.

In addition, the First Commandment works well with citation S2 where it speaks of the "foundation of evil" being laid on the belief in another power beside God. Talk about what a foundation is. How important is a good one? What do you lay it on? Take out your blocks and lay them on a bumpy, soft surface so that they don't sit flat. Try to build your wall like this. Will it work? You might be able to get a round or two, but soon it will tip and fall. Have them try it for themselves. When we follow that Commandment in our lives, how is that like laying a proper foundation? Does it bring stability to our experience? What about the ability to prosper and grow? How might the knowledge and demonstration of that First C, make our lives exhibit more stability, strength etc.? Do you have examples from your experience?

Pycl #3: What does Nehemiah tell the enemies at the bottom of citation B4? "…ye have no portion, nor right, nor memorial, in Jerusalem. This is what we can tell error of all kinds. Talk about what these words mean. also, we have the definition of "New Jerusalem" in the Bible lesson (and "Jerusalem" next week!). Included is "…the kingdom of heaven…". Can evil or error, trickery, have any place in the kingdom of heaven? Where is that kingdom? How do we watch over that kingdom within to recognize the false suggestions of a mind separate from God? Have them memorize a version of Nehemiah's statement to the enemy about having no portion, etc. Can they come up with their own sentence?

Pycl #4: This is hardly a Pycl per se, but citation S5 tells us that evil is "a mere negation"–what does that mean? It is helpful to remember this, not to make "something" out of nothingness. S26 is another similar statement. While we still have to be alert to the suggestions that evil is real, we don't have to believe these suggestions! You can use a math analogy to help with this.

Pycl #5: Use citation S10 in tandem with a small waste basket and a set of balances. You can create your own if you don't have any. Truth always outweighs error, since error is nothingness, but if we are not alert and conscious of this fact, we can get very impressed and wrapped up in error's suggestions of "reality". How do we demonstrate that truth "outweighs" error. Try putting a small stone representing the solid foundation, building blocks of the wall, on one side of the scale, while using your hands to pretend to place an evil thought or idea on the other side. You can also have them mime crumpling up such "evil" and throwing it in the waste basket. You can write true qualities of alertness and wisdom on the blocks you brought and set them on one side of the scale, use scraps of paper to represent the evil. Crumple up those scraps and throw them in the basket.

Pycl #6: Consider bringing in a play policeman's uniform if you can make or come up with one in a child's size (or just the hat or a badge or something like that). Think about citation S12 and how Christian Science holds crime in check, and maintains law and order. Is this like being a good policeman? Have them think of the ways that policemen help maintain peaceful society. How does Christian Science do this? How can our knowledge, love and demonstration of CS do this for the world? Let them dress in the costume and act out how they are being Christian Science policemen.

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