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[PYCL: Hear God by stopping to listen more often. (2) Find joy in blessing others. (3)
Send students home with a picture of a mirror with the definition of Man printed on it. (4)
Put what you know about God into action in fresh ways to sing a new "song" daily. (5)]
Possible Younger Class Lesson ideas for the Christian Science Bible Lesson on

for January 6, 2019

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

Pycl #1: Who is God? Have a time to collect everyone's thoughts on who God is. See what they come up with! I am always surprised with older classes just how much God seems to be thought of as a really great, spiritual "person" who we talk to, plead with, listen for. This is not really what Jesus showed, or MBE for that matter. So why are we often left with this idea? Because the human mind heads for what is familiar, and people are familiar!

Think together about Mary Baker Eddy’s definition of God in citation S3 (587:5). What does it say God is? How do the children's ideas of God fit into that definition? Can you draw a picture of God? What does the name He gives Himself (to Moses) tell you about God "I AM"? One fun exercise is to think of all the things we might be tempted to say about ourselves: "I am bad at…" If God is the source of all that we are, then we can't truthfully say "I am…" anything but good things!

Pycl #2: Check out Moses' story. Think about how we hear God speak to us. Share some ideas about how you have heard God. Has it come as an actually audible voice? If so, when, if not how did it come? Can we hear God every day? Sure!

When we happily do what we know we should do, we are hearing and obeying God's voice for sure. When we find ourselves genuinely happy, we are usually doing what God wants us to do and we have usually heard God, even though it might be in the form of a feeling that we should do something, or of a mom or dad asking us.

What does it take to hear God? Can you make a list together of how we "hear" or "see" God? Looking at that definition of God in Section 1 can you think together of all the ways that we reflect these things that God is? How do we express God's knowing/seeing/action/wisdom/love?

Is the burning bush similar to how God's messages are coming to us with burning importance? Do we stop and listen/look? Or, do we continue to be angry at our sibling/parent/friend when we know we are being asked by Love to stop and listen? The more often we stop to listen, the better we get at recognizing when God is showing us something!

Pycl #3: Why should we learn about God? What does it do for our consciousness when we understand who God is? Jesus tells us that everything he did was an expression of what God did. (B13) And Paul tells us that the wisdom that he shared was not of man, but of God (B16, B17). How does really understanding these facts help us in our own lives?

Think about the "rules" we live under that we have learned just by existing. We know that in order to be comfortable it helps to build houses that keep out the rain and cold, to drive a car it helps to have good roads and so on. I don't know if "rules" is the right word, but you get the idea. Similarly, if we understand how the universe of God works (become familiar with God), the kingdom of heaven, we can find it within ourselves and truly live in harmony. In this way we are bringing healing, blessing all around us.

Talk together about our longest lasting happiness. Is it when we get "stuff"? Or have we had more joy when we have really blessed others? Lasting joy certainly comes from blessing. Consider as a class, something you might do together to bless. Could you bring some baked goods to a church member who is housebound? Could you all go together to volunteer your help somewhere? Think together about how God designed man to bless one another.

Pycl #4: In CedarS met this week I discussed reflection and used the moon as an analogy. If you want you can look into this. Does the moon possess any of its own light? Why does it "get bigger/smaller"? We reflect God in a similar way that the moon reflects the sun. Do we go through "phases" like the moon? Is there ever something getting between us and God making it impossible to reflect? What "tries" to keep us from reflecting?

Can we find some techniques for overcoming the suggestions that tell us we aren't up to reflecting God? If you hold a mirror up to your face it will always reflect your face back to you. Mary Baker Eddy (MBE) talks about Divine Science being like that mirror. Maybe when we aren't feeling very much like a reflection, we can think about what MBE has showed us about God or man and see if that "mirror" helps us to see ourselves more clearly as God's. Maybe one "reflection" is found in the definition of man(SH 475)—or in the Scientific Statement of Being (SH 468)? Maybe everyone goes home with a set of paper "mirrors" with the words from one of these or both, written on the face of the picture of the mirror?

Pycl #5: What new song are you going to sing to God each day this week? Come with some examples of your own to share. Think of small ideas of how we can take things we know about God and put them into action in fresh ways so that we are singing a new "song" every day this week. Can each child make a little "planner" with the days of the week in it and bring it home to fill with a "new song" each day? It might be a new way that they see themselves, a new way that they expressed wisdom, or acted in accord with God and noticed, or were especially reflecting Love in a new way! You may have to shoot each one an email through the child's parent to show what you are doing in your own "planner" to encourage and remind them!

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