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PYCL: Replace negativity by looking for order, grace, thoughtfulness (5)
Possible Younger Class Lesson ideas for the Christian Science Bible Lesson on

“God”
for January 5, 2020

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

Pycl #1: If I were teaching the very young it might be fun to start with a rhyme such as: "God is up, God is down, God is here, and all around". Do this with hand and body motions, pointing and looking up, down, patting your chest with "here", and then using your hand in a circular motion and/or turning in a circle in place (have to be standing for this). Another good, simple rhyme is "There is no spot where God is not". These are terrific ideas that convey the very real sense of God's ever presence in a simple, pure way. I've even read and heard testimonies of healing based on the second rhyme which most of us learned when very young!

Having learned these rhymes you can talk about what God is if God is "all around", everywhere, always present? Is God a spiritual "person"? Maybe get your ideas flowing around the idea that if God is the "law of Love", then Love is everywhere, keeping us safe (because that is loving), directing us rightly (Mind–because that is intelligent, wise), inspiring us with good thoughts (Spirit), giving us creative, beautiful ideas (Soul)…and so on.

Check out citation S2 and the definition of God there. Discuss words and what they mean. Can we draw a picture of God? Why or why not? Can we see "God" around us? How? Can we get better at recognizing and seeing God? Do we see him in things? In actions? How?

Pycl #2: Probably most of your students know the First Commandment. Review it. You can share the gist of the story if you want in citation B7. Then link it to what Mary Baker Eddy says about the First Commandment in citation S11. She says it is her favorite text. Why? (You can break down her statement in easier language for the very young…how does it "demonstrate Christian Science"? What does it mean that it "inculcates the tri-unity of God, Spirit, Mind;"? Then, after thinking about what this Commandment means to the students, see if we can figure out together why it is so powerful that it does all those things on the list she writes! That's a lot of power!! When she tells us it "bases the Science of being", I think about it as the very Science or truth of our existence is based on this Commandment!! Our existence is founded on this Commandment…..What does that mean?

Pycl #3: I love the clarity of citation S9 which explains why we see evil, matter, etc. Mary Baker Eddy tells us that it is "…our ignorance of God that produces apparent discord, and the right understanding of Him restores harmony." Consider a math problem. If the answer is wrong and you base the construction of a building on false calculations, your building might be unstable, crooked, or in some other way not functional. The problems with the building arose from a false calculation, not from an outside force. A proper calculation yields proper construction. You can also use traffic light analogies to help in this discussion of how God and Her laws operate.

Pycl #4: This week we have not only the First Commandment, but also the Lord's Prayer! Who gave us this prayer? (Seems obvious but it should be asked.) Notice that after the prayer Jesus tells us that if we ask we will be given, knock, we will be answered, seek and we will find! These are the effects of heartfelt prayer.

If we don't "get" what we ask for, why do your students think that might be? Is God withholding good? Why does it sometimes seem like that to us? Look together at Mary Baker Eddy's spiritual interpretation of this prayer on p.16-17 of Science and Health.

One analogy that you may be able to use and illustrate is that of the radio tuning into a station. You can explain that the radio waves are everywhere at different frequencies. We cannot hear them unless we tune our radio to a particular frequency that we want to find. If you have a small radio to demonstrate this with that is cool, most are not analogue anymore which makes it a little harder to demonstrate, but it can still be done after a fashion. Explain that God is always around, but our job is to "tune" our thought in to what is true, good, lively, joyful (God…), then we hear and see these things! God's "signal" is never weak, never blocked by mountains, hills or trees! Maybe a cell phone analogy would be more current, I don't know, enjoy thinking about what works best for your class!

Pycl #5: There is much in this lesson about seeking, finding, searching with all your heart. What does seeking for God look like in our daily lives? If we just walk around and don't notice good, but just notice bad, then it's like not "seeking" for God.

For an example of seeking good wholeheartedly, maybe you notice people driving around your mom's or dad's car in ways that don't seem thoughtful. Are you one of those people who notices this and says things like: "What an idiot, why did they do that?!!!", or "They are driving so slowly, what are they thinking!!??". (I have a kid who does this all the time, maybe others don't– just one idea).

When we only notice the negative, we tend to only feel and see and experience the negative. What if we looked for the order, grace, thoughtfulness? What if we attributed thoughtful reasons for why someone might have cut mom off in traffic–are they rushing to help someone in trouble? Did they miss their turn and panic? You get the idea. How is this going to help us in our ability to "see God"–understand God better?

Have a great week in Sunday School!!

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