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[PYCL: Send kids home with their own copy of the fun, Genesis 1 or Genesis 2 poem! (5)]
Possible Younger Class Lessons for the Christian Science Bible Lesson for

“Adam and Fallen Man”

on May 8, 2016

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

Pycl #1: One thing that has been helpful as an image when working with children is the circle. A circle has no starting point or ending point. It is complete, perfect, whole. One practitioner that I worked with when my girls were little would tell them that they were "in the circle of Love"–there is nothing outside that circle and only God and good inside it. This lesson has the Genesis one and two stories of creation. In the first story we are told that there is no "beginning" (S1). I have heard this also from some of my Jewish friends, that their Bible is not read as if it "starts" with one chapter, he likened it to a circle. I can't say that I've researched it, but Mrs. Eddy certainly makes it clear here that it refers rather to "the only". So you could bring out a perfect circle or draw one for them—you could have them each trace around a round object onto paper. Have them decide where it "begins"—take it from there. Talk about how God's creation could have no real "beginning" or it would have to have an ending (you can use a straight line to indicate this idea). Have a look at citation B2 also, which really drives home this sense of completeness.

Pycl #2: Try creating a little garden scene with shoe boxes and construction paper, or just construction paper. "Plant" ideas/righteousness (from Golden Text) in rows or whatever designs you wish. Try writing down these ideas in small print on tiny pieces of blue or gray paper and have them "rain" them on their plants! Every new righteous thought can be turned into a plant or raindrop! Can they think of ways that they can be like these plants and raindrops?

Pycl #3: Children would love the image from Isaiah in the Responsive Reading about the wolf and lamb, etc. Why would that be possible in a creation like Genesis one? Can we conceive of a varied and integrated creation that comes from one source and is sustained by that source in order to express the fullest spectrum of color, life, joy, beauty, intelligence, and so on? We may not be there in our understanding of this, most of us, for example, eat meat, but in truth, there is no part of God's creation that would be eating each other, killing each other, and so on. Harmony, completeness, is the mode in God's kingdom and if we are complete, we certainly don't need to survive at the cost of someone or something else's life!

Pycl #4: Speaking of completeness—it is interesting that when you compare the two creations, you will notice that in one, everything is straight from God in a complete way. In the second he obscures His creative process in mist and confusion. (Can you see clearly in mist?) Then he makes Adam out of dust. Then Eve out of Adam's rib! Matter doesn't create in a single command. This is the same claim that matter will make about physical healing often. "It takes time", or "steps". If it comes from God, it comes complete, whole, perfect!

Pycl #5: Just thought I'd mention that Rick shares that really fun poem about Genesis one and two in his Met this week. [Reprinted on page 3] The kids might really enjoy having a copy of their own. Maybe you could even bring in some pretty print paper and copies of the poem and glue the poem to the backings and read/memorize them together. This way they can each bring home a copy and feel like it would look good enough to stick to their mirror or wall in their room!

Pycl #6: I think Genesis two is the attempt to put something beautiful into a material form. As soon as we do that we lose the infinite possibilities, the infinite grace and expression and so on. You could talk about this idea together, then have them try thinking of something lovely, maybe a bird or flower. Now have them draw it—you can use colored pencils, etc. When done, see if they are happy with their drawing. Now really small kids may very well be happy with their drawing because they don't think of trying to make it look like a grown-up would. But some of the older children will probably say that the picture is not what they were imagining in their heads. Talk about how drawing it might have "limited" the image in some way. Then compare to the way thinking about ourselves as limited in matter works.

Pycl #7: Where are we? Where are our thoughts? See what God asks Adam and Eve after they eat the forbidden fruit. Suddenly they were "aware" that God might not be all-power, or all good. God asks them where they are. Can we ask ourselves that question as well? Where is our thought? We don't have to be literally thinking about God every second; it's just that practice with that kind of thinking really makes His presence and goodness more apparent to us. This can lead into the idea of handing each kid a big key of some sort. Look at citation S22 about how the "key of divine Science" opens the kingdom of heaven to those whose thoughts are present with God and not matter or a material creation. Heaven is also "home" as Mrs. Eddy defines it. Home is where man belongs right? It is where God, our Father-Mother, would shelter us, keep us safe and fearless.

Pycl #8: Finally, just one small image that might tickle the children's thought. If you have a device that will show a short video, find one of a horse getting up and shaking dust out of its coat after a good roll in the dirt. Huge clouds of dust fly off. Maybe they have seen this happen at CedarS! Relate it to citation B8 and ideas of how we can shake off the thoughts that come from thinking we are created in matter. These errors can just fly away from us as we let them go!

Have an awesome Sunday!

[See the following Genesis 1 or Genesis 2 poem.]

by Woodruff Smith

Where did it begin
This idea called you?
In Genesis 1,
Or Genesis 2?
Which one of these concepts
Will prove to be true?
If you know what is what,
Do you know who is who?

In Genesis 1 in the 26th verse
There's a man with never a taint' of a curse.
But in Genesis 2 in verse number seven
There's a dust man conceived…
He'll never see heaven.
So it really comes down
To which one you will claim,
What thou see'st thou be'st…
So what is your name?

There they both stand.
Which one is you?
Is it immortal man one,
Or mortal man two?
If you're immortal man
You know what you're worth.
For according to law
You'll inherit the earth.

But if you're just a mortal
And made out of dust…
Is there anything to you
That's worthy of trust?

No, the thing they call man
In Genesis 2

Is the dream of the dreamer.
It never was you.

So know what you are.
Take your place in the sun,
You're the immortal man
Of Genesis 1.

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