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[PYCL: Look at each story in the lesson in the context of "giving all" and what that means today. (2)]
Possible Younger Class Lesson Ideas for Sunday School from the Christian Science Bible Lesson:

for January 10, 2021

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

Pycl #1: When we really partake of "Jesus'" life, we act & practically demonstrate Love as he did!
It is always helpful to check on what the students know about Sacrament.
What does it mean to the Christian world at large, what does it mean to Christian Scientists?
What do they think this symbolic sharing meant to Jesus and what would he likely have wanted us to learn from the sharing of bread and wine at the Last Supper?
What were his words to them (look up the story in context as well as the part from our lesson in citations B14 & B15 (Luke 22:1, 2, 8, 14, 15 and Mark 14: 22, 23, 26, 32, 36).

We are asking the students to speculate as to what Jesus might have hoped for. This might not be useful for the very youngest.
What gift was Jesus hoping to give the disciples when he symbolically shared this last meal with them, why did he share it in this way? (It says: "With desire I have desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer.")

What else took place at this "Last Supper"? What does the ceremony of foot washing (not in the lesson) tell us about what Jesus hoped for us to learn and follow from his life?
I like to think of Sacrament as a holy gift from God that deepens our ability to practically demonstrate Love as Jesus did.
Does this way of thinking about Sacrament help us to see more of the "whys" in this "Last Supper" ceremony?
If so, what does it mean for the students?
Ultimately, we can go to Section 6 to see how Jesus helps the disciples to finally "give their all," etc.
If we are really partaking of "Jesus'" life, then we are acting as he did!!

Pycl #2: What does giving our all mean? Look at each story in the lesson in the context of "giving all".
Discuss the focus of this lesson to "give our all" to worshiping God/following Jesus.
What does giving our all mean? Jesus gave his life, as did many of the disciples and apostles. We probably aren't at that point. So, what does it mean to give our all?
Look at each story in the lesson in the context of "giving all".
We have Eldad and Medad who immediately use their unexpected ability to inspire with their ability to prophesy, and share with their community the gift they are given by God.
We have the poor widow woman who gave all she had to the temple.
We have Jesus giving his very life so that we could finally understand fully, the love and power of Life.
We have the disciples finally leaving their fishing careers to bless mankind with Jesus' message of God's and man's goodness.
You could even use Paul as an example since he is featured in the Golden Text and Responsive Reading and he certainly gave his life to following Christ once he had his vision!
So, now you have all these stories, what does that mean for us today?
Most of us are not going to leave everything we are doing and do what these people did.
What are we being asked to do?
First, I think it's a daily thing, not some "big" thing down the road.
Second, I think it is a constant process of "worship" that we can do right where we are, whether that is being a student in school, a son or daughter/husband or wife, employee, business owner, etc.

Now….let's think of what these daily, regular ways that we can "give all" might consist of!
Maybe we think about when we are willfully wanting something (good or bad!).
Can we set what we want aside, or wait with joyful patience?
|This includes things like competition for sitting in the front seat, or getting the biggest cookie.
It might be willingness to let someone stand in line in front of you.
It could be taking a "no answer" from mom or dad without arguing disrespectfully, or pouting. I'm sure you can come up with ideas.

Share some that might be hard for you as a grown up!
The litmus test is: "am I giving my all to act in a loving way?".
Whether you are in person or Zooming for Sunday School, share a big cut-out of a heart.
Have the children pass it to one another, even symbolically, as they think of ways that they can "give all".
Another thing you can address is: "what makes this hard to do?"

Pycl #3: [“Love is like 5 loaves & 2 fish. Always too little, until you start to give it away!” T-shirt]
One of the themes that I see in this Bible lesson is abundance. That means plenty, more than "enough". When we share generously, we usually see that we have abundance ourselves. And the more we practice this, the more we see it around us. Citation S19 starts "In order to apprehend more, we must put into practice what we already know." (323:13-16)

Being generous, fearlessly sharing, makes God's abundance more visible to us! This is in the same section that has Jesus multiplying loaves and fish for the multitudes. (cit. B12, Matt. 14:14-21) Bring each student a roll to represent the loaves, Goldfish crackers to represent fish.
Why were there 12 baskets left over? Symbolically these were the 12 tribes of Israel, but I also think it's cool that there was a basket for each disciple (also a number chosen for that tribe reason, I know).

We might think of that in terms of there being more than enough for everyone who needs to understand the abundance of God's love for man?
Send the children home with their own "basket" with these goldfish crackers and bread.

What is the "abundance" of good that God gives each of us? Can we make our own "basket" of "leftovers"? Name together things that are examples of Love's abundance in our lives. Write them on pieces of fish-shaped and bread-shaped paper. Have each child do this with you over Zoom, or with parental support. Then they have their own "abundance of leftovers" basket to take with them after Sunday School!
Notice together that with this "abundance" we have the ability to bless those around us better—kind of our theme here right?!!

Pycl #4: Share how "giving does not impoverish us…neither does withholding enrich us." (S9, 79:31)
It’s like a "part B" to Pycl#3 to think about citation S9 above which is paired with the widow woman casting in her "two mites''. Why would giving in service to God never run the possibility of leading us into poverty or lack?
Why doesn't "withholding enrich us". Explain what that means.
You could show them a plate of cookies (if this is too many food examples, you could use a sheet of stickers instead!) If I offer you each a cookie or sticker, will I have fewer cookies or stickers? Yup!
Then, why doesn't "withholding" make us have more? What will I "get" when I share my cookies/stickers? List the qualities: affection, friendship, gratitude, joy…and, maybe I'll find that others are sharing with me????

Here’s a link to a great song we sing at CedarS Camps sometimes, about how we have more bounty when we are freely sharing love. Most of us stop after the first 45 seconds or so, but there are other verses if you find it fun and useful. I think you could learn at least the first two verses and sing it together. Come up with some hand gestures as well!

Pycl #5: Think of examples in the Bible of how bread met needs.
Think about the symbolic nature of 'bread' in this lesson and generally. One of the definitions of Sacrament involves specifically, the bread aspect of the Eucharist. But bread is a simple food that represents the idea of sharing a meal with friends, making peace, sustaining, providing, nourishing.

Can the students think of examples in the Bible in addition to those in this week's Bible lesson of how bread met needs? What about the Manna in the wilderness with Moses? This Manna was something God provided the Children of Israel with while they were wandering in the desert.

Share the story from the Bible (maybe look for a more contemporary translation) where it is explained that each family was able to gather just enough for their own family's needs each day, no more, no less. (What happened when people tried to save more than they needed for that day?)

See the last verse of the Responsive Reading 2 Cor. 8:15. "As it is written: He who gathered much had nothing over, and he who gathered little had no lack."—Paul referring to the Manna from the Old Testament.

How does this reference to Manna relate to the Lord's Prayer verse "Give us this day our daily bread." and Mary Baker Eddy's translation of that verse: "Give us grace for to-day; feed the famished affections."?

Think too about the word "grace" here and how Sacrament is often thought of as something of God's grace that is bestowed on us!
Discuss the "unleavened" bread from the Passover celebration.
Why unleavened—and what does that mean?

You could even make a little bread in Sunday School with yeast, etc. while also giving them the baked bread at the end. Show how it rises if you start it at the beginning of Sunday School.
You can think about what that yeast, etc. might symbolize for us if we are thinking about how to give generously to those around us.
How are we "elevating" our communities and families?

Have fun in Sunday School!!

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