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[PYCL: Share gift boxes & how to use your best gift! Drink in the spirit! (1, 5)
P
ossible Younger Class Lesson Ideas for Sunday School from
the Christian Science Quarterly Bible Lesson on:

“Christian Science”
For June 28, 2020

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

Pycl #1: Prepare Gift Boxes! If you are doing in-person class, bring some smallish boxes and pretty wrapping paper/tape/scissors with you. If you are working over zoom try doing this in front of the screen/talk about the ideas/encourage them to try it on their own. Read together the Golden Text from James 1:17. What is the "perfect gift"?

Christian Science is the complete/perfect gift from our Father-Mother. It has all that we need within it to help us heal as Jesus did, understand our completeness, God's all-goodness and all-power.

Discuss together what kinds of mini "gifts" can we write on small pieces of paper, or paint on small rocks, to place inside our box that we can gift wrap? One gift might be natural beauty, pets, birds, sunlight through the leaves, flowers, etc. One might be the love of our mom or dad. One might be the intelligence we need for different things, the skills we need, an appreciation of music or art of some kind, and so on. How many ideas can you come up with together?

Place each idea within this box and at the end, wrap it, put a bow on it, whatever you wish! Each child could take one box home with all their ideas within. If you are very ambitious and need to do Sunday School remotely, you can send them each a box with the ideas they have come up with inside each box!

Pycl #2: Learn how to use your gift!
What good would such a gift be if we couldn't use it? Christian Science is the gift that helps us do what Jesus did! There are a whole bunch of references to the rules and laws that Christian Science made available to man. There are many also in the Bible. Some examples just in the Responsive Reading include: word, precepts, law, understanding/light. Following these laws or rules is what makes it possible to demonstrate Christian Science healing.

I did an extensive study of rule/rules, and so on, just to see what Mary Baker Eddy says in just Science and Health. There are very few overtly "stated" rules, but a few that are stated include the need to allay fear on p.411:27, and "self-abnegation" on p. 568:30. Have a brief discussion of what that word means before leaving it! Use examples of self-abnegation so that it is more than a definition. Other rules seem implied: p. 336:27-28 where we find that there is a "rule of perfection", I take that to mean that the rule is starting with the "perfect God and perfect man as the basis of demonstration…". Related to this is the idea that a rule might be seen as demonstration.

We truly cannot move forward in our understanding without putting Christian Science into practice. This could easily take your whole class! It often feels backwards to say this, doesn't it seem like you have to understand to demonstrate something? Think about it in terms of working out a theory in math. You have to practice what you are learning and work through actual "problems" in order to really understand any theory you are learning! In the same way, we have to put our thoughts and understanding of Christian Science into daily practice.

What healing did you have today/yesterday that you can share, "tiny" is fine, maybe even best!! Then talk them through ways that they are undoubtedly doing this in their own days. If we can start to see this, acknowledge it, rejoice and give gratitude for it, then we are progressing as fast as possible!!

Some other implied "rules" perhaps?

  • p.448:26-30 "….It is Christian Science to do right…"
  • 381:27-28 refers to "…the perpetual rule of harmony…" Kind of like understanding God's all-goodness and all-power, another "rule" in Christian Science?
  • 418:20 A "…simple rule of Truth…" that governs reality…Truth only confers harmony!
  • p. 418:26 "Include moral as well as physical belief…" in our efforts to destroy error.
  • On p. 444 she gives a marginal heading with the word "rule" that includes in the paragraph ideas about defending against sin, God is All and only power, unfold in others their "latent capacity for good".
  • And on p. 113 she talks about "propositions" which might not be "rules" but they include a numbered list of many of the things that we have mentioned above. I think this can all be done in a very simple/preschool manner, or in a deeper dive way and be equally effective in Sunday School!

Pycl #3: Assign verses and discuss how to apply their truths.
If your class is reading, assign each a verse from Section 2 to study for a few minutes. Discuss the story of healing together, (so that one would be unassigned). What/who, do they think, does the healing? Beyond the one-word answer of "Christ" or "God" or "Truth", can they look at their verse and find something a little more explicit to add to those truths?

Then, work together on each of the assigned verses. You may need to help define words such as "sensuous". What does "metaphysical" mean? What rules (from above Pycl) were used to heal the man with the palsy?

What kind of "sin" did Jesus refer to? (This is, of course, speculative, but, I think important to consider in a broader sense.) For example, could it be the sin of not understanding that God is all-good, and trusting in that? I think it is important to move away from the model of sin as "I did something bad", to something more helpful.

Pycl #4: Show comfort (from Latin strength together) & a comforter!
Think about the word "comforter". Why is Divine Science the promised comforter? What do they think of when they hear that word? You can bring a cozy "comforter" or thick bed cover to use as an example of one kind of use of this word that might help with the symbolism.

What does Jesus tell us the Comforter will do? "teach [us] all things", and cause us to remember everything he told us. How does Christian Science do this? Is Christian Science different from what Jesus taught? (see citations B11—Hebrews 13:8 and S11—112:16) That Comforter and Holy Ghost is moving in each of us to heal, advance our thought and consciousness. Does it matter how old we are?

Pycl #5: Progress quickly by drinking in the spirit—bring cups!
How do we progress the fastest in something we love to do? When we want to get good at an instrument we practice it, take lessons, listen to recordings. When we want to get good at a sport we…do the same in another way. Ask them for examples in their lives. Then see if they are interested in becoming really good students of Christian Science so they can learn to heal like Jesus did.

Read together citation S19 (p. 495:25-31). Define this idea of "studying the letter and imbibing the spirit…" Bring some cups to pour water or juice in and use that as an illustration of "imbibing the spirit" or drinking it in. Bring some tape and stick something to the wall, etc. to show what it means to "adhere". How do we "adhere" to the "divine Principle" or source of Christian Science? What are "behests of God"?

Have a great week in Sunday School!

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