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[PYCLs 1, 3, 5: Share visual aids like bubbles, crowns, jewels, robes, pictures… ]
CedarS PYCLs–Possible Younger Class Lesson for The Christian Science Bible Lesson on:

Spirit

Sunday, August 10, 2014

by Kerry Jenkins, CS, House Springs, MO
kerry.helen.jenkins@gmail.com   (314) 406-0041

 [PYCL 1]
How does “Spirit” describe God?  You can bring up the translation of spirit as “breath” or “wind” to illustrate this idea of something that is invisible but everywhere and powerful.  Show how you can tell that the wind is there by the fact that you can feel it, or see the results of it.  You could do a little demonstration with something as simple as a tissue and blowing it in the air, or bring a balloon or feathers, or try bubbles outdoors, as only a tiny breeze will influence the bubbles, and you can also blow them up high or away from you.  This is similar to how Spirit influences us; we can even “breathe” Spirit in by receiving great inspiration or spiritual thoughts from God.  This inspiration (another kind of “breath”), or “breathing in” of Spirit, helps us feel Spirit's presence through health, joy, wisdom, etc.

[PYCL 2]
How can we “breathe” in Spirit?  How does Spirit influence us in our day?  We feel the breath of Spirit when we are quiet, when we are not distracted by technology, friends, toys and so on.  Do we have to be in a private place or can we really be separate from Spirit ever? (See B12)

[PYCL 3]
This lesson has a lot of references to God/Spirit reigning.  What does “reign” mean?  Talk about Kings and Queens and how they used to “reign”, and show some pictures.  Does God wear a crown?  How does Spirit “reign”?  How do we see Spirit's government of man, and Spirit's power in our lives?  The first section tells us that God is Spirit and man is His spiritual creation.  So do we “reign” over anything?  Come up with examples of how we “reign”/govern our thoughts and actions.  Make crowns together and wear them.  You could write ideas on the crowns, (with sparkly pens!) about how we reign over matter or mortal mind.  Or you could glue plastic jewels to the crowns and think of what Godlike, qualities each jewel represents.  You could also bring a dress up “robe” like the robe that the father in the prodigal son in last week's lesson had for his son—this gives you some “tie-ins” between lessons.

[PYCL 4]
I love the reference to “first fruits” in citation B4.  Talk about what they represent. (See this week's met or the Bible note in MyBibleLesson about “first fruits”).  What are our “first fruits”? Obviously this may take some thought since we are probably not talking about the first yield from our gardens.  So this gives you an opportunity to talk about the symbolism here and come up together with ways that the Bible is still relevant to our lives today.  It also tells us to “Honor the Lord with [our] substance…”.  What is our “substance”?  What is our focus each day?  What is important to us?  What makes us happy?

[PYCL 5]
There are great stories to share in this lesson.  The feeding of the multitudes can always be acted out with little ones using fish crackers and a few slices of bread.  Show them a picture of a huge crowd that might have 5 or 6 thousand people.  Kids do not have a sense of numbers in their head and wouldn't necessarily be able to summon up an image of that many people.  Then hold up a picture (maybe you've copied a picture of a fish three times, and a loaf of bread seven times, or even drawn something).  Show them the two images side by side.  Is it possible to feed that many people with that much food?  If God/Spirit reigns, doesn't He provide just what we need?  Notice that the people have been with Jesus for three days and they are in the “wilderness”, presumably not near a town or village.  Talk here about how the disciples ask: “Whence should we have so much bread in the wilderness…”  Look at Mrs. Eddy's definition of “wilderness” in her glossary in Science & Health (S&H).  Isn't this exactly what limited mortal mind asks us?  It tries to find more good/bread, in the wasteland of matter.  Yet, that very wasteland can be the source of spiritual riches and give us the ideas we need to feed us, figuratively and literally!  You can show pictures too, of a desert wilderness and talk about the isolation, dryness, what all that represents spiritually.  But there Jesus was, healing people of every conceivable problem; he apparently had plenty of Spirit with him in the wilderness!  You can get into this at whatever level suits your age group.  There is more to uncover with this idea, including the suggestions in S&H in this section that really there is no opposition to the reign of Spirit.

[PYCL 6]
In section three we have Paul's declaration that we are all the “temple of God”.  And it is clarified further in the MyBibleLesson by showing that this particular translation of the word “temple” is one that refers to the inner, most holy part of the temple [“the Holy of Holies”].  Then we have the healing of the woman with the issue of blood and it becomes clear that she is a holy “temple”— an expression of Spirit that has no element of matter, no “uncleanness”.  Also, we are made aware of the role that consciousness plays here.  Keeping our thought holy and pure helps us to discern the consciousness that is calling for help and healing.  We are hearing and feeling Spirit's “breeze” and it helps us heal those around us!  Again, we have God reigning here, not “laws of health”—a fresh breeze indeed!  Can you bring this idea of our bodies being a “holy temple”?  How does that work?  Is matter holy?  Is the physical body what Paul is talking about?  If not, does that mean we ignore our bodies?  Mrs. Eddy tells us about consciousness constructing better bodies (S425:23-24) —see if that helps in this discussion.

[PYCL 7]
Who told Peter that Jesus was the Christ?  How did Peter know?  How can we tell when the spirit of the Christ is present in our lives?  How do we feel when we recognize the presence of the Christ?  This story of Jesus asking his disciples who he was, is it a “one time” story?  Or does it relate to us today?  How are being asked to “recognize” the Christ in our lives and in others'? Can you come up together with some examples?  You can even start with your own Sunday School class.

[PYCL 8]
In this same section there are references to the “supremacy of Spirit” —which is another way to talk about the reign of Spirit.  If something is supreme, can it have something that opposes it?  If you have only love in your heart and consciousness, is there room to hate?  What is supreme in your thought?  What does supremacy of Spirit have to do with how Jesus healed?  What does it have to do with how we heal?

Hope you have a fun Sunday!!

 

 

 

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