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Possible Younger Class Lessons for The Christian Science Bible Lesson on:
“Unreality”
for Sunday, April 5, 2015

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

Pycl #1: Of course you will want to talk about Easter, its significance and how this subject is relating to it in this lesson. It is a great opportunity to delve into the theme that we have here of only the real being powerful. No matter how evil and how big error tries to make itself seem, it is always overcome by Truth, by reality. There is no true power in unreality. Have some examples from your own experience, and, of course, the central story of Easter is what this is all about!

Pycl #2: Looking at the Responsive Reading (RR) and the passage about how the Lord has “made bare his holy arm…” I think you could literally role up your sleeve. Show the younger kids what that looks like. Ask what they think that means here, assuming this passage does not refer to God rolling up His sleeve… What does His “arm” symbolize? What do we do with our arms? Don’t we accomplish quite a lot? What does God do? How does the story of Jesus show God’s power for good?

Pycl #3: Also in the RR is a passage: “Looking unto Jesus…” That is translated also as “keeping our eyes on Jesus”. What does that mean for us? How can we do that? What about the Easter story are we being asked to use as an example for living our own lives?

Pycl #4: Wow! The RR is full of ideas! I think the part about God shaking the earth…“that those things which cannot be shaken may remain.” would also be fun to consider. What is God “shaking” away? What things are permanent, real, substantial? What did Jesus show us through his example that we needed to “shake off”? Maybe things like dogma, traditions (that are not founded on Truth or Love), false laws. What is left of “religion” when Jesus is “done” with it? Healing, love, tenderness, peace, joy, fearlessness, faithfulness, understanding… You can see if they have any ideas that they can add or let them start the list on their own.

Pycl #5: Talk about how citation B1 explains that all the biggest and worst evils will be “as nothing”. Why is this part of the prophecy about Jesus? What does that symbolism mean about mountains being “threshed” small? What are the “mountains” in human experience? This leads into a discussion of the chaff and wheat. Show them examples from pictures and figure out a way to illustrate the process. If you mixed something light weight with something heavy and had the kids blow the lighter things away, they might get the picture. This would be for younger kids of course. You could bring a handful of small gravel and mix it with feathers or small pieces of paper. If you gently tossed them in the air and watch, you’d see the feathers float down more slowly. If you blow on them at the same time, the feathers should blow away from the gravel. You could try this outside if the weather is nice or find indoor-friendly materials. What does this process symbolize? Are the “feathers” things that are “substantial”, do they represent substance, lasting things? How did Jesus “breakdown” the solid sense of matter being permanently sick, injured, crazy… and show us that there is a truer model of man than matter?

Pycl #6: You could think together about the path Jesus laid out for us and talk a little about how progress is required. The resurrection was about progress and so was the ascension. How do we follow that path? See citation S10 where Mrs. Eddy tells us to keep that high goal in our thought. How hard is it to hike when you just stare at your feet? Do you ever get any good views? What might that mean?

Pycl #7: There is a reference in citation B6 to the seed being productive if it falls into the soil. There is mention of this in CedarS Met this week, but I think you could make something of it in a Sunday School example and discussion. Maybe you could grow some seeds together in Sunday School. One neat experiment would be putting a bean seed in a small Ziploc bag with a damp paper towel. Set it in a sunny window and watch for next week to see if it sprouts. See how it splits open and changes in appearance. Does it still look like a small oval seed? It even gets soft. Eventually, if planted, it sprouts not only leaves, but pushes out roots and looks even less like a seed. This is how we have to follow Jesus. We have to be willing to put his Christly healing into practice, allowing our own sense of material living to grow and change, and even disappear as we see our likeness to God. Something to think about!

Pycl #8: I like the idea of talking with children about the fact that “Evil is not supreme; good is not helpless” (S17). Sometimes it may not look that way! It didn’t look that way when Jesus was crucified. We have to understand this though because Mrs. Eddy tells us that: “Without this lesson, we lose sight of the perfect Father, or the divine Principle of man.” (S17) Without a firm sense of the perfection of God and man we really cannot understand the unreality of matter/error and the allness of God.

Pycl #9: In Section 6 the two Marys go to look for Jesus body a couple of days after he’s crucified. They mention in the story the stone that was rolled away from his tomb. What does that stone represent? It probably took many strong men to put it there, how did it get moved away? What does this say about heavy, hard things that we are struggling with? Is God, Love right there to roll these things out of our way when we are earnest in our prayers?

Have a happy Easter Sunday!

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