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Possible Younger Class Lesson ideas for the Christian Science Bible Lesson on

“God the Only Cause and Creator”
for June 9, 2019

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

Pycl #1: This lesson is about really looking for Truth and Love and Life, and all the ways God is expressed around us in creation. I love this theme because it points to the daily ways that God surrounds us throughout creation, and when we become aware or conscious of these simple ways, we then start to feel God's presence and reality. I think I talk about this sort of thing almost every time I teach Sunday School (especially because I sub for different classes 🙂 – but I think it is so important to start to recognize how God surrounds us, how God speaks to us each day, how we see God in beauty, love, energy, grace, safety, intelligence and so on. So, I would come together as a class and dig into this kind of understanding of God and what He creates.

Make some lists together of all the ways we experience God through expressing intelligence, for example when we solve some sort of problem. To give you a tiny example, that I would point out in my class: my 12-year-old was just calling me while I was on the phone already. I ignored his two calls and called him back when I was done. He said he was wondering about how much water to put in a pan to boil eggs. But then he realized it needed to be enough to submerge them. Boom!! Where did that ability to think it through by "himself" come from? It is the reflection of Mind. So, you see, I'm talking about really "little" things. By becoming more familiar with the ways that God is surrounding us, we start to understand that God, as the law of Love, Life, Truth, is not a distant idea, but an intimate ever presence. Of course, you can include examples of any healings that have arisen through this kind of understanding!

Pycl #2: One idea to drive home this kind of "looking" is to try a hiding game. You may want to hide one object (maybe a small stuffed animal) in different places in the Sunday School/outdoors/in the church, in some way that won't distract others! Or, you could hide multiple things such as pieces of candy, with the knowledge that they are split evenly among the students after they hunt. Once they are done hunting, ask them what their process was when they are searching for the objects/candy? How are they thinking?

Does knowing what they are looking for help them recognize it when they see it? In the same way, if we are alert to the qualities that God is expressing everywhere around us, we then see these qualities and can feel grateful, safe, happy, healthy, energized, wise and so on in the knowledge that God is right here. In order to "look" for God everywhere, we should be conscious of what we are looking for, be grateful and acknowledge the goodness of what we are looking for when we see it, enjoy the process!!

Pycl #3: How are we "looking" around us? Are we stuck on everything that we see being all there is to reality? Read the story of Nicodemus together. What do the kids think that Jesus meant when he told Nicodemus that he needed to be "born again" in order to "see the kingdom of God"? Have a nice conversation about this! What did Nicodemus think? He didn't even think at all about the spiritual nature of this statement. He went straight to the material idea of going back inside the womb to be born again!! Do we sometimes do this in other ways when faced with looking around us to see God's power and presence?

When we are faced with illness, for example, do we immediately wonder what the nature of the problem is, where it came from, how long it will last, whether a healing is possible? These are all versions of wondering about having to "climb back into the womb"! How might we respond to illness with the view that Jesus shared with Nicodemus and be "born of water and of the Spirit". Can you compile a list of ideas that are in line with this rebirth? Maybe come up with some citations that you could memorize and have on hand to contemplate?

Pycl #4: With God as the only one causing or creating we could have a little fun with an experiment of pouring water or whatever out of a container, into another container. (Feel free to make it something fun like juice into cups, but this isn't necessary!) Have the children one at a time, be the ones who fill the pitcher or container with water. Ask them, when they are done filling: "did you put anything besides water/juice/whatever, into the pitcher?" Since they are the ones filling it, they know absolutely what they put into it right? What do they expect will come out of that pitcher when they pour it into a glass/another container? Of course, only what they put in it!

Now let's talk about what God "puts" into His creation. Does Love know what She creates? Does She allow anyone else to "add" into Her complete and all-good creation? Is there going to be some other "thing" mixed in, any more than you mixed anything with what you poured into the pitcher in class? You can also use the Biblical reference to how only salt or fresh water can come from one spring and the fig tree making olives and such. Obviously, you will bring this around to the fact that God only creates and causes what is Godlike, good.

And then you can look together at the story in Section 4 about the man who was born blind and the disciples' questions about why this was the case. How did Jesus respond? And if, as I like to think of God, She is Love/Life/Truth/Mind and so on, can you mix anything that doesn't reflect these identities into what comes directly from them?

Pycl #5: The statement in citation S29 is pretty interesting. It is sort of a set of directions for how we can "behold "God's creation". We can see the "glories" around us when we "learn the way in Christian Science", and when we "recognize man's spiritual being". Could we work together in class to think of how we can do these two things?

Are they something we "get" and then don't have to do anymore, or more like an ongoing way we live? Is seeing these "glories" worth the effort? What kind of "effort" is this work? Is it heavy and hard? It seems important to me that we regard Life as joyous. There may certainly be challenges and things that are difficult for us, for sure, but the overall sense of our work to understand spiritual reality is a process of joy.

Have a great Sunday!

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