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[PYCL: Take off all handcuffs of limitation with a scientific sense of who you are! (6) Use playdough to illustrate Responsive Reading ideas. (4) Find all the examples of God's communication in this lesson. (5)]
Possible Younger Class Lesson ideas for the Christian Science Bible Lesson on

Matter
for March 22, 2020

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

Pycl #1: So, if you are doing Sunday School at home and feeling ambitious, I've found that Sunday School classes of many ages seem to enjoy various Bible games. You can make up your own. Try writing a question about someone, such as: "Who was the first king of Israel?", "What prophet visited a cave and found God in a "still small voice"?, "Did the prophet Samuel come before or after Moses/Jesus/Daniel" etc. You can ask questions about Bible stories, about healings in the Bible and who performed them, about who Samaritans were, and so on.

Have a great time creating a list! If you want to make it more orderly you can start with questions involving the first number of chapters in the Bible and proceed each week from there, whatever tickles your fancy! Then, come up with a reward system. M aybe they get a gummy bear for every right answer, or a sticker, or something like that.

Pycl #2: Have your child tell you a Bible story that they know. Ask them questions about it. Show them, on a map, where it took place. You could start with the story of Moses in this week's Bible lesson and point to the general area on a map where he spoke with God in this particular instance.

Any story will do though, it is usually fun for them to be able to tell the story to you!
[W: Hoping scripts, and even videos using them, will again follow as parts of CedarS PSST offerings.]

Pycl #3: After some study, try drawing maps of the Holy Land together. Can they see where Egypt is in relation to Israel? How far from Egypt is Israel (the Promised Land). You can then explore together where they think these people walked. If it took forty years, they clearly didn't exactly walk in a straight and purposeful line! If you want to, you can relate their journey to this week's lesson about matter.

What kinds of material thinking were they shedding during those years of wandering?
What kind of material beliefs and thoughts are we shedding on our own "journey"?
What did Moses introduce from God that helped them do this "shedding" of material concepts about God and man?

Pycl #4: This week's lesson focuses a lot on who does the communicating/talking.
Does our body tell us things? Does our society tell us things? If so, are these messages also from God?
Should we start to notice what is true and what is not?

Try using playdough to help illustrate the ideas in our Responsive Reading where it talks about the clay talking back to the potter. Have them each make something out of playdough. Now ask: "Is your little figure going to tell you anything? Is it going to criticize your work? If you set it on the table is it going to make decisions and actions if you are not even touching it?

Now, we might be able, if the children aren't too young, to ask some questions about whether the body might be a little like that playdough. It is not the "body" itself that can tell us about pain, or sadness, but mortal mind. Mortal mind likes to "think" that it is separate from God, and capable of governing itself.

But like that playdough, mortal mind has no "life" in itself to determine these things. It seems to influence our body to "feel", and this certainly can seem powerful, but when we remember that we can change our thought, and practice this "change of thought" regularly, we can then influence our bodies in spiritual ways, good ways!! Then we find out, one step at a time, that matter does not have such power over our health and happiness.

Pycl #5: Find all the examples of God's communication in this week's Bible lesson.
Sort through all the stories and some of the verses from the Bible and think about how they share ideas of true communication. Moses' story is obvious, what did Jesus do with the message that the daughter of Jairus had died? What kind of message did he accept as true, what as false? In Section 5 we have the Pharisees claiming that Jesus was "communicating" for God, and Jesus proves that his message is true by healing, again and again.

Pycl #6: Take off all handcuffs of limitation with a scientific sense of who you are!
We all know that material beliefs can "shackle" us, "bind" us, and "fetter" us. (S8 and S20). Use rope or toy handcuffs to illustrate what these terms mean. How does material thinking, belief in the "power" of matter, limit us?

One way to illustrate [being handcuffed or limited by beliefs in matter-based identity] might be to think about how believing in ghosts or being afraid of the dark might make us feel limited—unable to comfortably be by ourselves in the dark. I'm sure you can think of all sorts of ways that we can experience greater freedom through spiritual thinking [—a scientific sense being” or of who we are]! (S29) Discover together citation S29, our last citation [and CedarS theme for 2020] as a wonderful gateway to this kind of freedom!

Have a great week in Sunday School, wherever you hold it this week!!

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