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[PYCL: Talk of a building's integrity. -1- Speak of laws/lies. -2/4- Start synonym lists!-5]
Possible Younger Class Lessons for the Christian Science Bible Lesson on

for July 23, 2017

by Kerry Jenkins, CS, House Springs, MO (314) 406-0041

Pycl #1: Maybe start with what Truth means to the children, other than another name for God. Why is it a name for God, why is it a necessary part of God's identity? Can you think of any qualities that express truth/Truth? I love working with the idea of integrity, which young children might need some help understanding. Thinking of integrity not only in terms of honesty, but in terms of structural soundness helps to develop a deeper sense of God as being utterly without weakness or void of any kind. Talk about a building's structural integrity. A metal beam, for example, that has integrity, would have no air spaces within its being, no voids, no impurities (which might cause a void). You can certainly bring into this discussion Mrs. Eddy's definition of Church, at least the first part of it. How would Truth help to build a better church? Try having the children build something with blocks. Start by putting the smallest blocks on the bottom and see how far they get. Then talk about how they could build it so that it has more structural integrity—what might they do? By putting the larger blocks on the bottom the building then has a solid "foundation" that helps the other blocks to have more stability and better balance. How is this like healing prayer? What does that have to do with the role that Truth plays in praying or giving a CS treatment? If something is true, it naturally has a power that makes it unchangeable. You can use a math analogy here as well if this is helpful. When something is true, there is a law behind it that makes it powerful and dependable.

Pycl #2: Speaking of laws… You can then go to one of the stories in the Bible lesson to see how Truth operates as a law. For example, the woman that was caught in adultery—there was a human law that said she must be stoned to death. But the divine law of mercy that Jesus came to reveal more clearly, worked from the standpoint of Truth that revealed her true nature, as well as the true nature of the men who accused her. Citation B16 speaks of bearing true witness, this is what Jesus was doing. Can we do this too when we see someone who is not acting up to man's highest nature? How did the law of Truth operate in the case of Joseph and his brothers? You might think that it wasn't very merciful that Joseph had such a tough time of things all those years before he found himself in Pharaoh's court. But truly this is a case where "Divine Love always has met, and always will meet, every human need." Maybe the need that is met is not met in the way we think should happen. But Joseph recognized that the need was to save a lot of people, and that he was uniquely positioned to do this by his experience over many years. He was saved, and saved others by his ability to perceive the Truth right?! Truth certainly operated as a law of righteousness in the case of Hezekiah too! And the "poor wise man" in that city—perceived the truth through his wisdom that allowed him to see beyond false material sense to a solution that was not easily seen by others apparently! Again, this law of Truth came to his rescue and overcame the suggestion that there is another power (a lie) that can oppose Truth.

Can anyone come up with some ideas about laws that have helped us to live a better life? How did these laws reflect God/Truth?

Pycl #3: Where does truth come from? Sounds obvious, but maybe you can pursue this idea. It's easy to just answer "God", which is true, but can we think together about what makes us listen to someone? Read or tell the story of the poor, wise man that saved the city. Why did his wisdom work to save the city? Why was he poor? (We may never know that, but there is something to think about here—do we value wisdom and truth? Do we listen to it daily, or only when in crisis? Does it need to "look" like something in particular in order to be respected… Does someone need to be materially successful with their finances in order to be given proper weight and respect in life?) Maybe these questions are too "old" for our audience, but you can certainly put it in terms that they might understand. Do they need to wear the right clothing? Look a certain way? Speak our own language? Have our own skin color?

Pycl #4: I'm taken with the idea this week that we need to see, hear and listen to Truth lead us. In the first section we can see where it tells us that Truth declares and reveals itself to us when we don't let the false testimony of material sense blind us to spiritual reality. This is truly the task before us! False testimony is a lie. How do we tell the difference between truth and a lie? Can you find some illusions to use as examples for the children? One that is often used is the illusion that railroad tracks meet in the distance. One illusion that I love was mentioned in an article a few years back in one of our periodicals. A person was with their very young child on their first airplane ride and the child asked when "…are we going to get smaller?" We all know that the airplane doesn't "get smaller" it just looks that way, but we can see, in a humorous way, that the young child might think that! This is how it is with material sense when we feel ill or sad, etc. It really "looks/feels, a certain way" but this is not from Truth, but from material sense.

Pycl #5: I know last year we did a sort of synonym "train"—make a cardboard train car for each synonym, including Principle, and added qualities in the form of slips of paper to each train car as they came up. Another, similar idea would just be to make columns on large sheets of paper to put these qualities on. That way you can add to a column as new ideas come up. This way you can look at it week to week and think about them for a few weeks to come. It will be interesting as well, to see which qualities overlap from one column to the next and think about why. Do you think the "poor wise man" might also be exhibiting qualities that would belong to Mind? How about Love or Principle? You get the idea!

Have a great Sunday!

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