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[PYCL: Synonym Train! (1) Tell how you praise Mind daily! (2) Get water from a rock! (3)]
Possible Younger Class Lessons for the Christian Science Bible Lesson for

“Mind”

on February 21, 2016

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

Pycl #1: How is your "synonym train" going? What qualities will your class add that are unique to Mind? What qualities might overlap with other qualities and why? In case you don't know what I'm talking about here—a few weeks ago I suggested that we could come up with a synonym train. Each car would be labeled with one of the names for God, according to that week's Bible lesson. You will need to add Principle at the end and think together about ideas on why that is not a specific lesson subject! You can make each car out of cardboard, a shoe box or something smaller and more train-car like, or you could draw it on a large sheet of paper and write the ideas in each car… whatever seems most useful for your class. Each kid could have their own, or just one as a class. I guess this would be our last week, officially, but it could always be something that hangs around your class to be added to at any time!

Pycl #2: How do we praise God? Can each kid come up with one or three or more ideas of what they can do to praise God? Give them a few minutes to think about it and try not to help. Once they get going they will probably have a lot of ideas. If not, then give them one example of how you praise God each day. Why is praise for God associated this week with Mind?

Pycl #3: [Get water from a rock!] In Section 2 I noticed that it says: "When the poor and needy seek water, and there is none, and their tongue faileth for thirst, I the Lord will hear them, I the God of Israel will not forsake them." (B6, italics added). This passage is followed by the story of Moses getting water from a rock for the children of Israel when they were struggling for faith to be confident in God's care for them. It made me think of what this water might represent. We all have times when we feel like we really need something, health, happiness or even something physical like money or a "thing". And often it seems like maybe God doesn't really give that thing to us, at least maybe not right away. Perhaps the thing that we want isn't what we should be "thirsting" for? Can we come up with a list of things that are worthy of praying about? If it seems important to obtain an object, (as it often does to a kid), can we think about what the water here represents and translate that thing that we so desire into something more sustaining, and then maybe actually see how God is already giving it to us? Maybe this seems complicated, examples always work the best. So if a kid really wants an electronic device or toy—can we think about the intelligence, joy, fun, creativity, engagement, usefulness, etc. that this device represents? Make a list. How are these things already present in our lives? If they are present but we still aren't satisfied by that, how can we develop that satisfaction? Do we need to regularly recognize that we have these qualities on tap and see them in action? Make sure you've thought together about the symbolism of water—it quenches thirst (which represents desire, in a good way), it washes clean/purifies, it sustains life, it carries boats or transports, maybe you could say it transports ideas—can they think of anything else? Why did Moses get the water out of a stone? What did that represent? A stone might be considered the most dead or dry of physical objects, it is also hard, unyielding. When we let go of stony or hardened thinking, whether that might be a lack of love or forgiveness, grumpiness, selfishness, etc. will we find our lives filling with the purity and inspiration of Mind, the water that springs up and fills us with understanding and life? You can continue to expand on this of course!

Pycl #4: [Show Mind's "action" at work in demonstrations of power and healing!] I love that Mind is associated so much this week with "acts" or demonstrations of power and healing. Why might we associate this kind of thing with Mind? A Mind that knows all things, whether we tell Him or not? Find all the stories that show Mind's "action" at work. How do these acts show qualities such as understanding, intelligence, control, government, wisdom and love coupled together? (This might be a good way to brainstorm qualities for your train car).

Pycl #5: [Begin a race with more input from Mind!]
How does Mind govern our bodies? This is not a question that we can just answer in a simple one-time way. It is the steady work and demonstration of Christian Science. But we can certainly begin to ask it. It is made clear in this lesson that Mind is not in matter. That sounds simple. But doesn't it seem like we have our own thoughts, inside our own body? Our true consciousness, our true identity is a reflection of God (S27). The mind that we often think we have—mortal mind, as Mrs. Eddy calls it—is dependent on a material body for its existence. But Mind is outside matter and therefore not a victim of it. That is why matter can yield to Mind, why we have healing. It is not a matter of "cheering up" our mortal mind, or convincing it of something, it is a matter of knowing that God/Mind is governing each of us. That's why we can pray about peace and have an impact. If each of us really has a powerful individual material mind, then no wonder we cannot get along with one another. Understanding that true consciousness comes from Mind actually changes the picture, even to mortal thought! With this in mind, look at the last part of citation S5 where it says: "To begin rightly is to end rightly. Every concept which seems to begin with the brain begins falsely." Come up with some examples of "beginning rightly" as we go through a day, or a project. How does this process of beginning rightly illustrate the truth that Mind governs our bodies? Citation S27 points out that our consciousness knows God, because it is from God—"emanates" from Him. This is where we begin or emanate from. This is the right beginning! (You may want to talk about this in terms of a race, or draw a picture with a little creature "racing" from one point to another. If the creature begins by wanting to "win", or beat everyone else in the race, is that a "right" way to begin? Is there anything wrong though, with wanting to succeed? How might we begin a race with more input from Mind? What kinds of things contribute to a successful race? What kinds of things actually contribute to our speed and agility and joy in running?

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