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PYCL: Think of yourself as an inspired idea! Look for what you already have within and expand on it! (1,2)]
Possible Younger Class Lessons for the Christian Science Bible Lesson for

“Spirit”

on August 7, 2016

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

Pycl #1: It is worth mentioning the connection between the word inspiration (closely connected with Spirit) and breath (define inspiration as well). Consider the idea that we "breathe in Spirit"! You can think together about the fact that inspiration is our real breath, not "air". That it is inspiration that gives us being—not air in our lungs. What kinds of qualities can you think of together that we can breathe in and exhale, to share and bless those around us? Can there be a shortage of any of these qualities; can they be restricted in any way? Can anything come between you and Spirit's inspiring message? Since Spirit is the creator of man, do you think man is an inspired idea? Don't you like the sound of that?!

Pycl #2: Read the story of the widow with the two sons. Or tell it in a way that a young child can understand her predicament. What does Elisha ask her? Why does he ask this? What does that mean for us today? Should we look for what we already have within and expand on that? Do we each have some "oil"/ inspiration, etc. (S7) Notice the first word in that definition is "consecration". What does that mean? How do we show consecration in our lives? Why did Elisha tell her to go and borrow all those empty vessels? Because, when we demonstrate what we know and already recognize of Spirit within us (the kingdom of heaven within), we suddenly find we have more, more of everything good! Demonstration, employing the good we have and know, expands that good. Why do they think that happens? Have they ever made a gratitude list and then started to think of more and more things they were grateful for, and then found they were happier and more joyful, maybe even healed if they were having a problem? Are there other stories they can think of where what was needed appeared without the "usual source"? If you feel like making a mess you could bring in some flour, a little sugar (it speeds up the process) and yeast, and a bowl to class. Talk about how a tiny bit of yeast will not only lift all that flour, (and water), but will actually chemically change it into something that is quite different from the paste of flour and water. Stir in warm water until the dough is thick and a bit hard to stir. You can do this with just a couple of cups of flour and use extra yeast just for the effect—a tablespoon or so. It only needs a couple of tablespoons of sugar to speed things along. You don't have to make actual bread dough to knead. That would truly be a mess, but give them each a chance to stir while you talk. Bring extra flour in case you mistakenly add too much water. Once it is mixed (this needs to happen at the beginning of class), cover it with a towel and set it somewhere where it can be still and warmish. By the end of class you should have a decent amount of expansion take place. This is a nice illustration of how good can be multiplied without the apparent "adding" of matter.

Pycl #3: Have the children ever thought of themselves as prophets? Look at that definition (S10). Is there anything in there that they cannot do? If so, what do they think it is? What does it take to be a prophet? Does it really mean "someone who can tell the future"? How can we be prophets? (S12) Can we look to the "prophet within ourselves" when we find we need something or feel we are lacking something? What would that prophet within tell us? Prophets see the spiritual substance, the reality of Spirit. We can all do this.

Pycl #4: Another story to tell and share is in citation B10, the wedding where Jesus turned the water into wine. Why was that important? Can they think of what that might have symbolized? Check out the definition of wine in citation S14. You can talk about the idea that maybe we can think of this as if Jesus was telling us that we can fill our lives all the way, infinitely, with inspiration, activity, joy… There is no decline of that joy when we get older, or when school rolls around, or when we might have to do something we are less happy to do. Every moment can be filled with divine Spirit's joyful satisfaction. That might seem hard to believe but when the joy comes from infinite Spirit and not from mortal "storehouses" (mortal thought), the flow is steady and dependable. Show them what a "firkin" is and how much water/wine that was. Feel free to bring in some big jars (not the size of firkins!) and have them fill them with different qualities that represent inspiration and understanding. Sort of like the last story, we can expect that the more we appreciate of the spiritual inspiration and understanding that we have, the more we find around us! Get busy, before school starts, turning the ordinary into the extraordinary!

Pycl #5: And yet another great story! Jesus preaches to the multitudes from Simon Peter's ship! Simon had fished all night and caught nothing. But after Jesus preaches he tells him to "Launch out into the deep, and let down your nets…" What does that mean? What do they think it means for us today to "launch out into the deep?" Do we sometimes need to get our thought about God to go a little deeper than we might be tempted to go? We have to get past a bland statement like "man is the reflection of God" and really dig down to what that means for us today? Maybe we need to read some from the Bible and Science & Health. Not because we will find just the right statement, nor because God will listen more if we are doing this! But because when we read God's word, we start to feel that inspiration from Spirit speak to us because we are less likely to be listening to "our own" thoughts! It's so that we sharpen our own hearing, not so we make God/Spirit listen to us better! Why did Simon catch all those fish after Jesus did his preaching and not before? What does this story tell us about working humanly hard without divine inspiration? (Toiling all night).

Pycl #6: Oh boy, more stories! Yeah, stories are so fun to share. You can look at the story in citation B21 from several angles. There is the mention of the temple both in citations B19 and B21. Why the mention of temple in both cases, and why was the man "outside the temple"? What do they think Peter and John knew about that man's temple/body that he maybe wasn't so clear about? It's always great to give to people in need, but Peter and John did something so much better than giving him money. Can children expect to do this for others? Can all of us heal? Do all of us receive inspiration from Christ, from what Jesus did and what he asked us to do? Can we practice seeing people and recognizing what they are really in need of instead of what seems obvious. Then let's figure out how we can heal! Trust the inspiration that Spirit is giving each one, don't expect or look for something that someone else might be getting. It comes to each of us in just the way we need it!

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