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[PYCL: Trick? or Treatment!  Use "God's flashlight" to show waking dream shadows unreal! ]
CedarS PYCLs–Possible Younger Class Lessons for:

“Are Sin, Disease, and Death Real?”
The Christian Science Bible Lesson for October 13, 2013

by Kerry Jenkins, CS, House Springs, MO
(314) 406-0041
[bracketed inserts by Warren Huff]

[PYCL 1:  Make a list of why the answer NO!  Show how to dismiss dreams as unreal & move on!]
This week's lesson is in the form of a question so you may just want to ask it of the kids and see if they want to figure out why the answer is "no", since most will probably answer "no". From this point you can talk about the lesson in an overview.  Why (I know we ask this a lot but it is always a good question), did Mrs. Eddy have this as a topic, especially after we have had a subject on Reality and Unreality? I imagine that the older kids may have many suggestions about this. You can record a bunch of them together, if it's a slightly older class maybe someone can be the "secretary" and write down all the ideas that they have.  Then look them over together when you are done. Why do these things appear to be real to us and what can we do to see their unreality. What ideas do we get from the lesson?  You can go through the lesson before hand and have some of the ideas circled or have ideas of your own and show how your thoughts are derived from the Bible or S&H.  For example you can talk about the dream and awake theme.  How many times do you find "awake", "wake", "awaken", and so on, in this lesson?  Do dreams seem real while we are having them?  Are they real because they seem real?  Should we go around all day afraid of something we dreamed about?  Or should we acknowledge that it was just a dream, dismiss it as unreal, and move forward?  What if we have that dream again? Does that then make it real? There is a short article by Linnea about this thought included at the back of this week’s MyBibleLesson if you are interested.

[PYCL 2:  Break out the flashlights!  Use "God's flashlight” to banish belief in God’s absence!]
This lesson provides a good opportunity for bringing flashlights.  If that's not convenient then you can certainly talk about them.  With the youngest classes talking about light and dark can be very helpful.  What does a flashlight do for us in a dark room? It "exposes" all the hazards that we might bump into right?  How is that like things that happen every day?  If we look around us using "God's flashlight", what does it reveal about our friends and our family?  What do people look like when you see them in the "light" of God and not through the darkness of our human opinion?  We want to teach our thought to get its views from this enlightened view and to turn away from the ideas that come from error or darkness.  You could make use of the flashlights in a number of ways.  In our church we have a totally dark room with the furnace and some little ladders and such, also our bathrooms are totally dark with no windows.  You could use such a room and turn off lights and hold hands, and then shine the flashlights and discuss what the light does.  Of course this is only a good idea if your class is manageable and you may want to make sure any little ones that really are afraid of darkness are next to you with a good flashlight in hand!  You can then talk about things like: "where did the dark go when we turned on the flashlight?" (Alternatively you could do this with the light switch of course and skip the flashlight altogether.)  Just like that, where does the sickness, fear, anger "go" when we have a healing?  Where was it in the first place?  Was the "darkness" "there"?  Or was it just the absence of light?  What does "absent" mean?  The Responsive Reading talks about never being confused.  Does it confuse us sometimes when we are trying to walk around in a dark room?  Do we bump into things?  What does light do?  It brings understanding of the room to our consciousness, right?  Then we can move around freely without hurting ourselves. Well, that's similar to how bringing God's truth and light to our thought.  It shines on everything we see and helps us not get confused about what is real, right or true. You could look at citation S18 for the word "realize", which I think here points to the quality in our prayer where Truth is illuminated.  So, realizing the presence of health is shining the light in our consciousness that sees God's presence so well that there is no room for God's opposite, sickness, etc. to exist.

[PYCL 3:  Discuss why it’s silly to hang around with things that don't yield anything.]
The Golden Text (G.T.) has the word "unfruitful" in it.  What does that mean?  What can we do to be "fruitful" in our lives?  Why would it be "unfruitful" to "pal around" with "dark works".  Can you come up with some thoughts about what "works of darkness" would be in our experience today?  What is the "fruit"? What do we want to have come out of our actions?  What things do we want to "produce"?  Why is it bad to hang around with things that don't yield anything?

[PYCL 4:  All-powerful Good banishes all possible evil ends by giving you only a good & “expected end”. (B1)]
I liked that citation B1 says "…dreams which ye cause to be dreamed."  In this case it is referring to the dreams that come from a consciousness that would claim to be separate from God, Mind, the only true consciousness.  We do have examples of prophets that had dreams that were messages from God, not the kind of dreams that we call "bad dreams".  But when you look at this passage they are referring to the dreams that seem to come from "us", something that would claim to have a separate source.  What does this passage tell us to do with those dreams?  Don't listen to them!  And then it reaffirms that God gives us “an expected end” (B1) and only thoughts that are good ones, so anything bad is from that dark place, error.

[PYCL 5:  Get ready for Halloween: let God strip off the disguises of s,s,d ; play Trick? or Treatment!]
You could certainly do something with the passage in citation S4 about God stripping off the disguise of “sin, sickness, or death”.  Since this is October which is a big deal for kids here in the states who enjoy dressing up for Halloween, you could work the disguise or mask idea into your discussion.  What does it mean to take off a mask?  Who is underneath?  Isn't that a little like exposing the truth that we talked about with the G.T.?  You can certainly make or bring some masks or costumes with you and try just putting them on and taking them off along with this conversation.  (Paper plates that are plain make easy masks, just poke holes in the sides and attach yarn or string to tie behind their heads.) [See Warren’s Halloween readiness addendum below.]

[PYCL 6:  Bring in some acorns and seeds and talk about what they produce.]
One of my favorite thoughts for the week is contained in citations B9 and B10.  Here you have the idea that "…his seed remaineth in him…" and the light shining in our hearts.  I love that these things are "in" us as complete ideas of God.  We are not the source.  And then what happens? "…ye have your fruit unto holiness…" (B11)  That seed and light that is within produces fruit!  You can bring in some seeds, or go collect acorns in the church yard, whatever is around.  Talk about whether the seeds are large or small.  Do they produce something large or small?  (Acorns are great because kids love to pick them up, and they produce such big, impressive trees).  You can do this with pictures if you don't live somewhere conducive to this activity. This is like the good thoughts, ideas, intelligence, etc. that God has planted in you and shines out of you because you are His reflection, never separate, never producing your own bad thoughts that are separate from Mind.  You can also look at citation S10 where there are some words like "small degree" (seeds), 'uplift', 'elevate', 'progress', and so on, that could be used to describe how a plant might be growing and developing.  You could certainly plant a seed in a cup of dirt and talk about how it develops. Is this a little like how God plants good in us?  We water (take care of God's ideas, help them develop).  We put them in the light (help them understand and heal).  You would need to bring the seed home during the week and bring it back or it may dry out before the next week… then what would the lesson be?!  Also, I think you could see citation B24 in the light of "seed within".  "…God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God." 

I hope this gives you a few ideas to jump off with!  Have a fun Sunday!

[Warren’s Halloween readiness addendum:  You may enjoy starting to work into your October Sunday School classes for younger ones some of the ideas from a 2002 Principia Lower School Chapel Talk by our son Barry Huff.  Over a decade ago he called it: “Removing the Mask of Error: Trick or Treatment”Just click on the link, or paste in this URL address:  http://www.cedarscamps.org/metaphysical/articles/2002/10/-b-removing-the-mask-of-error-trick-or-treatment-b/ ]

 

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