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[PYCL: Play the "wake up" game. Use the perfect remedy for every sickness! (2, 3)]
Possible Younger Class Lesson Ideas for Sunday School from
the Christian Science Quarterly Bible Lesson on:

for September 27, 2020

by Kerry Jenkins, CS, of House Springs, MO • 314-406-0041

Pycl #1: What do we usually think of as "real". Let's make a list of things that are "real", without just jumping into a "Christian Sciency" way of listing things. Maybe the list will just turn out to be a bunch of things like bicycles and chairs at first, but let it go on until we can have a discussion of what we think of as "unreal", precluding, again, the usual Christian Science "take" on things. Something unreal might be a ghost, or a vampire, for example.

The last couple of weeks we have taken a look at substance and matter. Do these topics help us think about what is real? If we have a list left from our discussion of substance, take a look at it and think about how substance as a quality of Spirit can be seen as a way to define reality. What about matter? Is matter substance, as we have learned about that term? What can we find in this week's Bible lesson that helps us see what is real vs. unreal, substance vs. matter.

Try looking at Bible stories. Whether or not you want to look at the story of the Hebrew men and the furnace as allegorical or true, you can ponder how it has a healing impact on our lives today! Thinking about the story in terms of its allegorical significance is deeply inspiring. Look at this week's Met on the CedarS website by Craig Ghislin to see a clear explanation that helps us understand the relevance of this story to our lives today:

In the third section we don't really have a story, per se, but an explanation of how our fear of something can be a catalyst for its appearance, much the way a dream/nightmare can be occasioned by pondering some fearsome idea before we fall asleep. (Job 3:2, 25 and Job 4:1, 13-15) In both cases, we can learn that the thing that we feared, whether actual dream, or "waking dream", is not produced by God, so must be a thing that does not have the substance of spiritual reality. And the story of Jesus healing Peter's wife's mother is a perfect example of overcoming something that seemed very real, but disappeared without the "normal" recovery time.

Pycl #2: Play the "wake up" game.
If you are in person for Sunday School, lay your head on the table or desk and pretend to sleep. Have the young children "wake" you up. Talk about what it is like to be asleep or awake. Think together about how injury, sickness, anger, etc. can really be more like a dream that we are waking up from.

Where did Peter's mother in law's sickness "go"? What about the fire in the furnace? Maybe these people were "awake" to God's all-powerful presence in such a way that they were not in that "dream" of material sense. You can have the kids "wake" you up on the computer too if you are doing Sunday School online.

Pycl #3: Follow simple steps for a perfect remedy to every sickness!
I like the "steps" that Mary Baker Eddy gives us in citation S19: "It is well to be calm in sickness; to be hopeful is still better; but to understand that sickness is not real and that Truth can destroy its seeming reality, is best of all, for this understanding is the universal and perfect remedy."
1. Be calm (think of examples, I can't tell you how many times a calm state of thought has led to quicker healing. Why is calm important? How easy is it to hear anything in the middle of a hurricane?)
2. Be hopeful. (What does hope do for healing? Isn't it the "door" through which Spirit's comforting voice walks?….)
3. Understand that sickness isn't real
3 1/2. And that God/Truth, can destroy even what seems real! (Think together about how when a lie is revealed we are not tempted to go back to believing a falsehood because we understand the truth of the situation!)

Pycl #4: Play the “Which of these things is not like the other” Sesame Street song and game. Come up with groupings ahead of time & maybe sing the song & have them pick what doesn’t belong to reality.
When my kids were small, in fact, when I was youngish, we used to watch Sesame Street on TV. There was a particular section that was often played with a tune where they would show several items and sing "Which of these things is not like the other, which of these things is just doesn't belong, can you guess which thing is not like the other, before I finish my song." I found the song and lyrics still available online if you are interested.

It might be a little silly, but citation S20 reminded me of this rhyme/song. I thought we might be able to employ it to come up with some groupings that you could invent ahead of time for your class and maybe sing the song and have them pick out the "wrong" thing. (Science and Health p.230:1) If God made only goodness, then, like the quote from citation S20, you could have a group with pictures of healthy, happy kids/dogs/butterflies and maybe one that looks like it might be "sick". You could do a grouping of things that are happy, while one is sad or angry. Have the children make up their own groups of pictures. Why does the thing that is "sick/sad/angry etc." not belong to reality? Have some fun thinking about this. One easy analogy might be to think about how the sun itself has no space in it for dark or cool. There is only light and warmth in something that is a ball of fire! Likewise, God cannot have something within Being that is opposed to its own essence!

Pycl #5: Help students meet & master all that’s bad by understanding it has no basic reality.
Depending on the age of your pupils, it may be helpful and compassionate to recognize that we are all dealing with the appearance of evil or error. We are not in denial that this appearance is challenging and certainly seems real! Our Bible, our periodicals, our lives, are filled with examples of healing from the appearance of pain, sickness, accident, strife, and so on.

All challenges are easier to overcome when met and mastered by this metaphysical understanding that they have no intrinsic reality. This will make wrongs right, lift them from our experience and lead us to higher and more joyfully inspired states of being and understanding. The process of healing gives joy, clarity, confidence, and even greater intelligence and discernment—all to our daily experience.

Have a great week in Sunday School!

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