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[PYCL: Wake up from dreams! Turn off or mute lying presentations! (1)
Listen for "course corrections" and come up with actionable steps to achieve them. (6)]

Possible Younger Class Lesson ideas for the Christian Science Bible Lesson on

“Unreality”
for April 5, 2020

By Kerry Jenkins, CS, of House Springs, MO
Kerry.helen.jenkins@gmail.com 314-406-0041

Pycl #1: For this subject of "Unreality", think together about what it means to be real or unreal. Think about lies and truth. What is the difference? How do we get rid of/change a lie? Was a lie ever true? Use an example of a lie—you can do the proverbial 2+2=5, or some sillier lie that you can use to make them giggle. Visuals are always good for things like this.

Ask: “If we believe a lie, does that make it true, even for a little while?” Keep at this for a bit so that they get the idea of all the ways that we can present a lie, and the understanding that, no matter how we are fooled, or what we believe, it never makes a lie true. You can also talk about dreams. Sometimes they seem very vivid and real. We can even wake up afraid or even crying or angry. But did the "event" ever actually take place?

Think about movies or TV shows. Assuming it is a fictional presentation, do we sometimes feel sad, afraid or angry over something we watch? Sure! But that doesn't make the movie or show real! What do we have to do to change a dream/show? Wake up/turn it off!

Now you can think about how we have to "wake up" all the time from the dream that matter gets to determine how we feel, think, act. This is a little harder because it doesn't feel like a dream! But with all the above analogies I think we have a better foundation for broaching this subject. Citations S22 and S21 might help in thinking this through ahead of time, or with students if they are not very young. When we "wake up" from a dream of sickness, or sadness, or anger, we are healing!! This is simply what healing is; it is waking up to what is reality, the Kingdom of heaven within that Jesus tells us about in citations B6 and B7.

Pycl #2: Speaking of this kingdom within … Have a discussion about what is in that kingdom. Can the students come up with some ideas?

Make a list together of what the kingdom contains. What does this list look like?
Does it have trees and flowers and bicycles? Or qualities like joy, peace, energy, intelligence, beauty, creativity, fun?
If they do list "things", then it is an opening to think together about what makes something lasting and substantial.

Pycl #3: So, then you can lead the discussion into the story of tares and wheat! In the end, after letting those tares grow beside the wheat, we are finally able to tell them apart. We have a deepened understanding of what is real/wheat, and what is not.

When you pull up the tares/lies after the wheat/truth is established and ripe, you can no longer impact or harm the wheat in any way because your understanding of what the wheat looks like is fully ripened and cannot be pushed around by an "impostor"! You can talk about "impostors", what are they and how can we identify them and "take off their masks".

Consider bringing in or showing at home/online, pictures of the two kinds of plants—wheat and bearded darnel. How do they appear when young? when mature? You can share with them that the bearded darnel, if it were gathered and ground with the wheat into flour, would actually poison its eaters! There were Roman laws against planting this noxious weed in fields sown with wheat for this very reason.

How does the idea of that poisonous nature of the lie, work in our day-to-day life? When we are fooled by lies that crop up, like: so and so …at this point, probably a sibling,…is mean; so and so said something mean, etc.; I'm angry/sad/unwell) how are they like poison in our day? How can we take away that poison—or find an "antidote"?

Here is something I am doing that they might enjoy trying during the week. I have an alarm set for the top of every hour from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. to keep me remembering to check my thought. Am I responding with patient kindness, joy, enthusiasm, forgiveness, wisdom, …etc.?
This way, I won't be disappointed at the end of the day with a number of interactions with my three boys, especially, ones that I’d regret! Couldn't we work this into a "tare-removing awareness"? Maybe we are more alert to not letting anyone plant them in the first place!!

Pycl #4: With this particular subject I like to think of darkness and light as a good analogy.
Citation S17 speaks of the goodness of God as an annihilating law to everything that is not like God—that God can only "declare" what He is—Good. In the same way, the sun, or a light bulb, etc. can only produce light. There is nothing else that comes from these sources! They eradicate darkness not by chasing darkness away. This is because darkness is not the opposite of light, but it is nothing.

In the same way, evil is not the opposite of Good, but it is the nothingness of the dream that there can be something opposed to the allness of Good. You should definitely use light in a dark place in your house, or at church if you are still gathering there. It is an awesome demonstration to share.

Pycl #5: Talk about the story of Jehoshaphat. (B4, II Chron. 20:1-30) Make sure you read around it and fill them in so that they understand that his enemies killed themselves and that he never had to go into battle! Think together about what this means to us when we feel like we are battling evil.

There are a couple of interesting ideas within this story to ponder: the importance of the first Commandment (also emphasized throughout and in the first section especially); the idea of "fasting"; what does that mean to us today? [maybe refusing to “eat up” virous news… ]

And I've been wondering about the appointed "singers" that are mentioned in this story. What might that be today? How might we join that appointed crew in our daily activity? Do we have to actually sing?

What are some other ways to express our confidence, praise, and joy in God's activity in our day? Could we "sing" by smiling? By being obedient to some request from mom or dad or sibling? By engaging our family in a game? By not taking offence when someone says something unkind to you? You get the idea!

Pycl #6: It is always fun to look together at important stories like Paul's conversion in Section 5. (B11, Acts 9:1-20) Of course, we talk about who he is, who he saw, what happened to him.
But what was the transformation that took place? What does it have to do with us today? Don't we all need to be listening for "course corrections" in our day to day?
Should we maybe have a daily "goal" that is something we'd like to do better, including actionable steps we can take to implement such a goal and ways to measure our success?
We could certainly come up with some ideas together in Sunday School to put into action in the coming week!

Have a great week in Sunday School at home, at church, wherever you are :-)!!

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