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PYCLs: 1) ARE YOU LOOKING FOR GOD’S GOODNESS? 2) BRING IN SOME HONEY TO ILLUSTRATE… 3) BRING IN A DISGUISE 4) HOW DO “WEALTH, FAME, AND SOCIAL ORGANIZATIONS” OBSCURE…
5) DRAMATIZE MATTHEW 5:14, 16
P
ossible Younger Class Lesson ideas for the Christian Science Quarterly Bible Lesson on

 “REALITY”
for March 27, 2022

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


 PYCL #1: ARE WE LOOKING FOR GOD’S GOODNESS?

Throughout the lesson there are a lot of references to sight, see, seen, look, looking beyond, showing, declaring, beholding, and more. Read the Golden Text together and, if you have young children, have them close and open their eyes. What does it mean here that the Psalmist is asking God to “open [his] eyes, that [he] may beyond wondrous things out of thy law.” Ask the children if this means that the Psalmist went around with his eyes closed? If they understand that he is asking God to allow him the understanding to perceive spiritual reality, then they understand symbolism, this will not likely be the case for small ones, so you can play around a bit with closing and opening eyes and holding up objects for them to see and guess about.

Talk about how there are things that we cannot see that are real. For example, we’d have a hard time seeing Mind, but we can see how Mind is expressed as intelligence, wit, humor, insight, inspiration, discernment, and so on. Why do we want to see wonderful things in God’s law? Think together about how the law of God/Love/Truth and so on, might be helpful for us to see.

Ask how well they would drive if they closed their eyes at stop lights (well, how well would their mom or dad would drive). If we can’t see whether the stop light says for us to go or stop/green or red, we will not know if it is safe to proceed or not. Our safety, the order of the road, the efficiency of traffic, all would be affected negatively if we were to be unable to see the traffic signal. In the same way, when we are keeping our eyes open and looking for God’s goodness, for God’s spiritual laws that reflect Mind, Principle, Love, or Truth, we will find so much goodness and beauty around us, but if we close our eyes to these laws, disobey them, we find ourselves in trouble!

Don’t forget that there is a healing in this lesson of a blind man too! cit. B12/John 9:1-7.


PYCL #2: BRING IN SOME HONEY TO ILLUSTRATE PYCL #1.

In our Responsive Reading this week we have this statement from Ps. 19:9 and 10 “The judgements of the Lord are true and righteous altogether. More to be desired are they than gold, yea, than much fine gold: sweeter also than honey and the honey-comb.” Think these verses through and help them grasp the idea that God is not a “Being” who judges us, rather, divine consciousness knows and upholds right, good, true, justice, and so on. What is sweeter than honey?! Have them taste some honey, either on a spoon each, squirt some on their tongue, or on something like bread or a plain cracker. It’s pretty sweet stuff!

Why are God’s/Truth’s/Love’s judgements sweeter even than honey?
Do you have an example where this statement was demonstrated in your life that you can share with the students? Have you ever had your own “judgements” that turned out to be wrong, while Love’s “judgement” brought much more sweetness into a relationship?
Can we all see this sweetness when we are guided by Love to judge rightly?

With older children you can point out the beauty of living in a place with a good rule of law.
We can take it for granted that most of us follow the rules and laws and that makes business, travel, just plain living, much simpler and more robust. When there is no reliable rule of law there is nowhere near the prosperity and ease of living. Rule of law is a reflection of the joy of living under the constancy of God’s law.


PYCL #3: BRING IN A DISGUISE.

If you have something that can be used as a disguise, especially for children as well, bring it in to share. Look together at citation S1/472:24-30. It speaks to the fact that God makes only good, but that evil appears real to us until “God strips off their disguise.” You could just bring some of those silly “nose glasses” and a cheap wig if you have something like that. These are props that might give the children a laugh but also make a point that the lie that we sometimes see when people are unkind, sick, fearful, is really a lie about them, or us.

When we learn to look to God for the truth rather than our own sense of things, it is like taking off a disguise that either we or someone else is wearing. The reality is there, it is only hidden temporarily by the disguise.  Another great passage that you can share to illustrate this is citation S8/480:31-2 where Mary Baker Eddy speaks of vapor melting before the sun/evil vanishing before the reality of good.


PYCL #4: HOW DO “WEALTH, FAME, AND SOCIAL ORGANIZATIONS” OBSCURE OUR UNDERSTANDING OF GOD? citation S5/239:5-7

This might be a question for slightly older students. I think it would be an interesting conversation. Why do God and spiritual things fade into the background when we get hung up on any one of these things? List the reasons: fear (fear of losing our wealth, fear of losing or not gaining fame/money, fear of being left out of social organizations, or losing our position, or being overlooked, or in charge…), all-consuming thought, leaving no room for the divine–i.e. worshiping other gods, busyness (keeps us so occupied we don’t have time or space to contemplate the divine)…can you think of other reasons?

Does this mean that it is necessarily bad to be wealthy, famous, or engaged in social organizations?
Why or why not? How do they tend to obscure spiritual reality?


PYCL #5: DRAMATIZE citation B11/MATTHEW 5:14, 16.

This passage from the Sermon on the Mount might be well known to the littlest children. You can dramatize this passage by talking about how things that are high up can be seen from far away, and qualities that are loving, generous, kind, joyful, intelligent, can also be seen and appreciated by all who see or feel them. Try dramatizing the distance thing by standing on a chair or sturdy table, just to make the point memorable. Letting your light shine is a great metaphor that children can grasp and express. Why would we hide our “light”?

Isn’t that a little like wearing a disguise, as we pointed out earlier? Use flashlights to show how they can shine or be useless if you cover them with your hand. We are designed to shine!

Sing the song “This little light of mine”, it can be found on YouTube and many children will know it, move to it, or do hand motions.
See if you can sing it for the rest of the Sunday School, maybe they will join you!
How will they let their light shine today?

What are things that “cover” the light?
What can they do to keep the light shining?
Letting our light shine and keeping it constant is demonstration, it is a healing power that Christ Jesus demonstrated.

Have fun in Sunday School!

 

 

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