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Pycls: Live without fear of what our body can do "to us." Show ideas with a window & playdough! (#3)
Possible Younger Class Lesson Ideas for Sunday School from the Christian Science Bible Lesson:

“Soul and Body”
for Sunday, November 22, 2020

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

Pycl#1: Get a clearer picture of what man and God really ARE—and how we see them expressed!
This week's lesson is really asking us to get a clearer picture of what man and God really are.
Ask the students how they see God? If they were to describe God without just reciting the synonyms, how would they describe God?
I am avoiding "Him" or "Her" because that automatically brings a human-type image into view, even if that is not how we think of God. If they want to use synonyms, and that would certainly be natural, then ask them to expand on them.

So, if they say God is "Love", how is God manifested to them as Love? Could they draw a picture of God?
You can certainly compile a list together of different ways the students describe their experience of God.

Pycl#2: Have each student share a description of themselves without using any physical markers. Having described God a bit, how would they describe man? How is man different from God? A couple of passages that are helpful are citation S3/p.116:20-22 of SH where we are told that God is not corporeal, but is "bodiless". What does that say about man? What do our bodies have to do with our identity? If they have "nothing" to do with it, then do we ignore them? Mistreat them? No.

We do our best to continue to elevate our thought by treating our bodies with respect, fairness, kindness—but without spending undue thought and focus on them. That might be a tricky balance to strike, but Jesus gives us some good suggestions for this in his Sermon on the Mount where he talks about taking "no thought…". Also Paul talks about this a little in citation B4/2Cor 5:1 we, 2, 6,, 8. And, in citation B5/Acts 17:28 (to;)
How does Mary Baker Eddy answer this question in citation S6/SH 477:19-26?
How can we describe ourselves without using any material or physical markers?
Have each student write out or share verbally a description of themselves in this way.

Pycl#3: Live without fear of what our body can do "to us." Show ideas with a window & playdough!
I think the younger children have less issue with this kind of thinking than older, but you may want to encourage those with doubts concerning these questions, that we tend to hold pretty tight to our sense of self as physical because this is what we see with our eyes/feel with our hands, etc. The only way we can continue to progress forward and live without so much fear of what our body can do "to us", is to continuously, daily, work on demonstrating that our nature is, in essence, spiritual and not physical.

We do this by expressing the qualities we listed in Pycl#2, with conscious awareness, every single day. In this way we find ourselves freer from these fears and limitations that the senses tell us are real. This is described in citation S14/p.167:6. We can practice living "above corporeal sense" and correcting it.

And we can look at her statement here: "Our proportionate admission of the claims of good or of evil determines the harmony of our existence, — our health, our longevity, and our Christianity."

As an exercise of that last statement ask them if they know what "proportionate" means. One way to explain this might be something simple like imagining a room in a house where there is a window. If we open that window on a super-cold day we are going to have a cold room. The less open the window, the warmer the room, but any amount that it is open will give us an uncomfortable draft! In the same way, we want to "admit", or "open the window" in our thought, to the power of Good and close it to the belief that our identity can be governed by matter. I am sure that you can think of another analogy that might be more helpful, this is just one idea!

Citation S19/SH 208:25-2, has some similar ideas with different words such as "images of thought impressed upon it" that you can work with… Define "impressed" and showing how you can make a print in playdough, for example, to leave an "impression". How do things we "embrace" in thought, make an "impression"? What are we allowing to "impress" us?)

Pycl#4: Hear what spiritual sense is saying of all around us to make it and us come alive with love!
I have been enjoying this verse from the Responsive Reading: "Incline your ear, and come unto me: hear, and your soul shall live;". What does it mean to "incline"? How can we "lean" our ear or listen more to what Truth is telling us? What does it mean that we should "hear" and our "soul shall live"?

If our "soul" is our spiritual sense, our spiritual perception of ourselves and of God around us, then it is "alive" when it feels most conscious, most energized, aware, inspired, joyful and so on. This means, to me, that when we follow this instruction we are feeling our most happy, unselfed, unlimited, vibrant, healthy, intelligent or perceptive, and so on. That is who we really are, and because of that, of course we will feel our most "alive" when we perceive that identity!

Pycl#5: Give each student a small gratitude journal and spend some time filling it with gratitude.
You could even start it for each of them with things you are grateful for about each of them! Keep the journal in Sunday School, if you are in person, and add to it each week. If they have it at home, have them bring it each week to Zoom class and add to it. This is a good way to kick off the celebration of Thanksgiving, which is wonderful at any time, in any location.

Have a great week in Sunday School!

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