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Pycls: [Make real waves with spiritual sense & the joy of a "He is Risen!" Easter!]
Possible Younger Class Lesson Ideas for Sunday School from the Christian Science Quarterly Bible Lesson:

for Sunday, April 4, 2021

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

Pycl #1: [Make real waves with spiritual sense & the joy of a "He is Risen!" Easter!]
It being Easter, I'd start with asking the kids what Easter is about. Why is it important?
Why is it important to us today? If it's not that important to the children then let's take some time to think about what the significance of Easter is. You can certainly address the side shows of Easter eggs, bunnies, candy etc. as it is helpful to understand that these are fine to enjoy, but not central to the meaning of Easter and that they were originally a way to get people who worshiped nature, seasons, and fertility rituals, to turn their thoughts to God, Christ Jesus, and church. In other words, if they linked the celebration of spring to Easter, they would more likely get people to come to church and listen to the Easter message.

In one way you can think about how the "new birth" idea of this time of year (in the Northern hemisphere) was clearly a message that Jesus brought. He often told us to "repent", or rethink things. Isn't that a kind of rebirth in our thinking? Why would the resurrection that Jesus experienced help us all today to have a rebirth in our thought? What did that act change? Some ideas: it changed the sense of permanence and power of death/hate/violence. It established for eternity the power and presence of Christ. Most of all, perhaps, his life and resurrection, followed by ascension, proved man's nature as one with God. The resurrection was celebrated with greetings among Christians of "He is Risen!" Resurrection may be a rising path to understanding not only man's dominion over matter, but also man's completely spiritual nature, hence Jesus' final ascension.

Pycl #2: Try bringing in a bottle of juice—a brand that is 100% juice of one kind, apple or something…
As we deal with the question this week of what is unreal, we can use passages from Section 1, citation B3/James 3:11, 12 and cit. S1/287:12 to help us illustrate how God's allness and all-goodness cannot yield anything that isn't like God. This author of James asks, "Doth a fountain send forth at the same place sweet water and bitter?"

If you haven't already tried one of these experiments with younger children, try bringing in a bottle of juice or a box of crackers—anything that has a label on it saying what is contained inside.
Ask them if there is orange juice or maybe some leaves hiding inside this bottle of grape juice?
Have some fun with it. The only thing in the bottle of grape juice is grape juice! (You may want to get a brand that’s 100% juice of one kind, say apple, so there’s no argument about added ingredients.
The point, though, is the same, only what is on that label, if it's just opened, will be what comes out! In the same way, God's goodness is all that can come out of God.

Pycl #3: Rejoice to feel that “real consciousness” when you are awake to your true spiritual identity!
In the same Section 1, we have a sentence that includes this statement from cit. S5/276:9-14: "…real consciousness is cognizant only of the things of God." What is consciousness? Try a little acting and have someone put their head on the table and pretend to sleep. That's "unconsciousness". When we wake up (someone can shake them awake!), that's being conscious.

Can we be "conscious" but not really tuned into God's allness? Sure! When we are afraid, ill, angry, etc. we are not conscious of God's allness. Jesus showed us that when we are conscious only of "the things of God", we find that we are healing all the things that are mentioned by the "70" sent out by Jesus to do good works for the glory of God as recorded in the Responsive Reading! (Luke 10:1, 17-21, 23.)

How do we keep ourselves in that "real consciousness" instead of in the persistent "dream" of living in matter? Maybe the answer to that is also in that Responsive Reading where Jesus tells us to rejoice in the fact that our "names are written in heaven". Name, in the Bible, is our "identity". So, we can rejoice and feel that real consciousness when we are awake to our true identity, our Godlikeness! And just a fun thing to notice is citation S10/317:18-20 underscores what is said in the Responsive Reading in that Mary Baker Eddy tells us that "The understanding of his spiritual individuality makes man more real…and enables him to conquer sin, disease, and death."

Pycl #4: Define together "…intuition, hope, faith, understanding, fruition, reality." Make some waves!
We have talked about how important spiritual sense is in order for us to "detect" the universe of Spirit and all the presence of good. I love that Mary Baker Eddy tells us about what this spiritual sense "involves" in cit. S9/298:19-20: "…intuition, hope, faith, understanding, fruition, reality." Define these terms together! [W: Maybe “spiritual sense” and its "…intuition, hope, faith, understanding, fruition, reality" (cit. S9/298:19) are the essence of the light that Jesus and we were sent to shine! (Golden Text/John 12:23 and RR/Matt. 4:16) And maybe these elemental spiritual faculties expressed reveal the six component colors, or wavelengths, of that light: Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Violet. A 7th color Indigo is often added making its R.O.Y.G.B.I.V. Here’s one way a prism can show these colors.]

How many of the stories and ideas in the lesson involve the challenge of having “spiritual sense” that sees past the material senses?

  • David had to see past the picture of an 'un-defeatable' giant, to the power that he had as God's idea, defending good. Maybe stones are "intuition, hope, faith, understanding, fruition…"?
  • All the healing that Jesus did happened when seeing past the material senses. And certainly, the crucifixion called for us to see past our material senses in order to behold the resurrection.
  • Could we connect the idea of looking past the surface of things to cit. S21/254:24-31 where Mary Baker Eddy warns us that when we only "venture upon the quiet surface of error and are in sympathy with error" we’ll never see the reality of God's goodness? She then tells us to get out on the "ever-agitated" waters of truth. She’s encouraging us to look to spiritual reality here!
  • You can even bring in a big plastic tub (or show them a bathtub on Zoom Sunday School!) and float some boats on it. You can talk about how sometimes we "go with the flow" when friends gossip or are unkind to someone…that's maybe like sitting in a boat on the "quiet surface of error". Maybe we need as they say to "make some waves" [or spiritual wave-lengths] by either "rocking the boat" or changing the current of the conversation [as a prism changes the direction of light.] (Sorry, we couldn't help those puns.) You can illustrate this by making waves in the tub, whether a bathtub or a big dish tub! [W: And/or try the “dry-cleaning” of a spiritual baptism that uses the light of “spiritual sense” that can be seen “making waves” or results with its wavelengths of "…intuition, hope, faith, understanding, fruition, reality." (cit. S9/298:19)]

Pycl #5: Take a look in Christie's Met and her lovely comparison to the rainbow and how it is circular, even though we only see pieces of it from our vantage point. I think this is a great analogy to use with the students about how no matter the appearances, the reality of that complete circle is still in place! [W: You may want to show a prism or a video of how a prism works to illustrate the component colorful elements that make up the “white” light of spiritual sense that Jesus & we were sent to shine.]

Have a wonderful week in Sunday School!!

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