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PYCL: Share demonstrations of supreme goodness… in food-colored water, a stool, Advent verses…
Possible Younger Class Lesson Ideas for Sunday School from the Christian Science Bible Lesson:

“God the Only Cause and Creator”
for Sunday, December 6, 2020

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

Pycl#1: Discuss being "supremely good" as our Golden Text says. Sharing demonstrations is important.
Discuss the idea of "supremacy". What does it mean to be "supreme", or "supremely good" as it says in our Golden Text? This is a constant theme in this week's lesson and lends a special beauty to the idea of thinking of what God's creation is like. It is a silly analogy but you could even talk about examples from life where they use that word, such as a "meat lover's supreme" pizza, or "supreme ice cream". Then you can move it in a more spiritual direction.

Think about the idea of being "supremely good", can there be bad in there somewhere? Is something supreme because more powerful than "bad"? Or does it imply that there is no competition or opposition to its supremacy? Maybe you can compare this to a room filled with sunshine. Is there darkness "competing" with the sunshine? Does the sunshine have to "fight off" the darkness? God/Love/Life/Mind, and so on, are like this sunshine. They are all-presence and there is no room for evil/fear/death (lack of vigor, joy etc.)/lack of clarity, wisdom or intelligence.

It may be helpful here to find an article or testimony for children where something seemed like it showed the presence of evil/sickness/fear—etc. and these things disappeared in the light of God's presence. They were shown to be powerless, without evil. God's creation really is all there is, really is all good, but we cannot deny that this is not what appears to be, and demonstration is the only way to really feel this truth. So, sharing such a demonstration is very important.

Pycl #2: Can you find all the ways that the supremacy of good is shown in this week's Bible lesson?
For those who can read, see if they can search through the lesson to find how Life is supreme over the suggestion of aging, dying matter in the story of Caleb in citation B10/Joshua 14:6, 7, 9-11. Or we can find how Mind is supreme over ignorance and materialism in the story of Nabal in cit. B13/1 Samuel 25. Or we see, in Section 5, how Jesus shows us the supremacy of health over sickness in cit. B18/Luke 4:14, 38-40.

Pycl #3: Show supremacy by changing a food-colored glass of water& seeing all under God’s “feet!”
Not to make too much of this "supremacy" theme, but another fun visual example might be to take a glass of water with food coloring in it. Then drop a few drops of bleach in the glass and watch the color disappear. Try it ahead to make sure you put the right amount in the water! Then, discuss what happened—how the coloring in the water didn't go somewhere else, but disappeared in the presence of the bleach. In the same way, error doesn't "go somewhere", but vanishes because it has no standing in God's supreme kingdom.

All is under God’s “feet.” I like the Bible verse that says "Thus saith the Lord, The heaven is my throne, and the earth is my footstool:" cit. B5/Isa 66:1. What do the children think of this verse? Maybe this is saying that in the kingdom of heaven that is within each of us, God is ruling/good/health/joy, etc. is ruling. And that all that matter presents to us is under His "feet", that is, it is not opposing Him, or powerful in any way? The earth/sickness/sadness/violence, cannot do anything but sit under the "feet" of the power of Good. Anyhow, if it seems a helpful way to look at this idea, feel free to play with that verse (I am not saying this is the "right" interpretation of this passage, just a way I am considering it!)!

Pycl #4: Consider sharing on Advent “ornaments” verses of prophesies & stories leading to Christmas. This is not Bible lesson related, but it is a fun idea I got from a member of the church I used to go to in Alaska! They are making a Christmas tree advent calendar type thing. They are adding a verse for each day approaching Christmas. We don't really follow the whole advent thing in the Christian Science church, and that is fine. Technically it started on November 29 and goes up to Dec. 24 and includes all the prophecies, as well as stories leading up to the birth of Jesus. There are websites where you can gather suggested readings/verses for advent.

I was going to include Advent verses but they are numerous!! Here are just a few of the suggestions: Isa 9:2, 6-7/ Ps.122/ Isa 2:2-5/Rom 13:11-14. Mat. 2:10-11/Ps. 146:5-10/Isa 35:1-10 verses from the hymn "Joy to the World". John 3:16-19/Ps. 24:1-10/Isa 7:10-14/Luke 2:8-20. And for Christmas eve: John 1:14/Ps 96/Luke 2:1-40/Titus 2:11-14/Isa 9:2-7. I'm sure you can come up with your own favorites. Each could be written on a felt ornament and stuck to a tree in class, or in your own home if you are doing this over Zoom. Or you could send the children verses over the week each week as we approach Christmas. They could be daily verses throughout the week, or just Sunday verses for class. Have fun!!

Pycl #5: Discuss the coming of the Christ "every day!" Keep its genuine depth of joy without let down.
Maybe we could spend a little time each week leading up to Christmas to discuss the idea that Christmas is an "every day" occurrence. The coming of the Christ "child", the new idea of God to our consciousness, should be a regular thing in our experience! Can we share a way that this Christ "child" has come to us each Sunday before Christmas…and maybe even more, after that day has passed?!

Hymn #170 is a great way to start off this understanding of Christmas. Ask if the students think this kind of thinking somehow "kills" the excitement and anticipation of Christmas? Are we allowed to look forward to that fun day? Sure! But this is a way to keep more of that genuine depth of joy, and to prevent a "let down" feeling after the day has come and gone!

Have a great week in Sunday School!!

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