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PYCLs: Show God's good, complete creation with an orange. Talk of feeling led by God! (#1, 5)
Possible Younger Class Lesson Ideas for Sunday School from the Christian Science Bible Lesson:

“Is the Universe Including Man Evolved by Atomic Force?”
for Sunday, December 20, 2020

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

Pycl#1: Talk of all the evidence of God's good, complete creation. Show it with an orange.
Where did our universe come from? Where did man come from? How are things made/created? These are the kinds of questions man has been asking for millennia. Have your students ever wondered about these things? Our universe as we know it humanly came into being through some nearly impossible parameters, a balance of certain elements in certain amounts creating certain compounds. You can explain this in varying levels of complexity. Maybe you can think of it as a very complicated recipe in which the measurements would have to be done in microscopic grains to get right! How did this just "happen" to be? Recently I have been enjoying the idea that everything that we perceive as good, naturally springs from the law of Love/Mind/Life, and so on.

There is just so much that we can perceive as good. If it were coming from this law of God, then we have overwhelming evidence of God's goodness and government. Of course, this does not help us to explain the appearance of things that are not good. But it does help us understand that if we can stick to the truth that God's creation encompasses all–goodness, then we start to see that there cannot be loopholes for evil to trickle in. Evil must be outside the parameters of God's creation. And there isn't "something" outside of All!! Have a fun time contemplating this idea that "All" means there is nothing else. There is no "outside" to infinity. So, the appearance of evil is excluded as truth in a creation of God's Allness.

Illustrate goodness and completeness with an orange. To illustrate this to smaller children we could maybe bring in an orange. Hold it up, is there anything in this orange but "orange"? There is no apple, strawberry, or brussels sprouts in there!! It is all orange. Have this discussion extend to some other items you want to share. In this same way, God's creation embraces only the sweetness, tang, color, flavor, deliciousness, juiciness, smell, etc. of Good.

Now take some time to compile a list of all the good in each of their lives. Think together about how every last bit of it comes from God. It could be the water that comes out of our faucet, the fact that we have a warm blanket on our bed or a lovely ceiling fan to blow a breeze on us in the summer. It could be the good of eating a ripe blueberry, being able to jump over a puddle. The lists should be long and full!! If all of this good "stuff" is from God, created by God, then we have an awful lot to be grateful for!!

Pycl #2: Make a wreath to represent the wholeness and infinitude of God's creation.
If you are online you can still do this "together". Talk about gathering natural items. Have them suggest some colorful ideas. Could we find some colorful berries, even in the winter? How about some bright green moss? What gorgeous shapes exist that can go in a wreath? Pinecones? Sea shells?

Each one could draw a wreath with colored markers or crayons. You could assemble one once you've discussed it together. Talk about the way each item is expressing the life, beauty, usefulness, color, etc. of God's creation. You can use a hot glue gun to stick things down to a cardboard ring, or any simple way to illustrate these ideas.

Pycl #3: Explain the idea of unfoldment vs. accretion. Look at citation S4/SH 68:27-30. Accretion tells us that we are constantly adding on, improving, building something from a less than complete state to a fully complete one in the future. If the children are older, you can compare to the human understanding of childbirth as this relates to Bible stories in this week's lesson.

Bring back your orange from earlier. Hand them each some orange playdough, or do this yourself in front of the computer. Tell them to "add" to the orange. Can they make it better? Bigger? More "orange"? Anything we "add" to that orange is just playdough, it isn't actually "orange". In the same way God's creation is whole, complete, we aren't formed from some less than complete stage, into more complete. This is a hard one, because it certainly seems to be the case. I don't think we have to avoid this conundrum however!

We can share ideas of how the orange began as a seed, tree, blossom and so on. But the orange was a complete, whole idea. If we use this as a symbol for growing spiritually in our understanding we can see that we always have the completeness there, but it unfolds to us a little at a time in the way we need to understand it.

The word "unfold" is not often used outside Christian Science, but it sure does make a good point. Bring a folded shirt. Make it small and folded enough to not be readily identifiable. Ask what it might be. Then slowly unfold it. Ask, was it always a shirt? What about when it was small and folded up? Was it something else then? These are just a couple of ideas…The definition of "Children" from Science and Health can also be helpful where it tells us that children are created "…not in embryo, but in maturity."

Pycl #4: The stories in this week's lessonI think we can have a lot of fun with them!
Most know a bit about Mary and how she heard the angel tell her that she would give birth to Jesus. But have they thought about all the things that she faced with this pregnancy as far as being engaged to be married in a day where birth out of wedlock wasn't a "thing"?
How about the amazing way that Joseph was inspired to take her as his wife anyway?
Was this conception a "miracle", or a way that God was showing us His existing laws of true creation and creative power? I was surprised that a couple of my boys didn't remember the story of Elisabeth and Zacharias, so telling that and explaining who John the Baptist was, is also valuable.
What was unusual about Elisabeth's and Zacharias' situation?
Plus, we have John baptizing Jesus, and seeing/hearing the "holy ghost" tell him that this was His beloved son.
And then later, that same John, sends word to Jesus' disciples inquiring about whether Jesus was the expected Messiah! Ask if the students think they would have had any doubts after that baptismal scene? Would they be doubtful or wondering sometime later about whether Jesus was the Christ? It's a good question to ask ourselves.
We think that the amazing things that happened to people in the Bible would make us never doubt again if we had been there to experience them! But, in fact, we do the same thing today because mortal/human mind tends to doubt and forget good!

Pycl #5: We can talk about the angels in this week's lesson. There are a couple of them in stories. What are they? Citation S12/SH 581:4 gives us the definition that many are familiar with. Can the children share some times where they heard or felt led by God's thoughts? Hopefully these can be discovered to be pretty daily examples. Have some examples of your own.

There can be a fair smattering of stories that are "amazing" examples, but God's messages shouldn't be a "once in a while" thing, should they? Shouldn't that communication be regular, common? If we are part of the creation of Mind, then communication from Mind must be constant! What gets "in the way" of us hearing/feeling it? How can we get better at hearing/feeling it? Consider having this be a weekly list for your class, so that angel thoughts are recognized to be ever present, powerful, joyful things!
Why are angels depicted as having wings?

Have a great day in Sunday School!!

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