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Younger Class “Spirit” Lesson ideas for 2/11 Sunday School
Possible Younger Sunday School Class Lesson ideas for the Christian Science Quarterly Bible Lesson on

for Sunday, February 11, 2024

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

PYCL #1: Sounds obvious, but what is Spirit (without just saying “God”)?
What makes Spirit different (or similar) to the other Synonyms.
I love using the Biblical reference to “wind” with Spirit. We can’t see it, but we can feel it and see what it does! Spirit is like that! Sometimes you can use an electric, or, for that matter, paper fan to illustrate this idea. Have the children watch how the moving air affects their hair, or some small pieces of paper on the table. What are some ways that we feel God or see the way that God is influencing us? Does Spirit cause us to be more creative, give us ideas, influence our “mood”?

Can we actually make a list of ways that Spirit is moving in our lives? Then compare some of these ideas to the Golden Text and Responsive Reading. (John 3:34–Common English Bible translation, and Num. 11:24-29; 1 Cor. 3:16, 6:20 glorify) You can also add in the role of Spirit in creating by looking at the Bible and Science and Health in Section 2, which includes Ex. 35:29-31, 34,35/citation B3; cit. S5/507:15-18, 25-28; cit. S9/506:18; and cit. S10/68:4-6.

What happens when we start to really acknowledge Spirit as the source of our creativity, intelligence, joy, and so on? (continued in PYCL #4)

PYCL #2: There’s a theme of planting, harvesting, or gathering fruit in this week’s lesson. Jesus’ parable of the Sower and the seed is in Section 4. (cit. B8/Matt. 13:1-8, 18-23)

Read or tell it together and then draw a large picture depicting each kind of ground that the seed falls on. You can have them draw a “road”, the sides of the road, the rocky patches, the thorny/weedy ones, and the good soil.

What does each patch of ground represent?
Have even the littlest ones tell you what they think.
I mean, Jesus explains, but get deep into his message so that they are absorbing it! You can bring in some seed and just lay it on the table. Talk about what would happen if we just leave it there, sitting on the table. Think about the ideas we learn in Sunday School and what happens if they just “sit there” in Sunday School, but we rarely, if ever, use these ideas in life? How can we best absorb the “seeds” of Truth and Love? Maybe it starts in practicing the qualities mentioned in citation B1/Gal 5:22the, 23. These qualities have to be demonstrated, practiced, nurtured (like weeding, watering, fertilizing), in order to bring a “harvest”.

Have the children act out the sower/seed story with some seeds, outside if the weather permits. People can even act out how the plants spring up and whither or thrive! Design an ideal garden together! What qualities would grow there?

PYCL #3: Let’s make a list of all the ways we can “glorify God in [our body], and in [our] spirit…” from the Responsive Reading/1st Cor. 6:20 glorify.
Is it by wearing nice clothes? By playing sports or music? And what is our “spirit”? Think about it in terms of our alert spiritually minded consciousness. When we are thinking about good things, about being kind, generous, joyful, etc. Why do we choose to wear what we wear? Are we trying to “say” anything in our dress? Obviously that question doesn’t relate as much to the younger crowd. This is not meant to turn into some kind of witch hunt against revealing clothing, etc., just to pose questions for thought.

PYCL #4: Have the children draw a picture, anything they want.
Then ask them how they did it? Maybe they’ll tell you technically how, (“I put my pen on the paper”), but push this a bit.
Where do ideas come from? Where does skill come from?
Where does inspiration come from? (Is it from “inside” your head???)

Read the story in citation B3/Exodus 35:29-31, 34,35 which details the way that God inspired the Children of Israel to build and create things for the Ark.
With younger children just tell this story rather than reading it.

Spirit inspires us when we are humble and listening. Can you share an example of a time where you felt that Spirit was inspiring you.

PYCL #5: Don’t forget that we can continue our synonym project with the giant cut out letters for each synonym, this week’s being “S” with qualities pertaining to Spirit written inside the letter.
There are some good qualities in that passage from Galatians mentioned earlier!
What qualities really express Spirit specifically?

Have a great week in Sunday School!

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