Have students list the various types of personal protective equipment that police might use to protect themselves when fighting crime. Ask them to describe how each piece of equipment is used to protect the officer. Write the types of equipment on the whiteboard (or screenshared document) in one column and then write how it is used in a column next to it.
Break up into small groups and have the students think about other professions where the workers might use gear to protect themselves from harm. After a few minutes, allow each group to share what they came up with. (Examples might include firefighters, military personnel, SWAT team, factory workers, medical professionals, etc.)
Engage your students in a discussion and ask them the following questions:
- Why do these professionals need to wear personal protective equipment? (Answers will vary but should include: Their jobs are dangerous, so they need to be fully armed in order to win against whoever is opposing them.)
- If you were one of these professionals, would you ever consider going up against the enemy without your personal protective equipment on hand? Why or why not? (Answers will vary.)
Next, share this video with your students [2:50]:
Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
- According to the video, why is it so important to wear the PPE for the jobs they do? (Answers may include safety, health, efficiency doing the job, etc.)
- What are some of the risks of not wearing the correct PPE? Why do you think some people don’t wear the right gear? (Accept all reasonable responses. Answers may include the following: it feels like a hassle to wear all that equipment; it’s hard to remember the current standards; someone’s got damaged and they have to wait for it to be replaced; etc.)
- Are there times when everyday people (non-professionals) need protective equipment? Name some of them. (Answers might involve seatbelts when driving, life jackets when boating/swimming, safety goggles when in a workshop, ear plugs at a loud concert, helmets and knee/elbow pads when skateboarding or riding bikes, etc.)
In today’s lesson, we will learn about the “personal protective equipment” that God gives us to help us face spiritual battles.