David C Cook COVID-19 Response

Upper Elementary

Family Advice

Lesson 7 

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Summer 2021

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By: RLD Editorial Team 

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July 18, 2021

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Lesson Focus:

Our families can help us solve problems.

Bible Basis:

Exodus 18

Materials Needed:

Step 1:

  • Internet access

Summary & Links:

Students will consider where to turn for advice and will find that family can help them solve their problems.

Memory Verse:

My son, keep your father’s command and do not forsake your mother’s teaching
—Proverbs 6:20

Step 1:

Students will consider where to turn for advice and will find that family can help them solve their problems.

Materials Needed:

  • Internet access

Families have an interesting dynamic. We love each other, tease each other, fight with each other, laugh with each other, and cry with each other. We get on each other’s nerves at times. We may even say unkind words to others about our family. But when someone says unkind words about our family to us, we do not like it. We defend our family. Even if those spoken words were true, we support our family. There is something different about family than about anyone else in our lives. 

Think about the family you live with. Think about the things you do together and the things you talk about. Think about how you may have helped one another.

Read the following true story out loud to your students:

“Alejandra’s grandmother was very sick, and Alejandra was afraid. Alejandra loved her grandma and didn’t want to lose her. So she did something she had learned to do in Sunday school—she prayed.

Her teacher had taught Alejandra that she could pray to God in times of difficulty. So Alejandra began to pray, and she encouraged her parents to pray, too. Soon the whole family was praying together for the grandmother’s health.

God heard Alejandra’s prayers. Her grandma is feeling much better now!”

  • In what way did the family in this story work together? (Allow students to speculate. Answers might include that they prayed for Alejandra’s grandmother, the family probably pitched in to help take care of her, etc.)
  • What kinds of problems have you and your friends or family experienced? (Answers will vary.) 
  • Where did you turn for help in solving those problems? (Be prepared to share your own experience to get the conversation started. Accept all reasonable answers.)

When we have problems, there are lots of places to turn: magazines, websites, social media, friends, siblings, parents, grandparents, etc. Today we’re going to talk about a time when Moses needed advice—let’s see where he turned.

Story Source: https://davidcalebcook.org/2020/04/29/learning-to-trust/

Looking for Steps 2, 3 & 4?

You can find Steps 2 and 3 in your teacher’s guide. To purchase a teacher’s guide, please visit: Bible-in-Life or Echoes.

Step 4:

Materials Needed:

  • Internet access
  • Index cards (1 per student)
  • Pens/pencils (1 per student)
  • Optional: colored pencils/markers

If your class is meeting online, invite students to bring supplies with them to class.

Moses turned to his father-in-law, Jethro, for advice. His father-in-law was older and wiser, and Moses respected him.

As quirky as we may think our families are, God placed us with those we call family. Whether it is an aunt or uncle, a grandparent, a parent, a stepparent, a foster parent, or even an older cousin, we can seek godly advice from some adults in our family.

  • What family member do you go to for advice? (Answers will vary.)
  • What advice has that person given you that has helped a lot? (Answers will vary. Be prepared to share your own experience.)
  • If you are uncomfortable turning to a family member, what older adult might you consider asking to help you work through problems or decisions? (Answers will vary; students may mention a school teacher or your pastor or you.)

Hand out index cards and pens/pencils. If your class is meeting online, invite students to have those items ready. We’re going to make notes to thank a family member who has helped us or given us good advice! On this card, write a note thanking a person in your family for the ways they’ve loved, helped, and cared for you. These messages don’t have to be long, but try to think of specific things you’re thankful for. Give students a few minutes to create their cards. If you’re using optional supplies, allow time for students to decorate their cards.

This week, give your card to the family member you wrote your note to.

Close in prayer thanking God for families and for the godly advice of parents and other adult family members.

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