David C Cook COVID-19 Response

Upper Elementary

Give Freely

Lesson 13 

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Summer 2021

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By: RLD Editorial Team 

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August 29, 2021

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Lesson Focus:

Give generously to each other.

Bible Basis:

2 Corinthians 8—9

Materials Needed:

Step 1:

  • Internet access

Summary & Links:

Students will watch a video about generosity on a global scale as they discuss what it means to give generously to others.

Memory Verse:

Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers.
—Galatians 6:10

Step 1:

Students will watch a video about generosity on a global scale as they discuss what it means to give generously to others.

Materials Needed:

  • Internet access
  • What are some ways you’ve helped others? (Answers might include: I helped my little brother learn to ride his bike; helped my neighbor mow her grass; helped my dad wash the car, etc.)
  • What are ways others have given of themselves to help you? (Answers will vary; be prepared to share your own experience.)

What a difference it makes in our lives when others reach out to help us when we’re in need. You may have heard of the difficulty many other countries have had in getting access to COVID-19 vaccines. Even though many countries have wanted these vaccines for their citizens, limited supplies and resources have made it difficult to get access to vaccine doses. As new variants of COVID-19 spread, countries want to protect their citizens.

Thankfully, humanitarian organizations, such as UNICEF, have partnered with the COVAX organization, which works towards global access to vaccines. As organizations such as UNICEF and COVAX partner together, millions of vaccines are distributed in countries that lacked dosages. Over 7.4 million doses have been distributed in Vietnam alone! Vietnam has experienced severe outbreaks of the virus. However, with the help of organizations distributing vaccines, it’s estimated that 70% of their population will be vaccinated in the next six months.

  • What resources were donated during this mission? (Time, vaccine doses, etc.)
  • If humanitarian workers from around the world hadn’t freely given their time to distribute vaccines, how might Vietnam’s defense against COVID-19 be different? (Answers will likely include: It would have taken a lot more time for vaccines to be distributed, high numbers of cases would continue, etc.)

Organizations like UNICEF and COVAX are on the same team working together and giving time and resources in order to save the lives. Through their work and generosity, people around the globe have access to vaccines and protection against COVID-19 they wouldn’t otherwise have. Giving freely of our resources matters!

Today we’re going to talk about some people in the Bible who lived by these same principles. Helping their brothers and sisters in Christ through generous giving was Paul’s message to the people in Corinth and ultimately to us. Let’s find out what he had to say.

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:

  • Blank 2in x 4in shipping labels (enough for each water bottle)
  • Mini bottles of water (enough for each student to have at least 2)
  • Colored markers and art supplies
  • Optional: Adults to help with distribution

Prior to class, purchase 2in x 4in adhesive shipping labels along with small 8 oz. water bottles for your class to distribute to church workers/members as they leave the sanctuary. Be sure that each of your students has the opportunity to distribute multiple water bottles.

Earlier we learned what it looks like when the church gives generously to help one another. Even though the Macedonians faced trials of their own, this didn’t stop them from giving all they had. They gave freely and joyfully because of their love for Christ. Paul taught the early church through the example of the Macedonians, reminding them Jesus was the greatest example of generous giving by giving up the riches of heaven and giving His life to save us all.

  • Why is it important to give generously to others? (Answers: It shows God’s love through us; it helps those in need, etc.)
  • What does God say will happen when we give freely of all we have? (Answers: We will reap or receive generously; God will take care of our needs, etc.)

Today we saw how the early church took care of one another and supported each other through their giving. Giving doesn’t have to always be financial; Jesus said that if anyone gives a cup of cold water to a believer, we are doing His work (Matt. 10:42).

Hand out the address labels and art supplies. Ask your students to decorate and apply labels to the mini water bottles. Encourage students to write kind messages like, “Thanks for being part of our church family!” on each label. As your students work, you might want to play this music video [4:05].
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Have your students discuss who they might distribute the water bottles to. Make sure they cover church workers first such as parking lot attendants, ushers, janitors, nursery workers, etc. If it is not possible to organize distribution to this many areas, set up your class in your church foyer so that they can hand out water bottles to church members as they leave. Be sure each child has the opportunity to distribute their bottles.

Before leaving your classroom to distribute the bottles, pray a blessing: Father, thank You for all of the members of our church family. Let this small gift show them that they are loved and appreciated. Bless each bottle and help us put them into the hands of someone who will be encouraged by receiving it. Let this token of generosity be multiplied and repeated over and over again. In Jesus name, amen.

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