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Upper Elementary

Showing Solidarity

Lesson 4 

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Summer 2022

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By: RLD Editorial Team 

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June 26, 2022

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Lesson Focus:

We can honor our godly leaders.

Bible Basis:

2 Chronicles 31:2-21; Galatians 6:6

Materials Needed:

Step 1:

  • Internet access

Summary & Links:

After thinking about the ways people support others for various reasons, students will explore ways to honor their church leaders for their Spirit-led service.

Memory Verse:

Now, we ask you, brothers and sisters, to acknowledge those who work hard among you, who care for you in the Lord and who admonish you.
—1 Thessalonians 5:12

Step 1:

After thinking about the ways people support others for various reasons, students will explore ways to honor their church leaders for their Spirit-led service.

Materials Needed:

  • Internet access

There have been a number of stories in the news lately about the ways that people come together to support others. Some set up GoFundMe pages online. Some get involved by giving assistance through time and energy.

You have probably heard about the war between Russia and Ukraine that began earlier this year. As Russia invaded Ukraine and displaced millions of innocent civilians, people around the world took to protesting against Russia in a show of solidarity for Ukraine.

Show this video to your students [1:17]:
Protests Worldwide Show Solidarity with Ukraine

People around the world not only protested against Russia, but they also donated time, money, and resources to help Ukrainian refugees fleeing from the violent war happening in their country.

  • How do you think it affects people experiencing deep suffering when other people show their support in tangible ways? (Answers will vary; the people might feel relieved to have their needs met; the people might feel comforted and less alone, etc.)

When people have an obvious need, something that involves pain and suffering, we notice and respond through acts of love and support because we care about other people. We want people to know there is hope and that we care.

  • In what other situations do people reach out to offer support for others? (Answers will vary but might include when they want to honor someone for doing something well, if they are celebrating something special, if they just need a little encouragement.)
  • What if we took this beyond people who are in difficult or special situations, to people who are in jobs that require a lot out of them? What are some jobs where the workers could use some encouragement, specifically from those whom they serve? (Answers will vary; teachers; parents; law enforcement; fire department; medical community; sanitation; military; etc.)
  • What are some of their duties that might go unnoticed that require a lot of energy, time, emotion, and dedication? (Answers will vary depending on the answer to the previous question.)

We celebrate various people in our lives that serve us in some way, but we often forget about the leaders in our church who spend so much time and energy to help us. It is both admirable and wonderful that people help and honor those who are struggling. It is also our Christian responsibility to honor our godly leaders with a similar enthusiasm. Let’s see what Scripture tells us about that.

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
  • Colored paper
  • Markers
  • Poster board
  • Glue stick
  • Scissors
  • Whiteboard and marker (or screenshared document)
  • Optional: Church directory/website for names of multiple pastors

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

Our memory verse today asks us to acknowledge our godly leaders. Our pastors work hard for us, care for us, and even have the sensitive job of helping us see when we are not making godly choices.

Think back to the video we watched earlier. Those students joined together to honor their classmate. Let’s consider how we can join together to give our pastor a sense of strong support and encouragement, not because the pastor is ill but because the pastor is doing the Lord’s work, ministering to us.

Ask your students to call out the name(s) of your pastor (or pastors). Write the name (or names) on the whiteboard (or screenshared document). Use a church directory or website to make sure you list all the pastors if you attend a larger church.

  • What are some of the jobs the pastor(s) performs? (Answers will vary: studies, teaches, preaches, visits, presides at weddings and funerals, serves the community, counsels, resolves conflict, listens, leads meetings, advises, etc.)
  • What hours does the pastor work? (Answers will vary: Sundays; every day; always on call; day and in the middle of the night, etc.)

Distribute paper, markers, and scissors (or invite students to have supplies ready at home). Ask the students to trace two copies of their hands and cut them out.

Think about what you might say if you give the pastor a “high five.” Is there something you might say thank you for? Is there a part of the pastor’s job that is particularly meaningful to you? Is there something you might apologize for (not paying better attention during the sermon, etc.)? Is there something encouraging you might say? Is there something you like that the pastor does during the worship service?

Instruct each of your students to write a “high five” message of honor and support on one of the hands they traced. If possible, have different students cover the senior pastor, worship pastor, youth pastor, etc. If you have a very large church and there aren’t enough hands to acknowledge them individually, help your students construct generic messages that will cover all of their hard work and dedication. Allow them to glue the hand with the message to a piece of poster board to make a big group “high five” for the pastor’s office. Be sure you contribute your own high five. 

If possible, arrange for the students to deliver this to the pastors’ office themselves.

On the other hand that you traced, write something you can pray for this week as a way to support our pastor(s). Take the hand home with you and use it as a reminder to continue to “high five” the pastor(s) by honoring them before the Lord in prayer.

Close in prayer asking for God’s hand to be on your church leaders, praying for each one by name.

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