Subject: Christian Religious Studies
Class: Primary 3
Term: 3rd Term
Topic: Helping people in trouble
Performance objectives: At the end of this lesson, pupils should be able to
1 narrate the story of the widow of Zarephath.
2 identify reasons for helping people who are in trouble.
3 list the expected rewards for helping people who are in trouble.
4 identify moral lessons in helping others.
Guide to Bible passage (1Kings 17: 7-24)
Building Background connection to prior knowledge : pupils are familiar with the topic in their previous classes.
The widow of Zarephath
Elijah was a prophet in Tishbe of Gilead. He was sent by God to a widow in Zarephath because there was famine in the land of Israel.Elijah obeyed God, went to Zarephath, and met the widow gathering firewood. He asked her to give him water. As the woman was going to bring the water, Elijah called her back and asked for food from her. The woman replied that the only food in the house was the one she about preparing, and it was for her and her son to eat before dying.Elijah told her not to be afraid. He assured her that she should go and prepare food for him first and later for herself and her son because God said that ‘The jar of meal shall not be spent, and the cruse of oil shall not fail, until the day that the Lord sends rain upon the earth’
The woman did as Elijah said. She prepared food for the man of God and later prepared for herself and her son. The food in her house did not finish until the end of the famine.
One day, the son of the widow of Zarephath was sick and later died. The woman wept, she was sorrowful, and went to Elijah for help. Elijah took the child to the upper chamber of the house where he was staying. He laid the boy on his own bed and cried to God to bring back the life
of the boy. He stretched himself out on the child three times. The child came back to life. When Elijah brought back the boy to his mother, the woman was happy and grateful.
Reasons for helping others
God is our Father; we are all his children. As His children, God wants us to help others. He wants us to help those who are in trouble. When you help other people when they are in trouble, other people will also help you when you are in trouble.
Reward for helping others
Christians should help all who need our help. We should help both people that we know and those that we do not know. When we help other people, God will also help us. Helping other people in trouble brings God’s blessings and favour. When you help those in trouble, you bring joy into their lives.
1. We are all God’s children; God wants us to help others.
2. We receive God’s favour when we help others.
3. When we help others we also receive help from people.
4. We should help people that we know and those that we do not know.
5. The widow of Zarephath gave Elijah food, and food and water never finished in her house. Even when her son died, Elijah raised the child from the dead.
6. We should help all who need our help.
God brought the son of the widow back to life after Elijah prayed for him.
1. There was famine in Israel, and God sent Elijah to a widow at Zarephath.
2. The widow gave Elijah food to eat.
3. God blessed the remaining food and she and her son ate throughout the period of famine.
4. The widow’s son died and Elijah raised him from the dead.
5. We are children of God. We should help those that are in trouble.
6. We will receive God’s favour and blessings when we help those that are in trouble.
Strategies and activities
Step1: Teacher revises the previous topic
Step 2: Teacher introduces the new I
Step 3: Teacher explains the new topic
Step 4: Teacher welcomes pupils questions
Step 5: Teacher evaluates the pupils
Assessment and evaluation
1. narrate the story of the widow of Zarephath.
2. identify reasons for helping people who are in trouble
3. list the expected rewards for helping people who are in trouble
4. identify moral lessons in helping others.
Wrap up( conclusion): Teacher goes over the topic once again to enhance better understanding.
1. Narrate the story of the widow of Zarephath.
2. Give two reasons why we should help those in trouble.
3. Name two rewards for helping others in trouble.
4. Enumerate two lessons we are to derive from the story of the widow of Zarephath.
Fill in the gaps with correct answers.
5. Helping those in trouble will always bring _______________.
6. God’s favour is on those that help ________________.
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