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Generations

By Richard Ocker

 

 

 

Objective: This lessor unit is designed to develop an understanding relationship between seniors and youth.

Vocabulary:

  • Senior- 65 and above

  • Youth- 12-17 years old

  • Leader- Middle aged, well read, Christian parent- should encourage perfect attendance and feel free to add comments or personal experience as needed.

  • Facilitator: Prepare room and materials.

  • Materials: Bible, iPad, and Never Grow Old song sheets.

  • Set up: Chairs arranged in a circle or around a table.

 

Lesson #1: Seniors- Introductions- Include age

The senior’s age group is the fastest growing group in America. The group makes up about 16% of our population. By the year 2060 this percentage will increase to 27% or approximately 52 million adults.

 

Seniors are living longer and are developing healthier lifestyles. These facts place a tremendous burden on our health care   programs. With the advent of technology the chasm between seniors and youth continues to widen.

Questions:

  1. Can you give evidence of this widening chasm?

  2. List common misconceptions about our seniors.

  3. What significant changes have become apparent in the last 75 years – make assignments before class. 3-5 minutes on each topic

  • World Situation

  • Communication

  • Family Living

  • Sports

  • Education

  • Dress

Closure: Individual thoughts

Song: Never Grow Old

Prayer

 

Lesson #2: Seniors

Opening Statement:    In many Asian countries, the elderly are highly respected. In the U.S, retirement too often suggests an attitude of leisure. Retirement often triggers the end of a fruitful life. Many seniors however continue to lead lives of activity and productivity.

 

Examples:

  • Pablo Casals – Musician – conducted orchestra and was a world-renowned cello player until 90 years old.

  • Albert Schweitzer – Theologian, writer, and philosopher – was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize at age 87.

  • Mother Teresa – Missionary and Humanitarian – served poor and destitute until age 85.

  • Mahatma Gandhi – Political and spiritual lender in India until 65 years old.

  • Strom Thurmond – Senator – chain of committee on the Judiciary until his mid 90’s.

 

Bible passages:

What does the Bible say about seniors? Read and discuss:

  1. Leviticus 19:32 – How should we respect our elders?

  2. 1 Timothy 5:1-2 – Did an elderly friend or relative mentor you?      

  3. Psalms 71:9 – What does this say about retirement homes?

  4. Luke 2:36-38 – Do you know anyone with that kind of faith?

  5. Deuteronomy 32:7 – Does this speak about our church heritage?

  6. Genesis 17: 1-2 and 15-18 – What does this say about our God?

 

Lesson #3: Youth

Opening Statement:    Today’s youth are saturated with mobile technology and social media. They face more problems than ever before: drug abuse, alcohol, violence, social issues, obesity, body image, bullying and peer pressure. These issues contribute to mental problems, especially  anxiety, depression and suicide.

Questions:

  1. Have attitudes about present day youth changed?

  2. Did a senior give you advice that was helpful?

  3. What is the most significant problem in your school?

  4. If you could solve any youth problem in the world today – which one would you select?

  5. Talk about these topics – assignment before class – 3-5 minutes

  • World Situation

  • Communication

  • Family Living

  • Sports

  • Education

  • Dress

 

Closure: Individual thoughts

Song: Never Grow Old

Prayer

 

Lesson #4: Youth

Opening Statement: Age has a very limited impact on greatness. Contributions have been made by all age groups.

Examples: 

  • Micala Ulmen – age 12 – developed a save the bees program.

  • Hazan Zafari – age 15 – started a street school for poor children in Pakistan.

  • Maya Pena – age 16 – established an eco-friendly clothing line.

  • Robby Havals – age 12 – has become a famous YouTube personality.

Bible passages:

  1. Titus 2:16 – “Just follow your dreams” Is this good advice?

  2. 1 Timothy 4:12 – Should we be ashamed of our faith?

  3. Ecclesiastes 11:9 – Is it important to be happy? Why?

  4. Psalms 119:9 – Who should be our guide?

  5. Proverbs 4:20-22 – Why is it important to memorize scripture?

  6. 1 Peter 5:5-9 – What is humility and how and when should we show it?

Closure: Individual thoughts

Song: Never Grow Old

Prayer

 

Lesson #5: Combined thoughts

  1. Ask church historian to speak about Middlesex church heritage. 10 minutes

  2. Ask pastor to speak about future of the church. 10 minutes  

  3. List church programs and label youth or senior involvement.

  4. Brainstorm needed programs for youth and seniors.

Closure: Individual thoughts

Song: Never Grow Old

Prayer

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