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TEACHER’S MANUAL

cO nnect Upper Primary C2

Contains 2 CDs and 1 DVD


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A Kingdom Kid prays

LESSON AIM ■ To help students to understand that praying is both a privilege and a pleasure for God’s children.

LESSON OUTCOMES Students will learn about: ■ how God loves to hear our prayers ■ the Lord’s Prayer, as an excellent model for praying. Students will learn to: ■ identify various aspects of prayer ■ be able to state what prayer is, why we pray, who can pray, and where, when and how we can pray.

Matthew 6:9–13; Luke 18:1–7; Ephesians 6:18 The prayer begins by reminding us of who we are praying to—‘Our Father in heaven’. We have the privilege of an intimate relationship with God as our Father, but we should always appreciate that he is the all-powerful Creator of the universe, and the one who is holy. And our entry into God’s presence is costly because the price was Jesus’ blood (Hebrews 10:19–22). We can enter into God’s presence, through prayer, confidently, but never taking this privilege for granted. Recognising who we are praying to, Jesus encourages us to pray for six things: 1.

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MEMORY VERSE Think how much the Father loves us. He loves us so much that he lets us be called his children, as we truly are. 1 John 3:1 (CEV)

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» Bible background A Kingdom Kid is someone who speaks to their Father. Communication is essential in any relationship. Last week we learned that we listen to God by reading his word, the Bible. This lesson focuses on how we speak to God through prayer. During his Sermon on the Mount, Jesus gave his disciples a model for prayer (Matthew 6:9–13). We must remember that Jesus’ intention was not for us simply to recite this prayer but that Christians would use it as a framework for the kinds of things we should pray for (Matthew 6:5–8).

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That we would give God the honour and respect due to him. Everything a Christian says or does reflects on the one whose name we bear (6:9c). That through the preaching of the gospel and growth of the Church, and especially when Jesus returns, God’s kingdom would be revealed on earth (6:10a). That God’s perfect plan would work out here on earth (6:10b). That God would provide for all our daily needs (6:11). In a reasonably affluent country we can be tempted either to forget that everything we need day to day comes from God, or worry too much about what will happen in the future. We are encouraged to ask for what we need today (Exodus 16). That God would forgive us and that we would forgive others the way that we have been forgiven (6:12; Matthew 18:23–35). That God would keep us from being tempted and rescue us from sin and the devil (6:13).

We are encouraged to never stop praying (Ephesians 6:18) and to be persistent in our prayers (Luke 18:1–8). Kingdom Kids are not to be discouraged if they don’t see the answer to their prayers immediately because we can remember that God is a loving Father who loves to give us good things (Matthew 7:7–11).

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✔ Visual aids on pages 100–102 of Knowing, Growing and Showing (from Lesson 12) ✔ A CEV Bible marked at Matthew 6:5–7; Luke 11:1–4; and Ephesians 6:18a ✔ Six large sheets of butcher’s paper, with headings (see Before you start) ✔ Blu-Tack ✔ Marker pens in a variety of colours ✔ Activity books ✔ Prayer talk (track 9) on CEP’s Upper Primary CD ✔ CD player or MP3 player and portable speakers ✔ Materials for Taking it further (optional) ✔ The CD-ROM from this manual if you intend to use an interactive whiteboard to display the PowerPoints of either the lessons, song words or prayers.

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BEFORE YOU START ■ If you intend to use an interactive whiteboard, review the PowerPoint slide(s) for this lesson on the CD-ROM that comes with this manual. ■ On the top of each large sheet of paper, write the following: WHAT? WHY? WHEN? WHERE? WHO? HOW? ■ Alternatively, use the PowerPoint slides provided on the CD-ROM and write straight onto the slides.

» Teacher’s prayer Ask that God would refresh your desire to talk with him. Pray that this lesson would challenge students about praying, that they may be more reliant on God and may want to pray to him regularly. Thank God that we can come to him, the sovereign King, and call him Father.

OTHER RESOURCES If your lessons are longer than the standard, you may find the following resource useful.

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■ Practise being godly (track 11) on Colin Buchanan’s Colin’s favourites CD.

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■ If you wanted to learn to play cricket and you could ask anyone in the world to help you, who would be the best person to ask? (Accept responses. Students may disagree about who is the ‘greatest cricketer’!) ■ And if you wanted to learn to swim, who might you ask to help you? (Accept responses.) ■ What if you wanted to learn to sing, who could you get to help you? (Accept responses.) One time, Jesus’ followers, the disciples, wanted to learn how to pray. ■ Who do you think they asked to help them? Why? (Accept responses. Jesus—he is God’s Son and the Bible tells us he prayed to his Father often.)

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■ Can these things we’ve written down be grouped in any way? (Begin to classify the students’ contributions into groups, using coloured marker pens. For instance, asking for things, telling God about our worries, adoration/praise, giving thanks, saying sorry.) When the disciples asked Jesus to teach them how to pray, this is what Jesus said: (Encourage students to follow along in their Activity books.) Read Matthew 6:5–7 from a CEV Bible.

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■ What Activity advice does Booksthis iconpassage give us about praying? (Accept responses.)

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Listen now to what Jesus said to his disciples when they asked him to teach them how to pray.

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Read Luke 11:1–4 from a CEV Bible.

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If someone asked you to teach them to pray, I wonder what you would include in your ‘lesson’.

■ Does this remind you of something? Activity Books icon Word icon It sounds just like the (Accept responses. Lord’s Prayer [because it is the CEV, some Visual Aid icon students may&be more familiar with the more Maths Logic icon commonly used version of the Lord’s Prayer CD icon from Common Body iconPrayer: Resources for Gospelshaped Gatherings?].)

In today’s lesson, we’re going to find out what Jesus included in his ‘lesson’ to the disciples.

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■ Why do you think they had to be taught how to pray? (Accept responses.)

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Indicate the piece of butcher’s paper with the heading WHY?

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■ Why should we pray? (Accept responses and write these up on Body Natureicon icon butcher’s paper.)

■ What is prayer? (Accept responses and write the students’ suggestions on the piece of butcher’s paper with the heading WHAT?)

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■ What sorts of things might we pray about? (Add these to the sheet of paper. Be sure to cover that it is communicating with God, including acknowledging him as the creator of all things, saying sorry for things we have done that are against him, thanking him for what he has done for us and given us, and asking him to icon guide Bible us, help us and provide for our needs.)

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■ Who can pray? (Accept responses and write these up on butcher’s paper.) Anyone can talk to God! But God’s children Bible especially willicon want to talk with him. Ask students to write a response in the Activity Books icon WHO? section of their Activity books. Indicate the piece butcher’s paper with the Visual Aidoficon heading WHERE?. ■ WhereCD can we pray? icon (Accept responses and write these up on butcher’s paper.) Music icon We can pray anywhere! We could be in the car, or in the Word bath, icon or riding our bikes. But it’s good to set aside a special time in the day when we can just talk with God icon without any distractions. Maths & Logic icon It’s aboutBible giving God all our attention. Ask students Body icon to write a response in the Activity Books icon section ‘Where could you pray so you won’t be&disturbed?’ Space Vision icon in their Activity books.

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Indicate the piece of butcher’s paper with the Interpersonal icon heading WHEN?.

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■ When can we pray? Self icon (Accept responses Music icon and write these up on butcher’s paper.)

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Indicate the piece of butcher’s paper with the heading WHO?.

Isn’t it amazing that God has made a way for us to talk to him? He is the Creator of the whole universe, and yet he says, ‘Come and talk to me’. That’s so awesome! God says, ‘Anyone can talk to me at any time, anywhere, about anything! And they can be sure that I will hear their prayers and answer them. Sometimes I might say ‘yes’, sometimes I might say ‘no, that’s not best for you’ and sometimes I might get you to wait. But I will Bible icon always be there to listen.’ Ask students first to write a response in Activity Books icon Bible icon the ‘HOW?’ section in their Activity books before writing a response in the ‘Think Visual icon Activity Books icon books. spot’ section in Aid their Activity Hold up the Visual aids on pages 100–102 Visual Aid icon icon ofCD Knowing, Growing and Showing from Lesson 12.

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■ Which of these best describes praying? (Accept responses. Knowing, growing.)

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Space & Vision Body icon Doesn’t matter whaticon the time is, night or day. He says, ‘Tell me, tell me, what’s going on Interpersonal Space & Visionicon icon for you? Tell me allicon the littleicon things, I want to hear Interpersonal Self them too.

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Nothing is impossible, I made the moon and stars, The earth, the seas, the flowers and the things both near and far. So just talk to me and tell me anything you’d like to say. I’m always right there with you and I love to hear you pray.’

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Thank you that you are a God who loves to hear us pray. Thank you that you are interested in everything we have to say to you. Help us to be people who want to pray to you. Amen.

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THE LORD’S PRAYER Music icon ActivityMusic Booksicon icon

Sing the Lord’s Prayer to a certain tune. For ideas Word icon visit today’s lesson on the Visual Aid icon Word iconMy Connect website, cepconnect.com.au

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Visit today’s lesson on the My Connect Space & Vision icon website at Word icon cepconnect.com.au for a tutorial teaching the song Interpersonal icon ‘The Lord’s Prayer’ using sign language. Interpersonal icon

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BOOKMARKS Word icon Space Aid & Books Vision icon Activity Visual icon icon

Give students copies of icon the Lord’s Prayer to Maths & Logic Interpersonal Visual Aid iconicon CD icon cut out and stick onto a bookmark. They can then decorate the Body iconbookmarks and use these in Self icon CD icon Music icon their Bibles.

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Using the Lord’s Prayer as a model, ask students Self icon Visual Aid to compose andicon prayers to be said together. Maths &pray Logic iconicon Body Alternatively, you could ask whether any students Nature icon are comfortable pray Body Spaceicon &to Vision iconprayers on behalf of CD iconthe their classmates.

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» Teacher reflections ■ Were the students familiar with the Lord’s Prayer? ■ Did the students take prayer time seriously or do they need to be reminded that they are talking to God?

» For next lesson ■ You will need to gather some items for next lesson, including various objects around the theme of ‘sickness’, a Medicare card and a ‘thank you’ card.

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