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LESSON 28                              13th March, 2022.




OPENING PRAYER: Almighty Father, please send your help to the fatherless and the widows in our societies in the name of Jesus.


PREVIOUS KNOWLEDGE: Teacher should allow the students to reflect on the previous week’s lesson.




I. BIBLE PASSAGE: Genesis 21:8-19.

II. MEMORY VERSE: “A father of the fatherless, and a judge of the widows, is God in his holy habitation”. Psalms 68:5.

III. LESSON INTRODUCTION: A single parent is a parent without a marriage partner, widowed, separated, deserted, divorced or never married; one who is alone, in charge of his or her household. Widowhood is the state of a man whose wife is dead or of a woman whose husband is dead. God loves and cares very deeply for the widowed and single parent. He, therefore, commands us to protect and care for these people in our churches and communities. (Ps.82:3).



I.    LESSON AIM: To study causes, God’s disposition and responsibility towards widows and single parents.

II. TEACHING OBJECTIVES: At the end of the lesson, students should be able to:

i.     Understand the causes of being a widow.

ii.   Discover God’s disposition towards a widow.

iii.  Discover our responsibility towards widows and single parents.

III. TEACHING PLAN: To achieve the above-stated objectives, teacher should:

i.     Allow the students to explain what they understand as the meaning and the causes of being a widow and a single parent.

ii.    Explain those premium which the Almighty God places on widow.

iii.  Point out direction of responsibilities which can be demonstrated towards these categories of people.

i.     Conclude, summarise, evaluate the lesson and give assignment to the students.


IV. TEXT REVIEW: Genesis 21:8-19.

From this passage, teacher should identify the role played by the following people on Ishmael:

i.     Abraham------------------------------------------------------------

ii.   Haqar----------------------------------------------------------------

iii.  Sarah----------------------------------------------------------------

iv.  God------------------------------------------------------------------


V.   TEACHING METHOD: Teacher should use participatory approach.


VI. TIME MANAGEMENT: Teacher should apply two-lesson outlines teaching time.



i.     Teacher should ask students to differentiate between a widow/widower and a single parent in term of causes.

ii.   Teacher should differentiate as follow in term of causes:

a.   Widow/widower: lost spouses to death.

b.   Single parent man/woman (caused by) divorce, separation, abandonment, adoption, rape and unwanted pregnancy.

iii.  Teacher should allow students to find similarities between single-parent and widow/widower.

iv.  Teacher should explain those premium which God places on widow/widower and single parent as indicated below:

a.   God is protector of widow and father of the fatherless. (Ps.68:5).

b.   God forbids people from afflicting widow/widower and single parent. (Ex.22:23).

c.    God hears their cries and care for them and their children. (Gen.21:15:19).

v.    God does not want people to maltreat, afflict, abuse or take advantage of widows. (Ex.22:22).

vi.  God wants his children to visit and support the widows and fatherless. James 1:27

vii.God wants believers to defend them. (Isa.1:17).

viii. The Almighty God values the widows and the fatherless in the following lights:

a.   He sustains and relieves them. (Ps.146:9)

b.   He makes provision for them in His law. (Deut.10:18; Deut.26:12-13).

c.    He preserves them. (Jer. 49:11).


CLASS ACTIVITY 1: Students should be allowed to share what they had done to assist the widows or fatherless or motherless



i.     Believers should love and care for them. (James 1:27).

ii.   Believers should provide support system for them. (Acts 20:35).

iii.  Encourage them in words and deeds. (1Thess. 5:14).

iv.  Train them and or their children.

v.    Support them as Mordecai supported the orphan Hadassah (Esther) and cared for her until she was great. (Esther 2:7).

vi.  They must be respected and honoured. (1Tim. 5:3).

vii.The church must support them. (Gal. 6:10).


CLASS ACTIVITY 2: What should believers do to help the widows/widowers and single parents?


3.   SUMMARY: Support the widows/widowers, single parents and their children.


4.   CONCLUSION: God’s intention for the church is that it becomes a family of faith, a real community where lives are shared, friendships are formed and support is given as we journey in faith together.


5.   EVALUATION: How can widow’s and single parents be supported?



6.   CLOSING PRAYER: Almighty father, please help your children to respond to the needs of the widows and single parents.


7.   ASSIGNMENT: 1. Project: Sunday School classes at the parish level should contribute money or materials to support the widows, widowers, single parents and their children. (As the Lord provides). Those who contribute should be prayed for by the Pastor. 2. Mention ten (10) things you can give to support widows, widowers, single parents and their children. (1x10=10 Marks).

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