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Living on the Edge

Elementary Leader Guide

Lesson Five – Noticing the Needs of Others

The goal of the Living on the Edge series is for children to learn how to be followers of Christ. The weekly lesson themes are in an acrostic to help children remember and apply the main point of each lesson. Our desire is for every child to remember what they have learned by recalling each lesson in the LIVING acrostic.

Living on the Edge Means… 

Loving God and Loving Others (Lesson One)
I Surrender to God Daily (Lesson Two)
Victory Over the World (Lesson Three)
I Learn to be Humble (Lesson Four)
Noticing the Needs of Others (Lesson Five)
Giving Out Good When Things Get Bad (Lesson Six) 

The Point of the Lesson:
Each child will learn that they need to notice the needs of others around them. Through the story of Jonathan and David, each child will understand the importance of having a best friend they can share with, serve with and “do life with.”
The Power of God’s Word:
Be devoted to one another in brotherly love. Honor one another above yourselves.

Romans 12:10 NIV

The Practice of Each Child:
Each child will do something really cool for someone else! They will choose what they do and whom they do it for. They may give a gift or show someone an act of service. They will be encouraged to also do this act of service with a friend.

The Lesson in a Word


Prepare (Before Service) 

Object Lesson: Lunch box or brown lunch bag

Game Materials: None

Student Helps and Handouts for the Classroom:  
There are three handouts for children.  
Handout One: Family EnterAction Guide – Lesson 2 Page. Please make sure this goes home with parents and that they understand that it is to help them discuss the topics at home with their child.
Handout Two: Activity Book & Fun Sheet. Activity pages will be available to do before Big Room and after if needed.
Handout Three: Student Handout. Make sure this goes home with the child so that they can do the work. Remind them, and their parents, to bring it back the next week.

(Make sure children have a pencil with their Student Handout.) 

Classroom Preview (5 minutes)

During Check-In Time: 

Welcome the children.

  • Activity Sheet to do with the kids – NOT the Student Handout.

  • Get their sheets if they brought them back from last week.

  • Review last weeks information (verse)

Big Room (come in at about 11:05)

Welcome From Emcee:
“Hey everyone, welcome to (name of your church). We are so glad you are here with us today. We are going to have a great time together worshipping God and getting to know Him better. We have been learning about Living on the Edge and what that means when we live our life for God. Today we are going to learn about noticing and meeting the needs of those around us. Are you ready? Let’s get going!”

Kid Connect Question: (PowerPoint slide provided on Resource CD) 

The Kid Connect question is designed to get each child up, talking, moving and beginning to think about the lesson. Have the group emcee ask the following question to get the kids connecting!
Would you rather eat a turkey sandwich or tuna sandwich?
Praise (15 minutes)

  • Getting Into the Bible

  • One Way

  • Glory To God

Announcements (5 minutes)

  • Fall Fest

  • Prayer

  • Birthday

  • Visitor

  • Send Kindergarten back to their classrooms

  • Who brought back your forms? …. Have teachers give them to you. Collect during the video and do the drawing at the end.

Object Lesson

Lunch Box or Brown Lunch Bag
Emcee says, “Hey everyone, do you know what I have here today? Yes, it’s my lunch. I love my lunch! I look forward to eating my lunch every day, especially my Cheetos! What if you went to school one day and you saw a not so popular kid sitting by himself with no lunch. What would you do? Would you sit down with your friends and start eating your lunch or would you walk over to the not so popular kid that didn’t have a lunch and offer to share your lunch with them? Now that’s a tough question. Today we are going to learn about two friends in the Bible that really helped one another, Jonathan and David.

Big Room Lesson Process


Below is what is covered in the video.

Lesson in a Word:

Memory Verse:

Be devoted to one another in brotherly love. Honor one another above yourselves.

Romans 12:10 NIV

What Should I See?
David killed Goliath and became a hero! Then he became best friends with King Saul’s son, Jonathan. King Saul became very jealous of David because he killed Goliath, and people everywhere were honoring David more than King Saul. David was successful at just about everything he did and King Saul got even more jealous and angry. So King Saul decided to have David killed. King Saul told his son Jonathan to kill David, but Jonathan wouldn’t do it; in fact, he warned his best friend David that his dad was after him, so David ran away to a field to hide. Jonathan met with David to make sure he was OK and told David he would talk to his dad. They made a plan together and Jonathan said, “The day after tomorrow, toward evening, go to the place where you hid when this trouble began, and wait by the stone Ezel. I will shoot three arrows to the side of it, as though I were shooting at a target. Then I will send a boy and say, ‘Go, find the arrows.’ If I say to him, ‘Look, the arrows are on this side of you; bring them here,’ then come, because, as surely as the LORD lives, you are safe; there is no danger. But if I say to the boy, ‘Look, the arrows are beyond you,’ then you must go, because the LORD has sent you away.” After Jonathan talked to his father about David, Saul got so mad he threw a spear at his son. So Jonathan returned to the field and shot the arrows and told the boy, “Look, the arrows are beyond you,” which was telling David he needed to go.

(Story found in 1 Samuel 17-20)

What’s the Key?

The key to unlock this lesson is our word for today, OTHERS! Jonathan and David were best friends. Jonathan was always looking out for David and was always making sure he was OK. Just like our verse for today, Jonathan honored David more than himself. When we spend our time focused on others and helping others, then we are living life the way God wants us to live. We put the needs of others ahead of our own needs.

What’s That to Me?
How important are good friends? I guess you can say, REALLY IMPORTANT! If you don’t think so, ask David. David’s best friend, Jonathan, saved his life! You know, when we have a best friend, we can tell them just about anything and they still love us. We can do dumb stuff and they still love us. We can ask them for help and they help us. We can even, and this is the really cool thing, serve together because it’s always better when you serve together.
Jesus said, You must love each other, just as I have loved you (John 13:34b CEV). Jesus really didn’t give us an option on this one. He wants us to love each other the way He loved us. Remember, He gave His life for us, so let’s do our best to love, serve and honor each other every day.

How Should I Be?
This week, practice this lesson by doing something really cool for someone. Let’s really look and notice the needs of others around us! Maybe give them a gift or show them a random act of kindness. Maybe you and your best friend can do it together; how cool would that be?

Practice Point

I will notice others with needs today.

I will do it with a friend and love God’s way.

Review (from Video) ** Watch Time, you need to be done by 12:00. So, cut this out if needed or make it short. 

  • Word of the Day

  • Verse

  • Practice Point

Live It (Play the video – approx 5 min)

This segment will feature Diane sharing a real life experience about what it means to Live on the Edge and directly reinforces this lesson. On the DVD Menu Screen, choose “Lesson Five” and then select “Live It” on the sub-menu screen. If you do not use the video for this section you can have one of your own leaders or children give a testimony about what it means to love God and love others.


  • Award the trophy

  • Do the Drawing

  • Review verse and practice point if not 12 yet.

  • Remind the kids to bring back their sheets – completed and signed so they can get into the drawing.

  • Dismiss Classes

Small Classroom

1. Total Recall (10 minutes)
Question One: What is the word for today?

Question Two: Who was jealous of David?

(King Saul)
Question Three: True or False: Jonathan and David were enemies.

Question Four: What did Jonathan tell David to do to be safe?

Question Five: True or False: Jonathan told King Saul where to find David.

Question Six: Where is today’s story found?

(1 Samuel 17-20)
Question Seven: True or False: Jonathan was a good friend to David.

Question Eight: Where is our memory verse found?

(Romans 12:10 NIV)

2. Memory Verse Review

Spend some time working on this with the class. You can also reward children who come back the following week with their verse memorized.

Be devoted to one another in brotherly love. Honor one another above yourselves.

Romans 12:10 NIV

3. Student Handout & Activity Sheet

Let kids work on the student handout if time. Make sure they go home along with the parent interaction guide sheet.

Living on the Edge Elementary Leader Guide Lesson Five


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