“The call for one generation to share its faith and story with future generations is deeply embedded in the Jewish tradition….From the first century onward, Christian faith communities have been intergenerational communities”
Roberto, J. (2007). Best practices in intergenerational faith formation. Lifelong Faith, 1(3), 5- 16
The Bible clearly teaches us to value intergenerational relationships as part of the unified body of Christ. Many Bible stories and verses can be used to reinforce the importance of intergenerational connectedness.
If you need some inspiration to develop a fabulous unit for your classes, you could try Ministry to Children https://ministry-to-children.com/ for some brilliant ideas and resources.
I would start with the lesson: Bitterness, Loyalty, and Family Drama (Ruth 1-2).
Lesson focus: God wants us to be loyal and faithful to our friends and family, even when things seem challenging, He will work things out for good.
Follow up with another great Ministry to Children lesson on Ruth – called Clothed in Kindness. This lesson is designed to help students define kindness through the book of Ruth. Students will be encouraged to explore their own kindness.
There are so many fabulous lessons and wonderful resources on this website. One other lesson, called Ruth Bible Lesson for Children https://ministry-to-children.com/ruth-bible-lesson/ uses family portraits and even a story booklet to help teach about families and loyalty.
Be as creative as you wish and adapt these lessons to suit your classes and begin to explore the value of intergenerational relationships.