Walker Totes

Scripture: Genesis 31-33

Learning Objectives:

  • Students will learn that Jacob wrestled with God and his hip remained damaged for the rest of his life.
  • Students will learn that many believe the damaged hip reminded Jacob to stay close to God.
  • Students will learn that many people today must use walkers and wheelchairs to help them get from place to place.
  • Students will participate in an activity to serve those who use walkers and wheelchairs.

Guiding Question: How can we serve those who must use walkers and wheelchairs?

Materials: fabric, thread, sewing machines, scissors, (if you have the resources large print bibles and/or magnifying or reading glasses)

Procedure: Review the story of Jacob focusing especially on Jacob wrestling with God. Jacob’s hip remained damaged for the rest of his life. Tell students from then until now many Jews will not eat meat from the part of an animal near the hip socket. Jacob’s hip and not eating meat near the hip reminds the people to stay close to God. Explain that many people today have legs that do not allow them to walk well. They must use walkers or wheelchairs to get from place to place. Using a tote bag helps the user have a place to put some of their things. Use the pattern and instructions to help students create a walker totebag. If you have the resources you may want to put large print bibles, magnifying or reading glasses, etc in the pockets of the finished tote. Take students to a rehab facility or nursing home to distribute them.

Additional Questions:

  • What other items can be made to serve people who are confined to wheelchairs?

Supplemental Activity: Have students research other items they could create to serve people who are confined to wheelchairs? Consider having students create and deliver these items too.