RELATIONSHIP IN THE COMMUNITY

The Human Community:
The human community is a group of people living in an area. It is where we live with our parents and neighbours.  In a community, different kinds of people live and work there to earn their living. In any community, there are good or bad people, rich and poor people, lazy and hardworking people, trouble makers and trouble-shooters.
The people in the community, meet, mix, relate and interact with each other every day in the compounds where they live, on the roads, in the streets, in the church, in the market, in the offices and in many other places. As they mix and interact with each other, relationships are established.

Community Leaders:
In every human community, there are different kinds of leaders. There are community leaders, Church or Religious leaders, Education or School leaders and political leaders, etc. Those who are community leaders are the Chiefs, the Council of Elders and Community Development leaders or leaders of Community Progress Unions. These leaders play significant roles in the affairs of the community and the progress of the community.
WAYS OF SUSTAINING RELATIONSHIP IN THE COMMUNITY.
For the peace, unity and progress of a community people in the community are duty bound to develop or establish good relationship with each other. There are ways of sustaining good relationship and ways of destroying good relationship among the people of the community.
1. Respect for Elders and Leaders:
This means that children, honour and obey their parents, teachers and prefects at school.  Every citizen of the community submits to the authority of the chiefs and elders. This enhances the unity, progress and prosperity of the community and the continuity of a good and healthy relationship.
On the other hand, if children are unruly, disrespectful to parents, teachers and prefects at school, while adult and citizens of the community do not submit to or obey the authority of chiefs and elders in the community, then there will be fighting, confusion and breakdown of law and order which will result in strained relationship and lack of progress in the community.
2. Obedience to Law and Order:
The laws of the land just like the rules and regulations in the school are made to control human behavior in the community. The laws tell us what is good to do and what is bad to avoid. This helps to maintain and sustain good relationship with one another. To sustain good relationship in the community, citizens needs to:
  1. Respect each other.
  2. Obey the laws of the land.
  3. Do not trespass other people’s rights, Commit crimes such as fighting, cheating, fraud(419) etc
3. Participation in Community Development Programmes:
Good citizens contribute levies and donations for such projects, thus promoting good relationship and progress in the community as governments alone cannot provide all the needed facilities in the community.
4. Caring for the Needy:
The Bible teaches that we should be our brother’s keeper. We are expected to be helpful to others especially the poor, the physically challenged or handicapped people. These are people who could not provide the basic necessities of life for themselves. They have to be assisted to survive. There is love in sharing; you can help a fellow student with part of your pocket money in buying some eatables from the tuck-shop when he or she is in need. The Lord Jesus taught that “it is more blessed to give than to receive.”
5. Religious Tolerance:
Religious tolerance simply means peaceful coexistence between people of different religion. As Christians, we live in the same community with people of other religions. In Nigeria there are three major religions, Christianity, Islam and African Traditional Religion. Religious tolerance is based on the understanding that there are three clear elements common to all three major religions in Nigeria. These elements are:
  1. The common belief in the Almighty God as the Creator and Controller of the world;
  2. The good relationship between God and human beings got broken down due to the fault of human beings; and
  3. There is need to restore the broken relationship between God and human beings.
MORAL LESSONS:
  1. You have a responsibility to help sustain good relationship in the school between teachers and students and among students.
  2. You should pray to God to help you sustain good relationship in the school and in your home community.
  3. As a true follower of Christ, you are to show religious tolerance and love both Christians and non-Christians alike.
  4. We are not to imitate religious fanatics in killing people of other religion and destroying their places of worship.

IDENTIFICATION OF THE NAMES OF CHURCH LEADERS
The church is the body of Christ. It includes our Church leaders and the congregation. Some of our Church leaders are the Pope, Arc Bishops, Bishops, priests, pastors, Prophets and Overseers. As Christians, all members of the Church are brothers and sisters in Christ. In order to have good relationship in the Church, we should show Christian love for one another as brothers and sisters serving the same Christ.
RELATIONSHIP IN THE CHURCH
As Christians, we are saddled with the responsibility of showing love, care and concern for other human being even the unbelievers, because it’s through this we can win them to Christ. Here are some ways we can love our brothers and sisters:
  1. Doing good to one another.
  2. Are kind and affectionate to one another.
  3. Pray for those in trouble.
  4. Love and live peacefully with everyone
  5. Do not retaliate but forgive.
  6. Overcome evil with good.

 MAINTAINING RELATIONSHIP IN THE CHURCH 1 peter 3:8-13; Roman 13:1-7;
  1. As we show Christian love for one another, we should also maintain good relationship with one another in the Church, which includes:
  1. Have compassion for one another.
  2. Have a good conscience.
  3. Make peace among ourselves.
  4. Bless one another to succeed and prosper in the Christ.
  5. Be ready to defend our faith to non-Christians.
FIELD TRIP
Field trip means going on an excursion or visiting places of interest. The purpose is to enable us observe, at first hand, some of the things that we learn in class, some of the places we have heard, read in our textbooks or even on mass media.
PLACES OF INTEREST FOR AN EXCURSION
Palace: The chief lives in a palace from where he rules over his people. When we visit the palace we shall see:
  • How the chief lives.
  • How the people greet him in a certain way to show respect for his office.
  • The place where he receives visitors.
  • The place where he and the council of elders meet to discuss matters affecting the welfare of the people.
The school for the Blind: Here we will observe how blind people are trained to use their hands to read and write and do many other things that normal people do. Such a visit helps us to understand the world of the blind and what we can do to improve their lot when we grow up.
The Orphanages and Motherless Babies: These are homes where children who have lost both parents or have no mothers live. We can see what is done to make them feel happy and wanted. We can hear about how some of the rich people, churches and organizations in the community visit them from time to time. They give them food and clothing. Such a visit helps us to know more about the problems of orphans and how we can help them meet their needs when we grow.
MORAL LESSONS
  1. You must learn to pray to God to help you sustain good relationship in the Church.
  2. You must learn to pray to God to help you become a true follower of Jesus Christ by showing Christian love to Christians and non-Christians.
CLASS ACTIVITY :- Students are to pay visit to an orphanage within the locality of State.
BIBLICAL REFERENCES: MATTHEW 25: 31-46, ROMANS 12: 9-21. I PETER 3: 8-13. ROMANS 13:1-7.

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