Paul in Europe. The Conversion of Lydia.

Subject : Christian Religious Studies

Term :First Term

Week: Week 6


Class : Basic 6 / Primary 6



Previous lesson :

The pupils have previous knowledge of the THE first missionary of Paul


Topic : Paul in Europe


Behavioural objectives :

At the end of the lesson,  pupils should be able to

  • 1 locate Macedonia (Philippi) on a map of Europe.2 describe St Paul’s journey from Lystra to Macedonia (Philippi).

    3 tell the story of the conversion of Lydia.

    4 explain the significance of the conversion of Lydia to Paul’s missionary work.


Instructional Materials :

  • Wall charts
  • Pictures
  • Related Online Video
  • Flash Cards.
  • The Holy Bible

Methods of Teaching :

  • Class Discussion
  • Group Discussion
  • Asking Questions
  • Explanation
  • Role Modelling
  • Role Delegation


Reference Materials :

  • Scheme of Work
  • Online Information
  • Textbooks
  • Workbooks
  • 9 Year Basic Education Curriculum
  • Workbooks
  • The Holy Bible


Content :

Paul’s arrival at Macedonia (Philippi)


Paul and Silas went through the region of Phrygia and Galatia because the Holy Spirit did not allow them to speak the word of God in Asia. In continuation of their missionary work, the apostles came opposite Mysia and wanted to go to Bithynia, but they were forbidden by the Spirit of Jesus. So, from Mysia, they came to Troas.


At Troas, Paul had a vision. In the vision, he saw a man from Macedonia calling him to come and help them. The man said, ‘Come over to Macedonia and help us.’ Paul and Silas left Troas and went to Samothrace. The following day they went to Neapolis and to Philippi, the capital of Macedonia.


Paul’s conversion of Lydia


At Philippi, Paul and Silas preached about the life, death and resurrection of Jesus. On the Sabbath day, they spoke to the women who came to worship at the place of prayer, which was outside the gate by the riverside.


One of the women was called Lydia, from the city of Thyatira, a worshipper of God and a seller of purple goods. She believed the good news, and accepted Jesus Christ as her Lord and Saviour. Lydia and her household were baptised and they became Christians.


Lydia said to the apostles, ‘If you have judged me to be faithful to the Lord, come to my house and stay.’ The apostles stayed in Lydia’s house during their missionary activities in Macedonia. Lydia provided food and accommodation for them.



The topic is presented step by step


Step 1:

The class teacher revises the previous topics


Step 2.

He introduces the new topic


Step 3:

The class teacher allows the pupils to give their own examples and he corrects them when the needs arise




The class teacher wraps up or conclude the lesson by giving out short note to summarize the topic that he or she has just taught.

The class teacher also goes round to make sure that the notes are well copied or well written by the pupils.

He or she does the necessary corrections when and where  the needs arise.



1 In what article did Lydia trade in? 

2. Was Lydia very poor or very rich?

3. Is the gospel of Christ meant for the poor only?

4. Why did Lydia invite Paul and the Apostles to her house?

5. Is it good to be good to ministers of God? How did Lydia show hospitality?


Prepare for the next lesson by reading about


Paul in Europe Part 2. The significance of Lydia’s conversion

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