The Widow's Mite
To Remember: Jesus knows all about us
Mark 12:41-44 41 And he sat down over against the treasury, and beheld how the multitude cast money into the treasury: and many that were rich cast in much. 42 And there came a poor widow, and she cast in two mites, which make a farthing. 43 And he called unto him his disciples, and said unto them, Verily I say unto you, This poor widow cast in more than all they that are casting into the treasury: 44 for they all did cast in of their superfluity; but she of her want did cast in all that she had, even all her living.
Luke 21:1-4 1 And he looked up, and saw the rich men that were casting their gifts into the treasury. 2 And he saw a certain poor widow casting in thither two mites. 3 And he said, Of a truth I say unto you, This poor widow cast in more than they all: 4 for all these did of their superfluity cast in unto the gifts; but she of her want did cast in all the living that she had.
The Jews were instructed to give to the Temple and to the poor as
part of their service to God. (So are we). One day Jesus sat at the
Temple and watched people putting money into the offering boxes.
Some people were rich and gave lots of money. Some gave money, but
were unhappy about it. Then an poor woman, a widow, came up to the
Object Lesson: Distribute pennies to the class, giving
each child between two and ten pennies. Then ask each child to put
two of their pennies in a jar for the collection that day. The
students who received only two pennies may complain that other
students will have pennies to keep, but they won't. Explain that
while every student put in two pennies, some put in a greater
percentage of their total pennies. Some gave all they had while some
had plenty left. (Optional). Give a quarter to those who gave all
they had. Explain that God always rewards those who sacrifice for
him, while those who are greedy may have to depend on what they can
get for themselves.
On Sunday mornings, we give money to the church. We do this
because we want to see God's work (preaching, teaching etc) done.
This requires money. But all the money in the world won't please God
if we don't love Him and keep His commandments.
Musical Blessings: name sacrifices we can make
Craft: make bags from construction paper, grocery bags, whatever. Let the kids decorate them.
Your IdeasBelow is an idea generously shared by Jim Rasmussen
1. give kids more pennies
2. read and discuss 2 CORINTHIANS 9:7 Each man should give what he has decided in his heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.
3. explain/act out the meaning of reluctantly, under compulsion and cheerfully
4. take a real offering - having the kids decide before hand what they want to give - with out comparing with each other. Encourage them that God is pleased with a cheerful giver and he wants them to experience the joy of giving that is part of his character - God is a cheerful giver.