The Widow’s Offering
(She) has put in everything she had. Mark 12:44
“Good morning” Question: Pretend that we’re going shopping! What would you buy?
Free Play Choices: Grocery store items/shopping cart/pretend cash register, dress up center, cars and trucks (Talk about money and things that we buy. Do you like to shop with mom or dad? Do you like new clothes to dress up? Do you want to buy your own car or truck one day? Review Catechism Q/A Memory Work in conversations, just say the question and answer several times)
Word for the Day: Offering. An offering is a gift. In our story today, people bring money offerings to the temple. They give to God’s church what they could have spent shopping!
How can you glorify God? By loving Him and doing what He commands.
Why should you glorify God? Because He made me and takes care of me.
Can God see all things? Yes, nothing can be hidden from God.
Name Song/Chant: Sing each child’s name and something they are wearing to the tune of “Here We Go ‘Round the Mulberry Bush.” EX: Melanie’s wearing a blue dress, a blue dress, a blue dress. Melanie’s wearing a blue dress all morning long. Or, see if children know each friend’s name. Jack is wearing a striped tie, a striped tie, a striped tie – Who is wearing a striped tie? JACK.”
Manner Review: I wiggle my fingers. I wiggle my toes. I wiggle my shoulders. I wiggle my nose. Now, no more wiggles are left in me and I will sit still as still can be.
Story: Show the Bible. Turn to Mark 12. Let them touch the page. Read the short text. Explain that a widow is a woman whose husband has died. Be sure to read a translation that explains the difference in amounts of money. The ESV says the woman put in “two copper coins, which make a penny,” but it describes the rich as putting in “large sums.” You’ll need to explain that “large sums” means a “large amount” or, “a lot.” There is little action in the story so be sure that children understand each word and what is said. Pray beforehand about the discussion that will take place now. You’ll need to ask the children what they think the story means. What was Jesus watching that day? Who did Jesus see? Who did Jesus say good things about? Why did he say that? Do we give money offerings at church today? Does everyone give the same amount? I wonder why people give different amounts …
Group Activity: Most children think it is fun to place money into the church offering plate. They also like to pass the plate. Tell them that you are going to give out play money. (Don’t give everyone the same amount!) Tell them that we will practice offering time.
Songs: Try “Does God Know All Things?” from SONGS FOR SAPLINGS .
Quiet Time / Prayer Time:
Make this “fun/memorable.” And set the tone. Make them aware that they will do something like this every week. This is where we are trying to cement a “memorable” experience from/about the facts of the day. Consider making your own
“name” for this time.
Boys and Girls, I’m going to give you back some of this play money. Hold your money while we pray today.
Close your eyes. Think about God. Does God know all things? Yes, nothing can be hidden from God. Think about this – the widow in our story – she might not have felt important, she might not have thought that anyone was watching her. But, Jesus saw her.
Jesus sees you. He sees each thing that you do that shows his love. You may not have money to give as an offering while you are a child, but you can still give God your offering of love. Think about what you can give.
God, I want to give …..
Dear God, thank you for giving us all we need. Thank you that you made us and that you take care of us. AMEN.
Closing Free Play:
A coloring sheet of the widow’s offering OR a game of “WHAT’S MISSING?” with coins and paper money (if children are old enough to know each piece.)
For “WHAT’S MISSING?” I gather an assortment of items to display on the floor or a table. I ask children to look at them and try to remember what’s there. Then when children close their eyes, I take away one thing. Children open their eyes and we ask “WHAT’S MISSING?”