The Widow’s Mite


October 14 - November 11




Scripture:  The scripture passage is Mark 12:41-44. 


Key Scripture Verse:   Mark 12:43  “I tell you that this poor widow has put in more than all the others.” (Contemporary English Version)


Concepts: Sometimes a little gift can be more important than a big gift because it takes so much effort.




1.      Students will learn that Jesus noticed that a few almost worthless coins given for God’s work in the temple were worth a great deal because they were all that the woman had to give.

2.      Students will learn about the variety of ancient coins and create their own coin.




Welcome and Introductions:


1.  Welcome the children and introduce yourself.  Wear your name tag.  Make sure that everyone is in the right classroom!  Kids will either already have name tags on, or will get a name tag from their shepherd.  Make sure that you know everyone’s name and greet the students individually.  Remember you are interacting with a different group of students each week that may not know you.

2. Start the “lesson time” with prayer.  Ask for volunteers, but plan on praying yourself.  A short prayer thanking God for the many skills and talents we as a Kirk family have received would be appropriate.  Ask God to help us use those talents to help others and to help us use our talents with a good attitude.


Bible Story:


1.      Spend a short amount of time on the scripture passage referenced above.  Have the children use their Bibles to locate the story.  Explain the sacrifice of the widow and teach the children a little about coins. 


2.      Background: Jesus watched and saw that while some people gave a lot of money to the Temple, they still had so much money that it was not a sacrifice.  The poor woman (called a widow because her husband had died) made a true sacrifice when she contributed all that she had - two small coins worth about a penny.  The coins are often called mites because they are so small. Actually they were Jewish coins called leptons.


Coins in Jesus’ times had great variety.  Just like today, the most valuable ones were made of gold and silver and the least valuable ones were made of copper. The widow’s coins were the least valuable so they probably had tin and lead added to the copper to make them look gray.  The decorations on the coins had great variety.  There were buildings, flowers and trees, faces of people, boats and animals.  They often have the borders trimmed with a lined or beaded design.


3.      Take a minute to talk to the children about the creation they are going to be doing in this workshop.  Remind them that coins have a great variety and each of them will be creating their own individually designed coin. Show them pictures of ancient coins.




1. Create!  Pass out materials.  Every child will receive a folded section of newspaper to serve as a soft background, 2 small pieces of foil, a disk and a stylus tool.


2.  The children are to trace the disc onto the centers of both pieces of foil, by pressing gently with the stylus.  


3.  Tell the children to draw designs or figures within the circles they have drawn. 


4.  They can then turn the foil over and rub parts of the surface with the stylus to stretch the metal.  By flipping back and forth, outlining and rubbing - a raised impression can be created.  They should also work their name or initials onto one piece of foil.


5. When both pieces of foil are decorated, they should be pressed over both sides of the disc.  If you have not precut the foil into 1 3/4” circles, the children will need scissors to trim the foil pieces.  A serrated stylus may be used to create a ribbed edge.


6.  Clean up!  Involve all kids in this so that you will have time to share together in the closing.  You may want to have a prearranged signal or sound for clean up and tell them at beginning of art project what that will be - perhaps giving them a 5 minute warning and then the final clean up notice to allow those who need a bit more warning that they need to complete whatever they are working on


Reflection Time:


1.      No later than 10:35 the students should begin journaling.  Shepherds will pass out the journal sheets and pencils/markers.  The children should spend a few minutes reflecting upon the morning’s lesson ­ what small thing that they spend their own money on could they give up and add to their offering that their parents provide?  What activity could they give up in order to make time for helping at church?


2.  At 10:40 ask the kids to close their journals and prepare for the closing prayer.





1.  The closing is to be a worship experience for you and the children.  The workshop as a whole is modeled after a large corporate worship service.  We praise and pray together in the Great Hall, the children are “preached to” in the Bible Story and Application part of the lesson, reflection time provides a chance for confession, and the closing is the place for corporate prayer, praise, lifting and dismissal.  PLEASE DO NOT SKIP THE CLOSING!


Encourage the children to point out things they could give up spending money on so that they could give a little extra to a special Church need.         


2.  Say the Key Verse together (see above).  You may want to have this verse printed on a banner and hung in the room, write it on the white board in the room, or have it on slips of paper that each child can paste on the journal sheet or take home with them.


3.  Pray!  Ask the kids if they have any prayer requests.  Thank God for our talents, time and money which can all be used for the good work that the Church does.


Teacher preparation in advance:

1. Read the scripture passages and attend the Faith Quest Leaders Bible Study.

2. Prepare an opening prayer.

3.  Get books from public library.

4.  Purchase materials and cut to size.  Make a sample.

5.  Prepare all the materials you will need for the creation process.  Have the materials ready to go.  There will be limited time for the creation process, so do everything you can to conserve time.

6.  Decide how you want to close the lesson.  Prepare a prayer or use one of the group suggestions above.



Art Emboss Foil, Aluminum medium -  each 9” x 12” sheet is to be cut into 24 pieces 2 º” x 2”                        (you may want to actually cut them into 1 3/4” diameter circles).   A minimum of 12               coins can be made from each sheet

Wooden stylus - enough for one per child.  2 each come with each sheet.  They are simple                     pointed sticks like a candy apple comes on.  (If more sticks are not available, plastic clay                       tools will also do)

Lara craft 1 1/2” wooden discs (6 per bag).  Cardboard or Styrofoam also works if you find them.

Folded up sheets of newspaper.

Scissors, only if you do not precut circles.



Books from public library to show ancient coins:

Israel, Past and Present - Frommer 956.94  pages 4 and 7

The World of the Romans - Freeman 937 pages 138 and 139