The Widow’s Mite
October 14 - November 11, 2001
Scripture: Mark 12: 41-44
Concepts: A gift is special when it is a sacrifice.
An offering can be money, time or talents.
Objectives: This workshop will focus on helping children understand the “spirit of giving”. Jesus taught that the widow’s gift was more valuable because she was sacrificing so much to give it. This suggests that our gifts are more special, too, when we sacrifice or “give-up” something. Children will explore this idea of “giving up” (sacrificing) in their gifts to others. They will also discuss that gifts are not always money or presents, but can be time or a talent shared with someone as well.
Welcome and Introductions:
Note: There are 5 short skits rather than one longer script. Each skit has 2 characters. If time is a problem, or class size complicates equal participation, one or two skits could be eliminated.
Spend a few minutes talking about how sacrificial giving makes the giver feel. Ask the children how they feel when they give a gift they have made or they have earned the money to buy. Do they feel differently when they have been involved in the giving in these ways rather than a parent just buying something for them to give? Help the children realize that even when they “given-up” something they can feel good about how much they have done for someone else—what they have given instead.
Prayer: Close with a simple prayer about giving, asking God to help us give generously and cheerfully. Ask God to help us see ways we can give to others that does not involve money.
Tidy and Dismissal: Ask children to help clean up as they wait for their parents to arrive. Put pillows behind stage area. Put away boom box, workshop bin, etc
Teacher preparation in advance:
1. Read the scripture passages and attend the Faith Quest Leaders Bible Study.
2. Make copies of each script page. Cut the scripts into pieces so that each skit script can be given to a different group. Post the second copy of the script behind the stage so puppeteers can refer to it.
3. Prepare a closing prayer.
4. Check out the room before your first Sunday workshop so that you know where everything is located. Bring a CD or taped music for background music while you are gathering, along with meditative music for reflection time.
1. Copies of the script.
WHICH GIFT IS SPECIAL?
LEADER NOTE: These are short skits. Following each skit, stop the action and hold a brief discussion with the children about the gifts being given. What are the people in the stories sacrificing or not sacrificing? It seems worthy to note that in the Widow’s Mite story, Jesus did not say the gifts from the rich people were not good—or that they should not have given them—only that the gift from the widow was more sacrificial. The criteria of sacrifice—what the giver had to “give-up”—can be used to help the children think about sacrificial giving.
MRS SMITH: “Did you hear about that bad tornado in South Carolina?”
MRS. WILSON: “Yes, I sent a check for $500 last week. I just got a raise.”
MRS. SMITH: “That’s so generous! That money can really help a lot of people! You know I just lost my job so I can’t give such a big gift as yours. I’m leaving tomorrow to go to South Carolina, though. I’ll be working at a Red Cross shelter for 10 days. It must be awful for the people who lost their homes.”
JORDAN: “Hey, you should see this great e-mail card I sent Grandma for her birthday! She’ll love it! It has this cute little bug that sings and dances! You can even play a game with the bug! Grandma will be so surprised!”
TAYLOR: “I didn’t do anything like that. I wrote Grandma a letter on some notebook paper. I told her about school and I tried to draw a picture of that turtle we found in the backyard last week. I said ‘Happy Birthday’ at the end.”
MICHAEL: “John, can you go to the Hurricane’s game with me on Friday?”
JOHN: “That would be great! I’d love to go.”
MICHAEL: “Mom says the game will be over about 10 or a little later. You can just spend the night here afterward. That would work out great!”
JOHN: “I’ve never been to a Hurricane’s game before. This will be super!”
MICHAEL: “Ok, we’ll pick you up about 6 on Friday.”
JOHN: “No, wait a minute. I’d better think about this a little bit.”
MICHAEL: “Hey, wait, what’s wrong? I thought you wanted to go!”
JOHN: “I do. I really do. But… well … my neighbor just had a new baby. She’s got a little 3-year old, too. I told her I’d play with the little boy on Saturday so she only had one kid around for awhile. He’s coming to our house at 8 Saturday morning and staying ‘til lunch.”
MICHAEL: “Don’t worry about that. Just give the baby a new rattle and give the little boy an old truck of yours or something. That’ll be the same and you can still come with me.”
JENNIFER: “You know how Kaitlin loves Winnie the Pooh? I found some fabric with the Pooh characters on it and I made a pillowcase for her. Don’t you think she’ll like that for her birthday? It took me about two hours to make it. My aunt helped me with it.”
AMANDA: “Well, I don’t know about a pillowcase. Surely she’s already got plenty of those. But I got her the newest CD! No one has it yet. She’s going to love it!”
MR. JOHNSON: “I don’t need these old tools anymore. I got this new set last Christmas. I think I’ll give the old ones to the Dorcas shop. Let’s go now and take them there.”
MRS. JOHNSON: “Well, I can’t go now. I was planning to go to the Food Bank. The newspaper said they needed help sorting all the cans they collected at the State Fair. I’ll be gone until about 4 o’clock. Will you go with me to help?”