The Widow's Mite by James Christensen
This story tells us that we must love God and show it as the widow did by giving to the church offering and that we must also love others by looking after the poor, homeless, and needy with our offerings of money, time, and talent.
This is what our memory verse says: love God and love each other.
One day Jesus was sitting in the temple near the offering box and watching people put in their gifts. He noticed that many rich people were giving a lot of money. Finally, a poor widow came up and put in two coins that were worth only a few pennies. Jesus told his disciples to gather around him. Then he said, I tell you that this poor widow has put in more than all the others. Everyone else gave what they didnt need. But she is very poor and gave everything she had. Now she doesnt have a cent to live on.
Our key memory verse is - Matthew 22:37-39
You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.
This is the greatest and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. NRSV
Faith Quest workshops:
Whats a mite? In Creation Station well make money.
In Good News well create a collage about people giving to others.
Praising Puppets discover what it is to sacrifice and learn that
gifts are not always money or presents.
Be a rich Pharisee or the poor widow as we reenact
the story in Apostles Playhouse.
In Holywood, we'll watch stories of people with generous attitudes.
What are your "Promises to God?" Tell us in Antioch Arcade.
Read: Mark 12:41-44. You can also find this story in Luke 21:1-4.
Reflection: What does it mean to have a generous spirit? What can you offer to God to show your generous spirit? Are you a good steward of you gifts and talents?
Prayer : Dear God, thank you for the gifts and talents you have given to me. Let me use them to help others who are less fortunate. Let me be a generous spirit. Amen.
Offering : Your offering will go to Presbyterian Disaster Assistance to provide relief for victims of the September 11 terrorist attacks. Please bring your offering to the jar in the Great Hall.
Apostle's Playhouse - Sara Ridings
Praising Puppets - Nancy Weihsmann
Holywood - Harlanette Harrison
Antioch Arcade - Laura Heintschel & John Leonard
Good News - Karen Fleischhauer
Creation Station - Audry Spink
Thank you to our curriculum design team: Nancy Stokes, Robin Morris, Lee Smith, Mike Wright, Carole Rhodes, Catherine Devins, and Susan Mazzara