Scripture: Mark 12:41-44
v Jesus sees and appreciates sacrifices and gifts we make however small.
v A gift is special when it is a sacrifice.
v God wants us to give to the church in good times and bad, whether we are rich or poor.
v Even a little gift can be important.
1. The students will discuss what the widow gave out of faith.
2. The students will identify ways that they can give to the church and community.
3. The students will make a collage of examples of people giving out of faith in every day newspapers and magazines.
Welcome and Introductions:
1. Greet the children and introduce yourself. Wear your nametag. Make sure the children are wearing nametags. If not, ask the shepherd to supply a temporary nametag. Remember that you are interacting with a different group of students each week that may not know you.
2. Explain the purpose of this workshop.
There are two accounts of this story within the gospel.
v Ask the children to find each of the passages in their Bibles.
v Read the Mark version to the class, as it provides more detail. In later weeks, when the children are familiar with the story, the Luke version may also be used.
1. Discuss with the children what the widow gave to the church. Point out that she probably gave all that she owned, and likely sacrificed her food money to the church.
2. Ask the children to identify ways that people give out of faith to the church today. Be sure to point out that money is just one way that people give. Ask the children if they can think of people who give generously. One example would be nuns and monks, who forego worldly possessions to focus on serving God.
3. Make a collage. Distribute magazines that contain pictures and stories of people giving to the church and/or community.
4. Allot 15 minutes for the students to find and cut out their pictures and articles.
5. At the top of a large piece of posterboard, write “The Gifts People Make.” Ask each person, to paste their pictures and articles to the posterboard.
6. Once all the pictures are attached, ask each person to identify and describe a picture or article they attached that shows someone giving. Ask the children to share their thoughts about the picture they attached. What was the person giving? Was the gift a sacrifice? Limit everyone to 1 picture or article.
The older children will be more adept at perusing the magazines, and they will be able to read articles. They may cut out just word headings as well.
Younger children may work in teams of two for identifying pictures of people giving to the church or community. The younger children will be more focused on finding pictures instead of articles.
At 10:35 a.m., ask the shepherds to pass out the journals and pencils/markers. Suggestion: You may wish to give the children a sticker or some memento to paste in their journal as a reminder of the story or activity.
Prompts for journal writing:
v List 2 ways that your family currently gives out of faith to the church or community.
v Identify something else that you could give to the church that would be pleasing to God.
At 10:45 ask the students to close their journals and sit quietly for prayer.
Prayer: You can ask if anyone would like to pray, but have a prayer ready in case no one volunteers. Thank God for giving us wealth and opportunity, and pray for those that are less fortunate. Ask Him for the strength to give back all that He has given to us.
Tidy and Dismissal: Ask children to help tidy up. If time permits, find a place to hang the poster on the wall for future classes to see.
Teacher preparation in advance:
1. Read the scripture passages and attend the Faith Quest Leaders Bible Study.
2. Prepare a closing prayer.
3. Gathering appropriate magazines that have pictures of people giving to the church and community is the major challenge for this lesson plan. We will be placing a ‘call for magazines’ in the church bulletin. This list should include
· Parenting magazines
· Children’s magazines
· Presbytery / Church magazines/newsletters
If an adequate source of pictures/articles cannot be secured, then the children may be asked to illustrate people giving directly on the posterboard.
v Posterboard, marker pen
v Scissors for the children to cut out the articles and pictures.
v Glue or paste to attach the pictures to the posterboard.