The Widow's Offering






Age 5+: Read Mark 12:41-44; Luke 21:1-4
Under 5: Read a short summary of the widow’s offering from a children's story bible or the short summary below.

The Jews gave money to the Temple and also to the poor as a service to God. One day Jesus was watching the people as they made their offering to God and put their money in the temple treasury. Many of the rich people gave a lot of money. But a poor woman, also called a widow, came by and put in two small coins. Jesus called His disciples over and explained to them that the widow has given more than all the others. Although two small coins might not seem like a lot, since the others gave much more money, they also had some left over for themselves. The poor widow gave all that she had.

Discussion
Preschool questions:
How many coins did the widow give? Two.
Did the rich people give a lot of money? Yes.
Who gave the most, according to Jesus? The poor widow.

Elementary questions:
What coin do we have that might be similar to what the poor woman gave? A penny.
How did the poor woman buy dinner after she gave all that she had? She trusted in God to provide for her.
Does God need our money to accomplish His plans? No.
What are some ways you can make an offering to God?  Giving my time to help others, giving some of my allowance money, teaching others about Jesus, etc.

Preteen application:
What is a tithe? The tithe was a requirement of the law in which all Israelites were to give ten percent of everything they earned to the Temple (Numbers 18:26, Genesis 28:22, Deuteronomy 14:22).
Are we commanded to tithe? Paul states that believers should set aside a portion of their income as an offering (1Corinthians 16:1-2). We are to give cheerfully, not reluctantly or because we feel we have to.
How does the church use our money for God? Giving money to the church allows our pastors to preach the Word and provides a place for believers to gather. Funds are also used to support missionaries and bless others in need.

Memory Verse: “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” Matthew 6:21 (NIV)

Journal (age 8+)
Copy the memory verse, describe the type of offering that you think would be pleasing to God, and write down any prayer requests.

Journal (age 3+)
Draw and color a picture of something you would like to give to God (ideas include: your heart, coins, favorite toy, etc.) Copy the memory verse if able.

Optional activity: Read Matthew 6:25-34. Discuss what it means to trust in God to provide for our needs.

Prayer:
Praise and thank God, ask for forgiveness, submit any prayer requests.

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