Sunday School at Home for November 7

The Widow’s Mite

Theme: It isn’t the size of the gift that matters.
Scripture: Mark 12:38-44
Complete Supply List:
● A small coin purse with $0.57 in it
● “The Widow’s Mite” video
● Something to play the video
● Sugar cookies - two per child
● Gel icing
● Paper plates - one per child
● Napkins - one per child● Mason jars - one per child
● Construction paper
● Scissors
● Markers
● Tape

The Children’s Sermon
You’ll Need:
● A small coin purse with $0.57 in it

Do This:

SAY: Each Sunday in our worship service we take an offering. Raise your hand if
you think Jesus likes it when we put a lot of money in the offering plate. (Pause,
and then announce the number of votes.) Raise both hands if you think Jesus likes it
when you put a little bit of money in the offering plate. (Pause, and then announce
the number of votes.)

The Bible says one day Jesus went to the temple and sat down near the place
where the offerings were given. He sat and watched the people as they came by
and put in their offerings. Many rich people, dressed in fine robes, came by and put
in a lot of money. Then a poor widow came by and put in just two small coins.
Jesus called His disciples to Him and said, "This woman has given more than
anyone. The others gave out of their wealth, but this woman gave all that she had."
You see, Jesus is more interested in what is in the heart of the giver than He is in
the size of their gift.
I have a small coin purse. (Pour out the contents, have a child count it, and have the
child tell how much there is.) That isn't very much money, is it? But it can remind us
of a little girl named Hattie and how her gift of 57 cents helped to build a great
church.
One Sunday morning, the pastor of a church went outside to find a group of
children who were unable to get inside for Sunday school because the building
was too crowded. One of those children was six-year-old Hattie. When the pastor
saw Hattie, he picked her up and carried her into the Sunday school class where
he found her a seat. He told Hattie he hoped that some day the church would be
able to build a building large enough for all the children.
Two years later, Hattie died, and the pastor preached at her funeral service. After
the service, Hattie's mother handed the pastor a small purse containing 57 cents.
She said Hattie had been saving her pennies to help the church build a new Sunday
school building. The pastor took the 57 cents back to his church and told the
people about Hattie. The people were so inspired by Hattie's gift, that they gave
faithfully until they built a wonderful new building — big enough for all of the
children who wanted to attend.
I’m sure Jesus would say that Hattie gave more than anyone to build this great
church. Her heart was pure and she gave all that she had.


PRAY: Dear Father, everything we have is a gift from You. Help us to remember to
give back to You with a cheerful heart. In Jesus' name, amen.

The Widow’s Mite
You’ll Need:
● “The Widow’s Mite” video
● Something to play the video


Do This:
Show the video.


ASK:
● Why does God want us to be cheerful givers?
● What is one way you can give of what you have this week?
● Why is it wrong to judge someone else based on what they give?


Coin Cookies

You’ll Need:
● Sugar cookies - two per child
● Gel icing
● Paper plates - one per child
● Napkins - one per child

Do This:
Follow these steps for the “Coin Cookies” snacks:
● Give each child a couple of sugar cookies.
● Invite them to decorate their cookies with icing to look like coins.
● Enjoy.

ASK:
● Tell about a time you weren’t cheerful about sharing or giving.
● Why do you want to give cheerfully to Jesus?

SAY: In today’s lesson the widow gave very little in the amount of money, but she
was a cheerful giver and gave all she had. Sometimes we think it’s about the
amount we give or the size of the gift, but it’s really about what’s in our hearts.

Giving Bank

You’ll Need:
● Mason jars - one per child
● Construction paper
● Scissors
● Markers
● Tape

Get Ready: Before the lesson, cut construction paper into thirds, long enough to
wrap around each mason jar.

Do This:
Have kids follow these steps to make the “Giving Bank” craft:
● Give each child a mason jar and a strip of construction paper.
● Explain that as a family, you are going to collect money for a special need in
your community or church.
● Invite kids to decorate their construction paper strips with markers. They can
write the memory verse and their names somewhere on the paper.
● After their strips are decorated, help kids line the inside of their mason jar with
the construction paper strips, and tape them in place. (Drawings should be
visible on the outside of the mason jar).
● Seal the mason jars with lids and encourage kids to put money and coins in
throughout the month to go toward your chosen donation.

ASK:
● What’s a need we can collect money for?
● What are other ways we can support a need when we don’t have the money
to do so?


 

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