Sunday, June 15, 2014

The Widow's Offering Sunday School Lesson

Use this Widow's Offering Sunday School lesson to teach children about the spirit of giving.

Needed: Bibles, a $20 bill or higher, two pennies

Lesson: (Note: Always allow students enough time to think about and to give their answers to the questions before clarifying the teaching.)

Ask students, Why do we take offering every week? (It’s a way of showing that God owns everything and thanking God for giving us money to use. We give to the offering to help pay the pastor an d the church bills and to pay for the things the church does to help people.)

Do you think it’s good for people to give to the offering? (Yes.)

Do you think God likes it more when people give a lot of money to the offering (show students your $20 bill), or when they give just a little bit of money to the offering (show students your two pennies)?

Usually, we would say that God likes us to give more, right? More is better because then the church will have more money to do things. But listen to this Bible story.

(Have a student read Luke 21:1, or read it yourself.)

The rich people were probably giving lots of money to the offering, right?

(Have students take turns reading Luke 21:2-4, or read it yourself.)

So the rich people were putting in a lot of money, but Jesus said that the poor woman, who only put in two pennies, gave even more than the rich people, because she gave everything that she had.

She only had two pennies left and she gave them to God. That means that she must have loved God a lot if she was willing to give Him everything she had. And she must have trusted God a lot because now she didn’t have any money left to buy food or anything. She had to trust God to take care of her.

So what I want you to remember today is that God likes it when we give to the offering because then the church can do more good things, but God likes it even more when we love Him and trust Him. If we love Him and trust Him and only have a little bit of money to give, God is happy with us just the same as if we love and trust Him and have a lot of money to give.

So God doesn’t care if we’re rich or poor. God doesn’t care how much we give to the offering. He cares about whether or not we love and trust Him enough to give Him what we have.

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