Lesson Title: The Widow’s Offering
Scripture: Mark 12: 38-44
Our theme is APPEARANCES

What’s happening in this story? 

Mark 12 includes a series of public arguments between Jesus and religious leaders in the temple.  In this story, Jesus criticized the scribes, describing much of what they do as being for the sake of appearances.  Then Jesus observes and compares the monetary contributions of many rich people with the offering of a poor widow.  Both episodes follow the pattern of Jesus’ teaching that “the first shall be last and the last shall be first.”

What does this story mean for kids? 

What we do with everything entrusted to us says a lot about who we are and whose we are.  Jesus calls us to give from the heart, trusting that God is a God of abundance.  Kids surely have much less money to place in the offering plate than adults at church do.  Help them know that Jesus values their small gifts highly when they give out of love for God  

Why this theme?  

The motivations for our actions are important to Jesus The widow is praised because her offering comes from a sincere desire to please God and help others.  Kids can learn from her example about giving and serving in love. 
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Taken directly from Whirl Sunday School Curriculum 2016

Whirl Classroom Sunday School Curriculum. Sparkhouse, 2016.