Poor Widow Gave to the Lord
Father, please use this study to encourage the children to give cheerfully to others.
Choose any of the children’s activities below.
1. Read or tell the story of the poor widow, Luke 21:1-4.
· Before telling the story, ask the children to listen carefully, to discover the kind of giving that pleases God.
· After telling the story, ask:
What did the poor widow put into the offering?
How much did the widow give out of what she had to live on?
What did Jesus say about the widow’s offering?
Were the rich people sacrificing much to give to God?
gave more in God’s eyes, the woman or the rich people?
2. Draw a picture of old Roman coins; explain that it illustrates how we should give to God.
the older children help the younger ones.
that we should give freely, joyfully and generously from the heart,
· Some children might like to copy or colour the picture found at the endo of this lesson.
· Let the children explain their picture to the adults during the next worship time.
3. Read or tell the story of the generous old man of Gibeah from Judges 19:14-21.
4. Dramatize the story of the generous old man from Judges 19:14-21.
play these parts:
play these parts:
is the story of a Levite who travelled through ancient Israel with his
maidservant and manservant.”
Manservant “Master, the sun has set. We should go no farther.”
us enter this town and look for a place to sleep.”
Gibeonite “What do you want?”
Levite “Please give us lodging. We are travelling and need a place to spend the night. We will pay!”
do not want travelers in my house!
Narrator “They ask to stay at several houses but no one lets them in.”
We must sleep in the open square. Keep watch.
Old man “Peace! Where are you going? It is dangerous here.”
are going to Ephraim. No one will take us into their house.
me take care of all your needs.
Donkeys Make braying sounds like donkeys.
All (Walk off.)
“The old man fed the donkeys, washed the feet of the travelers,
the children what good example of giving they saw in the drama.
5. Arrange with the worship leader for the children to present what they have prepared.
· Let the children present to the adults the drama of the old man.
· Let the children ask the adults what good example of giving they saw in the drama.
of the children may also want to tell about the poor widow,
a poem, song or short story about giving to others.
8. Memorize Luke 6:38:
and it will be given to you. They will pour into your lap a good
measure--pressed down, shaken together, and running over. For by your
standard of measure it will be measured to you in return.”
9. Let an older child pray:
“Lord, you own everything in this world and you have given us so much. We are grateful. We want to show our thankfulness by giving to you cheerfully like the poor widow did. Help us to give generously and from the heart.”