Christians Gave to Help
Teach children to meet needs of others wherever they live
“Dear Lord, help us to be wise and generous when we work together to help needy people.”
Choose any of these children's learning activities that fit their ages and needs.
1. An older child or teacher tells how the Corinthians helped poor people far away.
¨ Paul was serving as a missionary when he heard that believers in Judea were hungry because of a famine. He asked believers in other countries to help those people.
¨ Their giving project was a big one, and many congregations collected money for it for a long time.
¨ The believers also made sure that the right people took it and provided for the needs of the starving Christians in Judea.
· Read 1 Corinthians 16:1-4 or tell by memory what the apostle Paul wrote to the Corinthians about how to collect their offering. Then ask:
¨ What other churches besides in Corinth gave for the poor? (Answer: See verse 1)
¨ In what way did the believers give for their collection? (Verse 2)
¨ Did the people give their offering all at once? (Verse 2)
¨ How did the church carefully supervise how the money was sent? (Verse 3)
How important was this offering
in Paul’s opinion?
· Explain what Paul told the Corinthians about how believers responded to his plea to give:
¨ Paul wrote a second letter to them and told how many believers were giving generously (2 Corinthians 8, verses 1-7, 10-11 and 19-21).
¨ Very poor believers in Macedonia, a small country north of Greece, gave very sacrificially.
¨ The poor Macedonians begged the apostles with much urging to let them give.
¨ The Corinthians gave a little each week, setting it aside for the apostles to take to Judea.
¨ Paul told them to name trusted men to help take their gifts to Judea, to avoid suspicion.
¨ The purpose of the offering was not only to feed the starving people, but also to glorify God.
2. Dramatize parts of the story of the “Great Offering”.
· Let older children help the younger ones.
· Arrange for the children to present the drama during the main worship time.
· Older children or adults play these parts: Narrator. Summarize the story and help children to recall what to say and do. Paul, Titus, Enemy
· Younger children play these parts: Poor People, Corinthians. Have pebbles or coins for the offering. Macedonians. Also have pebbles or coins for the offering.
Narrator Tell the first part of the story (what Paul wrote in 1 Corinthians 16:1-4). Then say, “Hear what the poor people in Judea say.”
people (Some say) “Our crops
Narrator “Meanwhile, far away in Corinth, hear what Paul says to the Christians.”
“We must give help to those who are starving in Judea.
Narrator “Hear what the Enemy of Christ tells his demon helpers.”
“Oh no! The congregations are cooperating!
Corinthians Pass around a box to one another; pretend to give offerings.
(One says) “I am so glad we can help a little each week!”
(Another says) “I kept an
egg each day from my hens, and sold them.
(Another says) “I made some shawls and sold them.”
Stomp your foot angrily, and say,
Point to two of the Corinthians.
Tell the second part of the story,
“Paul, you said that our brothers and sisters in Judea are starving.”
“May God bless your sacrifice and generosity.
Narrator “Titus visits the Macedonians. Hear what he says.”
“You Macedonians will be happy to finish this great project that all
the congregations have begun together.
Macedonians (One says`) “Yes. We want to do our part to help the people in Judea.”
(Another points to two
(The two designated Corinthians and the two designated Macedonians go to the Poor People, and pretend to hand them the gifts.)
people “Oh, we thank you, and we thank
“Curses! We failed!
Narrator Thank those who helped.
3. If the children present the drama to the adults, then let the children ask the adults the questions under #1 above.
4. Ask the children to give other examples of projects that congregations can do together to serve God, and discuss their answers.
children draw an accounting book with columns
“Income” and “Expenses.”
· Under ‘Income’ write things they might sell to earn money to give the poor.
· Under ‘Expenses’ in the second column write things they might buy for the poor.
· Some children might like to copy or colour the picture found at the end of this lesson.
6. Younger children draw a hand holding coins (like the picture at the top of this study).
Let the children explain to the adults at worship time that the pictures show how congregations work together wisely and generously to help people in great need.
7. Memory work.
Older children memorize 2 Corinthians 9:6-7:
“He who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. Each one must do just as he has purposed in his heart, not grudgingly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.”
Younger children memorize only the last part,
“God loves a cheerful giver.”
8. Let three children each recite one of the verses from Matthew 6: 2-4.
9. An older child prays:
“Lord, you give to us many good things. We want to give to needy people and to those who take your Word to faraway places. Help us work together to honor you with what we have.”