Jesus sat over against the treasury and was observing how the people cast their offerings in. Many that were rich cast in much, but then there came a certain poor widow who threw in two small coins totaling half a cent…the smallest offering allowed. He called His disciples over and said to them, “I tell you the truth, that this poor widow has cast in more than all those who have given to the treasury : for they all put in out of their abundance, but she out of her poverty put in all that she had, even all her living.” What extravagant love and devotion! This amazing act of faith has echoed through the ages. Can you imagine the rich treasure that is laid up for our sister in heaven? By calling attention to her gift, Jesus is praising this woman’s motive and heart and the proportion of her gift…not the amount. We can teach our kids to be cheerful givers…for this is what brings great pleasure to our LORD…who gave His all for us!
Copy template to regular copy paper if you have access to duct tape…otherwise copy to card -stock. Cut out shape and line back side of your paper with duct tape, over-laping the tape at least a quarter inch. Above verse, wrap another layer of tape on the “flap”, front and back , and trim all the way around the solid line . Punch hole where shown on flap. Fold- up to measure 3 1/2 in. by 2 1/4 in. and pleat the circular sides as pictured in the sample above. Work from the edges…the center pleats last.
Do you see the dot towards the bottom. That is where you will have the kids position and sew the button.( use double thread, making sure the button is placed on the taped side…a double knot will hold it tight. Also note that a thin button works best. ) If you have young kids you might want to invest in some velcro dots . You will have to make tiny slits on both sides of the punched hole so the button can slip in and out. (I like using the duct tape because there is some “give” when working the button…also the newer colored duct tape is more plastic-y than the old silver kind…but it does not stick as well!) If you are able, give each child two of your countries least valuable coins to further illustrate the lesson. Make sure you make up one of these ahead of time so you can practice pleating up the sides. One of my middle school students showed me a trick to pleating…Take your “wings” and fold as shown left to right. Crease well and you will have nice guides for pleating. Also, if you have older kids you might want them to be able to write out their own verse. I’ve included a plain template for you.