The Widow’s Mite

The Widow’s Mite

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.

Plain template - widow's mite


A Widow's Mite - template


Watch and Pray

We read the answers to the disciple’s questions , “What will be the sign of Your coming and of the end of the age, and when will the temple be destroyed?” in the Olivet Discourse,   recorded for us in Matthew 24-25, Luke 21 and Mark 13.  The disciples had been admiring the magnificent stones of the temple after Jesus had drawn attention to the munificent “two mite” gift of the poor widow.  She had  cast into the temple treasury her whole living, and now Jesus had shocked the disciples by declaring the future of that great edifice.You will need black construction paper for the eyelashes and pupil.  Use “white-out” to make the “sparkle” in the pupil and curl your eyelashes with a pencil.  Your eyeball is just a circle that will fit in the eye shape that you have cut out.   Use colors to match your kid’s eye color.  For the main page you will need a piece of card stock that is not white because you will glue a white piece of card stock for the “white of their eyes” and you want there to be a contrast. Have kids write the verse as shown. “Therefore KEEP WATCH      because you do not know on what day your LORD will come” Matt 24:42. E-mail me if you have questions about how to place the eyelid.Are you ready for the Lord’s return by watching and praying always “that you may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son Man?” (Luke 21:36)  Don’t be like the scoffers , who walk after their own fleshly desires and say, “Where is the promise of His coming?…Nevertheless, do not let this one fact escape you, beloved, that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years and a thousand years as one day.  The Lord does not delay…but is long-suffering toward you, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.  But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night…”2 Peter 3

Make a red heart out of construction paper and pleat like a fan.  Glue tops of heart to page , leaving 3/4 inch to glue weights. Cut “weights” out of black paper.  I cut 2 shapes…write types of “weights” with silver gel pens( I used anxieties of life, drugs & alcohol, worry, too much stuff, worldliness) and glue to top of heart.  Write verse as shown “Take Heed… Lest your heart     be weighed   down… glue tip of heart into a twine lasso and write the rest of the verse…”and that day come on you suddenly like a trap!  Luke 21:34.