God gives us everything we have, so we can share with those around us and make a difference in our families and communities. That’s what our Friends Around the World program in Summit is all about. For this lesson, we’re going to learn how to see what we can do to help others.
Get out of your seat, crank up these jams and rock on!
Listen to the story about how Miguel helped his community.
ASK YOUR KID
What can you do to help others?
PARENT BIBLE STUDY
Read: Mark 12:41-44
Watching two very different kinds of people give money to God gave Jesus a good teaching opportunity. The rich men obviously gave out of obligation. They were putting on a show so that anyone watching could see how “good” they were. Also, they gave only a small portion of what they had. In contrast, the poor widow gave at a high cost. She gave all she had.
It’s easy to get into a selfish mindset and only consider giving extra money or resources. But the point of this story is to give sacrificially, like the poor widow, and not just from surplus, like the rich men.
King David said it this way in 2 Samuel 24:24, “I will not sacrifice to the Lord my God burnt offerings that cost me nothing.”
We get to share this important truth with our kids this week! We can all give. Whether we are rich, poor, or somewhere in between, our giving should come from a generous heart that puts others ahead of ourselves. Our giving should also come from a mindset that sees what we have, what we can give, and what we can do to help others—rather than what we don’t have.
Are you more like the rich men or the poor woman in your giving?
How would your giving change if you thought about what you have, rather than what you don’t have?
“Go everywhere in the world. Tell the Good News to everyone,” Mark 16:15.
THE BIG PICTURE
Our Elementary curriculum is written for 1st through 5th graders. Through exciting videos, or live teaching in the rooms, kids explore stories from the Bible each month. Beginning with Creation, and moving in chronological order throughout the year, kids learn that God is our Creator, his son Jesus is our Savior, and he is loving, healing, miraculous, and personal. Kids learn about baptism, how to pray, how they can be more like Jesus, and how they can help others. In a large group format, elementary kids sing and dance to worship songs, then meet fun characters and play games that introduce them to the concept of the series. After the story, kids transition to small group activities, designed to be led by an adult. We hope elementary kids learn through interactive content, and begin to grow in their understanding of who Jesus is and how to follow him.