Story Master 2: Thinking Around the Themes of The Widow’s Mite

STORY MASTER: THE WIDOW’S MITE

Jesus tells his audience a story about money. A woman gives two measly coins to the Church but he thinks she rocks….why?

Oh, yes- what is a ‘mite’ anyway? It’s a name given to two little Greek coins, or lepta, which are worth very little. Some say it’s how much you’d get paid for about 6 minutes worth of work. Hmmm…why is Jesus so impressed with her?

Recap questions to start…

Jesus taught that, when we help the less fortunate, we are also helping _____.

Jesus/God

In the same parable, how did the ‘Sheep’ help those in prison?

‘Sheep’ are people who follow God’s word and help those in need; including going to visit people in prison.

In the Parable of the Lost Son, what was the youngest son forced to do when he ran out of money?

After squandering all of his father’s money, he was forced to work on a pig farm.

What do you call a follower of Jesus? (D______)

Disciple.

Complete the start of the Jesus quote; “….. neighbour as yourself”

Jesus once asked of his followers to “Love thy neighbour as yourself”; to care about the people around them as much as themselves!

What event in Jesus’ life is celebrated during Easter?

Christians celebrate the resurrection (coming back to life) of Jesus after his crucifixion.

What is the Christian term for ‘the one who saves people’?

Saviour – Christians believe Jesus Christ saved people from their sins, by healing their relationship with God through dying on the cross

What does the term incarnation mean?

‘In flesh’. Jesus is seen as the incarnation of God as he is the ‘flesh’/human part of him.

  • I can explore the ethics (right and wrong) behind money and examine how we measure charity and good deeds.
  • I can understand the Christian perspective on giving and wealth
  • The Story Task Sheet and Ladder Booklet
  • Something to write with – this could be a Word document or Pens/Pencil/Paper
  • Your amazing brain

NEED TO KNOW WORDS & IDEAS TO UNLOCK THE STORY

Idols – objects that set up to to be worshipped like God’s.

Assassins – people who are sent to kill someone

  • Scimitars – a curved sword used at this time in the Middle East.

Prophet – a human messenger of God

Now back to today’s story! Step 1: Let’s start by reading the story text…

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Step 2: Now let’s watch a video to support our understanding…

Step 3: Now let’s use our knowledge of the story AND the Thinking Ladder Booklet to complete the Widow’s Mite Task Sheet

  • Click on the links above to find the documents you need
  • REMEMBER: You need to complete ALL of the ‘MUST DO’ questions and ONE of the ladder activities (as high up the ladder as you can!)
  • If you need any more help using the task sheet or booklet, click here to find the topic introduction blog with step-by-step instructions and a How-To video!

Step 4: THE BIG THINK Time…

If you could only have ONE of these, which would you choose and why? Friends or money? Hmm…

A tough one! Okay- so which is the odd one out? POWER MONEY FRIENDS. Why? Go start a conversation with your family or your besties…

Finally! Step 5: Checking Understanding

How is the money from the Temple Treasury spent?

It is given to God and used to run the temple.

Churches use similar collection boxes today; true or false?

Justice

In the story, who was watching as the rich donated money to the temple?

Jesus

How wealthy was the widow in the story?

She was very poor

How much did the widow donate?

‘Two tiny coins’/a penny

Why did Jesus tell his disciples that the widow had contributed more than the rich people?

Although they may have donated more coins, the rich people only gave up a very small percentage of their huge wealth. With only two coins, the widow gave a much bigger percentage of her minimal wealth.

Last Week’s Heroes

Example from Chiara in Year 8

Read about religion in the news…

Finally, Learning to be happier

This Week’s Extra Happiness Challenge

THE GRATITUDE LOG: On a sheet of paper (or on your phone/computer) write the numbers 1-7 down the left hand side. Each day, write down one thing that you are thankful for (you can do more if you want to!). It could be; ‘My family who always support me’ or ‘napping’ or ‘my cool new book’ or ‘that amazing concert I went to in January’. Now, whenever you are worried about how things are going, you can revisit that list and switch your mindset back to feeling good about what you have!