The Word for February 23: Give

140223-Sermon-Give2-flascreen-fullThis week we hear about the word GIVE. Steve uses the scripture from Matthew 6:1-4 from the Sermon on the Mount, which talks about giving alms, or gifts to the poor, in secret. Here are some ideas to explore with your child before, during, and after worship.

During worship

  • The scripture says “Do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing…” Jesus means we should not be showy about giving. Have your child trace both hands on a piece of paper. Inside each hand can your child draw a picture of themselves GIVING? What can they give? To whom?
  • Write the letters G-I-V-E on paper. What starts with each letter that your child can give to others or to God? (Gloves in winter? Ice water on a hot day?)  Write or draw your ideas.
  • It’s Confirmation Sunday! At the 11:00 worship services, our eighth grade confirmands will be received as members. Help your young child understand that this is something they can look forward to, as they grow in faith. Do they know any eighth graders? Can they draw a picture to GIVE to one of them afterwards?
  • Show your young child how to make tally marks. How many times do they hear the word GIVE or GIVING or GIFT during the sermon?

tally marks

Before or after worship…..give alms craft

  • Jesus encourages us to give to others. Here, he is especially talking about giving to those who are poor. How can your family GIVE this week? What about during the season of Lent, which starts soon, on March 5th? Consider a family giving project, perhaps like this one, from Almsgiving Activity for Children.
  • One of the points Jesus makes in our passage today is how we should give quietly, not to be showy, but in secret. Can you and your child think of ways to GIVE to other family members this week, in secret? Think of some ideas together.
  • Look through a children’s Bible for more stories about GIVING. The Widow’s Mite. The Good Samaritan. The Wise Men. What are some others??
  • Want to know more about giving, especially as it relates to the season of Lent? Want to know about Ash Wednesday (March 5th) and what it means? Older children and adults might enjoy this brief video about Lent and Ash Wednesday.

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