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Rich and Famous?

An assembly from the Culham St Gabriel archive

Suitable for Whole School (Pri)


To consider what makes people famous and the importance of our actions.

Preparation and materials

  • You will need the Bible story of the widow and the two small coins, which is found in Mark 12.41-44.


  1. Ask the children to name famous people who are living today. Ask them to describe what each person is famous for achieving.

  2. Point out that many people are famous for a particular talent, such as playing football or another sport, singing, acting and so on.

  3. Ask the children whether they think that famous people are rich or poor.

  4. Explain that you are going to read a story from the Bible, which is found in Mark 12.41-44. Alternatively, familiarize yourself with the story prior to the assembly so that you can retell the story in your own words.

  5. Ask the children what the name of the lady in the story is. Explain that we don’t even know her name.

  6. Ask the children if the lady is rich or poor.

  7. Point out that the lady in the story doesn’t appear to have any particular talent and she is very poor. However, she is famous all over the world and she appears in the Bible.

  8. Ask the children if they can think of examples of people who are not rich, but are famous because of something special that they have done. Give examples such as Mother Teresa.

  9. Ask the children if they would like to be famous one day. Perhaps they have a special gift for sport or music? Perhaps they want to be famous so that they can have a lot of money? Remind them of the woman in the story; Jesus said that she had the greatest gift of all, yet we don’t even know her name.

Time for reflection

Ask the children to sit quietly and think about the story that they have heard. Ask them to think about any special gifts they might have and how they could use their gifts to help others.

After a short period of silence, ask the children to listen again to the end of the story.

Read the following words.

The rich people gave God what they could easily afford. It didn’t cost them anything . . . they still had plenty left for themselves. The widow gave all that she had. She kept nothing back for herself. That’s what God calls the biggest gift of all.’

Dear God,
Please help us to be generous.
Please help us to use our gifts and talents to help other people.
Help us to realize that the greatest gift in the world is love.
Help us to love others, because each of us can do this.


The best gift’ (Come and Praise, 59)

Publication date: June 2023   (Vol.25 No.6)    Published by SPCK, London, UK.
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