Introductory Activity – Letter Search
- Dishpan or larger shallow container with sand, letter tiles or heavyweight paper with letters (f, o, r, g, i, v, e, n, e, s, s), tablecloth or drop cloth
Hide the letters in the pan of sand. Set the pan on a tablecloth or drop cloth. Lead kids to find the letters in the sand. After all the letters are located, challenge kids to create a word with all the letters. Tell kids that forgiveness is the key idea in today’s session.
Life It Out
Game – Beanbag Balance
- Beanbags, masking tape, two dishpans or large plastic bowls
Label one dishpan True and the other one False. Set the two labeled dishpans at one end of the play area. Use tape to make a path from the dishpans to the other end of the play area.
Play this game as teams or as one large group. Gather the kids at the end opposite the dishpans. Make a true/false statement about the Bible story. Choose a kid to balance the beanbag on her head and walk along the tape path to the dishpans. Then she can nod her head forward for the beanbag to fall into the correct dishpan. Continue until all kids have had an opportunity to walk the path and drop a beanbag. (You could have more than one kid participate for each question; each kid would balance a beanbag and drop it in the correct dishpan.) Talk about God’s forgiveness of Paul and God’s forgiveness of us.
Craft – Doorway Card
- Paper, markers or crayons
Give a child a piece of paper. Help him fold each side of the paper to the middle, creating a card that looks like double doors opening. Lead him to print the Life Point on the outside of his card (on the “doors”). Inside the card, he can draw a picture of Paul or himself asking for forgiveness. Talk about the Bible story and the Life Point. Pray and thank God for His forgiveness.
Introductory Activity – In Bounds
- Masking tape or ropes, balloon
Create a zigzag boundary around the play area. Make the zigzag exaggerated in places and moving into the play area in several places.
Tell kids that they must kick the balloon back and forth, up and down the play area. They must work to keep the balloon in bounds, not going past the boundary. If the balloon floats out of the boundary, stop the game and say: “You broke the rules. The balloon is out of bounds.” Bring the balloon back and start the game again.
Tell kids that all people go “out of bounds” and sin; people do things against God’s word. Tell kids that today they will learn what they should do when they sin and what God will do.
Live It Out
Game – Some Assembly Required
- Paper, scissors, markers
Print each review question on a piece of paper. Use a different colored marker for each question. Cut the questions into 5-6 pieces each. Mix the pieces and give the pieces to the kids. Challenge kids to assemble the review questions. When a question is reassembled, read the question for the group to answer. Talk about what happened to Paul and how God forgave Paul. Say the Life Point and stress that people should ask for God’s forgiveness when they realize that they have sinned against Him.
Craft – Forgive Hanging
- Heavyweight paper squares, markers, hole punches, chenille stems
Give each kid seven paper squares. Guide kids to print the letters of the word forgive on the paper squares, one letter per square. They can use fancy printing or add designs around each letter. Show a child how to punch a hole in the top and bottom of each letter card. He can use chenille stems to attach the letters together and create a vertical hanging. He can add a chenille stem at the top to make a hanger. Talk about the Bible story. Tell kids that God loves and forgives people when they ask for forgiveness. Call on volunteers to talk about God’s forgiveness in their lives. Suggest kids print the words of the Life Verse on the backs of the squares.