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.
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Game – Sheep Roundup
- Pom-poms/cotton balls, craft sticks, chenille stems, paper squares with letters f, o, r, g, i, v, e
Use three chenille stems to make one ring. Make seven rings. Scatter the rings at one end of the game area. Place a paper square letter in each ring. Group the kids into two (or more) teams. Give each team seven pom-poms and craft sticks. On your signal, the first player of each team will place his pom-pom on the floor and use the craft stick to “herd” it to the letter f. When a player gets his pom-pom “sheep” in the correct ring, he walks quickly back to his team. The next player herds his pom-pom sheep into the next letter ring. The team that herds “sheep” into all the rings wins. Talk about the word forgive and the Bible story. Talk about times kids may need to forgive a family member.
Craft – Spray Paintings
- Different colors of washable paint, spray bottles, water, heavyweight paper, pencils, drop cloth
Mix 2-3 tablespoons of washable paint with water in a spray bottle. Shake the paint and water well.
Give each child a piece of paper. Lead kids to write the Bible verse or Life Point on their papers. They can add designs or other pictures with the words as they choose. Lead kids to bring their completed papers to the drop cloth and spray over it with paint. Talk about the Bible story. Tell kids that God wants family members to forgive one another. Talk about times family members may need to forgive.
Introductory Activity – Emojis
- Yellow paper circles, paper scraps, markers, glue sticks, scissors
Show the materials and suggest kids use the materials to create various emojis. They can create emojis to represent different emotions. After kids have completed their work, ask each one to show his emoji and talk about the emotion represented. Tell kids that in the Bible story today people will show different emotions.
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Game – Back and Forth
- No materials needed.
Group the kids into two teams. Guide the teams to sit in chairs, facing each other. Say the Life Point together. Then lead Team 1 to stand and say the first word of the Bible Verse and sit. Team 2 can stand and say the second word of the verse and sit. Continue alternating back and forth. If a team says the wrong word, start over. When the verse is completed, say the verse word by word again, increasing the speed. Talk about the Bible story and Life Point.
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 wants family members to forgive one another. Lead kids to talk about situations in which family members may need to forgive. Suggest kids print the words of the Bible Verse on the backs of the squares.