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GRADES 4-6

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• Theme: Forgiveness
• Text: 1 John 1:9

• Preparation: For each child, you’ll need one
large red balloon and one medium yellow balloon. You’ll also need
Scotch tape, a long pin, and a Bible.

• The Message: (Give a red balloon, a yellow
balloon, and a piece of tape to each child.) Let’s imagine that
this yellow balloon is our sin–the things we’ve done to disobey
God or hurt other people. How do you feel when you sin? We’re going
to see how God forgives and forgets our sin.

Insert the yellow balloon inside the red balloon, keeping both
openings together. Inflate them at the same time. The red balloon
represents Jesus’ blood. (Have kids stop inflating before the
balloons get too large, and then show them how to tie off both
balloons at once. Have each child carefully place a piece of tape
on the red balloon.)

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(Read the Scripture.) Now, let’s close our eyes and ask
God to forgive our sin. (After children pray, help each child push
the pin through the tape to pop the yellow balloon. The red balloon
will stay inflated.)

What happened to the yellow balloon that represented our sin? How
is the yellow balloon like our sin now that we’ve asked for
forgiveness?

Al Hamon
Scottsbluff, Nebraska

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