Have kids stand in a circle with their arms stretched out in
front of them. With all of the hands in the middle, have kids move
toward the center of the circle and grab two other hands in the
center (not a person next to them). Instruct kids to hold hands
tightly as they move the circle outward again. They'll be in one
Say, "Now that you're all tangled up, I want you to untie
yourselves. Here's the catch -- you can't let go of anyone's hand,
you must stay connected, and you can't talk to each other."
Have kids try to untangle themselves until you sense their
frustration. Then stop the game and ask, "What was easy or
difficult about this activity?"
Say, "When we don't talk to one another, we get tied up in
knots. In the same way, when we don't talk to God and confess our
sins, we end up in bigger knots. Let's try this activity again.
This time, you can talk to each other as you work to untangle
yourselves, but you still have to stay connected."
Repeat the game until kids are untangled. Then ask, "What made
it easier to untangle yourselves the second time?"
Read 1 John 1:9. Say, "We can get tangled up in our
sin and guilt if we don't tell God we're sorry. If we tell God our
sins and ask him to forgive us, he forgives us and cleanses
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