Starting Over


This Bible activity teaches kids that even though we all make
mistakes, God love us and will forgive us when we ask.

Preparation: You’ll need an Etch-A-Sketch toy.

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The Message: Have the kids in your children’s
ministry decide what picture you should draw with the Etch-A-Sketch
for this object lesson. When finished drawing the picture, have the
children who are participating in your Bible activity rate your
drawing. If you’ve ever used an Etch-A-Sketch, you know that
drawing a picture with curves is almost impossible. As you look at
the picture you’ve drawn, express your unhappiness over your
artwork. Then explain to the children that one of Etch-A-Sketch’s
greatest features is its erasing ability. Turn the Etch-A-Sketch
upside down, and give it a big shake.

Say: I made mistakes on my drawing. The
Etch-A-Sketch lets me start over. Sometimes we make mistakes in
life. God lets us start over too!

For this bible lesson, tell the story of the prodigal son from Luke 15:11-32. Then read aloud 1 John 1:9. Ask: What is sin? What does it
mean to confess our sins? What happens when we confess our


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