Use this children’s message: Wrapped in Forgiveness to help children understand that because of Jesus and the cross, mistakes that left a mark on our hearts are gone when we tell Jesus we’re sorry and ask him to forgive us.
- A white sheet,
- permanent markers,
- washable ink, and
- baby wipes
Easter Children’s Message: Wrapped in Forgiveness
Spread the sheet on the floor or table, and have children gather around the outer edges. Talk about how after Jesus died on the cross, they wrapped him in a special cloth similar to the sheet. Tell kids that Jesus died so we can accept his gift of forgiveness. When we do something wrong, we can tell him about it, say we’re sorry, and then he forgives us so we don’t have to worry about it anymore. Jesus takes that “sin” mark away.
Have children each use the washable markers to “paint” their finger and place their fingerprint on the sheet as a reminder that we all do things that make Jesus sad. Have adult leaders use permanent markers to draw hearts around children’s fingerprints and print the child’s name under the heart. Then pray together, telling Jesus we’re sorry for the things we do wrong and thank him for forgiving us. Remind children to look for the sheet on Easter Sunday, to see that the fingerprint stain they left inside the heart will be gone because Jesus defeated death on Easter morning.
Afterward, take the sheet home and wash it. The washable ink will disappear, leaving the hearts and names of each child. Drape the sheet over a cross on Easter morning as a reminder to kids of Jesus’ forgiveness.