Read in 1 min Bible Activities and Sermons » Activity Type » Kids' sermon/message » Object Lesson Print / Download Article Facebook Twitter Pinterest Email Christmas or New Year’s Object Lesson on Forgiveness Published: November 21, 2022 Use this creative object lesson on forgiveness in your children’s ministry for the New Year. Truth: When we pray for forgiveness, God cleanses our hearts. You’ll need: colored glass ball Christmas ornaments coarse salt Christmas or New Years Object Lesson on Forgiveness Use this prayer as part of a Christmas or New Year’s celebration with middle to older elementary kids. Give each child a solid colored glass ball Christmas ornament. Demonstrate how to carefully pull the wire loop and its base from the top of an ornament. Then have each child pour a spoonful of coarse salt into his or her ornament and cover the open top with a thumb. If the edges of the ornaments are sharp, cover the openings with tape. Explain that when we pray and confess our sins, God takes those sins away and makes our hearts new and clean—this is forgiveness. Have children close their eyes and pray silently, asking God to forgive their wrong-doings. As kids pray, have them shake their Christmas ornaments vigorously so the salt rubs against the inside. After a minute, say “amen” and have kids look at their Christmas ornaments. The salt will have rubbed off much of the shiny paint, revealing a clear glass ball! (Some kids may need to shake the ornament a bit more to remove all of the paint.) Let kids pour out the salt and then rinse and dry their ornaments. Children can hang their clear ornaments as reminders of God’s forgiveness and to “keep their hearts clean” during the new year. Object Lesson: Extra Idea! Set out puffy paints and glitter glue and allow kids to decorate their New Year’s ornaments. Encourage children to write a verse such as 1 John 1:9 as a reminder of God’s forgiveness. Looking for more ideas? Check out these Christmas posts or the New Years’ posts. © Group Publishing, Inc. All rights reserved. No unauthorized use or duplication permitted. Get our FREE enewsletter! Join thousands of other children’s ministry leaders, getting fresh, helpful ideas delivered weekly to your inbox. Sign Up Please enter valid email address Sign Up Recieve offers and promos from Group? Got it! Would you also like offers and promos from Group? Yes! No Thanks, you're all set!