Discover the impact of sin and forgiveness.
Materials: Two toothpicks, one plastic straw, and a large plastic cup for each child. You’ll also need access to water and bars of soap.
Theme: Sin separates us from God
Scripture: Isaiah 59:1-3
Age Level: 6 to 12
Prep Time: Five minutes
Activity Time: 15 minutes
Have kids fill their cups three-quarters full with water. Give each child two toothpicks and have children carefully place them on top of the water in parallel formation (not touching each other). One toothpick represents God and the other the child. Have kids stick one end of a straw into a bar of soap to make a soap “plug.”
Read aloud the Scripture. Say, “When I say ‘go,’ I want you to touch the soapy end of the straw to the water between the two toothpicks.”
The toothpicks will separate as soon as the tip touches the water.
Say, “How is the soapy tip of the straw like sin? How does sin affect our relationship with God?”
Say, “When we sin, we have a responsibility to repent-or go the other way-and ask for God’s forgiveness. When we repent of our sins, what happens to our relationship with God?”
Here’s an “egg” citing demonstration of conquering the impossible.
Materials: One peeled, hard-boiled egg; a glass jar with a mouth just smaller than the egg so the egg can’t pass through it; three 1X3-inch paper strips; matches.
Scripture: Matthew 17:14-20
Age Level: 6 to 12
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Activity Time: 10 minutes
Alert: This activity uses fire, so have an adult demonstrate the experiment.
Set the egg on the mouth of the jar. Ask kids to figure out how to get the egg inside the jar, even though it won’t fit through the mouth. Ask everyone to brainstorm ways they might be able to get the egg inside the jar without harming it.
Try a couple of their suggestions. When they’ve given up, say, “How many of you believe it’s possible to get this whole egg inside the jar? Even though this seems like an impossible problem, I have a solution.”
Crumple three paper strips and drop them inside the glass jar. Then light a match and drop it inside the jar. Once the strips catch fire, immediately place the egg on the mouth of the jar. When the flames extinguish, the egg will slip inside the jar.
Say, “How do you explain that? What do you think caused the egg to drop into the jar? Did you think it was impossible to get the egg inside the jar without ruining it? Why or why not?”
Read aloud the Scripture. Say, “How is this experiment like or unlike what Jesus said about the faith the size of a mustard seed? Have you ever seen something happen that you thought was impossible? Explain. What did you think after you saw the egg inside the jar? What does this show us about our ideas about what’s possible and what’s not?”