These kids Sunday School lessons ideas were a big hit with my 6-8 year olds. The gift box, the activities and the discussions really helped students to grasp the concept of forgiveness and encouraged them to be more forgiving with their friends, families and strangers.
Sunday School Lessons to teach Forgiveness
Sunday School Lessons Discussion #1:
Ask the children what forgiveness is. Ask them if they are supposed to forgive or just God.
Read the bible verse Colossians 3:13.
Sunday School Lessons Discussion #2:
Ask the children again who is supposed to forgive. Talk about what forgiveness is and what it means when we forgive and are forgiven.
Sunday School Lessons Activity #1:
Show the Gift of Forgiveness
Empty box that is gift wrapped
Have the children sit in a circle. Explain to the children that forgiveness is a gift that we give to people when they hurt our feelings, but it is something that can not be seen. Talk about the different ways that we can ask someone to forgive us when we hurt their feelings. Show them the box. Tell them that the box is like the gift of forgiveness. Have the child on your right tell you something that a child might need to ask for forgiveness for. Then have them say ask for forgiveness as discussed previously. Have the children continue to pass the box around the circle in this manner until the box has come back to you.
Sunday School Lessons Drama:
Have the students get with a partner. In partners have them role play asking a friend or family member for forgiveness for doing something they should not have, such as playing ball in the house or going outside without asking. They can take turns asking for forgiveness and granting forgiveness.
Sunday School Lessons Activity #2:
Give the students small chalkboards or marker boards. Have them write the word sin on it. If you do not have small marker boards or chalkboards you can use a large one and give each student a turn to write on it. After they have written the word “sin” tell them to say, “Please forgive me.” Then take an eraser and erase their word. Explain to them that is how forgiveness works.
Sunday School Lessons Art Project:
Have the children draw a picture.
Markers or Crayons
Give the materials to the students. Have them draw a picture of what they think forgiveness looks like.
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