Aim: Teaching young people to pray. Taken from the BB Anchors Pro Pack S-2
• 1 large piece of paper
• Marker pen
This can be used as an Opening Service, or during a devotional period during the evening.
In the bin
‘I will forgive their sins and will no longer remember their wrongs.’ (Hebrews 8:12)
Discuss with your group some of the things that we often do that must make God feel very sad. Write your ideas on a large sheet of paper. Expect suggestions like fighting with brothers/sisters, telling lies, being grumpy, not helping at home, stealing, swearing, being naughty. Use a marker pen to write the suggestions on a large sheet of paper. Once the sheet is full, pray a short prayer in which you group the children’s suggestions together into a simple response-prayer. Explain that you would like them to say, ‘Sorry, Lord’ every time they hear the cue ‘We really want to say ....’
For fighting and telling lies, For swearing and stealing,
We really want to say ....... We really want to say ....
Sorry, Lord Sorry, Lord
For being grumpy and bad-tempered, For the times when we’re naughty
We really want to say .... and refuse to help,
Sorry, Lord We really want to say ....
For all the things we do that make you feel sad,
We really want to say ....
When the prayer is finished, slowly and deliberately tear the sheet of paper into small pieces and drop them into a waste bin. As you do this, explain that when we say sorry to God, He is always ready not only to forgive us but also to forget about all the things we have done wrong. It’s as if God tears up all our wrongdoing and throws it in the bin, then gives us the opportunity to make a fresh start.
Copyright held by Judith Merrell (1997)
Similar activities can be found in the Scripture Union Publication “Pick ’n’ Mix”
ISBN: 1-85999-096-7 and on their website at: www.scriptureunion.org.uk
For full details see the BB Anchors Pro Pack S2