Focus: Confession of sin, restoration of
Prop: Egg, bowl, paper, tape.
(Say:) "Can you finish this nursery rhyme? Humpty Dumpty sat on a
wall. Humpty Dumpty had a great fall..." (Allow time for the
kids to complete the rhyme.) "Yes! All the kings horses and
all the kings men, couldn't put Humpty Dumpty together
Crack the egg into the bowl. (Say:) "Look at this egg,
just like the Humpty rhyme goes, it would be impossible for us to put
this egg back together. Kids, there are times in all of our lives that we
might feel like everything is broken. Maybe you've fought with a friend, or
your parents fight with one another, or you're not doing well in
someone you love has died. When these situations happen, you may feel like no one is able to make
things right or put things back together; you might feel broken.
And as you all grow older, there will be times in your
lives that you will
be tempted to stray from God and do sinful things that you shouldn't
do---things that could harm your body, mind, and spirit.
Tear the sheet of paper into 4 large pieces. (Say:) "Afterwards, you might also feel like all the kings horses and all
the kings men, couldn't fix you. But you know what? The Bible has
some really great news, it says, 'A broken and contrite heart,
O God, you will not despise' (Psalm 51:17). This means God will not turn away
from you when you ask to be forgiven. He can
mend a broken heart and life."
As you say the following Bible verse, tape the paper pieces back
Bible says, ' God
is faithful and reliable. If we confess our sins, he forgives them and
cleanses us from everything we've done wrong' 1 John 1:9