Bible reference: Romans 12:1
Preferably older youths or adults
Bag containing a Lint Roller, and a Bible.
Person 1: (removes lint roller from bag and begins rolling it on kids clothing, floor, seats, etc. and then looking closely at the roller each time.)
Person 2: What are you doing?
Person 1: (proudly) Observing Lint!
Person 2: I see that, but why?
Person 1: (continues rolling) It's that time of year when Christians observe Lint for 40 days before Easter.
Person 2: Oh my. I'm glad you're trying to be faithful, but you have it all wrong! You're thinking of Lent, L-E-N-T, not lint, l-i-n-t! Lent is the forty-days leading up to Easter when Jesus' followers remember that he was tempted by Satan in the desert for forty days. During that time, Jesus prayed and fasted to defeat Satan.
Children, do you know what it means to fast? (Receive answers.) Fasting is giving up something we enjoy doing or eating. Christians do this as a way to remember that Jesus suffered on the cross for our sake, he gave up his life for ours.
Person 1: So that's why people give up something for Lent! Maybe I'll give up this lint roller!
Person 2: Okaaay then . . . I think we need to read God's Word now.
(Remove Bible from bag. Read Romans 12:1 from a child-friendly Bible.)
Person 2: This verse reminds us to give our lives to Jesus throughout the year, not just during Lent; this is pleasing to God and the way we worship him. So, rather than give up something for Lent, maybe we should think about what we can give to Jesus.
Person 1: Hey, I just thought of something! This lint roller really can teach us something about Easter!
Person 2: (doubtful) Do tell!
Person 1: The lint roller removes lint from my clothes, and this reminds me that Jesus removed my sin when he died on the cross!
Person 2: Well, you are right! The season of Lent can help us remember what Jesus did for us and help us focus our attention on obeying and serving God throughout the year!
Person 1: Can we pray now?
Person 2: Yes! Dear Jesus, thank you for giving up your life for ours. Thank you for dying to cleanse us and forgive us. Thank you for rising from the dead to give us eternal life with God. Help us to give our lives to you everyday. Amen.
Copyright 2013 Sarah A. Keith
From the Children's Sermons book,
It's in the Bag! -- 52 Bible Talks for Children's Ministry
Thank you so much for sharing the great Observing Lint skit. We did this skit for our children's sermon on Sunday and it was a big hit! The congregation was cracking up and the point was well made. Thanks again! ~ Andrea