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God's Forgiveness!

Coins separated from the glass

Bible Text:

1 John 1:9

Materials You Need:

A clean empty glass.
A glass filled with water.
An eye dropper.
Several small coins.
Single layer tissue separated from a 2-ply toilet roll.
A rubber band.


A glass is used to represent God, and coins are placed on tissue covering the opening of a glass to represent us separated by our sins from God.  Water is dripped onto the tissue which breaks, allowing the coins fall into the glass and us to reach God.

Age Group:

Grades 1 - 5 (7 to 11 years).


Our sins separate us from God, but Jesus took the punishment for our sins, and now we can come into God's presence.



Here's a Cool Trick to share with Friends

God wants us to be His children and live close to Him.  He wants us to feel His love and share His blessings.  Let's say that this glass represents God ( Show the empty glass ).   If we were in the glass we would be very close to God, but sin and fear keep us from being with God or coming into His presence.

This tissue represents our sin ( Cover the opening of the glass with tissue and secure it with a rubber band ).  Now we cannot get near to God because the tissue is in the way.

Sins Separate Us:

I have some coins to represent us.  Which one is you? ( Place three or four coins on the tissue near the centre of the glass ).  But look, our sins separate us from God, so we cannot get into God's presence.  Can you think of a way to get the coins into the glass without touching the tissue?

You can't?  Well, the water in this other glass represents the Holy Spirit ( Use the dropper to empty some drops of water onto the table ).  God does not want us to be separated from Him.  So Jesus sent the Holy Spirit to help us know and trust God as our Heavenly Father.

Come to Jesus:

The Holy Spirit speaks to our hearts and shows us God's great love for us.  The Holy Spirit also shows us that all the bad things we have done are sins, and the Bible tells us that no sinner can see God.

Trusting in God means believing that Jesus died on the cross to take away all our sins and wash us clean with His blood.  When we ask Jesus to come into our hearts, we become God's children and receive His gift of Eternal Life.

No longer Separated:

Look what happens when the Holy Spirit comes into our lives! ( Use the dropper to wet the tissue around the coins.  After a few seconds, the tissue will break ).  The coins have fallen into the glass and that shows us that our sins are gone!  And now we can get close to God and know His all blessings.  What about you, are you like the coins that were separated from God?  John 3:16 says:

"For God so loved the world, that He gave His one and only Son,
that whosoever believes in Him will not perish, but have everlasting life."

Forgiven and Restored:

That means each one of you!  God loves you very dearly and sent His Son to die on the cross and take the punishment for your sins.  1 John 1:9 says:

"If we confess our sins,
He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins
and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness."

Will you listen to the Holy Spirit today and ask for God's forgiveness for all the sins you have done?  God will forgive you and then you will be able to enjoy God's presence again.  Let's bow our heads and ask Jesus to forgive us for all the sins we have done.

God bless!


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