Sunday Schoolhouse Series Activity - Unit A4
Lesson 6: Paul Asks Philemon to Forgive (Philemon1)
As part of this lesson the children will play the Forgiveness Game:
Have the children stand in a circle. Pick one child to go first, he/she turns to the person next to them and as silly or seriously as they like says, "Brother/Sister will you forgive me?" The person they've spoken to needs to respond, "Brother/Sister I forgive you, but I just can't smile." The child has to say the response without smiling or they have to sit down. Keep going until there is one person left. After the game explain that it is often uncomfortable asking for forgiveness, but it is very important. And that like in the game, just because you ask for forgiveness it doesn't mean the person doesn't feel hurt anymore and they may not be ready to smile. Even if they don't feel better yet knowing someone cared enough to ask to be forgiven helps. End with the prayer provided for this lesson.