Here's what happened in the lesson:
- Students brainstormed what "sin" even means
- Students studied the story of the fall in Genesis 3 and discussed it
- Group activity - Val read out a list of sins and students told her where to write them on the "target" (the bullseye representing no sin, and the outer edge of the target being the worst sins according to humans). The group talked about how some sins have bigger impacts for us, but God sees all sins the same because all sins separate us from him. Once they finished ranking the sins, Val erased all the lines on the target and they talked about it.
- Finally, the students reflected on their own lives and wrote down their prayers about sins they easily fall victim to.
Questions to talk to your preteen about:
- What is sin? What were some of the definitions the group brainstormed? Which one do you most agree with?
- What do you learn about the story of the fall?
- Which sins do humans think are the worst, and which ones do we ignore because they're 'little'?
- How can some of the 'little' sins actually cause a lot of harm?