550px-Clean-Pennies-Step-11-preview-Version-2Forgiveness and new life

Supplies needed: A dirty penny, a cup, 1 tsp. of salt and ¼ cup of vinegar (or fizzy cola drink).*

Have your kids combine the vinegar and salt in the cup (or pour the cola drink into the cup). Get them to drop the dirty penny into the cup and let it sit for about five minutes. After the time has passed, you should find a clean, shiny penny at the bottom of the cup.

Use this as an opportunity to share with your children how the penny illustrates sin in our lives. The dirty penny represents our sin-filled lives. When we ask Jesus into our hearts and receive forgiveness, He washes away our sin and we’re made “new” – just like the penny!

Reposted from FocusontheFamily.ca. Find more object lessons and other parenting tips at their site!

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GJ Farmer is a husband, a dad, the founder of ChildrensMinistryBlog.com, and is the Children’s Pastor at First Baptist Church in Somerset, Kentucky. He has completed a Bachelor’s degree in Church Ministries and a Master’s degree in Children’s Ministry. He has also been fortunate to lead and teach groups at children’s ministry conferences and to have had some of his writing published. Apart from working with kids, he enjoys reading, performing magic tricks, playing video games, and University of Kentucky basketball.

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