Dear Brothers and Sisters,

During this time of social restrictions we encourage you to gather together in your homes as a family for worship time – either on Sundays or at any other time during the week. Please feel free to use these resources with your children to guide your Worship @ Home.

from St John’s Worship Team.

Kids @ Home – F0rgiveness

Matthew 18:21-35

Then Peter came up and said to him, “Lord, how often will my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? As many as seven times?” Jesus said to him, “I do not say to you seven times, but seventy-seven times.

“Therefore the kingdom of heaven may be compared to a king who wished to settle accounts with his servants.When he began to settle, one was brought to him who owed him ten thousand talents.And since he could not pay, his master ordered him to be sold, with his wife and children and all that he had, and payment to be made. So the servant fell on his knees, imploring him, ‘Have patience with me, and I will pay you everything.’ And out of pity for him, the master of that servant released him and forgave him the debt. But when that same servant went out, he found one of his fellow servants who owed him a hundred denarii,and seizing him, he began to choke him, saying, ‘Pay what you owe.’ So his fellow servant fell down and pleaded with him, ‘Have patience with me, and I will pay you.’ He refused and went and put him in prison until he should pay the debt. When his fellow servants saw what had taken place, they were greatly distressed, and they went and reported to their master all that had taken place. Then his master summoned him and said to him, ‘You wicked servant! I forgave you all that debt because you pleaded with me. And should not you have had mercy on your fellow servant, as I had mercy on you?’ And in anger his master delivered him to the jailers, until he should pay all his debt. So also my heavenly Father will do to every one of you, if you do not forgive your brother from your heart.”

Kids Talk

Activity 1: A Lesson On Forgiveness

Print up the following PDF file and follow the instructions. You can use clear contact or a laminator on the heart. Have fun ‘spring cleaning’ your heart.

A lesson on forgiveness

Activity 2: A Lesson On Forgiveness



What does an exploding Bag of Vinegar Have to do with Forgiveness?


Before beginning, share with your kids the following quote:

“Not forgiving is like drinking poison and hoping the other person will get sick or experience bad feelings.”

When we cannot forgive, we bottle up the anger and hurt inside. It doesn’t go away. Rather, it builds and grows and it affects how we feel.

Talk to your children about what forgiveness is and what it is not.

What is forgiveness? It is freeing someone from the debt of whatever offense they committed against you. It is foregoing the right to get even.

What forgiveness is not:

  • It is not minimizing what has been done to you.
  • It is not letting them off the hook. You need to be honest about the hurt and destruction, and it is sometimes loving to let them experience consequences.
  • It is not putting yourself back into a position where you can be damaged again. You do not need to put yourself in harms way because you chose to forgive.
  • It is not forgetting what happened.

Why do we forgive? First, we forgive because the Bible asks us to forgive. Just see all of these verses. For example, as stated in today’s bible reading

“Then Peter came up and said to him, “Lord, how often will my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? As many as seven times?” Jesus said to him, “I do not say to you seven times, but seventy times seven.”

We also forgive over and over again because that is exactly what God does for us.


  • Sandwich Sized Ziploc Bag
  • Vinegar
  • Warm Water
  • Measuring Cups
  • Baking Soda
  • Tissue– like Kleenex


  1. Add 1/4 cup warm water to a plastic Ziploc sandwich bag.
  2. Vinegar is next. Add 1/2 cup of vinegar to the same bag.
  3. Measure out 3 tsp of baking soda and dump that in the center of a tissue.
  4. Fold up the tissue around the baking soda.
  5. I did not find that the explosion was very big, but please have kids use safety goggles if you are concerned.
  6. Working quickly, drop the folded tissue into the bag and close it completely.
  7. Step back.
  8. If the reaction doesn’t happen quickly, shake the bag to agitate it and start the chemical reaction.FOR THE SCIENTISTS:

    So, what is happening in this experiment?

    This is a chemical reaction between baking soda and vinegar. It is an acid-base reaction. The reaction creates a gas called carbon dioxide. Gas expands and thus takes up more space. Since the experiment was created within a confined space, the gas continues to expand until…pop, the explosion happens.

    Why the tissue? The tissue slows down the reaction so you have time to close the bag.


Pray the Lords Prayer with your children – point out the part where we say

Forgive us our sins, as we forgive those who sin against us.


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