Give it up
This is a good activity for lock-ins and other longer term periods. First build a large cross using 4x4's. It should be pretty tall. Or, as an alternative, you can get a large sheet of plywood and paint a cross on it. It must be made of a material you can pound nails into, as the nails are an intergral part. When finished building, have the kids write something that is clouding their relationship with Christ. For example, an older teen might write that they are tempted to engage in sexual relations. The kids should then be allowed to come to the cross and nail their papers to the cross. A period of silent individual prayer can come afterwards. The entire point is to teach kids to give up their problems to Christ.
A variation is to have kids write the names of people and things they need to forgive on a heart shaped peice of paper and nail it to the cross.
Both activities teach valuable Christian lessons--forgiveness and freedom in Christ. Submitted by: Brittany B.
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