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Making a Mistake

Prepared by: Vivian Roth

PlanningTheme: What happens when we make a MISTAKE?

Target Audience:  A group that includes children (approx. age 8 and up) and at least one adult.


  • To spend "quality" time together.
  • To make a "mistake" and experience "forgiveness" in a table-game setting.

Time required: 20-30 minutes

Materials or Resources (required or *recommended)

  • "Bop-It" game manufactured by Hasbro. This is available where games are sold for $29.99 (June 2001)
  • Bible
  • Luther's Small Catechism

Welcome, Introductions and Greetings: (as appropriate for the group)


  1. Play the table game "Bop–It". During the game, each player will make a mistake, which is signified by a loud sound from the game. When the "mistake" sound is heard, the player's turn is over and the next person begins a turn. There is a hidden theme of "mistake/consequence/forgiveness/another chance."
  2. After playing the game for 10 minutes (the time is flexible), put the game apparatus down and ask the other players two questions –
  • What part of the game do you like best?
  • What part of the game do you not like?


  1. From the answers to the second question above, focus on the comment surrounding "I didn't like the part of the game when I make a mistake."
  2. Ask others in the group if they agree that the least favourable part of the game was making a mistake. (in trial runs, making mistakes was the least favourable part of the game.)


With the group, discuss the following questions:

  1. When you made a mistake, how did you feel?
  2. When you made a mistake, how did others react and how did you feel?
  3. How did you feel when your turn came around again?
  4. How did you feel when you were successful?


With the group, discuss the following questions:

  1. Do you have these feelings only when you play Bop–It? (Do you make mistakes only when you play Bop-it?)
  2. Do you experience the same feelings when playing other board games?
  3. When you make a mistake at school/play/work/home, how do you feel?
  4. Is it just you (or those playing Bop–it) who makes mistakes?


As the 'grown-up' in the group, direct conversation to answer the following:

  1. What would Jesus say about making mistakes?
  2. What would Jesus do (or say) to someone who has made a mistake?
  3. What does scripture (or Bible stories) say we should do when someone around us makes a mistake?

NOTE: for background information, try:

  • the story of the Prodigal son (Luke 15:11-32)
  • Romans 3:23
  • Luther's explanation to Baptism (Luther's concept of "a new washing/chance every morning".)


As you pack up the game, take the time to pray. Thank God for forgiving our sins and giving us another chance each day. Ask for the strength and love it will take for us to forgive others, too.

Permission is granted to reproduce this module for use in ELCIC congregations. Any other use requires copyright permission. Please contact bfast@elcic.ca.

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