Nobody is perfect. We all make mistakes. We let our friends and family down, and we let ourselves down. Saying sorry takes courage and humility, but it is essential for restoring relationships. This activity encourages students to think about things that they want or need to say sorry for, and then take the first steps in doing so.
Saying sorry is half of the story. Letting go and receiving forgiveness is the other half. This activity encourages students to think about things that they want or need to say sorry for, and then to drop a soluble vitamin tablet into water as a symbol of that sorry prayer. The tablet slowly dissolves, symbolising the clean start that forgiveness offers.
The phrase ‘sorry is as sorry does’ means that the apology is only as good as the action that follows it. Being sorry is a statement of intent, that I am going to live differently. This activity encourages students to think about things that they want or need to say sorry for, and then to write it onto torn-up cardboard and peg it onto some hanging strings.
“It’s taken me two years to let go of that,” wept the sixth-former after she dropped her stone into the bowl, and placed the MP3 player on the table in front of her. This activity encourages students to recognise and begin to ‘let go’ of the hurtful things that others have said or done to them by holding and then dropping a stone into a bowl of clean water. Forgiveness is about letting go.
Most children ‘say sorry’ when they’ve been caught doing something wrong. This activity encourages students to recognise the things that they’ve done, said or thought that are wrong and write them as ‘sorry prayers’ onto sheets of acetate or a white-board. These words and images are then wiped away as a symbol of God’s forgiveness.