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Alternate Activity 1: Your Own 7s

Activity time: 10 minutes

Materials for Activity

  • Newsprint, markers and tape
  • Optional: Index cards and pencils

Description of Activity

Ask participants to create their own lists of the seven worst (deadly) sins and the seven best (heavenly) virtues. The group can brainstorm its answers while a leader records them on newsprint. If participants offer more than seven possibilities, the group can use discussion to try to reach consensus on the most important. If that fails, the leader can have participants vote for the top seven.

As an option, consider having individuals propose original ideas by writing them on index cards. The recorder can then list the ideas on newsprint for group consideration.

For this activity, the group can focus on typical sixth-grade or daily wrongdoings or on more major sins usually found in the larger world, such as theft or murder or making war. Leaders should decide which, based on the group's response to earlier activities.

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