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Planning Theme: Young people and not–so–young people sometimes find themselves in trouble with the law.

Target Audience:
Parents and teenagers between 13–18


  • To enable parents and young people to engage in an open discussion of "Why people may get into trouble with the law."
  • To enable parents and teens to see people who are in trouble with the law as people with special needs and people who may need God's love, acceptance and our forgiveness.
  • To enable all the participants to see that we all are granted God's grace and forgiveness.

Time Required: 2-3 hours

Materials and Resources(required)

  • Speaker — an individual who has had involvement with the law and how this has had a positive impact on his/her life. (30 min)
  • Bibles

Welcome, Introductions and Greetings:
Welcome and review goals (15 minutes)
Devotion and opening prayer (15 minutes)

:(30 minutes)
Listen to the speaker.

I—Indentify:(10 minutes)
Identify one or two areas of concern that were mentioned during the presentation that were of concern that you would like to focus on. (Why was the individual in trouble? Did the individual receive the punishment you though he or she deserved? What was the motivating factor that helped him/her get out of the mess?)

A—Analyze:(30 minutes)
Have the large group break into small groups of 4 or 5 and discuss the following three questions:

  1. Why do people get into trouble with the law and what do we think should happen to them?
  2. What values and beliefs do we place on people who get into trouble with the law?
  3. What do we want to see happen with repeat offenders?

G—Generalize:(20 minutes)
Bring the small groups together and share their findings with their rest of the group.

T—Theologize: (25 minutes)
"What does the Bible have to say to us about this topic?" Use the following verses:

Romans 3:23 All have sinned
Romans 6:23 The punishment is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life
John 3:16 For God so loved the world…


Thank everyone for his or her participation and close with prayer or sing a hymn.

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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