Great Big Love

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Looking for a way to help your families grow together this
Valentine’s Day? Use any or all of these activities with kids or
families to help them experience God’s heart and take that
overflowing love out into their neighborhood!

The Heartbeat of God

You’ll Need: a Bible, several heart cut-outs,
and masking tape

Get Ready: Hang the heart cut-outs on the wall.
Create a large outline of a heart on the fl oor with masking tape.
Point to one of the hearts hanging on the wall. Say: When we see a
heart, we usually think about love. Let’s read what the Bible says
about love.

Read aloud 1 John 4:8.

Ask: What do you think it means that God is
love? When you think of God’s love, what words come to mind?

Have everyone stand on the outline of the heart you taped on the
floor and hold hands. Say: I’m going to squeeze the hand of the
person to my right. When that person feels my squeeze, that person
will squeeze the next person’s hand. As soon as you feel a squeeze,
pass it on to the next person and let’s see if we can keep it
going! Let the game continue around the circle several times, until
you can clearly see the squeezes being passed and there’s a good
rhythm around the circle. When there’s good momentum,
say: Keep it going! We can think of this as God’s
heartbeat. When we receive his love, we can give it away and his
love keeps on going forever! Afterward, ask: What
are some loving things people have done for you? What are some ways
you’ve passed on God’s love to other people? Say:
When we experience God’s love, we get to pass it on to other
people, just as we passed our heartbeat around the circle. Let’s
remember to pass on God’s love!

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  1. Melanie Swauger on

    I was looking for the Year of Jesus calendar mentioned in your January/February 2015 issue of Children’s Ministry p. 40 and was unable to find it. Is it still available for downloading?

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