Love One Another

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What Kids Will Do: Make friendship stickers
with hidden messages to encourage others.

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What Kids Will Need: old magazines, scissors,
wax paper, glue mixture, paintbrushes, resealable plastic bags or
envelopes

Preparation Place: To speed up the process, you
may want to cut out a supply of magazine letters and words ahead of
time. Mix two tablespoons of white glue with one tablespoon white
vinegar in a container, and seal it with a lid until class time.
Pour it into small paper cups right before kids begin. This will be
enough glue for about ten kids. Cut wax paper squares for a drying
surface for the stickers.

Wows That Work

Allow kids to make extra stickers for themselves. They can even
make stickers out of their own designs. If children are interested,
write down the recipe for them so they can make stickers at
home.

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Steps for Kids — Stick With Love

Bible Point: God wants us to love one
another.

  1. Think of someone you want to encourage or show God’s love to.
    Then cut out three or four small magazine pictures that you think
    that person would like. Also cut out letters or words from
    headlines that spell out a simple message for that person, such as
    “The Best” or “Friends.”
  2. Lightly paint the backside of each picture, word, or letter
    with the glue mixture.
  3. Put them on wax paper to dry, sticky side up.

Tying It Together

While the stickers are drying, gather children in the story
area.

Say: Jesus’ disciple John wrote three letters
to Christians everywhere to help them love God and other people.
Let’s read two verses from his second letter and see what they
teach us.

Ask for a volunteer to read 2 John 5-6. Then ask:

  • What are these verses telling us to do?
  • What do you think it means to “walk in love”?
  • What are some ways you can show love to people in your
    life?

Say: God wants us to love one another. There
are lots of ways to show people God’s love. You could invite
someone to play with you, say kind things when someone is sad or
lonely, or give little gifts. Today we made special stickers to
give to someone. When you give that person the stickers, explain
that there’s a special hidden message for him or her in the
bag.

Have a few kids share who they plan on giving their stickers to.
Hand out resealable plastic bags to the children. Make sure the
stickers are dry before putting them inside the bags. Remind them
to stick with love.

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