Valentine’s Day Lesson: Loving Guidelines

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For use with GRADES 4-6

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1. Do What I Say-Form two groups. Have each group
create an imaginary dangerous mission for the other group to go on.
Then have groups tell their mission to the other group. Have groups
accept their missions and create guidelines to protect the people
they’ll send on those missions, such as “Don’t feed the
alligators.”

After five minutes, have groups report their guidelines.

*Ask: How important would these guidelines be if you
were actually going on this mission? How is the world sometimes a
dangerous place for us? Did you know that God has given us
protective guidelines in his Word for our mission on
Earth?

*Say: God loves us so much that he gave us loving
guidelines that are usually called the Ten Commandments. Let’s look
at how God wants to protect us.

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2. Love Rules-(Supplies: Bibles, newsprint, and
markers.) Form pairs and have them read Exodus 20:1-17.

Give each pair a sheet of newsprint and a marker. Have them
number their newsprint sheet from 1 to 10. Have pairs re-word each
commandment to explain why that commandment is a loving guideline
from a loving God.

For example, kids may write, “Because I want you to be protected
from religions that would mislead you, don’t have any other gods
except me.”

When pairs are finished, have them take turns reading their
commandments.

Then *say: This is a new way for you to understand
why the Ten Commandments are important for us. They’re commandments
from God that show us how to love God and others. They’re love in
action. When you obey these rules for loving, you share God’s love
in wonderful ways.

3. Love for Mom and Dad-(Supplies: Stationery,
envelopes, and stamps.)

*Say: One of God’s loving guidelines tells us to
honor our parents. We’re going to write letters to our parents to
help them know how much we appreciate and respect them. Thank your
parents for all the things they do and the many ways they love you.
I’ll send the letters so they arrive on Valentine’s
Day.

Close with a prayer of thanks for God’s loving guidelines.

FOOD FOR THOUGHT: Snack Idea

You’ll need: Message heart candies.

Directions: Have kids each find at least five candies
that give them ideas of ways to show love to their families. Then
have them eat the candies.

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