Use this Preteen Sunday School Lesson: Valentine’s Day to help kids learn about God’s love.
1. I’m Puzzled!-Before class, write “love” Scripture verses such as 1 Corinthians 13:1, John 3:16, Galatians 5:22, and 1 John 4:8 on construction paper hearts. Cut each of the hearts into three to five puzzle pieces. Give the puzzle pieces to different children and have them find the people who have the other pieces of their puzzle. Have kids put their puzzles together and then shout out their Scripture.
2. Hearts for Christ-Give each group a lump of Play-Doh, a box of toothpicks, or Tinker Toy building blocks.
*Say: Work with your group to build a heart for Christ out of the materials I’ve given you.
After the sculptures are complete, have groups share their sculptures with each other. Then *ask: Which heart was the most difficult to build? Why? the easiest? Why? If these hearts were examples of our hearts, which kind of material do you think Jesus would most want you to have? Why?
Read aloud Ephesians 3:14-17.
Then *ask: What does it mean to have Jesus dwell in your heart? If Jesus dwells in your heart, what difference does he make in your friendships? your home life? the way you act at school?
3. Heartshine-Have children take turns using face paint to paint a heart with a cross on it on each other’s face.
Afterward, *say: Each time you look in the mirror today, think about having a heart for Christ. Live for him, letting his light shine in everything you do!
4. Snack-You’ll need: A prepared cake mix and strawberry preserves. Spoon cake batter into muffin cups, filling each half full. Spoon 1 teaspoon of preserves into the center of each cupcake. Bake in a 350 degree oven for 25 minutes. Dust each cupcake with powdered sugar. Makes 12.
Have children each use frosting in a tube to put a cross on their cupcake. Remind children as they enjoy their snack that we can only love people the way God wants when Christ is hidden in our hearts-like the preserves are hidden in their cupcakes.