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Reader’s Valentine’s Day Ideas

My third and fourth graders decorated, filled, and personally
delivered valentine boxes to our senior church members. The
children filled the boxes with valentine cards, packets of tea and
cocoa, small candies, and a “Jesus Loves You” magnet. Our kids and
adults were blessed by this project.

For fun valentine boxes, try one of these:
• Take-Out Style-You’ll need large unmarked food cartons from an
Asian-style restaurant. Kids can use stickers and markers to
decorate the boxes.

• Collage Boxes-You’ll need papier-mache or cardboard boxes
(available at craft stores). Have kids cut out pictures, words, or
phrases from magazines. Kids might find words such as “great,”
“wise one,” or “loving Jesus.” Have kids glue these images and
words to the boxes using Mod Podge.

Cheryl Slater
Valley Center, Kansas

Encourage your church to give the children in your ministry a
Prayer Valentine. Around the first of February, write each child’s
name and age on a red cut-out heart. On the back, write Ephesians 4:14-19-the Scripture reference
only, not the words.

Punch a hole in the top of each heart and pull white yarn through
the hole. Tie the yarn and hang these hearts from the ceiling in
your church foyer. Post a sign in the foyer and place an
announcement in your church bulletin (for several weeks),
explaining that church members can take one or more hearts and pray
the Scripture for children until Easter.

If any hearts aren’t taken by Valentine’s Day, give them to your
staff to pray for those children.

Your kids will enjoy creating this giant valentine for your
neighborhood. First you’ll need permission to use a large area of a
chain-link fence on your property or near your church. You’ll also
need several rolls of red and white crepe paper streamers.

Explain to children that they’re going to work together as they
weave streamers in and out of the fence to create a design. Have
children brainstorm what kind of image could communicate God’s love
to people as they drive or walk by the fence. Children may decide
to create a white heart with a red cross in the center. Or they may
choose to create three hearts for the Father, Son, and Holy

Once the design is created, gather around the fence and pray that
God will use the image to show people how much he loves them. Then
take a picture of your weavers and their creation. Celebrate with
hot cocoa and heart-shaped sugar cookies.

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