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DLTK's Sunday School Lessons
Valentines and Love

by Leanne Guenther

Sunday School Teacher's Guide - this is just one possible lesson plan.  Visit the Valentines Bible lesson plan for further ideas to supplement this.

Introduction:

This next lesson is about love.  The Bible is full of references about love and Valentine's Day seems to be the perfect time to talk about it.  It's of great importance because it's one of the greatest commands and it's who God is.  These days kids don't always feel love like they should but they can always count on God who loves them unconditionally.

The message:

All Ages: God is love. 

Make sure you repeat the message many times during the lesson.  Send the Valentines Take Home Sheet  home with the children to encourage parents to reiterate the message during the week.  It includes a poster at the bottom that the children can color and hang on their wall or refrigerator.

Preview of the lesson:

Some people like to do craft time first and story time second and some like to switch it around.  I like the first option, myself.

Always consider offering the Valentines Cards or Coloring Pages for children who aren't interested in participating in the group activity (or if you get done the group activities very quickly and need something to fill in the spare time).  Everyone has a need for "alone time" once in awhile.  Also, sending home the mini book or coloring pages with the Take Home sheet provides parents with much needed help in reinforcing the lessons.  You can make a nice little booklet each week with the Take Home Sheet on top -- I promise that most parents will appreciate the effort! 

Description

Time Allotted

Supplies


Welcome!

Receive name tags.  Have the children use crayons, markers, yarn, feathers and whatever other materials (such as sparkle glue) that you have available to personalize their name tag.

Sing the Learning our Names song 

10 to 15 minutes Heart name tags, scissors (or adults can precut),  crayons, markers, yarn, safety pins or tape.

Craft time!

Preschool thru Grade 1: Make the Heart Angel Paper Craft.  Read a bit about DLTK's Grow With Me Craft Concept to get some ideas on how this basic craft idea can be used with different materials to make it appropriate for everyone from ages 2 thru 82!

Grade 2 and 3: Make the Angel Messages in a Jar.  You can use the same angel template as a small card using the angel quotes to give to school friends on Valentine's week - these can be used to create book covers or fridge magnets.  There are some blank templates so that children who are able to write can put their own quotes on.

15 to 30 minutes 
depending on your
adult/child ratio
Preschool thru Grade 1: Heart Angel Paper Craft template.  paper, glue, scissors.

Grade 2 and 3: Angel Messages template.  Printer, paper, clean jar, scissors, OPTIONAL:  something to color with.


Bible Story Time:

Preschool thru Grade 1:  Read The Story for Valentine's Day (or read from your own store bought children's bible).

Grades 2 and 3:  It's tough to know when it's the right time to start readings from the Bible, but if the children have been read a children's version of the story in the past, I believe this is a good age to introduce the King James (or your preferred) bible reading.

10 minutes The Coloring Pages can be distributed to the children so they are able to color at home, or during the story.

Closing:

Preschool thru Grade 1: depending on the time remaining ask the children who they love.  Why do they love them?  Who does God want us to love?  How can we love them?  Encourage the children to love someone its hard to love this week and to report back next week and how they did.

Grade 2 and 3: depending on the time remaining ask the children what unconditional love is.  Who is it hard to love?  How can we love people that it's hard to love?  Talk more about Jesus' love for everyone, even when they don't return love back.

All Grades: Sing His L-O-V-E or Jesus Loves Everyone.  Another option would be to get heart sticker for each child in the class.  Put it on their hand or shirt to remind them that God is love.

 

Standard ending song: "We Love to Learn Together"

5 to 15 minutes

Brainstorm Board (chalkboard, whiteboard, poster board,...)

 

 

 

Words to:

Standard ending song: "We Love to Learn Together"

 


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