Valentine's Day is a day to celebrate love. Teach your Sunday school class about the unconditional love that God has for his people through songs, Bible verses and Valentine's Day crafts. Use stories from the Bible that demonstrate the depth of Jesus' love to illustrate how to show true love to others through actions and kind words.
Lessons of Love
Teach the message of God's love to your Sunday school students by sharing with them that God loves everyone, and so should all God's children. Discuss that we should love our neighbours, friends, families and even our enemies, because God loves each and every person, no matter what. The bible has many passages that are appropriate to read to children about love. You may even ask children to memorise a part of a passage, depending on their age. Some good passages that speak of God's love are 1 John 4: 7-21 and Matthew 22: 36-40. After this lesson, you can create a Valentine's craft to reinforce what you have taught. Making Valentine's Day cards expressing love to friends and family helps remind children to show their love. You could also have children make a Valentine angel using an upside-down heart for the body and two sideways hearts for wings. Children can write a Bible verse about God's love on the angel.
A popular passage in the Bible describing love is 1 Corinthians 13. Read this passage with your Sunday school class and discuss the qualities of love. For example, in the passage, it reads, "Love is patient, love is kind." Discuss what patience means, and how kids can practice being patient. Discuss ways they can practice kindness. Have the students make an art project after the lesson. Help each child cut out a large construction paper heart and then spoon paint onto the heart. Let them fold the heart in half to spread the paint, and when they open it up, they will have a painted design all over their heart. Then help them write "Love is" on the heart, and list a few qualities of love all over the heart.
For God So Loved the World
John 3:16 states "For God so loved the world, he gave his only begotten son, that whosoever believeth in him shall not perish but have eternal life." Read this verse to the children and discuss how much God must love his children to give up his son for the lives of others. Children can then be led in song singing the verse. For an activity, you can help children cut out paper crosses and glue paper hearts to the cross, symbolising God's love for sending Jesus to die for the sins of the people.
Jesus Loves the Little Children
Teach the children in your Sunday school how much Jesus loves them by reading the story found in Mark 10: 13-16. The story tells of how Jesus shows love and acceptance to children. Sing with your students the song "Jesus Loves the Little Children." You can also have the students make a book filled with magazine cutouts of little children. You can write on the cover "Jesus Loves All The Children of the World."