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Today's Featured Article

Three Ideas for Your Valentine's Day Lesson
                 These ideas were originally posted in The Vault area of our website.


Scenes From The Cross
During the valentines meeting of our junior youth, I wanted to get across to the kidz how much Jesus loves them, so after a lively time of praise, we entered into worship, and I used our multimedia projector to play footage from the "Matthew video" of Jesus dying on the cross, while at the same time playing a song by Doug Horley, called "What love is this". It was an awesome time, and many kidz were in tears as they saw what Jesus went thru for them. Afterwards about 50 of the 60 came forward to publicly tell Jesus how much they love Him - their prayer were powerful. This idea would also work really well at Easter time.

Showing Love
Have the children list ways that people show them their love.  Assist them in thinking of things like helping them, giving them a card or  gift, taking care of them when their sick, giving them food and clothes and a house to live in, talking with them, praying with them, reading the Bible to them, being kind, etc.  Ask which of these ways the children can show love back to people.  (help them, make a card or gift, visit them if sick, talk to them, pray with them, be kind)  Explain to the children that God want s them to show love to people just like people have shown them--or like He shows love to them.  Pick a few children and allow them to ask God to help them show love in one ways (Tell each person one of the listed ways before he or she prays.)

Jesus Loves All
Talk about things that the children like, i.e. clothes, TV shows, games, desserts, etc.  Most children like cookies.  Show the different types of cookies.  There are many different types of cookies.  Some have nuts, some have fruit, some have chocolate, and others have cream filling.  Children like all kinds of cookies.  In fact, cookies are a child's favorite snack.  Compare the cookies to children.  There are many different types of children who live in many different parts of the world.  Have the children name different places children live.  Jesus loves all kinds of people.  When Jesus was on earth, He was a friend to the children.  He said to let the children come to Him.  Jesus loves each child.  It doesn't matter where they live or what they look like, Jesus loves them.  That means that Jesus loves each child here.  Pass out the cookies to eat.  As the children eat the cookies, remind them that just as children love all kinds of cookies, Jesus loves all kinds of children.  Jesus loves each of them.

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