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
3. Heartshine-Have children take turns using
face paint to paint a heart with a cross on it on each other's
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.