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7 Children’s Ministry Ideas for Valentine’s Day

Blog 1.25fixedValentine's Day 2013 falls on Thursday, February 14. According to information I found at the U.S. Census Bureau's website, there are many different theories on the origin of Valentine's Day. Many believe that Valentine was an ancient Roman clergyman who was executed for secretly marrying couples in defiance of the emperor. Several hundred years later, in 496 A.D., Pope Gelasius I declared Feb. 14 as Valentine's Day. I'm not sure why candy hearts with messages written on them entered the picture, but I'm glad they did.

It will be an exciting Valentine's Day for me, as now I live in what's known as "The Sweetheart City"-Loveland, CO. For those of you who didn't know (I didn't know until I moved here), for more than 67 years, people from around the country have sent their valentines through Loveland so they can get the official "love" stamp from our post office. More than 160,000 people will be sending letters through my new city to their loved ones. I think that's pretty neat.

I love Valentine's Day, mainly because of all the extra candy out there, but also because it serves as a great opportunity to talk about God's love and how we should love one another. Here're some nifty and neat ideas you can use in your ministry this Valentine's Day.

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1. Preschool Valentine's Day Lesson - This batch of ideas by Mike Gillespie focuses on Mark 10:13-16 and will help your youngest ones understand that God loves them very much.

2. Kindergarten Valentine's Day Lesson - For your kindergarten kids, this activity-packed lesson by Pat Montgomery is perfect. Using 1 Corinthians 13:4, your kids will discover what love really is.

3. Valentine's Day Lesson for Grades 1 to 3 - Loving others can be a hard concept at times. This fun lesson plan uses Leviticus 19:18 and John 15:17 (as well as fun activities) to help kids discover the importance of loving each other.

4. Valentine's Day Lesson for Grades 4 to 6 - You oldest kids will think about what it means to have a heart for Jesus in this lesson based on Ephesians 3:14-17.

5. Peekaboo Heart Craft - This cute craft is a quick and easy reminder of Jesus' love for us. Kids make candy-filled valentines to give to others.

6. Heart Placemat Craft - Great for younger kids, this paint craft lets kids decorate a placemat with heart stamps. Preschoolers love giving these to their parents, and you can connect the craft to John 13:34.

7. Valentine's Day Activities - Wrapping up my top ideas, here is a three-in-one bonus. These activities get everyone involved, including adults.

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For more great Valentine's Day ideas, check out Seasonal Specials for Children's Ministry. For Valentine's Day alone, it has a devotion, craft, game, snack, skit, song, and outreach opportunity. Get it today and you'll be set for the rest of the year with new ideas for 12 other holidays.

Share with us how your ministry celebrates (or doesn't celebrate) Valentine's Day. Do you give out candy? Do you decorate your area? Have a party? Let us know what you do in the comment section below!

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