Valentine’s Day: 1 John 3:1

Gathering Prayer: (Do this prayer repeat-after-me style)
Dear Jesus, we thank you for time to feed our faith as a family, and time to remember how much you love us.  Help our time to be holy time.  In your name we pray, Amen.

Bible Story:  1 John 3:1a
This week’s story is one of my favorite verses about God’s love for us:

See what love the Father has given us,
that we should be called children of God;
and that is what we are. (1 John 3:1a)

Here is a short video with actions to help you learn this verse by heart:

This week, your family has probably been wrapped up in Valentine’s Day.  This holiday was originally a saint’s day, or a holy day for the church.

Discuss as a family:  Who loves you?  How do you know?  Who do you love?  How do they know that you love them?  Does God love you?  How do you know?  How much?

Activity:  Lacing Cards and Sewn Valentine Cards
My older daughter has been making special cards for her grandparents and aunts for Valentine’s Day.  I got the idea here:

http://www.realsimple.com/holidays-entertaining/holidays/valentines-day/valentine-crafts-kids/heart-sewn-valentine

I used a awl to punch small holes in a heart shape on the front of the card.  Then, my daughter used embroidery floss tied to a plastic yarn needle to outline the heart (she went around two times to get a stitch between each hole).  On some of the cards, she even added a cross to remind her family that she loves them, and Jesus loves them too!  Here is a pic of one of the finished products:

Stitched Heart Cards

 

My younger daughters cannot yet be trusted with needles (even plastic ones!), so I made heart-shaped lacing cards for them.  I cut a large heart shape out of card stock and used a hole punch to make holes along the edge.  Then, we used shoelaces that I found in a 6 pack at the dollar store to sew them up.  My older daughter got into the fun, too, and we ended up lacing yellow stars and green shamrocks as well.  Here is a pic of the stitched lacing cards:

Heart Lacing Cards.jpg

Option:  You could also do this Family God Time as you are making your own Valentines.  I am always looking for an opportunity to add a little more faith to our family time, and there is nothing like sitting at the dining room table and talking about Jesus while doing something together.  If you have already made and sent your valentines, try to think of someone in your family, neighborhood, or church who might not receive much mail or encouragement and bring one to their house!

Song:  Jesus Loves Me
You probably already know this song, but do you know all the actions and verses?  Check out this video to learn them all!

Thanks for your commitment to faithfully feed your family’s faith, even during the holidays!  I hope that this time was holy time for you.

Closing Prayer: (Can be a repeat after me prayer if you have non-readers in your family)
Thank you, God, for this holy time together to feed our faith as a family.  Bless us as we remember that Jesus loves us every day.  Amen.

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