It's February and time for Valentine's Day. Here's your chance to focus with your youth on a love that goes beyond chocolates, corny greeting cards, and roses.
Getting Ready - Distribute bowls of candy hearts and food safe marking pens. Invite youth in small groups to take some time to both read and contemplate the messages on the hearts and to use the pens to write new messages on the reverse sides that reflect the kinds of messages about love they would like to see. After a few minutes, and perhaps some sharing of their creativity, ask youth how they might describe what "love" is. What is difficult about trying to define love? Would they say that there are different kinds of love?
Reflecting - Pass out one of the following Bible passages about love to each person and have them spend some time creating their own interpretation of the text, offering up their idea of "the face of love." Youth might choose to show their interpretation through a writing a poem, drawing a picture, painting an image, creating a collage from magazine images, sharing a song, or sculpting something from playdo: 1 John 4: 16; 1 Cor 13: 4-7; I Cor 13:13; Song of Songs 2 : 2-3; 1 John 4:11-12; Matt 5: 43-45; Gal 5: 13-14; Matt 22: 37-39; Lev 19: 18; 1 Peter 3: 8-9; 1 John 4: 20-21; Matt 5: 44, 48; Song of Songs 2:10-13; 1 Thessalonians 5:15. As youth finish, invite them to display their creations and their texts in a special space in the room where others can see them.
Wrapping it up - The song "Face of Love" concludes by saying to God/Jesus "Let us be your face." Ask: As Christians, how can we be “the face of love” at school/home/with friends/in the world? Is it even possible for us to be like Jesus? Why or why not? Finish with a silent time of prayer for each person to commit to trying to be “the face of love” in a particular situation or place in the coming week.