Youth Group Game for Valentine’s Day
If you like this game, you will love this Youth Group Lesson on Valentine’s Day
Epic Valentine’s Day Cards
- Large poster-board (quantity depends on number of teams)
- Markers/Crayons/Glitter… basically anything to decorate with
- You will need room for teams to gather around poster-boards
The game itself is quite simple. Divide the group into teams of 5-10 students. Give each team a poster-board and decorating supplies. Tell the teams they will have a set amount of time (5-10 minutes is recommended) to create the most epically amazing Valentine’s Day card of all time! Encourage the students to use the cards to illustrate their depictions of what Valentine’s Day stands for. The key here is illustrating through words and drawings the primary theme of Valentine’s Day (love).
When the time is completed have the judges (more on that later) determine which card is the most amazing and award the winner.
Determine in advance how the judging will take place. The following are a couple ways you can do it:
- Pre-select 3-5 volunteers or student leaders to sit on a “panel of judges”
- Award by popular vote of youth group (i. e. have them cheer for the one they like the best)
Read John 13:34-35
So now I am giving you a new commandment: Love each other. Just as I have loved you, you should love each other. Your love for one another will prove to the world that you are my disciples
Though the exact origins of Valentine’s Day are unclear, one thing that everyone knows is that Valentine’s Day is a time that we celebrate love. Sure, we most often think of love in romantic terms, but Jesus saw love as so much more. It is the defining characteristic of what it means to be a Christian.
Often, people are identified as Christians by the things we DON’T do. Let’s unpack that. Fill in the blank: Christians aren’t supposed to: _______________ (actions that Christians should avoid). Most people assume that if someone doesn’t do these things it means they are Christians, but look at how Jesus defines us:
“Your love for one another will prove to the world that you are my disciples.”
We create Valentine’s Day cards to show people how much we care about them. What if your life was a Valentine’s Day card? What would it tell people? If people looked at the way you treat those around you, could they tell that you are a Christian?
- Why do you think Jesus identified showing “love for one another” as the way people know that we are Christians?
- Who is the “one another” in this verse?
- What are ways that we can show love to people in our lives?
- Love is the focus of February 14. How can we make love focus of every other day of the year?
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If you like this game, you will love this Valentine’s Day Lesson – What Is Love?