Valentine’s Day is a reminder that sometimes, it is perfectly alright to have a glass of wine in a bubble-bath, to eat a few perfect morsels of chocolate, and to celebrate love and friendship.
But Saint Valentine’s Day is also a wonderful Sunday School holiday. It’s one of my favorites! What other holiday adds such meaning to the popular song, “Jesus Loves Me”? Check out the Valentine's and Love Sunday School teacher's guide.
SAINT VALENTINE’s STORY
St. Valentine, for whom this holiday is of course named, was an actual historical figure. He was a Roman physician who was also a Christian priest during the days of the early church. This was at a time when Christians saw tremendous persecution and many practiced in secret.
There are actually a couple versions of the Valentine’s Day story. One version, has it that Valentine was so loved by the children of the town that they would constantly write him notes speaking of their affection--hence the origin of exchanging valentines.
In the other version of the story, Valentine is working to heal a blind boy and is arrested by Roman soldiers for his work as an “undercover priest”. Valentine is shortly thereafter sentenced to die. And yet before he is taken off to be executed, he takes the time to write to the little blind boy a note explaining to him Jesus' love, enclosing a small treat. According to this story, when the boy eats the treat his eyesight is miraculously restored, and he is able to see well enough to read Valentine's note--which is, of course, at the exact same moment that Valentine is executed.
SUNDAY SCHOOL CRAFTS:
Having said all that, I actually found very little on the internet (or on my own site for that matter!) that gave a bit of an extra Christian twist to this holiday. Although making simple Valentine’s Day cards for mom and dad is always a great project, I thought it might be nice to have a few craft and coloring pages to choose from that focus a bit more on God’s love. So this week, I’ve added a few projects I hope you enjoy! Although these were designed specifically for Valentine’s Day, they can be used any time of year.
L O V E doorknob or wall hanging
The “Jesus Loves Me” and doves in a heart templates are both good Sunday School choices
I also put together a couple of Bible coloring pages with Valentine’s Day in mind. I noted beside the pages which were Valentine’s Day ones
Also check out the Valentine's Day BINGO cards for games to play