God is Love

Hello Church family!

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, and—naturally—it has us thinking about love. The greatest love of all—the love of our God—is so worth celebrating! This week, we invite you to take some time to remind your kids that love is more than red hearts, paper cards, and pink cupcakes. Use the ideas below to teach your kiddos that God’s love is powerful and enduring and greater than anything—and that we can share it with others!

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Memorize some Bible verses about God’s love. Some toddlers can memorize “God is love,” while your fourth and fifth graders might take up the challenge of memorizing the entire “love chapter” (1 Corinthians 13)!

  • “Love each other as I have loved you.” (John 15:12)
  • “By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” (John 13:35)
  • “See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are!” (1 John 3:1)
  • “And so we know and rely on the love God has for us. God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them.” (1 John 4:16)
  • “Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails.” (1 Corinthians 13:4-8)
  • “…God is love. This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us.” (1 John 4:8-12)

Explore some Bible stories that illustrate God’s love.

  • Matthew 6:25-34 | God will take care of you—he gives birds and plants the things they need—and He loves you even more than them! He doesn’t want you to worry—He will give you everything you need.
  • Luke 19:1-10 | Nobody liked Zacchaeus, but Jesus saw him and wanted to hang out at his house! God loves everyone.
  • Luke 10:25-37 | Jesus told a story about a man who was hurt and needed help. Some people walked by him without helping him, but one man helped him get up and found him a place to stay and helped him heal. Jesus said that is how we should love other people!

Exercise your creativity! Below are a few ideas for art projects that reinforce the message of God’s love.

Love others with God’s love. Talk about ways to share God’s love with others this Valentine’s Day and the whole year long!

  • Write notes of encouragement. Path Through the Narrow Gate provides some printable notes from parents to their kids, reminding them of biblical truths of God’s love and how we can show that love to others. Print these for free, or make some of your own!
  • Bake a treat and give it to a neighbor.
  • Share toys with other children.
  • Give a hug to a friend who is sad or hurt.

We hope you have a meaningful and rewarding season of exploring God’s love with your kids-and a happy Valentine’s Day!

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What is My Preschooler Learning in February?

 

Happy February! The arrival of this month is often characterized by hearts, and the colors red and pink, and maybe even some special gifts for the people we love (like chocolate or little delicious hearts with sweet messages on them). What a perfect time of year to talk about…

God’s LOVE!

This month’s bottom line for our preschoolers is Jesus loves everyone! Our memory verse is “Love each other as I have loved you” (John 15:12, NIV). We can’t wait to share these Bible stories about Jesus’ love for people!

  • Woman at the Well • John 4:1-30 | Jesus loves everyone. Jesus met a Samaritan woman—she was different from him, she lived in a different place and wore different clothes—and Jesus loved her and wanted to be her friend, even though they were so different!
  • Zacchaeus • Luke 19:1-10 | Jesus loves us even when we do something wrong. Zacchaeus made some wrong choices, but Jesus still wanted to be his friend and visit him at his house! When he did, he showed him he loved him and helped him make right choices.
  • The Unloved Woman • John 8:2-11 | Jesus loves us when no one else does. There was a woman who made some bad choices, and everyone was mean to her and wanted to hurt her. But Jesus saved her and told her that because he loved her, he wanted to change her life and help her make good choices!
  • Disciples Tell Others • Matthew 28:16-20 | Tell everyone Jesus loves them. Jesus loved everyone so much that he told his best friends, the disciples, that they were going to have new jobs: they were going to tell as many people as they could that Jesus loved them and wanted to be their friend forever!

To our parents and family members and Antioch Kids leaders, you are so influential in these kiddos’ understanding of God’s love! We invite you to take some time this month, amidst preparing valentines for your kids’ classmates or decorating Valentine’s cupcakes, to remind your children about the most powerful, joyful, life-changing love there is—the love of our great God!

“… God is love. This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him… if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us.” (1 John 4:8-9; 12, NIV)