We have a brand new girls' club in our mission church. The girls meet once a month to talk about virtues and craft a little, and, hopefully, grow in Godly friendships. This month, the older girls discussed the different kinds of love.
Then, they sat down to a plethora of cardstock and stamping materials and made spiritual bouquets with a Valentine theme. The bouquets were intended for the pastoral staff of the mission and for shut-ins. These girls outdid themselves.
The little girls listened to the story of St. Valentine and then talked a bit about acts of charity. Together, we memorized a Bible verse.
Let all that you do be done in love.
1 Corinthians 16:14
On watercolor paper, they drew acts of charity inside hearts, using good quality colored pencils (that resist water) and crayon. Then, they colored their pictures with a watercolor wash.
They also made huge stacks of heartfelt spiritual bouquets. We had several pre-printed verses on hand for them to attach to their handmade cards. The verse reads:
I said a prayer for you today
and I know God must have heard.
I felt the answer in my heart
although He spoke no words.
I prayed that He'd be near you at the start of each day,
to grant you health and blessings
and friends to share your way.
I asked for happiness for you in all things great and small,
but it was for His loving care I prayed for most of all.
On your behalf, I will offer
___acts of charity
And when they were all finished, they sat and sang and enjoyed Valentine Dots.
Sweet, lovely girls.