I have the blessing of being the Awana Counsel Time Leader at my church. It is one of my favorite things to do! Periodically, I plan on sharing some of my lessons; especially if it was well received by the kids!!
VALENTINE’S WEEK 2012
I found The Scripture Lady’s website and she had a Valentine’s Day Place Mat activity posted. Instead of having the kids make place mats, I did the activity myself by taping the parts up on the white board. I began with a picture of Jesus carrying the cross and then I glued the hearts in the proper places as I presented the gospel.
Red Heart = God’s heart. He loves us so much! In fact, He loved us before the foundation of the world!
Yellow Heart = Yellow reminds us of heaven and that’s where God wants us to eventually be. He desires to have a healed relationship with mankind. But there is a problem that has to be fixed.
Small Black Heart = Sin. And this sin is placed over the face of Jesus signifying a broken relationship. For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. This is the problem that must be fixed, but humanity can’t do it. There is nothing a person can do. Our righteousness is as filthy rags. God is the One who must reach down to us.
Black Heart with Hole = The place only Jesus can fill. Each person has a “Jesus-sized” hole in his heart. People try to fill this hole up with all sorts of things, such as money, jobs, people, family, drugs, alcohol, sports, or material items. But those things do not satisfy the hole in the heart. There is no peace.
White Heart = Clean heart. This is my heart. I know that I know I have been “washed by the blood of the lamb!” And now my heart has been made clean and I can have a personal relationship with God. How did I do that? Just believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and you shall be saved. Believe that He lived on this earth, died on the cross, was resurrected on the third day and now sits at the right hand of God.
I then took a blank sheet of white paper and covered all of the hearts and explained that God’s love covers all of our sins. Not just mine, but the sins of all humanity for all eternity.
While I was speaking, I took a red crayon on its side, colored, and covered the white sheet of paper. The hearts turned solid red. This represented Jesus’ blood. His death on the cross covers all sin. If a person accepts and believes in Jesus, then God sees a heart that does not have a hole in it, but a heart filled with Jesus. God does not remember the sin. He forgives the sin. Now does this mean I never sin? No. I mess up all the time, but if I return to God, confess my sin, and try to not act on the sin again, then God is just and forgives.
The kids thought the effect at the end was really cool. I led an “alter” call of sorts afterwards. I was floored by how the Spirit moved! We had 9 children saved and 2 rededications. It was amazing!
If you choose to use this lesson, PLEASE let me know how it goes!!!!