Valentine's Day Sunday School Lesson Ideas

Mosaic of Saint Valentine

This article presents some ideas for Valentines Sunday school lessons, plus ideas from visitors to our site, below. Click here to jump directly to the contributed ideas.

Who was Saint Valentine? Very little is known about the real St. Valentine, and much of his story is clouded with myth and legend. A priest by the name of Valentine was arrested during the persecution of the emperor Claudius II. Valentine refused to renounce his faith and was sentenced to be beaten and beheaded. His execution occurred on February 14, 270 AD, the eve of the pagan festival of Lupercalia. The same scenario is known about a man who was also a cleric named Valentine, but who was a bishop of Terni. They may be different men, or the priest may also have been the Bishop.

The commemoration of St. Valentine was dropped from the Catholic calendar of saints in 1969 (although he is still listed in the Martyrology), and was never included in the Anglican calendar.

Many Sunday School teachers treat Valentine's Day as a secular holiday and take the opportunity to teach a lesson focused on love. There are so many biblical references to love. For instance, consider these:

"We love, because he first loved us.
If any one says, "I love God," and hates his brother, he is a liar; for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen, cannot love God whom he has not seen.
And this commandment we have from him, that he who loves God should love his brother also."
1 John 4:19-21 (RSV)
Teacher, which is the great commandment in the law?"
And he said to him, "You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment.
And a second is like it, You shall love your neighbor as yourself.
On these two commandments depend all the law and the prophets."
Matthew 22:36-40 (RSV)

These ideas only scratch the surface of the theme's true potential. Valentine's Day inspires many opportunities for creative Bible lessons.

Valentine's Day Sunday School Lesson Ideas

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Simple Blessings Valentines Day Cards 
Every year I like to do some kind of creative project with the kids in my Sunday school class.

This year we decided to simple make cards for the child …

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