|Synopsis: Ministry, Service, Love|
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Have a Heart
Purpose: To help youth understand it is better to give love than to receive it.
Materials: 10 heart-shaped pieces of pink paper for each group member, a pencil for each group member
Setup: Pass out one pencil and ten hearts to each group member.
Time: Approximately 15 minutes
Procedure: Explain: The object of this game is to give away the most hearts. Follow these rules:
- When giving away a heart, write your initials on the heart so everyone will know you gave that heart away.
- You may only give hearts away to a person one at a time. Before giving another heart to the same person, you must give another heart away to someone else.
- If you receive a heart from someone, you may not then give one of your hearts back to the same person. You must give a heart away to someone else first.
Bring them Closer
Give your group exactly ten minutes (or whatever time you think best) in which to give away the hearts.
After time is up, instruct everyone to sit down and count how many initials are on each heart for each person. Then, go around the circle and ask each person for the total for each set of initials. Declare the winner.
Have a Heart (continued)
Discuss the following questions with your group.
Transition: The hearts that you gave away represent love. Each time you give love to someone, you give part of your heart away. Most people think the object of life is to get the most love, so they just stand around waiting for someone to give. For the Christian, however, the object of life is to give love away to others. And, as God designed it, you can only give so much love away before you need more love yourself, but that shouldn’t keep you from giving in the first place.
The greatest thing you can ever do on this planet is love -- and love comes from the heart. We’re going to look today/tonight at how to become great lovers -- loving from the heart.
Focus on music about loving God and others. If possible, sing "They Will Know We are Christians by our Love"
Explain: If time allows, pass out a new set of blank hearts to everyone (at least one per person). Have each person write down the name of one or more people that they need to learn to love from each of the following categories: teachers, parents, friends, enemies, siblings, etc. Have them take these hearts and place them in their Bible or at home in a place where they will see it and it will remind them of the love that they need to show for these people.
Pray and dismiss.
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