One month from today is Valentine’s Day. Do you have plans to leverage it in your ministry? You could! CTA’s new Valentine’s theme this year is Walk in Love. It opens many doors for children, youth, and your whole church in showing and sharing Jesus’ love. Take these steps:

Step 1 Look around in your community and identify a need.

  • Does your local food bank need a boost, now that holiday giving is over? Walk in love to the grocery store, purchase canned goods, and meet the need.
  • Could you form a Green Team to pick up litter at a local park? Walk in love to the park and around the park as you work together. (Be sure to wear gloves!)
  • Would your local Meals on Wheels program like some placemats, decorated by kids, to take along on Valentine’s Day? Use the Walk in Love theme to create them.
  • Think about stuffing warm socks with nutritious snacks for the homeless and take them to a shelter. That way, those you serve can “walk in warmth” because you have walked in love.

Step 2 Organize what you need—supplies, equipment, snacks, transportation, whatever. Work with families, children, and youth to schedule your event and coordinate efforts.

Step 3 Plan to use this umbrella theme: Walk in Love.

Incorporate it wherever you can. Download some of CTA’s free Valentine’s resources based on this theme—including the free devotion, doorknob hangers, and the like. Encourage your children’s ministry volunteers to continue to leverage the theme in the months ahead. Download the free Walk in Love postcards and send them to everyone to celebrate birthdays, express concern when students are absent, let sick children know you are praying for them, and so on.


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