I wrote this last year to use with my youth group after watching A Charlie Brown Valentine. It was a great discussion about God’s love in our lives.
- Have you received many Valentines? Why do we share Valentines?
- In the cartoon, Snoopy tries writing Valentines. If Jesus were to write you a Valentine, what would it say?
- Read John 3:16-17. What does the Gospel writer say about God’s love?
- Charlie Brown finds the little red-haired girl’s pencil, complete with teeth marks. “She’s human!” he yells out. What does it mean to you that Jesus is divine AND human?
- Charlie Brown practices how he will give the Valentine to the little red-haired girl. Have you ever practiced how you will talk to another guy or girl?
- Have you ever practiced how you might say something to your mom or dad? What about to God?
- Charlie Brown hides behind a tree hoping the little red-haired girl will walk by and just happen to take her Valentine. Genesis tells us about the original tree hiders: Adam and Eve. Read Genesis 3:8-10. Why did they hide from God? (they had disobeyed/sinned)
- In what ways do we hide from Jesus, hoping he will accept our love? Read Romans 3:21-24. What significant thing does Paul say about God’s love for us? (we all fall short of the glory of God, but God gives grace freely to us through Jesus Christ)
- Charlie Brown tries to do things in the classroom to get the little red-haired girl’s attention. In what ways do we try to get Jesus’ attention? Do we need to?
- Linus keeps rejecting Sally’s affection and love for him. How do we reject Jesus’ love for us?
- If we had a Valentine box for Jesus, what would you put in the box?
An additional activity for your group could be making Valentine’s for those who are sick or homebound.