Agape Love in a Plastic Cup (Valentine’s Day Craft)
1 Corinthians 13 is the ultimate explanation of agape love. In this easy Valentine’s Day Craft, kids can write special parts of the verse on a candy dish made of a plastic cup, fill it with candy, and take it home!
– Plastic cups, clear or any color
– Marker pen
– Curling ribbon (pink, red, and white if available) or string
– Clear plastic wrap and tissue paper
– Dark markers, Sharpies if possible
Design a cup or two, writing on each some of the lines from 1 Corinthians 13, so students will have a sample: Love is patient. Love is kind. Love protects. Love trusts. Love hopes. Love persists. Love never fails.
– Pass out cups and have students write parts of 1 Corinthians 13 on them in dark marker, being careful not to smear (see above in Preparation section).
– Fill the mugs with candy.
– Place plastic wrap over the top and tie off with ribbon.
– Curl the ribbon using scissors once it is in place.
If we want to know how agape love acts, God gave us 1 Corinthians 13 as an explanation. Read it as they work:
If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. 2 If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. 3 If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing.
Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.
It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away.
For we know in part and we prophesy in part, 10 but when completeness comes, what is in part disappears. 11 When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me.
For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.
And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.
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