Like any other couples, Christian couples celebrate Valentine's Day and all it represents. For Christian couples, their faith adds depth to their celebration of love and commitment to one another. They also like having fun. Games for Christian couples at a Valentine's Day banquet are not only enjoyable, but draw on the elements of faith as well.
Fruit of the Spirit Charades
Write the fruit of the spirit from Galatians 5:22-23 on heart-shaped cards, one on each card. These include love, joy, peace, longsuffering or patience, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness and temperance. You can also use a contemporary version of the Bible to clarify what each word means. Divide those attending the Valentine's Day banquet into teams. You could create teams with men against women. You can also divide by couples with two or three couples per team. Each team draws a card. The teams have five minutes to decide how best to act out the fruit of the spirit on their cards. In turn, teams act out their fruit. The team that makes the most correct guesses wins.
What Do I Know
Have each person write down three facts about themselves their partner may not know. Do not add names to the cards. Place all the cards in a basket. One person draws a card and reads the facts one at a time. Let couples guess after each fact is revealed. The object is to see how much the couples really know about one another. This can be tied to a theme about God knowing those he created, faults and all, and he loves them anyway. Share that a couple's love for one another should mirror God's love.
Words From Love
Hand each couple a sheet of paper with a phrase across the top, anywhere from two words to a short phrase. This might be "Love never fails" from I Corinthians 13:8, "For God so loved" from John 3:16 or "by love serve one another" from Galatians 5:13. Ask couples to make as many words as possible from the phrase. Letters can only be used as many times as they occur in the phrase. No proper names allowed unless it is the name of your partner. The couple with the most words wins.
Scrambled Love Phrases
On a sheet of paper scramble phrases from I Corinthians 13:4-8, but don't give the reference. Some of these include, "Love suffers long," "love is kind" and "love does not envy." These can be scrambled as "ffusre gnlo vleo," "idnk si olev "and "elvo tno osde vyne." Scramble both words and their order in the phrase. The couple who figures out the scrambled phrases first and can tell where they belong in the Bible wins.
Carolyn Scheidies has been writing professionally since 1994. She writes a column for the “Kearney Hub” and her latest book is “From the Ashes.” She holds a Bachelor of Science in journalism from the University of Nebraska at Kearney, where she has also lectured in the media department.
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