Valentine’s Day is the time for couples to come together and show their affection for each other. It’s been used to take the significant other out on a date, give flowers, and receive heaping boxes of chocolate. This idea can be applied to the church and given a technology twist. The great news – it’s a low-cost way to show love.
Here is our list of ten things the church can do this Valentine’s Day to show love to their congregation with technology:
#1 – Facebook Love
This week, post scripture on your Facebook page about what love is from God’s perspective. The hope is that others will see what it means to love, decide that you get it, and maybe join you for your service next Sunday. Here are some verses for you for the week: John 3:16, Romans 5:8, 1 Peter 1:22, 1 Corinthians 13:3, Matthew 5:44-45. You can also find Sermon Graphics to use.
#2 – Skit Guys View on Love
The Skit Guys are hilarious yet insightful and their version of Valentine’s Day is great. Play this before your sermon, during the message, or email them this link.
#3 – Tape a Video ‘Thank You’ to Volunteers
Grab a video camera, prep each of your church staff to say thank you to the volunteers for what they do, and get it up on the projector screen for all of your volunteers to see it. Tell a story, share a compliment, and let them know how much you need them for your ministry.
#4 – Post on Parents’ Facebook Pages
Go to the Facebook pages of the parents in your church and tell them how great of parents they are. Share a quick story of how you saw them (or their children) do an amazing thing and show them some love. Youth ministry twist: Have the teenagers do this for their own parents in the youth group.
#5 – Give Amazon Gift Cards
Give a [amazon_textlink asin=’B06WVJBLBQ’ text=’$10 giftcard to Amazon’ template=’ProductLink’ store=’churc0da-20′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’b632773d-22d9-4bdf-9ffb-866fea6a997a’] to every married couple (maybe the married small group class). Instruct them to go buy [amazon_textlink asin=’080241270X’ text=’The 5 Love Languages book’ template=’ProductLink’ store=’churc0da-20′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’3fe7049a-3d4a-44fb-a27f-c4ef0751253d’]. Want to step it up? Add a few extra bucks for chocolate or add a [amazon_textlink asin=’B00FTGTM5E’ text=’$10 Starbucks giftcard’ template=’ProductLink’ store=’churc0da-20′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’a2310778-ba95-4494-adcf-1313d7c62e1a’].
#6 – Valentine’s Day Photo Booth
Youth groups love a great photobooth. Take your camera, put it in a room or behind a tear-down wall. Provide them with heart stickers, valentine’s day hats, and have fun with it. Even better, use a photo printer or send the images to Walmart and hand them out to the teenagers when they are printed. Maybe Photoshop a great verse (some above) and that your church loves them.
#7 – Animoto Slideshow
Take the photos of your congregation giving love to others from the last twelve months. Upload them onto Animoto to make a great slideshow using their Coming Up Roses theme, and play it while people are walking into the service.
#8 – Single’s Appreciation Video
Grab several of the most respected couples in your church that will have some great marriage experience and advice to give to those that are single. Film it, make it professional-looking. You can post it on all of your social media sites and website and play it during your sermon. Don’t forget all of the single people in your church know that you love them, too.
#9 – Renew Your Vows DVDs
Offer after the church service to allow for married couples to renew their vows, film it, and burn it to a DVD for all of them to pick up the next Sunday. Of course, have a generic template setup that will be used in each person’s DVD (VideoHive’s Romeo & Juliet II is great). Go all out and bring DVD covers for the full experience.
#10 – Email Your Love
Make this year’s February email newsletter about helping people. Link to blog articles on love, and share some great future events your church is hosting that have details on a Facebook event. You can also give them links to books they can buy:
- [amazon_textlink asin=’1590523539′ text=’When Dreams Come True: A Love Story Only God Could Write’ template=’ProductLink’ store=’churc0da-20′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’3489b968-473c-47fa-b206-f9f1194ef7f1′] for dating couples.
- [amazon_textlink asin=’1400205387′ text=’Real Marriage: The Truth About Sex, Friendship, and Life Together’ template=’ProductLink’ store=’churc0da-20′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’7f869cc2-b777-4aba-ad15-39b7d1bbb7a1′] for married couples.
- [amazon_textlink asin=’1434705943′ text=’Crazy Love: Overwhelmed by a Relentless God’ template=’ProductLink’ store=’churc0da-20′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’98d9860c-3136-491f-95df-37a13027e8dc’] for Christians in general.
How will you show your congregation love this Valentine’s Day? Here are a few more resources that might help you this holiday:
5 Love Languages of Social Media