Faith CoLab: Tapestry of Faith: Building Bridges: A World Religions Program for 8th-9th Grades

Faith In Action: Second Greatest Commandment

Materials for Activity

  • Optional: Materials for designing and printing stickers

Preparation for Activity

  • You can order customizable love stickers from Zazzle.
  • Stickers and Charts have free stickers you can download and print, including these for Valentines Day. Avery makes sticker paper. Acrylic spray is handy to prevent ink from running.

Description of Activity

In Matthew 22: 34-40, Jesus was asked, "What is the greatest commandment?" He replied that it is to love God. However, he went on to say, the second greatest commandment is to love your neighbor as yourself.

Ask youth if they believe there is enough love in the world. They will probably say, "No." After all, every day we hear news of acts of violence and hatred. Brainstorm ways you could, as a group or individually, work to increase love. One possible way is to bring acts of love to everyone's attention. You could help do this by purchasing love stickers for the group. They could say "love" or be hearts, or the group can design its own. Participants can order pre-printed stickers or purchase materials to print their own stickers as a group.

Once participants have stickers, encourage them to keep the stickers with them at all times. When they witness someone committing an act of love or generosity or caring, they can give that person a sticker and ask the person to wear it to remind everyone of the importance of love. It could become a fad at your congregation or school. Perhaps people will start being nice to get the sticker. Love can be contagious!