Not surprisingly in February, with Valentine’s Day just around the corner, the family service looked at the subject of love.

We all brought questions on love to the quiz:

Most of the questions people came up with were impossibly difficult! Here is a sample:
1) Which shop in Goldthorpe has the word ‘love’ in its title?
2) Who said ‘A wise girl kisses but doesn’t love, listens but doesn’t believe and leaves before she is left’?
3) Which year was the film ‘The Bodyguard’, featuring Whitney Houston singing ‘I Will Always Love You’, released?
4) Who said it is ‘better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all’?
5) Who is the Roman god of love?
6) Where in London can you find the statue of Eros?

1) Love It Boutique
3) Marilyn Monroe
3) 1992
4) Tennyson
5) Cupid
6) Piccadilly Circus

Hallmark cards used to do a series of cards entitled ‘Love is…’ Stephen spoke at the family service last night about love. Love can be hard to define, but we looked at four Scriptures:
Deut 6:5-6 and Matt 22:37-39, where we are commanded to love God with all that we are (showing us God’s requirements of love) and John 3:16 (where we see that He gives us His own love ever before He requires love from us: our love is a response to God’s love.) We also looked at 1 Cor 13:4-13, which is probably the longest ‘definition’ of love in the Bible, showing us the characteristics of love: patient, kind, forgiving, thinking the best, not holding grudges, working for the good of the other person.

God’s love provides deliverance for us. Stephen reminded us how we often used to draw pictures of love hearts with initials on it to signify who we loved. Whose name is engraved on our hearts now?

We also had a birthday to celebrate, in anticipation of Valentine’s Day: