A Night Under the Stars
Women's Ministry Theme
Posted January 14, 2002
This page has been updated periodically.
This theme revolves around love and romance with an Italian emphasis.
Can be used for a time of teaching on being a godly wife and focusing on loving our husbands.
Feel free to use the ideas for a church Valentine's Banquet.
Theme Verse Suggestions
Charity never faileth... I Corinthians 13:8
...for God is love. 1 John 4:8
And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest
of these is charity. 1 Corinthians 13:13
Guarded Hearts by Julia
Conversation Hearts by Julia
Alternative Theme Titles
A Night Under the Stars
A Heart for Christ
Be My Valentine
Calling All Sweethearts!
God's Love Letter
Love...The Greatest Gift
Love One Another
Love with Purpose
Love Runs Deep
The Measure of Love
The Power of Love
See the list of Valentine's Theme Titles.
Color: red, pink, and white
Lots of candles.
This idea takes us to Italy so set up your tables like an outside cafe. Make a sign if you wish such as "Cafe -your church name-".
You'll be dining under the stars so hang stars from your ceiling.
You can use white twinkle lights, make white poster board stars, or purchase stick on stars.
You'll find glow in the dark stick on plastic stars in kid's toy departments.
Lots of greenery
Check into Italian theme decorations at school supply stores.
Red and white check table cloths or placemats. Cafe type decor.
Mirror tiles to reflect the candlelight
Scattered rose petals on the tables
Make a romantic backdrop for your couples to have their pictures taken with.
Use a background of a starry sky and a large arch.
It could include a few buildings.
If you have the resources for someone to make a wooden backdrop for you to paint, that's great, but you can use installation foam board to paint your scene on. It's lightweight and easy to move around.
I'm sure you probably don't have a gondola (long narrow boat used in the canals of Italy) just sitting around but a small row boat will do!
Place a container or two of roses in the gondola.
If it's an old boat, drape some material and a little lace over the seats and floor of it to perk it up (as people will have their good clothes on). Why not have someone dressed for the part with an oar in one hand to be on the gondola?
Take pictures of your couples sitting in the "gondola".
Famous Italian Architecture Murals/Backdrops
Make some backdrops with some of the great places of Italy. Sketch them out on paper covered panels.
How do I love thee...
Fill out 10 reasons why you love your husband, mother, sister, friend, etc.
Various Valentine's Icebreakers
Jesus Loves Even Me (Philip P. Bliss)
The Love of God (Frederick M. Lehman)
Attach stars to goodie bags.
Chocolate candy - Any chocolate candies or heart shaped red hots tied up in cellophane bags.
Valentine's Candy Sayings
Valentine's Gift Sayings
See my blog for creative favor ideas.
Gift Certificates for two to a local Italian restaurant
Couples Devotional Book
Box of Chocolate Candies
Book of Love Poetry
Anything with hearts
Popcorn and Movie Bowl
Popcorn, movie, etc. placed in a large popcorn bowl for container.
One pair men's slippers, one pair women's slippers, two coffee cups, some specialty coffees, sprinkled with chocolates.
Fruit of Love Basket
Basket filled with clusters of grapes (to feed to their spouses of course!)
Tea for Two Basket
Basket filled with two teacups and saucers, specialty teas, 2 novelty tea spoons, sprinkled in with chocolate kisses candy.
Food and Serving
Copyright ©2002 Julia Bettencourt
Any Scripture quoted is in the King James Version.
See my Valentine's Pinterest Board for more ideas!