Sharing Time Ideas from the 2017 Outline
Identify the doctrine (unscrambling words): Ask the children to explain the meaning of the words repent and forgive. Give each class an envelope with the following words inside, each on a separate piece of paper: When, I, repent, I, can, be, forgiven. Invite each class to put their words in the correct order. When they have finished, have all the children repeat the sentence together.
Encourage understanding (acting out a scripture story): Tell the story of the prodigal son (see Luke 15:11–24) in your own words, using as many actions as possible (for example, hold up two fingers to represent two sons, and rub your stomach to represent hunger). Invite the children to listen to the story and silently copy your actions. Show a picture representing the prodigal son and ask how the father in the story is like our Heavenly Father. Explain that just like the father, our Heavenly Father loves us and wants us to return to Him; He will forgive us of all we do wrong if we repent.
Encourage application (reading a scripture): Invite a child to read Mosiah 26:30. Ask the children to listen for how often someone can be forgiven. Invite them to think silently about what they will do the next time they do something wrong.
Sharing Time Idea from Little LDS Ideas
Over these last 8 years I have shared many quite a few Sharing Time Ideas on repentance. Since I have so many, I decided to take it a little easy this week and simply share all of my past Sharing Time Ideas. I hope you enjoy them, and find something that will work for your primary. I would love to hear if you use one of these ideas and what you plan on doing.
Pebble Repentance Sharing Time Idea
Last year the Sharing Time Outline shared an idea of placing pebbles inside of shoes to represent sin and repentance. I loved this idea and ended up creating an idea and printables based on the idea in the outline.
To go along with the lesson, I also created a cute “Steps To Repentance” handout to help the children remember each step.
‘Sin Cans’ Repentance Sharing Time Idea
In the past, the outline has shared the ideas of using cans for a repentance lesson. Years ago I actually did this for an FHE lesson that went very well, and then I ended up using it for a Sharing Time Lesson. You can find the idea and printables over on my ‘Sin Cans’ idea Sharing Time post from 2016.
You will begin your activity by inviting a child up to the front and have them put on the backpack. You will introduce your ‘helper’ and then grab a can. Share the ‘sin’ that is on the can with the other children, and place it in the backpack. Grab another can, read it, and add it to the backpack. Continue until all the cans have been read and placed in the backpack. You can then ask the child if the backpack is a little heavy. If they say ‘NO’, throw in some extra cans.
Explain to the children that sin ‘CAN’ weigh us down. Show the picture of Christ in Gethsemane again, and explain that because of Christ’s Atonement, our sins ‘CAN’ be forgiven and our load ‘CAN’ be lightened.
You will find the idea and all the printables using the link above.
This is one of my all-time favorite Sharing Time Ideas, and I think the children enjoy it as well. I have used this ‘Sin Spots’ Repentance Sharing Time Idea several times, and it’s always a hit. I have done it different ways over the years, sometimes I invite a child up and place the spots on them, and then I have used an idea that I found on Sugardoodle where I come into the Primary room with the spots on myself. That was really fun because the children noticed immediately and wanted to know what the spots were. I just pretended I didn’t know what they were talking about until it was time for Sharing Time.
I sometimes will also do a fun object lesson that I like to call the ‘Clean Again’ Chocolate Sauce Object lesson that I thought of years ago.
The Shiny Bicycle
Have you seen the ‘Shiny Bicycle’ Mormon Message? It’s a favorite in my home, and it’s a great video to share when teaching about repentance. A couple years ago I used this video as part of my Sharing Time lesson and created a fun little ‘Find the Bicycle’ game to go with it.
Mixed in with the bicycle cards are ‘sin cards’. If one of these cards are flipped over, the children will have to follow the steps of repentance and share how they would repent for that mistake. I also have some other great ideas that I used as part of this lesson, so be sure to click the link below and take a look at what I shared.
Other Repentance Sharing Time Ideas
I have a lot of ideas that I have shared over the years. To view them all, just click HERE or visit my Sharing Time Index (found in the Primary tab) and click on ‘Repentance Sharing Time Ideas’.
I hope you enjoy this week’s Repentance Sharing Time ideas that I have shared. I would love to hear what you think, and what you decide to do, so leave me a comment letting me know.
Thanks so much for stopping by! Have a wonderful day and a great Sharing Time.