Encourage understanding (discussing covenants and reading scriptures): Explain that a covenant is a sacred two-way promise between us and Heavenly Father; we promise to do certain things, and when we do, He promises to bless us. Remind the children that we make a covenant with Heavenly Father when we are baptized, and explain that we renew that covenant when we take the sacrament. Make wordstrips with phrases from the sacrament prayers that explain what we promise when we take the sacrament and what Heavenly Father promises us (see Doctrine and Covenants 20:77, 79). Give the wordstrips to a few children, and have them stand in the correct order as you read the scriptures out loud.
Sharing Time Ideas from Little LDS Ideas
For this week’s Sharing Time Idea I will be sharing an idea that would work better with Sr. Primary as well as a Jr. Primary idea. For the Sr. Primary idea, you will be creating a large fill-in-the-blank Sacrament Prayer poster that the children will have to fill in with words. I hope you enjoy the ideas that I share today, and are able to use them this week.
To begin your Sharing Time, discuss the word ‘covenant’ and what it means. While looking for object lesson ideas, I ran across a great idea over on Hatch Patch Creations, that would be perfect! Once you discuss ‘covenants’ you could ask the if they know of an event/time where we make covenants. If they are unsure, give hints to help them. You could say something like:
“You make covenants when you are 8 years old.”
Remind the children that we make a covenant with Heavenly Father when we are baptized, and explain that we renew that covenant when we take the sacrament.
Sr. Primary Sacrament Puzzle Idea
Before Primary, you will need to print out my 4 of my large Sacrament Prayer Puzzles (2 copies each). I have included two different options: you can print the Engineer sized print at Staples for just a couple dollars (18″ X 24″) OR you can use my other printable and piece the puzzle together. The second option includes 4 pages that you will print out, and then glue/tape together to create a large poster.
You can place these on a chalkboard/bulletin board, or you can place the puzzles onto foam board (have one puzzle on each side). You will also need to print and cut the answer word slips. I would place the bread and water answers into separate envelopes, so they don’t get them mixed up.
How To Play
Divide the Primary into two groups (if you want to have more groups, just be sure to print out more copies of the puzzles). Show each team their puzzles and their envelopes with the word strips. Explain to each team that they will be working together to put the words of the scripture in the correct place. You can have them tape the words or glue them onto the puzzle.
To make it a little more challenging, give them a certain amount of time, and tell the that they cannot use their scriptures.
Once time is up, or everyone has finished, read the scripture aloud, and have the children read along to see if they placed the words in the right places. This would also be a great time to go over certain words and explain what they mean.
After you have read the prayer, and fixed any words, invite one person from each team to come forward and circle the covenants we make as we partake of the bread and water. Discuss the covenants and what they mean.
Continue by flipping the puzzle around and repeat with the Sacrament Prayer for the water.
JR Primary Sacrament I Spy Idea
For Jr. Primary, I used part of a previous idea that I have on my blog, but changed it up a bit to fit this week’s theme. I think the Jr. Primary will really enjoy this, and I hope you will too.
Before Primary print out my Sacrament I Spy printables (link below). Each of the covenant circles (found in my kit) represents the covenants we make when we partake of the Sacrament. Just print and cut each one out. If you’d like them to last longer, laminate each circle.
You will also find ‘Sacrament Thought’ bubbles. If using the ‘Sacrament Thought’ bubbles, you will need to decide how many you would like to have, and print as many as needed. The thought bubbles can be used different ways, I’ll discuss that in a minute.
Jr Primary Sacrament I Spy Idea
Begin your Sharing Time by discussing the word ‘covenant’ and what it means. You could use the great object lesson that I shared above in the Sr. Primary idea or simply discuss it. Once you have discussed ‘covenant’, you can begin the ‘Sacrament I Spy’ game.
At the front of the room, have a table with the four covenant circle pieces. Place a towel over the circles so that the children cannot see them. Explain that you are going to invite one child up (you could even invite 2-3) to the front. You will uncover the items on the table for 5-10 seconds and let them look at the items. Then you will cover the items again and remove one item. You will then uncover the items once again for a short amount of time and see if they can guess which item is missing.
Once they have guessed which item is missing show the item to the other Primary children and discuss that covenant. You could use the covenant strips from the outline to help you explain each of the covenants, you can find the strips, HERE. Continue playing until all of the covenants have been discussed.
In addition to the I Spy game, I thought you could take some time and discuss what we should think about during the Sacrament. You could invite children to share their own ideas, or you could find pictures of different things that we might think about (and not think about) during the Sacrament. You could also write scenarios or words as well.
You could place these under chairs, on a board, or around the room. Invite a child to pick a ‘Sacrament Thought’ and then have them decide if that is something that we should think about during the Sacrament. You could place the correct thoughts around a picture of Jesus or a picture of someone partaking of the Sacrament.
I hope you enjoy this week’s Sacrament Sharing Time idea, and are able to use it for your lesson. I would love to hear if you do, so leave me a comment letting me know.
Thanks so much for stopping by. Have a wonderful day and a great Sharing Time!