ESharing Time Ideas from the 2016 Outline
Encourage understanding and application: Invite the bishop or branch president and a few Aaronic Priesthood holders to teach the children about the sacrament. If possible, you could ask them to take the children into the chapel and teach them what the sacrament symbolizes and show them the sacrament table, the place where they kneel to offer the prayer, and the cloth used to cover the sacrament. Invite another Aaronic Priesthood holder to explain what he does to pass the sacrament each week to the congregation and why this is a sacred privilege. Ask the children what the priesthood bearers do that shows respect for God when they bless the sacrament (kneel to pray, cover the sacrament with a white cloth, dress and act in a reverent manner). Invite the children to share what they can do to show respect for Jesus Christ during the administration of the sacrament.
Sharing Time Idea from Little LDS Ideas
This week’s Sharing Time idea is simple, but one that I think the children will enjoy. I love the idea from the outline of taking the children down to the Chapel for a special ‘tour’ and discussion of the Sacrament. I have had a hard time coming up with an idea for this week, but I finally came up with an activity that the children could do while they listened to the Bishop or Bishopric member talk about the Sacrament. Thank you to Clipart Kid, Susan Fitch, and LDS.org for sharing their amazing free clipart. Enjoy!
Sometimes you can lose children’s attention if you just stand and talk, so I decided to create a fun little Sacrament Scavenger Hunt sheet that the children can do while they are listening. I decided to make two categories for my sheet: ‘Look For’ and ‘Listen For’.
At the beginning of Primary, show the children a Sacrament tray and ask what it is used for. Then show the children a picture of the Sacrament and explain that today they are going to learn about the Sacrament. Explain to the children that they are going to have a special guest (or a few guests) come and teach them about the Sacrament.
Show the children the Sacrament Scavenger Hunt sheets, and explain to the children that they will be walking down to the chapel (reverently) to learn about the Sacrament. Explain they are going to be looking and listening for certain words. Pass out the sheets, and invite the ‘visitor’ into the Primary room.
If you have a large primary, you could have 2 groups. One group could go down to the chapel while the other stays in the Primary room and discusses ways they can be reverent. You could even create Sacrament coloring books for the children to put together. Or invite the children to share what they can do to show respect for Jesus Christ during the administration of the sacrament. I have found that the children (even Jr Primary) really enjoy sharing their thoughts and ideas.
To print out my Sacrament Scavenger Hunt sheets, click the link below. I have created 2 different files for you to use. One has 1 scavenger hunt sheet and the other has 2 sheets per page. My sheets are in color, but also print out just fine in black and white, then you can make copies at the church. 🙂
I hope you enjoy this week’s Sharing Time idea. Sorry it’s so late, but it is a very simple idea that can be put together quickly. I would love to hear what you think of my sheets, so be sure to leave me a comment letting me know.
Thanks so much for stopping by! Have a wonderful day and a great Sharing Time!