Sharing Time Idea from the 2011 Primary Outline
Encourage Understanding (Listening to guest speakers): Invite a returned missionary to come to Primary and tell the children about some of the blessings he or she received from doing missionary work. Invite others (recent converts, children, or families) to share a missionary experience they have had or an example of how missionary work has blessed their lives. Invite the children to sing ‘We’ll bring the world his truth.’ (CS 172-173) to the guests.
Ideas from Little LDS Ideas
To begin your sharing time bring in a big plate of cookies or treats, etc. and begin eating one. Start really enjoying your treat by loudly saying ‘Mmmmm…’ or ‘This is the best cookie’, something along those lines. Act like you don’t notice the children and then after you have finished your treat look at the children and say, ‘Oh, you don’t want one of these, right? OK, then I’ll keep on eating’.
The children will probably be a little disappointed and say a few things. When that happens, stop eating and ask the children if they’d like you to share your treats.
Then ask the children: If you had something amazing/wonderful wouldn’t you want to share it with others? Everyone in this room has something wonderful, something so special that we should want to share it with everyone we know. Does anyone know what it is?
We are blessed to have the gospel in our lives, and we should want to share it with others, but how can we do that? By missionary work.
Missionary work blesses everyone. Today we have some special guests coming in to share some experiences where missionary work has blessed their lives.
At this time you can invite your guests in and have them share their stories.
If you don’t want people to come in to Primary you could ask a few people to share a story with you by writing it down. Then you could share the stories during Sharing Time.
Here are some ideas to share your Missionary Stories:
-You could hide the stories underneath random chairs for the children to find.
-Print out some little missionary people and number each one on the back. For each missionary have a story/experience. You could find some online, in the scriptures, or from people in your ward. Hide the missionaries around the Primary room and have the children find each one and then share the story.
-You could also get a globe and place a sticker where each story takes place. For example if you find a story that has to do with a missionary serving in Mexico, place the sticker on mexico. Invite a child to come to the front and spin the globe and find a sticker. When he/she has chosen a sticker/place share the story that belongs.
Here is another way of doing the idea above:
For your treat at the beginning you could use popcorn. Then for your story of missionary work find a video about missionary work and share the popcorn with the children as they watch the movie.
OK, there are my ideas for this week’s Sharing Time. Hope you like them.
Have a great week and a great Sharing Time!