Sharing Time Ideas from the 2016 Outline
Introduce the doctrine: Show the children something that is powered by electricity. Then show that it cannot work without the proper power. Have a child hold up a picture of Christ ordaining His Apostles. Explain that Christ’s Church cannot work without the power of the priesthood. Have the child hide the picture behind his or her back. Explain that after Christ’s Apostles died, the priesthood authority was lost. Have another child show a picture of the restoration of the priesthood. Testify that God restored the priesthood through Joseph Smith.
Encourage understanding: Ask someone to read D&C 107:1, and have the children listen for the names of the two priesthoods. Place on the board a picture of the restoration of the Aaronic Priesthood and a picture of the restoration of the Melchizedek Priesthood. Write Aaronic or Melchizedek above the corresponding picture. Discuss who restored, or brought back, each of these priesthoods to Joseph Smith (see Joseph Smith—History 1:72). Show the children several pictures of priesthood ordinances, such as baptism, confirmation, passing the sacrament, blessing the sacrament, and healing the sick. Invite the children to pass the pictures as they sing “The Priesthood Is Restored” (CS, 89). Stop the music randomly, and ask the children holding the pictures to stand by the words Aaronic or Melchizedek to show the power required to perform that ordinance. Repeat as time allows.
Encourage application: Have the children think of how the priesthood has blessed them. Invite them to make a thank-you card or picture to give to a priesthood holder they know (such as a bishop, teacher, father, or missionary).
Sharing Time Ideas from Little LDS Ideas
This week’s Sharing Time is great! I love the object lesson for the ‘Introduce the Doctrine’ section of the outline, and the ‘Encourage Understanding’ is a great idea as well. But, I have a fun alternative for those of you looking for something a little more. Hope you like it! 🙂
Begin your Sharing Time using the ‘Introduce the Doctrine’ idea given in the outline. I really think the children will enjoy the electricity object lesson, and it helps them to understand a little easier.
After the object lesson, ask someone to read D&C 107:1, and have the children listen for the names of the two priesthoods. Show the children a picture of the restoration of the Aaronic Priesthood and a picture of the restoration of the Melchizedek Priesthood. On the board create two columns: one column write ‘Aaronic’ and the other one write ‘Melchizedek’. Place the pictures in the appropriate columns, and then discuss who restored, or brought back, each of these priesthoods to Joseph Smith (see Joseph Smith—History 1:72).
For the next part, I thought it would be fun to play ‘Priesthood Punch’. If you’re new to my blog, you may have never heard of a Punch-A-Box game, but if you’ve been around, then you know that I really like this game. It’s always fun and the Primary children love it! The children will be ‘punching’ through tissue paper to reveal an ordinance. They will then need to choose which column that ordinance goes in. But first, let’s talk about creating a Punch-a-Box.
Here is what you will need to create your own Punch-A-Box!
A foam Board, Plastic Cups, Tissue Paper cut into large squares (large enough to cover the mouth of your cups), Rubber Bands, Glue, or Brads. And of course your questions or pictures that will go inside of your cups.
First you need to attach your cups to your foam board. I have always glued my cups to my foam board using hot glue, but I have seen several people glue the cups, and then secure them by poking a brad through the bottom. This will make sure the cups don’t fall off (the tend to do that over time). 🙂
Next, you will need to add your questions or in this case a word or picture of the ordinances you are using. For Jr. Primary I would try to find some pictures for each ordinance, but Sr. Primary you could have a word. Have the slips of paper a little bigger so when they post them on the board the other children will be able to see what it says.
Once you have your cups attached securely to the board, and have placed a question/word in each cup, you can start covering each one with tissue paper. Grab a square of tissue paper and place it on top of a cup. Grab a rubber band and place it over the mouth of the cup and the tissue paper, like in the picture above.
Keep on doing that until all the cups have been covered. To make it a little more colorful, try covering the cups with a variety of colors. Or place your cups into the shape of a ‘P’ for Priesthood. If your rubber bands seem loose, try twisting it around twice.
How To Play ‘Priesthood Punch’
Explain to the Primary children that there are different ordinances inside each of the cups. They will be ‘punching’ a cup to find an ordinance. They will then need to choose which Priesthood has the authority to perform that ordinance.
Invite a child up to the front and have them choose a cup. Then PUNCH!
My daughter and her friend were happy to ‘punch’ for me. 🙂
Have the child retrieve the paper from the cup, and post it on the board in the column they think it belongs. Once they have posted it, you could turn to the rest of the primary and have everyone ‘vote’ OR you could have the room split into 2 sections and have them sit in the section/Priesthood that they think that ordinance belongs in. I think this will make things a little interesting and it will help the other children really think as well.
Once everyone has voted, announce the answer! Then continue by choosing a new child to come to the front and ‘punch’. Keep doing this until all ordinances have been chosen or until time runs out.
To wrap up your Sharing Time, have the children think of how the priesthood has blessed them. Invite them to make a thank-you card or picture to give to a priesthood holder they know (such as a bishop, teacher, father, or missionary). You could also create a giant card before-hand for the Bishop, and invite the children to sign it and/or write a little message to him.
I hope you enjoy this week’s Sharing Time idea, and give my ‘Priesthood Punch’ game a try. Have you ever used a ‘Punch-a-Box’ game in Primary? How did it go? I’d love to hear!
Thanks so much for stopping by! Have a wonderful day & a great Sharing Time!
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