September 2018 Week 1 Sharing Time Idea

Sharing Time Idea from the 2018 Outline

Identify the doctrine (looking at pictures): Display a few pictures of Jesus Christ serving others. For example, use GAB pictures 41, 42, 46, 47, and 55. Ask the children to describe what is happening in each picture. Point out that Jesus is serving others in each picture. Write on the board, “Jesus Christ taught us how to serve others.”

Role plays: Role-playing or acting out situations helps children apply gospel principles to real-life situations. It also provides opportunities for the children to actively participate.

Encourage understanding (reading scriptures and role-playing): Ask the children to take turns acting out one of the needs described in Matthew 25:35–36. For example, a child could pretend to be hungry, thirsty, a stranger, or sick. Ask the other children to guess the need and then act out how they can serve someone with that need. Read Matthew 25:35–40 together, and ask the children to look for who Jesus Christ says we are serving when we serve others.

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Sharing Time Ideas from Little LDS Ideas

This month the primary children are learning all about service. There are so many fun Service Sharing Time Ideas that I have shared in the past, so this month I will be re-sharing a lot of those ideas, but adding to them so they work great for the appropriate week. This week, I am sharing a fun  “Secret Service” Sharing Time Idea. The original idea was inspired by THIS idea from “The Friend”. I first shared this idea several years ago, and have added to it over the years. It is sure to be a hit, but also teach the children the importance of service. Enjoy!

September 2018 Week 1 Sharing Time Idea. Jesus Christ taught us how to serve others.

Join the Secret Service

This idea is all about being a “Secret Service” agent, so I thought it would be fun to dress up like a detective {hat, magnifying glass, coat, briefcase, etc.} Walk into the Primary room holding your magnifying glass up to your eye and quietly look around the room. I’m sure you will get a few giggles, but just keep looking through that magnifying glass. Once you’re at the front of the room get everyone to quiet down, and then quietly say: I’m part of a special group…..a group called the “Secret Service.

You can then go on to explain this what this special group is. You could say something like: This is a group for people that go around serving others. But part of being in the secret service is that it’s…..Secret.   After you have explained all about the ‘Secret Service’ ask the children who would like to join the Secret Service. To join the Secret Service the children will have to do some “Top Secret Tasks”.

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Before Primary

Before Primary, you will need to print out my Secret Service Task cards and place them into a “Top Secret” envelope. There are also some other items that you will need to put together for each task like pictures from the Gospel Art Kit and words/phrases for charades. See each task (below) to find out what other items you will need to put together before your Sharing Time lesson.

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How to Play

Now let’s talk about how to put this all together and about the top secret tasks. For the top secret envelopes, you could have these on a table at the front of the room, hide them under chairs, give them to teachers and have them sneak in and hand them to a child, etc.

You will open the envelopes in order, so make sure that the child picks envelope #1 or your helper hands out the #1 envelope. You could have the child come to the front of the room and put on a hat and have them open up the envelope. Have them read the task aloud.

After they have read the task aloud, take just a few minutes and have them complete that task. I have included 3 tasks, and task cards, that you can use, but feel free to change it up and add your own tasks to your lesson. Below you will find the 3 tasks that I thought of, and instructions how to play.

Secret Service Sharing Time Idea. Join the Secret Service with this fun Service Sharing Time idea

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Secret Service Task #1:

{I Spy Scripture Stories} 

For the first task, have a few pictures of Jesus Christ serving others. For example, use GAB (Gospel Art Book) Pictures 41, 42, 46, 47, and 55. Hand your Secret Service Agent a magnifying glass and explain that they are going to be looking at each of the pictures and describing what is going on. They will then need to decide how the pictures are all alike. Since you won’t have a lot of time, you could have the child pick a few friends to come up and help him/her out. After they have looked at the pictures have them share what they saw with the other children. Be sure to point out that Jesus is serving others in each picture. Write on the board, “Jesus Christ taught us how to serve others.” You could also create a secret message with this phrase for the other children to do while the child is looking at the pictures.

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Second Training Activity:

{Service Charades} Tell the children that Jesus wants us to serve others, including members of our families. Tell the children that before they can become Secret Service Agents they need to know different acts of service they could perform. In a container, have several different acts of service written on pieces of paper. Invite a child up and have them pick a piece of paper. Have the child read the word or tell them what the word is. Then have them act out the word for the other children to guess. The child that guesses the word correctly can have a turn to come to the front and act out a service word.

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Third Training Activity:

{Service Search}  Before Primary you will need to cut out several hearts. On the back of each heart you could have scenarios, names of people (mother, father, sister, etc), scriptures, or questions. Post the hearts all around the Primary Room.   Have the children look around at all the hearts. Explain that on each of the hearts is a question or a name of a person. They are going to have to ‘search’ for service so that they can better understand what it means to serve others.

Invite the first child up and hand him/her a magnifying glass, you could have them dress up in a coat and hat as well. Have them walk around the room and pick a heart and bring it to the front of the room. Read what is on the back of the heart and have the child answer the question, or if it’s a name of a person, have the child tell you how they could serve that person.     Have a picture of Christ on a chalkboard or poster-board at the front of the room and have the children place their heart around the picture of Christ once they have finished the task on the back of each heart.

At the end of Sharing Time you can show the children the picture of Christ and all the hearts and read Mosiah 2:17.   To encourage the children to serve others you could give each child a bag of their very own ‘Secret Service Hearts’ and encourage them to do random acts of kindness during the week. When they have completed an act of service have them leave one of their hearts. Invite them to report back to you, next week, with the acts of service they did.

Several years ago I created these “Secret Service Notes” that you could use and hand out to the children. Encourage them use them throughout the week and leave them each time they do an act of service. Click the link below to download.

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Click HERE to print my Secret Service Task Cards.

Click HERE to print out my Secret Service Notes!

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ANOTHER IDEA!

 To Begin: Have several pictures of Jesus serving others displayed at the front of the room. Walk into the room wearing an apron & have a large serving tray covered with a napkin. Point to the pictures & ask the children if they recognize any of the people in the pictures or if they know what is going on in the pictures. As we can see in each of these pictures, Jesus loved serving others. He was the perfect example of service.

Tell the children that one day a man asked Jesus, “Who is my neighbor?” Jesus answered him by telling a story that teaches us how to serve others. Show a picture of The Good Samaritan, and tell the story in your own words. Explain to the children that they can serve their friends and family members all the time, but they should serve people they do not know only if they are with a parent or another trusted adult.

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Tell the children that today you wore an apron to Primary so you could ‘serve’ them. Show the children your tray and explain that you have several different items underneath the napkin that will help them learn about serving others.

On the tray, have different scripture references, pictures of service, scenarios, stories or questions. You might have small cups with a scripture reference on the outside, a picture of service on a plate, or scenarios taped to silverware. Walk around the Primary room inviting children to pick an item from the tray. Have them read the scripture, scenario, story or question aloud. Have the child answer the question or have them share what they think that means or have them share what they learned. You could even have a few children put on the apron and choose someone else to ‘serve’. Have them carry the tray and pick someone to choose an item from the tray. Then have the person they chose put on the apron, and choose another person.

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Close by telling the children, “You can serve the Lord by serving those around you. Just like Christ served those around him we can look around us and serve those around us. You do not have to do something big to serve others. A smile can gladden a friend’s heart. Speaking a kind word, helping a brother or sister, obeying your parents—all are ways you can serve. When we willingly serve, we become more like Christ.”{Idea adapted from “The Master Served” Sept. 2007 Friend} Testify that Jesus Christ loves everyone and wants us to serve everyone..I hope you enjoy this week’s ideas. To see even more ideas on Service, click HERE. Or just visit my Sharing Time Index and then click on ‘SERVICE’.Thanks so much for stopping by! I hope you have a wonderful day & a great Sharing Time!

I hope you enjoy my September 2018 Week 1 Sharing Time Idea, and plan to use it for your lesson. I would love to hear if you do, so be sure to leave a comment letting me know.

Thanks so much for stopping by. Have a wonderful day and a great Sharing Time!

Sheena
Hi! I’m Sheena, the blogger behind Little LDS Ideas. I love sharing LDS Ideas and printables to help make your life and calling a little bit easier. I am a mother to 4 and a wife to one amazing guy. In addition to being busy with blogging and being a wife/mother, I am also in school. Studying and homework keeps me busy, but I love it. Thanks so much for stopping by! ♥
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Comments

  1. Cheryl

    Hi Sheena, Thanks for the cute idea, the kids are going to love it. I was wondering where the link is to the Secret Service Task Cards. Thanks!

    1. Sorry about that! I wrote it up, and completely forgot to add the link. I just added the link, so you should be good to go. Thanks!

  2. Stacey

    Hello
    Thank you for the darling idea. Usually I can pull up the files. Are there not any for the secret service? I see the hearts, but not the clues or the cute secret agent etc. Thank you,
    Stacey

    1. Hi Stacey. Sorry, I forgot to add a link to the task cards. Oops! I just added the link. Thanks!

  3. Jan Wilhelmsen

    Wonderful

  4. Shannon

    Hi Sheena! First of all, I just want to thank you for all of your wonderful ideas – I’ve been using them for about a year and a half and they always keep the kids so engaged. Secondly, I’m trying to download the secret service notes and it keeps saying the site can’t be reached because Dropbox took too long to respond. I’m guessing that’s a Dropbox problem so I’ll keep checking back, just thought I’d let you know and see if there was any other way to access those. I was excited to see what they said! 🙂 Thanks again!

    1. I just updated the link so you don’t have to go through Dropbox. 🙂 Thanks!

  5. Lindsey

    Hello! Thank you for all the work you put into your ideas. They are wonderful!
    Question though (probably user error), where to I go to print the secret service tasks?

  6. Shannon

    Hi Sheena! Thank you so much for all of your wonderful ideas, I use them all the time and they keep the kids so engaged! For some reason the secret service notes are not loading – Dropbox keeps timing out, the website “can’t be reached.” I know that’s probably a Dropbox problem, I just thought I’d check if there’s any other way I could access them. Thanks!

    1. Hi Shannon! Dropbox can have problems sometimes. I went ahead and changed the link to download from my site, so you shouldn’t have any problems. 🙂 Thanks so much!

  7. Stephanie

    I love this lesson. Thank you. I would want to know if I had a typo, which is the only reason I’m telling you. Task 2 says ned instead of need.

    1. Thanks, Stephanie. I just fixed the typo. 🙂

  8. Haylie

    Super cute ideas! I love them!!

    There is one typo on the SS cards… On task 2, it says “ned” instead of “need.”

    1. Hi Haylie! I just fixed the typo. 🙂 Thanks!

  9. Krisy Shaughnessy

    Thank you for this! I’m teaching my first sharing time lesson tomorrow and this post has been a life-saver! Do you mind sharing some of the ideas you used for your charades? As a newbie, I would really appreciate the ideas!

    1. Hi Krisy! I am not currently serving in the Primary, so I didn’t come up with specific ideas for charade. The outline did have the idea of using “hungry, thirsty, a stranger, or sick” and having the children discuss how they could serve someone with that need. You could also have them act out “picking up trash,” “mowing the lawn,” “cheering up someone sad”. Just a few ideas off the top of my head. 🙂 Good luck! You will do great.

  10. Amy

    Thank you for the ideas! I just got called to the primary leadership in my ward, and my first lesson is tomorrow. I’m so nervous! But your activity is so much fun, it’ll help with the nerves.

    1. You will do great! Just pray for the Spirit to be with you, love those special kiddos and you will be amazing! 🙂 Good luck!

  11. Linda

    The kids in Primary loved this idea! Hope you have another great idea for next week. Thanks so much for sharing.

    1. Thanks, Linda. Glad they liked it. 🙂

  12. Cheryl Webb

    I was asked to do a movie after our primary program instead of the sharing time. Any ideas? I did find a youtube of Pres Uchtdorf’s talk “you are my hands.” but I think our primary President was wanting something longer than just regular sharing time. I need to find out how long time frame is.

    1. Hi Cheryl! I don’t have any ideas as far as long movies that are available. We did this a few years ago and watched some of the Illustrated Scripture Videos. There are some really cute Children’s videos where they interview children about different gospel topics. Those might be fun and informative. There are also some really great Mormon Messages geared to children that my family loves to watch. I went and found the link for the videos I was thinking of: https://www.lds.org/media-library/video/childrens-bible-videos?lang=eng They are really great. Sorry I’m not more help, but maybe some of these would work. Thanks!