Sharing Time Idea from the 2017 Outline
Encourage understanding (doing role plays): Read Matthew 25:34–40, and explain that when we serve others we are also serving Heavenly Father (see Mosiah 2:17) and that service will bring us happiness and help us be able to live with God again. Have several children role-play some acts of service, such as giving food to someone who is hungry, befriending someone who is lonely, or visiting someone who is sick. Let the other children guess what is happening in each role play. Show a picture of missionaries. Ask how the missionaries are serving God. Explain that when we serve others we are also being missionaries.
Encourage application (playing a game): Make a game board with a path made of six different colors leading to a picture of Jesus. Prepare a spinner with six colored sections to match the colors on the game board. On each color write the name of a person the children could serve, such as a parent, a friend, and a neighbor. Choose a child to spin the spinner and tell how he or she could serve the person it points to. Then have the child move a game piece to the next square that corresponds to the color on the spinner. Repeat with other children until the game piece reaches the picture of the Savior. Remind the children that when we serve others we are serving God. Sing “When We’re Helping” (CS, 198).
Sharing Time Idea from Little LDS Ideas
As I thought about this week’s Sharing Time idea I was reminded of the upcoming “Light the World” Christmas initiative for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. What a wonderful way to get the children excited for the campaign and to share ideas of how they can ‘light the world’.
I started re-creating something from this old idea, but then a different idea came to my mind. I hope you like my idea and share it with your primary.
Service Sharing Time Idea: Service Stars
Begin by asking if the children know what it means to be a star? After a few children have answered, explain that being a star can mean different things, but the meaning that you are going to talk about today is “doing an outstanding job”.
Before Primary, choose several pictures of people who are “Service Stars”. You could include scripture heroes who served, Prophets, children from The Friend, or people from your own ward. Have the pictures posted onto a chalkboard or bulletin board, and cover each picture with a piece of paper (I included a printable you could use).
Explain to the children that today they are going to be learning how to be a star, but not just any STAR, they are going to learn how to be SERVICE STARS! Tell the children that one of the best ways to learn about being a service star is learning about other people who are/were service stars. Show them the board with all of your service stars. Explain that they are going to be revealing some Service Stars and learning about how they served.
To choose which picture to reveal, you could place stars with numbers underneath chairs, hide them around the room, have them spin a spinner (create one or use an app for a tablet, kids love this), or you could have them roll a die/dice.
Some examples of Service Stars could include:
• President Monson
•Heber J. Grant: and show them this Mormon Message (it always makes me cry)
Just a few ideas I had thought of off the top of my head.
Invite a child up to the front and have them pick a star, roll a die, spin a spinner, etc. to choose which star to reveal. Once a number has been chosen, reveal the picture. Share a story, scripture, video, etc. about the person and how they served others.
To make it a little more challenging, especially for Sr. Primary, you could give them clues and have them guess who the picture is of. Once they have guessed, reveal the picture and share a story/scripture about the person and how they served.
Being a Service Star
The next part of my idea is encouraging the children to be a Service Star.
Explain that when we serve others we are serving Heavenly Father (see Mosiah 2:17) and that service will bring us happiness and help us be able to live with God again. Explain that by being service stars we can “Light the World” and bring joy and happiness to those we serve, and we share the gospel with them as well. The people that we learned about today are service stars, but each of us can be a service star too! Ask the children if they would like to be a service star.
For the next part of the lesson you will have names of different people written onto the back of my “light the world” stars (I also included a sheet of blank stars) and have them on a bulletin board, chalkboard (you could even have them posted around the pictures), poster-board, etc. Explain to the children that on the back of the small stars are names of different people. They are going to take turns choosing a star and then share a way they can serve that person.
Close by handing out the “Light The World” calendars and encourage the children to go home and share it with their family. Invite them to be a Service Star by serving others.
I hope you enjoy my Service Sharing Time Idea and use it for your lesson this week. I love serving others and know how important it is to teach our children to serve others. I would love to hear if you use the idea so let me know by leaving a comment. I know there are so many different ways you could incorporate my Service Stars, if you thought of a new idea I would love to hear it!