Sharing Time Ideas from the 2015 Outline

Encourage understanding: 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. Invite a few children to dress up in simple costumes to portray characters from the parable of the good Samaritan: a traveler, some thieves, a priest, a Levite, a Samaritan, and an innkeeper. Tell the story in your own words (see Luke 10:30–37) and then help the children act it out. Ask the children: “What does this story teach us about who our neighbors are? Whom should we serve?” Point out that our neighbors can be anyone in need. 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. Testify that Jesus Christ loves everyone and wants us to serve everyone.

Encourage application: Tell the children that Jesus wants us to serve others, including members of our families. Cut out small paper circles and give a few to each child. Have them draw a smiling face on each one to make “Service Smiles.” Encourage the children to perform small acts of service for members of their family during the next week. Brainstorm together tasks they could do (such as leave a kind note, pick up toys, or make a bed). Have the children leave a “Service Smile” where the act of service was performed. Invite them to ask their families to participate in this activity with them. Encourage the children to be ready to share with the Primary next week how their service helped bring smiles to their families.

Sharing Time Ideas from Little LDS Ideas

For this week’s Sharing Time Idea I am using some help from THIS idea from an issue of‘The Friend’. I thought it was a great idea and an activity that the children might enjoy.
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Join the Secret Service

For your Sharing Time you will need 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 special group:
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 ‘training’ activities.
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First Training Activity:

{Read or Act Out a Scripture Story} 
For the first activity, have a file folder with ‘TOP SECRET’ on the front. Inside have the question: “Who Is My Neighbor?” written/typed in a large font.
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. If you would like to have the children act out the story, invite a few children to dress up in simple costumes to portray characters from the parable of the good Samaritan: a traveler, some thieves, a priest, a Levite, a Samaritan, and an innkeeper. Tell the story in your own words (see Luke 10:30–37) and then help the children act it out.
You could also show them THIS bible video of The Good Samaritan. You could call it a ‘Training Video’. 🙂

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 have scenarios and names of people.
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 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 also.
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.
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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.
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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!
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10 thoughts on “{Sharing Time} Jesus Christ Taught Us How to Serve Others

  1. Heather

    I am NEVER last minute on preparing my Sharing Times. However, this has been a busy month for me. I have been thinking constantly on how to prepare for this Sunday. THIS is perfect. Thank you so much!!

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    1. littleldsideas Post author

      I totally understand about this month being crazy! I think it didn’t get really crazy around here until last week. Glad you liked the Sharing Time ideas. Thanks for commenting. 🙂

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  2. Heather

    Thank you, Sheena, for sharing your ideas! You seem to find a great balance between keeping to the meaning of the lesson and making the time enjoyable for the kids. I get great ideas from you that I can adjust to meet the needs of our Primary. 🙂

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  3. Sydney

    I’m new to the primary world and have never done a sharing time before. The secret service idea is fantastic and i’m excited to do it. Thanks for the terrific idea!

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  4. Tab

    Thanks you for this great idea! It kept everyone (both Jr and Sr) engaged and reinforced the message about the importance of service.

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