Sharing Time Idea from the 2017 Outline
Encourage understanding (discussing prayer): Show the children a telephone or another form of communication. Discuss how it is used. Ask the children how we can communicate with Heavenly Father. Explain that just as we dial a number to talk to someone on the phone, we can pray to communicate with Heavenly Father; we can ask Him for strength to do what is right. Give each class a picture of a different kind of prayer (for example, personal prayer, family prayer, blessing on the food, or class prayer). Ask each class to show their picture to the other children and tell them what type of prayer is shown and when, where, and why this type of prayer is said.
Encourage application (playing a game): Punch a small hole in the end of two empty aluminum cans, and connect the cans with a string. Pull the string tight, and let the children take turns quietly saying into one can something they could pray to Heavenly Father for as they try to do what is right (for example, to tell the truth, to be reverent, or to be kind). Let another child listen in the other can. Share (or ask a child to share) an experience when Heavenly Father has given you strength to do what is right. Testify that Heavenly Father hears and answers our prayers and will give us strength to do what is right.
Sharing Time Idea from Little LDS Ideas
A few months ago, my amazing friend taught a Sharing Time lesson. In her lesson she was talking about the First Presidency and 12 Apostles and how they speak for Heavenly Father. As part of her lesson she created a big smart phone, and incorporated that into her lesson. I loved it and the children loved it. As I thought about this week’s lesson, her idea came to my mind, so I used her great idea. I hope you enjoy it, and are able to use it.
For this lesson you will be comparing prayer to a phone. To make prep a little easier, I created a printable (large) iCanPrayPhone for you to print out and use. I have included a file with 4 sheets (8.5″ X 11″) as well as an Engineering Print (18″ X 24″) that you can print for a few dollars at Staples.
Once you have your phone printed out, you are going to be filling in each of the ‘app’ squares. The way that I thought of doing it was attaching pictures, questions, scripture references, etc. (I share some ‘app’ ideas below), and then placing another piece of square paper over it. The children will choose an app, and simply flip the top paper up to reveal what is underneath. You could get really fancy and create a cover with a symbol for each of the apps, but since I’m posting this late, I would just put a plain square over it. 🙂
Prayer Sharing Time Idea
Show the children a telephone or another form of communication. Ask the children if they know what it is. When my friend did her lesson, she talked about how our phones can help us find information. She had a few children ask questions, and she then asked ‘Siri’. She then asked ‘Siri’ a gospel question, but ‘Siri’ was not able to answer the question.
You could open your Sharing Time in a similar way, talking about how we use our phones for many things, but when it comes to communicating to Heavenly Father there is only one way to do that. Ask the children how we can communicate with Heavenly Father. Explain that just as we dial a number to talk to someone on the phone, we can pray to communicate with Heavenly Father; we can ask Him for strength to do what is right.
For the next part of your lesson, you will have your large ‘iCanPray Phone’. The children will be selecting different ‘prayer apps’ that will teach them about prayer. Since there are 20 spaces I thought you could do several different kinds of apps. To follow the outline, I thought some apps could include different pictures of prayer. Attach pictures, and when one is chosen invite them to share what type of prayer is shown and when, where, and why this type of prayer is said. You could also talk about how that prayer strengthens us. I included a sheet of pictures (10 pictures total) in my Phone file below (the smaller 4 page file).
You could include scripture reference apps about prayer. You could include scriptures about HOW we should pray, WHEN to pray, and WHY we pray.
You could include a ‘scenarios app’. Make up some scenarios about times where they might pray to Heavenly Father to help know what is right or for strength (for example, to tell the truth, to be reverent, or to be kind).
One more app idea, include a ‘Movie’ or ‘Music’ app. For the movie app, show the children a short Mormon Message on Prayer, and for the Music app have the children play ‘Name that Tune’ with songs about prayer.
You could throw in a few ‘Share An Experience’ or ‘Choose Again’. Just some other ideas in case you need a few more spaces to fill.
UPDATE: Natalie Brady has kindly shared her app icons that she created for her phone. You will find the link to her file down below. Thanks Natalie, you’re amazing!
To close, remind the children that phones are great and do provide answers for us, but we can find so many more answer, and so much strength as we use the power of prayer. Testify that Heavenly Father hears and answers our prayers and will give us strength to do what is right.
I hope you enjoy this week’s Sharing Time Idea. I would love to hear if you use it, and how you use the phone, so leave me a comment letting me know.
Thanks so much for stopping by. Have a wonderful day and a great Sharing Time!