Sharing Time Ideas from 2011 Primary Outline
ENCOURAGE UNDERSTANDING AND APPLICATION(learning about the sacrament): Invite the bishop or branch president and a few Aaronic Priesthood holders to teach the children about the sacrament. If possible, you could ask them to take the children into the chapel and teach them what the sacrament symbolizes and show them the sacrament table, the place where they kneel to offer the prayer, and the cloth used to cover the sacrament. Invite another Aaronic Priesthood holder to explain what he does to pass the sacrament each week to the congregation and why this is a sacred privilege. Ask the children what the priesthood bearers do that shows respect for God when they bless the sacrament (kneel to pray, cover the sacrament with with a white cloth, dress and act in a reverent manner). Invite the children to share what they can do to show respect for Jesus Christ during the administration of the sacrament.
Sharing Time Ideas from Little LDS Ideas
I really like the idea from the outline, but in case the idea above doesn’t work for your Primary here is another idea that I had.
Before sharing time ask for 2 sacrament trays (one for the bread and one for the water).
For the first part of this activity you can use either the water or bread tray. I thought of possibly placing questions or statements about the sacrament inside the sacrament tray. You could pass the tray around (make sure they’re very reverent) and have the children pick out slips of paper and then read them aloud.
You could have the pianist play a song and when the music stops have that child pick a paper from the Sacrament tray.
Place questions, scriptures, facts, etc. about the Sacrament: explain what the water and bread represent, the Sacrament prayer references, what covenants we renew when we partake of the Sacrament, etc.
For the second part of this activity use the other tray that wasn’t used for the first activity. For this activity you will be help the children to know that being reverent during Sacrament helps us remember Jesus Christ.
You will need several stories along with pictures of Christ. Number each picture and then on small pieces of paper write each number. Cut them into small pieces and then crumple them up and place them in the Sacrament tray. Using the same concept as above pass the tray around and when it stops have the child pick a number. Share the story of Christ with the children and then hang the picture up on a chalkboard/bulletin board.
Explain that during the Sacrament we can think about these stories of Jesus Christ and it will help us to remember Him.
You could also have different ways the children could be reverent during the Sacrament: read your scriptures, read the Sacrament hymn, look at pictures of Christ, etc.
I also thought it would be great to have the children (especially Jr. Primary) make their very own ‘Sacrament Book‘. Here is something I did for my children.
We bought a packet of Temple pictures, pictures of Christ, and the ‘Scripture Hero’ pictures. Then I laminated each one and added a strip of cardstock to the top (I did this so I could punch holes). Once I had each one laminated and the holes were punched I made a little cover out of cardstock and then tied them together with some ribbon.
My children enjoy looking at the pictures, and it helps them to focus on Christ during the Sacrament.
But you could also print out several Coloring pages from ‘The Friend’ and have the children color each one and then tie them together with ribbon to make their very own Sacrament Book.
I put together a few pictures I found on LDS.org (I did this really quick) that you could use for your Sharing Time. If you want to add some more just click HERE to view all the coloring pages.
I just copied the picture and then shrunk it down to fit 4 to a page. You could do 2 to a page to make a larger book.
Be sure to print each picture on a heavy type of paper or glue each picture to a piece of colored cardstock. If you back each picture with a piece of cardstock then you can punch the holes in the cardstock instead of the actual picture. Then just use some ribbon or brads to put the book together.
If you don’t have time to make a book during your Sharing Time, have the children take home a ‘Sacrament Book Kit’. Give them the pictures and the ribbon and some instructions and have the children do it at home as a family.
OK, there’s my idea. I hope it can help you out. Have a great week & a great Sharing Time!