June 2018 Week 3 Sharing Time Idea: When I Take the Sacrament, I Renew My Baptismal Covenants

Sharing Time Idea from the 2018 Outline

Identify the doctrine (looking at pictures): Show a picture of baptism and a picture of the sacrament and ask how the two pictures are related. Remind the children that we make covenants with Heavenly Father when we are baptized, and explain that when we take the sacrament we renew our baptismal covenants.

Encourage understanding (listening and discussing):Invite the children to point either to themselves or to heaven to identify who is making the promise as you read the following statements from the sacrament prayer (see D&C 20:77): “take upon them the name of thy Son”; “always remember him”; “keep his commandments”; “always have his Spirit to be with them.” Discuss the meaning of each phrase.

Encourage application (doing actions): Ask the children to think of an action to remind them of each part of the covenant we hear in the sacrament prayer, such as placing their hand on their heart (take upon them the name of thy Son); pointing to their forehead (always remember him); opening their hands like a book (keep his commandments); and wrapping their arms around themselves (always have his Spirit). Repeat all four promises with the actions several times. Encourage the children to review these actions in their minds when they hear the sacrament prayers.

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Sharing Time Ideas from Little LDS Ideas

Since it is Father’s Day this week, I thought it would be fun to invite some men to come in and help with Sharing Time. I looked at the ideas in the outline and some of my previous ideas to decide what to share this week. Finally, I settled on an idea. Hope you like it!

This week I am taking a little bit from THIS Sacrament I Spy idea and THIS Father’s Day Idea that I have shared in the past. I think the children will love having some new helpers as they learn about the Sacrament and their Baptismal Covenants.

June 2018 Week 3 Sharing Time Idea. Sacrament Sharing Time Idea

For this Sharing Time you will be discussing promises that we make. You will invite some fathers/men to come in. They will be wearing different costumes/using props to discuss these promises. Then you will compare those promises to the covenants we make at baptism.
To begin this Sharing Time you will need several costumes or props for the children to wear/use. Here are some examples:
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Team uniform/Athletic uniform: helmets, jersey, equipment (bat, ball, etc.);  Babysitting props: baby doll; Lawn Mowing Job: lawn mower; Personal Chef: food, chef’s hat; Dog Walker: stuffed animal dogs on a leash.
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Before Primary ask 4 men to be your helpers. Have the men dress-up and gather props to represent their job. Tell them to get creative and silly. 🙂 You might also want to explain what you will be doing/asking so they can come up with some answers.
On the day of your lesson, have the men stand out in the hall until you invite them in one by one.
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Invite the first helper into the Primary Room. Once the helper has come in ask the children what this person’s job/role is. Once all the children have figured out what the child is portraying you could say something like this: “{Brother ‘Name’} is on my basketball team. {Helper’s Name}, what do you promise when you become part of a team? (Answers could be: to come to practice, come to games, to do my best, obey the rules, etc.) OK, so since you are on my basketball team you promise to…..{repeat the helper’s answers}.
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Have your helper take a seat at the front of the room and invite your next helper in and repeat once again: “I have asked {helper’s name} to babysit for me. What can I expect from him when he agrees to baby-sit for me? (answers could be: to take care of your children, obey your rules, change diapers, etc.)
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Invite the last helper into the Primary Room and have the children guess what their job is. “{Helper’s Name} will be mowing my lawn for the summer. What can I expect from him when he agrees to mow my lawn for me? (Answers could be: I will mow once a week, I won’t mow over your cat, haha, etc.)
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You will then discuss what a two-way promise is. Tell the children that sometimes promises can be a two-way promise, meaning if you keep your promises then I will promises to do something for you. For example: Stand next to the helper that is babysitting. If {helper’s name} keeps his promise and babysits my children then what could I promise him? I could promise him that I will be home at a certain time, that he will be safe staying in my home, and that I will pay him once I get home (you could have fake money to show to your helper).
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Stand next to the child who is mowing the lawn. And if {helpera’s name} keeps his promises and mows my lawn for the summer what could I promise him? I could promise him that if he comes every Wednesday to my home, I will have my lawn mower ready, and I will pay him for his hard work.
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Today we are going to discuss one of the most important promises, or covenants, you will ever make. Show a picture of baptism and a picture of the sacrament and
ask how the two pictures are related. Remind the children that we make covenants with Heavenly Father when we are baptized, and explain that when we take the sacrament we renew our baptismal covenants.
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Sacrament I Spy: Covenants

For this activity, the fathers/men will be discussing or giving clues about different covenants. The children will need to listen and figure out which covenant they are talking about and then match it to the correct covenant. They will then place the promise under the appropriate column.
At the front of the room, on a chalkboard, have two columns: “I Promise” and “Heavenly Father Promises”. I have included printables (pictured below) for you to use if you’d like. Assign each of your helpers to discuss one of the covenants that is discussed in the outline. You will give them one of the “covenant circles” that is included in my printables. They will use these to show to the children. They can talk about it, share what that covenant means to them, or give clues for the children to guess what covenant they have.
For example: they could show the children their covenant circle and say, “My covenant has to do with the word ‘remember’. They could ask the children what “remember” means. They could then talk about how they try to always think of Jesus and Heavenly Father and what they would do and how they would live. Just an example. 🙂
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June 2018 Week 3 Sharing Time Idea
In addition to the covenant circles, I have also included covenant strips (picture above). These have the actual covenants typed out. The children will be placing these under the appropriate column.
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How to Play

Invite a child to choose one of the men. The helper will then show the covenant circle to the child(ren) and discuss the covenant that he was given. After he has discussed or given clues, the child will need to “spy” which covenant it matches.
Have the covenant strips placed on the ground or on a table. Have the child go over and read them and guess which covenant it is. Once they have guessed the correct covenant, have them decide whether it goes under “I Promise” or “Heavenly Father Promises”. Have the child place the circle and the strip under the column it belongs to.
For Jr. Primary it might be easier to have the helpers hold the covenant strips (since the little ones can’t read the strips), and have the children choose which covenant circle it matches. Have the children “spy” which circle matches the covenant the helper was talking about.
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I hope you enjoy my June 2018 Week 3 Sharing Time Idea and use it for your lesson this week. If you need more ideas you can see what other Sacrament Sharing Time ideas I have shared, HERE. I’d love to hear what you plan on doing this Sunday, so leave a comment and let 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! ♥

Sheena

June 2018 Week 3 Sharing Time Idea from Little LDS Ideas. Printables and idea included. This week's Sharing Time Idea has a fun Father's Day twist that the children will love. They will also learn about the Sacrament as they play Sacrament I Spy. #littleldsideas #ldsprimary #ldssharingtime

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Comments

  1. Sandrine

    Thank you so much for the printable and the idea to have the dads come in! It was Perfect! The kids loved it!

    1. I’m so happy to hear that it was a success! Thanks so much for coming back and letting me know. 🙂