Sharing Time Ideas from the 2017 Outline
Identify the doctrine (discussing the doctrine): Ask the children to hold up their hands and look at them. Ask them how their hands help them play, work, and get ready for church. Invite them to pantomime each answer. Then ask them how people can use their hands to help others. Explain that priesthood holders can use their hands to give blessings that help and strengthen us.
Encourage understanding and application (seeing pictures and sharing experiences): Post pictures of the sacrament, baptism, confirmation, a baby blessing, and administering to the sick around the room, and explain what is happening in each picture. Invite the children to trace both of their hands on a piece of paper and cut them out. Have them write their name on the front of each handprint. Invite them to tape one of their paper hands near a picture showing a blessing or ordinance they have received from the hands of a priesthood holder. Choose a few hands, and invite those children to share their feelings about how the priesthood has blessed and strengthened them. Tell the story of Jesus blessing the children from 3 Nephi 17:11–25. Place a picture of Jesus with children at the front of the room, and invite each child to tape their second paper hand near the picture. Explain that priesthood holders have the power to act in the name of Jesus Christ; they can bless us just as Jesus would if He were here.
Sharing Time Ideas from Little LDS Ideas
For this week’s idea I am updating another idea that I shared back in 2012. This idea goes right along with the outline, and will work for both Jr. and Sr. primary. I have also included printables for you to use to make preparing a little easier. Enjoy!
To begin your Sharing Time, “ask the children to hold up their hands and look at them. Ask them how their hands help them play, work, and get ready for church. You could invite a few children to come up and pantomime their answer. Then ask them how people can use their hands to help others. Explain that priesthood holders can use their hands to give blessings that help and strengthen us.”
Priesthood Hands Sharing Time Idea
For this next part you will need the pictures that were suggested in the outline: sacrament, baptism, confirmation, a baby blessing, and administering to the sick. You can find these pictures online in the LDS.org Media Library or you can find them in the Gospel Art Kit. Have these pictures posted at the front of the room on a chalkboard or bulletin board.
Before Primary you will need to print and cut my Priesthood Hands printables (link below). I have included a set that would work for Jr. primary and a scripture set that would work for Sr. Primary.
How To Play
Before Primary you will place the Priesthood Hands around the room. The children will be searching for Priesthood Hands that have words/clues on them. Once they have the clues, they will match the hands to a picture.
Invite a child up to the front and have them search for two matching hands (hands of the same color). If you have a lot of children in your Primary you could have one child find one hand, and then invite another child to find the matching hand.
Once they have found 2 of the same Priesthood Hands, have them read the words and then match them to the appropriate picture. When they have figured out which picture it is, have them place them by the picture. Discuss the Priesthood Blessing with the children. Continue by inviting another child up to search for a Priesthood Hand.
Sr. Primary Scripture Option
I decided to create another option that would be a little more challenging for Sr. Primary. For these Priesthood Hands I have included scripture references on the hands. One hand has the book where you can find the scripture, and the other hand has the chapter and verse(s).
The children will be searching for matching hands, and then will need to look up the scripture reference on the hand. Have the children read the scripture and then decide which picture it is talking about.
When I created these I somehow missed the “confirmation” picture, but I went back and created a set for both Jr. and Sr. Primary. You will find them on the last 2 pages, I just didn’t want anyone to be confused. 🙂 You might also notice the blank hand in the picture above. I was going to include a set of blank hands, but I decided to remove those since they’re the same color as another set of hands, and might confuse the children.
I hope you enjoy this week’s Sharing Time idea. Sorry it’s so late, but I hope that some of you can use it.
Thanks so much for stopping by. Have a wonderful day and a great Sharing Time!