Sharing Time Ideas from the 2017 Outline
Encourage understanding (participating in an object lesson):Give each child a pebble. Ask the children to put the pebble in their shoe, and invite them to stand and walk. Ask the children how it feels to walk with a pebble in their shoe. Ask how sin is like the pebble. (It doesn’t feel good; it makes us unhappy.) Have them remove the pebble, and ask how repenting and receiving Heavenly Father’s forgiveness is like removing the pebble from our shoe. Explain that because of Jesus Christ, we can repent and receive forgiveness of our sins. Bear testimony that repentance is a wonderful blessing from Heavenly Father and that it brings us happiness.
Tip: For the activity in week 1, you could also invite one child to carry a bag filled with rocks and then show how repentance is like taking the rocks out of the bag.
Sharing Time Idea from Little LDS Ideas
I love this week’s idea given in the outline. I think the children will enjoy having pebbles placed in their shoes. I know that each Primary is different, so some of you may be looking for something else to do. Over the years I have shared quite a few Repentance Sharing Time Ideas, so that is what I am sharing with you today (I also shared a new idea that goes along with the outline, HERE!) I hope you enjoy them, and are able to use them.
‘Sin Cans’ Repentance Sharing Time Idea
In the outline, they offer a tip of using cans instead of pebbles for this week’s lesson. If you are thinking of doing cans, then you will want to check out my ‘Sin Cans’ idea and printables. I used these printables and lesson idea for a FHE lesson years ago, and then shared it as a Sharing Time idea last year.
You will begin your activity by inviting a child up to the front and have them put on the backpack. You will introduce your ‘helper’ and then grab a can. Share the ‘sin’ that is on the can with the other children, and place it in the backpack. Grab another can, read it, and add it to the backpack. Continue until all the cans have been read and placed in the backpack. You can then ask the child if the backpack is a little heavy. If they say ‘NO’, throw in some extra cans.
Explain to the children that sin ‘CAN’ weigh us down. Show the picture of Christ in Gethsemane again, and explain that because of Christ’s Atonement, our sins ‘CAN’ be forgiven and our load ‘CAN’ be lightened.
You will find the idea and all the printables using the link above.
This is a favorite of mine, and I think the children enjoy it as well. I have used my ‘Sin Spots’ Repentance Sharing Time Idea several times, and it’s always a hit. I have done it different ways over the years, sometimes I invite a child up and place the spots on them, and then I have used an idea that I found on Sugardoodle where I come into the Primary room with the spots on myself. That was really fun because the children noticed immediately and wanted to know what the spots were. I just pretended I didn’t know what they were talking about until it was time for Sharing Time.
I sometimes will also do a fun object lesson that I like to call the ‘Clean Again’ Chocolate Sauce Object lesson.
The Shiny Bicycle
Have you seen the ‘Shiny Bicycle’ Mormon Message? It’s a favorite in my home, and it’s a great video to share when teaching about repentance. A couple years ago I used this video as part of my Sharing Time and created a fun little ‘Find the Bicycle’ game to go with it.
Mixed in with the bicycle cards are ‘sin cards’. If one of these cards are flipped over, the children will have to follow the steps of repentance and share how they would repent for that mistake. I also have some other great ideas that I used as part of this lesson, so be sure to click the link below and take a look at what I shared.
Other Repentance Sharing Time Ideas
I have a lot of ideas that I have shared over the years. To view them all, just click HERE or visit my Sharing Time Index (found in the Primary tab) and click on ‘Repentance Sharing Time Ideas’.
I hope you enjoy this week’s Repentance Sharing Time ideas that I have shared. I would love to hear what you think, and what you decide to do, so leave me a comment letting me know.
Thanks so much for stopping by! Have a wonderful day and a great Sharing Time.