Saturday, January 5, 2013

1st week sharing Time Ideas for january

I have Sharing time this month (15 min. lesson for all of the children 3-11 in our church).  There are a lot of great resources but I thought I would share what I have planned as well.  These also would work great for FHE.

Theme: God is my Heavenly Father. He knows and loves me.

 Sharing Time Ideas from the 2013 Primary Outline
IDENTIFY THE DOCTRINE (playing a guessing game): Tell the children that you are thinking of someone who loves us, knows each of us, helps us, and lives far away. Ask them to guess who you are thinking of (Heavenly Father).Discuss our relationship with Heavenly Father. Invite the children to repeat together “God is my Heavenly Father. He knows and loves me.”

ENCOURAGE UNDERSTANDING (reading scriptures): Divide the children into groups. Have each group read Enos 1:5, Moses 1:6, and Joseph Smith—History 1:17 and discuss how the Lord addresses each prophet. Ask the children, “If Heavenly Father visited you, what would He call you?” Bear testimony that God knows each of us by name.

ENCOURAGE APPLICATION (singing songs): Have the children stand in a circle and pass around several items that represent God’s love for His children as they sing “I am a Child of God” (CS, 2–3) or “I Know My Father Lives” (CS, 5). Items could include scriptures, a picture of the sacrament, a piece of fruit, or a picture of a family. Randomly stop the singing and have the children holding an item share one way they know God loves them. Repeat as time allows.

I plan to play the guessing game above.  Then expand with the idea that Heavenly Father knows our names, our likes, dislikes, where we live, etc.  and then ask how do we know Heavenly Father loves us.

I am going to share this video

As they draw and color this page.

To Finish I'll either end up sharing what is on the handout here OR I really liked this quote from President Uchtdorf talk found HERE. (found through Sophia's Primary Ideas) "My dear brothers and sisters, it may be true that man is nothing in comparison to the greatness of the universe. At times we may even feel insignificant, invisible, alone, or forgotten. But always remember—you matter to Him! Brothers and sisters, the most powerful Being in the universe is the Father of your spirit. He knows you. He loves you with a perfect love.
God sees you not only as a mortal being on a small planet who lives for a brief season—He sees you as His child. He sees you as the being you are capable and designed to become. He wants you to know that you matter to Him.

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