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Today’s guest contributor Lindsey is Primary President and mother of one through the blessing of adoption. She enjoys dance parties with her daughter and husband, and eating lots of chips and guacamole.
Thinking ahead to the 4th quarter Primary sacrament meeting presentation? Wondering how to approach the sacrament meeting program with the “Come Follow Me” manual and the “home-centered, church-supported” curriculum?
Here are the guidelines for the 2019 Primary sacrament meeting program with this guiding quote: “The presentation should allow the children to present what they and their families have learned from the New Testament at home and in Primary, including the Primary songs they have sung during the year. Prayerfully consider which gospel principles and songs support what they have learned.”
We’re taking this instruction literally. We are simply asking the children to present what they have learned from the New Testament this year at home and in Primary. Also consider: this will be the first year that sacrament meeting is one hour, so the Primary presentation portion will be even shorter than before. Keeping it simple is key.
Here is the email we are sending to the parents on August 1. Read below or download it as a customize-able word document here: Primary sacrament meeting presentation planning 2019 – Come Follow Me. Feel free to adapt this to YOUR children’s needs.
Hello parents of Primary children!
Mark your calendars: Sunday (insert date) will be our ward’s Primary Sacrament Meeting Presentation. **Please read this thoroughly and respond no later than (date).**
Our purpose is to allow the children to present what they have learned from the scriptures at home and in Primary. In past years, the Primary Presidency has written a script based on structured monthly themes, assigned songs, etc. With Come Follow Me, we are taking a new approach: each child will write his/her own part (or tell you what to write). To emphasize a home-centered, church-supported experience, we are keeping the “script” simple: what has your child learned this year?
Guidelines for your child’s part: Please discuss the above question with your child (“What have you learned this year?”) and help him/her write a part based on the lengths described below:
- Sunbeams/CTR 4: one sentence
- CTR 5/6/7/Valiant 8: 2-3 sentences
- Valiant 9/10: 3-4 sentences
Additional prompts to discuss with your child, if they are helpful:
- What has been one of your favorite stories from the New Testament?
- How have you grown closer to the Savior this year?
- Share an experience our family has had this year in studying the Savior’s life together.
- What scripture has been meaningful to you? Why?
If your child would rather not have a speaking part, please talk with a member of the Primary Presidency.
Please email us your child’s name and the sentences he/she writes or dictates to you, no later than (date).
We are looking forward to this testimony-building experience!
For those children with little support in the home, another guest author Kim makes this suggestion: “Pull out the kids one at a time during Singing Time the month before and collect their answers. If appropriate, email the part to their parent(s) and ask them to help their children memorize it.”
Then, when the parents collect the children’s thoughts and email them to you, you can compile the responses, group them by class, and print the script so you can prompt the children at the microphone. In my ward, we alternate ages of classes presenting, so the longer portions from the oldest children won’t all be back-to-back. A song will go between each group. We like to keep classes together so they sit together on the stand with the teachers they trust, then an entire row goes up at the same time.
We would love to hear from YOU!! comment below on your plans for this groundbreaking year with these exciting changes!