From time to time a month has a 5th Sunday. In 2016, fifth Sundays occur in January, May, July and October. But each monthly outline in the Sharing Time manual only has 4 weeks? What to do?
- Use the time for your favorite lesson or activity on the monthly theme or another gospel principle. For ideas, click on the “Categories” box to the right here, and select “lessons” or “sharing time.” My personal favorites: “Simple Pioneer Trek” (not just for Pioneer Day on July 24!), “Lesson from a Laundry Basket” (suitable for Junior Primary as well as nursery), and Women and Service in the Kingdom: a Sharing Time or family night lesson for girls AND boys (about the power of women and girls, what children might like to know about Relief Society, etc.)
- Review one of the lessons for the month on the theme. Or review all 4 lessons, tying them together to reinforce the monthly theme.
- Teach a lesson missed because of Stake Conference, General Conference, or a snow day. (I’m writing this as I just heard the news that church is cancelled tomorrow because of a blizzard, so I’ve got snow days on my mind!)
- Involve the children in a service project during Sharing Time. Ideas here and here.
- “Children’s Choice – Songs & Scriptures.” Ask a child to choose his favorite song. Look up the song in the Children’s Songbook (CS) or Hymns. Sing the song, then go to the bottom right corner of the page in the songbook for two scriptures that relate to the song topic. Easy. For example, a child chooses “Baptism” (CS, 100). The bottom right corner of the songbook page leads you to Matthew 3:13-16, the story of Christ’s baptism, and the 4th Article of Faith. Teach about that principle, bearing testimony as you feel prompted, perhaps asking a child to share an experience. Repeat as time allows.
- Practice the Articles of Faith. Here are 3 fun ideas: Learning the Articles of Faith: 3 fun ideas
- Watch one of the marvelous videos for children on lds.org, Scroll down past the videos for teachers, leaders and parents to the videos for children. The children might enjoy the “One in a Million” videos of LDS children around the world, or perhaps a video of a favorite scripture story. There are games and activities on that site as well.
Any other favorite ways to fill 5th Sundays?
Photo is of Giordayne from Jamaica, from “One in a Million” videos on lds.org