Guest author Jen H. returns!
“Thankfulness is the beginning of gratitude. Gratitude is the completion of thankfulness. Thankfulness may consist merely of words. Gratitude is shown in acts.” – Henri Frederic Amiel
I don’t think that a Primary presidency can ever say ‘Thank You’ enough to those who serve with us in Primary. This feels especially true with those who serve every week in the quietest ways– the pianist, nursery workers, in Cub Scouts and Activity Days. They work with our Primary children but can often feel disconnected from the Primary organization.
One Sunday evening, we held a Primary Appreciation Dessert Night for our entire Primary board & their families. This meant that everyone who worked with the children in our ward was invited– our bishopric counselor over Primary, Primary teachers, chorister & pianist, nursery workers, nursery chorister, Activity Day leaders, Cubs Scout leaders, 11-year-old Scout leaders — and their families (about 100 people!).
We wanted to keep it intimate (for those who don’t often get a chance to socialize with others on Sunday) and simple (because this was a big group). We chose a local park with a playground and picnic tables for our activity. This worked out perfectly! The children were able to play and have a great time together and the adults got to eat and chat. We served brownies and shortcake that we could top with strawberries and whipped cream, with water to drink. We gave balloons to children as families left.
Everyone who attended our Appreciation Night left feeling a part of the Primary and knew how much we appreciated all of their service. They appreciated that we planned an activity that included their families and didn’t ask them to do anything. We plan to make this a yearly activity.