To strengthen the children’s desire to worship at church.
Prepare a four-pointed star as illustrated. Place it in the paper bag for use in the game.
Prepare to help the children sing or say the words to “When I Go to Church” (Children’s Songbook, p. 157).
Make the necessary preparations for any enrichment activities that you will be using.
Invite a child to give the opening prayer.
Follow up with the children if you encouraged them to do something during the week.
Choose from the following activities those that will work best for your children. You can use them in the lesson itself or as a review or summary. For additional guidance, see “Class Time” in “Helps for the Teacher.”
Prepare a handkerchief with a button tied into one corner. Tell the children that you are going to drop the handkerchief. Tell them to raise their hands if they hear it fall. Compliment those who raised their hands because they listened so well. Take the button out of the corner and drop the handkerchief again. Ask the children to raise their hands if they hear it this time.
Tell the children that they should always listen as carefully as they listened to the handkerchief fall. Whenever someone stands to speak to them, whether it is the bishop or the Primary president or a Primary child giving a talk, they need to listen. When their teachers stand before them in their classrooms, it is a signal to listen so that they can hear what the teachers say. Remind the children that they should never miss hearing something important, so they should listen carefully to what is being said.
Tell the following story:
Karen liked to go to Primary. One Sunday, Karen’s father asked, “What did you learn in Primary today, Karen?” Karen thought a moment; then she said, “I can’t remember, Daddy.” As she thought, she remembered that throughout Primary she had been thinking how wonderful it would be at Sally’s birthday party the next day. She hadn’t listened at all in Primary!
Her father said, “Karen, I am glad that you go to Primary, but Mother and I also want you to be reverent while you are there.”
“But, Daddy, I was very quiet!”
“I’m glad you were quiet, Karen, but that is only part of being reverent. You also need to listen and participate in everything. When the prayer is said, you should think about it as though you were saying the prayer yourself and then say amen. When you sing, you should think about the words of the song. You should listen carefully to your teacher. When you participate in everything, you will feel close to Heavenly Father. That is being reverent.”
If there is a child in your class who is absent or less active, take some time with the class to prepare a letter to that child. Have the children help you by suggesting things they do at church that the child has been missing. Write in the letter that you and the children miss seeing the child in class. Have each member of the class sign the letter. Have the letter delivered.
Help the children sing or say the words to “The Chapel Doors” (Children’s Songbook, p. 156).
The chapel doors seem to say to me,
“Sh, be still.”
For this is a reverent place to be,
“Sh, be still.”
We gather here on the Sabbath day
To learn of Jesus, to sing and pray.
So when we come through the chapel doors,
“Sh, be still.”