Additional RS Meetings and Activities

On September 26, 2009, Sister Julie Beck announced changes that will simplify the RS activities formerly known as "Home, Family and Personal Enrichment". These Relief Society Meetings will focus on three main areas: faith, home/family, and service. Each meeting should be carefully planned using inspiration to meet the needs of sisters in each individual unit.

Please use the links below to see Relief Society Meeting ideas, and read below to find out more information on the new guidelines!

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ram21843's picture

I am needing ideas for

I am needing ideas for activities in the homes of elderly sisters in my ward who
are unable to attend our Enrichment meetings and need the companionship of
other sisters in our ward who are also unable to attend Enrichment meetings.
Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

Rita

Jenny Smith's picture

Are these sisters able to

Are these sisters able to attend Sunday church? Are the sisters homebound, or do they just not like to drive at night? If it's a driving issue, you can look into providing rides through the visiting teachers.

Typically, women find a way to attend meetings when they feel they *relate* to the activity. It may be that your Enrichment meetings are not meeting the needs of your elderly sisters. Could you include some of them on your planning committee to encourage attendance? Can you make assignments to them so they feel included and needed? Will they accept assignments when made? All of these are questions that might help you assess what the actual needs of the sisters are.

As for lessons, how about lessons in learning to use the new online extraction programs or Family Search? Quilting, knitting, and other hand crafts are usually popular at this age, too.

If these sisters are truly homebound, it's going to be very difficult to plan group activities because you'll have to transport them as well. What ideas do you have?

Heather's picture

OK i will be kind. where is

OK i will be kind.
where is the full discription of these activities?
i just see the comments that people have made
the scripture and the objective. I don't see how
to do the activity or anything else about it. I just got
called a few weeks ago to my wards relief society
committee and i was comming to get some ideas to bring
with me to the meeting in January. But I am looking on here
for ideas and i click on one that says read more
and i don't see anymore to read about the activity.
so what can i do, I am expecting when i click on a idea that says read more,
to actually have alot more info about the idea like the discription of the idae
how to the idea is supposed to be done and what the idea is about
and what items i would need for the idea. Because i don't see anything like this for any of the RS activities on here at all. where am i supposed to look for the more
in read more about the activity.

Sn-D's picture

Is there a manual on my

Is there a manual on my calling as a Relief Society Activity director.  As to what I'm suppose to be doing and What I'm in charge of doing?  This is all new to me!  Help!!!!!  I have no clue as to where to get FREE activity ideas with printable invitations, decoration ideas, food ideas, how much to prepare, etc., ideas for the activities.   I'm totally in the dark, and no one is really giving me any kind of idea and/or help as to what I'm suppose to be doing, etc. 

 

Thank You!!!!

 

Jenny Smith's picture

Here's the information from

Here's the information from the handbook on organizing Relief Society Meetings:

9.4.2

Additional Relief Society Meetings

To supplement the instruction in Sunday meetings, Relief Society sisters may participate in additional meetings. These may include service, classes, projects, conferences, and workshops. In these meetings, sisters learn and accomplish the charitable and practical responsibilities of the Relief Society. They learn and practice skills that will help them increase their faith and personal righteousness, strengthen their families and make their homes centers of spiritual strength, and help those in need. They learn and apply principles of provident living and spiritual and temporal self-reliance. They also increase in sisterhood and unity as they teach one another and serve together.

All Relief Society sisters, including those who serve in Young Women and Primary and those who do not actively participate in the Church, are invited to attend. Sisters may also invite their friends of other faiths.

Sisters should not be made to feel that attendance at these meetings is mandatory.

The Relief Society president oversees all Relief Society meetings. As part of this responsibility, she counsels regularly with the bishop about how the meetings can help meet the needs of individuals and families in the ward.

Although the Relief Society president oversees the meetings, she does not need to attend all of them. However, at least one member of the Relief Society presidency should be in attendance at every meeting.

Frequency and Location of the Meetings

The Relief Society presidency prayerfully considers how often they should hold additional Relief Society meetings and where they should hold them. When they have made a decision, the Relief Society president seeks approval from the bishop.

These meetings are usually held at a time other than on Sunday or on Monday evening. They are generally held monthly, but the Relief Society presidency may recommend that they be held more often or less often. Efforts should be made to meet at least quarterly.

In determining the frequency, location, and length of additional meetings, the bishop and Relief Society presidency consider time commitments of sisters, family circumstances, travel distance and cost, financial cost to the ward, safety, and other local circumstances.

Planning the Meetings

Relief Society leaders prayerfully counsel together about the topics that will strengthen sisters and their families and about the best ways to teach those topics.

The Relief Society president ensures that plans for all Relief Society meetings are approved by the bishop. She also ensures that all plans are in accordance with the guidelines in chapter 13.

Although the Relief Society president oversees these meetings, she may ask her first or second counselor to assume the responsibility for planning them and carrying them out. She may also recommend another sister to be called as Relief Society meeting coordinator to fulfill this responsibility (see 9.2.5).

Meetings may focus on one topic or be divided into more than one class or activity. Generally, teachers should be members of the ward or stake. Each year, one meeting may commemorate the founding of the Relief Society and focus on its history and purposes.

In planning these meetings, Relief Society leaders give special attention to topics that the bishop has asked them to address to help meet local needs. Leaders also give priority to the following topics:

Marriage and family: preparing for marriage and family, strengthening marriages, motherhood, early childhood education, preparing youth for future responsibilities, encouraging and preparing for family home evening, and strengthening extended family relationships.

Homemaking: learning and improving skills for the care of the home and family, such as cleaning and organizing, home beautification, cooking, and sewing.

Self-reliance and provident living: finances (budgeting, debt relief, and employment qualifications); education and literacy (studying the scriptures and learning the gospel, teaching others to read, tutoring children and youth, choosing children’s literature, using computers and other technology, and developing cultural awareness); health (physical health, fitness, addiction prevention and recovery, social and emotional health, and preventing illness); gardening; food production and storage; and emergency preparedness.

Compassionate service: care of the sick, elderly, homebound, disabled, and poor and needy; support for new mothers and babies; and humanitarian and community aid.

Temple and family history: collecting and preserving family history information, writing family histories, preparing for the temple, and doing temple work.

Sharing the gospel: member missionary efforts, fellowshipping new and less-active members, neighborhood outreach, activation and retention, welcoming new sisters into Relief Society, and preparing for full-time missions.

Children’s Class

A children’s class may be held to allow mothers of young children to attend meetings held on days other than Sunday. With the approval of the bishopric, the Relief Society presidency asks Relief Society sisters or other ward members to supervise and teach this class. If Relief Society sisters teach the class, the Relief Society presidency rotates this responsibility so all the sisters can have the opportunity to attend the meetings. If men teach the class, the Relief Society presidency follows the guidelines in 11.8.1.

Teachers for the children’s class plan age-appropriate activities that teach children about Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ. They may use Primary manuals and other Primary materials to teach the children.

If food is provided in the children’s class, leaders first consult with the parents of each child about any dietary restrictions due to conditions such as diabetes or allergies.

(https://www.lds.org/handbook/handbook-2-administering-the-church/relief-...)