Another month, another song! I am so excited that “If the Savior Stood Beside Me” has been included in the program this year.
I actually really like the ideas presented in the sharing time outline. Just be sure to coordinate with your primary presidency member to ensure that you don’t do the exact same thing as they’re doing for sharing time.
1. Use the “Do as I’m Doing Discs” found here or here. Invite a child to select a disc & then lead the group with the action he/she chose. Repeat the activity several times, each time inviting a different child to choose a disc. Explain that when we follow the actions of someone else, we are following his or her example. Present a picture of the Savior & explain that He provided us with a perfect example to follow. Begin teaching “If the Savior Stood Beside Me”.
2. Select pictures of the Savior during his time on earth. Pictures should be those that illustrate His example to us (i.e., Christ being baptized, Christ praying, Christ teaching in the temple as a Child, Christ washing the feet of the disciples, Christ with the children, Christ performing miracles, etc). All of these pictures can be found in the LDS gospel library. Place the pictures on the board or in a sack/container the children can draw from. Invite a child to select a picture & then discuss what Christ is teaching us in the picture. Intersperse this activity with teaching of “If the Savior Stood Beside Me”. Another variation of this activity can be found here.
Close by bearing testimony of the Savior’s life & the example he provided for each of us.
Additional songs for practice that correspond with this week’s topic include:
I’m Trying to be Like Jesus
Jesus Wants me for a Sunbeam
I am Like a Star Shining Brightly
Stand for the Right
Give Said the Little Stream
Kindess Begins with Me