{Sharing Time} Prayer is Reverent Communication With Heavenly Father

By [email protected] (Sheena Perron)

IDENTIFY THE DOCTRINE(identifying objects and pictures): Before Primary, gather or draw pictures of things people use to communicate (such as a letter, a telephone, or a computer), and hide the pictures beneath a few of the chairs in the Primary room. Ask the children to imagine they are far from home and need to communicate with their family. Have them look under their chairs for the hidden pictures, and discuss how they help us communicate with others. Explain that when we came to earth, we left our heavenly home, but we can still communicate with our Heavenly Father. Ask the children, “How can we communicate with Heavenly Father?” Show the children several pictures of children and families praying. Explain that each picture shows reverent communication— praying with love and respect—to Heavenly Father. Ask the children to say, “Prayer is reverent communication with Heavenly Father.”

ENCOURAGE UNDERSTANDING AND APPLICATION (chalkboard activity): List the four parts of prayer on the board. Ask the children to name things we might thank Heavenly Father for and what we might ask Him for. List their responses on the board. Ask the children to demonstrate how we show reverence when we pray.

Sharing Time Ideas from Little LDS Ideas

I love the ‘Identify the Doctrine’ idea given in the outline. I also thought it might be fun to have the actual objects there hidden in a bag or underneath boxes.

Invite some children up to the front and ask them to imagine they are far from home and need to communicate with their family. Have them look at the hidden items, and discuss how they help us communicate with others. Talk about the different ways we communicate with each other.

Explain that when we came to earth, we left our heavenly home, but we can still communicate with our Heavenly Father. Ask the children, “How can we communicate with Heavenly Father?” Show the children several pictures of children and families praying. Explain that each picture shows reverent communication— praying with love and respect—to Heavenly Father. Ask the children to say, “Prayer is reverent communication with Heavenly Father.”

Today we are going to talk about prayer. Did you know there are certain words that we should use when we pray?

Today we are going to learn all about them.

PB&J Prayer Sandwich

Today I have a great Prayer Sharing Time that the children will enjoy. You will be making a PB & J while talking about prayer. Enjoy!


Tell the children that today you are going to be making a PB&J Prayer Sandwich.
Show the children the first piece of bread. Ask them ‘How do we begin our prayers? The first piece of bread is for ‘Dear Heavenly Father’.

Lay the piece of bread on a plate and have everyone repeat ‘Dear Heavenly Father’.

Now, ask if anyone knows what comes next.

The Jelly! Use the jelly to represent: ‘We Thank Thee.’

But instead of putting on a lot of jelly just put on a tiny little glob.

Ask the children if that is enough. They’ll obviously say NO!

Explain that when we pray we need to remember to thank Heavenly Father for ALL of our many blessings. We want Heavenly Father to know that we appreciate all that He has given to us, so we need to remember to Thank Him.

To help the children know some things that they can be thankful for I decided to do a little activity.

I found pictures of several different things that we might be thankful for and printed them out.

{Thanks Nikki from Melonheadz for your great clipart! I just google searched for the others and there’s a few that aren’t in the picture.}

I am going to attach them to a poster-board with ‘We Thank Thee’ at the top. I am going to cover up the pictures and tell the children that underneath are pictures of things that we can be thankful for.

I am going to reveal the pictures for 2-3 seconds and then cover them up again.

I will then call on a child to see if he/she remembers what one of the pictures was.

If they name one, I will take it off the poster-board and show it to the children and discuss why we are thankful for that particular item.

Then I will repeat for a few more pictures. As we talk about each picture I will add more jelly to the sandwich.

The next step in our PB&J Sandwich is the PB!

The peanut butter represents: ‘We Ask Thee’. I will do the same activity that I did with the Jelly.

And the last part of our PB&J Prayer sandwich is the piece of bread which represents: ‘In the name of Jesus Christ, Amen’.

You could then close with a song about prayer or a short story from ‘The Friend’. Encourage the children to think about what they will say before they pray each day and then bear your testimony.

I am excited for this Sharing Time. I think it’s going to be alot of fun AND it will help the children to learn how to pray.


Are you ready to create your very own Prayer PB&J’s for your Primary? Then click the link below to print out my PB&J labels.


I’m sorry I don’t have a printable of the pictures I used for the ‘Thank Thee’ or ‘Ask Thee’ section, but just click on the Melonheadz link above and you will find some great clipart to use. :)

Thanks so much for stopping by. Have a wonderful day & a great Sharing Time!

sheena

Source:: Little LDS Ideas

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