“Making ‘Sabbath Sunshine’” Ensign, June 1999, 71
My husband and I decided to implement a family gospel study time on Sundays as Church leaders have suggested families might wish to consider (see James E. Faust, “The Lord’s Day,” Ensign, Nov. 1991, 34; Spencer W. Kimball, “Families Can Be Eternal,” Ensign, Nov. 1980, 5). At first we felt unsure of how to begin or what to do. But I knew from experience that the Lord would help us if we tried, so we began developing a number of different gospel-based activities to bring a little “Sabbath sunshine” to our time together. Following are some of the things we do.
Ask one of the children to prepare a short talk to be delivered after church to family members. The talk can come from lessons learned at church.
Have a hymn-singing time. This includes teaching new hymns, singing old favorites, or playing games to name the more familiar tunes.
Write letters or record cassette tapes to send to grandparents, family members, missionaries, or friends.
Hold a “children’s fireside.” Invite another family to join in, and ask each family to prepare a flannel-board story, a talk, and one or two musical numbers.
Organize the children to perform an impromptu skit about a religious topic or story.
Read a chapter from a Church book or an article from a Church magazine.
Hold parental interviews.
Plan to scatter some of the family’s “Sabbath sunshine” to others by preparing a treat and a card for a friend or neighbor; then drop it off anonymously.
We have found that the more we involve our children in a variety of different activities, the more they look forward to our Sunday gospel time together.—Karen F. Church, Pleasant Grove, Utah