“Lesson 44: We Can All Help at Church,” Primary 1 (2000), 145–47
“Lesson 44,” Primary 1, 145–47
To help each child understand that every member of the ward or branch can help at church.
Prepare a simple thank-you card for each child to color and give to the Primary president or to someone else who helps the children at church. You may want to draw a flower on the front of a folded piece of paper and write the words Thank you on the inside.
A Book of Mormon.
The fishing pole and fish from lesson 11. On each fish put a clue about the bishop or branch president, such as “He sits on the stand at church,” “He helps the people of our ward [or branch],” or “We can give our tithing to him.”
A container of crayons or pencils.
Picture 1-8, Passing the Sacrament (62021); picture 1-67, A Reverent Class; picture 1-71, Building the Ship.
Make the necessary preparations for any Enrichment Activities you want to use.
Invite a child to give the opening prayer.
Choose some of these activities to use during the lesson.
Sing or say the words to “Our Bishop” (Children’s Songbook, p. 135). Have the children shake hands with each other whenever the word bishop is mentioned.
If possible, go for a walk to the chapel and show the children where the bishopric (or branch presidency) sits during sacrament meeting. Let the children take turns sitting in the chairs. Then show the children where the bishop’s (or branch president’s) office is.
Toss or hand a soft object such as a ball or beanbag to a child, and ask him or her to name someone in the ward (or branch) who helps at church and explain how that person helps. Then have the child toss the object back to you. Continue until each child has had at least one turn.
With the approval of your Primary president, invite a member of the bishopric or another ward leader to visit the class and tell the children what he or she does to help at church.
Draw a simple face on a paper plate or round piece of paper for each child. Give the children crayons or pencils, and have each child add hair the same color as his or her own hair. Tell the children that if you say something that is true about how they can help at church, they should hold up their paper faces. If the statement is false, they should leave them on their laps. Use statements such as—
I should throw paper under my chair.
I should thank people who help me at church.
I should run on my way to class.
I should be reverent at church.
Play “Follow the Leader” with the children. Have the children stand in a line. The first child in line runs, hops, skips, or does some other action to the other side of the room. The other children follow the first child, doing what he or she did. Then the first child goes to the end of the line, and the next child becomes the new leader. Continue until each child has had a turn to be the leader.
After the game remind the children that the bishop is the leader of the ward. He wants us to do the things that will lead us back to Heavenly Father.
Sing the song “Do As I’m Doing” (Children’s Songbook, p. 276), using an action suggested by one of the children in the class. Repeat the song enough times that each child has a turn to choose an action.