November 2009 Sharing Time: Serve One Another

This sharing time will involve the children in an activity to help them learn how they can serve others.

Preparation: Put the following items in a large duffel bag or pillow case. A can of food, a garden trowel, a tube of toothpaste, a feather duster, a plastic cup or piece of silverware, a package of flower seeds, a small blanket or quilt, and a children's book.

Presentation: Tell the children that you are going to talk about some ways they can serve others. Show them the bag and explain that there are items inside to represent ways they can serve, or help. Invite a child to come pull an item out of the bag. Have them think of a way that item reminds them to help others. Prompt them and expand on what they say as needed. Have all the children act out the service as you talk about it. Suggested ideas follow.

Can of food: Collect and donate canned goods to food pantries or homeless shelters. Fix a meal for a lonely person.

Garden trowel: Do yard work for elderly neighbors. This could include weeding, mowing lawns, shoveling snow, etc.

Toothpaste: Make and donate hygiene kits to the Church's Humanitarian Center or to local homeless centers.

Feather duster: Help mother with jobs around the house such as dusting, vacuuming, making bed, etc.

Cup or silverware: Help setting the table or washing the dishes. Help cook dinner. Help fix treats for others.

Flower seeds: Plant flowers around the church house, a school, or other community building. Take flowers to grandparents, neighbors, or those in a care center.

Blanket: Make fleece blankets or quilts for the Humanitarian Center or local homeless shelter. Help take care of a baby.

Book: Read a story to a younger brother or sister. Donate books to local care centers.

Explain that sometimes service can be a big project and sometimes service can be as simple as a note or kind word to those in our own family. Encourage the children to find ways they can serve others. Bear your testimony that Heavenly Father loves us and wants us to love one another and take care of one another.

Sing songs to reinforce the lesson such as, "When We're Helping," Children's Songbook 198; "Give, Said the Little Stream," CS 236; "Go the Second Mile," CS 167; and "I'm Trying to Be like Jesus," CS 78.

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