We planned a great activity to do before Valentines Day – here it is, in Planning With a Purpose format. Refer to this post for more info on how to do Planning With a Purpose and for downloads to help you in the process.
As of last Sunday, I am now serving as the Stake Primary Counselor over Activity Days – that means I am no longer carrying out the activities. But we had already planned these activities with our two youth leaders so I want to share them even though I don’t have photos of the actual activity. I will continue to share ideas as I see them in our Stake. Enjoy!
1. What do we value?
(click here to see “Value Sheet” download)
- We value accomplishing the Faith in God requirements.
- We value everyone feeling included.
- We value people coming.
- We value making friends.
- We value respect toward each other.
- We value learning in a fun way (short lesson plus activity of some sort)
2. What do we want to have happen? (goals)
(click here to see ” Planning Sheet” download)
Instead of asking, “What do we want to do?” always ask, “WHAT DO WE WANT TO HAVE HAPPEN?
Refer to your list of values to help you answer this question – your values and goals should go hand-in-hand.
From the Faith in God Book: Read and discuss the parable of the good Samaritan (see Luke 10:30–37). Plan and complete a service project that helps a family member or neighbor. After completing the project, discuss how it helped your faith grow stronger.
For our Heart Attack activity, this is what we came up with:
- serve girls in our group who don’t come to activity days by showing love
- show thanks to bishopric
- have fun while learning a new way to serve
- make sure everyone is part of the serving
3. How are we going to make this happen? (plans + implementation)
NOTE: Holly + Sydney will cut extra hearts before the activity because we probably can’t cut them all and decorate the doors in 1 hour.
Use extra cardstock and paper from Sister Hall so we don’t have to use the budget.
1. Welcome (opening prayer) – 5 min. (Sydney is in charge)
2. Read and discuss the parable of the good Samaritan (see Luke 10:30–37). Discuss that service increases faith.
3. Heart Preparation: everyone cuts out hearts from donated paper, write messages on some hearts, group into 4-5 piles – 20 min.
4. Closing prayer before we leave
5. Divide into 2 groups – each do a bishopric/clerk door and at least one home of an activity day girl who doesn’t usually come. (The youth leaders thought thought it was so funny to do the doors of the bishopric.)
6. Heart Attack: use painters tape to attach hearts all over the doors of the bishopric/clerk and activity day girls – try to keep it a secret (Sister Denny get the key to the church)
7. Leaders take girls home when finished
SET UP PLAN:
- cardstock and paper for hearts
- sharpies / markers
- painters tape or masking tape – enough for 2 groups
Use the kitchen counter and kitchen table to create hearts (cover table with cloth)
CLEAN UP PLAN:
Everyone helps clean up the mess before the closing prayer and heart attack delivery (Holly in charge)
HOW WE WILL LET EVERYONE KNOW ABOUT THE ACTIVITY:
Calendar (we deliver a 3-month calendar to all the girls before the activities start)
Text Reminder to Moms (the day before)
4. Evaluate the process and the implementation
Ask yourself often:
What DID we want to have happen?
Is that actually happening / did that happen?
Do we need to change something to get closer to what we want to have happen?
How can we do that?