I Can Be Reverent
To encourage each child to show love for Heavenly Father and Jesus by being reverent.
Invite a child to give the opening prayer.
Ask the children to fold their arms and sit quietly while you sing or play the PowerPoint, the words to “Reverently, Quietly” (Children’s Songbook, p. 26) in a soft voice. If the children know the song, they may sing along.
When you finish, thank the children for sitting quietly.
We can be reverent in church
When we come to church we should act in a certain way. This is called being reverent. What do you think it means to be reverent?
Have a child come up and choose a body part
. Ask them how they can be reverent with that body part. Let the child put the body part on the body. Continue until all the body parts are gone
How can we be reverent with our eyes? Eyes are watching
How can we be reverent with our feet? Walking quietly and holding them still
How can we be reverent with our hands? Raising our hands when we want to say something. Folding our arms.
How can we be reverent with our ears? Listening to prayers and lessons.
How can we be reverent with our mouth? Lips are closed
Now that we have a reverent girl, what do you think she should be thinking about?
Being reverent means doing things that show our love and respect for Heavenly Father and Jesus. When we do these things, Heavenly Father and Jesus know that we love them and that we are happy to be at church.
With the children, sing or play the PowerPoint to “I Want to Be Reverent” (Children’s Songbook, p. 28). Repeat if desired.
Why should we be reverent in Primary?
When we are reverent, we can listen to our teachers and learn about Heavenly Father and Jesus. When we are reverent, we help others to be reverent also.
What building are we in now?
Whose house is this?
The meetinghouse belongs to Heavenly Father and Jesus. It is a place where we come to learn about them and what they want us to do.
Sing or play the PowerPoint to “The Chapel Doors”(Children’s Songbook, p. 156). Have the children put a finger to their lips each time the phrase “Sh, be still” is said.
What are some of the things you should do in the meetinghouse?
What are some of the things you should not do in the meetinghouse?
There are places and times in the meetinghouse for running and playing games, but in most of the building and on Sundays we should be reverent. Point out that besides sitting quietly in Primary and in the chapel, we walk and talk quietly in the halls.
Take the children on a reverent walk through the halls of the meetinghouse. If possible, go to the chapel. When you return to the classroom, praise the children for their reverent behavior and discuss how their reverence helped other people in the building to be reverent in their classes.
What do you do with your feet in the halls at church? in the chapel? In class?
What do you do with your hands?
What do you do with your voice?
We can have reverent feelings
Express how you feel when you think about Jesus Christ and how much he loves us. Explain that these are reverent feelings. Invite the children to express their feelings about Jesus.
Moses was a very righteous man. He lived a long time ago. Moses was a shepherd, do you know what a shepherd is? He took care of sheep
. One day Moses was taking care of his sheep and he say something really weird. Moses saw a bush on fire
, but that is not the weird part. The weird part is the bush was not really burning. It was not burnt at all! Moses went to the bush and he heard a voice. The voice said “Stop and take your shoes off, for this is sacred ground.” Do you know who the voice belonged to? It was Heavenly Father. Moses had reverent feelings when Heavenly Father was talking to him. Moses grew to be one of Heavenly Father’s important helpers, a prophet. Heavenly Father told Moses that Moses was his son and that he had an important work for Moses to do. Moses did this work when he brought the Israelites out of the land of Egypt, where they were treated very cruelly, into another land, where Moses taught them Heavenly Father’s commandments.
Why do you think the Lord asked Moses to take off his shoes? The Lord told Moses to take off his shoes because he was on sacred ground.
We do not have to take our shoes off to be reverent. We have many other ways of being reverent.
How can you be reverent?
We can be reverent at home
Tell the children that the meetinghouse is not the only place where we should be reverent.
What do you do at home when someone is praying?
What do you do at home during family home evening?
When we listen quietly during prayers and lessons at home, we are also being reverent. This shows Heavenly Father and Jesus that we love them.
I Can Be Reverent
Give each child a handout to color.
Express your love for Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ and your gratitude that you can show this love by being reverent. Encourage the children to show their love for Heavenly Father and Jesus by being reverent in Primary, in sacrament meeting, and during prayers and family home evening at home.
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