The Sacrament Helps Me Think about Jesus
To encourage each child to think about Jesus Christ during the sacrament.
- Sacrament tray and a stop sign on a popsicle stick for each child
- Picture 1-3, Jesus the Christ
- Picture 3-1, John the Baptist Baptizing Jesus
- Picture 3-51, Sermon on the Mount
- Picture 3-10, The First Vision
Invite a child to give the opening prayer.
The meeting on Sunday where we usually meet together as families is called sacrament meeting.
Why do we call this meeting sacrament meeting?
Ask the children to think of the last time they took the sacrament. Have them try to remember what they thought about and did during the sacrament. Tell them to answer the following questions to themselves, not aloud:
Were you reverent during the sacrament?
Did you think about the Savior during the sacrament?
Did you listen to the words of the sacrament prayers?
Give each child a sacrament tray and a stop sign on a popsicle stick. Tell the children to listen carefully. If you say something that they should do or think about during the sacrament, they should hold up the sacrament tray. If you say something they should not do or think about during the sacrament, they should hold up the stop sign.
Read the following statements one at a time, giving the children time to respond.
Listen carefully while the sacrament prayers are said.
Remember that Heavenly Father and Jesus love us.
Think about going on a picnic.
Remember that Jesus made sick people well.
Talk to your brother or sister.
Think about Jesus blessing the children.
Jesus gave us the sacrament to help us remember him
Show picture 1-3, Jesus the Christ. Remind the children that Jesus is the son of Heavenly Father. Because Jesus loves us so much, he came to earth to be our Savior. He healed the sick, taught the gospel, and showed the right way to live. Then he died for us.
Jesus and the Twelve Apostles needed a place to eat the Passover feast. The Savior sent Peter and John to find a room and see that everything was ready for the feast.
They found a room and prepared the feast. Jesus and all the Apostles went there and they ate the Passover feast together
. Jesus Christ told his Apostles that this would be the last time he would eat with them. He knew that he was going to die soon.
Jesus gave His Apostles the sacrament for the first time. He took bread in His hands
, blessed it, and then broke it into pieces. He told the Apostles to eat the bread. Jesus told them to think of His body when they ate the bread
. He asked them to remember that He would die for them.
Jesus poured wine into a cup
. He blessed the wine and told the Apostles to drink it. Jesus told them too think of His blood when they drank the wine
. He asked them to remember that He would bleed and suffer for the sins of all people.
When Jesus visited the Nephites, he also gave them the sacrament. As he had done in Jerusalem, Jesus sent the twelve disciples to get bread and wine. (Explain that we use water instead of wine for the sacrament today.) While the disciples were gone, Jesus told the people to gather around him on the ground.
When the disciples returned with bread and wine, Jesus Christ broke the bread in small pieces and blessed it. He gave each disciple a piece of the bread to eat. Then Jesus instructed the disciples to pass the bread to the rest of the people. When this was done, Jesus blessed and passed the wine to the disciples and then had them pass it to the people. He explained that he would give them the authority to bless and pass the sacrament to all members of his Church.
Again, after everyone had taken the sacrament, Jesus Christ explained its purpose as he had done for his Apostles in Jerusalem.
Whom were the Apostles supposed to think of when they took the sacrament?
Whom were the Nephites supposed to think of when they took the sacrament?
Whom should we think of when we take the sacrament?
When do we take the sacrament?
Do the following activity verse with the children:
I’m Glad I Came to Church Today
I’m glad I came to church today (clasp hands and make steeple of church by putting tips of forefingers together).
I love to listen (cup hand around ear)
And to pray (fold arms and bow head).
I learn of Jesus up above (point up);
I think of Jesus and his love (hug self).
We Should Remember Jesus Christ during the Sacrament
What can we do to remember Jesus Christ during the sacrament?
What are some stories about the Savior we might think of during the sacrament?
What are some songs that we might think of during the sacrament?
During the sacrament, we can think of the things we know about Jesus Christ to help us remember and love him.
Read or sing “Tell Me the Stories of Jesus” (Children’s Songbook, p. 57).
Tell the children that you have several pictures and you want them to tell you about each one. Show the pictures and briefly discuss each one with the children. Try to involve each child as much as possible. Use picture 3-1, John the Baptist Baptizing Jesus; picture 3-51, Sermon on the Mount; and picture 3-10, The First Vision.
We can think about Jesus Christ by remembering stories about him and thinking of how much he loves them.
Challenge the children to remain quiet for one minute and think about Jesus Christ.
Jesus gave us the sacrament to help us remember him, it is important to think about Jesus and to help others think about him, too. We can do this by being reverent during the sacrament.
Say the poem for the children. Then repeat it with them, folding your arms and bowing your head as indicated.
What do we fold? (Our arms.)
What do we bow? (Our head.)
During the sacrament are we supposed to be quiet or noisy?
Who should we think about during the sacrament? (Jesus.)
Read the descriptions of the people who help make sacrament time reverent. Have the children place the people where they go in the chapel. Do you know the names of the people in your ward or branch who do these things?
|I am the music director. I lead us as we sing the sacrament hymn. The sacred music helps everyone in the chapel think about Jesus.|
|I am a priest in the Aaronic Priesthood. I break the bread into pieces, and I kneel and say the sacrament prayer.|
|I am a deacon in the Aaronic Priesthood. After the sacrament prayer, I reverently take a sacrament tray to pass to Church members in the congregation.|
|I am the bishop. When the priest offers the sacrament prayers, I listen carefully to make sure that the prayers are said correctly.|
|One other person makes sacrament time special. Can you guess? That’s right—it’s you! You can sit reverently with quiet feet and folded arms. You can think about Jesus and the covenants you have made, or will make, at baptism.|
Bear your testimony about how grateful you are to have the sacrament to help us remember Jesus Christ and what he has done for us. Explain that you are especially grateful when everyone is reverent during the sacrament so you can concentrate on thinking about Jesus.
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