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Saturday, January 3, 2009

I Lived in Heaven

CS 4

Contributors to ePrimary had the cutest ideas, and I will borrow big time from this one:
http://www.eprimary.dk/index_uk.htm

This gal wrote up a little skit of sorts that asks all the questions answered in the song "I Lived in Heaven". I'm sure the kids know much of this song, but really listening to the words is probably a good idea since we don't always hear what we're singing if we sung it a thousand times! Each class that sings/is reverent will be chosen and their teachers will play "ME" and "Friend" in the little play. I think it'll be cute.

Then, as the questions are answered, I'll tape the word strips up on the whiteboard. I have them colored 2 colors, just alternating so that we can play games where we mix it up after we sing it a few times. I'll probably have the west half of the room sing the blue lines and the eastern half sing black or whatev. We'll take "intermission" breaks after each verse answered in the skit so then more teachers can act and we can sing it a couple times in between each third of the play. I'll probably stretch it out over 2 weeks unless I have a ton of time. We'll see.

Here's her (Jenny on ePrimary) cute skit thing:

ME
Did you know that " I lived in heaven" ?
Friend
You did? When?
ME
"A long time ago"
Friend
No way......really?
ME
"It is true" (I shared that this statement would be a bold one, not said with a soft tone but a firm conviction)
Friend
What did you do there?
ME
"Lived there and loved there "
Friend
With who?
ME
"With people I know, so did you!"
Friend
What happened there?
ME
Then Heavenly Father presented a beautiful plan
Friend
What about?
ME
All about earth
Friend
Anything else?
ME
and eternal salvation for man.
Friend
How could we live with God forever again?
ME
Father said he needed someone who had enough love
Friend
To do what?
ME
To give his life
Friend
Why?
ME
so we all could return there above
Friend
What a great blessing!
ME
There was another
Friend
Who? Satan?
ME
who sought for the honor divine
Friend
Oh no! What happened?
ME (nod head yes)
Jesus said, "Father, send me, and the glory be thine."
Friend
Was Jesus chosen?
ME
Jesus was chosen
Friend
Then what did he do?
ME
As the Messiah he came
Friend
What does a Messiah do?
ME
Conquering evil and death,
Friend
Wow! How did he do that?
ME
Through his glorious name
Friend
What did His sacrifice do for us?
ME
Giving us hope
Friend
Hope for what?
ME
of a wonderful life yet to be
Friend
What life is that?
ME
Home in that heaven
Friend
Is anyone we know in heaven?
ME
where Father is waiting for me.
Friend
Wow! I hope to return there someday too!

5 comments:

Rachel said...

THANK YOU! I am a Stake Primary Music Leader and REALLY appreciate your time and willingness to share your ideas! I will definitely be checking back. :o)

Michele said...

Hi, I just found your blog and am sooooo grateful! I have been the music leader for over 1 1/2 years and I am running out of ideas (not that mine were as great as your to begin with anyway! lol) Thank you sooo much for your time and sharing this with those of us that are creatively stumped! lol I will definitely be using this for the next two weeks and will be checking back often for all of your other great ideas. Thank you once again!

Carmella Stroud said...

Love it! This is great! Thanks!

Dana said...

Do the primary children actually participate in the reading of the words in the skit or is that done only by teachers? Do the primary children participate only by singing? Not quite clear on how to proceed.

Carrie Carp said...

Dana,

Just do whatever suits your primary. My junior kids can't read, so I just had their teachers read the skit. It wasn't super effective because we have church at 8:30 now and they all sleep through singing time, but at least the teachers had fun making fun of its silliness.

In senior, I asked for volunteers who could over-act and be super enthusiastic, but still welcoming of the spirit. So I had two of the older kids read the skit.

Also, about the "not clear on how to proceed" part, that's sort of the point. Singing time is NEVER clear-cut and executed as planned. I used to plan the entire lesson and have every aspect clearly prepared. Then I had a baby, job, school, husband, etc. and realized that killing myself over creating exact lesson plans that never go as I planned is not what the Lord had in mind when he called me. I think this calling is one that needs preparation, of course, but then some serious wiggle room. And even though I plan way too much and spend way too much time still, I go into every Sunday prepared to change everything (and a little bit prepared for disaster - shh don't tell). In other words, pretty much none of my lesson plans will be super clear. They're just outlines for what I think might help teach the kids some really great music!

Hope that makes sense. As long as the kids are learning truth through the music, proceed however you'd like. As we all know, each primary is totally unique and each lesson plan ends up being completely different.