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#1 Wrap a present in pretty wrapping paper. Inside on a piece of paper have "MY LIFE" written. Explain that inside this present is the most precious of all gifts. You can't buy this gift. And, each one of us has this gift. Tell the children to listen as you sing a song, and see if they can guess what the gift is. **idea - instead of singing a solo (I always hesitate because I don't have the best voice...perhaps consider asking the Merry Miss girls to sing this song as a group to introduce it to the group.)
#2 In the Sharing Time outline, they already suggest having the person teaching sharing time lesson #1 use the words: WHO, WHERE, WHY, WHAT. To relate these words to this song. Ask questions such as:
"WHO gave you this gift?" (Heavenly Father),
"WHERE did your life begin?" (Heaven),
"WHO made a choice to come to this lovely home on earth?" (We all did!),
"WHAT are you seeking?" (God's Light),
"WHY will you work, and pray, and walk in His way?" (To be happy)
#3 Pick out some of the key words for this song.
Such as: GIFT, PLAN, PURPOSE, HEAVEN, LOVELY HOME, SEEK, I WILL FOLLOW, LOVE, WORK, PRAY, WALK, HAPPY, HOME ABOVE.
Pick a child to come up and help you.
Have the key words in no particular order using magnets or tape on the chalkboard area. As you sing the song through, see how many key words the child can get in the right order. This is a great way to keep singing the song over and over. Just keep picking volunteers until the words are in the right order. The primary kids won't realize they've just sung the song 10 times. :)
#4 Don't forget the blobs once they're on week 3 or 4! Since it is February, use heart shaped blobs. They always love blobs. Don't know what I'm talking about by "blobs?" We use them to cover the poster little by little to encourage memorization. Let the kids who are singing their best choose where to place the blob on your poster board visual. Link here: BLOBS