Well, we have a rough draft of our script done. I have learned, from past mistakes, not to call it a final draft until the morning of. Again I know it is helpful to look at what other wards are doing and use those, in part or in whole, to put your own script together- so here is ours! Along with some tips to adapt it for your own primary.
Tips to Adapt this Script for YOUR Primary:
- If you need fewer parts combine some of the shorter parts into one.
- If you need more parts, split up the longer parts into two. If you still need more parts consult the Sharing Time Outline. Most of the parts in this script come from the outline weekly headers. If you need more parts look for material in each week’s sharing time lesson, they often include good quotes or scripture references that can be made into parts.
- We keep our children’s talks that they give in primary throughout the year, so when I reference a “talk” in our script it is referring to one of these which we have a copy of. If you don’t already have a habit of keeping the talks I suggest starting it for next year! You don’t have to end up using them, but options are never a bad thing, right?
- Our script goes through September because we going to do our program in October and with General Conference and 2 rehearsals we wont have any sharing time lessons until after the program. But if you want to include the whole year, again consult the Sharing Time Outline. Use each weekly topic as the foundation of a part.
- Many of the parts require the children to write something up on their own. Our approach to getting this all accomplished is as follows: About 4-6 weeks before the program I put together 1 envelope for every family in our primary. Inside of the envelop is a letter (see below) along with all the parts for the children in that family. I ask that if their child has a part that needs to be written that they do so and return it the next week. We get some of them back that way, and I prefer to give the families a chance to do it with their child b/c when they do we get better results (as far as what is written). For those who don’t return their parts I pull them out one by one during sharing time and help them write their part. To hand out these envelopes we have the bishop announce at the beginning of sacrament meeting that we will be holding all the primary children *hostage* in the primary room after church until one of their parents come to get them. We then hand the envelope to the child’s parent (along with their child(ren)). Lot’s of parents forget or don’t hear the announcement, but no worries! They eventually come looking for their child ;).
If you’d like to see a copy of the letter that we send home to our primary families you can see that here:
Be sure to check out my other tips for surviving the rehearsals and the program here.
And if you are ready to download our script you can do that here:
What unique or exciting things are you doing for your program this year? I am always on the look out for ways to spice up our program and would love to incorporate some of your creative ideas!
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