“For the Perfecting of the Saints”-Primary and Sunday School Lesson Helps-September 30–October 13 Ephesians- Original illustrated handouts-lesson prompts- worksheets for older kids coloring pages and so much more to teach your lesson this Sunday!
For the Perfecting of the Saints Main ideas:
- Prophets and apostles—and all of us—strengthen and unify the Church.
- What is a chief cornerstone?
- Following the Savior’s example can strengthen family relationships.
- The armor of God will help protect us from evil.
- The armor of God.
- Members of the Church should be friends and “
- We are
fellowcitizensin the household of God.
- We are
- Heavenly Father wants me to obey my parents.
- Heavenly Father wants me to obey and honor my parents.
- The armor of God can protect me.
- The armor of God can protect me from evil.
Question and Prompts: For the Perfecting of Saints
To begin let me take you through the lesson outline that I have created for Primary this week. I create a Q&P page very week and this is the foundation of your lesson plan. I keep this on hand and just go through each of the bullet points. This will help you achieve a couple of things! 1st it will help you touch on each of the main ideas I just mentioned above. 2nd it will keep you on track! Some of the main ideas each week can be hard to get to flow together. This is a really easy way to seamlessly transition from lesson idea to the next. 3rd engagement! This question and prompt page is just that questions you can ask directly to your class to get them engaged and excited about the topics we are discussing each week. Their input is so vital! Helping them be engaged will make for an awesome lesson!
Primary Lesson Idea #1 -We are fellowcitizens in the household of God.
Place a picture of the Savior in the center of the room. Invite the children to stand in different parts of the room to represent “strangers” or “foreigners.” As you read Ephesians 2:19, invite them to move toward the picture of Christ until they are standing close together. Tell them that as we come closer to the Savior, we can become united with others as friends and “fellowcitizens.”
I have created this cute illustration of Jesus Christ on the world with the scripture from Ephesians 2:19 which states: Now therefore ye are no more strangers but fellow citizens with the saints, and of the household of God. Use this image as you complete the exercise above from the CFM manual. There is also a coloring page version that will be great for little kids!
Primary Lesson Idea #2-Members of the Church should be friends and “fellowcitizens.”
Are the children in your class more like “strangers” or “fellowcitizens” with each other and with other ward members? Help them understand that although we have differences, the Savior helps us be unified and love one another.
Using the Colorful illustration below of two strangers think of ways you could be more like “fellow citizens” Use the bubbles to fill in your ideas. If you have a younger class you can also use the coloring page version as well.
Primary Lesson Idea #3 Getting to know your
As we further discuss how we can be more united I created a fun get to know you worksheet. Have you students go around the class and ask each other these questions. IF you have a class that is not capable of executing this activity you can ask them the questions out loud.
Primary Lesson Idea #4- Heavenly Father wants me to obey and honor my parents.
Read Ephesians 6:1 to the class, or help one of the children read it. Ask them to role-play times when they obeyed their parents. What might have happened if they hadn’t obeyed?
Below I have created a sweet little illustration of a family. Share this with your class you you read the Scripture found in Ephesians 6:1-Honor thy Father and thy Mother. You can present this as a pre-colored page or allow your class to color it in themselves. I find that even older kids enjoy coloring! You may decide to send it home with them as a fun Sunday activity as well!
Primary Lesson #5 Honor thy Father and Mother Work
Invite the children to read Ephesians 6:1–3 individually and identify phrases that stand out to them. Invite them to share these phrases and why they feel the phrases are important.
Give each child a piece of paper with the word honor at the top. Discuss what the word means. Invite the children to write or draw on their papers something they can do to show that they honor their parents.
The worksheet I have created below will be great for older classes that can read and write. Let them look up these scriptures or read it from the worksheet have them fill out the questions and really ponder what it means to honor thy Father and Mother. Let them reflect on how they can be better at obeying their parents and how that is pleasing to God.
Primary Lesson Idea #6-I can obey my parents-story
Share an experience in which you obeyed your parents and were blessed. Or share the story about Chloe from Sister Carole M. Stephens’s talk “If Ye Love Me, Keep My Commandments” (Ensign
Nov. 2015, 118–20) or show the video “Going to Grandma’s” (LDS.org).
As suggested above in the Come Follow Me Manual share the story: If Ye Love me. You will find a pretty but simple printable of it below.
Primary Lesson Idea #7
Show a picture of a person wearing armor, such as the one in this week’s activity page or this week’s outline in Come, Follow Me—For Individuals and Families.
As you summarize Ephesians 6:10–18, show the children how different pieces of armor protect different parts of the body. (See “The Whole Armor of God,” Friend,
June 2016, 24–25.)
I had so much fun creating this illustration of the Armor of God to use in your lessons! Use this to help you execute the idea above in the CFM manual. You may also consider borrowing the modified worksheet of this for an older class you will find it further down in lesson idea #5 for Sunday school
Sunday School Lesson Idea #1
Now that we have covered all of this weeks Primary Lesson Ideas I invite you to take a look at what I have created for your Sunday school classes! The first idea is a set of printable prompt cards. The idea is that you can print each of these 9 pages out. Cut out the individual cards and use them as you go through out your lesson. They will provide thought provoking questions. As well as get your class engaged in the lesson. You can use every one or just pick and choose as you go! They will however get you from the beginning to the end of your lesson. They also go hand in hand with the Question and Prompt page I shared at the beginning of this post.
Sunday School Lesson Idea #2-Prophets and apostles—and all of us—strengthen and unify the Church.
As you talk about the chief corner stone of the church I have created this simple work page to help you and your class dive further into the questions and scriptures highlighted above.
Sunday School Lesson Idea #3
Could you and your class build something together to illustrate how the Church is “built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets” and how the Savior is “the chief corner stone”? (Ephesians 2:20). Perhaps class members could label blocks or paper cups and assemble them into a tower or pyramid, with Jesus Christ and the apostles and prophets forming the base. Then you could demonstrate what would happen if Christ or the apostles and prophets were removed. Why is the chief cornerstone a good metaphor for Jesus Christ and His role in the Church? (For a description of a chief cornerstone,
Use the pyramid to complete the idea above that was mentioned in CFM
Sunday School Lesson Idea #4
If members of your class listened to general conference since the last time you met, invite them to share how the things taught during conference helped fulfill the purposes stated in Ephesians 4:11–16.
Writing can be a powerful teaching tool use the little cards below and hand them out to each of your class members. Give them a few minuets to write down what they took away from conference.
Sunday School Lesson Idea #5
What would help inspire class members to strive to put on the whole armor of God each day? You could prepare an activity in which class members match pieces of armor with the principles or virtues they represent in Ephesians 6:14–17. How can each piece of armor
helpprotect us from wickedness?
Use the fun work page below to talk about the different parts of armor and how they can metaphorically be the “armor of God”
Sunday School Lesson Idea #6
As part of this discussion, you might share President N. Eldon Tanner’s explanation in “Additional Resources.” What can we do to identify and strengthen any weaknesses in our armor?
To make it simple to share this story suggested above I have created a printable version for you below.
Conclusion-For the Perfecting of the Saints
There is one other change I wanted to mention this week as well I have a simpler way for you to print each of the lesson ideas and now instead of having to download each individual link you will get a complete download with instructions and the printable in one file. I hope this just provides a simpler way to print and use the lesson ideas I have shared! If you need to print multiple pages just use your printer options and select a specific page range and change the amount of pages you need of any given lesson idea.
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Disclaimer: The ideas shared on this blog are original ideas and designs from Haley at Ministering simply. They are for personal use only and cannot be used in anyway which would have a monetary compensation.