Since our children are 9, 6, and 4, we are providing a little bit of structure each month, to help them narrow their focus and to make sure we have some variety. We will follow this outline the entire year.
Week 1 : Scripture Story- The person in charge of the lesson chooses any scripture story to be our evening's focus. (We studied Noah's Ark in January).
Week 2: Family Service Project-The person in charge of the lesson chooses a service project we can all do together and coordinates efforts with the person in charge of activity. (We made cookies together as a family and delivered them secretly).
Week 3: Conference Talk or Story from the Friend Magazine- The person in charge of the lesson chooses any story or conference talk as the focus of our evening. (Ryan chose a story on making good media choices and we played video games together).
Week 4: Missionary Training - This has been such a fun addition. We are focusing on skills we will need as missionaries, out on our own. These could be spiritual or physical skills. (We did button sewing in January)
Week 5: If there is a 5th Monday in the month, we will have a Family testimony meeting. Mommy will be in charge of a treat. No one is in charge of the meeting. That way our rotation of 5 people through 4 themes, will allow us all to have a chance to lead each kind of lesson.
Here are a few pics from our first Missionary Training Week, we focused on learning how to sew on a button. This was Molly's choice. Andrew made button cookies for our treat.
The scriptures and songs they chose were about missionary work. Ryan had the activity and chose for us to make these button hearts after we learned to sew buttons.