Thinking of Ideas to do on the Sabbath Day is not always easy. Make it fun! Print off the labels and Ideas at the bottom of the page. Cut the ideas into strips, fold and place in your jar. Don’t forget to attach the labels. These are fun and unique activities to help you and your family focus on service, love, kindness, faith, individual worth, gratitude, knowledge and joy in and of our Savior, Jesus Christ.
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IDEAS FOR YOUR JAR (Printable at the end contains all of these ideas):
- Create several stations around the house where different Sunday activities take place, such as watching church videos, reading church magazines, writing letters to family, making cookies for others. Use a timer and have the family rotate through the stations every 15 minutes or so.
- Make “Quiet Books” using photographs of your family members being reverent in different ways. Small children can look at the books during church meetings to remind them to be reverent.
- Make a collage or draw pictures showing your blessings.
- Make charts for family members to show their progress in scripture reading or memorizing certain passages.
- Make puzzles out of pictures from old church magazines.
- Make play dough and create people and shapes from favorite scripture stories.
- Create a family mailbox to keep inside your home that you fill with sweet letters to each other.
- Make a gift or treat for your church leaders who bless your lives.
- Decorate a pillow case with scriptures or other sweet thoughts to fill your mind as you drift off to sleep.
- Learn about the traditions and foods eaten during Passover. Find out if there is a special Passover event nearby where you could attend as a guest.
- Learn about other cultures. Find out how the Church is progressing in different parts of the world. Prepare a meal from a foreign country.
- Listen to classical music and art. Learn about some of the famous composers and artists.
- Do an inventory of your food storage. Update your 72-hour kits in your home and cars.
- Make a puppet show about a scripture story, then share it with the family.
- Have individual interviews with your children. Review their goals, hopes and dreams.
- Write a list of all the good qualities of each family member. Share the list with them or just refer to it when you’re having a hard time remembering why you really do love them!
- Show home movies or slides of when everyone was younger. Tell stories of when parents were young and how they met, what things were like then, etc.
- Plan your next family vacation. Talk about how you will keep the Sabbath Day holy if your trip involves a Sunday stay.
- Plan a family reunion. Research locations where you could gather for the big event. Write or call relatives who could help you organize it. Make assignments. Pick a theme.
- Meet some of your neighbors. If they’re new bring them a copy of the local newspaper or list of helpful phone numbers, along with a plate of cookies and your phone number. If you’re the ones who are new introduce your family with a plate of goodies.
- Invite two or three families from church to your home for ice cream “Sundays” (sundaes) and talk about your favorite Sunday traditions.
- Leave treats at the doorstep of two families in the ward with a note telling them to carry on the good “Sabbath Secret” deed. Within a few weeks most of the ward will have received a fun surprise!
- Create a gospel version of your favorite board game by substituting the original questions with gospel questions. Be creative and make temple markers or choose prizes that represent blessings.
- Play Charades using scripture stories, names of prophets or other church events.
- Create a treasure hunt using scriptures as clues. Choose an object to hunt for such as a new set of scriptures, church stickers or a favorite dessert.
- Keep a special journal where you record only your spiritual experiences.
- Create a photo pedigree chart of your family.
- Volunteer to take pictures of tombstones at your local cemetery as part of the project for www.gravestonephotos.com
- Update your will and other legal documents. Make sure your “house is in order.”
- Do family history indexing.
- Call the Mission office nearest you and ask if there are some missionaries who haven’t received mail or support from home that you could help.
- Go “Sunday caroling.” Visit other members at their homes and sing them a few hymns to lift their spirits.
- Go backyard star-gazing and observe God’s amazing creations.
- Take treats to your local firemen. Thank them for the service they provide to your community.
- Find out what you need to do to start a Neighborhood Watch in your area. Call the local police department and talk to your neighbors.
- Find a service organization to support. Check out www.volunteermatch.org, www.networkforgood.org justserve.org for ideas on potential projects and organizations.
- If you have a cuddly or interesting pet that brings smiles to people’s faces, call a local hospital or nursing home to see if you could bring your pet to share with patients.
- Learn about the Presidential Service Award and earn it! It can be earned by individuals, by families, or even large groups working together. www.presidentialserviceawards.gov
- Put together a care package for someone in the military service, or someone who is away from home at school.
- Go on a nature walk.
- Volunteer to take home the nursery toys to clean or repair.
- Keep a notebook of your prayers and how they were answered.
- Display your favorite scripture in your home by using your own artwork, calligraphy, cross stitch or some other creative way.
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