The song our Primary has chosen to sing for May is “The Fourth Article of Faith.” To begin we will discuss the meaning of the words “principles” and “ordinances”, then do a fill-in-the-blank game. I’ll then uncover my boxes pictured above, and we’ll sing the song through a few times. It’s fun to have the children clap on the rest after each number in the song: First (clap) Faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, Second (clap) repentance, etc.
After singing a few times, I will unstack my boxes and talk about how these principles and ordinances help us to come unto Christ. In each box I have items that will help me teach the principle or ordinance involved, and we will sing another song related to it. After each box is discovered, I will put the lid back on and restack them to get back to the picture of Jesus.
The repentance box has a bottle of water, food dye, and a small container of bleach. We’ll talk about sin, how it pollutes our souls, and drop some color into our clean water. Then we’ll compare repentance to the bleach, which I will drop into the colored water to make clean again. Then we will sing the 2nd verse of “Help Me, Dear Father”.
The baptism box has a picture of someone being baptized, and a box of colored chalk. We will sing, “When I am Baptized”, and draw a rainbow on the chalkboard that illustrates the arched melody in the song. Two arches in the rainbow for each verse. As the children sing the song again, ask them to listen for the rainbow in the music, and draw their own rainbows in the air as they sing.
The Holy Ghost box has a girl receiving a priesthood blessing, and a soft, warm blanket. I will compare the comfort the Holy Ghost brings to the comfort of the cuddly blanket. We will then sing “The Holy Ghost”.
We will continue to sing “The Fourth Article of Faith” as each principle and ordinance box is introduced.