A Child’s Prayer LDS Primary Singing Time Lesson

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Teach A Child’s Prayer in singing time using this simple singing time idea!  My favorite part begins when you start practicing the 2 different parts of the song using review cards!

Camille's Primary Ideas: A Child's Prayer singing time ideas using a matching game

A Child's Prayer Lyrics

Find the sheet music to A Child’s Prayer on the Church’s website. If you didn’t already know, A Child’s Prayer is a 2-part melody (aka a double melody).  That means verse 1 and verse 2 have different melodies but can be sung simultaneously!  The lyrics really are lovely!

Verse 1:

Heavenly Father, are you really there? And do you hear and answer ev’ry child’s prayer? Some say that heaven is far away, But I feel it close around me as I pray.

Heavenly Father, I remember now Something that Jesus told disciples long ago: “Suffer the children to come to me.” Father, in prayer I’m coming now to thee.

Verse 2:

Pray, he is there; Speak, he is list’ning. You are his child; His love now surrounds you.

He hears your prayer; He loves the children. Of such is the kingdom, the kingdom of heav’n.

A Child's Prayer Flipchart

For this activity, you need a flip chart.  Any flip chart will do.  Shown above is one is from Finch Family Games that you can purchase.  However, this flip chart is free and easily works too:

Camille's Primary Ideas: A Child's Prayer singing time ideas using a matching game

Access these printables at my Resource Library.  Instructions for accessing the Resource Library are found at the bottom of this post.

A Child's Prayer Lyrics Singing Time Idea

Before Primary hang up verse one visuals on the board using tape or magnets vertically down the left side of the chalkboard, in order.  Place the 2nd verse vertically down the right side of the board, but out of order!
 
As you and the teachers sing ask this question:
  • Who is the child speaking to? [Heavenly Father]

Optionally, post the words using a flip chart.

Camille's Primary Ideas: posting words for singing time, singing time flip charts

Sing it again and ask this next question:

  • How many times is Heavenly Father’s name sung?  [3]

Proceed to give a personal experience about prayer or ask if any of the children have had their own prayers answered.

A Childs Prayer LDS Singing Time Ideas for Senior Primary

For Senior Primary, have the children draw lines on the board from the 1st verse card to the corresponding second verse card that is out of order (a matching game).  Then sing both phrases – first verse and then the 2nd.  Make sure to note to the kids that these are the first and second verses of the song even though the melody is completely different in each!

Go on to the 2nd phrase in the first verse and find it’s match in the second verse and so on until all cards are matched, gradually adding on each phrase as you sing it.  

Note:  There are 8 cards in the first verse and only 7 in the second verse so one card in the first verse will have 2 cards that are its match.

Teaching A Childs Prayer Lyrics to Junior Primary

For Junior Primary simply add-on with the visuals.  Have a child come up and hold the first phrase of the first verse.  Sing it and then add on until all the cards have been sung to both verses.

A Childs Prayer Lyrics Review Cards

Put the 2 parts together to A Child’s Prayer by using these singing time review cards.

Camille's Primary Ideas: Singing Time Review cards

WATCH: A Child's Prayer Singing Time

Check out this demonstration video for teaching A Child’s Prayer in singing time using this lesson plan:

You can also find this video on my YouTube channel HERE.  I’d love it if you’d like and subscribe!

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These printables are filed on the Resource Library page under Song Title > A Child’s Prayer.

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5 thoughts on “ A Child’s Prayer LDS Primary Singing Time Lesson”

  1. Hey, Camille! I follow your blog and I just want to say thank you for all your great ideas! I am trying to put together a CD for the 2013 primary songs and I need help! I found the MP3 files on the church website but when I click on them it just plays the song. I'm not sure if I need to convert the files somehow or what. Do you have any expertise in CD making? 🙂 I am going to check out your blog again and see if I can find anything helpful on here. My email is rebecker3@gmail.com or I will check back and see if you got my comment. Thanks so much!

    1. Readers asked the same question…here was my answer (you can find the original questions and comments under the post entitled "Music CD for Primary." If you look over to the right, it is listed under the Popular Posts):

      I've emailed everyone that needed help but here's how I do it:

      Use this link on the church's website:

      http://www.lds.org/service/serving-in-the-church/primary/sharing-time-2012?lang=eng

      Scroll down until you see the list of songs. I right clicked on the song's icon I wanted under "MP3 Music and Voice", then selected "Save Link As" and then saved it to my computer. I just did it and it works fine…I don't know what else to tell you.

      Hope this helps.

      ~Camille

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