I Belong to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints: Teaching Ideas for This Song

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Are you looking for ideas for teaching The Church of Jesus Christ in singing time? Then this list is for you!  You will love this comprehensive list of The Church of Jesus Christ Primary singing time ideas.

My favorite way to teach this song in Primary is through a scavenger hunt – whether it be in the Primary room or through your entire ward building!

Camille's Primary Ideas: The Church of Jesus Christ Primary Singing Time Ideas

Teach the Primary song, The Church of Jesus Christ using these various singing time methods (click on the link to jump to that section):

  1. Scavenger Hunt
  2. Paper Actions
  3. Build a Church Building
  4. Optional 2nd Verse
  5. A Children’s Songbook Companion
  6. Handbells
  7. Simplified ASL
  8. Sharla Dance

History of The Church of Jesus Christ Song

This information comes from Stories from The Children’s Songbook by Sister Pat Graham.

The Children’s Songbook Committee felt it would be helpful to have a song containing the name of the Church so that children could practice the name correctly.

Janice Perry filled our request in an interesting way. She said she was taking a nap one afternoon and awoke with the strong impression that there should be a song containing the full name of the Church. She knew the songs for the new Primary songbook had already been selected, but she began writing anyway.

She completed a two-verse song and sent it to the committee. We were thrilled and suggested a few ideas that we had thought of, and asked if she could make some adjustments.

We had hoped to include some of the ideas in the three-fold mission of the Church, which had recently been introduced.

In the end, the song had one verse and began just the way Janice first wrote it, “I belong to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.”

Music for Song "I Belong to the Church of Jesus Christ"

Find the sheet music to The Church of Jesus Christ on the Church’s website.  This song is basically a testimony written to music! Just read these lyrics and you’ll agree:

I Belong to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints Song Lyrics

I belong to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

I know who I am. I know God’s plan.

I’ll follow him in faith. I believe in the Savior, Jesus Christ.

I’ll honor his name. I’ll do what is right;

I’ll follow his light. His truth I will proclaim.

The Church of Jesus Christ Song Flip Chart Black and White

Find The Church of Jesus Christ lyrics in a printable flip chart format so you can easily post the words in your Primary!

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

Ideas for teaching "I Belong to the Church of Jesus Christ" Song

1. Scavenger Hunt

Camille's Primary Ideas: The Church of Jesus Christ scavenger hunt Primary singing time ideas

Send your Primary on a scavenger hunt through the building, outside or remain in the Primary room.  They will love hunting for various phrases of this song that relate to spaces found at church!

2. Paper Actions

Camille's Primary Ideas: I Belong to The Church of Jesus Christ Paper Actions Primary singing time ideas

It doesn’t get any simpler than this!  Just pass out folded strips of paper to create these clever paper actions for teaching The Church of Jesus Christ in singing time!  This might just become my new favorite method to teach this song!

3. Build a Church Building

Camille's Primary Ideas: The Church of Jesus Christ Singing Time Idea

I love what March 2021 Friend magazine suggests for building a church building.  

Write phrases of the song on different building pieces and build them in order!  Even easier, write the phrases on large strips of paper and build your church building on the board using tape or magnets!

4. Additional 2nd Verse

Camille's Primary Ideas: The Church of Jesus Christ second verse

If your Primary KNOWS this song, don’t skip the 2nd verse of The Church of Jesus Christ!!  This will easily become a Primary favorite if you do! 

FYI … it’s not in the Children’s Songbook. So if you teach it, make sure to get it approved by your bishop.

5. A Children's Songbook Companion

Camille's Primary Ideas: The Church of Jesus Christ Primary Singing Time Ideas

Children’s Songbook Companion contains a singing time lesson plan for every single song in the Children’s Songbook including The Church of Jesus Christ.

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

 

6. Handbells

Camille's Primary Ideas: The Church of Jesus Christ Primary singing time ideas

This handbell chart for teaching The Church of Jesus Christ utilizes simple chording.  Find more details for using handbells in singing time.

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

Merry Bells

Merry Bells Primary Sing Along DVD

Or another handbell option for The Church of Jesus Christ is Merry Bells.  There are several options to choose from:

Make sure to use coupon code CPI for 10% off your entire order!

7. Simplified ASL

Simplified ASL is always a great route when teaching a new Primary song.  Holly’s video includes an explanation of the signs:

Then sing along with her here for practice before teaching:

Then make sure to check out my post for more helpful tips for teaching sign language in singing time!

Leave your The Church of Jesus Christ Primary Singing Time Ideas

How will you teach The Church of Jesus Christ in singing time?  Leave a comment with your suggestions and ideas!

Check out this quick tutorial video for accessing the Resource Library:

These printables are filed on my Resource Library page under Song Title > The Church of Jesus Christ.

I Belong to the Church of Jesus Christ Primary Singing Time Ideas

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