Plan for the Children’s Sacrament Meeting Presentation​

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Are you unsure of how to plan for the children’s sacrament meeting presentation in the fall?  Follow these simple guidelines to get your Primary program-ready with minimal effort!

Camille's Primary Ideas: Plan for the Children's Sacrament Meeting Presentation Singing Time Ideas

I’ve used these methods for YEARS when it comes to planning ahead for the Primary program every fall!  And with minimal prep, our Primary is always ready to present come program time!

Before planning for your program, become familiar with the Church’s Instructions for the Children’s Sacrament Meeting Presentation in Appendix C of Come Follow Me.

Then follow simple steps for beginning to plan your Primary program including (click on the link below to quickly jump to that section):

  1. Knowing the current list of Primary songs
  2. Choosing songs to teach
  3. Planning with your Primary presidency
  4. Getting Primary songs home
  5. Writing the program

When is the best time to start planning for the Children's Sacrament Meeting Program?

There really is no right or wrong answer.  But the sooner you begin planning, the better!  I personally start a simple outline for the upcoming year during October General Conference.

With no singing time to prepare for and typically, we’ve just finished our program for the year the previous week, it makes for a perfect weekend to look ahead to the following year.

Here are the small steps I take to plan ahead for the program:

1. Know the Primary Song List

Camille's Primary Ideas: Primary Songs 2024 Singing Time Ideas

For starters, make sure you know what the current music for singing time includes for the year.  In a nutshell, there are 2-3 suggested Primary songs and/or hymns to teach each month in singing time.  A small selection of these songs should be included in your Primary program.

2. Choose What You Want to Teach

Children's songbook illustration by Susan Fitch

I LOVE that we get a choice as to what we teach in singing time with Come Follow Me and ultimately what we present in the Program!

I prayerfully go through the list of suggested Primary songs for the year.  Then select songs that the Primary hasn’t learned in a while or that I’ve never taught.  This brings more variety into singing time and to our program.

TIP: If you want to branch out and sing something not on the suggested list, I suggest doing so with no more than one new song.

3. Plan the Program WITH your Primary Presidency

Primary Presidency by Susan Fitch

After I come up with a potential list of songs to include in the Program (typically one of the suggested songs for the months January – August),  I give that list to my Primary presidency.

Sometimes I’ll attend one of their presidency meetings, or they’ll discuss the list and later let me know if they have any suggested changes.

At this same time, I love to discuss a potential date of the Primary program.  It never hurts to get the program calendared early! 

My favorite date to have the Primary program is the last Sunday in September!  It’s right before October General Conference, giving the Primary {and especially me!} a break the following Sunday after our program.

4. Get Primary Songs Home

Camille's Primary Ideas: Digital Playlist Primary singing time ideas

For our Primary’s Christmas gift each year, we send home ALL of the suggested songs for the upcoming year.  We do this with digital playlists!

The more children engage with Primary songs at home, the better!

Scroll through all the digital playlists for all books of scriptures!

5. Writing the Program

Camille's Primary Ideas: 2023 Primary Sacrament Meeting Presentation Script & Outline additional songs and parts

Once your songs are all learned, you then need to write an outline for your program.  Writing an outline is really simple when you follow Come Follow Me!

For help writing your outline, check out all current and past year’s Primary presentation scripts & outlines that any Primary can implement for their sacrament meeting Primary presentation!

Outlines for the current year are available in August.

How do you plan for your Primary program?

I’d love to hear your ideas for preparing for your program!  So make sure to leave a comment with your suggestions.

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Ideas to Prepare for Your Program

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Use these Primary program ideas to ensure your Primary is prepared!  All while keeping the kids engaged!

Singing Time Zones

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Create singing time zones each month to help you tackle teaching new songs, singing seasonal & holiday songs, reviewing songs for the program, and SO much more!

Singing Time Planner

To help you stay organized throughout the year, utilize a singing time printable planner.  Fill in each week in order to plan your singing time.  Plan one week, month or the entire year at a time!

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Singing Time To-Go

Do you want singing time all planned and mapped out for you?  You need Singing Time To-Go!  The Singing Time Planner is all filled in, complete with to-go lesson plans, visuals, words to post and more!  Better yet, it’s in one spot to easily download and print.

To access it, subscribe to Singing Time To-Go!  Find more details here:

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