(by Betty Mitchel)
This is the CHILDREN'S sacrament meeting presentation
so be sure that the program is about THEM. Let them do special
musical numbers using the songs from the CSMP. They can sing a solo
part or verse, have groups of children sing, have one or more
play an approved instrument for sacrament meeting, or play the
accompaniment music. Also appropriate would be to have the teachers
or primary presidency do one of the songs.
Please do not have people outside of primary put on a
performance. The most enjoyable CSMP's are those that the
children have shared their responses to, and their testimonies of,
what they have learned.
- Music leaders should not stand on the pews to lead the
music. This makes it hard for those behind them to see the children
and it seems to detract from the Spirit. If possible sit where
they can see you.
Do not have anyone waving signs in the back. Keep all
props to help the children sing, behind the stand.
- It is very helpful to have a master seating chart for
each teacher. Place names on the seats so the children know where to
- When you open the top of the piano, you can't see
the children behind it.
- Try to provide variety in your program through it's
presentation and in the music. Please read the manual to know what is
approved. (see the section in the back)
- Please speak to your Bishop early in the year to
get your program approved and on the calendar.
- Have adults prompting children sit near the podium so
that there is less movement and less distraction.
- Use the mobile microphones and have a couple of the
teachers on the stand take care of them. This will cut down on time
spent filing up to the podium.
- Depending on how your chapel is built, you might
consider putting the smallest children in the upper choir seats and the
larger children up front. This lets them be seen.
- As always Sisters, pray and let the Lord inspire you.
I promise if you pray over your program, ideas will come to you and you will
be able to overcome whatever obstacle you are concerned about.
Other ideas are :
Construction of a short long wood box to stand on.
Some of the stands are so tall that we barely see the heads of the 3yr olds.
Small children could stand in front of the stand and the
music leader could set on the front pew right in front of them to help them
Gather them together to the side of the stand opposite of
the sacrament table. They could sit in that area and just stand up for
their turn in the program.