Have you spent time actually working with the song The Church of Jesus Christ? It’s a fun upbeat song many kids learn as a young child, but the are some great messages to learn from the lyrics that we can reinforce.
This song is included in 3 out of the 4 Come Follow Me Primary Song Lists of songs, so you know there’s an emphasis on teaching the correct name of the church and not being afraid to be known as a believer in an increasingly polarizing world. This song can be a great treat for the kids to reflect back as they grow up.
And today, I’ve got some really fun and unique ways to help you teach The Church of Jesus Christ singing time ideas from both my blog and some other awesome resources from other Primary music leaders. Let’s jump in with the list!
The Church of Jesus Christ Teaching Packet
You can get all 8 of my teaching ideas with extended printables and printable lesson plan in one shop packet in my shop! It includes so many fun ways to teach this song with a variety of teaching styles.
You can find The Church of Jesus Christ teaching packet in my shop. It is also available in my Etsy shop here.
The Church of Jesus Christ Flip Chart
A great resource to have on hand is a The Church of Jesus Christ Flip Chart to display the words as needed so the kids can confidently join in singing, even if they aren’t able to make it to church each week.
This song is included in the Children’s Songbook on page #77. You can find printable sheet music on the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints website here.
8 The Church of Jesus Christ Singing Time Ideas
1. The Church of Jesus Christ – Sentence Maze
Use this The Church of Jesus Christ Sentence Maze as a big group activity to boldly declare together your membership in the church or it can be passed out individually and use it as an individual or small group activity!
2. The Church of Jesus Christ – Draw the Chapel
Your Junior Primary children will love this The Church of Jesus Christ Draw the Chapel activity and your artists in Senior Primary won’t complain, either. Only one side of the chapel is complete – can you mirror it on the other side and then decorate it?
3. The Church of Jesus Christ – Song Testimony
Have you ever had a song testimony meeting in Sacrament meeting? They are so awesome and you can do the same in your Primary room! Have the children fill out a card with their favorite song and why and let them share their mini testimony in this The Church of Jesus Christ Song Testimony activity.
4. The Church of Jesus Christ – Compare & Sort
Break down the lyrics into two groups — truths and actions. How do the two relate to each other and how can we do better in each area? This The Church of Jesus Christ Compare & Sort activity is a great one to really discuss what the song lyrics are saying.
5. The Church of Jesus Christ – Rhythm Partners
Get up and get moving with this fun The Church of Jesus Christ Rhythm Partners activity. You’ll find a buddy and follow along with this movement pattern that matches the rhythm of the song.
6. The Church of Jesus Christ – Dance Party
You’ll love this The Church of Jesus Christ Dance Party idea that can easily be reused for any song in the future to add impromptu movement actions and have a fun “dance party” as you add in lots of singing repetition.
7. The Church of Jesus Christ – Song Scroll
Bring in an old parchment that helps represent the lyrics in this The Church of Jesus Christ Song Scroll activity. You’ll unwind the scroll one line at a time as you sing and help the children learn about the connection to our latter-day church and the church Christ established.
8. The Church of Jesus Christ – Maori Sticks
Bring this song to life with your own music band as you follow along with this The Church of Jesus Christ Maori Sticks Pattern! There’s a different sequence for each line of the song for a fun movement challenge or simplify with your choice of repeating patterns.
More Ways to Teach The Church of Jesus Christ
If you’re looking for even more inspiration, I’ve sourced some of my favorite ideas for other Primary Music Leaders to help you teach this song in fun and varied ways.
1. The Church of Jesus Christ – Hand Bells
You can easily incorporate hand bells using Merry Bells digital play along videos or printable charts. The Church of Jesus Christ is included in their Primary Songs Set #1 group 3 for the digital videos. Use the coupon code PrimarySinging and you’ll save 10% off your entire order!
2. The Church of Jesus Christ – ASL Signs
I like to use ASL to help teach at least 2 songs a year as it’s a great way to learn something that can extend for use beyond with this song and add so much meaning! This video dives into the explanation behind the sings in a really great way. Watch her video tutorial here.
3. The Church of Jesus Christ – Flags
Bring in some fun paper flags and follow along with this Video here (start at 4:53). You’ll be moving along with they rhythm with a sequence of motions.
4. Cup Pop (YouTube, start at 6:20)
5. Move on the Beat (YouTube)
6. Count “I” and Clap (YouTube)
7. Partner Rhythms (YouTube)
8. Paper Plates Pattern (YouTube)
9. Pat the Beat & Rhythm (YouTube)
10. Directional Marching (YouTube)
11. Concentration Match (Teaching Primary Music)
12. I + Object (YouTube)
13. Sit & Stand (YouTube)
14. Rebus (Facebook Group)
15. Color Code (Angie Killian)
16. Movement Pattern (YouTube)
17. Drum & Noises (YouTube)
18. Picture Match (Facebook Group)
19. Banner (Facebook Group)
For more activities, see these The Lord Gave Me a Temple Singing Time ideas!
What other fun The Church of Jesus Christ singing time ideas have you tried? We’d love to see your fun ideas! Share them in the comments to add to this list.