Flip Chart: The Church of Jesus Christ

This was one of my favorite songs when I was in primary! We used it our program this year, right after “When I Am Baptized” and it really fit in with our themes and script. This is a great last minute addition if you need a little more time filled. (Our primary is so small, we fit 11 songs in this year!) It’s a quick learn, just one verse and it’s peppy which I find always motivates the kids to learn it faster! The message is simple and clear, I know who I am, I know what I have to do, and (once I’ve been baptized) I belong to Christ’s church and will follow him.

Here’s a way to introduce the song: (this was inspired by the book “A Children’s Songbook Companion”)

The Church of Jesus Christ Intro – Body PDF

This looks really complicated at first, but keep in mind this is the finished product. So how do you get here? First, have a poster or a big piece of paper ready with the outline of a person (or if you have a piece of paper big enough, trace one of your kids!). Start with singing the first words of the song “I Belong” and write them right across the middle of your person. Next, draw an arrow to the side and write the words to complete the line “to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints” (I put in numbers so you could follow it more easily, but you don’t have to do that if it gets too crowded!). Continue like this with each line of the song, putting those action words on the parts of the body they go with (follow on the feet, know on the head, proclaim on the mouth, etc.) Connecting the visual with the verb will help them to see what they are pledging to do when they sing this song. You may want to talk about what it means to “honor his name” (great opportunity to talk about the baptismal covenant and standing as a witness of Christ) and what it means to “proclaim”, most of my kids didn’t know that word, so connecting it to missionary work helped. If you’re working with just junior primary, you could use pictures for the second half of the phrases instead of the words. In fact, you could cut them right out of my flip chart:

The Church of Jesus Christ Flip Chart PDF

As you can see, I modeled the chart after the same concept as above, so the action words are really highlighted. These pictures would be great on your body maps next to the words, or in place of the words. My kids learned this song SUPER fast, they had it down in 2 weeks. And they still love to sing it, post-program. I love when they really connect with a song that has such an important and central message of the gospel and living our lives righteously!

HAPPY SINGING!

When I Am Baptized – An Emergency Flipchart

Have I mentioned that our primary is really transient? At the beginning of the year I decided that this would be a great song to have just one primary class sing. Naturally, I chose the 6-7 year old class because they are preparing to get baptized. So, about 6 weeks ago, I went into their class during Sunday School time and taught the 5 of them this song. We drew a rainbow on the board and talked about how the verses sounded like a rainbow; it goes up in the middle and back down at the end. And the chorus sounds kind of like rain. The kids got it, and it sounded great. Especially the chorus (my kids always learn the choruses really well) and the first verse was almost there too, in just one Sunday. So, I was feeling pretty good and their teacher promised to practice with them in class in the coming weeks.

The next week, only one of the kids there the week before was back and 3 new kids had joined them. The next week, I had 3 of my original 5 there, and 4 totally new kids. Last week, TWO WEEKS before our program, I had 3 of the original 5, 2 of which haven’t been there in at least 2 weeks, 3 who had been there once in the last 6 weeks and 2 totally brand new kids. Who are all supposed to be able to sing this song NEXT WEEK in our Sacrament Meeting Program!

Today, I brought this flip chart with pictures (cause that age can read, but they’re still beginners) for them to sing with when we went through our program. It went alright, but I’m still pretty concerned. Hopefully, we’ll get them all (or at least most of them) back this Saturday for our practice in the chapel. I’m hoping we can pull them aside into one of the empty rooms with a piano and drill it a few times. I’d rather not have to use this during the program, but I will if I have to.

So, in case you’re in a similar situation, or just want an extra aid to teach or review this song, here’s the flip chart:

When I Am Baptized Flip Chart Word DOC   When I Am Baptized Flip Chart PDF

HAPPY SINGING!