My basic outline is as follows:
1. Attention Grabber Intro
2. Guess the Song game
3. Follow bullet points #2 and #3 from the primary 2013 Sharing Time outline
Samuel's Prayer by Esther from SingingMagic.blogspot.com
Samuel had a bad day at school. While he was eating lunch, he spilled his drink all over his new shoes, and he felt sticky for the rest of the day. He also argued with his best friend. It made him feel lonely.
When he went home, he still felt sad. He remembered what his mom had taught him about talking to his Father in Heaven. She had taught him, "Don't ever forget that you are a Child of a God, and that he loves you. You can pray to your Father in Heaven any time. He is there for you whenever you want to speak to him. He will comfort you and he will answer your prayers."
Samuel thought about all the things that his mom had taught him, and how he was feeling sad, so he knelt down by his bed and said a prayer. He didn't know if it would really make him feel better, though, so he knelt down, and thought carefully before speaking.
"Heavenly Father," he prayed, "are you really there? And do you hear and answer EVERY child's prayer?"
Samuel's father had taught him that when he prayers, he is talking to his Father in Heaven, not AT him. So, he paused during his prayer to stop and think about what he had just asked his Father in Heaven, and about how he felt about the question. He realized that he felt warm and happy inside. He thought about how, even though he couldn't see his Father in Heaven, he could see his Father's love in all the things the Lord had created for him. He knew that he wasn't alone, and that the warm feeling he felt was the Lord's love close around him as he knelt and prayed.
Samuel ended his prayer thoughtfully. He said, "I remember now something that Jesus told disciples long ago. 'Suffer the children to come to me. Father, in prayer I'm coming now to thee.' "
(I am thinking about making a giant sized homemade book or illustrating it on a poster board or on the chalkboard, or attaching images to sticks beforehand. Either way, I want the story to be short and simple so that we can focus on the music, which is why I didn't expand this story further, as was tempting to do.)
Post-story questions / Guess the song
1. What do we learn from this story? (Our Heavenly Father loves us and we can pray to him anytime.)
2. Can anyone guess what song this might be?
3. This song is by Janice Kapp Perry. She wrote other well known songs like, "The Church of Jesus Christ," "I Love to See the Temple," "I'm Trying to be Like Jesus," and "As a Child of God."
4. I will have Sister xx VERY SLOWLY start playing the melody of the song. Raise your hand if you recognize it. Don't blurt it out!
The 2013 Outline for Sharing Time suggestion for how to teach this song (I am using bullet #2 and bullet #3)
To help the children learn “A Child’s Prayer” (CS, 12–13), consider the following:
• Ask the children to imagine being away from their family for a long time and finally coming home; they open the door and are surrounded with comfort and love. Explain that praying is like opening a door to Heavenly Father; He is really there to comfort and love us, and He wants to hear and answer every child’s prayer.
• Ask the children to listen for the words “there”and “prayer” as you sing the first two lines of “A Child’s Prayer.” Have the children touch their ears when they hear the words. Invite them to sing those lines with you. Continue with the rest of the song, having the children listen for the rhyming words in each line.
• Sing the second verse a phrase at a time, and ask the children to repeat each phrase when you point to them. Then divide the children into two groups and ask one group to sing the first part of each phrase (for example, “Pray”) and the other group to finish the phrase (“he is there”). Invite all of the children to stand to sing, “Of such is the kingdom, the kingdom of heaven.”