Kansas City First Ward New Beginnings 2016
“Press Forward With a Steadfastness in Christ”
We used this years Mutual theme for our New Beginnings “Press Forward With a Steadfastness in Christ”. When one try to think of a good example of pressing forward with a steadfastness in Christ the handcart pioneers comes to mind and the artwork of Sandra Rast’s piece called “Press Forward” is perfect, (a special thank you to Sandra Rast for letting us use her image of the handcart pioneers).
Each Young Women told of one of the handcart pioneers from the Willie/Martin Handcart Company and then shared how they found inspiration to Press Forward with Steadfastness in Christ.
Our invitation was done on a slab of wood sent in a small burlap sack using vintage stamps depicting pioneers:
Using Vintage Stamps depicting the early pioneers
These were on the foyer table to be picked up as people came into the room. They also could pick up a packet with YW information for the upcoming year.
Table in foyer:
And the Refreshment Table in Pioneer Style:
Doughnut Bar…Brigham Young was fond of doughnuts and had them for breakfast.
Homemade Bread and a variety of jams including prickly pear jam
Cookies: Chewy Gingersnap Cookies and Oatmeal Raisin Cookies
Buffalo Chips (which were pecans, caramel and chocolate-like Chocolate “turtles”)
Young Women in Excellence “Reflections”
Our theme for Young Women in Excellence this year was “Reflections”. Each girl was to reflect upon the past year and report on the gospel item whether it was a value in personal progress, a talk at conference or a talk at church that had a lot of meaning for her. Each girl got her own mirror to decorate and it was set up by a small table for items that reflected her personality. For refreshments each girl brought her favorite dessert/snack or appetizer which was also a reflection of the YW.
Mormon Breakout or Escape Room…a great Mutual Activity!
For more information go here: http://shelleybeatty.com/church/mormon-breakout-room-mutual-activity-awesome/
Breakout Rooms (or Escape Rooms) are an increasingly popular entertainment springing up all around the country. They are a type of physical adventure game in which people are locked in a room with other participants and have to use elements of the room to solve a series of puzzles, find clues, and escape the room within a set time limit. Some games include sub-plots. The games are based on “escape the room” video games in which the player is locked inside a room and must explore their surroundings in order to escape. Players must be observant and use their critical thinking skills to escape the room. Other inspirations include adventure board games and movies.
Soooooo for a fun combined Mutual activity we decided to create a “Mormon theme” breakout room. Using clues from scripture, church history, Mormon culture and even the Young Women’s values and personal progress book we made up clues, set up locks and created a “missionary apartment” from which they had to breakout!
The young men and young women were divided into 3 groups (we set up three identical breakout rooms). They were told the rules of the game and lead into their respective room and “locked” into the room with all the clues needed to open the lock on the door. They were given one hour to “breakout”. We even had an iPad in each room linked to a computer in the “control room” in the event if the group got totally stuck or got totally off base. Then, if needed a clue would appear on their iPad screen (we have had to give “clues” to keep each group on track). In the control room we could watch and listen to each group, but they could not see or hear us in the control room. With varying degrees of help all groups finally were able to breakout. After breaking out, using one last key found in the “missionaries apartment” they could open the lock on the chest holding their refreshments. Everyone enjoyed the activity!
And then due to popular demand, (on a p-day) we set the rooms up again and had the missionaries in our district try to “breakout” of the missionary apartment. Again the activity was enjoyed with gusto.
Our plans are to share the Mutual activity with other wards and allow our youth to be involved on the “proctoring” end of the activity.
THE BREAKOUT ROOM:
The CLUES and LOCKS
Email from parents tells them to “Pray, kneel and look up”.
Tucked into the light fixture on the ceiling is an envelop:
“JARED” unlocks the suitcase
The order of the Presidents of the Church as represented on the wall (and if you don’t remember the order of the Presidents from memory it could be figured out using a bookmark in the Book of Mormon.)
The 24 hour kit could then be opened with more clues and challenges…
For the MASTER PLAN
From KSL news:
SALT LAKE CITY — As a group of Primary children sang at the LDS general conference Saturday afternoon, two brothers stood with them, holding hands.
Facebook user Kristy Medina posted a snapshot of the touching moment online and explained the younger brother walks with a walker, but she sees him pressing forward at school with a smile.
“I often find courage to press forward on my own journey when I see him pressing forward on his,” Medina wrote on Facebook.
According to the boys’ mother, Amber Nelson, Medina is a mother at her sons’ school.
Nelson said her 10-year-old son, Wyatt, has cerebral palsy, and this is typical behavior for him and his brother, 11-year-old Bridger.
“It’s just kind of how they’ve always been, that’s just how their relationship is,” Amber Nelson said.
Wyatt can stand and walk on his own for short periods of time, but struggles with balance. During General Conference, Bridger stepped in to steady him as they were singing in front of thousands of members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints worldwide.
“Bridger is just so kind to Wyatt, he helps him with whatever he needs, and it’s just kind of his nature, he’s always been that way ever since he was little … it’s just sweet to see them being kind to one another,” Nelson said.
Nelson said it warms her heart, and other people have said how sweet it was to see the brothers love each other.
Sewing…fulfilling Personal Progress Knowledge Value
Water Balloon Volleyball Combined YM and YW activity for Mutual
Can’t think of a better way to end summer than with a game of Water Balloon Volleyball.