Yup, came and went today without any problems. Well, not any major ones anyway.
The really great things were:-
- The children came up in their groups when they were supposed to, to say their parts
- They knew the words to the songs
- They sang the songs beautifully
- The children stood up when I directed them to, and sat down together
- They cut off together when I directed them to
- My violin behaved itself!
- We were right on time. Not too short and not too long. Just perfect
- I had printed out copies of the Opening, Sacrament and Closing hymns for the Primary children and teachers to use as I didn’t think there would be enough hymn books. They shared these, and it worked. No paper aeroplanes, which was great! (I had warned them about that though)
- The children weren’t too restless. Just a couple of children going up and down the stairs, but they were little ones.
- Finishing off with ‘I am a Child of God’ with organ and violin and the congregation all singing was a good idea, if I may say so myself ;D
Some things to work on/to remember for next year:-
- Any children with Aspergers may need their own copy of the Presentation to mark off so they know when their turn is, so they don’t get anxious or irritated.
- A duet or trio scattered in there somewhere may be nice as well.
- Trunk or Treat the day before may result in some rather restless children who may pull “Haka” faces at the congregation, or pull their ears and stick out their tongues, or share lollies around.
It really did go well, and the children were awesome!
Edited to add: I forgot to include the most important thing. The spirit was definitely there in our meeting today, the whole way through. Our Bishop commented that he felt the spirit, and his Counsellors felt it too, both in the music and the children’s talks. From the looks on the faces of all the adults there, I think they felt it too.