Our Ward (congregation) is having it’s Young Women’s New Beginning Program later this month and we have been doing a bit of planning to make it a special night for the girls. I thought I might share some of what we are doing in case anyone out there is in need of some help planning theirs.
The Young Women’s New Beginning Program is a time to present the new Mutual Theme to the Young Women, welcome in any girls who will be turning 12 and entering the Young Women’s during the coming year and to reinforce the Personal Progress Program for the parents and youth.
This year the Mutual Theme is “Press Forward with Steadfastness in Christ,” 2 Nephi 31:20. In addition to this theme our Young Women’s presidency has added the idea of Defy Gravity, from the talk by Bonnie L. Oscarson “Defy Gravity: Go Forward With Faith.” Our basic agenda is to help the girls understand that as they strive to press forward with steadfastness in Christ they will be able to rise above the muck and mire of the world.
Our program for the evening will go as follows:
Conducting: Our Laurel Class President
Opening hymn: #81 Press forward saints
Opening prayer: by invitation
Welcome: Brief words of welcome by one of our young women leaders
Personal Progress Program: Personal Progress Leader (An overview of the Personal Progress Program and how it relates to this years theme)
Introduction of values: Young Women (our PP leader is assigning one value to each girl with the assignment to share a two minute talk about how that value can them defy gravity and press forward with steadfastness in Christ)
Defying Gravity: Young Women’s President (a talk based on the talk by Oscarson)
Movie presentation: 2016 Mutual Theme: Press Forward
Bishops Remarks: Bishop
Closing Hymn: #225 carry on
Closing Prayer: By Invitation
For decorations we will be having some large arrows around the room, with pictures of Christ and possibly some targets. The centerpieces will be quivers with fake colorful arrows in them. Refreshments will be simple, though delicious, a six layer chocolate cake served with milk.
We are giving the girls a charm bracelet like this one, but are also giving them colored beads to add to it, to help them remember the YW values, this will be on the table and the girls can assemble their bracelets as during the program.
As each girl presents her value that evening she will gift each young woman an elastic hair tie in the coordinating color, like these one here.
I am trying to attatch our invite and program, so that you may use them as you wish. I am not sure how well the following jpegs will work but if you want to take the jpeg and put it into word and add text boxes to fill in the missing words for the invite or program you are more than welcome to use them. If you have Adobe Indesign and would like the file, or a jpeg file, please email me (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Invite: Here is what my final one looked like:
Best of luck with all of your Young Women activities this year.
*In full disclosure my template was mimicked after this one for sale on Etsy, so if you ward has the budget and/or you don’t have the time or resources to make your own, please visit this talented woman’s shop.