Saturday, October 26, 2013

2013 Youth Theme Gift Ornament

If you are a member of my current YW Presidency, please avert your eyes!!!!! :)

When I'm in a Presidency, I like to make Christmas ornaments for the whole Presidency to help us commemorate the year. Using the Mutual theme for the year is a good way to do that for a YW Presidency. I made these for all of the Presidency members in our ward, but you could also make something like this as a relatively inexpensive Christmas gift for all of your young women. (My daughter is Beehive class President and she also likes to make themed ornaments for her presidency - (see also this post about the Beehive ornaments from last year)

For this year's "Stand ye in Holy places" ornament, I bought some clear acrylic ornaments from Michaels Crafts store and used a press-on vinyl saying from Say it on the Wall found here. The vinyl are $1.00 each and are available in various colors. This size (that you will be linked to) is recommended for 4" ornaments, but I used some 4" and some 3" ornaments and it worked fine on both. If you have easy access to vinyl cutting, you could also add the year and/or the name of the calling on the back of the ornament (such as, "Young Women Secretary, 2013")

You can leave these as-is, or if you use fill-able ornaments, you can fill them with an item that goes along with the annual theme. For "Stand ye in Holy Places" I bought tiny red shoes to go inside (along with some filler). I got my red shoes from RockinResin on Etsy here. You can't see the shoes well in the ornament photo because of the glare, but it is really cute in person.

This also coordinates with our YWIE theme, "Somewhere Over the Rainbow"/Wizard of Oz because they look like little ruby slippers.

If you are doing a 'stand in holy places' theme, you could use a variety of shoe types (I chose to do all red shoes because it also goes along with our YWIE theme for the year). You can purchase little trinket items like these (or other types to go along with other themes) in craft stores or on sites like ebay or etsy.

Saturday, October 5, 2013

Speed-friending & Clothes Swap - Multi-Ward YW Activity

This week we had a super fun activity with the Young Women from another ward that shares our building. We wanted to promote friendship between the two wards' YW. This is what we came up with:

Earlier this year, our former Relief Society Enrichment Leader (now my 1st Counselor) ran an Enrichment Night activity that was called "Speed-friending." I was sick that night, so I didn't attend but I kept hearing about how fun it was. Basically, it was like speed-dating (in that you sat at tables - across from a partner) and rotated who you speak to after a set time), but with all ladies. The timer was set for 3 minutes, and the Enrichment Leader had a list of topic questions that she would read aloud (a different question for each rotation). After 3 minutes, the women would rotate and move to a new person. It never got boring because it was a different get-to-know-you topic every 3 minutes, and you were always getting to know a different person. (We ended up using this same concept on a smaller scale a few months ago as a joint (all-girls) activity in our ward. The leaders and the yw all rotated around and got to know each other better)

When I contacted the neighboring ward's YW President to see if we could schedule a joint (all-girls) activity with both ward's YW, I suggested the speed-friending concept and she came up with the idea for the clothes swap.


My 1st Counselor read the questions (using the microphone - it got pretty loud in there!) and the girls rotated along long-tables that we had set up in the gym. The topic questions were things like, "Where do you see yourself in 5 years?" "If you suddenly had millions of dollars, what would you do with it?" and "If you could be an animal, what kind would you be, and why?"

This time, since we had a larger group of girls, we didn't include the leaders in the speed-friending (except for one who filled in when there was an uneven number - we had some girls trickle in throughout the evening, so we were constantly adjusting the number of chairs, etc). This part of the activity took about 45 minutes. It could be shorter or longer, depending on how many questions you have prepared and how many girls you have (we had about 26 girls).


During the speed-friending, the other leaders were setting up a clothes-swap in the RS room. We had asked the yw (from both wards) to bring any unwanted (but CLEAN) clothes, shoes, or accessories to donate for the swap (and to get their parent's permission first before donating anything!). We had about 26 girls attend, and I'd estimate we had about 300 swap items donated. We quickly arranged the clothes into areas (pants, skirts/dresses, shoes, shirts, etc) while they speed-friended. After the girls finished up the speed-friending, they went into the RS room, where they were welcome to take anything that they wanted from the donated items. We did not place any restrictions on who could take what (ie, you didn't have to bring something to take something). Most girls took away at least a few things. Some girls had to haul their 'new' clothes away in garbage bags. Any leftover items were donated to a thrift store.

Afterward, we had doughnuts and milk for refreshments. This was one of our most popular activities EVER - the girls have been asking when we can do it again!

This could also be done on a Stake level.

COST: Only the cost of refreshments!