LDS Relief Society Activity Ideas
If you have been in charge of planning a Relief Society Activity then you know how much time and effort can go into it.
Some might agree that deciding what the activity should be in the first place- is the hardest part!
With so many women in Relief Society it is hard to please everyone and to come up with activities that all will love.
Something that I think is important to remember is that not everyone will like what is planned.
You can only do your best when counseling together as a committee and deciding what the needs of your sisters are. Different activities and types of activities might be geared more toward different age groups- but the beauty is that as women in the church we can all come together and partake if we want to!
We are sharing an ultimate list of activity ideas.
Not every activity has to be over the top, it can be simple! Don’t discount an idea just because it might seems overdone, too difficult or too basic. No matter what, at least one sister will get something that she needed out of it – and that should be reason enough to consider all your options.
Find those in your ward who are talented in different areas and ask them to teach a class. You could have several 10-15 minute stations where everyone gets to go to each class. Different ideas could include:
- How to ice sugar cookies
- How to cut hair (such as how to cut your children’s – here are our tips for cutting a baby boy’s hair)
- How to hem (here is an easy hemming method)
- How to change a flat tire
- How to braid
- How to use Social Media
- How to lead music
Family History and Indexing
Have 2-3 rotations. One where someone teaches the basics of Indexing (consider asking a youth to do it!), another where someone goes over the different Family History apps the church has and how to use them and one class where someone talks about journaling, photo books, memory books, and ways to preserve photos.
This blog has great ideas on how to do this activity.
Favorite Things Party
This is popular during the holidays but you could do it during any time of the year. Have each person bring one of their favorite things ($3-5 limit) and then do a gift exchange where each person goes home with someone else’s gift. Have the group sit in a circle and draw names. Then every one watches as each gift is open to give the person the opportunity to share why that is their favorite thing. This is a great activity to get to know each-other. The gifts could be store bought or homemade.
Soup and Swap
Have people bring things from their home that they would donate or are wanting to get rid of and set it all up in the gym. Everyone can then go through the treasures and take what they need\want. Have people sign up to bring soups to eat to complete the activity!
- Slow Cooker Lasagna Soup
- Creamy Chicken Noodle Soup
- Better-Than-Panera Tomato Basil Soup
- Creamy Chicken Enchilada Soup and Cream of Whatever Soup
Have those who would like to bring pies (store bought or homemade) along with the recipe if applicable. Have a pie tasting night and visit.
Invite a yoga instructor to come and teach the ladies basic yoga moves. This might seems to be geared toward the younger crowd, but encourage those of all ages to attend. The instructor could teach different breathing techniques and those who wish could do some of the movements by sitting in a chair instead of doing it on the ground.
This was an activity we did in our ward and the instructor happened to be LDS. During the cool down, she gave a quick spiritual thought that brought the whole thing together. It was a favorite activity for many!
Couponing and Scone Making
Invite someone to teach a 30 minute course on coupons and saving money. It could be as basic as going over some of the best money saving apps that people can find on their phone. You could do this a stand alone activity – or do a play on words and have some sort of bread making\scone making demonstration as the second half. Saving money and making “dough”.
This blog does a great job at explaining how one might work.
Invite a professional organizer, or someone who knows their stuff- to teach a class on tips and tricks to stay organized.
Not all activities have to be fun and exciting. It’s important to meet the needs of the sisters in all sorts of ways. Find a professional\therapist to come and talk on certain subjects that might pertain to those in your ward.
Some ideas might include:
- Health and Fitness
- Finance professional
Divide into groups and have each team make, design and decorate their cupcakes. Have everyone bring different ingredients, toppings, frosting, etc. Have a member of the Bishopric, the Young Men or Young Women be the judges.
Making Scripture Study More Exciting
Come up with ideas for making scripture study more exciting (blogs or social media accounts to follow, instruction guides, etc.) and go over them as a group.
Set up long tables so there is one person sitting on each side across from another. Set a time for 1-2 minutes and during that time those sitting across from one another get to chat and get to know another. Include questions or prompts for people to use to break the ice.
There are more great ideas and visuals from this blog.
Gift Wrapping Ideas
Have someone do a demonstration on different gift wrapping techniques.
Tips and tricks on how to meal plan (here are some of our favorite meal planning tips)
Cookies and Convo
Have everyone bring their favorite cookies and sit around and visit.
This is a fun mixer game! Everyone is given a BINGO card, and they have to mark one person off for each item on the BINGO chart. When they get a BINGO, they get a small treat – and whoever gets a blackout first gets a bigger prize (like a delicious candy bar!)
I made this Mingle BINGO chart for an upcoming activity. You can click here to signup to get the printable sent straight to your email.
Minute to Win-it Games
This blog has a great list of ideas you could choose from!
- Tie quilts
- Check with your local hospital to see what needs they have
- Clean the nursery toys
- Write letters to the Missionaries in your ward
- Compile “new move in” kits for those in your ward (information on the ward, favorite places to eat, movies theaters, etc.)
Compile freezer meals to be kept on hand for those in need in your ward. Before hand send around a sign up with all the ingredients and amounts and have people sign up for what they can bring (1 bag of cheese, 2 onions, 1 can of cream of mushroom soup etc.)
Sip and Paint Night
Canvas painting and lemonade or soda drinking with different flavors\syrups to add in.
Self Defense Class
Invite a police officer or other qualified person to teach basic self defense technique. Invite the Young Women and their leaders to come, too!
Card Making and Crunchy Snacks
Have different stations set up with different types of cards you can make. Have everyone bring a “crunchy” (popcorn, carrots, chips, etc.) snack to share.
Visit different Sister’s homes to see their garden, learn more about plants, flowers, etc.
We are actually doing this one next week for our Relief Society! I’m super excited.
Italian Soda Bar
Have different sodas, syrups, etc set up to enjoy and taste.