I’ve collected some heart-themed ideas you might use during a February New Beginnings Activity.
Here’s the list of ideas, collected from all over the web:
We wanted to emphasize Personal Progress Goals at our New Beginnings this year. Our theme was “Personal Progress: Put Your Heart Into It.” The invitations and decorations with hearts worked perfect for the month of February (we hit the sales the day after Valentine’s day). We had three women in their mid 20’s who received their medallions come speak to the girls about how personal progress and goal setting has affected their lives. It was wonderful to show the girls how the goals can apply to their lives and affect the lives of others when you “Put Your Heart Into It.” The bishop also impressed the girls by having the theme memorized and he showed us his personal progress book that he keeps in his desk and also passes off goals. It was a wonderful night.
For New beginnings we have chosen to implement the theme “The Lord is my Light” with “turning the hearts” and were lucky enough to find night lights with frosted heart over the light at all-a-dollar, and we will give the girls a different colored bulb each month to hi-light each value. This is a good time of the year to find all colors of bulbs, before Christmas.
For our New Beginnings we used the church theme, “Turning Hearts to the Family.” We had a slide presentation of all the different aspects of a young woman’s life that have to do with her family, like dad blessing and baptizing, mom helping with first date, temple marriage, and sister helping little brother. We then had a talk about families. We gave the girls banners with the theme and picture of the temple. We made personal progress books for the families. I changed some of the goals in the personal progress book so that the families had to accomplish the goals together. For instance, setting a goal to have family prayer. When the families accomplish their two goals for each value they will earn a painted heart to go on their banner.
Woven Heart Valentine Favor:
Theme- Treasures of the Heart
A box of sweethearts with the details of the program glued to the front.
Pastel hearts with the values written on them, like candy hearts
Vase of hearts- Hearts on the color of the values taped or glued to pipe cleaners or straws and placed in vases for each table centerpiece.
Presentation of the Values-
Each leader or the young women can give a quick talk on each value. Have her hold up a heart in the value color. The name, color and meaning of each value can be told.
After each value is presented place the value heart into the treasure chest nearby.
Introducing the new Beehives and other new YW-
Our New Sweethearts-
Ask each mother of your ‘Sweethearts’ to say something special about their daughter or interview each one before New Beginnings to have something special to say about each one.
Talks could be on – “Put Your Heart Into It”- Doing your Personal Progress
“I Can ‘Heart-ly” Wait”- Receiving YW Recognition
“Home is Where the Heart is”- Parent’s participation in Personal Progress “Hearts a Fire”- Holy Ghost
“The Thief of Hearts”- The Adversary
“Have a Heart”- Helping others with their Personal Progress
Take home gift-
Small box or block of wood wrapped in pretty wrapping paper with the following note attached.
A Gift of Love
This is a very special gift
That you can never see.
The reason it’s so special
It’s just for you from me.
Whenever you are lonely,
Or ever feeling blue,
You only have to hold this gift
And know I think of you.
You never can unwrap it.
Please leave the ribbon tied.
Just hold the box close to your heart.
It’s filled with LOVE inside.