I was astonished when I walked past a church bulletin board and saw this newsletter.
So I stole one to show you … :)
This newsletter was printed front and back, and the part you see on top in the image was the outside. The paper was folded in half the short way to make a little booklet with the calendar (shown on bottom) in the inside.
This newsletter has some interesting features I haven’t seen before in a YW newsletter. The front has the ward name, date, YW logo and mutual theme at the top. Underneath that is a message from the YW presidency, and a table of upcoming events leading into the following month.
Inside is a cute calendar with activities described and a scripture theme for the month. At the top left is a spot for Pianist and Chorister, which I guess changes monthly in that ward — what a luxury!
On the back page is a section for each class: Beehives, Laurels, and Mia Maids where they can put messages to their class. The Beehive one is apparently a thank you to a recently released advisor.
There’s also space for a little blurb about the upcoming activity on nutrition.
Um — wow. I suddenly feel like an underachiever! Great job on this, who ever you are!!!
This is a color-coded ward calendar for you to take a peek at.
Youth/Primary activities are in red, Relief Society meetings are in blue, Priesthood is green, and ward level activities are in yellow boxes to help members find the activities that apply to them.
Family weekend refers to the stake’s efforts to simplify the calendar by designating a “family weekend” each month during which no outside activities are scheduled.
I visited another unit this weekend, and saw this poster on the Primary bulletin board. The stickers read “I brought my scriptures to Primary”, and you can see that one poster has been completely filled up and the other is already pretty full.
I assume that children are given the stickers (which are just regular old standard Avery Printer Labels) to paste on the poster when they remember their scriptures.
A great idea!
I visited another unit building this weekend and noticed these classroom rules in one room. Based on the content of these rules, I assume that the class and teacher worked together to establish them at the beginning of the year.
The last rule, “Keep your shoes on,” made me laugh!
This is the bulletin board in the Primary room of a building I visited this week. It has the Primary theme with the word because and pictures of the Savior along with slips of paper where each child has written how he or she knows the Savior lives.
The picture isn’t great because I took it with my cell phone, but you can make out the theme okay.
I love this idea because it promotes the children’s participation and would be super easy to create!
I created this scale version of our Relief Society bulletin board for last year. It had 11×17 inch sheets printed with the picture and information you see on the mockup, mounted on blue paper (not shown), along with the text you see. At the bottom were two folders to hold extra handouts. The background was yellow bulletin board paper to keep with the blue and gold RS theme. We had used President Monson’s challenge to women to serve diligently, serve willingly, and pray earnestly as our theme. We added “prepare now” and used each of the 4 topics as themes for our quarterly Enrichment activities.
Here is a bulletin board that was in the background of another picture I got. Please post your bulletin board pictures here, too!
Here’s another newsletter sample from the Rock Hill Ward. It shows how this secretary made use of arrows and boxes to fill in information that wouldn’t fit in the date’s box while keeping the calendar legible.
Includes lots and lots of information relating to Relief Society, including VT message instructions, a sister spotlight, good news minutes, sex addict spouse support information, activities, cannery information, food storage, and birthdays.
When I travel to another ward, I’m always looking for great ideas. Occasionally I will steal (or ask for) a copy of their ward newsletter or other publication for the website. In this case, a RS president visiting our ward gave me a copy of her Relief Society newsletter.
I’m posting them here to provide ideas for other members, too.
Here is a scan of an August 2008 Relief Society Newsletter from the Bonneville 5th Ward. It has some interesting things in it, including birthdays, a recipe, announcements, a spiritual thought, babies born, a provident living corner, and a photo of some women in the ward performing humanitarian service.
The Facilities maintenance headquarters for the stake was in this building. When I saw this sign promoting the blessings of church cleaning, I just had to share.
This is awesomel! Karen Anderson created this amazing newsletter for our Relief Society when she was secretary, and I am providing a scan of it for you to use for ideas.
The top half of the image was one side of the paper, and the bottom half was the other. We include our Good News Minutes in the newsletter to pass out to Primary, YW, and less-actives. They put their good news on a sheet of paper we pass around to share their news. Each month Karen did at least one sister spotlight, collected a message from the visiting teaching supervisor, and got a message from a presidency member. She used the sisteRSpeak masthead that she created for continuity.
I have blotted out the last names of individuals for privacy.
I am providing this sample of a calendar I created using Adobe Illustrator to show what our ward does for the monthly Relief Society calendar. It is based on Karen Anderson’s design when she was our ward RS secretary.
The gray boxes are my thing — I think it’s a good idea to use the gray background to emphasize the most important activities. You should use at least 25% black to be sure your copier will pick up on the gray.