Keeping the Sabbath Day Holy is one of the basic 10 Commandments
but sometimes it's hard to know what you can
do on the Sabbath and still keep it holy. Here are some possible ideas for over 100 Sabbath Day activities. You will need to determine what activities you personally feel are in-line with keeping the Sabbath Day holy for you and your family, but these ideas are a great place to start brainstorming.
101+ Sabbath Day Activities #1-50
1. Children and adults could read their Church magazines
from cover to cover.
2. Prepare any future talks or lessons.
3. Use crock pot recipes to cut down on extra cooking.
4. Prepare Family Home Evening
lessons for the next day.
5. Visit those you know who are in the hospital.
6. Attend temple
7. Invite someone who may be unable to cook for themselves such as an elderly person or shut-in, to share dinner with your family, or take dinner to them.
8. Make a list of members who may need a ride to sacrament meetings
. Invite them to ride with you.
9. Surprise someone in need with a visit.
10. Find a unique way to fellowship less active families.
11. Have family scripture study
. Younger children may want to draw representational pictures beside their favorite scriptures. This will enable them to find the same scripture and remember what it was about in the future.
12. Visit the temple grounds as a family or bring a non-member friend.
13. View the movies inside the Visitors Center or take a tour.
14. Give time to a nursing home or to others who may need help reading letters from loved ones or writing them.
15. Re-visit families on your Home teaching
or Visiting teaching
routes who may need to be visited.
16. Utilize time together in the car or at dinner to discuss what each family member learned at Church that day.
17. Check out filmstrips from the Church library and view them.
18. Rest and reflect on what was taught in Church classes.
19. Listen to scripture tapes/cd's or view scripture videos.
20. Read material that is Church-oriented or uplifting.
21. Tape morning broadcasts of BYU devotionals and play them back during the day and throughout the week.
22. Read children's scripture story books to them. Visit the ward library and find out what is available to check out.
23. Pair children up in separate rooms together with games or books, etc. This allows each child time to build a one-on-one relationship with each of his/her brothers and sisters. Partners are rotated each Sunday.
24. While children are spending special time together, Mom and Dad can spend time alone together and perhaps fix an unusual or creative breakfast for the children.
25. Label and catalogue the family picture journal (photos, slides or videotapes of family.)
26. Have a simple and short music lesson. Familiarize children with music symbols and words. Teach them how to lead music.
27. Prepare stories about your children to tell them.
28. Tell children stories of when you were their age.
29. Have grandma or grandpa tell stories about themselves or the lives of other relatives.
30. Record these personal profiles for Book of Remembrance or journals
31. Decorate special jars for tithing
and mission funds.
32. Take a walk as a family. Discuss the blessing Heavenly Father has given us through nature.
33. Invite married family members home for a visit or go visit them.
34. Decorate a Sunday "Things to Do" box and fill it with ideas. Draw one out each Sunday to do.
35. Plan and rehearse a family musical recital.
36. Perform the recital at a nursing home or children's hospital.
37. Make shadow portraits or silhouettes of family members or of the prophets. Include them in scrap books or use to decorate cards.
38. Tape a special program for a missionary or loved one far away. Include talks, stories and songs.
39. Make phone calls or write letters to those special friends and loved ones to let them know you're thinking of them.
40. Prepare home or visiting messages for the month.
41. Set goals
or begin a "Pursuit of Excellence" program. Chart your success each Sunday.
42. Compose an original song expressing a lovely thought or deed. Encourage children to express themselves also.
43. Develop greater love and appreciation for music by listening to great works.
44. As a family, invent a design, crest, emblem or logo to display on a family banner. When it is complete, unfurl it during family home evenings or other special family occasions.
45. Practice a skill such as knitting, etc. Make a gift for a friend.
46. "Adopt" a friend. Select someone special.
47. Have a "Hands Across the Water" day. Let return missionaries
in the ward help you select a country. Help family members to become familiar with the customs of LDS around the world.
48. Customize copies of the Book of Mormon
for the missionaries to give out by marking important scriptures and adding your personal testimony.
49. Produce a puppet show depicting a historical Church event.
50. Dramatize events from the Bible and Book of Mormon with family members. Be sure to dress for your parts.
Also see the Video: How to Make a Sabbath Day Activity Box