UPDATED FOR OLD TESTAMENT 2022!
Are you ready for some deep studying of the Old Testament? I always have a little fear of the Old Testament for some reason, but the closer we get to starting it later this month, the more excited I’m starting to feel.
The reading assignments are quite different than in years past. Instead of reading complete chapters, the readings are split up and sometimes include sections from several different books and chapters. That’s one reason I’m grateful for a Come, Follow Me bulletin board to help us stay on track!
A couple of years ago, when we first started the Come, Follow Me program, I wanted a place to display all our weekly assignments and encourage my family in our studies. I created a fun bulletin board for us to do this and I love having a display of what we’re studying.
But honestly – it was hard to keep up with. Though the design was cute, it required changing out several things each week and month.
Last year, I decided I wanted to simplify and also add a place where we could keep track of our goals with the new Children and Youth program. This new board requires a lot less maintenance. I can print everything at the beginning of the year and then simply swap out the reading assignment each week.
The pictures can be changed weekly or monthly and our goals get updated as we finish and set new ones. And the best thing – I’ve done all the work for you! You can find the outline and weekly reading assignments in my shop.
Make Your Own Bulletin Board
For Come, Follow Me AND Children & Youth
Here are the details on how I made my board and some suggestions to help you make your own. To start out, you will need some type of display board.
- A bulletin board (My board measures about 20×24 inches, but you can adjust your pieces to fit something larger or smaller.)
- A magnet board. Prefer not to worry about stepping to tacks? Use a magnet board instead!
- A space on your wall. Don’t want to put up a board? Simply section off an area of your wall and use it as your Come, Follow Me area. Stick up some scrapbook paper or butcher paper to section off the area, then add your fun elements.
You can turn your board either way (horizontal or vertical) and adjust the pieces on it however you would like.
Choosing Your Elements
Next, you will want to decide what elements you would like to use. Most of the pieces on this board will just stay for the whole year. No taking down and putting up new things every month! I really wanted to simplify it and keep it manageable.
I created several options that you could use on your board, depending on what will work well for your family. The great thing is that you can use these printables to make this just right for YOUR family.
Here’s a list of the options included and some ideas on how they can be used:
- “Come, Follow Me” Title Strip – We put ours along the top of the board as a header
- “Old Testament This Week” – This is one of the 2 sections that will / can change weekly. Each week, you can put the reading assignment card here. Easy peasy tip? Stack the whole month’s reading assignments with the current one first, and the rest of the weeks behind it. Pin them up and when the week is over, simply remove that weeks and the next week is ready to go!
- Old Testament Photo – I included a space to add a photo to give some visual appeal to the board. The Come, Follow Me manual includes a variety of beautiful photos. I purchased an extra one to use just for the photos. You can tear out the pages and display the one of your choice.
- The photos can be changed out each week or you can choose one to leave for longer. Leave it up all month or just until you’re ready for a change.
- If you have young children, another fun option here would be to display a completed coloring page. Have everyone take turns putting up their pictures each week!
- “GO & DO Weekly Challenge” – I like to have a weekly challenge for our family to do together. It’s simply something that we are working on improving this week. It often relates to the lesson from the week. I added a clip so we can write out the challenge and clip it on each week. This will help us remember the challenge so we can take action on what we’re learning. No clip? Simply tack it up with a push pin or use a sticky note that is easy to remove.
- “Scripture of the Week” – If your family likes to memorize a few verses each week, display them on your board as a reminder.
- “Praying For” – This section gives you a little place where you can keep a prayer list of people or things your family would like to remember to pray for. I have loved seeing my kids see someone in need and add their name to our Praying For section. I simply cut small strips of paper to use for writing the names on.
- “Articles of Faith” – Choose an Article of Faith to focus on each month and simply replace this as you’ve memorized and moved on. You can find Articles of Faith printables here.
- “Conference Talk” – This is a great place to post a General Conference talk for your family to read / study each week.
- “Family Goals” Children and Youth section – I made three different tags for this area so you can choose the name that you like (Family Goals, Children and Youth, #strivetobe) My kids chose the “family goals” tag, since that is what we call ours. We then write out our goals for each of the categories and post them up.
- You can use this for family goals, or you can have a slip of paper with each person’s goals listed. This will always help you know what each of your children are working on. Be flexible and do what works best for your family. Again, I used clips to clip on the goals, but sticky notes or a paper simply pinned up would work great here as well.
Ready to make your own? You can get all the parts ready to print in the shop.
May you find joy this year as you study the Old Testament and help your family grow with the Children and Youth program.
Here’s some more helps for studying the Old Testament in 2022
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