Relief Society Activity: Service Auction

I have been seeing in the internet a lot of photos about this relief society service auction activity. It came into my mind that maybe this could be a great activity to our ward. It would be a chance for the sisters to give service to each other. I became excited.

I had so many preparation. At first I was confused on how they will have points and use them during the auction. I kept on searching and I'm so grateful for sisters on the internet that they have shared their ideas and on how they prepared for the activity. And because of them here's what I did:

PREPARATIONS

-> INVITATION: I used free invitation from the net. One month before the activity we started inviting sisters and informing them about what service or gift they could share during the activity.

-> LIST OF SERVICE: If sisters are interested and still have no idea what service she could offer, we prepared list of possible services that the sisters could choose. I copied it from MISHMASHMOM. For additional ideas, this blogger is a great reference to start this activity. I was inspired by her.

-> LIST OF DONATIONS or SIGN UP FORM: I prepared this form to list down who were going to give service or gifts. I think it is better than the number of donations are more than the attendance.

DURING THE ACTIVITY

-> DISPLAY ALL THE SERVICE OR GIFTS: We displayed all the gifts and services that were donated and also we posted from whom the donation was. I think each sisters were excited and some feel a little shy but we should not be, right?


-> TABLES, CHAIRS AND QUESTIONERS with PENS: We arranged the table and chairs a little bit close to each other and a questioners placed on the table for each of them to answer. I Also copied the questioner from MISHMASHMOM. I edited some of the questions which the sisters here in Philippines could relate easily. 


Here are the list I made:

Service Gift Auction Questionnaire

___5 pts If you have been married
___5 pts If you have ever been in other place in the Philippines
___5 pts If you've participated in the ward choir in the last 3 months
___5 pts If you speak a second language (sign-language included)
___5 pts If you bring your child / grandchild today
___5 pts If you have taken a meal to someone in need in the past 6 months
___5 pts If you have read the lesson prior to Sunday for the past month
___5 pts If you have tried a new recipe in the past month
___5 pts If you have save money
___5 pts If you have sewn a new item of clothing in the past month
___5 pts If you have read a church book in the past month
___5 pts If you have planned a weekly menu and followed it for 3 months
___5 pts If you have had invited missionary to your home for dinner in the past 6 months
___5 pts If you have exercised regularly for the past month
___5 pts If you have had your daily personal prayers for the past 3 months
___5 pts If you have read a book to your children or grandchildren in the past 6 months
___5 pts If you have learned a new skill in the past month
___5 pts If you have attended the temple in the past month
___5 pts If you have cleaned a closet in the past month
___5 pts If you have written a letter to a missionary in the past 3 months
___5 pts If you have a monthly budget and followed for the past 3 months
___5 pts If you have given a talk in sacrament meeting in the past year
___5 pts If you have been early to Church last Sunday
___5 pts If you fasted on the last fast Sunday
___5 pts If you have donated flowers in Church for the past 6 months
___5 pts If you have introduced yourself to a new member or move-in within the past month
___5 pts If you can recite the Relief Society Declaration from memory
___5 pts If you have a hymn book at home
___5 pts If you have a temple picture at home
___5 pts If you have subscribed of Liahona Magazine
___5 pts If you have organized your storage area in the past year
___5 pts If you voted in the last election
___5 pts If you have helped clean at the church for the last month
___5 pts If you fixed lunch for your family before you came today
___5 pts If you have been to the Dentist in the past 6 months
___5 pts If you have been to a wedding reception in the past 3 months
___5 pts If you attended Relief Society Activity for the last 6 months
___5 pts If you have the 1st Presidency’s picture at home
___5 pts If you kept your TV off all day today
___5 pts If you gave someone a sincere compliment in the past week
___5 pts If you have begun your Christmas Shopping
___5 pts If you have done something you are proud of in the past month
___5 pts If you have been on a date with your best friend / husband / in the past 2 weeks
___5 pts If you have attended church last Sunday
___5 pts If you have laughed today
___5 pts If you have made someone smile today
___5 pts If you have accepted someone’s help this past week
___5 pts If you have obeyed traffic rules today
___5 pts If you have attended last General Conference
___5 pts If you have shaken someone’s hand today
___5 pts If you showered this morning today
___5 pts If you sleep early last night
___5 pts If you have sung a church hymn in your home in the past month
___5 pts For donating a service or gift today
___5 pts If you feel happy and beautiful today
___5 pts If you have greeted someone a “Happy Birthday”
___5 pts If you have visited someone at the hospital last month
___5 pts If you cooked for someone for the past 3 months

___10 pts If you are being TRUTHFUL about your answers
___10 pts If you have done a good deed anonymously in the past 6 months
___10 pts If you had FHE this week
___10 pts If you bring a friend with you today
___10 pts If you hugged someone today
___10 pts If you have borne your testimony in the last 3 months
___10 pts If you served a mission
___10 pts If you said "I Love You" to someone today
___10 pts If you have a 72 hour kit
___10 pts If you are a full tithe payer
___10 pts If you have invited a non-member friend to church in the past 3 months
___10 pts If you have planted a garden in the past year
___10 pts If you have read the Book of Mormon entirely
___10 pts If you done your Visiting Teaching for the past 3 months
___10 pts If you have donated items to church in the past 6 months
___10 pts If you have worked with missionary
___10 pts If you have done a service project with your family in the past 6 months
___10 pts If you have a journal
___10 pts If you have worked on your family history in the past 6 months
___10 pts If you have accepted a calling at Church

___15 pts If you studied your scriptures yesterday
___15 pts If you have submitted names for temple ordinance
___15 pts If you've had referral to the missionaries to teach
___15 pts If you have begun or added to your food storage in the past 3 months
___15 pts If you have already done your Visiting Teaching this month

___50 pts For being here today

______Total for 5 point questions
______Total for 10 point questions
______Total for 15 point questions
______Total for 50 point questions

______Grand Total


-> CHOOSE AUCTIONEER: I'm thankful for the auctioneer we have chosen. He was the husband of our first counselor in Relief Society. He has loud voice enough to be heard by our sisters. Also, have sense of humor, flexible and know how to make the sisters excited. :-)  


-> AUCTION PADDLES: This was something that I did not careful studied about. I just made numbers and I didn't realized before hand that the sister would like to split their total points they get from the questioners. Perfect scores of my questioner would be 615 points. I should have plan to print more of smaller points. Or just print enough number of points distributed because the sisters wanted to choose how they would like to cut the points into smaller numbers. The auctioneer also has to know the starting bidding points. I think smaller points would be great.


 -> SET RULES: This is also something that I have not think about. It is so funny that sisters combine their points to help other sisters who have not won yet. And also, it is so funny that the used points were still used to combine points. So, it is so helpful to state the rules by the auctioneer before the auction start and some one is assigned to get the used points (auction paddles with points). 



-> LIST OF WINNERS AND SOLD CARD: Our first counselor was the one who wrote down winners on our list what she have won. Also, she recorded it on our sold card and handed it to the winner after the auction. We announced that they could communicate with each other for those who donate and won on how they could claim the service. Print this on a colored paper and it will look vibrantly attractive. :-)
-> SNACKS: While the auction is going on progress, I distributed the snacks on each table.

RESULTS

-> SISTERS ENJOYED AND HAD FUN! Maybe because this was new to our ward, we really had enjoyed and fun. We appreciated all those who shared and give service during the activity. 


-> OPPORTUNITY TO BUILD FRIENDSHIP: We heard that after the activity, sisters met up and were schedule to claim their free manicure and pedicure, free massage, free tutorial on different methods of gift wrapping and other services had offered.

-> I LEARNED. I remembered the talk of President Ucthdorf, "The Good and Grateful Receiver". He said, We know that “God loveth a cheerful giver,”8 but does He not also love a good, grateful, and cheerful receiver? I think that we should be grateful and excited to receive any gifts and service offered to us. :-)

Hope this could give help to other wards who want to try this activity!

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