These are suggestions only to help parents engage their children in services that use the Revised Common Lectionary. They can be used by parents or those who help out in small congregations that can not afford to pay Child and Families Ministry. Some congregations use all 4 readings in their services others only two. Prepare a special church bag in advance each week so that you are ready for the rush on Sunday Morning.
Read during the Bible readings,
Pray during the prayers,
Colour, Draw or Craft during the sermon.
Remember that little ones will need their own space to move and wiggle,
Sit towards the front so they can see what is going on. Craft or drawing or play are for spiritual responses not for a perfectionist piece that can be shown off.
Remember you have bought your child to worship. Enjoy engaging them in it.
You might need to prepare these in advance, and place them in a special Church Bag ready to go for Sunday Morning.
COLOURING-IN: https://store.illustratedchildrensministry.com/collections/coloring-sheets-posters/products/bible-story-coloring-pages-summer-2018 Will get you 14 colouring in pages, that is 14 Sundays worth and I will refer to them over the coming weeks.
paper or Journal
The Jesus Storybook Bible
toys that can be individual pieces, ie puzzles, or take apart toys ie. teddy with a jumper or shoes etc. (no small ingestible parts for the under 3’s).
FIRST READING: 2 Samual 7: 1-14a
READ: The Jesus Storybook Bible p.130, The Good Shepherd don’t read last paragraph
OR https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Iqu0Aj0zKac Where does God live by Holly Bea thanks to http://storypath.upsem.edu/lectionary-links-rcl-december-24-2017/
DRAW: all the places God lives
PLAY: If you were to make a home for God, what would it be like? Use building blocks to make it.
Who do you think is talking in this Psalm?
Are they proud of David? DRAW a proud face.
DRAW something from one of the verses.
Who is steadfast/always there always dependable in your life? DRAW them.
SECOND READING: EPHESIANS 2: 11-22
PLAY with any toy/s that come apart but need to be there to make it work, eg a puzzle for the older ones in this age bracket, wooden take apart toy for the younger ones
Colour in: a person, http://www.communityservices.act.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0010/651817/Human-Body-outline.pdf
paying attention to the different parts, head, feet, arms, etc.
PRAY: Block Prayer
As you build something pray with each block ie block 1 for mum and Dad, block 2 for those who are ill, block 3 for those who are alone, etc
GOSPEL READING: Mark 6: 30-34, 54-56
READ/WATCH: The Jesus Storybook Bible p.236 The Captain of the storm leave off the last paragraph. OR p.228 The Singer OR
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EA3blQB1psU FIVE MINUTES PEACE BY JILL MURPHY from https://worshipingwithchildren.blogspot.com/2015/06/year-b-proper-11-16th-sunday-in.html
PRAY: Lord Jesus
Like you I need to rest (put your hands to the side of your head and rest your head on them)
So I have the energy to help others (bounce up)