Lent 3: ideas to help share this Sunday’s RCL readings with the 3’s and under.

These suggestions are for use with the 3’s and under who are in worship with you. Or use them during the week to keep connecting with Sunday’s worship.

You may need to organise some resources before Sunday and place in a special Church Bag so you can pick it up and run and have everything with you to share worship with your little one.


The Lion Picture Bible https://www.koorong.com/search/product/the-lion-story-bible-sophie-piper-ruth-rivers/9780745964003.jhtml

The Lion Story Bible https://www.koorong.com/search/product/the-lion-story-bible-sophie-piper-ruth-rivers/9780745964003.jhtml

My First Read-aloud Bible Batchelor and Boshoff  https://www.koorong.com/search/product/my-first-read-aloud-bible-mary-batchelor/9781860247712.jhtml

The Jesus Story Book Bible by Sally Lloyd-Jones and Jago https://www.koorong.com/search/product/the-jesus-storybook-bible-sally-lloyd-jones-jago/0310708257.jhtml can also be purchased on Kindle



https://store.illustratedchildrensministry.com/collections/illustrated-worship-resources/products/bible-story-coloring-pages-spring-2018 (The price you pay will get you 14 colouring in pages, that is 14 Sundays worth and I will possibly refer to them over the coming weeks. To reduce the cost further, you could share with other families or ask your church to purchase them for you. Note this is a USA publication so the season  for them is Spring, and the price is in US$, so it will cost a little more and possible attract international transaction charges depending on whom your credit card is with)

https://store.illustratedchildrensministry.com/collections/lenten-2018-resources/products/psalms-coloring-pages-8-5×11 (This series has 9 colouring in pages, including a simplified version for younger hands. They cover the Psalms in the RCL until Easter Sunday. I do suggest you purchase them, just remember the price is in $US so will be slightly higher and may attract an international transaction fee. You might like to share this product with other families or ask your congregation to purchase it for you.)


Games, such as Go fish or checkers if they are age appropriate

Plain paper or Journal


PREPARE: You could make heart commandment puzzle jigsaw like the one shown in the Godly Play video below. You don’t need the heart shaped box, BUT STICK TO THE HEART SHAPE and you can make out of cardboard or yardstick, and let your child decorate the heart jigsaws.


READ: The Lion Story Bible pp. 54-55

OR The Lion Picture Bible pp.86-87

OR My First Read A-loud Bible by Batchelor and Boshoff pp.54-55

OR The Jesus storybook Bible p.105-106

PLAY: As this passage speaks about rules within community, Play games, these have rules, it could be peek a boo, the drop the toy/ and you will pick it up game, mix and match, Go Fish, or whatever game your child loves to play, and is age appropriate.

WATCH: This is a favourite but is still too advanced for many toddlers, yet I have watched the under threes walk in and out of Godly Play stories and still show what they understood. So give it a go. START at the 5 MIN. 33 sec mark.


MAKE/PLAY: This requires a bit of preparation. You could make heart commandment puzzle jigsaw like the one shown in the Godly Play video. You don’t need the heart shaped box, BUT STICK TO THE HEART SHAPE and you can make out of cardboard or yardstick, and let your child decorate the heart jigsaws.


COLOURING IN: https://store.illustratedchildrensministry.com/collections/lenten-2018-resources/products/psalms-coloring-pages-8-5×11

OR http://www.mediacomeshop.org.au/test/index.php?route=product/product&path=90_91&product_id=254

DRAW:  a face expressing the emotion of parts of or each verse. Eg: Excited or Joyful

NEW TESTAMENT: 1 Corinthians 1: 18-25

WATCH/READ: Suggestion by http://storypath.upsem.edu/lectionary-links-rcl-march-4-2018/

DRAW: A treasure map. Draw your treasure?

PRAY: Dear God,

Help me to be wise

and search (put your hand above your eyes and move your head from one side to the other as if searching for something)

for you (palms out open your hands away from the body)


GOSPEL: John 2:13-22

READ: The Lion Story Bible p. 202

OR The Lion Picture Bible pp.319-320

OR My First Read Aloud Bible by Batchelor and Boshoff p. 210-211

COLOURING-IN: https://store.illustratedchildrensministry.com/collections/illustrated-worship-resources/products/bible-story-coloring-pages-spring-2018

DRAW: What would you protect. What is important to you.

PRAY: Thank you God

That you think

I am worth protecting



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