After Pentecost 2 Year B: Ideas to help the 3’s and under relate to the RCL readings for the week

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.

The longest season of the ecclesiastical year has begun, so point out the colour changes in the church this week . They are now GREEN

If your church is recognising Reconciliation Week you will find some stories to share here

in particular the three spears

or take some Aboriginal story books to read, such as Tiddilick

or or Biladurang The Platypus

The new season of Will get you 14 colouring in pages, that is 14 Sundays worth and I will  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 Summer, 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)

Click to access pp89-90.pdf

The Lion Story Bible

The Beginners Bible Timeless Children’s stories  THE BEGINNERS BIBLE TIMELESS CHILDREN’S STORIES

The Rhyme Bible by L.J. Sattgast

Stiffened felt


thick paper

People shapes

sticky felt

Journal or drawing paper

Quiet noise maker

If the first 2 readings and activities look familiar its because they were also read on the 14/1 Epiphany 2

FIRST READING 1 Samuel 3:1-10 (11-20)

READ:  The Rhyme Bible pp.114-116

DRAW:  this also has the story attached. Just print off both pages and no need for the story book bible suggested above

PLAY: Play listen games;

Chose a word, such as Jesus and ask them to tell you when they hear it in the sermon.

Take a quiet baby rattle or other quiet noise makers (macaroni in a plastic container etc.) and use them during the Hymns to find the rhythm in the music.

PRAY: Speak Lord, I (insert name) am listening

PSALM 139:1-6, 13-18

SING: no.3 Fearfully and Wonderfully made.

You might like to read the book or ebook When God Made You by Matthew Paul Turner.



Read from the Beginners Bible NiRV

And ask them after each verse if the words make them happy or sad. Make happy or sad faces too.

Draw Sad face

Draw Happy face

SECOND READING: 2 Corinthians 4:5-12

READ/WATCH Alexander’s Terrible Horrible No Good Very Bad Day by Judith Viorst

Thanks to for this suggestion

MAKE: Cut out a person shape in a piece of thick paper (use one of the people chains we made recently or find a colouring in shape from the internet.) Cut it out and cover the shape with cellophane, to let God’s light shine through.


God: help me be your  Hands and Feet (point to your hands and feet) Amen.


GOSPEL  READING: Mark 2:23-3:6

READ: The Lion Story Bible, Rules, Rules, pp.154-155.


PLAY: make your own felt board, stiff felt as a base, cut out people shapes, wheat shapes, etc.  Or you can cut out people to colour in and attach some sticky felt on the back. Let them play. Don’t  make the pieces too small as they may become a chocking hazard. Avoid this suggestion if they are at the stage of putting everything into their mouths. Use dolls or soft toys instead. 


Wendy L.


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