Advent 3C: Idea’s to help you and your 3’s and under enjoy church and relate to the RCL readings

Advent Candles and a children’s Prayer.


During Advent, many congregations will count down to Christmas using the 4 candle system. Usually they will be Purple or Blue with the Love candle (week 3) often in Pink.

MAKE: your own candle each week, cut an A4 sheet of cardboard in PINK, write this week’s word, JOY in any languages you use or know, or that are used by members in your church community (if you don’t know the right word, ask congregational members to write it for you). Cut a piece of 4cm yellow or orange (or both) of cellophane, crinkle the square, then stuff into the top of the candle.

You can also decorate a paper plate, and place each week’s candle around the plate until Christmas

Or you could purchase and download$US15, for 5 candles. HINT, Print base on thick paper.

PRAY: (Stand tall with your hands, palms together over your head)

Little candle burning bright

Let us share the JOY

You bring

with everyone Today


FIRST READING: Zephaniah 3:14-20

READ/WATCH When I’m Feeling Happy  by Trace Moroney

SING: Song 8

DRAW: A picture of the things that make you happy/joyful


PSALM: Isiah12:2-6

READ: I trust you God (put your hands on your heart)

Even when I’m frightened (shake your body)

I will tell everyone about you (cup your hands like a megaphone around your mouth)

I will sing  joyfully about you ( give a little skip)

I will not stay quiet. (run up and down on the spot)

About you God (clasp your hands in front of you and fling them open)



Colour-In: Once purchased (about $15 Aus ) it will supply you with colouring in sheets for the next 12 weeks)

Find or draw a picture of being joyful (try any of the previously mentioned emotion based websites or buy as digital cards at


SECOND READING: Philippians 4:4-7

READ: I will rejoice by Karma Wison, though written around Psalm 118 It’s a good substitute of today a Joy suggestion by

SING: Song 2

DRAW: Those things that make you happy.

PRAY; Thank you God

That you made a world

Where I can find things

That make me happy

(point to the things that make you happy)



READ: The Lion Picture Bible The Baptism of Jesus pp.240-241

OR The Beginner’s Bible John Baptises Jesus, pp.303- the first sentence of p. 306.

Make: Make a card to share. Take an A4 Sheet longways fold in half


then fold each end into the middle. IMG_3205-2

It might be a Christmas card or a Thankfulness card. Draw a picture on the front or the inside ( i cut a Christmas tree in mine)img_3208.jpg

when you are finished cut down the middle, IMG_3210

and you will have 2 cards, one to share and one to keep.


 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.


Craft or drawing or play are for spiritual responses not for a perfectionist piece that can be shown off.


Remember that little ones will need their own space to move and wiggle,


THAT Sit towards the front so they can see what is going on.



Remember that you have bought your child to worship. Enjoy engaging them in it.

If you have a bored older child these school holidays you might like to purchase, which will engage them in all the RCL readings for the week.



You might need to purchase

a paper plate


A4 thick paper

You might need to Print Once purchased (about $15 Aus ) it will supply you with colouring in sheets for the next 12 weeks)



Wendy L


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