Passion Sunday: Ideas to help you share this weeks RCL readings with the 3’s and under.

The Revised Common Lectionary has two choices this Sunday, readings for Passion Sunday and Readings for Palm Sunday.

You will find posts for each.

There is some overlap with readings, but a very different emphasis.

If possible, check in advance, with the Church you are worshipping at this Sunday, as to which set of readings they are following.


If you are a parent or Guardian

Prepare a special church bag in advance each week so that you are ready for the rush on Sunday Morning.

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

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,

You have bought your child to worship. Enjoy engaging them in it.

If you are a small congregation without a Child and Family Minister have an area available near the front for parents/guardians to worship with their children, and print off this information so that it is readily available or direct them to this site. Set up an area with books and toys in it that will enhance their spiritual experience. (Ie not just toys for “keeping them quiet”).Spiritual Delights or Toy Box tat! andMake the books appealing

If you would like these ideas as a PDF file sent to you each week, please contact me.

FIRST READING: Isaiah 50:4-9a

READ/WATCH: One  by Kathryn Otoshi as suggested by

PRAY: Dear God

You are with us


DRAW: those times when you need God.


PSALM 31:9-16

Psalm 31: My hiding place

Where can I hide?               (cover your eyes with your hands)
I cannot find anywhere that feels safe. (Look around you)
Everywhere there are traps set for me. (reach a hand out then pull it back quickly)
Everywhere people whisper about me. (cusp your hands around your mouth as if passing on a secret)
Be my safe place, O God. (cross your hands over your body)
Be my hiding space, my refuge, my shelter. ( crouch down small)
I put myself in your hands. (cup your hands in front of you)
Be strong! Fill your heart with courage! (make a muscle, then a heart with your hands)
from words by Rev. Purdie action by me.

Colouring In Poster 6 You may have bought this series last year so check your download folder.

SECOND READING: Philippians 2:5-11

READ/WATCH: MAYBE GOD IS LIKE THAT TOO by Jennifer Grant as suggested by


DRAW: What is God like?

GOSPEL READING 1: Luke 22: 14-23:56 This is a massive reading, so I have broken it down into segments and made recommendations on what I see is the most appropriate Reading for our little ones. There is plenty here to keep you going right through this week and possible into Holy Week.  Mix it up with a bit of play or activity then return to the reading as appropriate. 

FOR Luke 22:14-20 READ Easter Love Letters from God by Glenys Nellist, The secret Supper pp. 12-15

OR The Beginners Bible, The Last Supper pp.442-445

FOR Luke 22:31-34, 54-62 READ You can also Buy it to have it permanently on hand.

Colouring in: Download the free colouring in sheet (scroll down to find it) or purchase the activities pack to keep everyone focused

OR READ My First read-aloud Bible by Batchelor and Boshoff  Peter Lets Jesus Down pp. 218-219

FOR Luke 22:63-71 READ The Jesus Storybook Bible  p.301 (the page before he sun Stops Shining)

For Luke 22: 39-53 READ My First read-aloud Bible by Batchelor and Boshoff Jesus is taken Prisoner pp.216-217.

 Note: Gospel Reading 2 is included in Gospel Reading 1

GOSPEL READING 2: Luke 23:1-49

READ/WATCH: Buy the book

ACTIVITIES: Purchase the Activity Pack or Download the free bookmarks- good for retelling the story and the Colouring In page

MAKE: These readings make a great opportunity for your child to play.

Set a table, let them remake the last supper with teddies and tea sets

Create a dark green hill with books under a green scarf or piece of material. Let them fight out the story with Ikea or lego people, find a rooster from a farm set,

Turn a traditional pew into a courtroom, Let the toys take on the rolls of Herod and Pilate, etc.

Icy pole sticks create good crosses, let them parade up to the hill (books covered in a light green cover)

If you want more ideas check last years post as all but the Gospel readings are the same



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