How wonderful that you have bought your young child to church, don’t waste this opportunity to share the faith stories and experience the wonder of worship.
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.
Always have plain drawing paper, washable texta’s, the books that are suggested and the toys or craft suggested for this week
Remember to download the colouring sheets and check out the links before Sunday morning.
Sit towards the front so they can see what is going on.
Sing or sway during the Hymns
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
that can be shown off. Don’t throw these out when you leave the church. Keep them at home in a special box, and bring them out to remind your child what has been happening or use as future prayer points.
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: Amos 7:7-17
READ/WATCH https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QCDPkGjMBro IF YOU GIVE A MOUSE A COOKIE by Laura Numeroff as suggested by http://storypath.upsem.edu/lectionary-links-sunday-july-10-2016/
PLAY: What can you teach your toys? Can you tell them what will happen if they do something? Such as if you eat, you will need a drink?
Help me Lord,
To follow you
Psalm 82: The Nobodies’ Psalm
Everyone who is given a job
to lead or be boss or even be President
will one day stand before the Lord
and answer the question when he asks:
“When you were in charge,
did you care for the poor?
Did you lead with fairness?
I don’t care how important you were
how much everyone loved you
or how much money you made.
What matters to me are the people
that no one cares much about
who can’t pay you back
or make you more popular.
What did you do to look after them?”
And the leaders will say,
“but who cares about the nobodies?”
And Jesus will answer:
“When you cared for the least of these, you cared for me.”
Thanks to Rev. Purdie http://www.conversations.net.nz/psalm-82-the-judgersquos-judgment.html
Colouring-In:https://store.illustratedchildrensministry.com/products/bible-story-coloring-pages-summer-2019 For purchase for $10US digital download (total of 12 weeks worth)
SECOND READING: Colossians 1:1-14
READ: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mSfNv0-SgJM What do you do with an Idea? by Kobi Yamada The Colossians are growing in their faith, like the idea in this book.
FIND: Things that are alive, ie plants, us, pets, etc then find things that are not, ie blocks, pews, candles
MAKE: A tree, draw a wiggly line in green texta in the middle of the page. Then paste leaves (cut from green paper) on the sheet.
I grow strong (flex your arm)
With good Food (pretend to eat)
I grow wise (rest you chin on the back of your hand)
With God’s Word (point to a Bible)
I grow with God (put you arm out as if putting it around a friends waist)
When I pray (put your hands together in prayer)
GOSPEL READING: Luke 10:25-37
Buy and Download the activity book for activities for all ages. Aus$4.95. (older children might enjoy the free storyteller download)
My First Read-Aloud Bible by Batchelor and Boshoff, The Kind Stranger pp.182-183
ALSO 5 minute Bible Stories, by Batchelor and Boshoff, The Kind Stranger pp.140-141
OR The Beginner’s Bible, Good Samaritan, pp.379-384
PLAY: collect teddies and dolls etc and act out the story. OR create a felt board using stiffened felt as the back board, and make people out of felt then let your child replay the story.
You ask me God
To love you (make a love heart with your hands)
and to love others
Help me to love (make a love heart with your hands)
NOO! You are not finished even if the service has.
Now is the time to continue teaching your child beyond the walls of the church.
Use the craft or drawings during the week to talk about the service or the stories.
Use any of the readings during the week, at bedtime, as story time or during the day in play or prayer.
Enjoy sharing your faith with your child.