Don’t waste this opportunity to share the faith stories and experience the wonder of worship. Keep your mind open and you may learn as much as you share.
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: Hosea 11:1-11
READ/WATCH: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_L4ZkqjjmHU The Day the Babies Crawled away by Peggy Rathmann as suggested by http://storypath.upsem.edu/lectionary-links-sunday-july-31-2016/
Make: A book, that has pictures of all the good things that your parents do for you. Each page could start off with the words off with My Dad/Mum/Mom does _____ this good thing for me. This could be in a small scrap book or make your own using A$ paper then stapling the paper together
Play: care for one of your toys.
PRAY (make a roof with your arms above your head).
God Looks after me
PSALM 107:1-9, 43
Let’s take Rev. Sylvie Purdie’s suggestion and tell stories of our faith community to our children http://www.conversations.net.nz/psalms-105-106–107-history-psalms.html. Yes you can, it’s easier than you think. Start with this beginning, I remember when….
Colouring – in: https://store.illustratedchildrensministry.com/products/bible-story-coloring-pages-summer-2019 For purchase for $10US digital download
SECOND READING: Colossians 3:1-11
READ/WATCH: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZS9DLcRhaoM GOOD PEOPLE EVERYWHERE BY Lynea Gillen as suggested by http://storypath.upsem.edu/lectionary-links-rcl-august-4-2019/
SING/LISTEN: https://www.seedsfamilyworship.com/product/the-word-of-god-vol-8/# also on https://www.seedsfamilyworship.com/product/the-journey-vol-9/#
GOSPEL READING: Luke 12:13-21
READ: Stories Jesus Told by Nick Butterworth and Mick Inkpen The Rich Farmer
OR The Lion Story Bible: The Rich fool pp.182-183
Colouring In: https://stushieart.com for an annual fee of $25 or encourage your church to have take a subscription, Try this weeks Gospel drawing.
Make: a prayer box or a God fact box, and fill it with prayers or things you learn about God. Find a box or you can get box shapes from Riot, colour the shape or put stickers on it. Then fill over time wth prayers or things that you learn from God. These don’t have to be written, they might be a treasure found, such as a rock or leaf, that spoke to your child, it might be a picture from church or from a book, it could be a cross you make, or the wrapper of a lolly someone gave them. Whatever takes to them about God or reminds them who to pray for.
Help me to
build up my knowledge
of you God
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.