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: ISAIAH 5:1-7
READ/WATCH: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dx4-MjP24VY Hugo and the Really Really Really Long String by Bob Boyle.
As suggested by http://storypath.upsem.edu/lectionary-links-sunday-august-18-2013/
MAKE: What does it feel like when something doesn’t go the way it is meant to? Draw or show how it feels.
PSALM 80:1-2, 8-19
READ: The Gardner and the Vine by Andrew McDonough https://www.lostsheep.com.au/stories/the-gardener-and-the-vine/
Do the free download activity or buy the Activity Book for lots to do for everyone.
(Bring a picture of your child or get them to draw one of themselves to add to the free download)
SECOND READINGS: Hebrews 11:29-12:2
Do: How many of the people named can you find a Bible story about
Red Sea, walls of Jericho, Rahab, Gideon, Barak, Samson, Jephthah, David, Samual, Jesus.
Draw your favourite character that trusted God.
PRAY: (prepare before hand a piece of string to follow)
Prayerfully follow the string.
When will it end?
GOSPEL READING: Luke 12:49-56
READ/WATCH: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uHKpmz4Pk5E Hattie and Hudson by Chris Van Duson Hatties friend causes some divisions. Just like belief can.
Colouring – in: https://store.illustratedchildrensministry.com/products/bible-story-coloring-pages-summer-2019 For purchase for $10US digital download
Following you is hard God
Help me do it.
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.