Welcome to the third Sunday in Advent. Remember to light your third candle at home.
Little Candle Burning bright (make yourself tall, with a flame- Arms over your head with your palms together in prayer)
Light my path (shade your eyes and look ahead)
and spread your Love (make a heart with your hands) – Blow out the candles and watch the smoke float away)
Worshipping with Children is so important. You can find some ideas here https://wordpress.com/post/thecrossinmybackyard.wordpress.com/910 as to where to sit and what to bring.
THE LORDS PRAYER IN ACTIONS https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tOugEQpcc_k OR https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lMjm93ylL2w
FIRST READING: Isaiah 35:1-10
READ/WATCH: THE CURIOUS GARDEN BY Peter Brown https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m6JgMZrpLLw as suggested by http://storypath.upsem.edu/lectionary-links-sunday-december-15-2013/
Make: a path, use blocks, or material or paper, whatever you have to make a path for your toys to walk on., either on the sanctuary floor, or on the pew. This reflects the Bible passage message.
(Walk your fingers down your arm)
May I make your world bloom (or happy or joyful or kind)
While I follow
You made all things
everything we can see
everything we can’t see –
earth and sea and sky
and all that lives –
You keep faith with us forever.
You are at work in the world –
you set things right –
food for the hungry
sight for the blind
welcome for the stranger
care for the poor.
Make these be true for me today
as I live in you and you in me.
Be Lord of this day and every day.
Yes! Be praised!
The last 2 verses of God at work by http://www.conversations.net.nz/psalm-146-god-at-work.html
How does the Psalm make you feel?
Describe that feeling, or draw it, or point out what it feels like from a set of emotional cards https://innovativeresources.org/resources/card-sets/bears-cards/ or the Bears App https://innovativeresources.org/resources/digital-applications/bears-app/
OR Luke 1:46b-55
READ: I love these words by Sally Lloyd -Jones in The Jesus Storybook Bible
” Wait. God was sending a baby to rescue the world? “But it’s too wonderful!” Mary said and felt her heart beating hard. “How can it be true?” Is anything too wonderful for God?” Gabriel asked. So Mary trusted God more than what her eyes could see. And she believed. “I am God’s servant” she said “Whatever God says, I will do.” p179.
God picked Mary.
How does Mary sound?
What makes you happy? draw it, or show it?
Colouring in https://sermons4kids.com/marys_song_colorpg.htm
SECOND READING: James 5:7-10
READ: Sprout, Seed, Sprout By Annika Dunklee available to purchase https://www.dymocks.com.au/book/sprout-and-seed-and-sprout-by-annika-dunklee-9781771473088 as suggested by http://storypath.upsem.edu/lectionary-links-rcl-december-15-2019/
OR READ/WATCH Wait by Antoinette Portis https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U0Ox6Xz3KF4 as suggested by http://storypath.upsem.edu/lectionary-links-rcl-december-11-2016/
COLOURING-IN: https://store.illustratedministry.com/collections/new-arrivals/products/bible-story-coloring-pages-winter-2019-2020?variant=31032290738274 This resource has colouring in pages until the 23rd of February 2020. And costs about $A20.
GOSPEL READING: Matthew 11:2-11
READ: the Jesus Storybook Bible p.202 Heaven Breaks Through, starting ” But God sent John ……King is coming back for you”
or The Beginner’s Bible, pp.304-305
Colouring In; https://sermons4kids.com/john_baptist_colorpg.htm
Play with road signs
Or Make signs that point you around the Sanctuary. ie This way to the cross, or the piano or the toilets etc. (for the very young a drawing of the object is all that’s needed.
Help me follow the signs to You Jesus