This is our first week of Isolation for some members of our household returning back to Australia, and my work load seems to have quadrupled, with all the extra cleaning and reorganising. So if in isolation like us I hope you will find some great ideas using easy to find objects or links to use at home or if you are still able these can be used at church. If you have older children some of the ideas are easily adapted or you could try
OR Illustrated Ministry https://store.illustratedministry.com/collections/family-resources/products/lent-for-families-prayer or for your older children
You may also like to check out the resources at https://www.connectible.nz/?fbclid=IwAR1rKcoXotGCLs7-X-_-3i2xbQBOL3OAex7GD2Za8k3m8DNj5qLpecDKIPo
OR do family worship along with https://www.facebook.com/worshipforeveryone/videos/2581231221983147/?__tn__=%2CdkC-R&eid=ARC7PtaZX6ajaPNMsv8TRy0gBvjuBbiMDc62JVs4SjY-vfV0PppZvPu7THFNdCyfy9Z_rCX2pHLcSjCc&hc_ref=ARQckipI5xIRW1cBLNOqxf7kk9BQAcikmlJUsoRJtvKljfELSRz1l3PVYlyhEKxQHqo&redirect=false
You can find some ideas here https://wordpress.com/post/thecrossinmybackyard.wordpress.com/910 as to where to sit and what to bring.
If worshipping at home these are some of the things you might want to “stockpile” (have in the home) Spiritual Delights or Toy Box tat!
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
THE LORDS PRAYER IN ACTIONS https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tOugEQpcc_k OR https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lMjm93ylL2w
FIRST READING: 1 Samual 16:1-13
READ: Jesus Story Book Bible, pp.119-120 David Anointed by Samual
OR The Beginners Bible p 168-172
OR The 5 Minute Bible by Batchelor and Boshoff A New King, pp.74-75
Colouring In COLOURING-IN: https://store.illustratedministry.com/products/bible-story-coloring-pages-spring-2020?variant=31284510392418 For about $20 Aus you can download enough colouring in sheets to last till Pentecost.
PLAY: gather your toys and retell this story? Who will be the smallest? What part of the story do you like the best?
READ FOUND by Sally lloyd Jones HINT She will be reading it on her instagram feed @SALLYLLOYDJONES
How does this 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/
Colouring-IN: https://wordpress.com/read/feeds/620983 For a yearly subscription of $US25 to download
SECOND READING: Ephesians 5:8-14
READ: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1dUxIRFJu3o Let it shine by Ashley Bryan stop at 1.25 sec, as it goes into another song. As suggested by http://storypath.upsem.edu/lectionary-links-rcl-march-22-2020/
PLAY: look at all the different sources of light you can find (ie, candles, lamp, phone light, sun, moon etc)
Older children might like to make a drawing of the many ways that God shines in them (ie helping, feeling calm, soothing a pet, etc)
GOSPEL READING: John 9:1-41
READ: Beginner’s Bible Jesus Heals a Blind Beggar p.511-374
PLAY: cover the eyes to experience the joy of seeing.
To help people to see,
For all may come to you
cover your eyes with your hands as you say the prayer.