Year A: Lent 4. Ideas to help 3’s and under relate to this weeks RCL readings

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 or  for your older children

You may also like to check out the resources at

OR do family worship along with

You can find some ideas here 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! 

and Make the books appealing

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


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: 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 or the Bears App

Colouring-IN: For a yearly subscription of $US25 to download


SECOND READING: Ephesians 5:8-14

READ: Let it shine by Ashley Bryan  stop at 1.25 sec, as it goes into another song.  As suggested by


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) 


READ: Beginner’s Bible Jesus Heals a Blind Beggar p.511-374

PLAY: cover the eyes to experience the joy of seeing. 


Continue God, 

To help people to see, 

For all may come to you


cover your eyes with your hands as you say the prayer.


Wendy L.


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