This is also a great resource for parents/careers and grandparents to use with their little ones during online or face to face worship, or to use as family devotions during the week.
If you are worshipping on line and are unsure what to do with the “little ears” worshipping with their parents, please feel free to make these suggestions during your service so the young ones too can participate.
If at home you might like to make a space for worship it can be permanent or bought out at times of sharing faith together. We are in the season of After Pentecost, the longest season, and it’s colour is green.
You might like to place a green tablecloth on the dinner table or coffee table, or a white one with green ribbons.
It need be no more complicated than that!
OR you could add a cross, or something that talks to you about faith, such as your Bible.
You can even add a candle (with young children around I like to use the battery operated kind.)
START WITH: THE LORDS PRAYER IN ACTIONS https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tOugEQpcc_k OR https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lMjm93ylL2w
Or slot it in when the congregation says The Lords Prayer, if you are in a face to face service, or zooming in from Home.
FIRST READING: EXODUS 20:1-4,7-9,12-20
SING: The album Practice Being Godly by Colin Buchanan https://colinbuchanan.com.au/products/practise-being-godly-cd-mp3-album contains songs on each of the commandments.
CRAFT: You can down load and colour this book, or you might like to make your own book of the 10 commandments, drawing a picture that means someting for you to explain each of the Laws.
COLOURING-IN: I have always recommended Illustrated Ministry’s work, though I prefer free stuff, I have found their work very reflective of how I find meaning in the passages, but more importantly I have noticed that chidlren of all ages love them and find meaning in them. Their FALL season has started and will give you a colouring in sheet each week until the end of November. It is $US19 for the quarter, and if you have kids that love colouring in it is money well spent COLOURING-IN https://store.illustratedministry.com/products/bible-story-coloring-pages-fall-2020?variant=31882216570978
SECOND READING: PHILLIPIANS 3: 4b -14
READ/WATCH:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5TPUwrURo6M, THE LITTLE ENGINE THAT COULD BY Watty Piper as suggested by http://storypath.upsem.edu/lectionary-links-sunday-october-2-2011/ I so loved this book as a child, but when paired with this reading it helps me see how much committment is required when we put Christ first. I wonder if you can think of other Bible readings that might also apply to this story?
DO: What do you like putting your all into? Spend time today doing whatever that is?
GOSPEL READING: MATTHEW 21:33-46
Using building blocks, build a tower and invite children to build a tower with you.
Ask the children, what is the most important block in this tower?
After you have received responses, pull out the bottom block of the tower and watch the tower fall down.
Share with the children that the bottom block is the most important block as all the other blocks rest on it. When it is taken out, all the blocks fall down.
Jesus is a bit like that first block. If we build our lives on Jesus – listen to the stories about him, try to live as he taught us by being kind to one another, then our lives will be strong and good.
Taken from the free download from L3 Lay Preacher’s Liturgy to promote a new downloadable resource by MediaCom, out by the end of the Liturgical year. https://www.mediacomeducation.org.au
Make fists with your hands, now place one fist on top of the other and pretend to build a tower with them placing one fist above the other throughout this prayer
Help me build my life on your Jesus
Help me build a life
fall down (fall to the floor)
That is strong because I’m yours (stand up tall)