5th Sunday after Epiphany Year B: Ideas to engage the whole family (especially the littliest) in the RCL readings.


You have found a page that uses easily found ideas to help you share the Revised Common Lectionary (RCL) readings with children. Instead of sifting through many websites, facebook , pinterest, instagram, and blog posts; this is a one stop shop where I have done the sifting for you to find theologically and developmentally appropriate material for your congregation or family.

These ideas can be used in a church setting as you parent in the pews or in your own home while connecting to a broadcast service or for your daily family devotions.

The Season of AFTER EPIPHANY, is coming to an end. The Liturgical colour is Green. Next week is the Transfiguration of Jesus. and the liturgical colour wil be White(or if that offends you, you may use Gold instead)

If worshipping at home you might like to prepare a space to worship which can be permanent or set aside and bought out when you are having private or family devotions.

You might like to start by finding a tablecloth in the liturgical colour, find a candle ( I prefer battery operated ones around children) and add any other touches that remind you of the present season, for example a dove, a cross, etc.

If able to worship in the Chruch buildings pack a special backpack, as well as filling it with your Covid Safe equipment, add the books or materials required to help your young ones relate to readings.

For older students you might like to take a journal that they can use to record, anything that grabs their attention during the service. Write a precis of the message (traditional or sensory word), draw or write their response in and keep a record of thier emotions.

You might like to start with the Lords prayer if at home, or either of these suggestions can be used when the Lord’s Prayer is said within a set service.

either IN ACTIONS https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tOugEQpcc_k OR https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lMjm93ylL2w

Or if you are looking for a more contemplative version https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-NuUo-igXDU&fbclid=IwAR2FasYCU-9mP1PaLQDjweXyhyUnJutt4J28KycjzeUEttWSesipX2jmJxE

If you like colouring in, by registering with Illustrated Ministries you can recieve a free colouring in page for one of today’s readings? https://www.illustratedministry.com/free-resources/?ck_subscriber_id=136888700


READ God Created by Mark Francisco Bozzuti-Jones WATCH as suggested by Storypath read to find out why.

PLAY: Build something, create a bowl garden, or use your blocks to build a city, or draw or paint a picture.


God created you (point to someone)

God created me (point to yourself)

God created everything (open arms out wide)

And so to God I sing (sing any song you like)


PSALM 147:1-11,20c


Psalm 147: Who is this God of ours?

Who is this God of ours? (shout out the words in BOLD)
Why do we sing?
Why get excited?
Number 1: God made every star (hold up 1 finger)
and every atom. (wiggle all your fingers in the air)
He can count to infinity and beyond! (pretend to count)
Number 2: God cares for those who are broken, (hold up 2 fingers)
and heals our wounds. (wrap a pretend bandage around your arm)
God lifts up those who get stood on (stand on tip toes)
and delights in each of his children. (give yourself a hug)

Words written by Rev Purdie, actions by me

SING: The God of Wow from The Ology by Soverign Kids

SECOND READING: 1 Corinthians 9:16-23

READ: A kitten for a Day by Ezra Jack Keats WATCH chosen from Storypath read why.

Play: Play with your toys. Play is a great way to put yourself in someone elses position. Older children might like to write a play, acting is another way of putting yourself in someone elses “shoes”.


It is hard to be

true to me

thank you for helping Paul

to be all things to all people


GOSPEL READING: Mark 1:29-39

READ: Whirl Story Bible, Healing at Simon’s House p.218

OR Meet Jesus in Mark, 1:21-39, except the First Paragraph.


DO: find something kind to do for someone today. Open a door, draw a picture and give it to someone, make biscuits and give them to your next door neighbour, feed the dog without being asked, or anything else you can think of.


Wendy L.

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