Easter 5B: ideas to engage the whole family(especially the youngest) in the set RCL readings for today

WELCOME

WHO ARE THESE IDEAS FOR?

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.

They are for use by parents, grandparents and carers and for small congregations who do not have a Child and Family Ministry.

GETTING READY

If worshipping at home. You may want to set up a space to bring out when you worship or to keep out everyday..

We have entered the season of EASTER and white is the colour of the season. (Though it is the chosen colour you may prefer to use Gold)

Set up a candle, and what ever helps you focus on the season, it might be a cross, some flowers to represent New Life, an empty container, a circle of some kind or anything that inspires you.

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 adults and older students you might like to take a journal with which to record anything that grabs your attention during the service. Write a precis of the message (traditional or sensory word), draw or write a response in and keep a record of emotions.

LET’S BEGIN

You might like to start with the Lords prayer if at home, or say the Lord’s Prayer within a set place in the service.

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

PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE: get a block of love heart post it notes. Draw or write the names of the people you love and pray for them. Who else might God love? Add them and pray for them too.

FIRST READING: Acts 8:26-40

READ: My First read-aloud Bible by Batchelor and Boshoff, An Important Man pp.238-239.

Draw: draw this story.

Meditate: I turn on a battery operated candle, for as long as the child can successfully stay seated wwatchin the flame this will vary for each child, but i have noticed that in a mix of older and younger children the younges ones will either walk away of stay beyond thier normal age tolerence trying to “be like the big kids”. Always end with Amen or a small clap. You can suggest they say a word in thier head such as Thank you God, or Jesus, some children meditate best with a toy in their hand.

PSALM 22:25-31

My God, my God, I praise you!
I worship through the pain
I will tell of your name to all people
I proclaim your salvation to all generations
Those who seek shall find
To the ends of the earth hearts will turn to you
I will live for you.
It is fulfilled!

An excert from https://www.conversations.net.nz/psalm-22-the-crucifixion-psalm.html

How do these Psalms make you feel?

Describe those feelings, Show how these feelings look like in your body 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/

SECOND READING: 1 John 4:7-21

READ Rick Warren’s God’s Great Love for You

WATCH

SING: God is Love from The Character of God, Vol.7 by Seeds Family Worship

ACTIVITY: Download (These visual faith Bulletins come form the US so please correct spelling for those in the southern hemisphere), best suited for school age children.

GOSPEL READING: John 15:1-8

READ: You are spoilt for choice here Andrew McDonough has written 4 books, on this theme and anyone of them would do.

They are Basil the Branch, WATCH, Bill the Brillant Branch, WATCH, The Gardner and the Vine, WATCH, and Basil and the Seceuters WATCH you can read excerts here

All have activity books for $AUs4.95 to download, with enough activities to keep the whole family busy, and each story has 2 free activities to download.

COLOURING-IN Make these Memory Verse Book marks

Blessings

Wendy L.

Please check local guidlines before using items that are not mine and acknowledge this page if you have found it useful, especially if you are using this page for congregational use.

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