AFTER PENTECOST 2B: ideas to engage the whole family(especially the youngest) in the set RCL readings for today




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

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.

Though you will find simple ways into the text here THE MOST IMPORTANT THING THOUGH THAT YOU CAN DO IS SHARE YOURSELF AND YOUR FAITH. I firmly bleive that it is in the relationship, that the Faith formation of the next generation truely starts.


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

You can do this by setting up a candle, and what ever else helps you focus on the season.

We are now in the longest liturgical season, the season after Pentecost. This season takes up half or the year, and it’s liturgical colour is green. There are no major celebrations during this season, and some refer to it as Ordinary Time. For me it is a time to celebrate everyday joys, to see God in the ordinary, in the everyday, and to hear the everyday stories of Jesus.

This is the time to add the things that remind YOU of God, a cross, a word, a special object, even something from one of the readings

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.


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.

Today try this version IN ACTIONS OR

Or if you are looking for a more contemplative version

Or for a more Intergenerational approach try Number 1 on the Table Settings album by Liturgical Folks

FIRST READING: 1 Samuel 8:4-11

READ: Grumpy little King by Michel Streich a suggestion from Picture a Good Book to Use


MAKE a crown. Are you a KIng? You can make one simply or download this fabulous looking one here and see how you make it here or for a simple version try here

PRETEND You are King, or write a play about a good king and a Bad King? Why would people want a KIng?


READ follow the suggestion for reading make up actions for each line.

How does this Psalm 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 or you can make your own using paper plates and draw a picture for each emotion.

SECOND READING: 2 Corinthians 4:13-5:1

READ The Giving Tree by Shel Silvester


DO: What can you renew? Find a new use for? Re-gift

PLAY: play with lego, or playdoh. once you have made something, pull it apart and make something else.

GOSPEL READING: Mark 3:20-35


DRAW: Draw your family. OR make a peg family Be inspired here You can also use ice-cream sticks to make people. Try these products


Pray for each member of your family.

Then pray for each member of your church family

Then pray for other’s in God’s family.


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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