After Pentecost 8B: ideas to engage the whole family(especially the youngest) in the set RCL readings for Sunday



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 believe that it is in the relationship, that the Faith formation of the next generation truely starts. You will notice that there are very few prompts or questions. This is to allow your child to do the thinking and to work out what is important to them from the texts. Sometimes they may give you an insight or even ask a question? There are no wrong insights or crazy questions, and you are enough, enough to listen, enough to work it out together, ENOUGH to share your love of GOD with your child.


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 if following along in a service.

If looking for a version with 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


Lego Prayer


READ: Watcha Building? by Andrew Daddo


A suggestion by Darren Wright

MAKE: A special container, to put special things in. Either decorate a box, or make a lego or brick box, or you could make a box. What is so special that you would put inside this?

Do you know what a relic is? You can find out more here Many protestant churches do not have them, but Orthodox or Catholic churches may have a very special relic kept in a very ornate box.



you promised

that you would always be with David’s family

And you sent Jesus

many years after David

part of David’s family

Thank you that you keep promises


PSALM 89:20-37

A vision of the messiah

God spoke to Ethan the Ezrahite in a vision, saying
“I have chosen one to be King
I have anointed him with my holy oil.
I have laid my hand on him, my strong arm is his.
He is the firstborn, the everlasting king,
to rule until the stars cease to burn.
My love, strong to save, is on him forever.
He will cry to me, “You are my Father,
my God and the Rock of my salvation!”
The covenant between me and my Messiah
can never be broken.
Once and for all I declare my promise:
while the sun shines he will reign,
while the moon gleams he is my witness.”

This is a section of Rev. Purdie’s interpreation of this Psalm, I have chosen the segment that most reflects today’s reading

DRAW: a picture of a part of this Psalm.


READ: Where Does God Live? by Holly Bea


a suggestion by Elizabeth Raine

SING Listen

DRAW: Where God lives?

GOSPEL READING: MARK 6: 30-34,53-56



Use a battery operated candle

Turn it on

Watch the “flame”

Chase all thoughts away

Keep coming back to the flame

(how long you do this for depends on how old the child is and what it’s temprament is like. It is not a challenge, do not make it impossible for your child to feel success at this task. When we meditate we make space to open ourselves to hearing God)

COLOUR IN a sheep, or many sheep, cut them out and play being their shepherd

SENDING HYMN Tell the World by Hillsong Kids Learn the actions here


Wendy L.

Please check local guidlines before using items that are not mine especially if you are using this page for congregational use. Please acknowedge this page if you find it useful.Thank you.

I am writing this on Wurundjeri land and wish to pay respect to all Elders, past, present and emerging.


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