After Pentecost 16B: ideas to engage everyone(especially the youngest) in the set RCL readings for Sunday

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For anyone looking for ideas to help share God’s word with everyone including the youngest.

Whether you are preparing traditional worship or an all age or Intergenerational service.

OR you are a parent wanting something for your children to use either in face to face or broadcast services, as you parent from the pews or couch

Or during family devotion times.

I use 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.

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 on this page. 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.

Here is a great presentation on children’s spirituality, but most importantly from the 40 minute mark on, it speaks about the imporantance of teaching through story and explains the process I recommend you use with children.


We are still 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.


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 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 Church 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 today’s 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 could use a template like this free download





You might like to start with the Lord’s Prayer if at home, or say the Lord’s Prayer within a set place if following along in a service. Here are 4 options


A more contemplative version

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


Five Fingered Prayer

FIRST READING: Proverbs 1:20-33

READ Through your eyes:My Child’s gift to me by Ainsley Earhardt


A storypath suggestion

SING Where it all Begins on Walking with the Wise by Sovereign Grace Kids


Sophia ,


Open my ears(point to your ears)

To hear you

Open my eyes (point to your eyes)

To see you

Open my pores (walk your fingers up your arms)

To feel you

Open my taste buds (stick out your tongue)

To taste you

Let me deeply breath(take a deep breath in, then slowly let it out)

To smell you




DRAW: Draw your favourite image from the Psalm.

Without actually SHOUTING: how might you “shout”/let people know, about God?

SECOND READING: James 3:1-12

READ: The Whirl Storybook Bible, pp.394-395 Taming the Tongue

DO: Put a drop of food colouring in a clear glass/cup of water. Throw a pebble in a lake or a pond or the sea or a bucket of water


GOSPEL READING: Mark 8:27-38

READ: Meet James in Mark by Matthew Sleeman Mark 8:27-9.13 first 2 paragraphs

OR pp.30-35, 3 stories, Who do you think I am?, Rejected, killed and back to life?, How to save your life?


PLAY out this story, dress up and play the parts, or make puppets out of paper or your toys?

SING One Thing by Snack Music

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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