WHO ARE THESE IDEAS FOR?
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. You can include this link or share these ideas in your Church newsletter, in your Order of service or on your media notes. .
OR you are a parent wanting something for your children to use either in face to face or with 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 importance of teaching through story and explains the process I recommend you use with children.
SEASON: AFTER PENTECOST
We are still in the longest liturgical season, the season after Pentecost. This season takes up half of 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 Bible that everyone likes to read from, 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
WELCOME: Everyone is welcome here.
THE LORD’S PRAYER:
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
2 with ACTIONS https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tOugEQpcc_k OR https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lMjm93ylL2w
A more contemplative version https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-NuUo-igXDU&fbclid=IwAR2FasYCU-9mP1PaLQDjweXyhyUnJutt4J28KycjzeUEttWSesipX2jmJxE
Or for a more Intergenerational approach try Number 1 on the Table Settings album by Liturgical Folks
PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE: How about CHOW beads For the very young use building blocks and alphabet blocks to creat a similar pattern.
OR READ BEAUTIFUL MOON: A child’s Prayer By Tanya Bolden Watch here (also suggested as the Reading for Hebrews)
FIRST READING: Job 38:1-7, (34-41)
READ: God Made by Stephanie Carmichael (a great series for the littlies)
OR When God Made the World by Matthew Paul Turner or WATCH
SING WITH ACTIONS
READ: SnuggleTime Psalms by Glynis Nesbit
OR read from a Children’s Bible
OR contrast the Psalm as traditionally written with When God Made the World by Matthew Paul Turner or WATCH
DRAW: Choose an image from the Psalm to draw.
SECOND READING: Hebrews 5:1-10
READ BEAUTIFUL MOON: A child’s Prayer By Tanya Bolden
A suggestion by Storypath
SING: Totally God and Totally Man, on The Ology by Soverign Kids
PRAY PRAYER doesn’t have to be quiet, can you write or say a passionately loud prayer (maybe not done in a silent church service)
GOSPEL READING: Mark 10:35-45
READ: Meet Jesus in Mark by Matthew Sleeman, Mark 10:23-52 the third and fourth Paragraphs.
PLAY: get out a Chess board, set it up correctly, then work out which is the most important figure? Why?
What is the least important important piece? Why?
If the least important piece or pieces were removed how would the game be different?
PRAY: Can you use the chess pieces to pray.
Who would each piece be and what would you pray for them?
SENDING HYMN Tell the World by Hillsong Kids Learn the actions here
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I am writing this on Wurundjeri land and wish to pay respect to all Elders, past, present and emerging.