All Saints’ Service Year B: Ideas to ENGAGE EVERYONE (ESPECIALLY THE YOUNGEST) IN THE SET RCL READINGS 

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This year All Saints’ is on Monday. It is always the 1st of Novemeber. Some congregations will use the resources for All Saints’ Day during the Sunday Service. If this

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.

Our Liturgical Colour is White, though if you find this offensive, you can use Gold. Special occassions and transitional days between Liturgical Seasons are always White/Gold.

GETTING READY

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

LET’S BEGIN:

WELCOME: Everyone is welcome here.

SING https://www.snackmusic.com.au/songs/you-are-welcome

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

Light a candle( I like tealight battery operated candles, though you could use birthday candles at home)

Light a candle for those how have died that you miss and/or were important to you

FIRST READING: ISAIAH 25:6-9

READ I am invited to a party by Mo Williams

A Storypath suggestion

WATCH

DRAW or Make something really wonderful

PRAY

Amazing God

Great people

Have imagined

How great our lives

Can be with you

Help me to live

the wonderful life

You have shown them

Amen

PSALM 24

READ

HOW does this Psalm make you feel? Choose an emoji to show how it makes you feel.

SECOND READING: REVELATION 21:1-6A

READ: The Whirl Story Bible, New Heaven and New Earth, pp402-405

DRAW: the most wonderful place you can think of.

SING: You’re Coming Back on The Ology by Soverign Grace Kids

GOSPEL READING: JOHN 11:32-44

WATCH

COLOURING-IN

PRAY

(YOU WILL NEED A BOWL OF STONES)

As you take a stone from the bowl, pray for someone who is having a hard time

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

Blessings

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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