We are now in Holy Week. The RCL(Revised Common Lectionary) has readings for each day of the week.
Many churches where I live do not have services for everyday of Holy Week but that does not stop you from gathering the family and looking into the readings.
What a lovely way to prepare the family for Good Friday or the start of any church services face to face or on zoom that your congregation may have.
You can read all the text’s or just choose one or two to for the day.
These ideas are for your family to think through, they are not intended for you to be all knowing(you may actually be surprised what ideas are sparked in your children about faith.
This is a time for you all to get to know the Lord.
Though if you require a place to start, you might like these Questions.
- I wonder what this story/game/colouring in/prayer etc reveals to us about God?
- I wonder how you see yourself in this story/game/colouring in/prayer?
Find some small pebbles.
As you pray make a picture with the pebbles.
FIRST READING: ISAIAH 49:1-7
READ: The Libarian on the Roof by M. G. King
WATCH start at the 2.49 minute mark
A Storybook suggestion. Follow the link to find out why it was suggested.
DRAW OR WRITE: about the things that you are good at.
Show me the gifts that you have given me
Do help you with
PSALM 71: 1-14
Psalm 71: All our lives long
(for a child and an old person to read – child’s voice in bold)
In you, O Lord, do I live
In you, O Lord, I grow
You are our God, our rock and refuge
You are my rock, like a rock to dive off into the river
You are my rock, like a home well fenced and protected
Hear us when we call, O God, lift us into your arms.
All my life long you have been with me
When I was born and took my first breath,
you held me
All through the years I have leaned on you
Through all the years ahead I will lean on you.
When I was young you taught me
When I grow old you will bless me
I remember all you have done for me
I will tell everyone how great you are!
an exert from http://www.conversations.net.nz/psalm-71-all-our-lives-long.html
How does the Psalm make you feel?
Describe that feeling, or draw it, or point out what it feels like from a set of emotional cards https://innovativeresources.org/resources/card-sets/bears-cards/ or the Bears App https://innovativeresources.org/resources/digital-applications/bears-app/
Go and find a rock, it doesn’t matter if it is big or small. Think of all the uses you have for a rock. Draw one or some on it.
SECOND READING: 1 Corinthians 1:18-31
READ: Ordinary Mary’s Extraordinary Deed by Emily Pearson
A Storypath suggestion
FIND: objects and their use, or draw or write about objects and what their use is>
you made me,
For your purpose,
GOSPEL READING: JOHN 12:20-36
READ: Miss Rumphius by Barbara Cooney
A Storypath suggestion find out why
GROW: Love this idea from Sun hats and Wellie Boots, sew cress seeds in the form of a cross.
Thank you God,
that you don’t forget your children
I can always trust you
SENDING HYMN Tell the World by Hillsong Kids Learn the actions here
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I have qualifications in Education, Theology and Children’s Spirituality, and have worked as a Children and Families Worker in a city church. I use simple and easily found ideas to help you share the Revised Common Lectionary (RCL) readings. 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, saving you time from sifting through many websites, facebook , pinterest, instagram, and blog posts.