PENTACOST: A sensory exploration of the Revised Common Lectionary involving ideas to include even the youngest.

You have found a collection of ideas to help you contemplate the RCL readings. While designed to be used during a Sunday service at church or by zoom, these readings can also be used during the week to help you remember and build on what you experienced on Sundays. My objective is for faith to be a lived experience and for children to learn how to worship and explore the Bible and pray by participating in Worship with you. The goal here is not for them to learn names or facts though they may want to do that for themselves, but rather to find ways of connecting with the text and sharing that with others. The ideal is to form a life long love of Christ and for the Word of God.

Today we celebrate teh day of PENTECOST. It is the start of the longest season of the year and the Liturgical colour today is RED.

If you are worshipping from home you may like to set up a worship area and define it with a red, placemat, or ribbons or you might like to decorate your home or worship area, and you will find some ideas to do this in an earlier blog of mine.

You can do this by setting up a candle, then add the things that remind YOU of God, a Cross, a Bible that everyone likes to read from, 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 use a journal with which to record anything that grabs your attention during the service. This could be a special, bound book or use your ipad or iphone. You could write a precis of the message (traditional words or pictures), draw, keep a record of emotions and hymns that you did or did not like. You could use a template like this free download. Remember, this is for you, you do not have to show anyone what is in it unless you want to, and you feel safe to do so.

CONGREGATIONAL USE: Though parents are the best at sharing their faith with their children. If you are a small congregation where children are a very small, or rare part of your congregational life, please feel free to make these suggestions available to your congregation. I am very happy for you to copy and paste ideas from here into your own Order of Service or for you to supply a link to this page. An acknoledgement though is always appreciated.



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


If you are in Australia and attending a Uniting Church in Australia, in many cases an Acknowledgment of Country will be said. You can teach your young ones to do this too.

THEME SONG SING Full of the Spirit by Heather Price on her Full of the Spirit Album

Acts 2:1-21
Genesis 11:1-9
Psalm 104:24-34 and 35bRomans 8:14-17
Acts 2:1-21
John 14:8-17 and (25-27)

Above is a list of all 4 sets of readings for today.

As each reading is rich in imagery, my sugestion today is to take each reading, be it from a Children’s Bible or a from BibleGateway, or even from a Children’s story book or the Bible you prefer to read. There are many choices of Bible types and languages on the Bible gateway site.

Those who can read can start by marking their bible with a different colour for each of the senses, for each of the readings. If you would prefer you could print off the texts from Biblegateway for this task. (i really understand the concept of not drawing on books, but this is also good practice in helping your child to make their bible theirs)

My suggestions are that you use RED, for Touch;

BLUE for Visuals or things we see;

ORANGE for Taste;

PURPLE for Sounds or Hearing; and

GREEN for smells

For those who are not yet reading, print off the above pictures and have your child point to them, when they hear of a sense in the Bible reading, as it is being read aloud to them.

Here are some questions you might like to ponder when you read each of the Bible Readings?

I wonder what senses we could do without?

I wonder what sense helps us understand God more?

How did the senses help you understand the reading?

You might like to respond to today’s reading by constructing a sensory response to what you have read, for example using pieces from nature to constuct something or use to create a picture. Eg. or

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.

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.


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