Year A: Advent 1, 2022 Ideas to share the weekly Revised Common Lectionary Readings with all ages.

Welcome, to the start of a new Liturgical year. Watching this might help you to understand more about the Liturgical Year. The Revised Common Lectionary consists of 3 cycles, A, B and C. We recommence with Year A, and it’s emphasis on the Book of Matthew.

Each year is broken into seasons and we begin with the season of Advent. The time of anticipation. Each season has a liturgical colour, and the season of Advent is either Purple or Royal Blue. To find out more about hte season of Advent you might like to watch this Godly Play presentation

Each week I compile a number of resources 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, for the Word of God and to participate in Worship.

If you are worshipping from home you may like to set up a worship area and define it with a PURPLE/BLUE placemat, or ribbons, If you have an Advent Candle holder now is the time to set it up, you can either place all 4 candles in the holder now and light one each week, or add a candle each week. If you do not have an Advent Candle holder or you would like something more personal you might like to make these light holders. Note each week of Advent has a different theme and this weeks theme is HOPE.

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.


CANDLE LITURGY Week 1 of Advent

We come to you God with Hope, (find an action or a facial expression that says hope for you)

Hope for others (open yours ams out wide)

Hope for our families, (make a circle by clasping your fingers together)

Hope for ourselves (point to yourself)

And always Hope in you (find an action or a facial expression that says hope for you)

Amen (one clap)

You might also like to sing/Listen to David MacGregor’s In this time of Waiting


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.


INTRODUCTORY SONG Hallelujah Christ is Coming Number 2 on the Advent Album by Liturgical Folk


FIRST READING: Isaiah 2:1-5

READ: The Whirl Story Bible, Isaiah’s Message, pp.114-117



You God,

guide my way



Psalm 122: The Peace of Jerusalem
Jerusalem, O Jerusalem,
the home of the Lord, (Make a house with your hands)
the house of David, (Make a house with your hands)
the gates of Israel, (fold your hands across your body with finger tips touching the swing your arms open like a gate)
the Holy Land.
Jerusalem, O Jerusalem,
we pray for peace inside your walls, (make a peace sign)
peace between your peoples, (make a peace sign)
peace through your land. (make a peace sign)
We will seek your good (shield your eyes as if losing for something)
and pray for the peace of Jerusalem. (hold your hands in prayer)
 Thanks again to Rev. Purdie actions in italics from me

RESPONSE: When you think of your home how does it make you feel? Describe that feeling, or draw it, or point out an emoji that shows it.

SECOND READING: Roman’s 13:11-14

READ: Pete the Cat and His magic Sunglasses By Kimberley and James Dean


A Storypath suggestion Read to find why.

ACTIVITY: Find things that change the way you see the world. eg, Lead light windows, Magnifer, Bug Eye Lens, cellopane, etc.

MAKE: a staned glass window like this one from “let their light shine”

GOSPEL READING: Matthew 24:36-44

Reread the story of Noah’s ark, try The Beginners Bible storybook or the Bible for Kids app two by two (third story in), or your favourite Bible story book.

ACTIVITY: Play with a Noah’s Ark, or make one like Noah did?

THINK about the types of things you need to do to “get ready”, eg: clean teeth, brush hair, check backpack, choose clothes, set up ingredients and bowls if baking, put on sunhat and long sleeves and sunscreen in summer, etc.

When getting ready this week talk about being ready to live God’s way everyday: what do you need, eg. pray, read the Bible, worship etc.







CONCLUDING SONG Seed of Hope by Heather Price from the Carols in the Sun Album


Wendy L.

Please check local guidlines before using items that are not mine especially if you are using this page for congregational use. If you find this page useful an acknowledgment is always appreciated. 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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