New Year’s Day 2023:Ideas to share the Revised Common Lectionary Readings with all ages.

It seems that most of Australia is on the move this Season of Christmas. Some may visit churches other than their home church, some might zoom into services and others might take a break from formal worship. So I have stuctured these suggestions around infromal family faith formation experiences for those away from home or away from the usual structure.

If you are a small congregation who suddenly has children in your pews, these can also be used in your services, shared direct from this site or copied into your order of service.

Faith is portable, we live it, share it everyday. I hope these simple ideas help your family form their faith, no matter where you are.

We are in a new season the season of Christmas, it’s liturgical colour is WHITE (though so feeel GOLD, is a better colour to be using).

For this day there are three sets of readings, Christmas 1, New Year’s Day and Holy Name of Jesus. You can find out which set of readings your congregation is using or if worshipping away from the congregation choose one or work through all three.

Find something white, create a cross from whatever is around you and light a candle as a centerpoint for your worship experience if away from a formal congregational meeting place (often known as a Church)

FIRST READING: Ecclesiastes 3:1-13


MAKE a schedule for your day or week.


May I always find time for you in my day God, Amen


READ: Psalms for Young Children by Marie-Helene Delval


SING When I look at your heavens number 5 on the Trust Seeds Family Worship.

SECOND READING: Revelation 21:1-6a

READ: The Biggest Story Bible StoryBook p.525

OR The Jesus Storybook Bible

WATCH until 8.35minute mark

MAKE: Something new, use whatever is around you, sand, plant matter, recycled materials, be as creative as you can.

SING Or make up a new song.

GOSPEL READING: Matthew 25:31-46

READ: Sharing God’s Plan, p.100-101, Children of God


Make a list of things you can do for others, or draw those things you can do for others


Show me God

how I can help others

becasue it is what you want me to do



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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