Baptism of Jesus Year A 2023: Ideas to share the Revised Common Lectionary Readings with all ages.

In Australia, many families are still traveling at this time of the year, so I have structured these suggestions around informal family faith formation experiences for those away from home or away from the usual structure.

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

If you are a small congregation that suddenly has children in your pews at this time of the year, these can also be used in your services, shared directly from this site, or copied into your order of service.

If away from your usual congregation it might help to mark the space for your family and not just the time by creating a focal point. To do this find something white, create a cross from whatever is around you and light a candle (or use a battery-operated candle) as a center point for your worship experience.

We are now in the Season of After Epiphany, and today’s liturgical colour is white or gold.

FIRST READING: Isaiah 42:1-9

READ: One Plastic Bag: Isatou Ceesay and the Recycling Women of Gambia by Miranda Paul


A Storypath suggestion

ACTION: What can you look after? How can you be a servant of God? If you are away from home at the moment: look around you and see if there are things you could do here that you can also do at home

SING I see God in You by Heather Price off her I am Loved album


Draw some of the images of God from this Psalm, you can do this on paper, on a serviette, in the sand

SECOND READING: Acts:10:34-43

READ: Mooshka, A Quilt Story by Julie Paschkis


A Storypath suggestion

Take turns in telling a story, (you may be pleasantly surprised how good even the youngest are at this)



Your story is for all to hear

and share in


GOSPEL READING: Matthew 3:13-17

READ: The Spark StoryBible, Jesus’ baptism pp.224-227.

OR The Bible for Kids App The Beloved Son

ACTIVITY: What can you bathe in? ie Sunshine, the beach, the sprinkler etc. Go and enjoy this today.

Find an emoji that shows how you feel when you are praised.



Wendy L.

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YEAR A After Epiphany, Baptism of Jesus: Ideas to help 3’s and under relate to this weeks RCL readings

Whether you are at your home church or holidaying away from home don’t let this be an excuse not to worship together. If you attend a congregation that uses a traditional  Sunday School during service set up you will find some ideas here to here to engage your young ones with the readings and to enjoy Worship and Lifelong faith formation.

For older children you might like to purchase Jillians Life Packs


Or use a Sermon Note pages such as

You can find some ideas here as to where to sit and what to bring.


FIRST READING: Isaiah 42:1-9

READ: The Little Duck by Judy Dunn

as suggested by

PLAY: PLAY WITH YOUR FAVOURITE TOYS. How do they care for each other?


Thank you God

that you sent Jesus

A different King

Who cares for all





If your child has been impacted by the Australian fires either directly or indirectly this Psalm is a wonderful way of sharing about the impact of God in our World. Could you hear God in the fire storm. Verses 7 and 8 may describe what they have experienced. Allow them to draw what they have seen or experienced. Then end with the Vs 11 said as a prayer

May the Lord give strength ( show your muscles)

To his people!

May the Lord bless

his people with peace (place your hands over your ears)


You will find a lovely version of this Psalm here

I love pairing this Psalm with Mallee Sky by Jodi Toering and Tanya Harricks, like the Psalm it lists all the sounds and magnificence of the Mallee, and then ends with the change ( the strength and peace in the Psalms last verse) in the Environment that rain brings.

SECOND READING: Acts:10:34-43

READ:The Big Umbrella By Amy June Bates and Juniper Bates as suggested by

COLOURING IN: This resource has colouring in pages until the 23rd of February 2020. And costs about $A20.


Dear God

(spread your arms wide) You have room for all


GOSPEL READING: Matthew 3:13-17

READ: The Beginners Bible pp.306-307

OR The Lion Storey Bible: John The Baptist p140.

MAKE: This is a favourite of mine, so if you made it last year and want something different try this instead

OR which has both Jesus and John and is truer to the Matthew Reading.


OR for an annual fee of $25 or encourage your church to have a subscription.


Wendy L.


After Epiphany: Baptism of Jesus: Ideas to help you and your 3’s and under enjoy church and relate to the RCL readings

Prepare a special church bag in advance each week so that you are ready for the rush on Sunday Morning.

Read during the Bible readings,

Pray during the prayers,

Colour, Draw or Craft during the sermon.

Craft or drawing or play are for spiritual responses not for a perfectionist piece that can be shown off.

Remember that little ones will need their own space to move and wiggle,

Sit towards the front so they can see what is going on.

Remember that you have bought your child to worship. Enjoy engaging them in it.

Older children might enjoy

LOOK for the colour change. We have entered a new season, known as After Epiphany.

FIRST READING: Isaiah 43:1-7


as suggested by

Play: Name your the teddies and other soft toys, name as many of the congregation as you know. Or bring an extended family photo, and ask your child to name everyone.

PRAY: God you wanted me

I am your child

I am precious

I am Loved

Thank you



ACTIONS: You will need a toy boat and a blue tea towel. Toss the boat around on the rough tea towel sea, or make it “plain sailing”.

How would you feel? Make a face to show how you might feel after each verse.

SECOND READING: Acts 8:14-17

READ/WATCH: BE KIND by Pat Zietlow Miller as suggested by

as suggested by

PLAY: with baby dolls (if child baptism is practised), use a paper bowl of blue shredded crepe paper or with other dolls, baptising  in the blue tea towel “water”.


Dear God

In Water I’m Baptised

But by your spirit I am saved

thank you.

GOSPEL READING: Luke 3:15-17, 21-22.

READ: The Beginners Bible pp.304-307

OR My First Read aloud Bible by Batchelor and Bashoff  John Baptises Jesus pp150-151

Watch: the Bible for kids


Make: Spinner

You will need


sticky tape




You might need to print: IF purchased this week (about $15 Aus ) it will supply you with colouring in sheets for the next 8 weeks)

Down load this App.

You might need


sticky tape


blue tea towel

baby dolls or other toys (depending on the type of Baptism your church practises)

toy boat


Wendy L.