Transfiguration Sunday Year B: Ideas to engage the whole family (especially the littliest) in the RCL readings.


You have found a page that uses easily found ideas to help you share the Revised Common Lectionary (RCL) readings with children. Instead of sifting through many websites, facebook , pinterest, instagram, and blog posts; 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.

These ideas can be used in a church setting as you parent in the pews or in your own home while connecting to a broadcast service or for your daily family devotions.

Today is Transfiguartion Sunday, it is the last Sunday before Lent. The liturgical colour will be White (or if that offends you, you may use Gold instead).

Lent starts on Wednesday, Ash Wednesday (look for an interaction with the Ash Wednesday Readings next week.) The Last day of Epiphany is Shrove Tuesday. Many families mark this day by eating Pancakes. This is to clear out foodstuffs in order to begin the food fasts that have hallmarked Lenten practice in the past and still do for come faith communities. Coming from a progressive Congregation, we tend to give non food items, do studies, or good deeds to mark the 40 days of Lent (week day’s ony are counted NOT the Sunday’s). If you do not have a Lenten practice it might be time to consider what you can do as a family or what each family member wants to do. I suggest that if you can all spend a few munutes sharing what you have learnt from individual practices each day it is a better form of family faith formation. For some families that might work best at dinner, or breakfast, or just before bed time of the youngest. You will find some ideas here

If worshipping at home you might like to prepare a space to worship which can be permanent or set aside and bought out when you are having private or family devotions.

You might like to start by finding a tablecloth in the liturgical colour, find a candle ( I prefer battery operated ones around children) and add any other touches that remind you of the present season, for example a dove, a cross, etc.

If able to worship in the Chruch 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 readings.

For older students you might like to take a journal that they can use to record, anything that grabs their attention during the service. Write a precis of the message (traditional or sensory word), draw or write their response in and keep a record of thier emotions.

You might like to start with the Lords prayer if at home, or either of these suggestions can be used when the Lord’s Prayer is said within a set service.


Or if you are looking for a more contemplative version

If you like colouring in, by registering with Illustrated Ministries you can recieve a free colouring in page for one of today’s readings?

FIRST READING: 2 Kings 2:1-12

READ: THe Whirl story Bible pp. 102-104, Elija and Elisha

OR The Beginner’s Bible p.216 The Chariot of Fire

OR My First Read aloud Bible by Batchelor and Boshoff pp.98-99 Elija and Elisha

Draw or write about the tyoe of person you would like to have to guide you?

PLAY: Get out the Play Rug, people and animals adn cars etc to play with? Let tehm play freely or you might like to ask these questions. I wonder who you would like to be like? I wonder who wants to be like you?


While you have the play mat out you might like to use teh things that are happening on the mat to encourage you to pray.

PSALM 50:1-6


Psalm 50: True Worship

Part A

​In the beginning was God
and God spoke!

All worship starts here
Then God called together a people
from every corner of the globe

Our God comes near
and he is not silent

Glimpse his glory
feel his fire

This is worship!

Ah, but then it gets harder

Will you stay to hear God’s judgment?
Will you stick around to be criticised?

an exert from

DO: How does this Psalm make you feel?

Describe those feelings, or Show how these feelings look like in your body or draw it, or point out what it feels like from a set of emotional cards or the Bears App

SECOND READING: 2 Corinthians 4:3-6

READ: When God made Light by Matthew Paul Turner




MAKE: a Sun catcher You can see how it is done here, but given that today is Valentines Day how about cuting a heart shape instead of the cross in the black paper. (If you don’t have black paper any colour will do, as long as the celophane is a contrasting colour)



READ: Whirl Story Bible, pp.250-253 The Transfiguration

OR Meet in Mark, Mark 8:27-9:13, Last Paragraph

OR My First Read a-loud Bible by Batchelor and Boshoff p.180-181 God talks to Jesus also in the 5 Minute Bible pp.138-139

COLOURING-IN: You might like to cut Jesus out instead of colouring Him in and place celophane behind the space. Then hnag it to catch the light or even place on the glass pane of the window to satch teh light OR if you have some aluminum cooking foil you could use that in the gap.

PLAY: with Bug eye magnifying glass or a magnifying glass, or look at your reflection or other peoples in some aluminium foil. What other lenses can help you see something differently.


Wendy L.

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Transfiguration of Jesus Year C: Ideas to help you share this weeks RCL readings with the 3’s and under

If you are a parent or Guardian

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

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

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,

You have bought your child to worship. Enjoy engaging them in it.


If you are a small congregation without a Child and Family Minister have an area available near the front for parents/guardians to worship with their children, and print off this information so that it is readily available or direct them to this site. Set up an area with books and toys in it that will enhance their spiritual experience. (Ie not just toys for “keeping them quiet”).

If you would like these ideas as a PDF file sent to you each week, please contact me.


READ: The Early Readers Bible God’s Good Rules pp.107-108

Colouring In first image


Dear God

Help me to reflect your Glory




Psalm 99: If you shake us

O God, how incredible you are! (open your hands wide)
How ordinary we are. (look down at the ground)
The earth shakes with your power (Shake)
and we tremble, afraid (show being afraid)
that if you shake us we’d fall apart. (Shake your hands)
We see your brilliance (shield your eyes)
and we hide in the dark. (put your hands over your face)
We know how pure you are, pure love, (make a heart shape with your hands)
and we know that we are a mess. (hold your arms open with your palms up ward)
Forgive us, God. (hold your hands in a prayer shape)
We stuff up.
We forget to live in your light. (pretend to blow out a candle)


DRAW or SHOW: how this Psalm makes you feel


READ/WATCH: Our Tree Named Steve by Alan Zweibel

OR You are light by Aaron Becker or buy

PLAY: With mirrors, or shiny paper. Look at your reflection.

MAKE: A collage of shiny objects, shiny papers, sticky mirrors (sometimes available at RIOT)

GOSPEL READING: LUKE 9: 28-36 (37-43a)

READ: The Early Reader’s Bible God Talks about his son pp.387-391



Hold your hands up in Prayer

Notice the shape. Your hand looks like a mountain.

When we pray we talk to God, so as to get closer to God.

What do you want to tell God?

Can you sit quietly so that you might enjoy your time with God?

Transfiguration: Ideas to help the 3’s and under interact with this Sunday’s RCL readings

You might need:

Bible Story Coloring Pages: Winter 2017-2018

My First read-aloud Bible Batchelor and Boshoff  (this book can be used for both the New and Old Testament Readings)

The Early Readers Bible (Zonderkids)

The Lion Story Bible Sophie Piper and Ruth Rivers


coloured cellophane

Blank paper or Journal


Sun Cushion ?

Note the change in church colours today: the season is changing, point the changes out to your child. Today is white, last week was green and next week is Purple.

Old Testament Reading: 2 Kings 2:1-12

READ: My First read-aloud Bible Batchelor and Boshoff  p.98-99

OR The Lion Story Bible Sophie Piper and Ruth Rivers p.80 stop 2 lines short of the end of the page

Question: I wonder what you liked about this story?


CREATE: look at your world through the cellophane to see how it changes. What colours are different? Don’t miss a thing like Elijah told Elisha in today’s reading


PSALM 50:1-6:


DRAW: How does this Psalm make you feel? Draw a circle for a face will it be

Scared                                  or                     Curious

PLAY: Make up some actions to go with the words of the Psalm

egs; vs. 1 arm makes an ark across the body to represent the rising of the sun and it’s going down. (if you have a sun cushion you could use this instead of moving your arm)

vs.2 wiggle fingers for God shines forth

Vs 6 put arms out in a bowl shape bring them closer to you for Gather to me




DRAW: any image out of the reading, or anything it inspires in you.

PRAY: Let your light shine God. Amen


GOSPEL READING: Mark 9: 2-9.

READ: My First read-aloud Bible Batchelor and Boshoff  p.181

OR The Early Readers Bible (Zonderkids) p.387-391


CREATE: look at your world through the cellophane to see how it changes. The disciples saw Jesus differently. What do you see differently?

PRAY: Open my eyes to see you (touch your eyes)

Open my ears to hear you (touch your ears)