Each week I compile a number of resources to help you, your family, or your congregation 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 your family’s faith formation. My objective is for faith to be a lived experience and for children to learn how to worship, explore the Bible, and pray by participating in Worship with others. 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 idea is to form a lifelong love of Christ, for the Word of God, and to participate in Worship. Faith is portable, we live it and share it, every day. I hope these simple ideas help your family or congregation form their faith.
:f you are a small congregation, that 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. Create an area as close as possible to where the major liturgies of the service occur, for parents/guardians to worship with their children, and fill this area with books and toys in it that will enhance their spiritual experience. (Ie not toys for “keeping them quiet”). You will find some ideas in these posts Spiritual Delights or Toy Box tat! and Make the books appealing.
Families: pack a Back pack ready for Sundays and Congregations suggest that visiting families pack a special backpack. Fill each backpack with a children’s storybook bible, other books that speak about ideas in today’s readings, and drawing or craft materials that children can use to respond 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 you can use your iPad or iPhone. You could write a precis of the message (traditional words or pictures), draw, and 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.
Today is Trinity Sunday. The liturgical colour is White.
READ: A Misson for all ages, in the Biggest Story Bible Storybook, pp.432-433
SING Trinity of Love By David MacGregor
If worshipping from home you might like to set up a table or space with a white cloth, a cross, a candle, and some things that focus your mind on today’s readings.
THE LORDS PRAYER IN ACTIONS https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tOugEQpcc_k OR https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lMjm93ylL2w
FIRST READING: Genesis1:1-2:4a
READ: The Creation in Children of God Storybook by Desmond Tutu
WATCH: ( you might need to stop and start this a few times for the youngest ones as their attention wanes, or accept that it is too long for them and they will wonder in and out as the older ones watch.)
SING: Almighty Creator by Sovereign Grace kids on the Awesome God Album
SING: Wonderful by David MacGregor
SECOND READING: 2 Corinthians 13:11-13
Finally Brothers and Sisters be joyful! (star jump)
Work to make things right with one another. (reach out as if shacking someones hand)
Help one another and agree with one another. (reach down as if helping someone up)
Live in Peace ( fold your hands under your chin)
And the God who gives Love and peace will be with you (make a love heart with your hands)
Greet one another with a holy kiss ( blow a kiss)
All God’s people here send their greetings (wave)
May the grace shown by the Lord Jesus Christ be with you all (open your arms out wide)
May the love that God has given us be with you. (make a love heart with your hands)
And may the sharing of life brought about by the Holy Spirit be with you all (bring your hands together bring them close to your body, then seperate them and extend your arms out)
Scripture taken from The Holy Bible, New International Reader’s Version (R) NirV (R) Copyright (C)1995, 1996, 1998, 2014 by Biblica, Inc (R) Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.
Actions in italics by me
THINK: Can you draw or show an emoji, that shows what saying good bye feels like?
Thank you, God
that you are always with me
I am never alone
With you there is no
GOSPEL READING: Matthew 28: 16-20
READ: The Great Commission from either The Spark or The Whirl Story Bible pp. 396-397 and pp 338-341
WATCH: Don’t forget the Wondering Questions
SING Matthew 28:19 GO by Seed Family Worship
COLOURING-IN A few to choose from here
Thank you God,
that you are with me
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I am writing this on Wurundjeri land and wish to pay respect to all Elders, past, present, and emerging.
If you are in Australia and would like to teach your children to Acknowledge Country here is a video that will help, and a great book to help understand, We love Country. Most Uniting Church Congregations will say an Acknowledgement of Country towards the start of the service.