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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. 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 and for the Word of God.
GOOD FRIDAY has arrived. The Liturgical colour is BLACK or RED.
If you are worshipping from home you may like to set up a worship area
You can do this by setting up a candle, then add the things that remind YOU of God, a Cross, a Bible that everyone likes to read from, a special object, even something from one of the readings.
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.
SING He’s Alive Yes He Is! by David MacGregor
THE LORD’S PRAYER:
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.
A more contemplative version https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-NuUo-igXDU&fbclid=IwAR2FasYCU-9mP1PaLQDjweXyhyUnJutt4J28KycjzeUEttWSesipX2jmJxE
Or for a more Intergenerational approach try Number 1 on the Table Settings album by Liturgical Folks
ACKNOWLEDGMENT OF COUNTRY
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.
FIRST READING: Acts 10:34-43 (option 1)
READ: He is Risen by Patti Rokus
MAKE: make a rock picture like the one in the book
OR MAKE a finger puzzle that also tells the easter story
SING: Jesus Came to Earth from Awesome God by Soveriegn Grace
OR Isaiah 65:17-25
READ Peace by Wendy Anderson Halperin
a Storypath suggestion
PLAY: Build with blocks/ or stones something new.
DRAW or WRITE: about your ideal world.
PSALM 118:1-2 and 14-24
BUILD a rock picture showing how this Psalm makes you feel
SECOND READING: 1 Corinthians 15:19-26
READ: Rosie Revere, Engineer by Andrea Beaty and David Roberts
A Storypath suggestion
MAKE: easter rocks, (I choose this activiy here to remind us to stay grounded (in the form of the rock) in our faith where even teh impossible can be possible)
Only in you
Can the impossible
OR Acts 10:34-43 (option 2)
READ: You are all my Favourites by Sam Bratney
a Storypath suggestion
MAKE: Paper chain people, God’s story is for sharing with EVERYONE
Thank you God
that your story is
GOSPEL READING: John 20:1-18
READ: Mary and The Gardener by Andrew MacDonough
ACTIVITY BOOK: Download Lost Sheep’s activity book for his book Mary and the Gardner for $4.95 with many activities for the whole tribe regardeless of age.
OR Download the free bookmarks (great for retelling the story) and colouring in sheet
OR Luke 24:1-12
READ: THE SPARK STORY BIBLE, The Empty Tomb, pp.382-387
CRAFT: You might like to make an Easter garden with the empty tomb
HE has Risen Indeed
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I am writing this on Wurundjeri land and wish to pay respect to all Elders, past, present and emerging.
I have qualifications in Education, Theology and Children’s Spirituality, and have worked as a Children and Families Worker in a city church. I use simple and easily found ideas to help you share the Revised Common Lectionary (RCL) readings. 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, saving you time from sifting through many websites, facebook , pinterest, instagram, and blog posts.