YEAR A: After Epiphany 5: Ideas to help 3’s and under relate to this weeks RCL readings

I hope you and your children enjoy spending time together in Church this week.

Here are some ideas to help you share the Readings from the Revised Common Lectionary with your under 3’s.

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

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”).Spiritual Delights or Toy Box tat! andMake the books appealing

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



FIRST READING: Isaiah 58:1-9a (9b-12)

READ/WATCH: Best Friends for Frances by Russell Hoban as suggested by

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


Help me to want to be your Friend God

and may good things come from that



PSALM 112:1-9 (10)


Psalm 112: Welcome to the good life!

(Read Romans 12:9-21)

Welcome to the good life!
Come, follow Jesus, you won’t regret it!
Life will be an adventure, guaranteed!
You will stand strong and do great things.
You will know much joy, that’s a promise.
You will be rich, that’s for sure,
but it’s not for you, it’s to give away,
and it might not be in money.
You’ll be rich in love and rich in friends,
you’ll be rich in peace, so you’re not afraid,
not afraid of what people think of you,
not afraid of what happens around you.
Strong inside, you get to be who you are made to be!
Life with Jesus is a wonderful life.

How does this make you feel? Describe that feeling, or draw it, or point out what it feels like from a set of emotional cards or the Bears App


SECOND READING: 1 Corinthians 2:1-12(13-16)

READ/WATCH: Douglas you need glasses by Ged Adamson  as suggested by

Do: Help your children to see the spirit in the everyday? Bring bits of trees and scrubs, battery operated candle or your phone, different coloured Cellophanes. A kaleidoscope. such as, crystals But not so small they can be swallowed. A magnifying glass.

MAKE: buy black thick paper. Cut out shapes, leaving a gap of at least 1 1/2 centimetres then glue different cellophane to make a “stained glass window” Look through it to see the different colours.

GOSPEL READING: Matthew 5:13-20


DO: what do things taste like when you add things, ie plain chips salted chips; plain rice, coconut rice; plain ice cream, flavoured ice cream, or milk; dim sim, soy sauce with it. etc,

Dear God

Life is better with you



Wendy L.