After Pentecost 7B: ideas to engage the whole family(especially the youngest) in the set RCL readings for Sunday



They are for use by parents, grandparents and carers and for small congregations who do not have a Child and Family Ministry.

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.

Though you will find simple ways into the text here THE MOST IMPORTANT THING THOUGH THAT YOU CAN DO IS SHARE YOURSELF AND YOUR FAITH. I firmly believe that it is in the relationship, that the Faith formation of the next generation truely starts. You will notice that there are very few prompts or questions. This is to allow your child to do the thinking and to work out what is important to them from the texts. Sometimes they may give you an insight or even ask a question? There are no wrong insights or crazy questions, and you are enough, enough to listen, enough to work it out together, ENOUGH to share your love of GOD with your child.


If worshipping at home. You may want to set up a space/alter/focal spot, to bring out when you worship or to keep out everyday.

You can do this by setting up a candle, and what ever else helps you focus on the season.

We are now in the longest liturgical season, the season after Pentecost. This season takes up half or the year, and it’s liturgical colour is green. There are no major celebrations during this season, and some refer to it as Ordinary Time. For me it is a time to celebrate everyday joys, to see God in the ordinary, in the everyday, and to hear the everyday stories of Jesus.

This is the time to add the things that remind YOU of God, a cross, a word, a special object, even something from one of the readings

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 adults and older students you might like to take a journal with which to record anything that grabs your attention during the service. Write a precis of the message (traditional or sensory word), draw or write a response in and keep a record of emotions.





You might like to start with the Lords prayer if at home, or say the Lord’s Prayer within a set place if following along in a service.

If looking for a version with ACTIONS OR

Or if you are looking for a more contemplative version

Or for a more Intergenerational approach try Number 1 on the Table Settings album by Liturgical Folks


MAKE: paper chain family


give each person on your paper family chain a name of someone who is in or should be in God’s family and pray for them

eg. I pray for ____ who is sad at the moment? etc


READ Something’s Happening on Calabash Street by Judith Toss Enderle and Stephanie Jacob Gordon

WATCH start from the 1 min point

A Storypath suggestion

SING your favourite church song

DO: Have a celebration with your toys or with the people around you? What do you need?



Psalms are often chosen becasue they link with the Old testament reading. Why would you choose this psalm and the above reading?

I wonder what you like best about this Psalm?

I wonder what part is most important?

I wonder what part of the Psalm is about you?

I wonder if their is a part of the Psalm we could leave out and still have the Psalm read well?

Spend some time responding to this Psalm? (draw, write, create a 3D picture, etc.)


READ: Toby by Hazel Mitchell


a suggestion by Storypath


MAKE: paper chain family


give each person on your paper family chain a name of someone who is in or should be in God’s family and pray for them

eg. I pray for ____ who is sad at the moment? etc



PLAY: Pretend practising to stand your ground with people who think they are more important then you


Hi God,

help me to be brave

and talk about you

even when I feel scared



Wendy L.

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I am writing this on Wurundjeri land and wish to pay respect to all Elders, past, present and emerging.


After Pentecost 8B: Some ideas to help share the RCL readings with the 3’s and under

These are suggestions only to help parents engage their children in services that use the Revised Common Lectionary. They can be used by parents or those who help out in small congregations that can not afford to pay Child and Families Ministry. Some congregations use all 4 readings in their services others only two. 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.

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

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

You might need to prepare these in advance, and place them in a special Church Bag ready to go for Sunday Morning.

The Lion Story Bible

The Beginners Bible for Toddlers DOWNLOAD and PRINT  2nd item on first row

COLOURING-IN: Will get you 14 colouring in pages, that is 14 Sundays worth and I will  refer to them over the coming weeks. DOWNLOAD and PRINT  2nd item on first row

Building Blocks

plain paper, paper plates or Journal


handkerchief, or 15x15cm of material or 15cm strip of crepe streamer

FIRST READING: Samual 6:1-5, 12b-19

READ: The Lion Story Bible p.10 David’s city

and The Beginners Bible for Toddlers p. 49 helps explain what an ARK is in the context of this reading.

DO: encourage your child to dance or move to the Hymns today if your congregation is concentrating on this Reading. At least give them a small handkerchief or 15cm square of material, or a 15cm strip of crepe streamer, to wave in time to the beat.

MAKE: Build with blocks all the places we find God, Houses, churches, bus stops, stables, the list is endless i;m sure they’ll add to it.

Psalm 24


HAND PLAY: Entwine your fingers so they are hanging down.

Form the thumbs into a steeple

Say: Here is the Church

and Here is the steeple

Open the doors and let in the people.


READ/WATCH If you can not find Toby by Hazel Mitchell. Here is an excerpt on You tube talk about how difficult it can be to fit in, but God loves us so much like the little boy in Toby he patiently helps us be a part of His family 

suggested by

COLOURING-IN: DOWNLOAD and PRINT  2nd item on first row

OR DRAW your own view of what it is like to be part of God’s family

PRAY: Thank you Lord

That you want me

to be a part of Your family



READ: NO modern children’s book I checked had the story of John the Baptist’s Death.

Usually I would suggest a children’s story book or a video about promises, but for me, that just muddies this story. We tell the Easter story of Jesus death, so I suggest you retell this reading, very simply like this

Jesus’s cousin John, died, when an important, but weak man made a bad promise, that he kept even though he knew it was wrong. This made Jesus sad.

You could then read DOWNLOAD and PRINT  2nd item on first rowor watch

DRAW: a picture of a Sad face, or make a sad face on a plate.

or make a black and white picture of something that makes you sad.


Help me to make promises that You approve of God, Amen