You have found a great resource for parents/careers and grandparents to use with their little ones during online or face to face worship, or to use as family devotions during the week.
If you are worshipping on line and are unsure what to do with the “little ears” worshipping with their parents, please feel free to make these suggestions during your service so the young ones too can participate.
If at home you might like to make a space for worship it can be permanent or bought out at times of sharing faith together. We are in the season of After Pentecost, the longest season, and it’s colour is green.
You might like to place a green tablecloth on the dinner table or coffee table, or a white one with green ribbons.
It need be no more complicated than that!
OR you could add a cross, or something that talks to you about faith, such as your Bible.
You can even add a candle (with young children around I like to use the battery operated kind.)
START WITH: THE LORDS PRAYER IN ACTIONS https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tOugEQpcc_k OR https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lMjm93ylL2w
Or if you are looking for a more contemplative version https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-NuUo-igXDU&fbclid=IwAR2FasYCU-9mP1PaLQDjweXyhyUnJutt4J28KycjzeUEttWSesipX2jmJxE
Or slot it in when the congregation says The Lords Prayer, if you are in a face to face service, or zooming in from Home.
FIRST READING: DEUTERONOMY 34:1-12
READ: THE LION PICTURE BIBLE pp.92-3, Joshua takes the Lead
COLOURING-IN: I have always recommended Illustrated Ministry’s work, though I prefer free stuff, I have found their work very reflective of how I find meaning in the passages, but more importantly I have noticed that chidlren of all ages love them and find meaning in them. Their FALL season has started and will give you a colouring in sheet each week until the end of November. It is $US19 for the quarter, and if you have kids that love colouring in it is money well spent COLOURING-IN https://store.illustratedministry.com/products/bible-story-coloring-pages-fall-2020?variant=31882216570978
is greater than our lifetimes
Help me to trust you God
PSALM 90:1-6, 13-17
Lord you have been our home (make a roof over your heads with your arms)
from generation to generation. (look behind you)
From age to age, infinity to infinity (Interlink your arms like an infinity symbol)
before mountains or stars (Make a mountain with your finger tips, then twinkle your fingers)
you are God! (arms out high and wide)
Wake us in the morning with your joy (starfish jump)
Carry us through the day with your love. (move your arm, up and over your head to the other side of your body)
Bless our hands so our work is good (hold out your hands)
Bless our lives so your glorious power shows in us. ( stand tall, then open your arms out wide)
Adapted from http://www.conversations.net.nz/psalm-90-a-puff-of-dust.html, words by Dr Purdie actions by me
SECOND READING: 1 THESSALONIANS 2:1-8
READ any of the Cuddlepotts and Snugglepie stories with the Banksia man see here to see which ones https://maygibbs.org/characters/big-bad-banksia-men/ or listen to this song about the Banksia Men https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CyDRnxr82j4
Banksia, Men tried to take over the good times that Snugglepotts and Cuddlepie and their firends were having, and i this reading we are told to stay true to what Jesus said and not let anything else take over.
SING: https://www.snackmusic.com.au/songs Jazz No. 5@168
GOSPEL READING: MATTHEW 22:34-46
Draw: fold an 3 A4 sheet into 4. Now draw 4 ways that you love God, and 4 ways that you can love yourself and 4 ways that you love others.
PLAY: With Beboshka dolls?
Who is Jesus? Is he man? David’s descendant or God’s son? Can he be both?
Are we a child of our parents (either natural or adopted) and also God’s child?