After Pentecost 14B: ideas to engage everyone(especially the youngest) in the set RCL readings for Sunday


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For anyone looking for ideas to help share God’s word with everyone including the youngest.

Whether you are preparing traditional worship or an all age or Intergenerational service.

OR you are a parent wanting something for your children to use either in face to face or broadcast services, as you parent from the pews or couch

Or during family devotion times.

I use 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.

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 on this page. 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.

Here is a great presentation on children’s spirituality, but most importantly from the 40 minute mark on, it speaks about the imporantance of teaching through story and explains the process I recommend you use with children.


We are still 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.


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 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 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 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 could use a template like this free download





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. Here are 4 options


A more contemplative version

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


Collect different items that give off an aroma, good or bad, eg, lavender,

something that has gone off, some fruit, milk, vanilla or cinnamon stick.

(you can add or replace any smell here)


Take a smell, then pray, Thank you God, for your sweet world,

or Sometimes God, things don’t smell so good, this smell reminds me to _ _ _ (name a person, a behaviour that does not make you or your world “smell/be” nice


FIRST READING: Song of Solomon or Song of Songs 2:8-13

READ: Finding our Heart by Thomas Mayor


OR any of books from Trace Moroney”s The Things I Love series


PSALM 45:1-2, 6-9


PRAY and Do: see PRAYERS of the PEOPLE above

For older Children, read the verses in the Psalm and underline all the words related to the senses.

SECOND READING: James 1:17-27

READ: Shoebox Sam by Mary Barrett


A Storypath Suggestion

SING: No. 7 Heavenly Lights Vol5 The Power of Encouragement by seeds Family Worship

DO: Colour in these gift boxes and use to them to give someone a gift, you might fill it with some drawings, or cook some biscuits, or pick some flowers or herbs and place them in it.

GOSPEL READING: Mark 7:1-8, 14-15


SING: and here is the action sheet from the musician himself, David MacGregor


Help me God,n

to do things for you

becasue I love you

not becasue I must


SENDING HYMN Tell the World by Hillsong Kids Learn the actions here


Wendy L.

Please check local guidlines before using items that are not mine especially if you are using this page for congregational use. Please acknowedge this page if you find it useful.Thank you.

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


Pentecost 15B: Ideas to help the 3’s and under connect with this weeks RCL readings.

These are suggestions only to help parents/caregivers engage their children in services that use the Revised Common Lectionary. They can be used by parents/caregivers 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. THIS IS A NEW SEASON, AMERICAN FALL OUR Spring . For $10 American dollars (about $Aus 16) you have 12 weeks of colouring sheets. Or you can combine with other parents or ask the Church to make the purchase for yourself and the families.


Paper for drawing or Journal


Community play toys such as dolls house, train set, road toys


FIRST READING: Song of Solomon 2:8-13

READ/WATCH: LOVE SONG FOR A BABY BY  Marion Dane Bauer  from

DRAW: All the beautiful things in the world. As the world is waking up again after Winter, draw all the new flowers and birds that you are seeing in your area.

PRAY: Father God,

I love you

No more to say



PSALM: 45:1-2,6-9


DRAW: some of the ideas in this Psalm


SECOND READING: James 1:17-27


also referred to by


OR FOR $5 you will have many pages that the youngest and the oldest will enjoy doing or find at end of story suggestion


GOSPEL: MARK 7:1-8,14-15,21-23

READ/WATCH: Andrew’s angry words by Dorthea Lachner as suggested by

 PLAY: Play with any community making toys, ie, dolls house, or cars or trains

 PRAY: Thank you God, 

For helping me 

to be nice to 

all I see (shield your eyes with your hands)