After Pentecost 11B: Ideas to help the 3’s and under connect with this weeks RCL readings

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 for Child and Families Ministry. Some congregations use all 4 readings in their services others only two. They can also be useful if you are visiting a different church this weekend.

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 Will get you 14 colouring in pages, that is 14 Sundays worth and I will  refer to them over the coming weeks.

Lion Story Picture Bible

or The Jesus Storybook Bible


journal or A4 white sheets

paper plates

Doll house toys OR play mat toys

toys to pretend wash

Food toys stop at step 2 of Part 2 as the rhyme is different but it will show you what to do with your hands if you are not familiar with the actions.


FIRST READING: 2 Samual 11:26-12:13a

READ: Lion Story Picture Book pp.142-143

OR The Jesus Storybook Bible p.130 until last paragraph

PRAY: Thank you that you are a loving God (make a heart with your hands).

Who listens (cup your hand around your ear

When we are sorry (hand your head)


PLAY: with a dolls house, or on a road mat. When you hear your little ones say sorry during play acknowledge it.

PSALM 51:1-12

READ: I love this version but it is still too advanced for this age group, so I’m placing it here if you have older children who might find it helpful


PLAY: Let them wash or wipe clean a doll or toy

EMOTION: IS This Psalm Desperate or Hopeful? Draw or make a face showing your chosen emotion. If using paper plates to draw the faces on. Keep them each week so you can reuse them by getting them to choose an emotion from the collection, rather than draw them.

SECOND READING: Ephesians 4:1-16

WATCH/READ: You might prefer to watch this at home or keep the volume low, or generously share it with those around you!

Book Suggested BY


“Here Is the Church”finger-play that young children enjoy insists that the church is not a building but people.  When I goggled it I discovered there are lots of versions of this.  The one that fits today is:

Here is the church

Here is the steeple

Open the doors

See all the people.

You CAN have a church

Without any steeple.

But you can’t have a church

Without any people. 

from stop at step 2 of Part 2 as the rhyme is different but it will show you what to do with your hands if you are not familiar with the actions.

PLAY: With toys that have pieces that need to be fitted together to make them up, ie blocks, puzzles, Ikea people etc. keep them age appropriate and make sure that there are no small pieces that your child might swallow.

GOSPEL READING: John 6: 24-35

WATCH/READ: Bread Bread Bread by Ann Morris

OR READ p.102 of The Jesus Storybook Bible

PLAY: with food toys, such as the IKEA

CRAFT: cut out pictures of different types of bread and stick them on a paper plate



Wendy L.