After Pentecost 11B: ideas to engage the whole family(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 an all age 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. 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 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.


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

PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE MAKE BREAD, as you knead the yeast in (with each person taking a turn), pray for the things you would like more of in your life and the lives of those around you).

You can substitute playdoh if away from home.

FIRST READING: 2 Samuel 18:5-9,15,31-33

READ Wherever You are My Love Will Find You by Nancy Tillman


A suggestion by Storypath find out why here


When I am sad (make a sad face)

hurting, (hold your stomach)

lonely, (look around you)

When bad news comes (shake your head)

You are with me (give me a hug)

You comfort me (rock back and forth)

Thank you God

Amen (one clap)


READ: Psalms for Young Children by Marie-Helene Delval

Circle the action words (verbs) in this Psalm, then underline the emotions in the Psalm.

OR draw and image from the Psalm

SECOND READING: Ephesians 4:25-5:2

READ: Being Frank by Donna W. Earnhardt


another Storypath suggestion

PLAY: with your toys, practice being nice to each other

OLDER Children can write or draw about how to make others feel safe.

MAKE: weave a mat,to show how we are all connected OR do a paper weaving


God I thank you for ______(say the name of someone you know). They are important to me becasue______(say why they are special)

GOSPEL READING: John 6:35,41-51


Make Bread You will find a simple recipe here

PLAY: Have a picnic, either a real one or get out the toy food and have a picnic with your toys


Like bread fills my empty tummy

can I be filled with you

so that I grow into someone

that nourishes others lives


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


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 12B: Ideas to help the 3’s and under relate to 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. Will get you 14 colouring in pages, that is 14 Sundays worth and I will  refer to them over the coming weeks.

When I’m feeling Sad by Trace Moroney, sold individually at David Jones’m-Feeling—-Sad or as part of a set at KMART.—pack-of-8-books/1125325

food toys

community building toys such as dolls house, cooking set, road or train sets


Drawing paper or Journal

FIRST READING: 2 Samual:18:5-9, 15, 31-33

READ/WATCH When I’m Feeling Sad by Trace Moroney Read or watch in small amount then put it down as it is too long and too complex for most in this age.

DRAW: a sad picture

PRAY: When I’m sad (make a sad face)

I am not alone (shake your head)

Thankyou that you are with me God. (clasp your hands together)




 Psalm 130: Out of the depths

I cry out to you, O God
I’m in too deep, I’m out of my depth
Save me!
I wait for you, O God
The night is long, too long
and I wait for the light of dawn.
I hope in you, O God
for your love breaks through –
great power to save,
great power to save!
by Rev Silvia Purdie
DRAW or SHOW: what it looks like if you are very upset.
If you are hopeful.
PRAY:Use the above pictures or actions to say the above words as a prayer. Cross you arms and Tap your feet to show how you wait.

SECOND READING: Ephesians 4:25-5:2

READ/WATCH: Do unto Otters by Laurie Keller Read or watch in small amounts then put it down or close it down, as it is too long and too complex for most in this age.


PLAY: with community making toys, eg. dolls house, road mat ie like this at IKEA, cooking sets,

Anything that suggests the creation of community. 2+ love this but are not ready yet to play with others they will play alongside them though and this is the start of communal play


GOSPEL: John 6:35, 41-51

WATCH/READ: Bread Bread Bread by Ann Morris

OR READ p.102 of The Jesus Storybook Bible

I have deliberately not addressed the issue of People not accepting Jesus’ claimm of who he is. So much but not all of this is similar to last weeks suggestions.

PLAY: with food toys, such as the IKEA