Good Friday Year B, ideas to engage the whole family(especially the youngest) in the set RCL readings for today.



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.

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


If worshipping at home. You may want to set up a space that stays up permanently or that you bring out for worship.

Set up a candle, a cross, and place on a black or red tablecoth or shawl.

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 either of these suggestions can be used when the Lord’s Prayer is said within a set service.

Today I recommend this contemplative version

During Prayers of the People, Try some meditative prayer. Don’t ask them to sit in silence for very long, (we don’t want them to feel as if they have failed, how long depends on your child and their age – 5 secs can be too long for some) Ask them to sit comfortably, close their eyes, place their hands in their lap and take a few deep breaths, so deep that theri belly rises. End with amen.

FIRST READING: Isaiah 52:13-53:12

READ: The Velvetten Bunny by Margery Williams


I chose this book as I saw some parallels between the Isaiah reading and the Velveteen Bunny who, learns what he has to do to become human and that it is not easy or pretty. in the same way the suffering servant’s life is not easy or appreciated the true value of it is not seen or appreciated by everyone.

OR read the Story Book Bible from A dark night in the garden, p.294 – 306.

Make a cross out of cardboard, draw on the cross all the painful things Jesus experienced on his way to the cross.


READ: For the Very Young Psalms of Praise by Danielle Hitchen, STAND


Psalm 22: Don’t leave me!

My God, my God, how could you leave me?
(hang your head)
Just when I needed you most, you are gone! (look sad)
I am eaten up by pain,(hug your body)
my life is pouring down the drain (slup to the floor)
Around and around rage the forces of hate. (look around you)
Is this the end? Is this my fate? (put a questioning look on your face OR hold your hands out and palm up)

(You might like to stop it there today and then finish it on Sunday)

The answer bursts open the grave –
Christ, who died, is alive!
Tell the world, for all time –
death is defeated, Christ is alive!

Words by Rev Purdie, actions by me

Describe those feelings in this Psalm. Show how these feelings look like in your body or draw it, or point out what it feels like from a set of emotional cards or the Bears App

How does the second part of the Psalm make you feel?

SECOND READING: Hebrews 10:16-25

READ OR from a Children’s Bible such as Beginner’s Bible

OR READ Everybody brings nooddles by Norah Dooley


see why

SING: Seeds Family Worship, He is Faithful

OR Make me faithful by Soverign Grace Kids album To be Like Jesus



I want to be like you

Help me to absorb your deeds

So that they are a part of me too


OR Hebrews 4:14-16, 5:7-9

READ: Kitten for a Day by Ezra Jake Keats


See Why it was suggested

SING Jesus You are my Hope by Soverign Grace Kids” album To be Like Jesus


You lived amongst us Jesus

Even though you are God’s Son

Everything I feel

You understand



GOSPEL READING: John 18:1-19:42

READ: Peter and The Rooster by Andrew McDonough


SING He died upon a Cross by Colin Buchanan on his album Practice Being Godly

MAKE:A Rooster hand print You will find how to make one in this video explaining Easter using hand prints, find it at the 1.35 minute mark to 2.05 minutes. (note the 3 fingers like the 3 crosses)


Wendy L.

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GOOD FRIDAY: RCL ideas to use with even the littlest at home


If you took my advice and have camped in your own backyard or really even inside last night, OR you didn’t you’ll find resources here to use with all the family this Good Friday.

You might like to start the day with some damper while you watch and sing this Song above. Or you might like to just eat your damper and watch the mystery of the sun rise.

Damper can be cooked on the campfire if you are outdoors or in the oven if you prefer.

Here is a simple recipe

You could add the traditional sultana’s or use rosemary to add a touch of remembrance.

Then if using a savoury Damper, spread with Vegemite or Marmite if in the UK, or black olive paste if in Europe, (sorry USA but I can’t think of a dark savoury spread, grape and peanut butter, just isn’t right for this), to remind you of the sadness that this day holds.

FIRST READING: Isaiah 52:18-53:12

READ/WATCH The trellis and the Seed by Jan Karon

It is a lovely story about predictions and faith both which are the things that are at the heart of this reading.

This is a long story for the youngest, but like anything you can dip in and out of it as their interest wanes, if you have older children the young one may watch for longer. 

TELL What prediction did you have for your children, tell them. ie I thought you would play football because you kicked so much before you were born etc.


You are faithful God

I will listen to you



READ/WATCH: When i’m feeling Sad by Tracee Moroney

AND/OR When I’m feeling Scared by Tracee Moroney

DO: Take a paper plate, and draw a SAD and a Scared face

What makes you sad?

What makes your scared:


READ/WATCH: I will Love You Anyway by Mick Inpen

A beautiful story of being loved and forgiven. Just like today’s reading.

DRAW: your family and put a love heart on each of them, as we all make mistakes and need God’s love

OR HEBREWS 4:14-16, 5:7-9

READ/WATCH: Kitten for a Day by Ezra Jack Keats 

As suggested by

PLAY: Sort out your toys to be the ones like you?


Jesus was a boy,

He played and grew

and knows

what it is like to be

a child like me

(tell God something about yourself)




READ: If you did not read this last night then do so now Andrew McDonough’s Peter and the Rooster,

story at

Activities: Download the activity book from the above site there are plenty of activities for everyone.

OR READ My First read a loud Bible By Batchelor and Boshoff Jesus is left to die, pp.220-221. or their other book 5 minute Bible Stories pp.167-169

Colouring -IN from

MAKE: make the scenes, either outside or inside with whatever you have. OR just make the crosses on they hill. Outside you might build a hill, and find some tags to make crosses, inside you might you lego or cushions and icy pole sticks. Re tell the stories.


Wendy L.


Good Friday Year C: Ideas to help you share the RCL readings with the 3’s and under.

If you are a parent or Guardian

Prepare a special church bag in advance each week so that you are ready for the rush on Sunday Morning.

Sit towards the front so they can see what is going on.

Read during the Bible readings,

Pray during the prayers,

Colour, Draw or Craft during the sermon.

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

Remember that little ones will need their own space to move and wiggle,

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

If you are a small congregation without a Child and Family Minister have an area available near the front for parents/guardians to worship with their children, and print off this information so that it is readily available or direct them to this site. Set up an area with books and toys in it that will enhance their spiritual experience. (Ie not just toys for “keeping them quiet”).Spiritual Delights or Toy Box tat! andMake the books appealing

If you would like these ideas as a PDF file sent to you each week, please contact me.

FIRST READING: Isaiah 52:13-53:12

READ/WATCH: Horton Hears a Who By Dr Suess this is a very long read for a small person, so dip in and outlet them come and go. I chose it as it is a wonderful story of faith and putting yourself out for something you believe in.

PRAY: Many people help me God,

Help me to Help others too.

PLAY: if you have a play mat, find all the people that you could help.


Psalm 22: Don’t leave me!

My God, my God, how could you leave me? (clench your fists)
Just when I needed you most, you are gone! (point your finger from one of the clenched fists)
I am eaten up by pain, (wrap you arms around your body)
my life is pouring down the drain (hang your head)
Around and around rage the forces of hate. (look all around you)
Is this the end? Is this my fate? (point your hands palm upwards)
The answer bursts open the grave – (look of surprise)
Christ, who died, is alive! (open your mouth wide)
Tell the world, for all time – (clasp your hands around your mouth like a megaphone)
death is defeated, Christ is alive! (hold your hands open wide in the air)

words by, actions by me.

IF your congregation ends Good Friday with acknowledgment of the resurrection, do not read the last 4 rows today)

COLOURING IN:  You may have bought this series last year so check your download folder.

SECOND READING: Hebrews 10:16-25

SING: Number 10

READ: IN My Heart A Book of Feelings by Jo Witek. If you have a physical copy of the book, rather than reading it all today you could just pick out some relevant pages

DRAW: What colour would your heart be today? Draw a heart of that colour.

OR Hebrew 4:14-16, 5:7-9

READ/WATCH: We Found a Hat By Jon Klassen

a suggestion by

PRAY: Jesus prayed Lord

Help me to pray to you too

Help me to be still (practice being still)

and listen to you.


NEW TESTAMENT: John 18:1-19:43

READ/WATCH The Way Of the Cross

ACTIVITIES: Down load the free bookmarks (very useful for retelling the story) and the Colouring in Sheet

OR Buy the activity pack at the end of the screen, which has many options for all ages.

OR READ: My First read a loud Bible by Batchelor and Boshoff Jesus is left to die pp.220-221

ACTIVITY: Draw a very colourful happy drawing, then place a black sheet over it, or colour over it with a black crayon, or non drip children’s paint.

Ask your child how they felt when they drew their happy picture?

Then how it felt when it was covered over?

Explain that Jesus’s disciples must have been as confused or sad as you are when your happy picture was taken away


For more ideas see As last years readings are the same as this year.


Wendy L.