EASTER SUNDAY Year B: ideas to engage the whole family(especially the youngest) in the set RCL readings for today


The mood has changed and we have made it through to the joyful discoveries of Easter Sunday.

Let’s start by singing


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 to bring out when you worship or to keep out everyday..

We have entered the season of Lent and white is the colour of the season. (Though it is the chosen colour you may prefer to use Gold)

Set up a candle, and what ever helps you focus on the season, it might be a cross, some flowers to represent New Life, an empty container, or anything that inspires you.

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 say the Lord’s Prayer within a set place in the service.

Today try this version IN ACTIONS https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tOugEQpcc_k OR https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lMjm93ylL2w

For prayers of the people

Photo by Jill Wellington on Pexels.com

Place a big bowl of small easter eggs on the table.

Each person takes one and places it in there mouth letting it disolve slowly


Thank you God for the good things in life.

Now reach in one at a time take an egg and say

Dear God, help me to share the sweetness of life with ______(name someone who needs uplifting)

(take the egg and place it somewhere safe for a time when you can give it to that person, if you can’t due to social distancing needs, collect all the eggs to savour during the week. As you eat one pray again for the person as you let it dissolve in your mouth)

FIRST READING: Acts 10:34-43

READ: He is Risen by Patti Rokus


MAKE this story telling cross from the Baptist church in New Zealand

You will need this template

and instructions

SING: Jesus Came to Earth from Awesome God by Soveriegn Grace

OR Isaiah 25:6-9

READ: I am invited to a Party By Mo Williams


Read why this was suggested

OR READ I can only Imagine for little ones by Bart Millard


DRAW: Those things that make you happy



who keeps promises

Today we Thank you


PSALM 118:1-2, 14-24

READ: I will Rejoice by Karma Wilson

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 https://innovativeresources.org/resources/card-sets/bears-cards/ or the Bears App https://innovativeresources.org/resources/digital-applications/bears-app/

SECOND READING: 1 Corinthians 15:1-11

READ: Alway’s Remember by Cece Meng


A suggestion by http://storypath.upsem.edu/lectionary-links-rcl-february-10-2019/

SING God always keeps His Promises from The Ology By Soveriegn Grace Kids

OR Acts 10:334-43

READ: He is Risen by Patti Rokus


MAKE this story telling cross from the Baptist church in New Zealand

You will need this template

and instructions

SING: Jesus Came to Earth from Awesome God by Soveriegn Grace

GOSPEL READING: John 20:1-18

READ: One Glorious Day, in Brave Girls Bible Stories, by Jennifer Geralds

ACTIVITY BOOK: Download Lost Sheep’s activity book for his book Mary and the Gardner for $4.95 with many activities for the whole tribe regardeless of age. (you can also find a sneak peak of Andrew MacDonough’s book Mary and the Gardener there)

OR Mark 16:1-8

READ: Meet Jesus in Mark by Matthew Sleeman, Mark 16:1-8

MAKE A lego resurrection garden

EXTENTION IDEA: read both Gospel stories and compare the way the women in the story are betrayed? What are the differences? Whay might this be so?

SING: Enjoy Yancy’s free songs for the rest of the day

Blessings (Enjoy those Easter eggs)

Wendy L.

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