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You have found a collection of ideas to help you contemplate the RCL readings. While designed to be used during a Sunday service at church or by zoom, these readings can also be used during the week to help you remember and build on what you experienced on Sundays. My objective is for faith to be a lived experience and for children to learn how to worship and explore the Bible and pray by participating in Worship with you. The goal here is not for them to learn names or facts though they may want to do that for themselves, but rather to find ways of connecting with the text and sharing that with others. The ideal is to form a life long love of Christ and for the Word of God.
We are now in the season of EASTER and the Liturgical colour is White (though many substitute GOLD). It is also Mother’s Day in Australia.
If you are worshipping from home you may like to set up a worship area and define it with a white or gold, placemat, or ribbons.
You can do this by setting up a candle, then add the things that remind YOU of God, a Cross, a Bible that everyone likes to read from, 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 use a journal with which to record anything that grabs your attention during the service. This could be a special, bound book or use your ipad or iphone. You could write a precis of the message (traditional words or pictures), draw, keep a record of emotions and hymns that you did or did not like. You could use a template like this free download. Remember, this is for you, you do not have to show anyone what is in it unless you want to, and you feel safe to do so.
CONGREGATIONAL USE: Though parents are the best at sharing their faith with their children. If you are a small congregation where children are a very small, or rare part of your congregational life, please feel free to make these suggestions available to your congregation. I am very happy for you to copy and paste ideas from here into your own Order of Service or for you to supply a link to this page. An acknoledgement though is always appreciated.
THE LORD’S PRAYER:
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
2 with ACTIONS https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tOugEQpcc_k OR https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lMjm93ylL2w
A more contemplative version https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-NuUo-igXDU&fbclid=IwAR2FasYCU-9mP1PaLQDjweXyhyUnJutt4J28KycjzeUEttWSesipX2jmJxE
Or for a more Intergenerational approach try Number 1 on the Table Settings album by Liturgical Folks
ACKNOWLEDGMENT OF COUNTRY
If you are in Australia and attending a Uniting Church in Australia, in many cases an Acknowledgment of Country will be said. You can teach your young ones to do this too.
SONG FOR THE DAY No 3 God is Here Dancing on the Full of teh Spirit album by Heather Price
PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE: Try and draw a continuous line from a spot at the centre of the page until it spirals out to fill the page. Repeating the words “You are a wonderful God”
FIRST READING: Acts 9: 36-43
READ The Whirl StoryBible, Peter Raises Tabitha, pp.348-361
MAKE: Something to give to your Mum or a special woman. eg. Lavender Sachet, A jewlery pouch from a hankerchief, tea towel printing or a wrapped Letter so love these pressed flower book marks
DRAW: Take the authors description of Tabitha as a guide and draw those things you really appreciate about your Mum or a special woman.
READ: Found by Sally Lloyd-Jones
SING Psalm 23 on Colin Buchanan’s Old Testament Big Bible Story Songs No.24
SECOND READING: Revelation 7:9-17
READ: The Jesus story Book Bible by Sally Lloyd-Jones middle pages of A Dream Of Heaven
SING: Amen No. 3 on Seeds of Praise Vol.3 by Seeds Family Worship
PLAY: What do you struggle with? Write about it or act it out or play with your toys about it.
GOSPEL READING: John 10:22-30
PLAY: with toy sheep, pull out the blocks and make paddocks let them move the sheep around. Let them be the shepherd.
.SENDING HYMN Tell the World by Hillsong Kids Learn the actions here
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.
I have qualifications in Education, Theology and Children’s Spirituality, and have worked as a Children and Families Worker in a city church. I use simple and easily found ideas to help you share the Revised Common Lectionary (RCL) readings. 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, saving you time from sifting through many websites, facebook , pinterest, instagram, and blog posts.