EASTER 7, Year A, 2023: Ideas to share the Revised Common Lectionary Readings with all ages

Each week I compile a number of resources to help you, your family, or your congregation 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 your family’s faith formation. My objective is for faith to be a lived experience and for children to learn how to worship, explore the Bible, and pray by participating in Worship with others. 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 idea is to form a lifelong love of Christ, for the Word of God, and to participate in Worship. Faith is portable, we live it and share it, every day. I hope these simple ideas help your family or congregation form their faith.


:f you are a small congregation, that suddenly has children in your pews, these can also be used in your services, shared direct from this site, or copied into your order of service. Create an area as close as possible to where the major liturgies of the service occur, for parents/guardians to worship with their children, and fill this area with books and toys in it that will enhance their spiritual experience. (Ie not toys for “keeping them quiet”). You will find some ideas in these posts Spiritual Delights or Toy Box tat! and Make the books appealing

Suggest that visiting families pack a special backpack, filled with a children’s storybook bible, other books that speak about ideas in today’s readings, and drawing or craft materials that children can use to respond 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 you can use your iPad or iPhone. You could write a precis of the message (traditional words or pictures), draw, and 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.

We are now in the season of Easter and its liturgical colour is WHITE. This is the last week of the season of Easter.

If worshipping from home you might like to set up a table or space with a white cloth, a cross, a candle, and some things that focus your mind on today’s readings.

THE LORDS PRAYER IN ACTIONS https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tOugEQpcc_k OR https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lMjm93ylL2w

FIRST READING: Acts:1:6-14

READ: Jesus Ascends, pp 342-345, The Whirl Story Bible

DRAWING: What would you draw from this reading? Draw it.

DO: Disolve Milo into milk or a milk subtitute. What else changes or disappears in front of you? eg. jelly crystals into jelly.

SING Power by Seeds Family Worship No. 3 on Album 8 Power

PSALM 68:1-10 and 32-35



SING: sovereigngracemusic, Joy from the Album to be like Jesus

SECOND READING: 1 Peter 4:12-14 and 5:6-11

READ:A Place where Sunflowers Grow by Amy Lee-Tai


A Storypath Suggestion

SING A Little While by Seeds Family Worship from Album 14 I believe



thank you

that you are there

in my difficult times

as well as in my

good times


GOSPEL READING: John 17:1-11

READ: Somebody Loves You, Mr Hatch by Eileen Spinelli


A Storypath Suggestion


Draw: everyone you know.

Then when you are finished, point to each one and pray for them

OR if you have a play mat

you could pray for the people you might encounter as you play.

OR more prayer options

SING Prayers of the People on Vespers and Matins album by Liturgical Folk


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.

If you are in Australia and would like to teach your children to Acknowledge Country here is a video that will help, and a great book to help understand, We love Country. Most Uniting Church Congregations will say an Acknowledgement of Country towards the start of the service.



Enjoy this time of isolation to spend more time with your family in faith exploration together. Remember you are their first teacher. You are enough.

You can use these readings for daily devotions with your children, even the very littliest or on Sunday if your home congregation do not supply an Intergenerational Service or a dedicated children’s program.

These readings are the prescribed Revised Common Lectionary for Sunday the 24/5/2020.

OR if you are returning in to church in your part of the world, consider taking everything you need for your children to engage in the service with you, though I have been a strong advocate for family friendly areas or play spaces near to the front for families to participate in, may I suggest that you think about social distance clusters where families can sit in their family group rather than together. Sit near the front so they can see what is happening, experience has taught me it make s a huge difference to the way children perceive the service and their connection to it.

Pack a back pack with the items suggested and include a mat for them to sit on, I like the flock backed polyester table cloths as they can be easily wiped down,https://www.spotlightstores.com/kitchen-dining/table-linen-accessories/tablecloths/living-space-chooka-flannelback-tablecloth/BP80486937 or something easily washable to pop in the wash and dryer when you get home, and remember to take your now sanitising equipment such as disinfectant wipes, hand sanitiser etc.

If  you are a congregation and would like to use these suggestions with your families please feel free to do so.

START WITH: THE LORDS PRAYER IN ACTIONS https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tOugEQpcc_k OR https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lMjm93ylL2w

FIRST READING: Acts:1:6-14

READ: My First read aloud Bible, By  Batchelor and Boshoff: Jesus goes to Heaven pp.232-233  OR 5 Minute bible Stories By  Batchelor and Boshoff: Jesus goes to heaven, pp.176-177

OR The Beginner’s Bible: Jesus goes to Heaven, pp.466-472

COLOURING-IN: For $21 AUS You can purchase colouring in pages to use from the 1 March to the 31 May, (spring 2020) downloadable https://store.illustratedministry.com/collections/worship-resources/products/bible-story-coloring-pages-spring-2020?variant=31284510392418

DO: When people visit do they give you a gift? What gift do you like getting, Draw it?

Older children might like to think about gifts that we can’t feel, touch, smell, taste or see. ie gratitude, praise, etc, write about how these make you feel?

PSALM 68:1-10, 32-35

READ: https://www.psalmsforkids.com/psalm-68/

SING: https://sovereigngracemusic.org/music/songs/joy/ Joy

SECOND READING: 1 Peter 4:12-14, 5:6-11

READ/WATCH: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wSTRhh2mn08 Ruby finds a Worry by  Tom Percival. as suggested by http://storypath.upsem.edu/lectionary-links-rcl-may-24-2020/

MAKE: a worry jar, or box, decorate it, they when you have a worry write it down and put it in the box to pray about OR draw your worry and put it in the box to pray about. When it’s no longer a



thank you that you can hear

all my worries

Nothing else matters

except living for you


GOSPEL READING: John 17:1-11

READ/WATCH: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UdSoqRodrlo The Lines on Nana’s Face by Simona Ciraolo  as suggested by http://storypath.upsem.edu/lectionary-links-rcl-may-28-2017/


Draw: everyone you know.

Then when you are finished, point to each one and pray for them

OR if you have a play mat such as https://www.ikea.com/au/en/p/stadsdel-rug-10361911/

you could pray for the people you might encounter as you play.