4th Sunday after Epiphany Year B: Ideas to engage the whole family (especially the littliest) in the RCL readings.


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.

We are now in the Season of AFTER EPIPHANY. The Liturgical colour is Green.

If worshipping at home you might like to prepare a space to worship which can be permanent or set aside and bought out when you are having private or family devotions.

You might like to start by finding a tablecloth in the liturgical colour, find a candle ( I prefer battery operated ones around children) and add any other touches that remind you of the present season, for example a dove, a cross, etc.

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.

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

Or if you are looking for a more contemplative version https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-NuUo-igXDU&fbclid=IwAR2FasYCU-9mP1PaLQDjweXyhyUnJutt4J28KycjzeUEttWSesipX2jmJxE

If you like colouring in, by registering with Illustrated Ministries you can recieve a free colouring in page for one of today’s readings? https://www.illustratedministry.com/free-resources/?ck_subscriber_id=136888700

FIRST READING: Deuteronomy 18:15-20

READ: Telephone by Mac Burnett WATCH: This was a choice from Storypath, read to find out why?

DRAW: What you think a prophet might look like? Question: What do they do?

PRAY: Thank you God 

that you keep your promises.




How does this Psalm make you feel?

Describe those feelings, 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 8:1-13

READ: Rupert can Dance by Jules Feiffer WATCH another choice from Storypath read why they suggested this book

PLAY: Play with your TEA SETS or have a picnic. Enjoy all that God has provided for you. Question Would you make someone eat something that they don’t like or would hurt them?


GOSPEL READING: Mark 1:21-28

READ: Meet Jesus in Mark, 1st Paragraph of 1:21-39

PLAY: With your toys, pretend you are someone people obeys. How do they behave. Be that person.


Thank you God 

that you love

all wild things (twist hands into claws, and pretend to be a wild animal)

and they obey you



Wendy L.

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Epiphany 4 Resources for the 3’s and under to engage them with the readings

This week you might like to pack :

tea set or food toys

Ikea or Lego people and some toy animals (age appropriate in size)

Plain Paper and texta’s or start a Church diary – buy a book of plain paper pages to draw in each week- just for church.

Book : Where the Wild things are by Maurice Sendak

Download https://store.illustratedchildrensministry.com/products/bible-story-coloring-pages-winter-2017-2018 This needs to be purchased quarterly.

Old Testament Reading

Deuteronomy 18:15-20

TELL: retell the reading in your own words. explain that a prophet is someone who tells us about God ie John the Baptist, 

DRAW: What you think a prophet might look like.

PRAY: Thank you God 

the you keep your promises.



DRAW Ask them to draw what they hear as the Psalm is read.

COLOURING-IN: https://store.illustratedchildrensministry.com/products/bible-story-coloring-pages-winter-2017-2018

This is a handy resource so for $us10 (about $A 15) you can have colouring pages for a quarter of the year. It is easy to download the purchased files. Because it is an American production the Winter resources are for the current quarter.

QUESTION: Does this verse make you happy or sad?( make a happy or sad face)

New Testament Reading

1 Corinthians 8:1-13


Play at tea party or preparing dinner for a guest. pretend to not like a type of food or have an allergy (many children do, ie to peanuts or dairy etc), then explain that though God made everything good for us, we can not force someone to have something they don’t want or can’t eat.



Gospel Reading

Mark 1: 21-28 

READ: WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE by Maurice Sendak or watch it being read here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6cOEFnppm_A

( this suggestion was made in both https://worshipingwithchildren.blogspot.com.au/2015/01/year-b-4th-sunday-after-epiphany-4th.html

and http://seedstuff.blogspot.com.au

It might be a bit advanced for this age group but it may be read or talked about in the Early World, so like everything check first to see if it is suitable for your child.

DRAW: Wild things that need to come back to God.

PLAY: take along a few figurines (Ikea people or Lego people and some animals) just let them play.

PRAYER: Thank you God 

that you love

all wild things (twist hands into claws, and pretend to be a wild animal)