Sunday Reflection: Connection

One of the things that has come out of lockdown for me, has been the time spent with the family. We are now a family of adults, and as is the majority experience in Australia where I live, they live at home. Lockdowns have meant that we have all been spending a lot more time together, working from home, not being allowed out except for 2 hrs of exercise, or to do the grocery shopping (surprisingly no rush for that out). We have been eating together more frequently, no one is running in after an extend time at work, or running out to see friends, see movies, eat out etc. Though we usually regularly come together and dine out, giving everyone the opportunity to relax and just share. I have found that at home we have been sharing on a much deeper level. It has given me the opportunity to understand my children’s faith development better.

For quite a few years I have been saying that my children have no faith, but during this time I have had the opportunity to hear what they have taken on into adulthood, yes, they only attend church 3 times a year, but they do so not to please me but because it makes sense of the season better for them.

They pray.

They can explain what Christianity is. 

They know the Bible well.

They just don’t attend church regularly.

This knowledge has helped me rethink, not just the way I see my faith parenting, but also to broaden my questioning of why my children don’t want to attend church more regularly than 3 times a year.

Within the family, we can have faith discussions, now I am not saying that these table time discussions are even close to worship, but it does have that first century feel. Assembled together sharing food, information ( ie: a disciples letter in the first century) a You tube clip, a song, a tik tok post, a meme, and ourselves.

So, what is wrong with church? Yes, they can nit pick at this or that element, but I get the strong sense it is actually not what we do in the service, but rather who is at the service, or rather not at the service.

Their peers, are also only at church 3 times a year. My children I’ve discovered will have conversations with friends outside the church community about faith and spirituality in their day to day conversations. I admire this, I only have these types of discussions with churched people. 

What is missing is connection, not to God, but to churched people.


This is where I feel the Intergen movement has something to offer. Intergenerational worship is about inclusion and connection. Not just in their peer levels but across the ages.

When I stop to think about my children’s experience of church, I only see this type of connection in the church we attended when my eldest child was younger. But no such connections were made with either their peers or other adults in the other two congregations we attended as they grew.

Personally, I always had strong adults in my life and in our congregations that I felt valued and led me. This has not been my children’s experience. Even now I am struggling as I find that those people are not in my congregation anymore and neither is there anyone whom I might influence. I, like my children, am struggling with personal connection, and though my pull for church is a response to God’s influence in my life, at present I am finding more of that connection at home than in the pews.

Today’s Old Testament reading (2 Samuel 7:1-14a) shares David’s excitement at wanting to give God a home. We learn in the Ephesians reading(Ephesians 2:11-22) that God is in us all. Call it Intergenerational worship but what we all need is not bricks and mortar but CONNECTION.

To God and then to other’s.



Wendy L.

I am writing this on Wurundjeri land and wish to pay respect to all Elders, past, present and emerging.


After Pentecost 8B: ideas to engage the whole family(especially the youngest) in the set RCL readings for Sunday



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

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.

Though you will find simple ways into the text here THE MOST IMPORTANT THING THOUGH THAT YOU CAN DO IS SHARE YOURSELF AND YOUR FAITH. I firmly believe that it is in the relationship, that the Faith formation of the next generation truely starts. You will notice that there are very few prompts or questions. This is to allow your child to do the thinking and to work out what is important to them from the texts. Sometimes they may give you an insight or even ask a question? There are no wrong insights or crazy questions, and you are enough, enough to listen, enough to work it out together, ENOUGH to share your love of GOD with your child.


If worshipping at home. You may want to set up a space/alter/focal spot, to bring out when you worship or to keep out everyday.

You can do this by setting up a candle, and what ever else helps you focus on the season.

We are now in the longest liturgical season, the season after Pentecost. This season takes up half or the year, and it’s liturgical colour is green. There are no major celebrations during this season, and some refer to it as Ordinary Time. For me it is a time to celebrate everyday joys, to see God in the ordinary, in the everyday, and to hear the everyday stories of Jesus.

This is the time to add the things that remind YOU of God, a cross, a word, a special object, even something from one of the readings

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 if following along in a service.

If looking for a version with ACTIONS OR

Or if you are looking for a more contemplative version

Or for a more Intergenerational approach try Number 1 on the Table Settings album by Liturgical Folks


Lego Prayer


READ: Watcha Building? by Andrew Daddo


A suggestion by Darren Wright

MAKE: A special container, to put special things in. Either decorate a box, or make a lego or brick box, or you could make a box. What is so special that you would put inside this?

Do you know what a relic is? You can find out more here Many protestant churches do not have them, but Orthodox or Catholic churches may have a very special relic kept in a very ornate box.



you promised

that you would always be with David’s family

And you sent Jesus

many years after David

part of David’s family

Thank you that you keep promises


PSALM 89:20-37

A vision of the messiah

God spoke to Ethan the Ezrahite in a vision, saying
“I have chosen one to be King
I have anointed him with my holy oil.
I have laid my hand on him, my strong arm is his.
He is the firstborn, the everlasting king,
to rule until the stars cease to burn.
My love, strong to save, is on him forever.
He will cry to me, “You are my Father,
my God and the Rock of my salvation!”
The covenant between me and my Messiah
can never be broken.
Once and for all I declare my promise:
while the sun shines he will reign,
while the moon gleams he is my witness.”

This is a section of Rev. Purdie’s interpreation of this Psalm, I have chosen the segment that most reflects today’s reading

DRAW: a picture of a part of this Psalm.


READ: Where Does God Live? by Holly Bea


a suggestion by Elizabeth Raine

SING Listen

DRAW: Where God lives?

GOSPEL READING: MARK 6: 30-34,53-56



Use a battery operated candle

Turn it on

Watch the “flame”

Chase all thoughts away

Keep coming back to the flame

(how long you do this for depends on how old the child is and what it’s temprament is like. It is not a challenge, do not make it impossible for your child to feel success at this task. When we meditate we make space to open ourselves to hearing God)

COLOUR IN a sheep, or many sheep, cut them out and play being their shepherd

SENDING HYMN Tell the World by Hillsong Kids Learn the actions here


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.


In our culture it is very important to be inclusive, and it seems to involve labelling. Dyslexic, Asperger’s, LGBTQ, food intolerances, disabled etc.

I know from personal experience that finding the right label can be liberating, “It does have a word, I do fit into a subset of the human race”.

What I love about being a Christian is that my label, does not exclude me from being part of the body of God, I have a place, my brother, my daughter and I can all carry labels in today’s world but in God I am an important part. I love the inclusive passages of Ephesians 2:11-22, because they remind me that I have a place.

When my daughter was diagnosed as severely dyslexic (2 standard deviations from the norm), she loved the diagnosis, we could get the right help, she started to flourish, she now has a Master’s in Business from a very well recognised University. But I looked for the stories of people with dyslexia in our community to help her, especially sport stars as that was her passion, and this was made easier by a book the Dyslexic Association produced.

But I didn’t look to the Bible for stories of how God used people that had difficulties to further His will. I regret this oversight. There are so many great stories, from Abraham’s damaged hip, Moses, who was not a great orator, so God sent his brother to help out, to Paul who struggled with an infirmity that was never named. Even those people with illness that Jesus cured had a purpose in their disability, be it physical, mental or social. All furthered God’s Kingdom.

We can find some stories in the Children’s story books, but often they gloss over the hard realities. It is up to us as parents/caregivers and those in ministry to make sure those who need to hear the full story do so.

One of my favourite books at the moment is Matthew Paul Turner’s When God Made You, is such a beautiful Book to show children how special they are to God. I am sorry for those who want more explicit statements about the current labels who are fighting to be recognised in our community, you will not find that in this book. The Pictures of David Catrow follows one child, who may or may not be a minority citizen depending on where in the world you are reading this. For those seeking inclusivity by showing labels this book might not satisfy them. The words are beautiful.

We need a variety of books on faith for children, those with good visuals for young children to see the differences in society, and Bible Storybooks that tell of the differences in our faith stories. As well as ones that show God’s inclusivity, that show the concept beyond the story.

My labels are dyslexic, chronic illness, food allergies and intolerances, they are not the new labels fighting to be accepted by society in general. I do feel for each and everyone of them as they seek acknowledgement and a place in a society in which they feel they don’t have a place, or aren’t accepted for who they are, even those who believe that Christ hasn’t offered them a place. The only label I want is Child of God, to me everything else is superfluous.