If you are worshipping on line and are unsure what to do with the “little ears” worshipping with their parents, please feel free to make these suggestions during your service so the young ones too can participate.
Also a great resource for parents?careers and grandparents to use with their little during online or face to face worship, or to use as family devotions during the week.
These resources are great for the very young, so that all ages can be engaged in worship.
START WITH: THE LORDS PRAYER IN ACTIONS https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tOugEQpcc_k OR https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lMjm93ylL2w
Or slot it in when the congregation says The Lords Prayer
FIRST READING: GENESIS: 37:1-4,12-28
READ: The Beginner’s read aloud Bible OR the 5 Minute Bible Joseph’s Coat, pp.32-33
)R The Beginner’s Bible, Joseph’s Colourful Robe, pp.71-77
CRAFT: Draw Joseph and his brothers? How many were there?
What set Joseph apart? Show this in your drawing/
OR you might like to try this https://www.schooltimesnippets.com/2015/10/preschool-bible-craft-joseph-colorful-coat.html
You are with me
Even when things look bad
What Parts of the FIRST READING are in this Psalm?
Does it tell you any more of the story?
Colouring In: https://store.illustratedministry.com/collections/illustrated-worship-resources/products/bible-story-coloring-pages-summer-2020?variant=31520646987874 You can find it as the 2020 Summer Series( the season in the Northern Hemisphere) and for $Aus 19, you will have colouring pages until the 30th of August.
SECOND READING: Romans 10:5-15
READ/WATCH: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_0yJOKdvRrg Strictly No Elephants by Lisa Mantchev as suggested by http://storypath.upsem.edu/lectionary-links-rcl-august-13-2017/
MAKE: A paper chain of people https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kZo68K6vWZ4. Decorate your people. All are welcome. (HINT: You can also use this idea to make Joseph and his brothers in The FIRST READING)
OR you can collect all your toys and read or tell them a Bible story.
Use your paper chain to pray for people you know or who you would like to know.
GOSPEL READING: Matthew 14:22-33
READ: My First read-aloud Bible or the 5 minute Bible both by Boshoff and Batchelor, Jesus walks on Water, pp.178-179
OR The Beginners Bible Jesus Walks on Water, pp.364-370
PLAY: Create, get a blue sheet to table cloth, find a toy boat or make one out out of a box, use your toys as the people involved in the story.
OR draw this story
OR make something look here for some ideas https://www.daniellesplace.com/html/bible-crafts-jesus-walks-on-water.html
Older children, might like to think about the things that sink them, the things that they don’t trust God with?
OR you could write some topics, drugs, bullying, Coronavirus, Home schooling etc, on post it notes and place in a box or bowl. Get older children to pull them out on at time and to place on two sheets of A4 paper, one marked Yes, i would take this to God or No, i wouldn’t take this to God. There are NO wrong answers. Listen to your children as they talk these options through.
You lift me up God,
When I talk to you
(you could say this prayer with these actions, start it while crouching down and and stand up tall while saying it, ending with your arms out high and wide as you say AMEN)