Lent 1B: ideas to engage the whole family(especially the youngest) in the set RCL readings for today


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.

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.

If worshipping at home. You may want to set up a space to bring out or keep up through Lent.

The colour of Lent is purple, not the same blue based purple as Advent but a red based purple.

Set up a candle, and what ever helps you focus on the season, it might be a cross, some sand (to symbolise the desert times of the people of God), or cactus plants, some rocks(to represent challenge) for example. Today you might add some ashes, or black drawing materials and some white paper to encourage your family to respond to the readings.

A Book that i would rcommend for sharing about Lent with Children is Make Room A Child’s Guide to Lent and Easter by Laura Alary You can see an adaption of this book in a Godly Play method here

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 older students you might like to take a journal that they can use to record, anything that grabs their attention during the service. Write a precis of the message (traditional or sensory word), draw or write their response in and keep a record of thier emotions.

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

FIRST READING: Genesis 9:8-17

Photo by Ben Mack from Pexels

READ: 5 minute Bible Stories or My first read-aloud Bible by Batchelor and Boshoff, pp.20-21

OR The Spark Story Bible p.28

OR The Whirl Story Bible p.17

MAKE: Make a rainbow,

draw it with chalk on a pavement,

make it out of plasticine or play-doh,

create a stained glass window effect by using the colours of the rainbow in celephone to fill rainbow shape cut out of black cardboard.

OR you culd make a rainbow on the floor, using clothes or toys or chushions etc

Photo by Sharon McCutcheon from Pexels

SING: Colin Buchanans: A Covenant is a Promise, on Old Teastament Sing-a -long

PSALM 25:1-10


Psalm 25: Teach me your ways
Walk with me, my friend (walk on the spot)
let me follow in your footsteps. (turn to your right)
We’ve come a long way already, but I still need you. (shield your eyes as if looking into the distance)
My pride says “I don’t need help! I can do this on my own!” (stamp foot once)
but I know I’ll be lost in no time without you. (look around you as if you are looking for something)
All the paths of the Lord are steadfast love and faithfulness
for those who walk close with him.

​ (words by Rev Purdie, actions in brackets by me.

SING: Soverign One by Soverign Grace Kids

SECOND READING: 1 Peter 3:18-22

READ: There is a Big Beautiful World out there by Nancy Carlson ( not just a great explanation of the text but very appropriate for children living in a pandemic) To see how it applies to the text read



Parent God

You’ve promised

To be with us

help me to find you

When it feels like you are not with me



READ: Meet Jesus in Mark by Matthew Sleeman Mark 1:1-20 paragarph 2

CRAFT: Create a scene that encompasses both of the stories in todays reading, water, be a river, sea, dam etc, and wilderness, is that wilderness desert or dense trees, a swamp, be creative, use what you have available, is it coloured cardboard, is it real water, plants, sand etc. use your toys, or you might ice a cake creating these 2 areas of water and wilderness. Maybe it’s lifesized, in your house or yard, just check that it’s ok with the grownups.


Dip your finger in some water, watch the water drip from your fingers

Find some sand, or dirt or flour, with your finger trace a pattern in the sand, dirt, or flour.


Wendy L.

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Lent 1: Ways to engage the 3’s and under with this weeks RCL readings.

Choose the specific readings that church will use this week or be prepared for all of  them

This week you might need

My First Read-aloud Bible Batchelor and Boshoff  https://www.koorong.com/search/product/my-first-read-aloud-bible-mary-batchelor/9781860247712.jhtml

or The Lion Story Bible https://www.koorong.com/search/product/the-lion-story-bible-sophie-piper-ruth-rivers/9780745964003.jhtml

or THE BEGINNERS BIBLE TIMELESS CHILDREN’S STORIES https://www.koorong.com/search/product/the-beginners-bible-timeless-childrens-stories-beginners-bible/9780310750130.jhtml

OR The early reader Bible https://www.word.com.au/The-Early-Readers-Bible/V-Gilbert-Beers-Terri-Steiger-Illustrator/9780310701392

OR The Jesus Story Book Bible  by Sally lloyd-Jones and Jago https://www.koorong.com/search/product/the-jesus-storybook-bible-sally-lloyd-jones-jago/0310708257.jhtml can also be purchased on Kindle

Down load from


Bible Story Coloring Pages: Spring 2018

Psalms Coloring Pages – 8.5×11


ALSO Blue, Yellow and Green material squares from Spotlight, or paper squares



Plain paper or Journal


Old Testament: Genesis 9:8-17

READ: My First Read-aloud Bible Batchelor and Boshoff pp.20-21.

or The Lion Story Bible p.22


OR The early reader Bible pp.27-31

OR The Jesus Story Book Bible pp.46-47

COLOURING IN: http://www.mediacomeshop.org.au/test/index.php?route=product/product&path=90_91&product_id=249

OR https://store.illustratedchildrensministry.com/collections/illustrated-worship-resources/products/bible-story-coloring-pages-spring-2018 (The price you pay will get you 14 colouring in pages, that is 14 Sundays worth and I will possibly refer to them over the coming weeks. To reduce the cost further, you could share with other families or ask your church to purchase them for you. Note this is a USA publication so the season  for them is Spring, and the price is in US$, so it will cost a little more and possible attract international transaction charges depending on whom your credit card is with)

OR free draw rainbows

PLAY: A rainbow puzzle. A simple puzzle can be made from strips of coloured paper placed in the correct order. Easily prepared at home.

or a Noah playset. (NOTE: today’s reading is about the covenant not the Noah’s ark story)


PSALM 25:1-10

COLOURING IN: https://store.illustratedchildrensministry.com/collections/lenten-2018-resources/products/psalms-coloring-pages-8-5×11 (This series has 9 colouring in pages, including a simplified version for younger hands. They cover the Psalms in the RCL until Easter Sunday. I do suggest you purchase them, just remember the price is in $US so will be slightly higher and may attract an international transaction fee. You might like to share this product with other families or ask your congregation to purchase it for you.)

DRAW: the images in the Psalm 

OR draw how the Psalm makes you feel. 

As covenant is mentioned at the end of this Psalm see the PLAY suggestions above



READ/WATCH: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jMYJ60vda3E  A Big Guy took my Ball by Mo Williams as suggested by http://storypath.upsem.edu/lectionary-links-rcl-february-18-2018/ to explain how someone advocates/steps in to help for us.

PLAY: With toys, or dolls. They may recreate this scene of some one stepping in to help.

OR Let them play with Noah’s ark play set.

PRAY: Thank You God

You cared for Noah

You care for me (point to yourself)



GOSPEL: Mark 1:9-15

READ: My First Read-aloud Bible Batchelor and Boshoff pp.150-153

or The Lion Story Bible pp..140-143

OR The Jesus Story Book Bible pp. 200-209 p.200 sums up all of today’s readings succinctly. 


CRAFT: http://flamecreativekids.blogspot.com.au/2016/01/printable-baptism-of-jesus-spinner.html  Baptism spinner, require straw, glue stick and texta’s.

PLAY: 3 colour squares, blue, yellow, and green. (bought from spotlight or use sheets of coloured paper.) Put them out, and retell Jesus’s journey, from baptism on the Blue sheet, to desert experience on the yellow sheet, to preaching on the green sheet. Question: I wonder what your favourite story is? Which colour do you like today? (don’t expect their answers to your questions to be verbal.)