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For anyone looking for ideas to help share God’s word with everyone including the youngest.

Whether you are preparing traditional worship or an all age or Intergenerational service. You can include this link or share these ideas in your Church newsletter, in your Order of service or on your media notes. .

OR you are a parent wanting something for your children to use either in face to face or with broadcast services, as you parent from the pews or couch

Or during family devotion times.

I use 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.

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 on this page. 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.

Here is a great presentation on children’s spirituality, but most importantly from the 40 minute mark on, it speaks about the importance of teaching through story and explains the process I recommend you use with children.


We are still in the longest liturgical season, the season after Pentecost. This season takes up half of 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.


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 add the things that remind YOU of God, a cross, a Bible that everyone likes to read from, a word, a special object, even something from one of the readings.

If able to worship in the Church 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 today’s 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 could use a template like this free download


WELCOME: Everyone is welcome here.



You might like to start with the Lord’s Prayer if at home, or say the Lord’s Prayer within a set place if following along in a service. Here are 4 options


A more contemplative version

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

PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE: How about CHOW beads For the very young use building blocks and alphabet blocks to creat a similar pattern.

OR READ BEAUTIFUL MOON: A child’s Prayer By Tanya Bolden Watch here (also suggested as the Reading for Hebrews)

FIRST READING: Job 38:1-7, (34-41)

READ: God Made by Stephanie Carmichael (a great series for the littlies)


OR When God Made the World by Matthew Paul Turner or WATCH



PSALM 104:1-9,24,35c

READ: SnuggleTime Psalms by Glynis Nesbit

OR read from a Children’s Bible

OR contrast the Psalm as traditionally written with When God Made the World by Matthew Paul Turner or WATCH

DRAW: Choose an image from the Psalm to draw.

SECOND READING: Hebrews 5:1-10

READ BEAUTIFUL MOON: A child’s Prayer By Tanya Bolden


A suggestion by Storypath

SING: Totally God and Totally Man, on The Ology by Soverign Kids

PRAY PRAYER doesn’t have to be quiet, can you write or say a passionately loud prayer (maybe not done in a silent church service)

GOSPEL READING: Mark 10:35-45


READ: Meet Jesus in Mark by Matthew Sleeman, Mark 10:23-52 the third and fourth Paragraphs.

PLAY: get out a Chess board, set it up correctly, then work out which is the most important figure? Why?

What is the least important important piece? Why?

If the least important piece or pieces were removed how would the game be different?

PRAY: Can you use the chess pieces to pray.

Who would each piece be and what would you pray for them?

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


Wendy L.

Please check local guidlines before using items that are not mine especially if you are using this page for congregational use. Please acknowedge this page if you find it useful. Thank you.

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


After Pentecost 22B: Ideas to help the 3’s and under understand the RCL readings

These are suggestions only, to help parents/caregivers engage their children in services that use the Revised Common Lectionary. They can be used by parents/caregivers or those who help out in small congregations that can not afford to pay Child and Families Ministry. Some congregations use all 4 readings in their services others only two. Prepare a special church bag in advance each week so that you are ready for the rush on Sunday Morning.

Read during the Bible readings,

Pray during the prayers,

Colour, Draw or Craft during the sermon.

Remember that little ones will need their own space to move and wiggle,

Sit towards the front so they can see what is going on.

Craft or drawing or play are for spiritual responses not for a perfectionist piece that can be shown off.

Remember you have bought your child to worship. Enjoy engaging them in it.

You might need to prepare these in advance THIS IS A NEW SEASON, AMERICAN FALL OUR Spring . For $10 American dollars (about $Aus 16) you have 12 weeks of colouring sheets. Or you can combine with other parents or ask the Church to make the purchase for yourself and the families.

God is Great by Stephanie Carmichael

Praying in colour 

You might need

2 dolls/toys/animals/cars

Foodplay/teaset/doctor’s kit (always make sure these suit the age of your children)



FIRST READING: Job 38:1-7 (34-41)


God is listening.

PLAY: Play with 2 toys, 2 dolls, doll and teddy, 2 cars, 2 animals.

PRAY: like God is listening and is with you now.

What would you really say?

How would you really say it”

PSALM 104: 1-9,24,35c

READ: GOD is Great: by Stephanie Carmicheal



How do you feel? (scroll down a long way to find them)


SECOND READING: Hebrews 5:1-10

READ There’s a Hippopotamus on our roof eating cake by Hazel Edwards

I love the way that the girl advocates (big word, meaning he’s there for us), for the hippopotamus, like Jesus advocates for us

PLAY: Play with 2 toys, 2 dolls, doll and teddy, 2 cars, 2 animals.

PRAY: Praying in colour 

Advocate for your friends and family.


GOSPEL READING: Mark10:36-45



PLAY: with a tea set, or food play, or Doctor’s set anything to encourage serving play.


Wendy L.