23rd Sunday after Pentecost Year C: Ideas to help you share this weeks RCL readings with the 3’s and under.

Say goodbye to the colour Green in the church today. Take special note, as the the end of the Season after Pentecost draws to a close and the New Year approaches.

You might like start watching https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JPTWq1AsCao To explain the liturgical year.

Here are some ideas to help you share the Readings from the Revised Common Lectionary with your children.

If you are a parent or Guardian

Prepare a special church bag in advance each week so that you are ready for the rush on Sunday Morning.

Always have plain drawing paper, washable  TEXTA’S , the books that are suggested and the toys or craft suggested for this week

Remember to download the colouring sheets and check out the links before Sunday morning.

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

Sing or sway during the Hymns

Read during the Bible readings,

Pray during the prayers,

Colour, Draw or Craft during the sermon.

Craft or drawing or play are for spiritual responses not for a perfectionist piece

 that can be shown off. Don’t throw these out when you leave the church. Keep them at home in a special box, and bring them out to remind your child what has been happening or use as future prayer points.

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

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

If you are a small congregation without a Child and Family Minister have an area available near the front for parents/guardians to worship with their children, and print off this information so that it is readily available or direct them to this site. Set up an area with books and toys in it that will enhance their spiritual experience. (Ie not just toys for “keeping them quiet”).Spiritual Delights or Toy Box tat! andMake the books appealing

If you would like these ideas as a PDF file sent to you each week, please contact me.

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


READ: Global Babies by the Global Fund for Children https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4GbeMr2y8-Q as suggested by http://storypath.upsem.edu/lectionary-links-rcl-november-17-2019/

Do: Build a city or a building, create something new. Use blocks or draw, your ideal place.

PRAY:for those who might live in this city.

Pray for Joy

Pray for Good things



READ https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Isaiah+12&version=ERV

COLOURING -IN: https://store.illustratedministry.com/collections/coloring-sheets-posters/products/bible-story-coloring-pages-fall-2019?variant=29474498478178 Under the USA term of Fall 2019, there are 13 colouring in sheets for the next 13 weeks, starting September the 1st. which can be downloaded for US$10. NOTE Illustrated Children’s Ministry is now Illustrated Ministry.

DO: Draw it or show it or point out the emotion 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/


READ/WATCH: The little Guys by Vera Brosgol https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wSRweXF8G-M  as suggested by http://storypath.upsem.edu/lectionary-links-rcl-november-17-2019/

Do: This letter was written reminding the Thessalonians to follow their advice and actions. So play Simon Says See if your child can follow your actions.


Your words and your actions (hold your hands in the shape of a book, move your body)

Teach me God (point to yourself)



READ/WATCH: Horton Hatches The Egg by Dr Seuss as suggested by http://storypath.upsem.edu/lectionary-links-sunday-november-17-2013/ this is a long video, so stop and then come back to it as they are ready maybe stop at the end of each statement that ” I said what I said and meant what I said”

DRAW: Those things that are important to you?


Now is the time to continue teaching your child beyond the walls of the church. 

Use the craft or drawings during the week to talk about the service or the stories.

Use any of the readings during the week, at bedtime, as story time or during the day in play or prayer.

Enjoy sharing your faith with your child.

You might like start watching https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JPTWq1AsCao


Wendy L.