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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.
If worshipping at home you might like to prepare a space to worship which can be permanent or set aside and bought out when you are having private or family devotions.
We are in the Season of Christmas, and the litergical colour is white (but if you find that offensive you may like to use Gold instead). You might like to start by finding a tablecloth in the liturgical colour, find a candle( i preferbattery operated ones around children) an add any other touches that remind you of the present season, for eg a nativity, a cross, etc.
You might like to start with the Lords prayer, if at home or either of these suggestions can be use 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: Isaiah 61:10-62:3
Photo by Germán TR on Pexels
STORY: When my eldest child was little I would often find pieces of clothing around the house. If I followed this trail of clothing long enough I would finally find her, dressed to her own desire in another outfit she thought was more appropriate, for a dance, or to play in or to go to the park, or whatever she had decided she needed a more appropriate outfit for. There she was so happy with herslf. Often dancing around, showing off her latest “look”. She loved dressing her dolls too. She lavished herself and her dolls with all care and thoughtfulness.
Everytime I read this passage I think of her and her habit of increasing my washing load by dressing appropriately for the occasion. Such a God who loves and will lavish such attention on us, “dressing us” with the things we need; how can we keep that quiet.
PLAY: dress your dolls or teddies.
Children at the top of Primary school and older might like to read the verse from a Children’s Bible, and think of the good things God “clothes” them in. What are the ones mentioned?
Whenever you get dressed or undressed
Thank you God
for the wonderful things
you clothe me each day
(you can expand this prayer by listing those things)
DRAW you might even want to draw some of the wonderful things in the Pslam
SECOND READING: Galations 4:4-7
READ/WATCH: Can I Be your Dog, by Troy Cummings we don’t have to beg God, like this little dog, we are accepted as one of HIs
DO: Look at your family tree, where do you fit in?
GOSPEL READING: Luke 2:22-40
Colouring In https://sermons4kids.com/simeon-anna-colorpg.htm
MEDITATE: How long can you wait? as long as Simeon and Anna? Light the candle and see how long you can stay still. You mind might wonder, perhaps you could count each breath. For very young children this is not a test, even if they only sit for a count of 2 remember to praise them, each time they try it may become easier for them.