After Epiphany: Baptism of Jesus: Ideas to help you and your 3’s and under enjoy church and relate to the RCL readings

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.

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

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.

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

Older children might enjoy

LOOK for the colour change. We have entered a new season, known as After Epiphany.

FIRST READING: Isaiah 43:1-7


as suggested by

Play: Name your the teddies and other soft toys, name as many of the congregation as you know. Or bring an extended family photo, and ask your child to name everyone.

PRAY: God you wanted me

I am your child

I am precious

I am Loved

Thank you



ACTIONS: You will need a toy boat and a blue tea towel. Toss the boat around on the rough tea towel sea, or make it “plain sailing”.

How would you feel? Make a face to show how you might feel after each verse.

SECOND READING: Acts 8:14-17

READ/WATCH: BE KIND by Pat Zietlow Miller as suggested by

as suggested by

PLAY: with baby dolls (if child baptism is practised), use a paper bowl of blue shredded crepe paper or with other dolls, baptising  in the blue tea towel “water”.


Dear God

In Water I’m Baptised

But by your spirit I am saved

thank you.

GOSPEL READING: Luke 3:15-17, 21-22.

READ: The Beginners Bible pp.304-307

OR My First Read aloud Bible by Batchelor and Bashoff  John Baptises Jesus pp150-151

Watch: the Bible for kids


Make: Spinner

You will need


sticky tape




You might need to print: IF purchased this week (about $15 Aus ) it will supply you with colouring in sheets for the next 8 weeks)

Down load this App.

You might need


sticky tape


blue tea towel

baby dolls or other toys (depending on the type of Baptism your church practises)

toy boat


Wendy L.